E3 2009 has now been and gone and Nintendo had more than a few surprises in store, including a host of new games and one or two pieces of slightly less exciting hardware.
Some of the games answer the criticisms aimed at Nintendo for pandering to the casual audiences – giving the more dedicated fans the sort of content they no and love from all those years ago. Below is a sprinkling of the new content they have now announced.
Mario Galaxy 2
Apparently Mario Galaxy 2 is going to be 95% new content, using many of the ideas left over from the first game. All anyone really cares about though, is that Yoshi is back!
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii takes the popularity of the DS version of the game, uses the same side scrolling features and then layers on a 4 player option – making it a totally new experience. I suspect this is going to work best as a party game – maybe even ignoring single play – but it looks like there’s a lot of scope for some crazy multiplayer action.
Metroid Other M
The big one! Developed by Team Ninja, famouse for Ninja Gaiden, and the Dead or Alive games, Metroid Other M is sure to be full of surprises. It utilizes the MotionPlus attachment for the Wii controller, and switches to a third person view point for the first time since the 2d games all those years ago. If the trailer is anything to go by, and I suspect it is, then we’re in for a treat.
Wii Sports Resort
Essentially this is Wii Sports 2 and, much like Wii Sports, it’s been designed to showcase a new piece of hardware – the Wii MotionPlus attachment. This time however the game looks like a more complete offering giving you all manner of new game modes and options to play with. There’s so much potential here it looks like it will be just as much fun as the original.