Nintendo Power reveals Mutant Mudds for the Nintendo eShop (first scans)

It seems like it’s been all bad news for the Nintendo eShop lately. First Nintendo’s May update got a delay to June, and then Capcom announced that Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version, previously announced as a launch game for the service, was also receiving a delay. Today I’m happy to report some good news for the eShop from the latest issue of Nintendo Power.

Renegade Kid, comprised of the people that brought you Dementium (I and II) and Moon for the DS, have announced a sort-of-new game for the Nintendo eShop called Mutant Mudds. Don’t get me wrong – the game is comprised completely of original content – but this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the game. A couple of months ago the developer announced the game under the name Rise of the Mutant Mudds. It was a 3D platformer set for release on DSiWare. If you want to see what that looked liked there is some video footage here. I’ll be honest; I didn’t really like what I saw in that video. However, Renegade Kid has transformed what looked to me like a generic 3D platformer into something much more interesting.

Mutant Mudds is now a 2D side-scrolling platformer that will release on the 3DS’s eShop. After being rejected by publishers for the DSiWare version of the game, Renegade Kid has decided they will publish the game themselves, a first for the developer. Jools Watsham, the co-founder of Renegade Kid, commented that the new project was born out of experimentation. He was toying around with a pixel version of Max when he discovered that a 2D version of the game could work. Once the team found out about the 3DS, they redesigned the game for Nintendo’s new handheld.

The game still features the same plot: Max must use his water cannon and water-powered jet pack to defeat horrible monsters that come from the ground. However, with the 2D gameplay, some new mechanics have been introduced. For instance, don’t think for a second that just because this is a 2D game it won’t take advantage of the 3DS’s stereoscopic 3D. In Mutant Mudds you can traverse both the foreground and background, taking advantage of the 3D effect while doing so. This new mechanic should lend itself to some challenging gameplay.

Play in the foreground and the background.

Play in the foreground and the background.

Players will be able to explore a variety of environments. Watsham explains that levels in the game include “a dark, wintery land; a fiery temple; a space cosmos; and a fluffy cloudville.” In all these levels, the main objective is to collect “Water Sprites” which are your secret weapon against the Mutant Mudds. These Water Sprites will be your key to progressing the game, as collecting them unlocks new levels. The game will also feature secrets and power-ups for those super gamers who wish to explore every possible pixel of a game.

Watsham also states that the team is designing the game to be made for on-the-go gamers. If you just want to play for a few minutes – that’s fine. Mutant Mudds is not a game that requires large chunks of play. Even if you’ve only got a few minutes to spare you can boot up the game and make your way through as much as your time allows. Now that’s something I like to hear out of a handheld game!

Renegade Kid is planning to provide downloadable content through Nintendo’s SpotPass service as well, which is another thing I like to hear.

Expect Mutant Mudds to hit the eShop in late 2011.

Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version delayed

It turns out that Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version won’t be making the eShop launch. Japanese magazine Famitsu reported on this delay and said Capcom is working on improving the quality of the game.

This is a frustrating situation for me. It was bad enough the eShop was delayed until June 6th. Delaying what may be the only worthwhile original game fro the service doesn’t bode well for its launch. Nintendo hasn’t announced any other games for the eShop launch, so it may be a relatively uneventful launch.

Expect to hear about a new release date Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version at E3.

Source: Siliconera

Nintendo delays the 3DS “May update” to June 6th

Remember a while ago when Nintendo announced that certain features that should be avaliable at the launch of a system weren’t going to be ready until May? Well, that special date has now become June 6th. If you can’t tell I’m a little disappointed. Obviously, the date is set to coincide with the E3 conference, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we got to see 3DS trailers in 3D. That would be pretty cool, and it would be even better if we got the demos they were playing at E3, straight on our 3DS.

Nintendo didn’t announce what would be launching with the eShop. However, they did note that the internet browser would be included in the update which seemingly disproves those rumors that many sites picked up. It should be noted that June 6th is a Monday so it seems like Nintendo will keep updating their download services on Mondays.

It’s disappointing but at least Nintendo finally talked about the update, right?