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E3: Nintendo Revives  Goldeneye, Kirby, Donkey Kong Country  On Wii
E3: Nintendo Revives Goldeneye, Kirby, Donkey Kong Country On Wii Exclusive
June 15, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

June 15, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander
More: Console/PC, E3, Exclusive

Year after year, core Nintendo fans seem impossible to please at E3, but this year, the company eschewed its usual, oft-confusing reveals of party and fitness titles to focus instead on announcements of major installments in core franchises.

Crowning the event was the announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, launching "next year." By comparison, the company spent only a little time showing off Mii-equipped Wii Party, launching this holiday, to the enthusiast press.

Ubisoft's casual Just Dance 2 was confirmed to be launching this fall, but it was only briefly discussed on the way to a pair of surprises: the first showing of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for DS, confirmed for this holiday, and the announcement of a long-anticipated follow-up to beloved Nintendo 64 shooter GoldenEye.

Activision's GoldenEye: 007 will feature 16 game modes and film hero Daniel Craig in the title role, and will launch this holiday.

Disney's Warren Spector emerged to show off Epic Mickey, its upcoming action game set in an alternate world of beloved Disney characters, based on a paint-based mechanic with player-driven problem-solving. Spector said the title represents a "a balance of heritage and innovation" for both Disney's and Nintendo's enduring brands.

There have been no new installments in the Kirby franchise in years, but Nintendo and creator Masahiro Sakurai revealed a new spin on the property today with Kirby's Epic Yarn, a game that plays with the stitching and weaving properties of yarn to create a sidescrolling platformer. It's slated for release in the fall.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, which has sold 4.2 million copies to date in Japan, will be coming to North America on July 11. Team Ninja's Metroid: Other M, which promises to push the series down new "emotional corridors," will hit shelves on August 31.

Retro Studios, known for its Metroid Prime trilogy, has created a new Donkey Kong Country title, Donkey Kong Country Returns, which revives the classic Super Nintendo sidescrolling platformer this holiday.

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Buck Hammerstein
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i'm too old for nintendo's lineup of game titles but i can see another good year for them with what they have planned. nostalgia aside, it appeared that there will be lots of games the younger gamer will want from grandma come december. very smart for nintendo to focus on family-friendly gaming so the younglings can have the same fun i had playing when i was their age.

Alan Youngblood
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DKCountry Returns should be worth checking out because it's Retro, Kirby might be worth a look too.

But seriously, Activision making Goldeneye:007? And with a character likeness of Daniel Craig? You don't really need IMDB to know that Pierce Brosnan is Bond, James Bond in Goldeneye. Activision seems to be trying really hard to reach out to core fans that are ticked off with them for how they handled (or are currently handling the legal fallout of) Infinity Ward, and most other things for that matter. Their commercial that's been airing on GTTV for Transformers strikes a chord with long time fans like myself because of the cheesy soundtrack clip from the 80's movie. But then before I'm drawn in I'm reminded of another soundbyte from the same era, that is, admiral Ackbar in Star Wars 6:RotJ saying: "It's a trap!"

If this new "Goldeneye" doesn't have split screen multiplayer than it's a failure and a thinly veiled attempt by ATVI and Ninty to exploit retro-fetish gamers.

Ending on another positive note: Metroid Other M and Epic Mickey should be pretty darn awesome because of the people behind them. (Sakamoto-san and Mr. Spector).

Dare I ask what happened to a new Kid Icarus game?

E Zachary Knight
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Dare I ask what happened to a new Kid Icarus game?

Its coming for the 3DS. It is a launch title.

Buck Hammerstein
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in the demo for goldeneye 007 you saw printed in text split screen multiplayer and it showed a 4 way split screen in game play. hope this helps.

Eric Feliu
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They say you are as old as you feel. I guess you are a grandpa since you say are too old for video games? Lots of great games coming from Nintendo as usual which is great news for the industry.

Daniel Martinez
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This is right up my alley. I grew up on all these games.

Tim Tavernier
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MS and Sony: "Look, we have Motion Control now too, with casual games and everything!!! We'll beat Nintendo now!!!"

Nintendo "And here are some hardcore 2D-games, and a re-make of the FPS that popularized console-fps, have fun!"

I truly believe that you can summarize this entire generation with one quote coming from one of the Iwata Asks interviews.

Iwata: *laughs*

Buck Hammerstein
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naw, too old for side scrolling games when i can be playing red dead multiplay, mw2 and bad co2. rather teach younglings that camping is for tents than jump up and down on mushroom enemies.

the nostalgia is interesting and i can see how it would grab people's attention but i've played them before and now it's time for something new.

Fábio Bernardon
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"red dead multiplay, mw2 and bad co2" Sorry, but where is the something new?

Jason Weesner
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Kids, don't kick your ball into ol' man Hammerstein's yard!

Ian Uniacke
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@Buck: I can only laugh. :D Nintendo shows off potentially the best line up of games for a single console for years and you still find a way to make it look like Nintendo is not on the pulse. Playing the "this is only for kids" card is ridiculous.

Metroid and Zelda are about as hardcore as they come, and Golden Eye falls in the exact same genre as 2 of the 3 games that you claim as "for adults".

Buck Hammerstein
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martha, marthaaaa get my writing glasses... the nintendo fans are mocking me!!! :)

i can take the ribbing and thank everyone for pointing out that nintendo makes games for all ages. for me, i still have my original nes (conflict is sitting on top of it, good times) and i can see that nintendo has not lost its touch with the latest game lineup.

but as time passes my tastes have changed. doesn't stop anyone from having their fun. been there-played that though. and we need one console maker who makes fun games, not just another unreal fps, to keep the spirit of all-ages-gaming alive.

now, where did i put my arthritis medicine... this typing tv hurts my fingers.

Chuan Lim
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[ Hits snooze., goes back to sleep. ]


Wake me up in 4 years when the same games will be announced again. Nintendo are playing it safe again, and most of us average age [ 32 ] gamers have already had these exact same experiences on SNES / N64 / Gamecube / DS already. Props to Super Mario Galaxy but apart from that all the game designs are still early 90s fare. Its like after huge failures like Wii Music that Nintendo lost their cajones and went back to the IP bag. I think its telling when Miyamoto / Aoyunuma start cribbing gameplay ideas from Dead Space as well. Future ain't what it used to be and Nintendo fans seem stuck in some kind of mental stasis ..

-- Chuan

Fiore Iantosca
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People laugh at Nintendo every year. Then at the end of said year Nintendo looks at their bottom line and laughs right back LOL

Fábio Bernardon
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It is interesting that when Nintendo show new games and gameplay experiences (like all Wii* games) people complain that these games are not what they want. But when Nintendo goes back and refine (with slightly improvements) the games it did priorly the same people come and complain that there is no creativity in such games.

Sorry, people should stop whining and decide once and for all what they want.

Personally, I liked a LOT what I saw. Kirby has a *fantastic* art style that absolutely NO OTHER COMPANY in the entire world would ever come with if it were not by Nintendo. And DKC is the winner for me. I liked Jungle Beat, but I felt it could have been so much more. Hopefully this one can deliver.

Aaron Truehitt
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I used to be easily swayed by Nostalgia. Nostalgia is good, but it's a memory. It doesn't work well in the future except for a brief moment of reliving the past. Goldeneye...It worked in 97(?) and was fantastic..but now..well I'll try it... And Daniel Craig look-a-like as Bond? What happened to Pierce..?