Those lusting after the neglected F-Zero franchise may want to cast your eye on this upcoming Kickstarter project. The game is dubbed the spiritual successor to F-Zero and certainly shares a striking resemblance visually. For the project to be funded, the team of six people need €115,000. You can check out Zero Gravity AX videos, artwork and information, right here.
Project Hammer for the Wii was one of those titles we thought we were going to get and then it was suddenly canceled. There’s a detailed back story to the development of the canned game which was canceled around 2007 after spending four long arduous years in development. One of the many problems surrounding the development was due to the Japanese management trying to take over the project there were also hints of racism coming into play too. Here’s a roundup of the saddening events that led to the cancellation of Project Hammer.
- After 1080, NST went on to start a new project ( a small team that outsourced concept art, CGI opening, etc)
- The internal name for the project was MachineX
- In 2005 it had reached 75% completion and was nearing completion
- Japanese staff were overseeing the development at the studio which posed cultural challenges
- There were continued arguments and debate between the Japanese management and the NST developers
- At late 2007, it was 4 years in development
- Towards the end, changes were demanded to the environments and then the entire visuals
- This complete change despite mechanics eventually culminated in a more ‘lighter, casual’ visual style that was codenamed Wii Crush
- 2008 onwards, staff left
- Nintendo of America had to carry out a review of staff conditions which recorded a low morale.
- Midway into 2009, a small number of staff still continued to work onto it until it ended
- NCL finally withdrew funding
- ‘Nintendo have made some great games, but with NST it came with a price’
Thanks, Ted and Liam
There’s a number of tweets coming from Twitter stating that Dragon Quest producer Yuji Horii announced both Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII for the French market. It was apparently a last-minute announcement at the Japan Expo. Let’s hope it’s legitimate and that the Nintendo 3DS games make their way to Europe and US.
Western Nintendo 3DS owners have been asking Square Enix for what seems like forever when we will finally get to play the Dragon Quest remakes that are currently available for purchase in Japan. The lucky Japanese have access to Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII remakes and western fans are clamouring for them to be released over here. All we’ve heard so far is that the company is currently “thinking about” releasing them here.
Horii also says that Square Enix are aware fans want the Nintendo 3DS remakes of Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII in the West, and that the company is “thinking about it”.
It should not come as a massive surprise to many of you, but industry insider Liam Robertson of Unseen 64 says that Nintendo’s next generation platform, the NX, won’t compete against the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on a power level. No doubt the console will be cheap and will also feature some sort of innovative unique selling point. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime have stated that we won’t hear more about NX till next year.
If you weren’t a fan of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD‘s primarily gold packaging, you’ll be happy to know that Nintendo is now selling the colorful version of the box art at retailers in North America. It looks like the gold box art is still being sold if you prefer that one. Which cover would you pick if you had to choose between the two? I would pick the colorful one as I feel it better captures the vibrant nature of game.