In a publicity segment called “Iwata says”, where Nintendo President Satoru Iwata talks to developers about their Nintendo projects, the prez said that he thought the visuals in Capcom’s upcoming “Monster Hunter Tri” are the best visuals in a Wii game to date, and that the game has drawn out Nintendo’s competitive side:
“I can tell Nintendo’s staff has really been galvanized by you. I can tell they feel like you did what they hadn’t yet… Looking at the graphics objectively, I feel like the game’s visuals are one of the representative examples of what can ultimately be done with Wii. I think it has placed the “Zelda” team under a considerable amount of pressure.”
This may be a matter of translation or my having seen to many movies with sinister executive, but that last statement about the Zelda team sounds more like a threat than a simple comment. Either way, in my mind, the gauntlet has been thrown and will now be comparing the two from now on.
As for “Monster Hunter Tri”, you can see for yourself how nerve-wrackingly good the visuals are when the game is released on April 20’th.
Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360 Exclusive) (4/13)
Monster Hunter Tri (Wii Exclusive) (4/20)
Super Street Fighter IV (4/27)
FIFA World Cup: South Africa (4/27)
Dead to Rights: Retribution (4/27)
What game(s) are you gonna play this month?
Nintendo held their US media summit San Francisco today. At the conference, they announced the release dates for their first-party lineup for Spring and Summer, 2010. Most exciting and surprising were the release dates for Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M, which will both be in stores this spring. Galaxy 2 will be coming out May 23’rd, while the new 2D Metroid is set to be released on June 27’th. Frankly speaking, until yesterday’s hint from Nintendo’s Australian summit (They’re going to be having international “summits” all week), it was widely assumed that word would come at E3 that both games would be ready some time around Christmas. Other interesting releases include the US release of Monster Hunter Tri (April 20’th) and Sin & Punishment 2: Star Successor (June 7’th) and whole bunch WiiWare titles, including Mega Man 10 (March 1’st).
You might be asking; “well now that they’ve done all this, what is Nintendo gonna show at E3?” Well, the word is that, regardless of what Nintendo says now, that they will be unveiling the DS-2 at this year’s big show. Announcing AAA titles like Mario Galaxy 2 now will presumably free Nintendo of the responsibility to promote their releases at E3 so they can focus on the console launch.