Metroid Other M to feature “theater mode”

Now here is something that has piqued my interest, the upcoming Metroid Other M title is said to feature a mode called “Theater mode” and will allow players to watch a movie of all the cutscenes at the conclusion of the game. While some other websites have already damned the feature, I think it’s a great idea and would kind of “reward” players for completing the game. I think once you beat the title it would be sweet to sit back and relax and re-watch the events that just happened… Check out the quote:

The storytelling aspect of Other M continues to play a major role even after you beat the game, the way [Nintendo designer Yoshio] Sakamoto puts it. “There’s a ‘theater mode’ that lets you view all of the cutscenes linked together seamlessly as a single movie,” he explained. “We placed just as much weight on enjoying the story as we did on the action aspects of this game, but it’s hard to fully communicate a storyline in a video game with just one playthrough. At the same time, though, it’s asking a lot of players to beat the game twice to get it all, so that’s where the idea for that mode came from. It lets you make a lot of discoveries, things you missed or dialogue that makes more sense in retrospect. I hope it helps people understand the story better.”

This theater-mode movie is about two hours in length and divided into chapters like a DVD film. It’s not just the movie cutscenes straight from the game, though — there’s some pre-recorded gameplay bits to it as well, although those sections aren’t recorded off your own moves as you beat the game. “I wanted to do that,” Sakamoto said, “but we’re using our own sample play data instead because that’s also a way of giving the player hints — like, you can beat this particular boss this way too, and so forth.”

What do you guys think?

The Evolution of Nintendo Characters

Today’s “image of the day” takes us on a trip down nostalgia lane and gives gamers a great depiction of how Nintendo character have evolved over the years. Although the omission of a certain Link (see if you can spot it) has got me a little perturbed, I think I can forgive the artist due to the fact that this picture is pretty awesome. Enjoy…


Famitsu review scores

Here are the latest review scores from the Japanese publication Famitsu magazine. Overall nothing too crazy…

Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (PSP) – 9/8/9/8
Assassin’s Creed II (Platinum Collection) (PS3/360) – 9/9/8/9
Tetris Party Premium (Wii) – 8/6/7/8
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (PS3) – 7/6/6/6
Jewel Pet: Mahou no Oheyade Isshoni Asobou (DS) – 8/7/7/7
Tetris Party Premium (DS) – 8/7/7/7
Mame Goma 3: Kawaii ga Ippai (DS) – 6/6/6/7
Battle Spirits: Digital Starter (DS) – 7/7/8/8
Heart Catch PreCure! Oshare Collection (DS) – 7/7/7/7

StormLover (PSP) – 8/7/8/7
J-League Winning Eleven 2010 Club Championship (PS2) – 8/7/7/8
Oretachi no Sabage Versus (PSP) – 6/5/4/5

Maestro Green Grove Review (DSiWare)

Much to my surprise, I received an email the other day informing yours truly that Neko would like me to review Maestro Green Grove for the DSiWare. Having never even heard of the title, I was unaware as to what to expect. Turns out however, sometimes surprises can be a very good thing! Read on and check out this review.
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Media Create software sales (7/12 – 7/18)

01. / 00. [NDS] Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem – Hero of Light and Shadow (Nintendo) – 136.367 / NEW
02. / 00. [WII] Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory (Square Enix) – 135.783 / NEW

03. / 00. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (Konami) – 120.199 / NEW
04. / 01. [WII] Wii Party (Nintendo) – 112.850 / 347.742 (-52%)
05. / 00. [PSP] Last Ranker (Capcom) – 60.757 / NEW
06. / 00. [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (Konami) – 51.778 / NEW
07. / 03. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark / Bomber (Level 5) – 46.014 / 648.902 (-53%)
08. / 02. [PS3] White Knight Chronicles: Awakening of Light and Darkness (SCE) – 34.285 / 209.917 (-80%)
09. / 04. [NDS] Harvest Moon: Twin Villages (Marvelous Entertainment) – 20.269 / 83.879 (-68%)
10. / 00. [PSP] Momotaro Railway Tag Match: Friendship – Cooperation – Winning Volume! (Hudson) – 18.614 / NEW

NGamer review scores

Xenoblade seems like it’s going to be good… 87% is pretty decent right?! I know I have high hopes for that one….

Here are the rest of the scores my good friends:

Ant Nation (WiiWare) – 2/5
Big Beach Sports 2 (Wii) – 20%
Dance on Broadway (Wii) – 37%
Despicable Me: The Game – Minion Mayhem (DS) – 61%
Dragon Ball: Origins 2 (DS) – 68%
Jane’s Hotel (DS) – 23%
Legend of Kay (DS) – 39%
Pirates Plundarrrr (Wii) – 74%
Puzzle Quest 2 (DS) – 75%
River City Soccer Hooligans (DS) – 65%
Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery Of Osbourne House (DS) – 63%
The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts (WiiWare) – 2/5
The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages (WiiWare) – 3/5
Tournament of Legends (Wii) – 63%
Toy Story 3: The Videogame (DS) – 52%Jett Rocket (WiiWare) – 2/5
Toy Story 3: The Videogame (Wii) – 60%
Transformers: War for Cybertron (DS) – 38%
Transformers: Cybertron Adventures (Wii) – 16%
Xenoblade (Wii) – 77% (+10% if you’re fluent in Japanese)