It looks like the Wii U console’s Virtual Console lineup could be expanded with more Wii games soon. According to Nintendo’s database, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the original Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid: Other M are among the classic titles that could be coming to the service. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Prime: Trilogy, Punch-Out!! and Donkey Kong Country Returns are among the Wii games that were re-released via the Nintendo eShop on Wii U earlier this year.
Legendary Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has told GamesTM that technical difficulties with hardware doesn’t prevent the team from including new and unique features in Zelda titles. Aonuma cited The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword as a prime example of this, as he says the team initially had difficulty making Link’s sword swings match the motion controls.
“Although there may be technical difficulties, we rarely let that be a reason to avoid adding things to the game. In Skyward Sword, it was a technical challenge to make Link’s sword swings match the motion controls completely and I was a little worried whether the users would be happy about this innovation. Enthusiast gamers often have strong attachments to traditional controls, but I believed that in the end many users would enjoy the unique gameplay and we went ahead with it.”
In a recent interview with Japanese publication CG World the development team at Monolith Soft revealed that the Kyoto team helped out with some of the graphics in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more recently in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The interview sheds some light on the company’s new studio in Kyoto, which was created so that the team could work closer with Nintendo. It genuinely sounds a great place to work.
US retail chain Best Buy is currently running a fantastic offer for the beloved Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. If you enrol for a free Reward Zone card then you’re entitled to get Skyward Sword for the ridiculous price of $14.99. The offer is only available if you purchase the game at your local store, so you won’t be able to purchase it online.
Because The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword launched in November 2011, it makes sense that a new title in the franchise was not present at this year’s E3. Although it wasn’t on the show floor, Shigeru Miyamoto is thinking about the next console Zelda. Miyamoto reiterates that the Zelda HD experience shown at E3 2011 was only made to display the graphical capabilities of Wii U.
Miyamoto wants to find out what most people want for the next Zelda – including both casual and dedicated gamers. Miyamoto wants Wii U’s Zelda to reach a large audience and be attractive for all types of gamers. Nintendo Land will feature a Zelda attraction – perhaps this is Nintendo’s way of introducing more people to The Legend of Zelda series.
“With the last game, Skyward Sword, that was a game where you had motion control to use your weapons and a lot of different items, and I thought that was a lot of fun, but there were some people who weren’t able to do that or didn’t like it as much and stopped playing partway through it,” Miyamoto said. “So we’re in the phase where we’re looking back at what’s worked very well and what has been missing and how can we evolve it further.”
The next Super Smash Bros. is not going to be released any time soon – in the meantime, play Project M. Project M is a Super Smash Bros. Melee-inspired mod that can be applied to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The mod is legal because you need to have a copy of Brawl in your possession.
Project M’s purpose is to make Brawl’s gameplay mechanics similar to Melee’s style. Project M also removes the random tripping prevalent in Brawl, balances the characters, and adds new stages such as Skyward Sword’s Skyloft. The mod is free of charge and can be downloaded from Project M’s website.
“Project M is playable on ANY NTSC Wii, without any hardware modification, and even without any longterm software modification. All that is needed to get started is an SD card and a copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.”