N³: Nintendo News in a Nutshell!


 

Hey guys! Here’s a roundup of the big Nintendo stories for the week and what they mean for the Wii/DS owners out there! This week we’re taking a look at some new announcements for the Wii’s first big title of the year, a brand-new handheld system, and that revelation from Satoru Iwata about Zelda!

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate Allstars – Arcade Stick and New Character
Ai-Chan, AKA Yatterman-2
Earlier this week at CES 2010, Mad Catz announced they were bringing their much-adored Arcade Fighting Sticks to the Wii – the first of its kind to connect wirelessly! Players will instead tether the Wii Remote into the stick. Sadly the price hasn’t yet been confirmed, nor has its availability in Europe. Meanwhile Capcom announced the final big surprise in the character roster. Don’t get too excited, though, as you’re unlikely to have heard of her. Yatterman-2 (otherwise known as Ai-Chan) carries a magic baton.. thing to zap her opponents with electric… hearts. Yeah. Who says manga doesn’t make sense? The game hits UK shores on the 29th January and rest assured I’ll be first in the queue!

Nintendo DS 2.0?
Nintendo’s head honcho Satoru Iwata has been spilling many beans this week, giving weight to the rumours of the DS’s successor. No, not the DSi XL, nor any other re-modelling of the current handheld system. This, my friends, is the next generation of Nintendo handheld! With hi-res graphics (the most compelling rumours state that NVIDIA Tegra will power the new console – the same technology that powers Microsofts’s Zune HD media player) and motion controls akin to the iPhone, the as-yet un-named machine will keep the dualscreen functionality of the current DS. No word yet if it will also keep the DSi’s camera but I would imagine so. Details are sketchy but expect E3 to yield more information! Probably not as excited about this as I should be, as personally I think there’s plenty of life left in the current model!

Zelda Wii CONFIRMED for 2010 Release
New Zelda Wii
I’m getting a new Zelda for Christmas! First shown last year, this image still the only official look at the first Wii-Exclusive Zelda, now confirmed by Iwata to be getting a release this year! He’s been tight-lipped about the actual gaming content, but that’s what internet rumours are for!

The Hylian’s Top 5 Most Likely-to-be-True Rumours for Zelda Wii
1. Motion-Plus Compatibility – It’s seems glaringly obvious (especially in the light of Red Steel 2) that Nintendo will be using their new Wii Remote Extention, and likely to great effect! This would be a double-edged sword (no pun intended) for the game in my opinion. Yes, it will enable precision sword-fighting (would make the horseback hack’n’slashing a lot more fluid) but what tainted Twilight Princess on Wii in the first place was waggle-control!

2. Story to focus on the Master Sword – In the above picture, Link stand with his back to the camera with no sword in hand. Behind him stands an eerie spirit bearing a striking resemblence to the famed Master Sword. The funny shaped hair, the strange cloak and the jewel in the centre of the figure all add up to what will most likely turn out to be “The Spirit of the Sword of Evil’s Bane” or somesuch nonsense!

3. More Volcano! – The craggy rocks and fiery-red background in the artwork lead some to believe that the game will feature or be set in and around an active volcano which, if you know your Zeldas, means that the Gorons will make a return in this game!

4. Vitality Sensor Support – Sounds unlikely, but Nintendo have been known to showcase new technology in the Zelda games (check out the DS Zeldas’ love of the built-in microphone). Nintendo are announcing more about this peripheral at E3 this year, along with more info about Zelda, so I suppose there’s a chance they’ll be linked… but how?

5. Link Learns to Fly – Surely not! Still, the Zelda series’ commander-in-chief Eiji Aunuma recently gave life to this rumour. The following is taken from an interview with The Guardian: “I have an eight-year-old son myself at home, and quite recently he started playing The Phantom Hourglass for DS, because when the software first hit the market he was too young. When he started playing with the boat, I told him: ‘In the next Zelda, you are going to be able to ride on the train.’ He answered: ‘OK, Dad, first boat, and then train? Surely next time, Link is going to fly in the sky … ‘”

There you have it! Not a bad week for Nintendoids, hopefully it’ll carry on throughout the year!
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The Hylian – When all else fails, he uses fire!

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