Today's news roundup sees the unfortunate cancellation of several Rare games to make way for Microsoft's upcoming Project Natal, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announce their plans to market the DSi XL as a spectator system, and the Wii's latest bizarre exclusive Baby and Me.
Kameo 2 Cancelled To Make Way for Natal
With Project Natal on the way, Microsoft are in the process of devoting as much manpower and time to the project as possible. This comes at a cost however, with reports stating the development of upcoming sequel to Rare’s Kameo: Elements of Power has been cancelled, in order to free up resources. According to sources Rare were also working on many other additions to their franchises, all suffering the same fate as Kameo 2.
Although no names were specified, these games may have been a new Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, or even Killer Instinct. Rare’s dedication to Project Natal may be predominantly to blame, but considering the poor sales and mediocre reception of the original Kameo, it’s not too hard to understand their decision. [CVG]
DSi XL is a Spectator System says Nintendo President
Rather than follow the usual handheld pattern of smaller is better, Nintendo’s DSi XL would rather embrace the bigger is better stance. The handheld already boasts a screen ¾ of an inch larger than the original DSi, and according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, the viewing angle of the DSi XL has been altered to allow for better viewing as a spectator. “Nintendo DSi LL features not only bigger monitor screens,” said Iwata, “but an improved view angle on the screens to make it the first portable system that can be enjoyed with people surrounding the gamer.”
This method will apparently allow those surrounding the gamer to join in on the game, one way or another. Iwata cites Tomodachi Collection as a current example of a game that can benefit from multiple spectators. “Because communications and interactions with other family members and your friends are one of the key elements of the game, the fun aspect is intensified when other people can watch how you play in comparison with when you are playing by yourself.” said Iwata. So for any of you who like to play your handheld with a crowd behind you, the DSi XL is the machine for you. [Joystiq]
Wii Exclusive Baby and Me Uses Baby Doll as Wiimote Attachment
For those of you who have never enjoyed the exciting combination of babies and gaming now’s your chance. Nintendo have reported their latest Wii exclusive Baby and Me will give you the opportunity to place your Wii remote inside a baby, allowing you to enjoy all the sounds a baby makes, such as giggling, gurgling, burping and my personal favourite crying.
The sound is transmitted through the Wii Remote speaker, and can be taken care of by using the Wii Balance Board to “rock baby to sleep, burp baby, [and] teach baby to walk.” 10 “Baby Mode” games will be available, including “feed baby” and “send baby to sleep.” Keep your eyes peeled then baby fans for Baby and Me in the next month or so. [Aussie-Nintendo]