Rumor: Rareware on 3Ds? Future of Metroid?
Emily Rogers discusses the possibility of Rareware on 3DS, the future of Metroid as a franchise, and whether to expect lots of Xbox 360 ports to Nintendo’s new console.
Hey guys, it’s Emily Rogers again. Hope you guys had a great Easter! I had a lot of fun spending time with my family, many of which I haven’t seen in a long time. So that was nice to do. Also, my birthday is coming up so I’m looking forward to that.
Last time I wrote an article with a whole motherload of rumors about Nintendo’s new console which is currently codenamed, “Project Cafe”. After I revealed that Retrostudios was working on a game that wasn’t Metroid, I saw a other websites coming out with their sources. Let me just say that the rumor about Retrostudios working on Eternal Darkness 2 or Zelda is way off. I repeat, Retrostudios is NOT working on Eternal darkness 2 or Zelda. Scratch both off of those off the list.
In the previous article, I mentioned how my sources told me there is no way that Nintendo is releasing their new console in 2011 because their focus this holiday season is on 3DS. In a press release, Iwata revealed the system is coming 2012. At Nintendo of Japan’s investors meeting, Iwata is getting read to reveal that the system would be coming after April 2012. Pretty much backs up what I’ve been saying.
Few extra rumors I’ve heard from reliable sources. Please take with a grain of salt. Dating a guy who works close with Nintendo has its perks and benefits, but just because I sleep with someone in the gaming industry doesn’t mean every single thing he tells me is accurate. (Some browsers need to click on page 2)
- Rare (or Rareware if you prefer) and Nintendo have had discussions about 3DS development. Nintendo and Rare still have a good relationship with each other, especially since Diddy Kong Racing DS did so well. Just like with the GBA and the original DS, Microsoft doesn’t seem to have a problem with Rare developing a 3DS game since none of Nintendo’s handhelds are in direct competition with any Microsoft products. Nintendo brought up the idea of a 3DS enchanced port of Star Fox Adventures, but nothing is in development. Basically a port with extra enhancements, similar to Rare’s Diddy Kong Racing DS for the Nintendo DS. Don’t be surprised if Rareware gets 3DS development kits by the end of this year. Banjo-Kazooie on 3DS is not out of the question either. Microsoft thinks that if some of Rare’s games do well on Nintendo’s handhelds, then it may lead to Nintendo gamers buying Microsoft systems to play Rare’s games.
- Ports galore of PS3/360 games for Project Cafe’s launch. One third party in particular is planning to shamelessly milk the new Nintendo console with lots of PS3/360 ports. Nintendo told developers how easy it is to port games from 360 to the new Nintendo console. Unfortunately, third parties think that is giving them the greenlight to throw all of their 360/PS3 projects onto the new console instead of making brand new projects that take advantage of Project Cafe’s extra power.
- Nintendo might start making less Metroid games since every Metroid game released after Metroid Prime 1 has sold less and less with each new Metroid released. Yoshio Sakamoto would love to be involved as director, producer, and writer of future Metroid games if Nintendo will allow him. Nintendo will still make Metroid games, but it won’t be considered one of their “big 3″ priorities in comparison to Mario/Zelda like it was for the last 5 years. They feel that Metroid fans who made Metroid Prime a huge seller, aren’t really showing enough excitement and support for the franchise like they did when the first Prime game came out.
- Nintendo has no future plans for Earthbound.