Rating boards are wonderful things. First we hear from the German one that LIMBO will be making its way to the Wii U, now we hear that the (arguably best) Mario Tennis from the Nintendo 64 will be showing up on Virtual Console. The rating (seen below) doesn’t confirm when the game will be coming exactly, however prior indications point to a release early next week.
All the way back in 1997, the dream team of Shigesato Itoi (Mother), Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario, Zelda) and Tsunekazu Ishihara (Pokemon) were all working on a game called Cabbage. Yes, Cabbage. Sounds strange, but also a stroke of genius for its time. It was to be designed for the Nintendo 64DD– an improved version of the Nintendo 64 which never made it to the West– and was going to make the use out of its improved gear.
Cabbage was pretty much Nintendo’s spin on Tamagotchi– you had a creature that you had to feed and look after and could take around with you. But how could you do that on the Nintendo 64DD? Well, according to Unseen64, Cabbage was going to make use out of the console’s internal clock so its world would keep ticking even when the console was turned off, it was going to have Game Boy connectivity so you could transfer Cabbage to your GB to tend to while you’re out and about, and even have network functionality to visit other players’ Cabbage. Any of that sound familiar?
Although nothing ever came of the game because the developers got too busy on other projects, and the Nintendo 64DD wasn’t the most popular, you can see elements of the game that were brought to other projects in the future. Animal Crossing was released a few years down the line on Nintendo 64, even Nintendogs’ use of real time nurturing aspect rings a bell. Cabbage seems to be the birthplace of many pioneering ideas, and it seems a shame it was never brought to life! Do you think you would have liked Cabbage?
It seems as though the original Turok on the Nintendo 64 could be remade by a small studio called Night Dive Studios. Whether this game will see the light of day remains to be seen, but I’m sure there are quite a few of you that have fond memories of the Nintendo 64 launch title which was released in 1997.
TR: After Powerslave EX, are you going to try your hand at remaking other shooters?
Kaiser: I was originally working on remaking N64 Turok (called Turok EX) but it got put off to the side. Since now Night Dive Studios has picked up the rights to re-release it, Turok EX will resume development later this year. By the way, I’ve also done work with Night Dive by re-releasing Strife, which was another reverse-engineering project that me and a friend worked on back in 2010.
Yup, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 64 titles will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console today. You will be able to download classics such as Super Mario 64 and Yoshi’s Island DS today. More titles will obviously be added over time.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is one of the most beloved games in the Legend of Zelda series, but did you know that the original development team only consisted of 40 people? Well, that what’s Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma told Kotaku. Not a bad team size for what is an exceptional game.
Didn’t spot the differences in the recently released trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS compared to the original Nintendo 64 version? Well NWR has kindly produced a video which showcases the visual changes between the two versions. We also found out yesterday that Majora’s Mask 3D will also take full advantage of the New Nintendo 3DS, but we’ve yet to find out what additional functionality there will be on the newer hardware.
Uh oh, there’s another Teens React To video and this time they’ve decided to target the beloved Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 64. At least the majority of the realise what they’ve been handed in a video game cartridge. Anyway, you can check out their amusing impressions in the video embedded above, if you dare.
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