Yoshio Sakamoto, the director behind Super Metroid and Metroid: Other M, doesn’t sound like he’s returning to the series anytime soon. Sakamoto says that he wants to create entertainment that’s completely different and that genuinely brings new emotions. Sakamoto is currently the director of Tomodachi Life.
“I do not intend to do so. There might [currently] be various tasks I might be involved in with past series. However, even if so, I would always like to introduce new entertainment and new fun to those series.”
“… This might be indirect, but if we can make new types of gamers enjoy video games for the first time through Tomodachi Life, then they might eventually become interested in the more conventional games. … I would like to challenge myself to do that.”
While Sonic Boom has left some fans of the franchise startled with its intriguing artistic design, most cannot wait to see what the game’s developers Big Red Button have to offer the blue hedgehog and his friends. In a recent interview with ONM UK, Big Red Button’s CEO and visual director Bob Rafai has shared interesting information surrounding Sonic Boom’s CryEngine 3 use.
The game’s development team boasts talent from the likes of Naughty Dog, High Impact Games and Heavy Iron Studios and has enhanced the standard version of CryEngine 3, in order to provide the best for fans of the SEGA franchise on the Wii U. Rafai says CryEngine 3 cannot normally utilise split-screen gaming but, due to working with the engine’s creator, the team has managed to feature a split-screen display both on the GamePad and the TV.
“You associate CryEngine with lush, tropical, beachy things. These are also things with which Sonic is associated, so they work together. We worked in close contact with Crytek in Germany, and the team there is pretty excited about that as well. In the end, it was simply the right choice for the project.”
VG247 Italy has snapped a shot of the character select screen in the upcoming Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. The screen taken shows that there are thirty playable characters to choose from. We heard from the Official Nintendo Magazine in Spain that Diddy Kong will be a playable character, but he’s absent in the default playable characters roster. No doubt he will make a welcomed appearance though.
Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has listed all the playable characters in the forthcoming Mario Golf: World Tour. The list includes the default characters you can play with, as well as the unlockable characters found throughout the game.
- Donkey Kong
- Diddy Kong
- Bowser Jr.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is less than a month away from its release, so the lovable pink ball has been busy making sure his website is up to expected standards. Nintendo’s given him the rainbow colour treatment and presented Kirby fans with a spectacular website, detailing his abilities and the mini-games featured within the title.
Even if you haven’t been following the various trailers for the game, you can quickly get up to speed by taking some time to peruse the European site. We’re not saying Kirby will get mad, but just in case he decides to unleash Hypernova mode, you can take a look here. Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be available on May 2 in North America and May 16 in Europe.
Nintendo UK is offering fans the chance to grab an iconic Mario hat when they purchase the latest entry in the Mario Golf franchise. The pre-order bundle is only available on the UK Nintendo Store and retails for £34.99. Will you be pre-ordering?
Nintendo of America has announced that Princess Peach will join Mario and Luigi with a new Wii Remote Plus entirely dedicated to her Royal heritage. Hopefully, the pink remote will find its way over to Europe soon, just as the red and green versions did. You can find all the details, including the controller’s price in the press release below:
Nintendo hereby announces a new Wii Remote Plus controller styled in the royal fashion of Princess Peach. The pink controller features many touches that pay homage to the Mushroom Kingdom’s most powerful heroine, who recently starred in the Super Mario 3D World game for the Wii U console. The new controller includes a crown design over the speaker, blue buttons that echo Peach’s royal jewellery and a golden-yellow plus pad that evokes her regal crown.
The new Peach Pink Wii Remote Plus will start appearing in stores in late April at a suggested retail price of $39.99. It joins other controllers themed to Nintendo characters, including the red Mario and green Luigi controllers. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that call for Wii Remote controllers. Fans of Mario Kart 8 might want to pick up the new remote to control Peach when the game launches May 30.
announced that the ever-popular Yokai Watch series for the Nintendo 3DS will be receiving a sequel. Developed by Level-5, Yokai Watch 2 will be released as two versions, Ganso (meaning Founder) and Honke (meaning Head). Both physical editions of games will come boxed with medals; Ganso comes with the silver “Nyaiin” Z medal, while Honke with the “Komanyachi” Z medal.
Japanese magazine CoroCoro has
Yokai Watch 2 follows the story of Keita and friends as they travel back in time to Sakura New Town by way of the mysterious Yokai, in order to reveal the secrets of the ghosts. The sequel has a host of new features, including hidden ways to find new Yokai and bicycle races. Yokai Watch 2 is set to release on July 10 for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan.
The Spanish counterpart of the Official Nintendo Magazine recently reported that Diddy Kong is a playable character in Mario Kart 8. The supposed reveal was followed by a tweet from the publication’s director, Juan Carlos Garcia, who stated that the character’s inclusion in the upcoming racing game can only be confirmed by Nintendo. The publisher previously revealed that the red-clothed chimp is featured in the roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
It looks as though the Official Spanish Nintendo Magazine has revealed that Diddy Kong will be joining the party in Mario Kart 8. The official scan was posted as a preview of this month’s magazine. Nintendo has yet to confirm Diddy Kong’s inclusion in the game.
Thanks, Miles and Teenchampion
Update: Diddy Kong Unconfirmed for Mario Kart 8