Post by Boo Destroyer on Jan 7, 2011 1:21:35 GMT -5
Alright, here's my go at it:
-Pikmin 3, FINALLY -F-Zero X remake on the 3DS (pfffft) -New Star Fox game on the Wii, rebooting the series for good after learning from the mistakes of Command -Next Kirby game will be yet another seemingly recycled handheld title -Donkey Kong Country Returns 2 (okay, maybe after this year)
-Pikmin 3 is finally shown at E3 and is released in the Autumn. -Nintendo announces that Zelda Skyward Sword's release date is being pushed back until 2012. -The 3DS sells 500,000 units in the first week of being on sale. -AAI2 is playable at E3, but still no news on the long-awaited sequal to Apollo Justice.
We all know that a new Star Fox game should go back to the basic corridor shooting mechanics of the first two games, because they're the ones people like (and the best parts of the ones they didn't). If there's another experiment, I and many others will be disappointed. I think Star Fox 64 3D is a test in this general direction, but I don't see another Star Fox happening for a while after it's released.
It's definitely a series that has been bogged down with too many things from its unpopular sequels, and one of the series in need of a reboot. Even if it's a Superman Returns style reboot where they erase everything after Star Fox 64. That'd work.
I don't know why people suddenly hate Command though. I was under the impression a lot of people liked it when it came out (except me), but everyone hated Assault (except me). At least we can all agree to hate Adventures, if for nothing else, for providing most of the nonsense that has plagued the series since... like awful character models, awful new characters and totally avoiding the gameplay that people liked from the first two games.
I don't know why people suddenly hate Command though.
Well, last time I bothered playing the game was in one of those dry spells where I wasn't posting here so much - and even then, there wasn't an active Star Fox topic running at the time for me to bring the subject up. I'd already disliked most of the plot concepts and endings (how can a game about animals fighting a war IN SPACE get so hilariously emo?), but I hadn't actually picked the game up in a while. I figured - what the hell, give it a run for old time's sake, and...well, it was pretty bad!
It was a culmination of everything I didn't like about the Star Fox games: an overabundance of important characters, too heavy a focus on the story, lengthy cutscenes and gameplay that mostly wasn't on-rails shooting! Besides, the already hammy endings became even hammier, and whenever I think of the game, all I see is Fox sobbing into a drink at the bar. Because that happened in the game.
They say no experiment is a failed experiment so long as it yields results, but I hope that all of this mucking about with Star Fox has taught Nintendo that people prefer on-rails shooting where there are four characters of interest and any important plot points are relayed in about ten seconds during loading screens, or during gameplay itself. I look forward to SF643DS (insert keyboard mash here) because it ought to be a return to form. And if it is a Superman Returns-styled reboot, let's pray it's better than, you know, Superman Returns. Either way, it's a reboot long in coming.
(Oh, and as a post-script, I traded Star Fox Command in shortly after that fateful sit-down. I got a dollar and twenty-five cents for it at Gamestop. It's a sad day when a game from a major Nintendo franchise goes for about as much as the spare change you'll find in your couch.)
Post by Shrikeswind on Jan 12, 2011 2:54:11 GMT -5
Only thing I wouldn't want trimmed is Krystal, personally. She adds a new instability to a team which is, at heart, too disfunctional to be that effective. Think about it: Falco's a constant smart-ass, ripping on the hyper-obedient Slippy, who manages to screw everything up while Peppy's constantly nagging everyone. Meanwhile, Fox is caught in the middle trying to lead this tin of nuts into and safely out of battle. Ever notice how you're always covering everyone's asses? It's because Fox is the only one not doing stupid crap. Add romantic tension, and suddenly even Fox is being an idiot saving Noobcakes Krystal. It's like a sitcom in space.
If only THAT were how it ran. Just a space sitcom.
Just want to point out, that I want to people to get there 2011 predictions, in by the end of this week (the 16th), so we don't have people bumping it thoughout the year. Then sometime in late December this thread can be bumped back up to see how close we were to being correct.
Some more predictions . . .
- A Mario 3DS game that uses some form of augmented reality for platforming in the real world, OR a Nintendo game from a popular series (not new franchise) to use Augmented reality as it's main game feature. - Early 3DS games get complaints/frustation from gamers with games with many gameplay transistions to and from 3D top screen to touch screen and causing people to lose sight of the 3D effect.
Or, if done right, a way of 'trimming the fat' and going back to basics. Like, in a way, DKC Returns. And thats brilliant, because certain series can get bogged down with all kinds of crap.
But DKCR wasn't a reboot. It doesn't try to erase the history of the series like it never happened.
It also ignores Dixie / Kiddy / Funky / Wanky / Jonky / Plonky / Honkey Tonkey and whatever other Kongs have been established, as well as all the Kremlings. Is it technically a reboot? No, probably not. But it is, for the majority of intents and purposes.