Metroid: Other M Lands in Stores
The latest chapter in Nintendo’s legendary Metroid series, Metroid: Other M for the Nintendo Wii was officially released in North America on Tuesday. The game, developed by “Project M” (a collaboration of Nintendo, Tecmo’s Team Ninja and D-Rockets), features fast-paced third-person action as well as several cinematic cutscenes which explore the background of gaming’s leading lady, Samus Aran. While the game was received with widely ranging opinions from the gaming press, reception from players appears to be trending positive. For example, Gamespot has a critic score of 81% and a user score of 91% so far. Regardless of initial reception, Metroid: Other M is considered to be a bold new direction for the franchise that is certain to have many gamers talking.
Source: Nintendo Press Release
Japan: Final Fantasy Legends III Remake Coming to DS
According to Japan’s famous gaming publication Famitsu, a remake of the Game Boy title Final Fantasy Legends III will be coming to the Nintendo DS handheld in Japan. Final Fantasy Legends, also known as the SaGa series, is a collection of nine RPGs published by Square Enix. The earlier entries in the series were designed to provide short bursts of gameplay to be more suitable for a portable experience and featured elements from Western RPGs such as Ultima. Final Fantasy Legends II was also remade for the Nintendo DS in Japan in 2009 but a North American version of the remake was never released. Hence, it appears unlikely that this game would also cross shores.
Inspirations for Kirby’s Epic Yarn
The release of the upcoming Nintendo Wii title Kirby’s Epic Yarn is only a few months away (release is October 17th) but little is known about the details of the game. In an interview with Destructoid, Nintendo’s PR Manager Kit Ellis revealed a few items concerning the game. First, Kirby’s Epic Yarn has received considerable praise for its unique art style. Ellis reveals that the ideas behind the art style came from a stop animation film: “The original idea came from the staff at Good-Feel, which was inspired by a stop-animation film made primarily with yarn. ” However, no one is exactly sure which film Good-Feel was inspired by. Ellis also discussed Kirby’s Epic Yarn‘s target audience: “We don’t set out to create some games for traditional players and other games for casual players. Instead, with Kirby’s Epic Yarn and all our games, we aim to make games that will satisfy longtime fans of the series while also appealing to new players. We want to make games that appeal to everyone.”