Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Whatever happened to...?

Sorry, folks, no Metroid today. I can only hope I'll be able to rent it tomorrow! Until then, enjoy this article.

Have you ever seen a game and started thinking "Man, that looks awesome!", only to have the game all but become vaporware shortly after? Sadly, this seems to happen all too often. Here are a few games I really hope to get some more info on.

DS Air

Back in E3 2006, all anybody could talk about was the Wii's amazing showing at Nintendo's press conference. And who could blame them? The Wii totally ruled that entire convention! Sadly, due to this, many people seemed to either forget or never even find out about DS Air.

As you can guess from the name, DS Air is a flight simulator for, well, the DS. Sporting some fairly impressive graphics and promising missions and controls, it's a real shame that we've heard little or nothing about this game's fate in over a year.

Well, perhaps that's not entirely true. DS Air was released in Japan a few months ago under the name Jet Impulse. It gathered some fairly decent reviews, with a 28/40 from Famitsu and a 85/100 from Gamebrink.com. Sadly, it has received little more than a vague "2007" release date for North America, which is rarely a good sign. I really hope to hear more about this long forgotten title, and soon.

Disaster: Day of Crisis

Here's the one everybody's dying to hear more about, Disaster: Day of Crisis. Very little concept art or footage has been shown of this game. Basically all we know is that the world is in chaos, and it's up to an ex-elite task force soldier Ray to figure out what the heck is going on. There's volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and more plaguing the planet, and to top it all off, some secret organization has taken advantage of the chaos to steal an incredibly powerful nuclear weapon. And that's about all we know.

Recently, Nintendo's Beth Llewelyn stated that Disaster is still in development and is looking "very good", which is some really awesome news. Some bad news, however, is it's release date is even more grim than DS Air's, with only a vague "TBA 2008" to it's name. When will we finally see more of this game? I'm hoping it's soon, and I'm hoping it's good.

Wii Music/Wii Orchestra

The first ever Nintendo game shown for the Wii was Wii Music. Shigeru Miyamoto opened up Nintendo's pre-E3 2006 conference with an open demonstration of directing an orchestra of Miis playing the Overworld theme from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Since then, we really haven't heard much about it.

Part of the Wii-labeled series of games like Wii Fit and Wii Play, Wii Music is made for the casual gamer, but accessible to all. Right now, like Disaster: Day of Crisis, Wii Music has nothing but a vague "TBA 2008" release date. Will we ever see this game on store shelves? Or was it merely a way to show off the Wii remote's versatility? I'm really hoping it's the former. Wii Music looks like a great game for the whole family, and I've always loved making up my own music. Whether it's called Wii Music, Wii Orchestra, or something totally different, this game needs to surface again.

So then, there are three games we've seen far too little of. What games do you want some more info on?

The Duck Has Spoken.


alexanderpas said...

Wii want to play... Music!!!

Anonymous said...

Project Hammer, please.