Archive for January, 2013

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Ryo Nagamatsu, composer for Wii U’s debut game Nintendo Land speaks about his work on Nintendo Land and his approach for each of the twelve attractions, including Metroid Blast. In an interview with Jayson Napolitano at Destructoid, Nagamatsu talks about why he decided on an orchestral approach to the music and how he hopes the music will help players lose themselves in the mini game.

Metroid Blast is the most complex attraction in Nintendo Land, one that gives you a really full-on action experience. I gave the music an orchestral arrangement for an epic, flamboyant sound, something that made you feel you were playing inside an enormous space.”

“The chorus you hear in the arrangement of Super Metroid’s ‘Lower Norfair’ music is composed entirely with my own voice, without any processing.”

“There’s a lot of original music here, too, songs that retain that grand sort of Metroid impact. I hope it’ll help players really lose themselves as they’re thrown into battle inside this massive space!”

To hear more from Ryo Nagamatsu about his work on Nintendo Land, check out “An aural tour with the composer of Nintendo Land” in a three part interview over at Destructoid!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Source: Destructoid

Super Metroid announced for Wii U Virtual Console

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata presented a Nintendo Direct today, announcing new features and games for the company’s current console, the Wii U. One of the announcements was the Wii U Virtual Console, that will allow players to play retro Nintendo titles on the system. While the system won’t be immediately compatible with all existing Wii Virtual Console titles, Nintendo is working on porting all those games forward.

VC Trial CampaignTo celebrate the release of the feature as well as the Famicom’s (the Japanese name of Nintendo’s first system) 30th anniversary, Iwata-san announced the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign, which will make one new Virtual Console title available every month from now until July for only 30 cents in the US and 30 pence in the UK. Several NES and SNES games were confirmed for release monthly until then, including the NES game Balloon Fight already available today on the Wii U eShop and, for Metroid fans’ delight, Super Metroid, which will be released in May.

Iwata also confirmed support for other platforms in the future, including the Game Boy Advance, which opens up the opportunity for Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission to also appear in the service.

Source: Nintendo Direct

Update: Nintendo has confirmed that Super Metroid will be available at the discounted price from May 15 through June 13. After that, it will be sold for its regular Virtual Console price.