Nintendo announces new Yoshi and Fire Emblem, old Zelda, more
These Nintendo Direct videos are really becoming hot little information explosions. The most recent has revealed quite a few new games, updated us on those already known to be in development and dropped some knowledge about the Wii U in general. Get ready for a lot of Nintendo.
A few choice bits of information were dropped here and there with very little surrounding detail. There were Pikmin 3 pictures (along with a photography mode and some truly terrifying garden creatures), confirmation that Wii Fit U will let you discuss weight loss tips with other fat people, and the teasing promise of new Smash Bros screenshots and playable new Mario Kart at this year’s E3. Friendly-faced Nintendo President Satoru Iwata also came straight out and said there will be no Nintendo-made games for the Wii U in January or February, citing a commitment to standards over deadlines. Hard to argue with that.
The Wii U Virtual Console will be launching this spring, and will include NES and SNES games to begin, with GBA titles added later. Special pricing options are included for those who already own Wii Virtual Console games, meaning you can port them to your Wii U for a reduced cost. There’s also a new trial campaign which will make a single title available for 30 cents each month, starting with Balloon Fight.
Iwata showed off new footage from Platinum Games’ upcoming title, The Wonderful 101, which still looks like Little King’s Story, Viewtiful Joe and Power Rangers got together for a wild party. Also one of the characters is a wee chubby fellow, which is fabulous. Continuing the love for Platinum, a short behind the scenes feature was shown with slick wireframe action from Bayonetta 2. A few enemy designs were shown off, including a centaur with a face on his stomach. The clip also heavily indicated that the scale of the sequel will be greatly expanded, lending a grandeur worthy of the sequel to a game that ended with a battle on the skin of a god as it plummeted from space.
The first completely new title shown off was a Yoshi game. And not just any Yoshi game, but Yoshi made of yarn. Why don’t you just sell hugs and cupcakes, Nintendo. And hold puppy parades. Unsurprisingly, the game is being developed by those behind Kirby’s Epic Yarn, undisputed winner of the Most Fuzzy Game in History award. The unnamed title is directed by Takashi Tezuka, who made Yoshi’s Story and looks a bit like Yoshi himself.
Next up was Fire Emblem vs. Shin Megami Tensei, which seems to be exactly what it says on the tin. The game will be a collaboration with Atlus. If I had to speculate, I’d say it will contain the most pointless relationships and social turmoil ever contained in a single title.
The last new, new title on the list was an unnamed RPG by Monolith Soft, who most recently developed the rather amazing Xenoblade Chronicles, home to some of fiction’s most laughably camp robots. All that’s clear right now is that you have to fight big monsters, sometimes with people, and that there are jetpack mechs involved somehow. Sounds like a winner.
Right at the end of the video, as if it were nothing at all, Iwata dropped a Zelda shaped bomb. To nobody’s surprise, a new Legend of Zelda game is currently in development, but apparently a radical rethinking of the concepts that define the series – in particular a linear progression – means it’s not for prying eyes just yet. What was properly interesting was the next part, which revealed that a Wind Waker HD version for the Wii U is also being developed following some experiments in the magical Nintendo labs.
The new WW (originally on the Gamecube) will have overhauled graphics, gamepad support and that all-important Miiverse integration. It will also have Wind Waker, so you had me at hello. Wind Waker was the first Zelda title I ever finished and has a special place in my heart, as it does many other fans. Take a look at what an HD upgrade can do for what is still one of the most beautiful games in any generation:
Oh, I nearly forgot: there’s a new Wii Party game coming! Hey, where are you going?