Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham has explained to Siliconera how the company’s forthcoming Moon Chronicles was inspired by the iconic Super Metroid on the SNES. Watsham shared that the game flow and level design found throughout the game was more from Super Metroid than the first person based Metroid games. However, he says the stylus based controls in Moon Chronicles was inspired by Metroid Prime Hunters on the Nintendo DS.
“My inspiration for the gameplay of Moon Chronicles—specifically in terms to the game flow and level design—was more from Super Metroid than the FPS Metroid games,” Watsham shared. “However, the stylus control method was absolutely inspired by Metroid Prime Hunters on the DS.”
“One of the main ‘Metroid’ aspects that we incorporated into Moon Chronicles is the ‘gates’ or progression blockers that must be returned to once the solution has been acquired. In Super Metroid this is usually accomplished by collecting a new power-up, whereas with Moon Chronicles it is largely story-driven or involves accomplishing a task or collecting a special item to gain access to the new area and progress through the game.”
“Another key element that I love about the Metroid series is the sense of many secret hidden pick-ups scattered all about, requiring the player explore beyond the main path of the game, which improve the player’s attributes in some way,” Watsham continued.
“This is where we utilize the Remote Access Droid (RAD) in Moon Chronicles, enabling the player to navigate the RAD unit into small ducts that Major Kane cannot enter in order to disable force-fields to allow Major Kane access and collect special items or progress into new areas. The RAD also provides a great sense of puzzle solving, which is another key aspect of the Metroid series.”
“There is a chance that each enemy destroyed will drop a pick-up that helps your current situation,” Watsham says. “You’ll find that you will typically get what you need at that moment, whether that is ammo for your Muon Pistol or a health pick-up. This serves as a great way for the player to feel the need and satisfaction from destroying enemies.”
Nintendo has released a new trailer for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy to coincide with the puzzle game’s arrival in North America. The Nintendo 3DS-exclusive title, which is now available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop, centers around Professor Layton and his assistants Luke and Emmy as they journey to uncover the mystery surrounding the ancient Azran civilization. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy has been available in Europe, Australia and Japan since last year.
Super Smash Bros director Masahiro Sakurai revealed the first introduction of a Pokemon X & Y character in Smash Bros. Dedenne will appear in the game presumably as a result of a thrown Pokeball, Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is due this year.
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Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of Super Smash Bros, has confirmed on Miiverse that Waluigi will be coming to the upcoming Super Smash Bros title for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS as an assist trophy.
“Once again, Waluigi’s Assist Trophy joins the collection!! …Which also means he’s not a playable character. Just because you try hard doesn’t mean you’ll make it into the battle.”
A minor system update for Nintendo 3DS has gone live. Version 7.1.0-16U is now available for download and adds further improvements to overall system stability. Other minor adjustments have also been made to enhance the user experience, according to Nintendo. The last major 3DS firmware upgrade added support for Nintendo Network IDs, Miiverse and removed the limit to system transfers. The Wii U was recently given a small system update, too.
TT Games has divulged new gameplay details for LEGO: The Hobbit after Warner Bros. announced the title’s release for multiple platforms this April. In an interview with Polygon, the game’s executive producer Nick Ricks spoke about a brand new gameplay mechanic which allows the dwarves of Middle-earth to team up.
Ricks emphasised the nature of team work, which sees dwarves lifting heavy objects and even stacking on top of one another to access an out-of-reach platform, saying that it was a “really important” moment to capture in the game.
“We thought that was a really important, emotional moment throughout all the films which we naturally wanted to capture. The fact they they do combine and work together seemed fit for the idea of Lego play. You combine bricks, you build things together. They seemed like a natural fit.”
With LEGO: The Hobbit focusing on the first two films, many fans wondered if extra content would be provided for the third film. It’s certainly something TT Games has considered with Ricks issuing the following tease below.
“At the moment we’re completely focused on making Lego The Hobbit the best it can be. We know there’s another film coming out, and we’ve got very excit[ing] plans about that, but I’m afraid there’s nothing I can say today.”
Masahiro Sakurai has given fans of Super Smash Bros. a new gameplay mechanic detail in today’s Miiverse screenshot. The Wii U image showcases Fox and Samus battling on stage, but gone are the days when mashing the ‘A’ button to oblivion and back was the key to defeating an enemy. Now, a string of combo attacks will slide into a neat finishing move, and was sneakily hinted at within Little Mac’s debut trailer. Here’s what Sakurai said on Miiverse:
“Now consecutive standard attacks will always transition into a finishing move. This is Fox’s finishing kick after his standard combo attack.”
Sega America have uploaded a Sonic Boom behind the scenes video which can be viewed above. The video documents the development process and speaks to a number of key players on the team. Sonic Boom is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and is the third and final game in Sega’s exclusivity agreement with Nintendo.
unveiled that Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be heading to North America later this year. The dungeon-crawler was revealed for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS last November, and will be the first Persona title on a Nintendo handheld.
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For those familiar with the Persona titles, you’ll find characters from Persona 3 and 4 featured within the gameplay style of Etrian Odyssey. Make sure you check out the trailer above to get reacquainted with the franchise. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will launch in North America this Autumn.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment together with TT Games have announced a release date for the upcoming Middle-earth adventure game LEGO: The Hobbit. Fans of the Tolkien franchise will be able to experience the first two Hobbit movies in LEGO-vision come April when it hits the Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC and Mac.
The action-packed video game is aiming to provide endless hilarity and in-game references to Peter Jackson’s blockbuster movies; An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug. LEGO: The Hobbit will launch on April 8 in North America and April 11 in Europe. And if you missed the latest amusing trailer, you can check it out here.