Industry Chatter: 5.26.2011

This week’s gossip, rumors and industry murmurs. But still no word on Mother 3.

By Smith Stuart. Posted 05/28/2011 12:00 7 Comments     ShareThis

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.

SourcesThe Great Gaming Crusade, Gamasutra, Twitter, The Guardian, IGN.

7 Responses to “Industry Chatter: 5.26.2011”

  • 1379 points
    xeacons says...

    LTTP on 3DS in what way? Are we talking on VC or in 3D? Cause LTTP isn’t a 3D game in any way, shape, or form. GBA version would be cool on the VC though. Come to think of it, with two screens, we can now do the Four Swords GC/GBA “link” on one system, and the GC could be in 3D.

  • 219 points
    Smith Stuart says...

    Miyamoto was definitely referring to a 3DS rendition of LTTP. But whether he meant a port or a total re-haul remains unclear.

  • 162 points
    LadyMushroom says...

    I think these 3D classics would separate the different “layers” of the game and situate them on different 3D levels. Miyamoto-san suggested Xevious for this process, presumably with the aircraft at one or more levels above the ground. He felt the layer design of LTTP would also lend itself to this treatment.

  • 576 points
    MegabusterLegends3 says...

    Man, I got so excited seeing Mother 3 in the title line! (I have played the unnofficial version though)
    Aside from that, Smash Bros is the perfect way to showcase a new system, in terms of graphics as well as possible new franchise entries. Perhaps THIS is Retro’s next project!Just imagine… handheld smash brosNO! … cross platform smash bros!

    • 1332 points
      Andrew Hsieh says...

      The day Retro Studios makes a Smash game is the day I–

      Actually, I’m sure I’d have said that about both Metroid and DKC, so I won’t even try to finish that sentence.

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