Nintendo Japan's Surprise Christmas Plans - New Peripheral On The Way?

1st Party Gamecube roster: All eyes on Mario Party 6 and brand-new Kururin

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Nintendo Dream magazine recently featured a piece interviewing Nintendo spokesperson, Mitsuaki Hagishima, who has indicated how Nintendo is planning its crucial Christmas campaign. Not to be out-shone by Sony, there will be some important Ninty titles hitting the shelves over the winter months.

Whilst the autumn Japanese release of Mario Tennis has been on the cards for a while, there have been other more remarkable revelations. For starters, Hagishima-San has suggested that Star Fox and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat could be ready for release this December, and Fire Emblem: Seima No Kuseki should also be out by this point.

Apparently, there will also be a 'surprise announcement' by Nintendo in the run-up to Chrimbo. Given the vast tome of surprises that Nintendo has locked away, in a hidden room, in a secret building, some place, somewhere, this could pertain to any number of things that we don't know about.

However, if we were gamblers and obliged to place a bet on the outcome of this as-yet-unannounced announcement, we'd go with this surprise being Mario Party 6 related. Nintendo has already hinted that Mario Party 6 can be played without a controller: which it will need to fully explain ahead of the game's November release date. There may even be a totally new peipheral heading to market.

Speculation aside, here's the proposed Japanese 'Cube release list:

October: Mario Tennis
October: Kururin Squash!
November: Mario Party 6
December: Fire Emblem - Seima No Kouseki
December: Starfox
December: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat


kriv 23 Jul 2004 12:05
My bet is on a light gun.
Joji 23 Jul 2004 12:12
Curiouser and curiouser, something else to bring us for xmas. I'm intrigue but what can it be? Would be nice if it was a light gun, because we have not had one of those on a Nintendo system since the SNES Scope 6.

This is an area even Xbox has covered, but not even N64 had one. Would have made N64 and GC a bit more fun. As for dance mats for GC well don't get me started on that one.

I'll look forward to see what the have to offer.
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Kaxxx 23 Jul 2004 12:53
I always get bored quickly of lightgun games. I think the most fun ive had is on Point Blank. HOTD and Time Crisis games bore me far too quickly.

It will be interesting anyway to see what they come up with.
Alan is my first name 23 Jul 2004 18:50
It'll be an eye-toy-esque type thing for Mario Party 6. Count on it.

And Starfox before the end of the year? Boy, they better have gotten this game right.
Jayenkai 23 Jul 2004 23:16
But, a lightgun IS a controller.. Right?
And anyway, I doubt you can get 4 player working with lightguns, correctly. Everyone knows that MarioParty needs at least 2 player games.
Heck, not even an eyetoy could manage that!!

Oooh, a thought.
With little tiny Wireless thingies in them :)
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