It has been a whirlwind week, but E3 is officially drawing to a close. A lot has happened in the past few days, so much so it is almost difficult to believe there is still news trickling in from the show, but it appears the reveals are not quite over yet. While nothing particularly exciting (save, perhaps, for the final news story if you are a fan of first-person shooters), the first bits of solid information on a couple of announced games have begun to emerge.
First, according to N-Sider, a few interesting tidbits were loosed during Nintendo’s developer round table, the most intriguing of which concerned the development of Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Mario Kart 3D. According to company rock star Shigeru Miyamoto, the green plumber’s adventure is being handled not internally as one might have initially assumed but by Next Level Games (Super Mario Strikers, Punch-Out!! for Wii). The game was conceived in part to realize the stereoscopic experiments done on the original, and despite EAD’s lack of involvement, Miyamoto has said he will take “personal responsibility” for the game. Regarding Mario Kart, the designer informed those in attendance that Retro Studios, of all teams, was assisting in designing its courses. Luigi’s Mansion 2 is expected to see release early next year, while Mario Kart will be out in time for the holidays.
In a bit of disheartening news, Destructoid has said the Legend of Zelda: Four Swords title slated to hit DSiWare this fall will, as I feared, simply be a port of the one included alongside the Game Boy Advance release of A Link to the Past. Furthermore, while Nintendo has yet to publicly specify the game’s features, it appears unlikely it will include any sort of online multiplayer options (after all, if a retail release like Star Fox 64 3D does not support Wi-Fi play, then a freebie like Four Swords almost certainly won’t, either). Oh well, the title will still support local (presumably single-card) multiplayer, and at least it’s free, right? Right?
Ubisoft appears to be quite enamored with Wii U, pledging a lot of early support for the console. In addition to Ghost Recon Online and an Assassin’s Creed title, the company also revealed it is working on an exclusive shooter for the system titled Killer Freaks From Outer Space.
Details on the game are currently scant, but it has been said it will use Wii U’s tablet controller as a motion-controlled viewfinder (as opposed to a traditional dual-analog setup). Ubisoft Montpelier, the development team behind the title, has said this scheme will alleviate the problem of turning slowly found in most other first-person shooters. Ghost Recon, too, is also said take full advantage of the new controller’s capabilities, using it to display maps and other reconnaissance data during gameplay. Both titles are expected to be available early on in the system’s lifecycle.