Nintendo has just announced that Donkey Kong is on the comeback trail, swinging onto Wii this year in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
The game picks up where Rare’s much-loved SNES original left off. A side-scrolling platformer that rips along at breakneck pace is the result, and what’s more Retro Studios, the team behind the excellent Metroid Prime series, is at the helm.
In a gameplay demo shown onstage at E3,the game features a mix of classic Donkey Kong Country elements - shooting barrels, mine cart sections, banana gobbling and a host of mental enemies.
Retro has nailed the look of the game, with action exploding all around the screen, and some gorgeous effects. One sees Donkey Kong racing through a coastal level with the setting sun silhouetting him beautifully.
Nintendo has just released a huge list of the games that will be on the way to 3DS. They include new Mario Kart, Pilotwings, Animal Crossing, Paper Mario and Nintendogs and Cats.
And that’s just from Nintendo! Other games confirmed from third parties include Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Super Street Fighter, Ridge Racer, Sonic, Assassin’s Creed and lots, lots more.
GOLDEN EYE Wii !!
The game, being developed by Eurocom and published by Activision, stars Daniel Craig as Bond and re-tells the GoldenEye story with a modern twist. It will be released before Christmas.
GoldenEye was famous for its multiplayer modes and the Wii version will be no different, with four-player local multiplayer (including many of the classic game modes and modifiers that made the original such great fun) and eight-player online multiplayer. This online multiplayer mode will let you unlock new weapons as you play more, much like the perks system in the Call Of Duty games.
Nintendo have announced details of what we can expect from their new 3DS handheld live at the E3 show in LA.
The handheld will have a widescreen 3D display up top and a touch screen on the bottom. As well as standard D-Pad controls, there will also be an analogue stick. The 3DS will also boast a gyrosensor and motion controller for more dynamic play.
A 3D slider allows you to toggle the 3D effect. You can turn it off, turn it on or alter the effect to any degree in between.
The handheld also boasts hugely increased power over the original DS. No specifics yet, but the Kid Icarus clip we saw looked comparable to a Wii game.
As well as playing games, you’ll also be able to watch 3D movies on the 3DS. No line-up has been announced yet, but Nintendo have How To Train Your Dragon running on the show floor.
The new system also has full Wi-Fi. New game content will automatically download to your 3DS without you needing to do anything, even if you are not playing a game.
Sounds, well, staggeringly cool.
Kid Icarus: Uprising is the first Nintendo game to be confirmed for 3DS.
This is great news for veteran Nintendo fans who have longed for Kid Icarus to return ever since the NES debut.
Even better, it looks amazing! From what we saw at the E3 conference, it looks like a Wii game and appear sto be a bit like Sin & Punishment.
You fly around taking out enemies with your bow and arrow. However, you only have the ‘miracle of flight’ for five minutes and there is some action on the ground with some big bosses showing up at the end of the E3 video.
Nintendo revealed that the Metal Gear Solid franchise is headed to its just-unveiled 3DS, with creator Hideo Kojima currently “experimenting” with what the new handheld can achieve.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed Nintendo is working with Hideo Kojima and Konami to bring the series to 3DS.
It looks very much as though Solid Snake himself is set for his 3DS bow, in a new spin on the excellent PS2 title Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
Kojima himself discussed his reaction to the 3DS at the conference. “I was told to sit down, and was given a Nintendo 3DS. Suddenly it became 3D.”
He then went on to describe a possible jungle scene, explaining how he could create foliage and creatures moving in 3D. Perhaps this is a hint at a return to the Cold War jungle setting of Metal Gear Solid 3…
In fact, the provisional title of the game hints at just such a setting, being Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D ‘The Naked Sample’, so we could be headed back into that humid greenery for the series’ 3DS bow.
Shigeru Miyamoto has just announced the title of the new Zelda Wii game. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword is heading to Wii in 2011.
Featuring a cel-shaded graphical style somewhere between Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, it makes full use of the MotionPlus peripheral.
Among the new items Link will be getting his hands on are a flying beatle that can pick up items and a whip. Standards like the slingshot, bow and bombs return. Bombs can be thrown or rolled with the Remote.
Zelda: Skyward Sword will be out in 2011.
Nintendo has just confirmed that The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword won’t be released until 2011.
Nintendo’s US boss had previously said that the new Zelda wouldn’t be released until “it’s perfect” and it looks as if Aonuma, Miyamoto and the gang are working to make the game as good as it can possibly be.