Nintendo of America has revealed, via Twitter, that company president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that Nintendo will discuss multiple Wii U games “before the start of E3,” during a Nintendo Direct online presentation. Among the games that will be discussed before the expo begins are a brand-new Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart and 3D Mario game – each of which doesn’t have an official name as of yet. Currently, the date of the pre-E3 presentation is unknown, but we do know that E3 officially begins on June 11th.
Shinesparkers, the talented group behind Harmony of a Hunter, has announced that they’re preparing a tribute to Nintendo’s popular fighter, Super Smash Bros. This fan project aims to encapsulate all three Smash Bros games - the original Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 64, GameCube sequel Melee and Brawl on Wii. The album will be titled Harmony of Heroes and will be available as a free digital download when it’s released in 2014. Here’s what Darren from Shinesparkers had to say about the exciting project.
“Our latest project builds on the success of our previous projects Harmony of a Hunter and Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, which were created in celebration and support of Metroid’s twenty fifth anniversary. While we were proud of our achievements, we were overwhelmed by the love and support of our albums that we decided to consider another. After 101% Run released and seventy five tracks later, we were satisfied that we had effectively covered the vast majority of music from the Metroid franchise to a standard that many fans could appreciate. But we also knew that it would be difficult to fill a third album of music from the franchise.”
“It was important that our next album had a different focus, but still appealed to the dedicated and loyal fan base we had received. To ensure this was still achievable, we decided that Harmony of Heroes would also be highly diverse in terms of musical genre and feature musicians like our previous projects. We identified that a lot of Metroid fans were also fans of other Nintendo franchises and Super Smash Bros, so we felt it would be a desirable project. Super Smash Bros is a hot topic right now with fans eagerly anticipating the upcoming games on Nintendo Wii U and 3DS.”
“Harmony of Heroes will focus on music from all three Super Smash Bros games and feature some of the most cherished and loved franchises in Nintendo history, including Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Kirby and Pokemon. We also want to assure people that the Metroid franchise will be suitably represented in Harmony of Heroes. I can confirm that some musicians from our previous projects will be contributing music to this album, as well as brand new musicians hoping to make their debut for the first time. Harmony of Heroes will be assisted by Pyro Paper Planes and Buoy, two musicians from Harmony of a Hunter. Both of them have been a huge and essential support to the project so far, offering some great advice and suggestions to make this album something incredibly special. You will be hearing more from them during the development of this project. We are also thankful to Sam Dillard for creating and scoring our announcement trailer.”
“Finally, I would like to confirm that Harmony of Heroes will be released in 2014 as a free digital release via our website. We hope that Smash Bros fans will look forward to our project and that fans of Shinesparkers and Harmony of a Hunter will continue to support us.”
Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed, via Twitter, that both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the next Super Smash Bros. title will be at this year’s E3. Yesterday, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said ‘screens’ from the new Super Smash Bros. game will be shown at the expo, but according to IGN, Sakurai makes it seem like we may be seeing actual footage this E3. Because production of the game was announced so far in advance, Sakurai apologizes to fans of the series; however, the video game designer says there’ll be more Super Smash Bros. news coming.
The Official Nintendo Magazine has listed 12 characters that should be in the next Super Smash Bros. title for Wii U. Among the 12 are Professor Layton, Pac-Man, Little Mac, Sukapon, King K. Rool, Travis Touchdown, Jack Cayman, Mr. Driller, Geno, Mega Man, Waluigi and Bowser Jr. Based on the characters listed by the video game magazine, which ones should replace existing characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl‘s roster?
The Official Nintendo Magazine says the forthcoming Super Smash Bros. title for Wii U would be better than Wii’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl if it includes seven things. Among the seven things are a better online infrastructure, more cooperative options, the addition friend leagues, character transfer between Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the ability to take in-game screenshots and share them, feature more Nintendo history throughout the game, and the option of playing as the Master Hand.
What would you like added to the first HD Super Smash Bros. title?
The latest North American Club Nintendo reward has been posted and it’s none other than Super Smash Bros which originally appeared on the Nintendo 64 back in 1999. The critically acclaimed brawler will set you back 200 reward coins.
Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada claims he knows why Namco Bandai was chosen by Nintendo to work on the next Super Smash Bros. games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Because Super Smash Bros. is a fighting game, Nintendo supposedly wanted Namco Bandai because of its 17 years of experience with the Tekken franchise. According to Harada, Namco Bandai has developed a “very good” relationship with both Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai.
“I think Nintendo chose us just because Smash Brothers is a fighting game. We have over 17 years of continuously developing titles in our franchise [Tekken], I think they felt we were a choice for that.”
“Also, we’ve continually developed a very good relationship with Nintendo. Maybe not necessarily in the public spotlight but kind of behind the scenes. We have established a very good working relationship with them. Not just Nintendo, but as a company, we have a very good relationship with Sakurai-san at Sora as well. I think that we are in very good position to make a great game for the Smash Brothers series.”
At a recent developers conference in Japan, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai delivered a keynote address that was mainly a compilation of his history in the video game industry. During his speech, Sakurai mentioned the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games by saying “It’s fun making new skills for new characters.”
Despite his previous claim that the next games in the series probably won’t feature a host of new characters, we now know that Sakurai and team are indeed working on new characters for Nintendo’s upcoming brawlers.
Digital Spy, British entertainment and media news website, readers were asked to vote for their favorite local multiplayer game or franchise of all time. Nintendo’s Mario Kart series came out on top with over 40% of the votes. Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS was voted the best game of 2011 by the website’s followers.
Goldeneye 64 and the Super Smash Bros. franchise follow with about %10 of the votes for each. To those who don’t know – the first Mario Kart, Super Mario Kart, was launched in 1992 for the SNES and the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 was released in 1999. Which local multiplayer game or franchise do you enjoy most?
The next Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will probably allow gamers to choose among different controller types, according to producer Masahiro Sakurai. Sakurai mentions the fact that the Nintendo GameCube controller isn’t the only way to control Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and his team “will look into ways that fits the Wii U.”
Although it’s a Wii exclusive, motion controls are almost nonexistent in Super Smash Bros. Brawl – would you like Wii U’s (or Nintendo 3DS’s) Super Smash Bros. game to implement motion controls in some way?