Welcome back to Industry Chatter, the time of the week when we spill the beans on recent babblings of the gaming realm and its world wide web of gab. We feel it is our duty to shed our unique light on the subjects at hand and hope that, in the process, we tickle your fancies in one way or another. Yep, we love you that much.
The heaviest rumor spreading abroad this week is that Super Smash Bros. 4 will be announced at E3 on June 7th. Though this game has been anticipated since ’07 by those fans who felt let down by Brawl’s lack of character emphasis, the first alleged screenshot, which appears by all means fake, was made public earlier this week.
Call it what you like, the hope alone is satiating for many gaming fans.
Unfortunately for Nintendo, Wii and 3DS sales plummeted even further over the post-Golden Week
holiday holiweek to the lowest on record, being one-upped by even Sony’s PSP (so yeah, it’s pretty bad). This is blamed strongly due to Nintendo’s lack of compelling 2011 software. Whatever the case may be, E3 could not come any sooner to give Wii perhaps its final shot in the arm before its successor takes the reins presumably in the latter half of 2012.
In other news, Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima tweeted his disdain at his past twelve months of work, calling them “meaningless.” It is unknown exactly why he tweeted this but fan speculation has suggested it may be regarding a notice from Nintendo to port a near-finished Wii title over to its next platform instead, or it could be that a title he had been rearing has been axed by Konami. Oddly enough, Kobe Bryant made a similar statement after the Lakers were swept by the Mavericks two weeks ago. Wow, off-topic.
On the brighter side of development buzz, the awaited Sonic Generations and Shinobi have officially been confirmed for release on 3DS by the latest issue of Nintendo Power. Also, speaking to a popular UK newspaper earlier this month, Shigeru Miyamoto stated that he thinks The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past “would be good” to remake for Nintendo 3DS. Knowing the open-mouthed Miyamoto, his statement suggests the game has not been greenlighted yet and is still in the brainstorming phase. So don’t expect to see it anytime soon.
Furthermore, Ubisoft announced yesterday that it will be kicking off its E3 presentation a day in advance, on June 6th. This is a wise move on Ubisoft’s part because its lineup would likely be substantially upstaged if it were to go head-to-head with what we believe the Big Three will most likely have in store for the press come June 7th.