Day two of the expo, as if there wasn't enough stuff to take in on the first day, featured Sony and Nintendo's press conferences.
Date: 17-6-2010 Subject: Games Article By:Bradley Beeck Nintendo
This Japanese company has been making games and consoles for over 30 years, and is probably the most well known gaming company. After a difficult period with the rise of Sony's Playstation, and the disappointment of the Gamecube (their last console), Nintendo have rocketed back to dominance. Their Wii console and portable DS console have topped the sales charts year after year since their release. They pioneered motion based controls with the Wii and now they're forging new ground with their latest invention: the 3DS.
As promised in a press release back in March, Nintendo officially unveiled the Nintendo 3DS. The new portable console is a 3D Stereoscopic version of their super popular Nintendo DS. Unlike 3D movies like Avatar no glasses are necessary thanks to the technical wizardry of it's LCD screen. However, as foreshadowed by Nintendo's President, the 3D effect can also be turned off via a slider on the device. The new portable console also has motion sensors, which were rumoured before the console's announcement. It's quite incredible how much they've managed to pack into it but I've got to wonder how motion controls will work with the Stereoscopic 3D display. The 3D effect only works from a particular 'sweet spot', so if you're moving the console around it's not going to happen. Aside from that the presence of THREE cameras is interesting. The two cameras on the outside offer the possibility of depth perception, and it also has the DS's microphone capability. It's like Microsoft's Project Natal/Kinect in a clam shell. The 3DS's achilles's heel could be that it's trying to do too much; a jack of all trades, master of none. Developers wont know what to target – cameras, microphones, motion sensors, and an analogue stick. It'll be back to the early days of the Nintendo DS when there was a lot of gimmicky mechanics in games.
Top Screen: 3.53 inc screen with 800x240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to
enable 3D viewing).
Touch Screen: 3.02-inch LCD with 320x240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
Cameras: One inner and two outer cameras with 640x480 resolution (0.3 megapixel)
Nintendo 3DS Game card: 2GB Max at launch
Connectivity: Wireless 802.11 with WPA/WPA 2 support. Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
Inputs: Embedded Microphone, , A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, motion sensor and a gyro sensor. 3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended. A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.
Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
Battery: Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Parental Controls: Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.
Nintendo mostly demonstrated the device playing movies, but a dozen or so games have also been announced or displayed. The most interesting among them was Kid Icarus Uprising, a new title in the classic NES era series. There were also a lot of remakes: Star Fox 64, Paper Mario, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart 3DS, nintendogs + cats (nintendo dogs remake). Screenshots for Zelda: Ocarina of Time also emerged but it wasn't mentioned in their press releases.
HIDEO KOJIMA’S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D
“The Naked Sample”
PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER franchise
WINNING ELEVEN franchise
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final)
BloodRayne: The Shroud
A Boy and His Blob
Face Racers: Photo Finish
Lion’s Pride: Adventures on the Serengeti
WonderWorld Amusement Park
BOKUJYOUMONOGATARI 3D (name not final)
NAMCO BANDAI Games
Dragon Ball® franchise (name not final)
Gundam® franchise (name not final)
PAC-MAN™ & GALAGA™ (name not final)
RIDGE RACER® (name not final)
Super Robot franchise (name not final)
Kid Icarus™: Uprising
nintendogs™ + cats
Star Fox 64™ 3D
Sonic (name not final)
Super Monkey Ball (name not final)
CODENAME: Chocobo Racing® 3D
DRAGON QUEST® franchise
FINAL FANTASY® franchise
KINGDOM HEARTS franchise
Carnival Games® franchise
TECMO KOEI GAMES
DEAD OR ALIVE® 3D (name not final)
DYNASTY WARRIORS® (name not final)
NINJA GAIDEN® (name not final)
SAMURAI WARRIORS® 3D (name not final)
LOVELY LISA 3D
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN ACTION
de Blob 2
Kung Fu Panda Kaboom of Doom
Marvel Super Hero Squad Infinity Gauntlet
The Penguins of Madagascar
Puss N Boots
Saints Row: Drive-By
Assassin’s Creed™ Lost Legacy
Battle of Giants™: Dinosaur Strike
Hollywood 61 (name not final)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon™
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory™
Nintendo's other consoles still managed to get some love. Especially the Wii, which had several big name titles announced and some favourite characters return. Chief among them was The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which utilizes the Wii's Motion Plus. According to Nintendo this allows Link's sword and shield to precisely match the player's movements. The graphical style this time around is part way between Twilight Princess and the cartoony Windwaker.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Release Date: 2011
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country makes it's way from the SNES onto the current generation of consoles. The original Donkey Kong series on the SNES was one of the greatest platforming series of all time. And it looks like this new game retains the familiar side scrolling platforming of the series; banana collecting, barrel cannons, and mine carts. The graphics this time are 3D and it looks like characters might be able to move into the background. It's not being developed by Rare, the original developers, as they were brought out by Microsoft. It's ear marked for a holiday 2010 release.
-Diddy Kong™ joins the quest. With his trusty backpack, he can produce a jet pack or
Peanut Pop Guns to give Donkey Kong more abilities.
-For the first time ever, the franchise features the ability for two people to play together at the same time – one as Donkey Kong, one as Diddy Kong. Players can navigate the levels separately or as one unit. Diddy Kong can ride on Donkey Kong’s back and hop off whenever he pleases, allowing novice players to ride on Donkey Kong’s backthrough more challenging areas of the game.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
This was announced last month, and features four player dungeon crawling over a local wireless connection. It also boasts over 900 pieces of cloth, armour, weapons and allows class changing. It's release date of July 11 in North America hasn't changed.
-Fast-paced battles unfold as players decide what to do and then view cinematic action scenes. This format rewards careful thinking and strategy over quick reflexes. The more foes players defeat, the stronger their characters become.
-Special multiplayer modes let players share their adventure with others, allowing up to four players to team up via a local wireless connection and experience the fun of tackling challenging monsters and dungeons cooperatively with their own characters. Players can even leave the game active in their backpacks or purses and still interact with other players via an interactive “Tag Mode.” Fun information about players’ characters can be wirelessly transmitted to others.
-Treasure maps allow players to find otherwise inaccessible special dungeons called grottoes, whichcan contain rare items or enemies. In Tag Mode, treasure maps and customized greetings can be
exchanged automatically by players who come within range of one another.
-Players with wireless broadband Internet access can visit an online shop to find new items or download additional quests. The selection of items changes daily. Some downloadable quests will continue the main storyline of the game, while others offer standalone missions or quests themed toa particular time of year.
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
This another older title brought back to a new platform, it was originally a Gameboy series. It takes place 30 years after the previous game and features puzzle solving through the character's magical abilities and spirit summoning. It's scheduled for release this holiday season.
A classic role-playing game branches out with a new look, countless adventures and heroic battles. The game picks up 30 years after the first two games in the series left off. At the end of Golden Sun: The Lost Age, the heroes succeeded in bringing the world-healing power of the Golden Sun back to the world of Weyard. In the years since, the immense power of the Golden Sun has changed nearly everything. Continents have shifted. New countries have emerged. New species have appeared. But the world is now imperiled by a new threat. Psynergy Vortexes, which suck the elemental Psynergy from both the land and power-wielding Adepts alike, are spreading across the world. The new generation of heroes – the children of those from the previous games
are drawn into the mystery behind the vortexes, as they cross a chaotic world
that is succumbing to a new evil.
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Yep, Nintendo's packaging up your childhood and selling it to you again. The pink little puff ball, Kirby, returns in his first solo game (he was in Smash Brothers) since the Nintendo 64. Kirby's key trait is his ability to swallow his enemies and copy their abilities, allowing him to progress through his platforming adventures. However in this game the world is constructed out of yarn, which enables him to unravel hidden areas and take on many new forms. The release date is fall 2010.
-The look of the world is stunning, but it’s also interactive. Pulling on stray threads might reveal hidden areas. When Kirby literally goes behind the scenes, the virtual fabric warps and bends to show his location.
-Thanks to his versatile yarn composition, Kirby can take on a variety of forms both in his common actions and when he transforms into powerful vehicles. When Kirby dashes, he zips around as a car. In water, he turns into a submarine. At times he can even transform into a massive robotic tank, a UFO and other vehicles.
-Two players can play through the entire game together.
-Gems and collectible items are scattered throughout the environments for players to find.
Professor Layton And The Unwound Future
The third game in the story based puzzle solver from Level 5. It features 165 puzzles, a new super hint option, weekly downloadable puzzles, and it's scheduled for release on September 20. Also announced Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle for the 3DS.
Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, receive a confounding letter – from Luke 10 years in the future. But the message inside is even more troubling: London of the future is in disarray, and the only person who can help set things right is Professor Layton.
Metroid: Other M
Release Date: August 31, 2010
For decades, Samus Aran has been known as one of the first female protagonists in video games, and one of the most enigmatic. Having traded her haunted past for the solitary life of a bounty hunter, Samus™ finally tells her own tale in this revealing, personal story of her failings, her flaws and ultimately her motivation. Metroid: Other M is an unprecedented collaboration that blends the slick, action-packed production of the world-renowned Team Ninja development team with the game design talents of the creators of the original Metroid. Metroid: Other M is a dramatic new direction for a legendary franchise and a bold new blend between cinematics, storytelling and the best in interactive entertainment.
Metroid fans know more about Samus’ suits and weapons than they do about what drives her. That’s about to change. The story begins in the middle of the events of Super Metroid™, when a baby Metroid gave its life to protect Samus. With voice acting and a rich story, players learn more about Samus’ past as she weaves through an action-packed adventure aboard the Bottle Ship, a decommissioned space facility. As she hurtles into this new adventure, Samus will encounter her first mentor and Commanding Officer of the Galactic Federation, Adam Malkovich.
Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Release Date: Fall 2010
The third installment in the action-packed Pokémon Ranger™ series lets players take on the role of a Pokémon Ranger tasked with protecting Pokémon, people and nature in the Oblivia region. As a Pokémon Ranger, players investigate the nefarious actions of the Pokémon Pinchers, who have been disrupting the peace by chasing and catching
-As a Pokémon Ranger, players set out to stop the Pokémon Pinchers with the help of their partner, Ukulele Pichu™ (an energetic Pichu that always carries a ukulele).
-Players use the Capture Styler to circle Pokémon on the touch screen. The further in the story players progress, the more powers and abilities their Capture Styler gains.
-By drawing special Ranger Signs on the touch screen, players can summon powerful Pokémon that they have befriended to help them progress in the game. Legendary Pokémon like Raikou™, Entei™ and Suicune™ can be summoned by drawing their Ranger Signs.
-Up to four players can play together on certain missions using the Nintendo DS Local Wireless Connection, and discover more about the history of the Oblivia region.
The first Pokémon adventure game on the Wii console puts Pikachu™ at the center of a fun, expansive playground filled with adventure, Attractions and Pokémon. The Rare Pokémon Mew™ summons Pikachu to the PokéPark to find the missing Sky Prism Pieces, leaving it up to Pikachu to save the day!
Playing as Pikachu, players start their adventure at the PokéPark and play a variety of Attractions that are in each Zone with the help of many different Pokémon. As Pikachu, players compete in Skill Games and Attractions in this action-packed adventure.
-Players interact with and befriend some Pokémon by defeating them in Skill Games. Once players befriend a Pokémon, they can play as them to compete in certain Attractions. Players can compete in the challenges
multiple times to try and beat their high score.
-Players use the Wii Remote™ controller turned sideways