Community Blog: Nintendo press conference
My impressions of Nintendo's keynote inside.
Okay, so I already posted a story about the Zelda announcement that headed Nintendo's keynote. Since I already talked about that, I'll invite you jump to that article instead of me having to talk about it again. So please, feel free to go read it and then come back - but please come back, because otherwise you will miss some incredible announcements.
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After Skyward Sword, Nintendo immediately went on to show a trailer for Mario Sports Mix. I'm not a big fan of the Mario sports games of the past - but being on the Wii and having a mixture of sports in the same game, this actually looks pretty awesome. There was a nice mix of sports including soccer, basketball, and volleyball. And while Mario Sports Mix wasn't quite jaw-dropping, it was still a really nice announcement just the same. Mario Sports Mix will be out in 2011.
Should I skip Wii Party? If you take Mario Party and replace the Mario characters with Miis, then you've got Wii Party. I just don't get it. But oh well, I'm not going to dwell on it.
Just Dance 2...pass.
Next was a trailer for Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. The trailer looked amazing. This is classic JRPG that I've been wanting on the DS. I'm really pumped about this game - a lot more than I expected to be prior to Nintendo's keynote. I'm just...wow, this is going to be amazing. If you're a Golden Sun fan, or just a JRPG fan in general, then you have to check this game out. It will be out during the holiday season of 2010.
Goldeneye 007 Wii was the next announcement. Now, I must say: the trailer - it looked like utter crap. The visuals here were beyond disappointing, and the gameplay didn't really look like anything all that amazing. Anyone that has played a Wii first-person shooter will already know that this probably won't end up very well, but still...it's Goldeneye, so it's definitely going to be a big deal for a lot of people. It comes out during the holiday season of 2010.
Warren Spector came out to commentate on an Epic Mickey demo. At first I was pretty skeptical; the beginning of the demo looked pretty lame. But then Mickey jumped into a movie screen, and it went into a side-scrolling level themed after the Steamboat Willy cartoon - complete with black and white visuals. At that point I was interested, but I really wish that the whole game was going to be 2D platforming; the 3D areas still looked like boring garbage.
The trailer for Kirby's Epic Yarn was...well, I'm not really sure what to say about it. It's not my cup of tea - I can say that much for certain. I think that the art style is charming enough to some people, but I just wasn't feeling it. A Kirby fan might be into this; since I'm not a Kerby fan, I can't say much about this - except that it comes out in the fall of 2010.
There was a new trailer for Metroid: Other M that makes it look even better than it did last year. The action looks to be amazingly smooth and fresh. I think Metroid: Other M has a lot of potential to be amazing. Team Ninja and Nintendo together - at first I was pretty skeptical, but now that I've seen more of it in action, I think it could just blow a lot of people's minds. And the best part is the release date: August 31 of this year.
And then...and then...oh man, I think I'm going to faint! Donkey...Kong...Country...Returns! They showed off a trailer of this game, and I immediately had a nostaligic geek-out moment. I literally jumped out of my chair in excitement. The premise is that they're basically taking Donkey Kong Country and giving it the New Super Mario Brothers Wii treatment - and let me tell you something: it looks amazing! As hard as it is for me to believe, this announcement totally owned Nintendo's keynote for me hands-down. And it's coming out this year!!! I'm...*passes out*
Nintendo revealed what Project Nora really was - Kid Icarus Uprising. This is going to be a 3DS game. The trailer looked really intriguing and fun. And if the trailer gameplay is really any indication, then the 3DS is capable of some truly amazing graphics - because these looked almost like Wii graphics; I kid you not. I'm...well, this could be really good. I'm paying attention Nintendo; wow me.
The end of the keynote was the announcement of the actual Nintendo 3DS. The whole "3D without glasses" concept was a bit overplayed, and unfortunately watching the keynotes on television offer you no way to see how this will actually look. But we know that all you care about is the games, and Nintendo chose to focus on the third-party with a crapload of fantastic third-party titles in development: DJ Hero 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3DS, Saint's Row 3DS, Madden and FIFA for 3DS, Resident Evil 3DS, Batman 3DS, Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy, Ridge Racer 3DS, and...Metal Gear Solid 3DS(!!!). Nintendo wasn't telling us anything about these games besides the fact that they're in development, but that's undeniably an amazing lineup of third-party games. The only first-party that Nintendo mentioned was the aforementioned Kid Icarus Uprising and Nintendogs + Cats. If Nintendo can keep a strong focus on the third-party, than the 3DS could end up being a real winner.
So Nintendo's conference was amazing - no need to tell you that. Nintendo basically made all of the announcements that we've been speculating about for the last two or three years. Bravo Nintendo.
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