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E3 2008: Nintendo Making Next Zelda Accessible for Non-gamers, Says Miyamoto
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E3 2008: Nintendo Making Next Zelda Accessible for Non-gamers, Says Miyamoto

In an interview with 1up, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked about the notion of putting a focus of more user friendly controls into franchise titles, such as those of Mario and Zelda, and how it might affect their game design. "Frankly," Miyamoto said, "some of the so called 'franchise games' are quite difficult for nongamers to play, so making accessible games for these players is key. With Zelda, we have to consider how to make it accessible for new gamers to pick up and play and enjoy just as hardcore gamers have. For example, we've got the Touch Generations series. Now, we're not necessarily going to make our 'franchise' games in that style, but we'll take what we know and have learned -- the philosophy behind those games -- and incorporate it into franchise games. That's a philosophy that's very strong at Nintendo." Some are crying that Miyamoto wants to make Zelda a casual, easy game, but I think that might be a bit overblown. For starters, the original Legend of Zelda, as well as the much beloved A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, are pretty easy to pick up and play, but also have their fair share of depth and challenges. I'm of the opinion that Miyamoto may simply wish to try and bring back that sort of open access that made the series so great in the first place. It's possible that the recent Phantom Hourglass title may be another such example of what Miyamoto may wish to accomplish somehow with the Wii. Read More

E3 2008: Street Fighter IV
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E3 2008: Street Fighter IV

What the Game's About In the year 1999 we saw the last numerical Street Fighter title hit arcades, followed closely by it's two revisions, the second of which is known as one of the greatest fighters ever made. After that, arcades died, fighting game popularity faded, and Street Fighter fell into legend. Now, almost a decade later Capcom is bringing 2D fighters back in a big way and none is more highly anticipated than Street Fighter IV. Capcom had six full scale Japanese style arcade cabinets on demo at their booth this week and I got a chance to sit down and kick some ass old school style with veterans Chun Li, Ryu, E. Honda, Guile, and newcomers Crimson Viper, El Fuerte, Rufus, and Abel. Read More

E3 2008: Knights of the Old Republic MMO in Works
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E3 2008: Knights of the Old Republic MMO in Works

EA is about to give every Star Wars fan a massive geekgasm. That's right; EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello has confirmed that EA is working on the next installment of Knights of the Old Republic. If that alone isn't enough to give you a geekgasm, then the inclusion of a massively multiplayer online aspect will. "We've got two of the most compelling MMOs in the industry in development," said Riccitiello. The first title, based on the Warhammer property, will launch soon. "And the one that people are dying for us to talk to them about -- in partnership with Lucas, coming out of BioWare, which is, I think, quite possibly the most anticipated game, full stop, for the industry at the point when we get closer to telling you about it." The second title is, of course, Knights of the Old Republic Online. We are expecting to hear more details on Knights of the Old Republic Online in the near future. Stay tuned. Read More

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