If there’s one name that is synonymous with creative ideas in the games industry, it’s Shigeru Miyamoto. It’s little wonder then that Nintendo are turning to him in a bid to save their ailing console, looking for fresh ideas with a focus on the GamePad. While E3 gave us a tantalising glimpse of a new Star Fox game, two playable ideas from the mind of Miyamoto were shown; Project Guard and Project Giant Robot.
While both of these are in a playable form, they clearly remain at a tech demo stage, and showcase ideas that could be implemented on the GamePad. As to whether they’ll ever see a retail release, it really is anyone’s guess. Nonetheless, I got a chance to play them, and a rare glimpse at the tech demo process within Nintendo.
Project Guard is Nintendo’s crack at the tower defence genre. Besieged by robots of varying design, your job is to man one of 12 defensive towers to defeat the oncoming horde. It’s a simple principle, but one that is greatly enhanced through use of the GamePad.
While the TV shows video footage from all 12 cameras at once, with focus on a controllable one in the middle, selection of your currently armed camera is done entirely through the GamePad. The result is a split focus – do you focus on the overhead map on the GamePad to select targets, or do you attempt to utilise the displays of all 12 on the TV? It’s a delightful mix of tower defence and tactical thinking, and one that is enhanced with a group of friends helping you to analyse the TV screen.
The gameplay boils down to selecting a camera on the GamePad, bringing it up on the TV, and then taking manual control to defeat in-coming robots. There are a variety of robots to defeat, be it birds that steal the cameras or ball bots that need to be pushed away before they explode, leading to a high level of tactical planning, especially when placing cameras before the match starts. Read more…
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Starring – Tony, Shannon, Shelby
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Nintendo hasn’t really been known to be innovative or a leader when it comes to the online space. It almost seems they’ve been dragged into the digital age kicking and screaming. The statements they’ve made and the progress that’s been seen over the last few months has been quite a nice change for the company. However, while they seem to be doing the right things in the digital games marketplace, online gaming still doesn’t seem to have caught on with the company.
Only a handful of Nintendo games over the last few years had any real sort of online presence. Mario Kart DS, Mario Strikers Charged, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Battalion Wars II, Mario Kart 7 and Kid Icarus: Uprising are the cream of the crop when it comes to online Nintendo games. Past that there isn’t really much to speak of. That’s why the reaction to Shigeru Miyamoto’s comments about no online multiplayer for Pikmin 3 seem so surprising to me.
Here’s the quote from the famed developer as to why the company isn’t including any online competition in their upcoming Wii U game.
“In the situation of Pikmin, for example, since you would have lots of individual, small creatures, the Pikmin, who’s every movement and location is going to be really important in the game, it would be very difficult to sync up over an internet connection.”
What happens when we don’t play any games and there is no news? We make a short show. We barely manage to fill an hour this week due to the E3 drought and life keeping us from playing games. During the news we talk about how games don’t make any money unless it’s called Call Of Duty. Also, Micah almost ODs on food, Tony threatens to hurt his cats and I complain about bugs in my house. Oh gad, is E3 here yet?
Starring – Tony, Micah, Shelby
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One of the biggest complaints that people have in regards to Nintendo is that it’s been a long time since they’ve actually created a new IP. I’d say, you just have to really be paying attention because there has been new properties from Nintendo that have come out since the release of Pikmin.
During a recent interview with Zoomin Games he talked about working on a new property and had this to say:
“If you ask me, ‘Is it too much pressure to try to come out with something new?’ I have to say no, I’m enjoying myself.”
During the controversial period where the world thought he was stepping down he talked about wanting to get back into the creation aspect of games and work on some new things. This looks to be a part of that. What that is only time will tell, but it’s good to see him getting back into things and that we may see another new property from Nintendo.
That pun writes itself really. Anyway, Nintendo confirmed at one of their roundtable sessions last night that Pikmin 3 should be coming to Wii U soonish. Apparently it was in the works for Wii but Miyamoto-san felt it would be better suited for Wii U. Since it was already being built for Wii, it is far enough along that it shouldn’t take much longer to finish.
Once again, Pikmin only gets mentioned because somebody asked. Oh well. Let’s hope they don’t let it disappear again. We haven’t even seen a screen shot of this game yet. It’s like a ghost or something. Somebody tell Luigi to grab that vacuum and catch Pikmin 3 with it.