In today’s news roundup Shigeru Miyamoto shares news of MotionPlus heading to the next Zelda, after going on to hint at Nintendo’s upcoming cat-based project. Meanwhile, Modern Warfare 2 breaks pre-order records, looking on track to becoming this year's biggest game.
New Zelda to Use MotionPlus
A recent Q&A session in Tokyo with Shigeru Miyammoto revealed a few more interesting details regarding Link’s next adventure on the Wii. Shigsy plans to integrate MotionPlus into the next Zelda “to make you feel much more like you're actually fighting while holding a sword in your hand,” said Miyamoto. The aim appears to be to achieve the sensation of actually holding and fighting with a sword, rather than wiggling a Wii remote up and down to simply slash your sword.
The MotionPlus will also allow for an overhaul in the targeting system says Miyamoto. “In the previous game, you aimed at things by pointing at the screen, but this time we'll use MotionPlus to create a much more convenient targeting system and a more pleasurable playing experience.” No word on whether the next Zelda will require MotionPlus to play the game, but with these revelations it certainly seems that way. [Wired]
Next Nintendo Project Hinted to Focus on Cats
Following Shigeru Miyamoto’s announcement of MotionPlus featuring in the next Zelda (look above dummy), the Shigster went on to potentially reveal Nintendo’s next big project. At a Q&A session, Miyamoto was asked what his future plans are. He replied by stating he is currently working on developing DS games that can be played in the home, as well as outside as more of a social activity (possibly a ‘spectator game’ Nintendo hinted at for the big-screen DSi XL).
Following this, he left the stage after announcing “I've recently been caring for cats. That is all.” As if this wasn’t a big enough hint, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata took to the stage to confirm the he did indeed “just gave a big hint.” Miyamoto has a habit of turning whatever his current hobby is into some sort of game, and following the success of Nintendogs it appears entirely likely we’ll see a cat-based Nintendo game in the near future. That or else Miyamoto has clearly lost his mind. [Andriasang]
Modern Warfare 2 Breaking Pre-order Records
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 looks on track to become the biggest game of the decade, with GameStop USA reporting the game has already broke pre-order records. “As of today, the number of pre-order reservations we've taken for the game is the highest for any title we've ever sold in our 6,200 store network," said GameStop executive Tony Bartel.
The game has been receiving a lot of negative headlines recently, what with the increased price tag, and no dedicated servers, but this doesn’t look likely to stop Modern Warfare 2 from becoming this year’s biggest game. Activision is sure to be looking for a hit after disappointing sales for both their Guitar Hero and DJ Hero franchises, and it doesn’t look like Modern Warfare 2 will disappoint. [USAToday]