The latest Nintendo console has proved a firm favourite with fans, but a raft of new games will help to keep their excitement alive. The Japanese firm announced the return of some iconic franchises, as well as some new blood, at the E3 expo being held this week. Among the coming attractions will be at least five big titles that have helped to build Nintendo's reputation as one of the godfathers of gaming. Gaming firm Nintendo has announced the return of some iconic franchises, as well as some new blood, for the Switch games console at the E3 expo being held in Los Angeles this week. Perhaps the biggest of all will be the return of Mario, a character synonymous with the Tokyo-based company since their first Nintendo Entertainment System console in the 1980s.
With five gaming apps planned for release before March 2017, it's clear that Nintendo has big plans for the mobile gaming market, plans which it now appears could possibly involve the company creating its very own mobile gaming controller. So far Nintendo's mobile offerings have been the social media communication app Miitomo and the yet to be released mobile versions of Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing. None of these titles have mechanics that really cry out for controller support, however, notes taken at the company's recent 76th annual general shareholders meeting revealed that Nintendo is considering developing hardware as well as software as part of its mobile gaming venture. Though not the first time Mario ever appeared (he was originally called Jumpman in a Donkey Kong game) but this 1985 platformer on the NES was praised for "resurrecting a crashed American video game market" - it was the best ever selling video game up until Wii Sports took the title in 2006. As the first outing for Samus Aran in 1986, the female protagonist bounty hunter was said to be hugely inspired by Ridley Scott's 1979 horror film Alien.
The GameCube controller for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be sold out all over the place, but you don't need it to dominate the competition with your favorite fighter. All you need, it turns out, is a bunch of bananas. A Twitch streamer going by the handle ATwerkinYoshi did a little modding after a grocery trip and managed to turn seven bananas into makeshift buttons to play the latest installment of Smash. ATwerkinYoshi's set up hinged primarily on a Human Interface Device (HID) called Makey Makey. The simple tool converts basically anything into a keyboard input.
Super Mario 64 is considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. Its large, imaginative levels and increasingly difficult challenges have defined the 3D platformer genre since its release on the Nintendo 64. Similarly, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time -- the first in the franchise with 3D graphics -- is considered a classic with a record 99 rating on Metacritic. Both have been celebrated with portable re-releases and a deluge of fan movies, artwork and soundtrack remixes. But never have the two games been combined in a fan-made ROM hack like Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time. The unofficial and legally dubious project allows players to traverse Hyrule, the mystical kingdom found in the Zelda series, as Nintendo's portly plumber. The world is a little different to the one found in Link's adventure, however. Hyrule Castle, for instance, is owned by Peach and patrolled by pink Bob-ombs. The Forest Temple, located in the Lost Woods, is filled with colorful Boos instead of flaming skulls.
"The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild" was the subject of a release date leak last week, as clever snoopers found a reference to March 4 on the European product page for the game's upcoming Amiibo figures. The evidence looks credible at a glance, but here are five reasons why the details may not be accurate. More often than not Nintendo does like to ship new figures alongside games, but it doesn't always do so. For example, Silver Mario and Mega Yarn Yoshi arrived at retail months after their respective titles. Especially for a recognizable brand like "Zelda," Amiibo could successfully launch at any time independent of "Breath Of The Wild." Beyond not being publicly known, the reason that date may have been covered up is because it isn't right.