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Below, you can see our latest E3 2009 news and features, alongside all our predictions for the event.
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As a rough estimation, Miyamoto has stated that approximately 90% of SMG2's levels are new meanwhile the rest are all "new variations of the worlds in Super Mario Galaxy" like with new objectives and such. He also says that the addition of Yoshi isn't the only thing that'll be new with this sequel. Miyamoto says that there's something being planned for a new ability for Mario that's "something...a little bit ghost-like but still a little different." Let the speculation begin.
Nintendo has re-confirmed for us that Retro Studios is, indeed, working on a project and although they weren't going to reveal it at E3 this year, they are working really hard on this project. They promise that it's something completely unrelated to Metroid (inb4KidIcarus).
- "You know, the Retro folks are hard at work. We and they wanted to do something different than Metroid, to show their chops in a different area. More to come on that. We don’t have anything to reveal about Retro at this E3 but they are hard at work."
Some talk has been going around especially in light of recent events that there is a Kingdom Hearts project in the works for Wii. Even IGN has made a game page announcing that the game is "To Be Announced" at some point and time. Do you think this is gonna happen, especially considering the upcoming DS project? I'd say so. Plus, there was so much talk floating around about it even before E3 but now these have been recently revisited.
Apparently, Nintendo constructed a prototype for a new handheld at one point of the course of the past three years but according to Iwata, they decided not to release it and they scrapped the idea. I wonder what it was?
To commemorate the release of Wii Sports Resort, Nintendo of Japan is holding a special contest where 5,000 winners can obtain a limited edition Blue Wii Remote and Nunchuk as a set. To be eligible, one must register Wii Sports Resort anywhere from its release on June 15th until August 31st. What a cool prize!
'New Play Control! Chibi-Robo' hasn't even come out yet over here and Nintendo of Japan is already confirming that a new Chibi-Robo game is coming for the DS! The game is titled "Okaeri! Chibi Robo! Happy Richie Dai Souji" and is currently slated to release rather quickly -- on July 23rd. Hopefully we'll hear of a release in other regions as well.
Japan have just claimed their sixth DSi colour: red. As you can see from the picture, it looks great, doesn't it? Hopefully we'll get it here too at some point in the future, although there might be a bit of a wait, since there's been no word on any different colours coming to North America or Europe! Anyone jealous yet?
In the meantime, the country are also getting the first differently coloured Wii's. That's right, later this year black coloured Wii consoles will be on sale in the land of the rising sun, and whilst they may not fit well with the current Wii "style", I'm sure that these will make a lot of people happy. So... jealous now?
IGN has given us a taste of some of the activities that will be included in Wii Fit Plus and they sound great! 10 mini-games were shown off, including: "Perfect 10, Island Cycling, Rhythm Kung-Fu, Segway Circuit, Bird's Eye Bulls-eye, Snowball Fight, Obstacle Course, Tilt City and Rhythm Parade". We already know what Perfect 10 is like -- Cammie describes it as "Brain Age for your backside" where players must hit various numbers using their hips to create a sum of 10. Island Cycling/Segway Circuit has you walking on the Balance Board and steering the bicycle with your Wii remote. Obstacle Course is also one we heard about already during Nintendo's conference -- a "Mario-esque level" where you must get through the course by jumping over logs, dodging cannonballs and more on your way to the finish. Bird's Eye Bulls-eye has your Mii in a chicken suit gliding in the sky, landing on targets and so on. It seems reminiscent of Monkey Target from the Monkey Ball series. Snowball Fight has you dodging incoming snowballs like the Soccer mini-game in Wii Fit and then you're even able to throw snowballs at Mii's using the A Button at the right time. Tilt City is reminiscent of a mini-game in Mario Party 8 where you must shift your wieght to sort coloured balls into their proper containers. The article concludes by saying this:
- "We're also keeping our fingers crossed that initial rumors about online support to trade and track exercise data with friends come to fruition."
Miyamoto is really confident in the direction Nintendo is taking with the Wii right now. He has absolutely no fears whatsoever with regards to his business rivals: Sony and Microsoft. Recently, there have been new announcements regarding Microsoft and Sony getting into the ring of motion controls and Miyamoto is not worried one bit. In fact, he finds the whole idea rather humbling!
- "The fact that both of those companies are looking at getting the gamer off the couch, taking advantage of motion control, and getting them to control the game by moving their body shows that they have looked at what we have done with Wii. And now they are moving in the same direction. To that end we are very flattered."
What a great attitude to have!
A new Pokemon game for WiiWare that actually sounds like a good idea! Players will have the task of controlling their Pokemon on top-down maps to defeat enemies and bosses except the gimmick this time is that they're actually wind-up toys. Some of the modes include a "Battle Royale" where players must aim to be the last Pokemon standing and the normal single-player campaign. The game will feature simple controls, 4-person support and will be available in Japan for 1,500 Points. It's quite likely that it'll be announced for North America sometime soon as well.