Skyward Sword, Kirby Wii & Fortune Street trailers!

Vaati vs. Link, 4-player Kirby and economics, Mario style. Wii U who?

By Adam Sorice. Posted 06/08/2011 15:00 9 Comments     ShareThis

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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.

9 Responses to “Skyward Sword, Kirby Wii & Fortune Street trailers!”

  • 702 points
    Matthew Tidman says...

    More interesting than the Vaati speculation to me on that Zelda trailer is the giant whale-like creature. Two theories: it’s the Wind Fish or it’s Lord Jabu-Jabu. Definitely think that the person who gives Link his Hero’s Tunic is Rauru or one of his ancestors. I’m definitely ready for the game to come out.

    The other two trailers just don’t excite me that much, honestly. The Kirby one looks like pretty standard Kirby gameplay which is fun but usually something I get years after it’s been released.Fortune Street is just Mario Party with Square Enix characters added in. Could be wrong, but definitely not jumping to the top of my most-wanted list.

    • 697 points
      Adam Sorice says...

      The Kirby gameplay just instantly took me back to The Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Tidman. I’ve not played many conventional Kirby games (Kirby 64 was before my time as a serious Nintendo fan) but even the level design looks eerily familiar. Obviously Sakurai worked at HAL and HAL made Smash Bros. so it’s not that surprising but that was just my instant go to.

      It looks pretty neat though. That being said, still to get Epic Yarn so I’ll get there eventually. I’m the guy who still goes to look at the GameCube games in stores.

  • 30 points
    ghost49 says...

    I agree that the whale-like creature could be the Wind Fish. If this ends up being the case, then that means that the events in Skyward Sword could be what causes the Wind Fish to go to sleep, leading to Link’s Awakening.

    And I am also quite excited after seeing the new Kirby trailer. It was been quite a while since we had a classic Kirby game. I just wonder if we will have the ability to combine powers like in Kirby 64 or if it will be more like the originals.

    As for Fortune Street, it looks like the board game in Kingdom Hearts:Birth by Sleep. Either way, not really looking forward to it.

  • 1 points
    Kevin Knezevic says...

    Apparently the villain’s name is Ghirahim:

    The Skyward Sword trailer is great. The game looks absolutely gorgeous, and I lovelovelove the music. Really can’t wait for it to come out.

  • 1244 points
    lukas85 says...

    I was not very excited for Skyward Sword, the graphics looked ugly, that demonstration went very wrong, and the enemies uninspiring, but nintendo took an extra year and polished, now i’m seeing what a great game this is, i’m not so sure about the flying thing because it reminds me of wink waker, and that sailing/flying stuff hmmm.. but aunoma said that the whole world is like a dungeon so maybe travel from one place to another is gonna be real fun.

    And if you don’t like that Kirby trailer, then mi amigo, you’re not a nintendo fan ;)

  • 1244 points
    lukas85 says...

    Do you think the Zelda game it’s gonna be fully orchestrated?

    • 1332 points
      Andrew Hsieh says...

      I certainly hope not. I know it’s strange, but I enjoy the ability for MIDI to change with the environment more than I enjoy orchestrated music. I mean, that’s a hallmark of Zelda music. But I’m open for change, I suppose.

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