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The sure-to-be-overlooked Nintendo's 2010 Media Summit!
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February 25, 2010, 04:17:33
 
First up, we have FlingSmash (nee Span Smasher), the retail MotionPlus-powered Breakout-y adventure which received steaming heaps of glowing impressions at the last E3. I'm really excited about this game, even though it's dev'd by Artoon. This is the kind of colorful, wacky shit that fuels my madness.

WarioWare DIY on the DS has an insane amount of potential. Create your own mini-games, complete with music, graphics, and AI, and trade them online (or play them on your Wii)? Hell. Yes. I hope the creation tools are intuitive and super-flexible.

Speaking of playing them on your Wii, I initially thought that the WiiWare Wario...Ware was just a conduit to play your DIY games on the telly. It seemed like a bit of a cash grab, but reading the press release more closely, it's apparently a lot more than that. Bonus.
* Launching on March 29, WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase is a standalone product exclusive to the WiiWare service and available only from the Wii Shop Channel. The game contains more than 70 new microgames and features interoperability with the WarioWare: D.I.Y. game for the Nintendo DS family of products. Players that own both games can transfer content between the two via a local wireless connection, and can even play user-created microgames on their television using WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase.

The long, long wait for Picross 3D is almost at an end. Looks like a neat spin on an already brilliant concept. Perfect for whiling away the hours of your portable day.

America's Test Kitchen seems to be an upgrade of Personal Trainer Cooking... sure, why not! (Man, that DSiXL looks swank.)

X-Scape is a terribly named but nevertheless intriguing DSiWare mix of the traditional and the avant garde from Q-Games, the Trajectile/Pixeljunk guys.

Metal Torrent is a sweet-looking downloadable bullet hell shmup that looks to push the DSi to its limits.

Then there's the hilarious Photo Dojo on DSiWare, which demands purchase, regardless of its actual quality.

Art Style: Light Trax seemed like it would be a port of DotStream, the minimalist Bit Generations racer, but it has definitely undergone a funky facelift during its trip to WiiWare.

Art Style: Rotozoa came out of nowhere (and ended up on WiiWare). I don't know how fun it'll be, but the aesthetics are amazing.

I think this list proves that Nintendo is offering plenty for the true hardcore - the crazy niche gamers like me who demand that their games OOZE quirk and style and Japanese flavor (even if they weren't developed there).

Combined with powerhouses like Mario and Metroid and quality boutique games like Sin & Punishment 2, I think a pretty solid case can be made for Nintendo's front half. And that's just first/second-party! Combine that with a hugely-enhanced, value-added version of Monster Hunter Tri and Dragon Quest IX, with a Nintendo-published push, as well as all of the other third-party offerings, and your wallet will be crying for mercy.

Either that or your local ISP, I guess.

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Posted: 02/25/10, 04:17:33  - Edited by 
 on: 02/25/10, 16:05:32    
 
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This thread was definitely needed.

Flingsmash looks a lot of fun, and it uses MotionPlus which really needs some support at the moment.

Of the rest, Rotozoa really caught my eye - has an orbient feel to it but much more organic.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 04:22:21
I like Breakout, so I might get FlingSmash. There was no Zangeki no Reginleiv date though :(


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 04:25:09
I think Picross 3D is being overlooked as well, and it's my most wanted from everything shown!

That and Monster Hunter 3.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 04:32:39
Damn you, JKR! I was just editing that in.

@achhibbar
Definitely. MotionPlus has had a pretty tragic fate so far. Such intriguing tech, so many units in circulation, mandatory bundles with the new Wiimote colors, and so little software support, possibly due to the impending Arc and Natal (which will probably never have as much penetration).

I still try out almost every MotionPlus game that I can (Avatar was HORRIBLE). GhostSlayer, which came out on WiiWare this week, is supposed to be a pretty cool alternative to the Swordplay Showdown mode in Wii Sports Resort.

I wonder how much support EA will continue to put behind MotionPlus? They're probably the most progressive third-party, when it comes to Motion Control. I have a feeling that most of their current efforts will go toward porting Boom Blox and EA Sports Active to Arc and Natal, though.

X-pert74 said:
There was no Zangeki no Reginleiv date though :(
Fuck, I didn't even realize that!! Hey, how do you like EDF so far?


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 04:44:11  - Edited by 
 on: 02/25/10, 05:13:15
I've only had a chance to play it once so far, but what I played of it (the first 14 or so levels; I spent a few hours straight just playing nonstop :p) was incredibly fun. It makes me want Zangeki no Reginleiv twice as much as before.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 04:57:24
Some of these games I had never even heard of before today, like FlingSmash, despite having been announced previously. I am very glad to hear that Picross 3D is finally coming though. I hadn't been following it religiously or anything, but definitely was waiting for an announcement.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 05:00:17
I haven't heard too much about FlingSmash, not even sure if it is WiiWare or retail. If its retail, I'm wondering if Nintendo could pull a WiiPlay with this one,include a WiiMote and motion plus for $40 or maybe $20 for just game and motion plus adapter.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 05:24:15
Thanks for this thread, man.

I'm starting to want a DSi so bad, but with all those rumors of the DS' successor being just around the corner, it would be silly to buy one at this point, IMO.

Same with the PSP, really.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 05:43:28
Light Trax looks interesting. And I'll be sure to pick up Metal Torrent as well.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 05:49:47
LOL @ Photo Dojo! That's gonna be a blast with friends

DO WANT Picross 3D, and Light Trax

Curious to see how FlingSmash turns out. Could be a sleeper hit.

Rotozoa looks like that Flow game on the PSN. I'll keep an eye on it...

Metal Torrent looks fucking good, right on. Not the biggest SHMUP fan, but I might check it out if the price is right.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 05:58:23
FlingSmash looks so dang cute! Picross 3D looks hard, and the new ArtStyle games look a-may-zing. Can't wait for Cave Story and Max and the Magic Marker! So many good games comin down the pipeline, weee!


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 07:21:39
yay! yay! Picross 3D! It just seemed like it was announced for Japan, and then waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting...

I remember DotStream sounding interesting way back when, so I may get Light Trax.

X-Scape looks neat. I have a thing for geometric objects I guess, I don't care for FPS, but shooting blocks seems fun. Or maybe it's because I played alot of Faceball on SNES....


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 08:19:39
Sadly, Fragile will be overlooked as well


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 09:24:59
Yeah, I'm going to have to learn to embed one of these days...

FlingSmash is retail. And I think X-Scape is a tank game, given Argonaut's experience with/interest in tank combat.

Pandareus said:
I'm starting to want a DSi so bad, but with all those rumors of the DS' successor being just around the corner, it would be silly to buy one at this point, IMO.
That makes sense. The DSiWare service has some really nice stuff on it, though. I hope that it's fully compatible with the next model, and that Nintendo gets their DRM in order. Even if you buy a DSiXL, I don't believe that you can move your DSiWare games over. You'd have to buy them again.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 15:53:10  - Edited by 
 on: 02/25/10, 16:08:43
All of these games look great (especially the art style games), but that Metal Torrent...WOW. Day 1.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 17:18:52
@anandxxx

I'm thinking (guessing) that you could transfer over your Wi-Fi information from one DS to the other, and thus keep your DD games. Or something like that. I'm sure there will be a way to keep the games you've bought. But it won't be intuitive.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 17:47:28
Pandareus said:
Thanks for this thread, man.

I'm starting to want a DSi so bad, but with all those rumors of the DS' successor being just around the corner, it would be silly to buy one at this point, IMO.

Same with the PSP, really.

Let's be realistic here, they're going to release the DSi-XL in the US shortly. Why would they wreck sales of that by releasing a DS2 so soon after? No, I think those rumors are a bunch of bull. It doesn't make financial sense at all. If anything, you'll get a LEAST a full year out of the DSi, so I say go for it. I don't expect to hear anything official out of Nintendo about a DS2 before 2011 at the very earliest. It's worth buying now.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 18:15:01
I agree that an imminent DS2 doesn't seem very probable, with the positioning of the XL, but there are just too many rumors. When Nintendo goes dark with their upcoming DS software, then it'll be a good indicator that the DS2 is coming.

BTW, they should call it the DS Nitro.

@GameDadGrant
I thought that might work, too, and I'm not positive that it doesn't, but the information I've heard does not sound very promising.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 19:15:29  - Edited by 
 on: 02/25/10, 19:47:15
Yeah, apparently devs have DS2 development kits as we speak. Shane Bettenhausen of Igniton Entertainment in the latest 1up podcast didn't exactly confirm this but he did say he knew more about the next DS than the next PSP.

At any rate, I've already spent close to $300 on DS hardware, I'm not buying a DSi or a DSi XL. DSiware is looking good, but a 360 or a PSP would give me access to more new games than a DSi would.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 19:40:19
@anandxxx

The thing is, most of those rumors stemmed from TWO rumors. It seems like they're all over the internet, but they originated from two places. And one was an analyst who's wrong a whole heck of a lot of times.


Posted by 
 on: 02/25/10, 19:41:34
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