I love Okami. I’m just going to say it. I played all the way through Okamiden on my 3DS. I never got to finish the first game due to a corrupted save file, but with this news I might just have to break down and restart the game.
The official Twitter page of Okami posted the following message recently:
“Hello, this is Okami news. Sorry I’ve been kind of out of touch lately, but I have the feeling we’ll be able to drop a fresh announcement like WHAM! around the beginning of Golden Week, so please look forward to it. Right now we’re on track with preparations.”
The next issue of Famitsu comes out next week and this information is rumored to be in that magazine. Is there a new Okami game on the horizon? I think that series is fantastic. I know it didn’t do very well sales wise on the PS2 and the Wii, but what else could something like this mean? I hope this is the announcement of another installment in that franchise and I hope it’s not exclusive to the PS3. I can’t afford to buy another console right now. The Wii U would be a perfect fit for a game like that, though.
Ah, Kickstarter. You’re filled with a wonderland of developers saying, “Yes we’d like to put our game on Wii U.” The latest of this ever growing trend is Road Redemption, a game by DarkSeas Games. It’s more popularly being called the spiritual successor to Road Rash and is being developed by a team of developers that worked on the franchise.
Currently the game is being developed for PC, Mac, Linux and Wii U. If you’re not familiar with the franchise here’s what you can expect. Racing down a highway on various vehicles at top speed and beating the other racers with weapons like chains, crowbars and oncoming traffic. There are currently seven different mission types and over a dozen weapons that will be available to players.
The Kickstarter campaign just began and as of this writing they have just over $60,000 of their $160,000 goal. I’ve never played the Road Rash games, but I’ve heard from plenty of people who have been waiting for this franchise to come back. Now’s your chance to help make that happen.
Ubisoft’s peace offering to Wii U owners for the delay of Rayman Legends will be available for download through the Wii U’s eShop this Thursday. This mode, Challenge Mode, will give you the ability to compete in daily and weekly challenges. One of those modes, Dragon Mode, will be exclusive to Wii U. When you load up this software you’ll see four different paintings that will take you to different challenges.
Ubisoft is hoping this will give Wii U owners something to keep them occupied until the actual release of the game in September. I’m going to be downloading it and checking it out. I wasn’t a big fan of Rayman Origins, but I enjoyed the demo of Rayman Legends I played before the launch of the Wii U. This is free and I’m actually hopeful it will get me more interested in the game.
What about you, folks? Will you be picking up this free “game” and are you looking forward to the release of Rayman Legends? I’m also interested in hearing from those of you out there that might find this as all the Rayman you need and if this might keep you from buying the full game when it finally hits stores.
Man, I wish this would come to Oklahoma. I really want to go see this concert. If you haven’t attended one of these events, Nintendo has announced that more dates have been added to this tour.
Returning due to popular demand:
o Atlanta; Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre; June 6
o San Francisco; Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall; June 10
o Montreal; Place des Arts; June 14
o Los Angeles; Greek Theatre; June 12
o Austin, Texas; Long Center; June 29
o Philadelphia; The Mann Center for the Performing Arts; July 25
o Toronto; Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; Sept. 7
o Seattle; Benaroya Hall; Sept. 12
Newly coming to:
o Baltimore; Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall; July 27
o Grand Rapids, Mich.; DeVos Performance Hall; Oct. 19
Last week Nintendo announced the Wii U Virtual Console service would be launching this week after the system update takes place. Nintendo of America’s Facebook page has been promoting the release of the Virtual Console which will take place on Tuesday April 22nd. I guess that also means the system update will happen by then if it hasn’t already. The image above was posted on Sunday and many of the online features of the Wii U and the 3DS are down today in preparation for the update.
Update: Hopes could be dashed as it appears that the Virtual Console will not be launching on Tuesday as had been thought. Much of the evidence pointing to this has been removed from their sources and it now appears that we may just be getting an official announcement of the games that will be available with the launch of the VC.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is set to head to stores on June 9th. Now though, you’ll have the ability to pick up a new system if you want to upgrade. There will be a hardware bundle featuring a 3DS XL, pre-loaded with a copy of the game and decorated in an Animal Crossing style. It will cost you $219.99, but I think it’s fair if you’re looking to pick up a new 3DS in the process.
Not only is Zelda getting a new 3DS entry but Yoshi is as well. Nintendo announced a new game in that popular side-scrolling series will be heading to the 3DS. Yoshi is back to carry Baby Mario around. The art style has been upgraded. I’m not quite sold on it yet as it feels more Yoshi’s Story than Yoshi’s Island in look, but as long as it plays like Yoshi’s Island that’s what really matters.
No release date or pricing has been announced as of yet.
A new Zelda game wasn’t the only news for the franchise today. Nintendo also announced the Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons games will be available on the 3DS Virtual Console on May 30th. These two games were originally developed by Capcom and released on the Game Boy Color in 2001. They are two separate stories set in two different, but similar worlds and if you play them both you can link them together to get the true ending.
That makes four Zelda games in one year. I’m currently playing through Oracle of Ages on my GBA right now, but I’ll be picking these up and just might play through it again.