2011 surprises of the year.
It wouldn’t be a year in gaming without a few surprises thrown at us. Here’s some of the ones that we saw over the last twelve months.
Luigi’s Mansion 2
If you saw this coming you’re a better (wo)man than most of us. Whilst E3 had a ton of rumours going around the sequel to the Gamecube launch title was barely even mentioned before the conference. It was announced amongst a swarm of 3DS titles and brought a smile to my face.
I just don’t get Kirby, he’s a pink blob that sucks things up and seems to act like a three year old child. Why would this appeal to me as a seasoned gamer aged in my mid twenties? Then Europe got the Kirby channel and I saw why he has such an appeal. The Kirby channel was available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand brining us over fifty episodes of “Kirby right back at ya!” and giving me more of an insight to the character. I’m currently now playing Kirby’s Epic Yarn so it must have had some influence.
In an interview with the great wired.com Miyamoto-san announced that he was retiring from his current position and moving into more smaller projects. Stocks crumbled, people wailed in the streets but mostly people said “that sucks”. It took less than a day for Nintendo to say “This is absolutely not true there seems to have been a misunderstanding. He has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation. He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned”. Let the conspiracy theories abound as to what actually happened but wired.com were told by Miyamoto himself that “what I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position”.
Nintendo unveil the Zelda timeline
Triforce. Master Sword. Link. Zelda. Impa. Ganon. Discussions about the timeline. These are the keys to a Zelda fan and despite several statements over the years saying “we have a timeline, no you can’t see it” I thought they were just winging it. Then on the 23rd December Nintendo released a book called “Hyrule Historia” which brought us the order where the timeline splits into three.
Skyward Sword – Minish Cap – Ocarina of time
Link is defeated
Link to the Past – Oracles – Links Awakening – Legend of Zelda – Adventure of Link
Link is successful
Majora’s Mask – Twilight Princess – Four Swords Adventure
Wind Waker – Phantom Hourglass – Spirit Tracks
The editor of the book is Eiji Aonuma and it’s sold on the Nintendo Japanese website. That’s pretty official to me.
Which surprises did I miss out? Vitality still missing in action? WiiU?