With both Nintendo and Sony’s keynote speeches delivered yesterday there’s far more news to get through today. And with Darran on holiday and a magazine to pull together I best get mi skates on. So, without further ado, here’s a quick rundown of more retro news to come from this year’s E3.
The big news from Nintendo was the announcement of its new DS, the 3DS – which, as the name suggests, is Nintendo’s second stab at trying to bake 3D technology into a handheld – the first being the Virtual Boy. Thankfully, rather than looking like cumbersome eye test equipment Nintendo’s latest offering is something that you can actually hold in your hands. The 3DS features an anolog nub on its front and two cameras on its back that will allow users to take 3D photos. It also has a new top screen that is said to be made of some kind of lenticular material – the bottom display remains the usual touch-screen – which will also allow games, photos and movies to be displayed in 3D without the need of glasses. The first game making use of the tech will be a brand new Kid Icarus title, but a Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, and new Pilotwings game are also coming to the handheld.
– somewhat fitting that Nintendo has selected Kid Icarus to be the franchise to demonstrate the 3D technology of its new portable; seeing that the Virtual Boy and Kid Icarus were both produced by the late Gunpei Yokoi.
Nintendo also announced that a new Zelda title, Skyward Sword, and an exclusive remake/update of the N64 smash Goldeneye is heading to Wii. Donkey Kong Country will also be returning with a new 2.5D platformer for the console too, while Kirby will be getting his first proper Wii platforming debut with the release of Kirby’s Epic Yarn this autumn.
For us, the best bit of retro news from Sony was the announcement that a new Twisted Metal is coming to PS3. David Jaffe denied its existence for a while, but yesterday, during the Sony conference, he took to the stage and announced that his studio, Eat Sleep and Play, is working on the game. Twisted Metal Nuke will be heading to the PS3, and will feature 16 players online, 2-4 player split screen, new game modes and flying vehicles for the first time.
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