With E3 just around the corner, it is shaping up to be a big event for Nintendo, and game design legend Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed some more details of to expect in San Francisco.
Shigeru Miyamoto is revered as a superstar in his home country of Japan and is the man behind most of Nintendo’s household name video games starting with Donkey Kong and going though stellar names such as Mario, Zelda, Starfox and F-Zero. Miymaoto has now given some insight into the much-anticipated Super Mario 3D title coming for the recently released 3DS. Miyamoto confirmed the title would be released in 2011 and would be a completely original title. "Super Mario 3D will be a combination of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 64, although that doesn't exactly convey what it is like – if you play it at E3 you will see what I mean. For example, when floors are floating in space, in 2D, it's difficult to judge distances, but in 3D, it is easy to." In a recent teaser of the Super Mario 3D game, a tail could be seen as part of the logo, indicating a return for the rarely seen Tanooki Suit and Raccoon Suit power-ups. When asked about this, Miyamoto cryptically replied: "If I tell you everything, I won't be able to talk about anything at E3. But the power-ups you mention are what you think you are. And you probably know what is going to happen using those characters already."
Other titles which Miyamoto spoke about included Starfox which will use “the gyro-sensor and the joystick; the combination is the key to its gameplay. Because it's 3D, you have the depth in the screen, so you can aim perfectly." Regarding the 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Miyamoto said: "It ran at 20fps on the Nintendo64, but on the 3DS, it runs at 30fps, so there is extra smoothness of movement. The graphics, too, have been strengthened: you can feel the immersiveness of its world in 3D. Plus, the touchscreen lets you place items wherever you want them to be.” Check out the epic-looking Japanese trailer for the new Zelda below.
Miyamoto also mentioned the controversial reports of the 3DS causing dizziness and eye-strain: “When you have 3D on all the time and are using the gyro-sensor, it can be quite difficult to view it, but if you put it in 2D all the time, you would be missing some of the enjoyment, so I guess you have to adjust and find the best way for you to play.” Miyamoto also briefly mentioned Mario Kart for the 3DS but that title won’t be making an appearance until 2012.
With the debut of the next-generation Wii at E3 and now confirmation that Mario 3D will be available at the trade show, it is looking like the Nintendo will dominate, and it will be up to Sony and Microsoft to pull something out of the bag to topple it from top spot.