Nintendo knows how to put on a show when it really wants to. It all kicked off with a Legend of Zelda orchestra piece, featuring a montage of Link on his many past adventures.
With the increased air con as the theme music rolled around, I couldn't help but feel a comforting chill run down my spine. The medley ended with Skyward Sword, and an appearance from Shigeru Miyamoto.
This is the second time the legendary designer has opened a Nintendo conference, and he had a lot of news to share. The 25th Anniversary of the action RPG leads us to a worldwide orchestra tour, two CD soundtrack releases, Four Swords
as a free DSi download and Link's Awakening
available on the 3DS eShop. Oh, and a gold Wii Remote with Skyward Sword
I'm being brutally honest
That's a fair number of cool Zelda announcements, if I'm being brutally honest. I just need to find out when that orchestra tour's coming to the UK, because I'm certainly not missing that! As a taster, Miyamoto asked the orchestra in the Nokia Theatre to play a few jingles. For each performance, the designer acted out opening chests and finding items. Nothing but massive grins for me here.
Company president Satoru Iwata walks casually on stage like the cool uncle that's about to hand you that rock CD that you asked for your birthday, but your parents don't approve of.
He deftly avoided turning the eager audience's anticipation for the new home console into a porn fest as he used the words "deeper" and "wider." He was talking about gameplay experiences, notch.
Nintendo America president, Reggie Fils-Aime on thé other hand, looks like the kind of guy you want on your side in a street fight.
"Look, we hear you," he told the audience, almost as if what gamers had been asking for was something rather extraordinary. "You want comforting core experiences, and you want surprise. Is it fair to ask for something for everyone?" Probably.
But this is something that the Japanese company aims to fulfil with at least the 3DS, re-iterating its commitment to releasing a new version of Mario Kart
and Star Fox 64
. Cue video piece that receives plenty of cheers from the audience, popular Nintendo characters darting around the screen and waving to the crowd.
Hopes Double Dashed
I struggled to maintain interest in Mario Kart
after having been disappointed in Double Dash
and Wii, but perhaps customisation and glider/propellor modifications will do something to revitalise the experience. You still can't beat Mario Kart 64
in my opinion.
The big surprise for me was Luigi's Mansion
. I'm so happy about the announcement of a sequel for the 3DS - the original was a criminally underrated launch title for the Gamecube and deserves more love than it received. You'll be hunting for 3D ghosts across a number of new mansions this time around, with creepy music and nervous Luigi-isms aplenty.
Of course, any new Mario game commands my full attention, and the new 3DS game is no doubt going to do just that. His new rolling moves seem to add a new element of play, while Nintendo looks like it's going to abuse the shit out of the 3D capabilities by way of dynamic moving cameras. It's looking awesome.