With the likes of Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, Halo 4, and now Gears of War: Judgement Day, we've seen a recurring theme here in 2012: the passing of a game franchise from one developer to another. Is this a good thing? Cassidee from Leviathyn.com weighs in on the matter.
A couple of rumors about the Wii U were posted today on a French Nintendo Site. The first rumor was that Metroid was currently in development and plans are to run it on the Unreal Engine 3. The next was that Nintendo was in talks with media companies about securing Video on Demand titles. And the last one is that Nintendo has Google Android running as the operating system for the Wii U. Seems pretty hard to believe that this last one is true.
"Amazon is always helping gamers keep their thumbs sore and their wallets, well, not empty. Right now Amazon has video game sales running for individual titles, BOGO free 3DS games, and special shipping and Amazon credit offers for upcoming games. Find out how you can save a bunch on titles you’ll love with Amazon’s video game deals."
Goozernation takes a look at some of the top female video game characters in the last 20 years or so. Characters like Samus, Princess Zelda, Jill Valentine as well as a few others made the list. The big question is why did these ladies make the "best of" list, and why?
I happened to think Metroid: Other M was pretty awesome, but not every critic would agree. The game did less than stellar at retail, leading many gamers to speculate that Nintendo would put the franchise on the shelf for a while. I don't think that's necessary, instead I thought of a few ideas Nintendo should utilize to help make Metroid relevant again.
"Sometimes even great games don’t live up to the hype. All the positive previews and hands-on impressions can sometimes hide the fact that, once the game is released, there are some serious issues with the resulting product. It’s a shame, as many of these games might be pretty good, but some core problems mean these game disappoint. The Wii is no different than any other gaming device, and Nintendo has seen it’s fair share of letdowns. Between games to peripherals, the Wii has stumbled along t..."
I've known I would never forget you ever since you chased the Space Pirates from Zebes all the way to Tallon IV and destroyed Metroid Prime. From that moment on I watched your career, following you on your quest to deal with the Aether crisis and later to exterminate your Phazon-born doppelganger. When you dove into the depths of SR388 to wipe out the remaining Metroids and decimated the pirates on Zebes once and for all, I knew that I had to get close to you. I had to see you,..."
"Metroid: Other M promised a lot when first announced. It tantalised the newer fans with the interesting concept of the ability to instantaneously swap between first and third-person. It wafted a familiar smell toward the veterans, promising a gameplay with a return to roots. With something to keep everyone happy, it looked to be a very strong release. Sadly this is not the case, as Metroid: Other M back flips on the previous Prime series efforts to present a game that lacks that something spe..."
"With video games more expensive than ever, you would think that gamers would squeeze every last second of play out of them before moving on to the next adventure. But that's not always the case. Earlier this year, Bioware released some fascinating statistics about Mass Effect 2, but the stand-out figure was the revelation that only 50 -percent of players actually finished Commander Shepherd's mission to stop the Collectors."
"Last week’s Electronic Theatre Sunday Special was the run down of Top Ten Videogame Heroes; featuring the protagonist you loved like Sam Fisher, Sonic the Hedgehog and Link. So to prove that the games industry isn’t just a man’s game, this week we focus on the Top Ten Videogame Heroines. Ten of the females that got you hot under the collar, and not in the Dead or Alive Paradise way, but stayed on track with the heroic mission which faced them have been chosen for this week’s feature article."
"In this episode of the TV and Lust video game podcast, it’s “no girls allowed” as Craig, Chris and Seth discuss announcements, media and excitement from Tokyo Game Show 2010. The guys also take listener questions and discuss the games they’ve been playing lately, including Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, Metroid: Other M and Professor Layton and the Unwound Future."
Actually, I'm going to list some of it anyways. No hype, just facts: We have a panel discussion on downloadable games with Adam Boyes (Beefy Media), "Eka" (Monday Night Combat), and Robert Bäckström (Bionic Commando Rearmed 2), along with an interview with FIFA 11's creative director. We also look at the future of 3D and game coverage, the history of the medkit in video games, the Akihabara arcade scene, the latest on PlayStation Plus, and much more. And of course, all of the latest reviews a...
""Variety seems to be the model that the Metroid series sticks very closely to. From her side-scrolling NES days to her first-person adventures on more recent consoles, Samus Aran has always been at the forefront of variety. An evolving series, Metroid seemingly takes a different route with every few entries, and the latest game in the series, Metroid: Other M, is no exception.""
"You won't see Heavy Rain on the Xbox360 or Fable III on the Wii, and the reason is fairly transparent; the respective console producers would like to hold all the aces and lead you to believe that they have enough to warrant your purchase of their system. First party titles, like the Legend of Zelda series, are the cards played closest to the chest; few would expect Halo or Mario games to release on any other console than their mother company's. It's the second and third party developers that..."
Metroid: Other M is a game that has been hitting a snag in reviews with some like G4TV who feel the need to put the focus squarely on the girliness of Samus, here you will find a DualShockers review on the matter that attempts to address this subject while reviewing the entirety of the game itself.
Although not a name you would as much as associate with new age gaming, Yoshio Sakamoto, who after making his debut on Donkey Kong Junior, went onto making Kid Icarus and ofcourse, Metroid. Metroid is a series that has done nothing but moved from strength to strength since it's very first game back in 1986. IGN look into the depths of this fantastic series from Nintendo, and they look into how the series started.
"In this episode of the TV and Lust video game podcast, Craig, Chris, Seth and Fran discuss the Xbox Live rate increase and Duke Nukem Forever. This week’s topic delves into the negative connotations of the word “gimmick,” and how gimmicks actually help move the industry forward. The team has been playing Metroid: Other M, Fallout 3, Seiken Densetsu 3 and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero."
"So is Metroid: Other M perfect? Well, you'll need to read the new issue of Official Nintendo Magazine to find out the answer to that one. The September issue of ONM features a massive hands-on preview of a near-complete version of the game and as well as finding out our thoughts on the game, you can read interviews with Sakamoto and Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi."
With only a handful of triple A title video games hitting the shelves this summer, you're going to have a lot of extra time on your hands. In usual hilarious fashion, DEFCON:AWESOME gives you tips ranging from GameStop's secret rental program to working on your standup routine that are sure to fill the void between now, Metroid: Other M, and the end of the summer.
"You can think of these anticipated games as the only games that really matter. We sure do. But we’re open minded folks here, so we won’t hold it against you if you’re looking forward to something else. Something obviously not nearly as cool. All release dates are North American."
"It's early on a Saturday and it looks like the crazies are already coming out. It appears that there is a rumor going around that Jessica Simpson, the former Nuclear Scientist and MIT graduate (j/k), is slated to play Samus Aran in the upcoming Metroid movie that is supposedly directed by Uwe Boll?"
"While the women in fighting games tend to get the most attention for being considered "sexy", their cousins in the action genre are out shooting it up and exploring boundaries well beyond the confines of a ring. Just because these characters are rendered in more than bikinis doesn't mean they're not sexy.
The action genre has been dominated by male characters since the creation of gaming. But there have been a few exceptions to the rule of sexes. And of course, these female exceptions have..."
"Video games are packed with a lot of outrageous and interesting characters. One of the most intriguing things about gaming is that male gamers never have a problem playing as women. Maybe that’s because the female characters aren’t designed to look tough like the male characters. We’ve picked the five hottest female characters in video games."
"The team-up between Team Ninja and Nintendo to produce a new Metroid game for the Wii in the form of Metroid: Other M has gotten fans of the series excited. The game features both 2D and 3D gameplay elements as well as first-person and third-person perspectives. The game will also have Team Ninja's trademark cut-scenes to help explain the story of Samus and the game."
"The game looks at the classic franchise from a new perspective: while much of the game is reminiscent of 2D side-scrollers, players can switch the perspective into 3D at any time as they explore the twisting passages of a derelict space station and delve deep into a cinematic, never-before-told story of bounty hunter Samus Aran's past."
"From the demo we played last week, Team Ninja co-developed Metroid: Other M is definitely a culture shock for fans.
Start button pressed and the demo kicks off with the most gorgeous FMV sequence yet seen in a Nintendo game. It's pure Metroid fan porn: the visually stunning video details the final moments of Super Metroid, with our hero Samus Aran taking on the gigantic mother brain in a glorious fight to the death, leading to the destruction of the planet Zebes and the death of sole remai..."
The conference portion of Nintendo of America's media summit has ended today, and here's a full recap of the announcements:
At Nintendo of Australia's media summit today, IGN AU has confirmed with Nintendo that the publisher's two hotly anticipated titles, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M will actually see early releases this year. The sequel to Mario's galactic adventures will see a release in the land down under in June, and Team Ninja's take on the Metroid series will see an August release.
Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe will have their media summits tomorrow, so we can see if these dat...
"When Nintendo fans talk about what they want to see Nintendo “upgrade” most in their properties from one generation to the next, at the top of the list is almost always “give Link a voice” (as in, voiceover work in Legend of Zelda). It used to be “make a 3D Mario”, but that desire was satiated with Super Mario 64, and then, done even better with Super Mario Galaxy. But I digress.
What I personally have always humbly requested is that Samus become a more dynamic character.
Because she is..."
A teaser site for the upcoming Team Ninja x Nintendo Wii title Metroid: Other M has opened, following Nintendo's Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing. The teaser features some light piano music and a short monologue by presumably Samus.
The game is due for a summer 2010 release in Japan.
"The Nintendo Wii is currently the top console on the market this generation, and Nintendo and its third-party publishers are going to make sure that it stays on top of the game. There will be plenty of new titles to play this year -- sequels to popular franchises as well as new IPs, both on retail disk as well as digital download -- so don't think for a second that it'll be a "sparse" and "light" 2010 when it comes to Wii gaming.
Here's a quick look at the games we're most looking forward ..."
"As games get more cinematic, the trailers are only going to get more elaborate. This year brought us great efforts from the likes of Bungie, Rockstar and Valve, with trailers featuring everything from live action sequences to the voice talents of Patrick Stewart. Here are some of our favorites."
"It may seem like a silly thing to consider, yet the portrayal of women in video games has changed significantly since their introduction. You needn’t be a grizzled ancient or sociological bigwig to appreciate the differences. In the earlier days, arcade button-mashers relied on simple stories to drive the action, typically pandering to a young male demographic. The imperative of Double Dragon centered on the heroic duo rescuing a damsel in distress. Mario was compelled to rescue Princess Peac..."
2010 is looking like it could be the Wii's best year, in terms of first-party game support. The year promises Sin and Punishment 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Metroid: Other M, so long as everything goes according to plan. Hell, we may even catch a glimpse or two of the upcoming Zelda Wii, though Reggie makes no promises. Needless to say, even the Regginator is excited about Nintendo 10' -- and with good reason.
""Now Nintendo has tried to implement both of these characters into Prime, Kraid was seen in the Metroid Prime Beta and Mother Brain was ultimately replaced by the Aurora Unit for plot reasons in Corruption."
"Pretty sure they showed Mother Brain in the trailer, though it may just be a flashback""
It is the opinion of Neoseeker writer Lydia Sung that Nintendo has in recent years fallen a bit off the wagon, so to speak. Okay, a lot.
Citing her experiences at E3 this year, some of the company's contradictory statements and actions, and support of the mature audience (or lack thereof), she divulges on how Nintendo has missed the mark in a lot of ways, and touches on how they can fix it.
Have a read if you feel so inclined!
"This year’s E3 was a feast for the eyes, showing off some very impressive games for all three major home consoles. While the Microsoft and Sony E3 press conferences were stuffed full of gaming goodness, the Nintendo press conference seems to be left in the dust. If you actually look at what Nintendo has coming out for the “hardcore” you will realize they are doing a better job of tailoring towards that crowd that they have in the past. Don’t believe me? then feast your eyes on this amazing li..."
Kotaku's Stephen Totilo and Brian Crescente were able to talk with the heads of Project M, the joint group between Nintendo and Team Ninja, Yoshio Sakamoto of Nintendo and Yousuke Hayashi of Team Ninja, on the group's upcoming title Metroid: Other M.
The two confirmed that there will be no Wii MotionPlus or Balance Board support in this upcoming Metroid title, but neglected to go further on how the game will be controlled. Sakamoto, the lead designer of the 2D Metroid games, is striving t...
Ever since its unveiling, people have been concerned about just how Metroid: Other M will play out. Speaking with Reggie Fils-Aime, Gamespot got him to discuss the development behind the game. He acknowledged the importance of the franchise to Nintendo and stated that they needed to revitalize it once again. Why? Because Nintendo feels that they can push the sales more for such a significant franchise.
That being said, after Retro Studio's departure with Metroid Prime, Metroid: Other M is ...
From their Dead or Alive series to their TGS booth babes to their over-the-top breast physics in Fatal Frame IV, it's no secret that Tecmo like their characters to be scantily-clad and full of boob. And with Tecmo's Team Ninja working with Nintendo on the upcoming Metroid: Other M game, will Samus get the same treatment? ...
"[There] is an additional scene that sees Samus seemingly snooping in a Galactic Federation lab and accessing a screen that says “Living Body Arms Development,” which would imply organic weaponry. Now if you’ll recall, that was a major story crux in Fusion, that the Galactic Federation was in fact working on a program to mass produce and rapidly grow metroids for weapons use. That screen also reads “Attestation Success,” from which one could also infer that whatever the Federation has been wor..."
IGN recently got the chance to sit down with the director behind the latest entry in the Metroid franchise. Yoshio Sakamoto has worked on Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, the GBA Metroid, and the original Metroid game which started it all. He discusses how the cooperative project with Team Ninja came to be as well as other details regarding the game. He states that the game will be heavily intensive on plot and action along with the character development of Samus Aran. It is set to take place b...
"Each of the three hardware manufacturers has their time to shine, and each delivered what they believe is the future of videogames. Internet debate is as rampant as ever, but today I intend to take a look at my top-pick from each of the console manufacturers – quite possibly resulting in adding fuel to the fire."
Metroid: Other M is the newest Metroid title announced by Nintendo, first unveiled at the publisher's E3 2009 Media Briefing. The game is developed by the Itagaki-less Team Ninja, and for the first time in a while takes Samus out from behind the visor in a third-person adventure. The game will release in 2010.
Check out the game's E3 2009 trailer below and at the source.
"Nintendo began their Pre-E3 Press Conference at around 5:30pm GMT this evening, with a mission to not only prove that their strategy hasn’t ended with Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training, Wii Sports and Wii Fit, and that they could back-up those promises made to deliver games for the Hardcore Gamer as well as their financially beneficial new market, but also remain ahead of the competition, with Microsoft’s Project NATAL revealed yesterday with the clear goal of stealing a piece of the Wii pie, an..."