Konami introduce classic PS2 games back into the market in today’s news roundup, while Mario illegally appears in Punch-Out!!, and the Wii Vitality Sensor gets its first game.
Konami Bring Back PS2 Favourites
Konami Europe have already begun to bring some of their top PS2 games back onto shelves in the UK, despite no prior announcement or word whatsoever. These are brand new copies, and according to a Konami spokesperson “We've manufactured certain amounts depending on the title, and they're being bought by wholesalers so will likely pop up in independent rather than chain stores.”
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3, and Suikoden Tactics are currently available, with Silent Hill 2, 3 & 4 on the way. Konami have been kind with the pricing, offering the games for between £10 and £20. Hopefully this will inspire other companies to reinstate some of their classic games that are otherwise hard to get, or deserve more attention than they got the first time around. [EuroGamer]
Mario Appears In Punch-Out!! Without Permission
In a recent interview, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and designer Makoto Wada revealed the truth about the origins of Mario in the classic Punch-Out!! series. The interview was part of feature called Iwata Asks, where president Iwata speaks with other Nintendo developers about their high profile games. The focus this time being Punch-Out!!. According to Wada, he neglected to get consent from Shigeru Miyamoto when including Mario as the referee.
“Mario became the referee after the NES version, and I drew that myself without permission” said Wada. “You could get away with a lot then” added Iwata. Miyamoto of course doesn’t seem too bothered about the whole affair claiming “We didn't have an approval system when using Mario images back then and it went right past my check (laughs)". Apparently this is the reason for a rather deformed appearance from the mustached plumber, who looks more like an egg/penguin hybrid than classic Mario. [GameSetWatch]
Wii Vitality Sensor Gets A Game
The Wii Vitality Sensor has been a source of speculation ever since it was unveiled at E3 2009. Nintendo has been quiet on the purpose of the device, but now some light may be shed on what it actually does. With input from University professors and people experienced in medical equipment, Nintendo has been working on a game with the “theme of relaxation” according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
“I am sure you have experienced not being able to go to bed even when you are so tired after a busy day at work and coming home late at night... What if you were able to visualize how to unwind and relax, or check the condition of your automatic nerve by simply inserting your finger in the device once a day?” Hardly sounds like the most fun game you’ll ever see, but considering the success of similar titles like Wii Fit and Brain Training, it’s sure to be a hit. [Kotaku]