Nintendo G.D.C. keynote
The bomb has been dropped.
Today at the Game Developers Conference (G.D.C.) Nintendo president Satoru Iwata made some pretty major announcemnts about the futur of the company and its products.
The first of these is Wii System Menu 4.0 which is available for download right now from the Wii Shop channel. The firmware upgrade brings some much needed changes to the Wii and it’s storage issues. Starting things off, SD cards of up to 32GB in size are now useable for storage on Wii, a big imporvement over the previous 2GB size limit. This will be needed as you can now download and run games straight off the SD card, finally ending Nintendo’s storage woes.
Two new games in the Final Fantasy series were also announced. The first is a sequel to Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King, titled, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Dark Lord for the Wii Ware service. The second also for Wii Ware is a sequel to Final Fantasy IV, titled Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, it was released in Japan for cell phones a while back and will be making it’s North American debut in the near futur. In other Final Fantasy news, the original 6 games will soon be made available for download from the Wii Virtual Console. Final Fantasy fans should be excited.
An expansion to the Virtual Console, the Virtual Console Arcade is also now live on the Wii Shop channel, it will allow users to download old arcade games and play them like normal Virtual Console games. Available games currently include: Space Harrier, Mappy, The Tower Of Druaga, Gaplus, Star Force, Solvalou, Emeraldia and The Return Of Ishtar. Classic gaming fans rejoice!
And finally Nintendo announced a new Zelda game titled The Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, it will be available for the Nintendo DS later this year. Early screenshots point to the game looking very much like Phantom Hourglass, also for the DS, and has Link conducting a train.
Stay tuned for more news as the Game Developers Conference continues.