Anyway, some interesting stuff has been going on from Nintendo over these last couple of weeks. We got word from Nintendo that of their partnership with Universal Studios of setting their plans of doing a theme park/attractions into motion and they have given the official name of the park which will be known as Super Nintendo World and here is a pic posted by Nintendo of America of what the concept art is how is going to look like.
As we all know, they have said that it is going to open in all 3 Universal Studios areas(Osaka, Japan; Orlando, Florida; Hollywood, California). But it won't be ready until 2020(same time as for the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games). The article is located here www.ign.com/articles/2016/12/1… . It will bring every known franchise from Nintendo into this park to give people exposure on some of these IPs that have been going for a long time from Mario, Zelda, Starfox, Metroid, Pokemon, Donkey Kong, etc. Can't wait for this to happen and another reason for me to go to Universal Studios in Orlando(since I'm a Florida resident). Speaking of that, here's the video for what's in store for the parks:
As for other stuff going on with Nintendo, Miyamoto recently had an interview in New Jersey at the Apple event to promote Super Mario Run, this person named Katie Linendoll asked him about what other Nintendo characters he would have wished to be more popular like Mario. Interestingly, he said Fox McCloud was one of them with his series to be more popular along with the Pikmin series. He even said that he will put more effort and the energy he needs to make sure that happens. This is most likely after what happened to the reception of Starfox Zero which came out this year and obviously one of the problems that some people had with the game was the forced motion controls he put into the game which I'm going to have to agree on. Now don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed Starfox Zero and it was a fun experience and will go back into it. But as you guys already know, like any other Nintendo game, it's not meant for everyone. Another problem with the game was that it came out in the last year for the Wii U. If it would have came out in the first or second year after its release, it may have done better since that was the time when the Wii U was trying to bring out some of the good titles out even though the system kind of suffered a drought. Not to mention that the install base for the Wii U was pretty low and now the production for the Wii U has been discontinued since they are focusing their efforts on the Switch.
Anyway, I'm glad that Miyamoto is not giving up on both the Starfox and Pikmin series after the comment he did. It goes to show that he does care about his creations and not throw them by the wayside. But yes I do agree that he needs to put more effort into it and take it a lot more seriously in order for the series to gain more popularity than it needs from what he said and I would love that. Yes Starfox and Pikmin are popular and they have their own fanbase like any other Nintendo franchise like Mario, Zelda, etc. Anyway, I don't want to wait another 10 years for another entry in the SF series after Zero. And based from that statement he brought up there, he in a way indirectly hinted/implied of new entries for both Starfox and Pikmin to come out on the Switch in the future down the road. Obviously we're not going to get a new SF game next year since we just recently got Zero this year. I would say at least 2 to 3 years after the Switch's release when we'll get a new entry in the series. As of now, Zero has sold right about 400k units or a bit more than that after its release. But yeah Miyamoto is aware of the situation with Zero and hopefully he learned his lesson on this. With the Switch going back to the basics and that the team who are developing it is a young team(which is good and have some fresh blood to make the Switch a success). Also, it goes to show that after that comment he did, most likely he'll be focusing on what to make a SF game really good again(like playing the game with traditional control scheme everyone loves from the series, expand upon the series becoming more than just a rail shooter game and more importantly have online multiplayer since online gaming is the norm these days and becoming a big deal which is something that Miyamoto is going to need to embrace). He does all that and I promise you it would be a hit and Nintendo could pull off a Fire Emblem Awakening(which became a hit after its release) on us with it. Adventures and Assault(also my favorite games in the series along with SF64) served as a good evolution to the series and they need to do that. If they can combine elements with other games like Starhawk(PS3 game), Ratchet and Clank(for its ground based elements) with elements like from Rogue Squadron with a dash of multiplayer(both local and online), I promise you that will be a hit which Miyamoto will be looking for based on that comment. If it weren't for Miyamoto, we would have never gotten any of his IPs like Mario, Zelda, Starfox, etc.
Also, even after Zero's release, the people from Platinum Games who worked on Zero including Yusuke Hashimoto(director of Zero and Bayonetta 2) are still interested in and if I were Miyamoto on this, he should approach them again and let them take a shot with doing a sequel to Zero as they would love to only this time that they take a good amount of control for the next game kind of like what Kojima did in giving Platinum Games the control they need to make Metal Gear Rising Revengeance and Miyamoto can serve more as the advisor for it on Zero's sequel. If that happens, I would love to see Platinum Games really work their magic there and they can make Zero's sequel be a spectacle and one that even the SF fans would love to see and be the true sequel we have all been waiting for. After all, Nintendo are really good friends with Platinum Games and they are on board with the Switch and this should be an opportunity that Miyamoto should not waste if he wants this to happen, From the looks of it, he is going to focus on making a new SF entry down the road(likely on the Switch) after they get the big things out of the way(like the release of the new Zelda game coming up, the release of the Switch console along with some big first-party IPs first to get it out of the way.
Here are some links to prove my point here on that comment Miyamoto did:
As for my pics, more of them will be on the way.
Starfox Taurs series:
Sly Cooper Taurs series:
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