Thursday, May 28, 2015

E3 2015 - Hopes and Predictions

Every year we count down the days till summer because we know E3 will be there! And every year we create insane expectations and make a list in our heads of games we hope to see (both games we know are in development, and games we want announced). Here is my list of Games (and other topics) I most wanna see at E3. Both games I know will be there (like Star Wars Battlefront), and games I hope get announced (F-Zero!!!). Some of these "hopes" are ones I have had for years but I still haven't gotten them yet. Example: The Last Guardian. Also, you're gonna see a lot of Nintendo stuff on this list. Let's start!


Rare's new game:

Rare and Microsoft swear they are working on something big. What is that game? I don't know. But I hope to find out at this year's E3. I don't wanna get my hopes up, cause Microsoft has Rare making Kinect game and other small things. I doubt it will be something as awesome as Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee game, but maybe I will be surprised by Microsoft!

 Will Microsoft reveal a new Banjo-Kazooie?

Can't wait for Playtonic Game's Yooka-Layle

Disney Infinity 3.0:

STAR WARS! Anyway, here's some context for my dynamic with Disney infinity. I have never played Disney Infinity before. I like many of the toys so I have been wanting to buy some for a while now. The "Amiibos" are already costing me a lot. And "Amiibos" are not the only toy line I but cause I'm big into toy collecting. So to a certain point I have avoided Infinity. That will no longer be possible. STAR WARS is coming! The Starter set for Infinity 3.0 has Anakin and Ashoka from Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Hell yes!!).

Gameinformer cover 

Disney Infinity 3.0 comes with Ashoka and Anakin

The two gameplay packs that have been confirmed are Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy focused (Twilight of the Republic and Rise Against the Empire). Both packs feature different styles tf gameplay, including vehicle stages like Pod-Racing and Space Dog-Fights. On top of that, all the figures that have been revealed look great! I can't wait! Here's hoping they do Star Wars: Rebels and The Force Awakens in 2016!

Prequel Trilogy/Clone Wars Era 

Original Trilogy era  

Can't wait to get the figures!

The Last Guardian:

I remember watching the Sony Press Conference live in 2009 when they revealed The Last Guardian. it was a great conference, and that moment was one of the show's highlights. The game looked gorgeous and like all big Playstation fans I instantly fell in love with the Griffin-like creature. But it's been 6 friggin years and still no Last Guardian. Will we see it this year? Maybe. They say it's still in development. Lets wait and hope.


looks gorgeous 

I hope the game comes out... someday

Resident Evil 7:

While it's true that we have gotten many Resident Evil games in the last few years, most have been remasters of older games (Starting with RE 4 in 2015, RE 1 in 2015, and they just announced RE 0 for a 2016 release). And the new games have been a part of sub-series called "Revelations". I haven't played those yet, but they seem really good. But it is time for a numbered game in the series.

Need to play the Revelations series

They might wanna consider having a rebooted universe instead of making a seventh game in the series. It's more than 7 actually, considering all the games not accompanied by a number. I would still like to see games in the original universe. No reason there can't be various canons. Or just stick with the original for now. Just don't abandon the original universe Capcom, keep it alive!

Masterpiece

I would like a return to horror, like the "Revelations" games have done. Something like Resident Evil 4's style of play, where action meets horror. I like that third person camera and the improved controls of more recent entries. First person would be an interesting new arena for RE games, but maybe as an option instead of as a replacement (like in GTA V).

RE 5 was a good game. an action game yes, but still good.

Remasters for PS4:

We need more remasters for PS3. Don't stop with Last of Us and God of War 3. Bring the Uncharted, Resistance, Killzone, and Infamous games to PS4. As well as the entire Ratchet and Clank series and all other platformers [Sly, Jak, Lil Big Planet]. They should do with the PS4 what they did during the PS3 era in terms of HD Collections. And it's time for the PSN store on the PS4 to start rebuilding the epic PS3 library. We need PS1 and PS2 classics on the PS4 [in HD!!!].

Bring collections to PS4!

Sony first party reveals:

Sony has been depending a lot on third party exclusives this generation. Just look at their strong partnership with Bungie and their Destiny game. And that's totally fine, but I want them to still continue to be the great company they are in terms of their first party titles. I love the variety they bring to the table in terms of gameplay, graphics and art styles, genres, etc. I hope they reveal some more first party games this E3. Maybe even some New IP's, and some revivals (bring back the Jak series and Syphon Filter, etc etc).

Give us more games Sony!

Resistance 4:

There is no dormant Sony Franchise I want to return more than Resistance. Time for a fourth entry in the series. Five if you count the PSP game. Or will they reboot and start over from scratch. Whatever the case we want to kill more Chimera. Make it a long game Sony. Longer than the 2nd and 3rd game. Maybe not as long as the first one, but long nonetheless. Bring back Split screen co-op for the main campaign like in the first and third game. Make it online as well. I think it was also online for Resistance 3, but with the first game it was only offline.

I want to kill some Chimera again! 

Fall of Man is still my favorite in the series

Ratchet and Clank remake and movie:

The Movie and game have been delayed for 2016, but that still doesn't mean they can't show something. Last year they had a trailer for the movie and the reveal that they were developing a remake of the first game. Give us another trailer for the movie, and our first look at the new game! Long live the Ratchet and Clank series, my favorite Sony Franchise!

 Movie!!!

Can't wait!!

Virtual Console reveals and sizzle reel:

Nintendo hasn't done a bad job with the Wii U's virtual console. They have even surprised us with systems we weren't expecting like the GBA and DS handhelds. Their next step is to show more support for the platforms they have, AKA more games. I hope they show a sizzle reel at E3 with upcoming games for 2015, and announcement for Gamecube Games in 2016. Wrap up the SNES and NES library with key games like Super Mario RPG, Mario All Stars, and third party games like Contra 1. Bring on Metroid Zero Mission and finally bring Mother 3 to the States. N64 and Wii need a lot of support (why did they skip Galaxy 1 and go straight to number 2?). They need to bring N64 games they skipped on the Wii's Virtual Console, like Pilotwings 64 and Mario Party 1 and 3.

 Give us Pilotwings 64!!

Time for Mario RPG to arrive on Wii U 

The UK already has Zero Mission, bring it to the states and to other territories as well!

More Nintendo HD remakes and remasters:

Nintendo has done an excellent job with remakes like Wind Waker HD, and the N64 Zeldas and Star-Fox 64 on the 3DS. Time for more remakes and remasters. I would love to see those 3DS remakes brought to Wii U. I wanna play Ocarina and Majora and Starfox in HD! But I don't expect many reveals for E3. Super Mario Sunshine would be a good idea for their next HD remake. It is the year of Mario's 30th anniversary after all, and Mario Maker isn't enough in terms of celebrating 30 years of Mario! Plus, Sunshine doesn't even need to be remade from scratch. Remaster it in HD, put it in widescreen, and maybe tweak the lighting system like they did in Wind Waker HD. Shouldn't cost too much or take over a year of development time. I think Gamecube games should be remastered in HD instead of just ported over in standard def and 4:3 aspect ratio, same goes for Wii games. and many N64 games deserve remakes. I want Mario 64 in HD!!!!!

 Gorgeous remaster

 Time to remake Mario 64 in HD!

Bring the 3DS remakes to consoles!

Uncharted 4:

Uncharted has been pushed to 2016, but Sony really really needs to show the game at E3 in a big way. There is no way they can "win" E3 without showing a new trailer with awesome cinematics and gameplay, as well as having a great demo on the show floor. Uncharted trilogy was amazing. It was my favorite Sony series during the PS3 era, and I can't wait to play the fourth entry in the series.

 looks great

PS4's killer app!

Star Wars Battlefront:

I have been waiting years for a third Battlefront game! I know battlefront will be at E3, and I know it's coming out this holiday season. So why am I getting more and more pessimistic. EA has made me feel this way. There is a lack of split screen offline multiplayer. The entire game is online. We can't even play offline instant action against the games AI. It's all online, all multiplayer, all the time. DAMMIT!!!!! EA needs to understand that people still hang out and play games together in the same room and using the same console on a single TV. And that people also like to play.... alone. I wasn't expecting a sinlge player story mode, but at least instant action and other single player stuff. And it seems like it only has 12 maps, so prepare to waste a lot of money on obscene amounts of DLC. I am pumped about the first person mode, and the current gen visuals, etc. But I'm so mad at certain things that it just pisses me off. But I am still dying to play it.

Stormtrooper!!

Also, I would love to see what else EA is cooking up with the Star Wars universe. What is Amy hennig, formerly of Naughty Dog, working on at EA? I hope we find out!

Third and First person! 

Epic poster!

Star-Fox and other confirmed Big N titles:

Took you long enough Nintendo! But it's finally coming! Star-Fox returns! I hope it has a big and memorable campaign with many stages to play and various vehicles to use. I hope they do on foot sections again and do a better job at it this time, but I'm not expecting that for this game. I just hope it's good. I hope it's not a rush job. It needs to play well, look good, and sound good. Nintendo gets cheap sometimes. Look at Pilotwings Resort and how it recycled Wuhu Island from Wii Sport Resort and used Miis instead of original characters. It needs to blow me out of my mind like Mario Kart 8 did!

 Miyamoto plays the Star-Fox tech demo at last year's E3

Miyamoto announces he is making Star-Fox 

The Star-Fox team will return this year, 2015!

Also, can't wait to see more of Yoshi's Wooly World (looks so gorgeous), Mario Maker (reveal the graphics for the All Stars SNES games!!!).

Gorgeous yarn art-style

Legend of Zelda surprise:

Nintendo already pushed Zelda for 2016, and said it wouldn't be at E3. But could they change their mind about not having it at the show? Im not referring to a playable demo. All I need right now is a trailer! Even if its mostly story stuff and all cutscenes instead of gameplay. I love cinematic trailers!!!! Just show me something. Maybe reveal the game's title!

 Can't wait to see Nintendo's approach to "Open World"

Link!!!

HUGE NINTENDO REVEALS:

And here's hoping for some big game reveals from the Big N.

Here's an important question, What is Retro Studios working on?

IP's Retro Studios has worked on

Will Nintendo reveal a new Metroid Game? if so, 2D or 3D? Will it be F-Zero for Wii U? A sports game like Punch-Out, Waverace, or Pilotwings? A 3D Donkey Kong game for Wii U? Animal Crossing for Wii U? A new 3D Mario Game? We will know come June 16 at 9 am!!


Bring back these franchises and others you have ignored too much Nintendo!! 

F-ZERO seems to be the most requested sequel from Nintendo's under-appreciated franchises

Conclusion:

I wanna know what your list is! What confirmed games are you excited for? What surprises are you hoping to see at this years E3? Which conference are you most excited to see? Let me know!!

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-Robert "djtitoflow"

[May 28, 2015]

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nintendo and Universal Parks- Peach's Castle at the center

Nintendo recently announced their partnership with Universal Studios to create a series of Nintendo themed rides and attractions across the various Universal Parks around the world. The minds of all us Nintendo fans have already gone crazy imagining the possibilities. Join me as I go into my nintendo loving psyche and explore what I think these attractions should be. At the heart of this article is my dream of being able to go to and explore Peach's Castle from Super Mario 64! So without further ado, let's begin!

Gorgeous! 


Cinderella's Castle


PEACH'S CASTLE AT THE CENTER:

Orlando Florida's "Disney World" has Cinderella's Iconic Castle in the middle of its "Magic Kingdom" theme park. "Disney Land" in California also has the iconic castle. You get to explore said castle by walking through its corridors, and seeing the movies events unfold in front of you through all sorts of disney park animatronics and effects. Now imagine for one moment how cool it would be to have a similar experience but inside Princess Peach's iconic Castle from Super Mario 64.

Flying towards an epic castle!

Super Mario 64 is my favorite game of all time. I love its hub world. The center of the game is a gorgeous castle in the Mushroom Kingdom's Toad Town.  A gorgeous courtyard greets you complete with a moat of water and bridge to the entrance. When you enter the castle you enter the pristine first floor which has the games first few stages. The Dungeon-Like Basement is a more ominous environment that will take you to more intense levels.  Let's not forget the backyard with the Boo Ghosts. We have more upstairs floors [Mirrors!! The Giant Clock! The endless staircase to Bowser's Stage! etc].

The Lobby

Map of the castle's first floor

The castle's look changes a bit from game to game. And I have no doubt that IF we get the park it won't look exactly like the one in Mario 64. And they probably won't build all 4 floors. I don't expect to be able to walk into all the rooms with the paintings. But as long as what they build looks awesome then I will be happy. If it happens. I repeat, IIIIFFFFF it happens. Also, I want Mario at the end of the atraction. Much like Mickey appears at the end of the "Mickey's House" attraction at Disney Land. I want to shake Mario's hand and take a picture with him! agaggagaa.

Castle and the kingdom

I do think there should be plenty of environments to walk through and explore and take pictures. I would love to walk through some DK Jungle environments, Metroid inspired corridors and derelict ship environments, Zelda inspired environments as well, etc. The park's hub should be Mushroom  Kingdom inspired. Imagine walking through Toad Town from Super Mario Galaxy. Imagine how cool it could look like at night. Just remember the festival that is happening during the beginning of Super Mario Galaxy. Fireworks and all sorts of effects please! snow during christmas please!! monsters like Goombas and Koopas running amok during Halloween please!! Honestly, I'm more interested in these types of attractions than rides. Especially than fast rides. I don't do those. There should be some of course, but don't expect to see me riding the F-Zero roller coaster... ever!!!

I want to walk through the Mushroom Kingdom 

I want to meet the Mario Bros!

STAR-FOX GOES STAR-TOURS:

I think a Star Fox ride could be amazing. It should be inspired by "Star Tours". Maybe you get to ride on the "Great Fox". You will have an animatronic of Rob 64 with you on the ship, instead of R2 and 3PO like in "Star-Tours". Experience what it's like to be in an epic space battle. Watch the Star-Fox team's earwigs on screen as they fight Andross' armada!

Let's help the Star-Fox team fight evil

Imagine Andross on-screen instead of Vader

They should take a page from "Star Tours" and the Design of the Star-Fox games and have multiple paths. That way there can be variations of the ride. Everytime you go could have a different experience. Have multiple battles and planets in each session. And combine them differently. So let's say 9 planets total, and different random combinations of 3. Similar to what "Star Tours" does.

Star-Tours 

 C-3PO is your guide!

Rob will be your guide in the Star-Fox ride

Maybe there could be other rides that put you in the cockpit of an Arwing and let you fly it. Imagine arcade-style enclosed cabinets, like the recent game "Star Wars Battle Pod". But maybe with some movement as you play.

This, but Star-Fox! 

Instead of taking down the Death Star, take down a boss from Star-Fox 64! 

I wanna ride an Arwing!

METROID:

Metroid has so many possibilities. It would be awesome to have a scary attraction where you do more than just walk through Metroid environments. You get to interact with the environment, or rather the environment interacts with you. Imagine a "Halloween Horror Nights" Metroid inspired maze! You walk through dark scary maze while space pirates come out of nowhere and scare you! You will also encounters all sorts of puppets, animatronics, etc, of Metroid Aliens and Monsters. And let's end the maze with a confrontation with Mother Brain or Ridley much like the AVP maze had the Alien Queen  at the end of it's AVP-R inspired maze!

I wanna feel what it is to be a bounty hunter like samus! 

I wanna be scared by space pirates and other Metroid enemies

I love Halloween Horror Nights

Could there also be a Metroid Ride? Maybe a Men in Black type ride where you ride in a vehicle and have to shoot at enemies from a far. I have never been on this MIB ride so I don't know if it's fun. I have only seen it on TV [I love those "Travel Channel" documentaries about theme parks!]. Still, it seems like an interesting idea.

I wanna meet Samus and fight alongside her


F-ZERO:

F-Zero Roller-Coaster, that's a no brainer. Maybe an enclosed coaster like "The Mummy Ride". Cause I don't remember many loops in F-Zero games. The intense speed of F-Zero would please thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.


Epic game!  

Who wants to ride the Blue Falcon? 

F-Zero GX was fast! Imagine that experience but in real life!

MARIO KART:

Nintendo's Flagship vehicle based game is another no-brainer. This one could be more kid friendly than the intense F-Zero ride. Will it be a real go-kart ride where you compete in a track against other attendees? or a simulated experience so it can be crazier and more intense? It could mix VR via a helmet head set, and the kart you ride will move in reaction to how you play. The combination of VR and motion will make you feel like you are in a Mario Kart race.

 First person Mario Kart

Make us feel like we're competing in a "real" Mario Kart race

POKEMON:

Pokemon could benefit from VR [Virtual Reality] as well. Imagine being a Pokemon trainer and battling against other park guests. Use the VR head set to see the fight, and use your voice to shout the commands. This could be a Pokemon fan's dream come true.

battle other trainers!

Pokemon petting zoo filled with cute small Pokemon animatronics and puppets. As well as Pokemon inspired environments where you walk and see Pokemon in their natural habitats. Think Pokemon Snap but turned into an attraction. I would love to walk through that attraction and take an obscene amount of pictures and video footage!

 Pet cute Pokemon

Take lots of pictures


And during "Halloween Horror Nights" experience the haunted Pokemon Tower haunted by Ghost Type Pokemon like Dengar and Ghastly. How about walking through a Team Rocket Lab where mutated Pokemon have escaped! Beware, Mew-Two has been set free and he does not want to be disturbed! These mazes could benefit from 3D glasses like some of the Music inspired 3D Mazes in "Horror Nights"

 Are you brave enough to go into the Pokemon Tower?

 Team Rocket is experimenting with Pokemon, and they have escaped!

Beware of Mew-Two

LEGEND OF ZELDA:

I can't even begin to imagine the possibilities for Legend of Zelda Rides and Attractions. VR could be of use, since people swinging fake swords and firing arrows at fake enemies could be very weird. You can have more control over the experience if it's VR. have a sword in your hand, or a Bow [with motions sensors inside of course]. Ride on a Wagon being pulled by Epona, who is being ridden by Link. Keep the wagon safe from Bokoblins and other Hyrule Field dangers. The sequence could be similar to the scene in Twilight Princess when Link is protecting the Wagon from Bokoblins, and the sequence in Majoras Mask where you have to protect Cremia's Milk Wagon from the bandits!


Cremia's Wagon 

Escort that wagon!

"Halloween Horror Nights" could have some Zelda inspired mazes! Imagine walking through the Lost Woods at night! You are lost in the Woods and it is over-run with Stalfos, Re-deads, and other night-time Hyrule enemies. The Skull Kid is once more possessed by the demonic Majora's Mask, and he doesn't want anyone to leave his woods... alive.

Enter the Lost Woods, if you dare! 

You are lost, find your way out


Beware the Skull-Kid

Do you remember those rides that take you through the events of a story or movie via a moving cart? Think of rides like Peter-Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Pirates of the Carribean. And let's not forget the "Haunted Mansion". Well, Imagine going through a similar ride that takes you through the most iconic events of the Zelda franchise. Seeing those environments and those animatronics would be awesome! I wanna see Toon Link stabbing Ganon in the head just a few feet in front of me! agagaag.


 Peter Pan ride

The Haunted Mansion, one of my favorites!

I wanna see Link kill Ganondorf!

Also, who remembers the Indiana Jones stunt show from the Disney Parks? How about seeing Link fight Ganon and other evil threats on stage! hell yes!

Indy stunt show! 

Indiana Jones

AND MUCH MORE:

There are many other franchises that could be used besides the ones I mentioned in the previous sections. DK environments would be cool, same goes for rides? and how about exploring some creepy jungle environments during "Horror Nights"! Donkey Kong 64 had many creepy environments to get inspiration from! I think Pikmin could lend itself to some awesome enviroments. Imagine walking through an area with big leaves, ants, and other small creatures. I'm reminded of the Honey I Shrunk the Kids environment I walked through as a kid during my visit to "Disney World Orlando Florida".

 Explore DK Jungles

I wanna meet these two!

 Walk among the Pikmin

Pikmin! 

 Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Honey I shrunk the Kids

Kirby or Animal Crossing Merry Go-Round? Pilotwings Simulator! That would incredible. Experience what it's like to ride a plane or even throw yourself of a plane but without actually doing it in real life! Wave Race! Jet-Ski simulator! How about some Yoshi's Island inspired rides as well! 

I want to experience riding the vehicles from Pilotwings

Let's visit the towns from Animal Crossing

Let's not forget riding the Jet-Skis from Rave Race

 I haven't forgotten you Kirby...

... Or you Yoshi

CONCLUSION:

I know I'm getting carried away here! chances are that the park will be rather small. Most of the rides and attractions will focus on the same 3 or franchises [Mario, Zelda, Pokemon]. We will be very lucky if we get some Star-Fox, and Metroid attractions. And things like Pikmin and Pilotwings, you can forget it! Only in our dreams. But I can' help but imagine the possibilities. I hope we have the characters around the park. I wanna take pictures with Mario, DK, Toon Link, Samus, etc.

I wanna know what you guys think! Comment and let me know your hopes and dreams for Nintendo at Universal Studios! If you have articles or videos about this subject then let me know! I may do a video on this subject later on so stay tuned!

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-Robert "djtitoflow"

[May 11, 2015]