The Bulletin is a roundup of a few game-related news stories from the previous week.
Nintendo announces sequel to A Link To The Past
Let it never be said that Nintendo doesn’t know how to cater to its oldest, lapsed fans. You know, the people that loved their Super Nintendo but criticize the company today for wooing the “casual” audience and lazily rehashing all of its past successes. Well, Nintendo has heard their complaints and is ready to give them a totally new and original idea: a sequel to The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, one of Nintendo’s most popular games of all time.
In an online broadcast, Nintendo U.S. chief Reggie Fils-Aime announce that the upcoming title for the 3DS portable will use a design similar to the 1991 classic, and it will take place in the same world. In other words, it will be a Zelda game that is sort of like A Link To The Past, making it a lot like every Zelda game released since A Link To The Past. Of course, that game was awesome, so that’s probably a good thing. Either way, new Zelda.
Nintendo also announces some other stuff
But wait, there’s more! Apparently Nintendo was a little concerned that you weren’t paying it enough attention this week, because the publisher announced a whole bunch of other stuff for the 3DS. Like, for example, another entry in the Mario & Luigi role-playing game series. This one, titled Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, will have Mario entering his brother’s dreams. The plumber hopes to return home to his kids, James and Phillipa—wait, no, I’m getting this confused with something else. Nintendo is also working on a new Mario Party game, a new Yoshi’s Island game, and a port of the Wii’s Donkey Kong Country Returns. Basically, sequels to everything.
Also, Nintendo will finally be putting the cult hit Earthbound on the Wii U’s Virtual Console, after years of the game being constrained by music-related copyright issues. We don’t know what changes (if any) have been made to the game, but Nintendo is probably just hoping this will stop the incessant Bart and Lisa-esque pestering from fans. (“Can we have Earthbound? Can we have Earthbound? Can we have Earthbound?”)
XCOM shooter banished to the land of wind and ghosts (maybe)
In 2010, when 2K Games announced a new shooter based on the battlefield strategy game series XCOM, people complained that it didn’t look anything like its supposed inspiration. So 2K appeased the XCOM purists with last year’s well-reviewed strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and everything was fine. Except, somewhere along the way, everybody forgot about the shooter.
Now, almost three years from being announced, something is happening with it. According to Digital Trends, the game’s official website has vanished, and its trailer has been removed from 2K’s YouTube page. This would seem to point toward the project being cancelled, which would make sense considering the long period of quiet, but a little bird at Kotaku suggests that, due to some recent URLs registered by 2K, the game is simply being rebranded in order to separate it from the XCOM series. Maybe we’ll find out what’s going on in another few years.
Road Rash might be coming back (sort of)
A few weeks ago, I talked about how the creator of Ecco The Dolphin is using Kickstarter to fund a new underwater adventure game, and now something similar is happening with classic vehicular-murder sim Road Rash…except this time there aren’t any Road Rash people involved. As reported by Rock Paper Shotgun, The game will be called Road Redemption, and it is being developed by a group of game industry vets (and Road Rash fans) who want to “return to the challenging, skill-based gameplay that defined gaming on the Sega Genesis, 3DO, and Nintendo 64.” Yes, apparently we are now longing for the days of the N64. Time makes fools of us all. Anyway, the Kickstarter is hoping to raise $160,000 by May 12, and it has a bit of a ways to go, so you might want to get on it if you’re especially eager to bash someone’s head with a pipe while riding a motorcycle.
Bethesda announces new game from Resident Evil creator
IGN revealed last week a live-action trailer for The Evil Within, a new survival horror game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. Before I say anything else about it, watch that trailer above. Done? All right, now tell me how in the world anyone is supposed to know that’s a trailer for a video game. Creepy hallways, gross monsters, tons of blood, and then the title. If you don’t recognize the Bethesda logo at the end as being that of a video game publisher, you might think they’re making a sequel to that Thirteen Ghosts movie with Tony Shalhoub. Either way, the aesthetic certainly does seem to skew more toward horror than the action movie shoot-’em-up that Resident Evil has become. Hopefully that feel is borne out in the actual game. All I know is that I want Tony Shalhoub to be in it.