Microsoft is publishing Scalebound, a new Xbox One title from PlatinumGames. But as fate would have it, the project was originally imagined for Wii.
Director Hideki Kamiya recently spoke with GameSpot about his original ambition for Scalebound, which would have had players using the Wii remote to provide orders to dinosaurs rather than dragons. It also starred a little girl rather than the current protagonist Drew.
“If you look at the long span of it, the first idea [for Scalebound] was when we started the company and were thinking of ideas and games that we want to make. The idea popped up there, but then we made Bayonetta. Then after Bayonetta, we revived the idea and made a prototype but that prototype failed and the game got cancelled. It was put on a backburner for a variety of reasons and we moved on to The Wonderful 101.”
“When they first started, the idea was for a Wii game and we wanted to use a Wii remote to do the orders for the dinosaurs. You were in control of the dinosaurs, you were ordering the dinosaurs around, and they’d do cool things. Then after we made Bayonetta, we started the prototype. The first thing that I made a change to was making it a dragon game.”
“We changed the dinosaurs to dragons, but at that point the lead character was even weaker than [current protagonist] Drew is in the context of Scalebound. She was actually a little girl who was with these dragons. As we were making this prototype, I realized that I didn’t want to just be watching the fight, I wanted to be more participatory in the fight. And I started talking with the staff about how maybe we should change this to be a swordsman or someone a little bit older. This was when the prototype got put on the backburner, so to speak, and the project was halted. Then we made The Wonderful 101.”
EDGE recent put out a special issue featuring the 100 great video games of all time. The list is below, though the full magazine can be ordered here.
This is how EDGE says it determined its list:
“In compiling the list, we worked to simple criteria: all formats – console, PC, portable, coin-op, touchscreen – were eligible; we could include only a single entry from any series that features straight-up sequels; and each game had to stand up today rather than making the cut for reasons of nostalgia or historic significance.”
And here’s the full lineup:
100 – WarioWare Inc – GBA
99 – Spec Ops: The Line
98 – Papers, Please
97 – DriveClub
96 – Braid
95 – Super Hexagon
94 – Her Story
93 – Super Monkey Ball
92 – Final Fantasy XII
91 – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
90 – Katamari Damacy
89 – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
88 – Resogun
87 – Puzzle Bobble
86 – F-Zero GX
85 – The Sims 3
84 – R-Type Final
83 – Elite: Dangerous
82 – Bomberman
81 – Starcraft II
80 – Pac-Man Championship Edition
79 – BioShock
78 – CoD 4: Modern Warfare
77 – Puzzle & Dragons
76 – Tearaway
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword introduced us to the memorable character Groose. But as it turns out, this wasn’t his original name. While he may be known as Groose in the west, his Japanese name is Bado – essentially a reference to bird.
Groose’s localized name was created by former Nintendo Treehouse staffer Mike Drucker. On last week’s episode of the GI Show, Drucker talked briefly about how he came up with the idea for Skyward Sword’s character.
During a naming meeting, Drucker was told that Groose was a jock and sort of a jerk. Nintendo was also trying to stick with a bird theme with Skyward Sword. With that information, he went from “Bruce” to “Goose” to “Groose”.
We’ve included the podcast segment in which Groose is discussed below. The whole talk is actually very interesting though since Drucker spoke about his days at the Nintendo Treehouse (before eventually moving on to The Tonight Show!), so you should definitely give it a watch.
Skylanders SuperChargers came out this past weekend, but the 3DS and Wii received a different version known as “Skylanders SuperChargers Racing”. You’ll find a bunch of footage from the game below – nearly an hour’s worth in fact!
If you were on the site in 2008, you may recall that there were quite a few rumors surrounding Factor 5 developing a Kid Icarus game for Wii. Of course, we all know now that such a project never came to be.
Liam Robertson has been doing some investigative work as of late in hopes of finding out more about Factor 5’s plans for Kid Icarus on Nintendo’s old console. You can listen to his findings in the video below.