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PlatinumGames: “Bayonetta 2 would not exist without Nintendo white knighting that project.”
Last week, creative producer at PlatinumGames, JP Kellams gave a presentation for The University of Central Florida Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando, and while discussing a part of his career at PlatimumGames. A question was raised in regards to changing between publishers and platforms, Kellams went onto say the following:
Without getting into some stuff that is both business and confidential, the simple question I’d like to ask you is, ‘Do you want to play Bayonetta 2?’ Bayonetta 2 would not exist without Nintendo white knighting that project. So while I totally understand that people want to play it on the platforms that they’ve played it on previously, we really wanted to make Bayonetta 2.
Donkey Kong is back, and no one is going to steal his banana hoard this time
Back in November, 1994, Rare released a game on the Super Nintendo that changed the image of what we all thought when someone mentioned the name ‘Donkey Kong’, which a little game titled ‘Donkey Kong Country’. Since then, it’s breathed new life into the franchise, with DK being the hero (rather than the villain) and spawning sequels, racing games, and becoming one of Nintendo’s iconic mascots. Unfortunately, Rare are no longer at Nintendo’s side, instead making horrible Kinect games for Microsoft, Retro Studios are now at the helm, and brought the Donkey Kong universe back to life with the Wii game, Donkey Kong Country Returns.
But it’s now 2014, almost 20 years since the original release of DKC for the Super Nintendo, so does DK bring his A-game to the Wii U?
OXCGN @ EB Games Expo 2013
The Nintendo Booth @ EB Games Espo
by Yvan Zivkovic
©2013 Yvan Zivkovic
Looking at some of the bigger booths this year, starting with Nintendo. The first thing you would have noticed if you were there, is that the booth is much smaller than last years. Admittedly they were on the edge of releasing a new console to the market, the Wii U.
This time, it was mostly about that games, first party games, to be exact. The only real presence of a non-Nintendo game was the 3DS version of Sonic Lost World.
Nintendo definitely played it down with their booth this year, but they seemed to make it a little more as of late, with their lack of presence to Tokyo Game Show for several years, missing out on gameson in 2012, and not even having a presentation for E3 2013, Nintendo are making it clear that they are less interested in game shows and putting more of a focus on Nintendo Direct.
A bit of it might have to do with certain Australian retailers playing down Nintendo’s presence on their shelves, clearly out existing Nintendo stock. EB themselves prioritising unreleased consoles like the Xbox One and the PS4 before a currently released console like the Wii U.
Regardless, Nintendo were right at the entrance of EB Expo 2013, and here’s a run down of what was available to play:
Australian Retailer Clears Out Nintendo Stock, Including Wii U
With PS4 and Xbox One on the horizon, are retailers abandoning Nintendo?
by David Hilton
© 2013 David Hilton
It was from Australian retailer Dick Smith and after some ‘online exclusive’ deals it practically shouted that all Nintendo products, including consoles, were 50% off, “reduced to clear”.
There are none left. But this was surely some limited online deal right?
Wrong. And it likely spells a more than symbolic turn in the Ninendo’s Wii U fortunes in Australia.
With the help of 80s action icon, Dolph Lundgren
by Arthur Kotsopoulos
©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos
It seems like a recurring theme for the Call of Duty franchise to recruit the help of iconic actors/actresses to help promote the latest offerings in its yearly releases. From “The Replacer” played by Prison Breaks Peter Stormare to help display Black Ops II DLC or Jonah Hill and Sam Worthington for The Vet & the n00b Modern Warfare 3 TV Spot.
Each commercial is coupled with special effects and the corniest of dialogue from these film stars themselves. They definitely are for a targeted audience but the the latest escapade with Dolph Lundgren (Best know for his role as Frank Castle in The Punisher, He-Man in Masters of the Universe and Det. Jack Caine in Dark Angel to name a few)
This year how ever, for Call of Duty: Ghosts it seems that MOTHER Energy Drink and Call of Duty, have partnered up to give Aussies a chance to win a top secret rescue op mission.