Archive for June, 2013

Nintendo Producer Talks Metroid On Wii U (And Tingle Too)

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

In an interview with Retro president Michael Kelbaugh, Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe and Nintendo project leader Risa Tabata, VentureBeat got a peek at Tanabe’s vision for a Wii U Metroid game. Here’s what they said:

Kelbaugh and Tabata immediately thought of ways of using the GamePad to display information to the player – like incorporating the suit’s HUD elements on the controller’s touchscreen — and for minigames, such as turning Samus’s ball-morphing ability into a pinball-like game.

“Samus obviously has a lot of features [in her space suit],” said Tabata. “There’s a lot you can do with that thing — once she pulls her arm up and pulls out that [metal flap] and does some of this stuff [Tabata pretends to punch buttons on her forearm]. I can see mapping some of that to the GamePad. I think that would be really cool.”

Tanabe, meanwhile, focused on what the shooting gameplay might feel like. At first, the translator had trouble figuring out what Tanabe meant, going back and forth to confirm what he heard. Here’s what he had to say.

“I [told Tanabe], ‘What, you want to hook a GamePad on a Zapper [gun peripheral]?’” recounted the translator. “He said: ‘No, that’d be too heavy. Maybe something more streamlined. But like a Zapper-style thing with a GamePad feature on it or some device like that. I’d love to do some shooting stuff with something like that! Maybe some day.’”

While there’s no announced plans of a Metroid game coming to Wii U, this is not the first time Nintendo representatives share similar visions of how a game in the series would work on the system. Being a game involving shooting, visors used for exploration and lots of map-browsing, the potential GamePad uses are certainly there.

Tanabe also mentioned that he would like to work with Retro Studios to make a solo adventure of The Legend of Zelda’s most hated side-character, Tingle – but that possibility is nothing more than his imagination.

Source: VentureBeat

Supers Smash Bros. and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Gamers around the world are tuning in to all the news coming from E3 this week. From the Nintendo side, two games are of interest for Metroid fans: Super Smash Bros. and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

The first one is the latest entry of Nintendo’s all-star brawler series, coming out in 2014 for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It’ll once again feature our favorite bounty hunter, with a brand-new look based on the controversial Metroid: Other M. Check out the game’s official website and Samus’ character page.

Samus in Smash Bros. Wii U

Samus in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Samus in Smash Bros. 3DS

Samus in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

The second one is Retro Studio’s new effort on Wii U. The new 2D sidescroller is a sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns that came out on Wii in 2010 and will release this November. Grab more images and information at its E3 page.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Stay tuned to Shinesparkers and Nintendo’s E3 website for all the latest news on those games.

Metroid II: Return of Samus as a Club Nintendo reward

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

North American Club Nintendo is once again offering a Metroid game as a reward. This time around, you can grab Metroid II: Return of Samus on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console for 150 coins. The classic Game Boy game will only be available until the end of June, so be sure to pick it up if you don’t yet have it. Other rewards this month include Super Mario Bros. 3 and F-Zero X, both on Wii Virtual Console, which are also great games.

In the meantime, don’t forget to get Super Metroid on the Wii U Virtual Console for just 30 cents until next week and participate in our Miiverse Campaign!