We may not have seen a lot of them at the Nintendo conference yesterday but the company is still offering a solid line-up of games for Wii until it’s firmly booted out into the cold. (That sounds harsh. Harsh but true.)
First up is the trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the Zelda game everyone was excited about until we saw the Zelda HD demo. Regardless, this trailer reveals a lot more about the early sections of the game, ranging from the bustling community up on the cloud village where Link lives to the massive birds that you’ll have a chance to ride in the game. It all seems a bit Avatar if you ask me but aerial gameplay sounds pretty sweet. There’s also a mysterious female with yellow pleats that makes her look something like a cross between Lady Gaga and a Swedish milk maid. The sword girl’s back too, nice they didn’t forget her. Make sure to watch til the very end for a glimpse of the game’s imposing villain (who we hypothesised could be Vaati a few weeks back) who looks to be a serious challenge to Link.
Next up is Kirby Wii, the game that many of us expected would never actually materialize after years of hinting and then back tracking. While games like Canvas Curse and Epic Yarn took Kirby into different visual and gameplay styles, this new platformer appears to be more conventional in its approach as Kirby runs across the screen and takes out enemies and environment with a variety of abilities that even include a massive Legend of Zelda-esque sword. Perhaps most interesting is the final section of the trailer that shows two players work co-operatively in the game, playing as Kirby and Meta Knight, with up to four being able to join in as King DeDeDe and Waddle Dee join the fray. Think New Super Mario Bros. Wii for Kirby and then get excited.
Finally is Fortune Street, a game that appears infinitely confusing. Releasing in a similar time frame as Mario Part 9, this board game experience features Mario and crew (see the similarities?) but also characters from the Dragon Quest franchise in a bid to become the most profitable character on the board. From the eccentric folk at Square Enix and developed in-mind of those economists amongst you who love Mario, board games and Dragon Quest, Fortune Street is somewhat unsurprisingly based off a Japanese-only game called Itdaki Street, I think, which features the same mix of banking, Bowser and sheer bonkers thinking. Check it out fo yourself —
We’re going to pretend it’s like The Apprentice but with Mario as Donald Trump.