Well, Nintendo’s conference was Tuesday.
- It confirmed the first actual Star Fox game in what feels like two decades, Star Fox Zero. For those who don’t know, Star Fox is a franchise about an anthropomorphic fox named Fox McCloud who flies a starfighter of thing. The last flight-based Star Fox game was for the N64 in the late 1990s, and though there have been two Star Fox games since then, they take place outside of Fox’s starfighter and on some planet filled with dinosaur people or something. So, this was a pleasant surprise.
- Another pleasant surprise was actually not a surprise, as it was mentioned Sunday: Yoshi’s Woolly World. It’s a side-scrolling platformer starring Yoshi, a gluttonous dinosaur who first appeared in the Super NES classic Super Mario World (way back in the very early 1990s). The cool thing about this game is that everyone in the game looks like they’re made of yarn, and so the gameplay gimmicks will likely be centered around that (unraveling enemies, etc.).
- Metroid is kinda sorta back with the announcement of Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a game that takes place in the Metroid universe but will likely not involve main character Samus Aran in anything more than a cameo appearance. I’m ambivalent towards this title at the moment.
Square-Enix’s press conference was likewise on Tuesday. Some upcoming games that caught my eye:
- Just Cause 3 is an open world action game that involves cars, guns, and destruction, ala Grand Theft Auto–but apparently you have a grappling hook by which you can connect items, the environment, and enemies. So, if you, say, target and enemy and then target the back of a moving vehicle, the enemy will be dragged behind the vehicles. The operative words during the demonstration were “chaos” and “destruction”. My concern is that Rockstar Games is, thus far, the king of open world chaos and destruction, so Square-Enix might be a bit out of their depth on this one. We’ll see what happens.
- Kingdom Hearts III. When Kingdom Hearts was originally released way back in the day on Playstation 2, it was a big deal because it was one of the first times that the worlds of a video game company (SquareSoft at the time) and a multimedia entertainment company (Disney) collided in a final product that wasn’t the worst thing ever conceived (I’m looking at you, Alien Vs. Predator). For some, that novelty still exists, and this is big news. But for me…not so much.
- It’s now been confirmed that Final Fantasy VII Remake will indeed be a ground-up remake, which means the original turn-based battle system will be changed. The plot and story will also be altered. Remember when I said that I was hesitant to become excited for this game? This is why. I’ll explain more in an upcoming post, but for now, here’s a link to the article confirming the changes.
I discovered on Wednesday that Capcom only brought four new titles to E3:
- Resident Evil 0 for new generation consoles, which is a graphics update of, well, Resident Evil 0 for the GameCube (from about twelve years ago).
- Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition for new generation consoles, which is a graphics update of, well, Devil May Cry 4 for last generation’s consoles (from about eight years ago).
- Street Fighter V, which is the next entry in the storied fighting game franchise that set trends back in the late 1980s/early 1990s. It’s also the only new, original, non-remake/upgrade game Capcom is showing at E3.
- Mega Man Legacy Collection. Now, I’m a huge Mega Man fan. I really am. But for God’s sake, why on earth does Capcom refuse to do anything cool or new with the property? I realize that since Keiji Inafune–the father of the Mega Man series–left Capcom, everyone in the company has decided to stick their heads firmly up their own asses, but this is becoming ridiculous. Instead of a making a new game, what they’re doing is packaging six old games (Mega Man 1 through 6 for the NES, which is about four games fewer than the Mega Man Anniversary Collection released eleven years ago) and some of Inafune’s art. The sooner they sell the property to Nintendo (purely my speculation and, frankly, wet dream), the better.
My understanding is that a Konami representative will speak for fifteen minutes on Thursday to talk about Metal Gear Solid V. It’s the only game they’re bringing to E3, as they canceled the new Silent Hills a few months ago (which was to be a survival horror game starring Norman Reedus–Darryl from The Walking Dead–and directed by Guillermo del Toro of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim fame)…which is a shame, because Silent Hills was shaping up to be a damn masterpiece.
The rumor is that Konami is getting out of the console gaming business and will produce mobile games exclusively from now on, making Metal Gear Solid V their last console game ever. If the rumor is true, this is devastating news, because it will mean that yet another grand old gaming company is walking into the sunset. There’s also the question of what Konami will do with its old properties–Castlevania, Contra, Metal Gear, Silent Hill(s), Gradius, et. al. These franchises will no longer be profitable to Konami, and so it would make fiscal sense for the company to sell them to other, more viable gaming companies…perhaps Nintendo? I could see them purchasing Contra and Castlevania, while Sony would likely fight for Metal Gear and Microsoft would grab Silent Hill(s). It’s all speculation at this point, but if the plan really is to stop making console games, I could see that as being part of Konami’s endgame.
Tomorrow: I rant about Final Fantasy VII Remake’s alterations and discuss why Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS is one of the best and most significant and important games out right now.