This week was Nintendo’s Press Conference at E3. The announcements that were made completely topped last year’s show and puts Nintendo on top as the definite winner of this year’s E3. Last year I was a bit disappointed even though I was pleased by what was announced. I was hoping for three properties to be announced that weren’t. This year, those three properties were all accounted for: Donkey Kong, Kid Icarus and Zelda!
This year’s list is ridiculously long. I can’t even begin to tell you how much Nintendo has just blown my mind. While looking into the games that I wanted to write about, I found more games that Nintendo has announced at E3.
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A couple of years ago I wrote an article called “Donkey Kong Country Trilogy, My Dream Game” never thinking that it would actually happen. Nor that a true sequel would actually happen. But this week I have been given an amazing gift from Nintendo. They announced a new DKC game at E3! This wasn’t the only game that surprised me at this E3 and I’ll be writing my response to a bunch of the games that Nintendo announced like I did last year.
This game, however, is enough for me to feel that Nintendo has won this years E3 Expo. I know that this is a selfish reason, though. I’m completely pumped about the game and look forward to jumping back into the DKC world when the game comes out this fall. The original is my all time favorite video game, and I loved the sequels as well. I just never dreamed that I would see another one so soon.
One of the absolute best games for the Nintendo Wii is Super Mario Galaxy. I had such a good time playing through that game, that I am hoping to find the time to play through it all again. In fact, I played through it twice the first go around, because of what happens when you get all of the stars. When it was over, I was hoping for more. I did not expect Nintendo to deliver, though, as there hasn’t been a proper Mario sequel since the Nintendo Entertainment System, with Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3. On the Super NES, there was the sort of sequel, Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario World 2. But That wasn’t a proper sequel game.
Warner Brothers announced the purchase of a controlling share in Rocksteady Studios, who are the creators of the excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum video game. It’s almost as if they allowed Rocksteady to use the Batman license as a trial run, in anticipation of a purchase later on. Rocksteady certainly proved themselves, and I hope that they also give Superman a shot, once they’ve finished Arkham Asylum 2.
I’ve been following whatever news I can about Oswald the Lucky Rabbit since the character was brought back to Disney for the first time since Walt Disney lost the character. You see, before Mickey Mouse existed, he had created the character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and when he was fired from the animation studio that produced the cartoons, he left for California where he created Mickey Mouse. What happened next? Well, Mickey is one of the most recognizable characters in the world, and Oswald is not.
But now he’s making his return in a very inventive way.
That didn’t take long at all. The artwork for the new Legend of Zelda game in the works for Wii has just been released by Nintendo.
Not only that, but Studio Ghibli and Level 5 are working on an RPG for the DS called Ninokuni. There’s no word on when or if it’ll come stateside, but it is beautiful.