In today's news roundup we have a solid reaffirmation that a new Zelda game will make an appearance at E3, Sony and Nintendo respond to the release of the Apple iPad with barely concealed disdain, and Microsoft announces that the upcoming Game Room will receive a universal ESRB rating of E10+, striking a death blow to everyone campaigning for an update of Carmageddon.
Iwata Tells Investors That A New Zelda Will Be Shown At E3
Considering that Nintendo were only ‘hoping’ to unveil the latest of Link’s adventures this year, it’s a boon to the Ninty faithful that President Satoru Iwata was adamant that there will be a new Zelda for the Wii, and it will be showcased at this year’s E3. [GoNintendo]
On top of that, as news breaks of another Nintendo favourite – Samus Aran – making a fully fledged return in Metroid: Other M this very summer, a teaser trailer website has been revealed to put us all in a state of quivering suspense. The site opens to a female voice delivering a strange message: ‘That Dream -- it was like watching a playback of a tragedy that actually occurred’, before kicking into some sooth piano music. You can find the tantalisingly brief movie here, on the official site. It’s about time, Nintendo; it’s about damn time. [andriasang]
Industry Heavyweights React Unfavourably To the iPad
With game developers chomping at the bit to get their teeth into Apple’s newest trendy toy,, one might have expected the Big Three to wade in with their opinions on what the new tablet might mean for the games industry. Sure enough, our man Satoru Iwata popped up again to dismiss the threat of the iPad. "It was a bigger iPod Touch", Iwata told Associated Press, adding that the new device offered "no surprises". [Kotaku]
Sony were even more dismissive, laughing at the suggestion that this new tech could compete in the same league. "Apple's entrance into the portable gaming space has been a net positive for Sony," Sony's John Koller, Director Hardware Marketing, told the Wall Street Journal. "When people want a deeper, richer console, they start playing on a PSP." What do you guys think? Hit us with your views below. [Kotaku]
No Gore For The Game Room
With Microsoft’s answer to the Playstation’s Home lobby nearly ready, there has been some kerfuffle caused by the need to secure an endless stream of ESRB ratings for games used in the serive. Instead of going down the route of the Wii – submitting each release to the ESRB individually – Microsoft has opted to have the whole Game Room classified as E10+.
What this does mean is that games can be released faster and much more directly onto the system without ratings board interference. It’ll work out significantly cheaper too. Unfortunately, though, what it does mean is that any game with a Teen or Mature classification won’t be featured in the games room. So no Killer Instinct or Splatterhouse then. Dammit. [GamerBytes]