Speaking with IGN, Nintendo General Manager and video game icon Shigeru Miyamoto gave some insight into what we should be expecting with Star Fox amiibo. First and foremost, he let collectors know that the Smash Bros. series’ Fox amiibo as well as the upcoming Falco amiibo will be compatible, letting you unlock an “in-game present.”
Moreover, Miyamoto discussed an upcoming prototype for an Arwing (Fox’s signature ship) amiibo. While concepts are being tossed around, the amiibo development team at Nintendo are still wrestling over the price and design. But if Miyamoto had his way, he would want the Arwing amiibo to be able to transform:
Earlier, we talked about how the 3D model of the Arwing will actually transform [into a two-legged Walker] in the game. We have an actual model and we’re thinking how much it would actually cost to make when it’s transformable Can we actually do that?
Last but not least, Miyamoto acknowledged the amiibo shortage epidemic:
I’m sure you’re aware of the amiibo shortage situation, even with the back orders and repeat orders. We kind of have our hands full.
What do you think? Do you want a Star Fox line of amiibo?
Playtonic Games, the masterminds behind Kickstarter success Yooka-Laylee, have posted some new art on their official website of the quirky duo. They’ve also been speaking to IGN whilst playing through Banjo-Kazooie– which most of the Playtonic team developed too– and talking about what they’re learning from Banjo-Kazooie to apply to Yooka-Laylee. Take a look at the video interview here! What do you think of the direction Yooka-Laylee is taking?
Square Enix has announced that it is partnering up with IGN to promote a top secret game from the company. IGN says that they currently have no idea what this secret project is, but it does seem odd that they are holding back this title considering they have their own E3 press event during which they could show off the secret project. Any guesses as to what it might be?
In a recent article, IGN writer, Fran Mirabella, calls Nintendo out on the lack of a voice chat feature in Splatoon. He says after the Global Testfire Demos, he was left “indulged and annoyed” as he wished he could organise amongst his fellow team mates. The co-director, Yusuke Amano, says his reason for not including voice chat is that “he didn’t like the negativity I got and people telling me ‘you’re crap. Go away.'” Which makes sense, especially given Nintendo very much focuses on family-friendly gaming, but then why not offer at least an opt-in approach? You don’t have to voice chat if you don’t want to, but those that do are able to.
But perhaps Splatoon just isn’t that type of shooter where voice chat is necessary, and it would have changed the type of style Amano was striving for. Fran worries that: “it might only hold my attention for weeks instead of months without the community chat aspects that are so crucially important in today’s games.” But if it’s that important to you, you could use Skype or Google Hangouts– but his point is, why should you have to? So after playing the Global Testfire Demo, tell us your verdict. Have Nintendo really messed up by not including voice chat, or is it not that big a deal?
Are you kidding me? It’s 2015. A voice chat option is standard in most online team-based games, and it doesn’t have to be active with the entire map of tea-bagging grade-schoolers, but rather can just be limited to your team at will. We can have our cake and eat it too if Splatoon supports opt-in team voice chat. Nintendo has never been shy about prioritizing its family values, but the DNA of Wii and Wii U’s online experiences have mostly suffered from the lack of online features.
IGN has scooped first rights to show off the gorgeous Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power and boy does it look good. The game was revealed a few months back by developer Frozenbyte who stated that the game is PC only at present. Given the developers support of the Wii U with their previous games in the series it should hopefully come to the Wii U, as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Wondering who IGN want included as the downloadable character for Super Smash Bros? Well judging from their Instagram page it would seem as though they’re backing Sonic’s best friend Tails. I suppose he would make the perfect companion for Sonic who already stars in the brawler. Don’t forget you can vote for your favourite character, here.
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There are plenty of secrets and surprises hidden within the Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem Trailer. IGN has done a good job of revisiting the long-awaited trailer and uncovering all there is to be found. If you’re up for some speculation and teases then be sure to watch IGN’s Rewind Theatre trailer, above.