Nightly News Roundup: 2011.04.20

Miyamoto makes a bold promise, new footage of Pandora’s Tower, and more rumblings on Retro’s Cafe project.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 04/20/2011 23:00 6 Comments     ShareThis

Miyamoto Promises Super Mario 3DS Before End of the Year

In a recent interview with French website, patron saint of game design Shigeru Miyamoto expressed an earnest desire to complete and release the first Super Mario title for 3DS by the end of the year. The legendary designer is quoted as saying, “I promise to do all I can to deliver the new Super Mario game this year.” While this is not a direct confirmation the title will see release before the year’s end, it is an exciting prospect nonetheless and gives a hint at how far along the project currently is.

The game in question, currently untitled, is EAD Tokyo’s third outing with the Super Mario series. Early screenshots hint at the return of classic Super Mario power-ups and elements, but concrete information on the game is currently scarce. A full unveiling is expected to occur at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

GDC 2011 Photo - Satoru Iwata Super Mario 3DS Logo

Source: Eurogamer

New Pandora’s Tower Trailer

A second trailer for the upcoming Wii action-RPG Pandora’s Tower has been uploaded on YouTube. The video features new footage of the Orichalcum Chain the protagonist Ende wields as well as introduces new characters and monsters he will encounter during his adventure. The game is scheduled to hit store shelves in Japan on May 26, but there is currently no word on if the title will see a global release.

Source: GoNintendo

Rumor: Retro Studios Peers Into the Darkness

Following up on last night’s report, rumors have begun to circulate that the next project by Retro Studios is a sequel to the GameCube cult classic, Eternal Darkness. As with all internet speculation, this report should be taken with a grain of salt, but there are some signs that lend a bit of weight to it: fans of the game have long been clamoring for a sequel (echoing the insider source’s alleged remarks on the project), and Nintendo renewed its Eternal Darkness copyright late last year. It is entirely likely these facts are merely coincidental and the rumor amounts to little more than wishful thinking, but it would certainly be an interesting choice for the developer’s next project.

Source: Zelda Informer

6 Responses to “Nightly News Roundup: 2011.04.20”

  • 702 points
    Matthew Tidman says...

    I really hope that Retro is working on Eternal Darkness. The first game was so amazing, and we really need another one in that series, though I’d be happy with the game having nothing to do with the original other than including the Tome of Eternal Darkness. I wonder what Silicon Knights thinks of this rumor… they did get money in 2008 to create a “third-person action/psychological thriller” for all next-gen platforms.

  • 697 points
    Adam Sorice says...

    Super Mario 3DS by the end of the year? You promise!? Pikmin already!

    • 165 points
      LocoBaka says...

      That was far from a promise but I know that the people working on the game know when shiggy wants the game out. I hope miyamoto has been working out his peon whipping arm.

  • 165 points
    LocoBaka says...

    eternal darkness was one of my favorite games of all time. I got to the last boss and never beat him. Then my gamecube games and mem cards got stolen (so I was told). I hope eternal darkness doesn’t slip into eternal darkness. Where else will I get my fix for decapitated heads spouting Shakspear?

  • 360 points
    M. Noah Ward says...

    I’d rather have them work on a futuristic Zelda. I thought Zelda was the series we all wanted them to work on? Eternal Darkness is cool, but I wouldn’t call that a project I’ve always hoped Retro would do. Instead I thought that its creators, Silicon Knights, would do it. And while the Metroid Prime series has plenty of text to read, I need to be sold that Retro can be as intellectually literary as SK was with the original. But all this is for naught– pure conjecture!

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