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Why WarioWare? + COD (25/7/13)

July 25, 2013

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I woke up this morning with the sudden urge to play WarioWare: Smooth Moves. I don’t know why I wanted to play WarioWare, maybe it was because I was so utterly disappointed with Game & Wario and I wanted to restore my faith in Wario games. Regardless, I put WarioWare in my Wii U, booted up Wii Mode and played Smooth Moves for the next 3 hours. Playing WarioWare made me realize two things. First of all, I really am addicted to Animal Crossing. In the 3 hours I spent playing the Wii title, over 1 of them was wasted just by playing the ‘Catch It’ Animal Crossing mini game. If anybody doesn’t know what this is, watch a video of it here. This isn’t even a particularly good mini-game when you compare it to other ones on WarioWare: Smooth Moves. It literally is just catching a fish. I just caught virtual fish for no reason for over an hour. It’s not even like there was a point to catching the fish like there is when you fish on actual Animal Crossing games. I just did.

The second thing playing WarioWare: Smooth Moves made me notice was that a year after Nintendo had launched the Wii, there was already several great games on the console. Underneath, I’ve put a list of Wii games released within a year of launch in North America on November 19th, that have a great review score on MetaCritic. This is a game with an average review score of 90+. Look at the list of games below:

  • Super Mario Galaxy – 97/100
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – 95/100
  • Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition – 91/100
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – 90/100

While you might find this list underwhelming, once you look at how many great games other Nintendo consoles have had released in their first year, it this look relatively impressive. The 3DS had 3 great games, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land and Pushmo. The DS had two great games, Mario Kart DS and Advance Wars: Dual Strike. Currently the Wii U has no great games, although there are still 4 months until the console is a year old. The Wii even had more launch year great games then the PS3 and Xbox 360. All I’m trying to say is that it’s funny how despite the fact that the Wii was slated for being a gimmick, especially in the launch year, the console ended up with the strongest catalog of games in the first year out of all the consoles released in the last decade or so.

Away from the Wii and WarioWare, and Sakurai has been talking about Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS, and why the game won’t feature any characters from fighting games. In an interview with GamesTM, Sakurai said:

“The biggest feature we look at in Smash Bros. is, ‘What does this character bring to Smash Bros. that other characters don’t?’ If you look at… someone from a fighting game already, and people like fighting with this character, from my point of view, it’s like ‘this guy does what this guy already does. He fills the role that this character already has. So while you may like this character and he’s interesting, that doesn’t really merge well, here.”

Sakurai has also said Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS won’t have a story mode such as the Subspace Emissary which was new to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His reasoning for not including a story certainly wasn’t too convincing:

“Unfortunately, the movie scenes we worked hard to create were uploaded onto the internet. You can only truly wow a player the first time he sees [a cutscene]. I felt if players saw the cutscenes outside of the game, they would no longer serve as rewards for playing the game, so I’ve decided against having them.”

I can’t help but feel he’s taken the cutscenes out of Smash Bros to create extra space for other game modes. Especially for the 3DS game, where the cutscenes in 3D would take up a fair chuck of space. Hopefully the omission of a story mode will mean that there is anew, more interesting mode on the new Smash Bros. games.

In other news, Call of Duty: Ghosts has finally be announced for the Wii U. The newest installment in the Call of Duty franchise is set to be a launch title on both the PS4 and Xbox One, so the game not being confirmed for the Wii U was very worrying news for Nintendo. Luckily though, Nintendo of America confirmed on their Twitter account that the new Call of Duty game will be coming to the Wii U late this year on November 5th. This is good news for Nintendo. The game not being on the Wii U would have surely weakened the reputation of the Wii U, especially in Europe where Call of Duty is incredibly popular.

Finally, Nintendo of Australia released a video from the development team of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which tells you about the development of Nintendo’s latest gem. It’s defiantly worth viewing if your a fan of the 3DS version of the series.

Sorry today’s blog is a bit late, but at least this is an improvement of yesterdays blog. Till tomorrow.

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From → 3DS, DS, Wii, Wii U

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