Chrono Trigger, widely regarded as one of the best RPGs of all time, will be hitting the Wii's virtual console service for the small price of 800 points. That's a measly $8 for one of the greatest games ever made- and you are getting a deal! In Japan the game cost an extra dollar for some unknown reason. Square-Enix decided to have mercy on us U.S. gamers...this time.
The Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary Famicom & Super Famicom Dragon Quest I, II, III (take a breath) collection features both the NES and SNES updates of the first three games in the famed Dragon Quest series. It is due this September for Japanese Wii gamers. I guess Square-Enix couldn't resist after seeing how well the "Limited" Super Mario All Stars 25th Anniversary bundle did for Nintendo. But this does serve a nice dual purpose, it gets gamers ready for Dragon Quest X, which is still slated to hit Wii at some point. I'm thinking we've got to see it at this year's E3 if it is still in fact coming for the Wii and not its successor.
Nintendo of America has hired Scott Moffitt as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, filling the role that Cammie Dunaway vacated. Before landing this gig he worked at Pepsico and then Henkel Consumer Goods. If I remember correctly Iwata stated Pepsi as an inspiration for his "blue ocean" strategy. If Pepsi couldn't beat Coke in the cola department they had to diversify their offerings to compete, which is exactly what lead Nintendo to success with the DS and Wii. I can't wait to see what Mr. Moffit brings to the table at Nintendo's e3 conference this year, now confirmed for 9a.m. PST June 7 at LA's Nokia Theatre.
Rumor has it that Nintendo is about unveil a discount lineup of past hits for $20 each. The titles to include Mario Super Sluggers, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Wii Sports. Wii Sports?! Isn't that bundled with the Wii? Not anymore, according to these rumors. Sometime this month the Wii will receive another price cut, the console will come bundled with Mario Kart Wii for $150. Not bad at all.
Update: This information is now confirmed
Satoru Iwata recently revealed that Nintendo is still working on the Vitality Sensor they debuted at e3 a couple of years ago. I personally don't think it will show up on the Wii, but instead appear built into the next consoles controller like the grips on exercise equipment, but Iwata says there is another reason for the delay.
"This is a totally new type of entertainment, and there are large individual differences in the biological information of humans. For example, if it was acceptable that only 80% of the users thought the result was natural, then we could propose this to consumers right now. However, we are aiming for a level of quality in which 99% of consumers feel comfortable, and that is why this project is taking time to complete."
If the vitality sensor does show up for the Wii I think Nintendo will attempt to keep the system alive for another couple of years, a "third pillar" like they tried to do with the DS, GBA and Wii. This way they could still cater to their new found casual audience, while focusing on the early adopter core crowd on the next system. Nintendo won't need to worry about attracting casual users right out of the gate because they will adopt the system gradually as it falls in price- and the system will likely be completely backwards compatible with the Wii. I do feel as though the vitality sensor could have some interesting applications for core games as well. Just imagine the next Fatal Frame changing gameplay elements in reaction to the quickening pace of your pulse. But we will probably see it in Wii Relax first.
In an effort to give third party developers a fair shot at success on their systems, Nintendo is now spacing out their releases to give other developers a chance to shine. In reality it will probably only result in Nintendo fans waiting longer between their gaming fixes, but it's nice to see that Nintendo is trying. Nintendo has yet to announce the release date of high profile games like Animal Crossing 3DS, Mario Kart 3DS and Super Mario 3DS in order to assess the third party release schedule. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata had this to say about the new strategy:
Chrono Trigger, originally released on the SNES, is still one of the best RPGs of all time. When Japan received the game on the Wii's virtual console recently, I had high hopes that it would also see release in the U.S. It looks like that is about to happen, seeing as how the ESRB has now given the game a rating. The game sold for $9 in Japan, an extra dollar more than most other SNES games available on the service, but that is still much better than the $30 price tag on the DS port. There is no word on whether that price will carry over here, but I would say it is fairly likely. The game is also rumored to be launching on PSN soon. Keep your fingers crossed for next Monday!
EA inadvertently revealed the Buffalo Bill's new jersey when they released a new trailer for Madden 2012 alongside the unveiling of Brown's running back Peyton Hillis as the cover athlete. Madden executive producer Phil Frazier took to twitter and had this to say about the mishap,"Also had to answer tough questions on prematurely revealing a team's new jersey." No word yet on what course of action, if any, the NFL will take- but they can't be happy. Catch the trailer after the break.
Not many people I know are clamoring for a Centipede reboot. But the fact that Wayforward Games, known best for gems like Shantae, Contra 4 and A Boy and His Blob, is behind the game might make you reconsider. The trailer (found after the break) doesn't look all that hot, but maybe the gameplay will be good. I wish Wayforward would stick to what they are good at, sprite based games, but I am still going to give this one a shot. Both versions of the game unique elements that play to that system's strengths. Want 3D and touchscreen controls? Go 3DS. Want pointer controls for precise aiming? Go Wii. Look for Centipede Infestation on your Nintendo system of choice this Fall.
RelyonHorror.com has translated a recent Capcom interview with Spanish gaming site MarcaPlayer, where the company makes a rare comment on Resident Evil 6. Capcom's Masachika Kawata had this to say about the future of the franchise:
”The series will see a complete renovation with the next entry on every level. But we can’t forget about all the previous entries that have led to the creation of many possibilities for the franchise. I can’t say if we’re going to make it (Resident Evil 6) survival horror or a shooter, but I can say that it’ll be totally different.”
Does that mean puppies and rainbows? Or maybe an MMO? We might just find out in a little over a month at e3.