It has been no surprise that the Minecraft-esque, indie title Terraria would be heading to Nintendo platforms — in fact, it was confirmed by the developers themselves. However, for those who follow the recent listings of the ESRB (i.e., only gaming journalism blogs), you may have noticed that the new rating Terraria is lacking one thing: the Nintendo 3DS version. In the ESRB rating (seen below), there is only mention of a Wii U and Vita (retail) version:
This is by no means the end of days — there was never an official release date, so this may have been the plan all along (if it is simply a tiered launch timeline). Either way, which system do you hope to pick Terraria up on?
According to Polygon’s interview with Platinum Games, Star Fox Zero will have a cooperative mode (that is still very actively a work in progress). However, interestingly enough, Platinum Games’ Lead Director Hashimoto says this mode — which allows for one person to fly the Arwing while another controls the guns — was made specifically for little children, playing with parents.
We wanted to have a co-op mode where basically one person could handle flying the vehicle, while another person handles shooting. So, if you had a situation where a parent was playing with their child and the child was having a tough time with the game, the parent could handle flying the vehicle with a nunchuk and Wii remote and the child could just enjoy targeting and shooting things on the GamePad.
On a cool note, the cooperative play will change depending on the vehicle in use. If the two players are piloting the Gyrowing (the drone-like helicopter) and the Direct -I (deployable mech) is dropped, the cooperative team will split with the two players controlling the two separate ships.
Star Fox Zero is set to release exclusively on the Wii U in Q4 2015. Despite the fact this is being developed with tykes in mind, are you excited for this new mode?
In anticipation of the Kickstarted game’s launch on PlayStation 4 later this week, Yanim Studios has released a cinematic trailer for their multi-platform indie, Red Goddess: Inner World.
Red Goddess: Inner World is targeting a Wii U release window of Q1 2016 and revolves around a young goddess named Divine who is haunted by her own subconscious. Something unknown is tearing her apart from the inside out, destroying her mind and her soul. Deciding to right this wrong, she enters into her own subconscious and discovers a planet within her own mind. Filled with trees, mountains and caves, she will journey this world and discover what her true connection to it is. And more importantly, who she is. Check out the trailer below:
One of the announcements that pleased a number of fans at this year’s Nintendo E3 Digital Event was the fact that Platinum Game’s were developing the new Star Fox for Wii U, which is titled Star Fox Zero. Polygon managed to catch up with Nintendo EAD’s Yugo Hayashi and Yusuke Hashimoto from Platinum Games to find out just how the exciting collaboration came to be. Hayashi says that the team at Nintendo didn’t have enough resources to make the game, but they were certain that an acclaimed action studio such as Platinum Games would be a perfect fit for the title.
“Internally, we thought we maybe didn’t have enough resources to make it. So we started looking outside for a good fit.
“We already had some relationship with Platinum Games and in thinking about who would be be a good company to make a Star Fox game, obviously Platinum Games are very good at making action games, they’re very good at making games that are visually exciting. So we thought they would be a perfect fit.”
– EAD’s Yugo Hayashi
“When I was getting into the project it kind of started up for me as how do we use this to make stages that will be fun to play. How do we create extravagant, exciting situations. Basically, as the development has gone forward it has been the two teams passing it back and forth and talking about that kind of thing.”
“When you get to the boss and it switches to the target view and you have that kind of extravagant cinematic view, flying around the boss with a first-person view,” he said. “That was the first time I thought we were kind of getting at what I hoped to achieve with this project.”
“I think the reason for that is because it’s a cinematic scene, a cinematic effect, but you’re able to control it and create these kind of action moments while flying around in the way you attack.”
– Platinum Games, Yusuke Hashimoto
There has been a lot of Fire Emblem love on the eShop as of late. specifically the North American ESRB rating of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. However, North America isn’t the only one reaping the benefits — if you live in Europe you will be able to grab Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon this Thursday.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon released in 2008 on Nintendo DS, and is the remake of the original Japanese-exclusive Fire Emblem title “Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Ken.” Check out the Virtual Console trailer below:
If you reside in Europe and have any Club Nintendo stars left then you will probably be interested to learn that the adorable Captain Toad Figurine Lamp is currently available for purchase on the service. It is not cheap, setting you back 6000 of your hard-earned stars, but it is probably totally worth it. Don’t forget that you need to use your stars up as Club Nintendo will be closing soon and will be replaced with a brand new service.
If you live in North America and have been pushing off using your coins, you better get on it. While it isn’t news that Nintendo’s reward program, Club Nintendo, would be closing down, few may remember that it is happening tomorrow, June 30th. Not only is it your last time to use your saved coins, but it will be the last time Club members can access their account — if you grab some last-minute rewards today, make sure to jot down the download key on a piece of paper.