Wario’s one of the patron saints of Hookshot Inc. WarioWare may have come out on a cartridge and cost significantly more than $15 in the shops, but its toast-catching, shark-jumping, dog-touching agenda paved the way for thousands of iOS and Android oddities.
Now, thanks to the Virtual Console, we can write about him legitimately.
“Hello there. I’m Michael Fish from the 1970s, and here’s this week’s Fun Forecast."
"I assure you I am not an evil magician, but instead am here to herald an exciting flurry of downloadable PS Vita titles. Later on in the week we can also expect the exciting prospect of an Alan Wake Americana downpour all over XBLA."
"My name is Michael Fish. I'm a Weatherman.”
“Hello there. I’m Michael Fish from 1987, and here’s this week’s Fun Forecast.
There are various exciting downloadable titles coming in from the West, on all major console platforms.
Earlier on today a woman phoned the BBC and said she’d heard there was a Mass Effect 3 demo on the way to PSN and XBL.
Well, if you’re watching, don’t worry. There isn’t.”
I don't have the answer to this, by the way, but I do think it's interesting. The reason I'm asking is that, as I write, Puzzlejuice, Asher Vollmer's brilliant blend of Tetris, Bejeweled and Boggle, is right behind Pajitnov's hardy perrenial in the iPad app charts. It's been out a little less than a week and has had no marketing by the developer.
What's going to be big in 2012? I don't know, but over at Eurogamer, I've asked some people who do.
Not since the days of the Atari 2600 has the video game industry been in such a state of flux and transition. With many of the most successful iOS and Android games retailing for less than the price of a Mars Bar, traditional game studios have been forced to re-examine not only their business models but also the types of games they are creating in this new world over the past 12 months.
Over on Gamasutra today, Jools Watsham, creative director of 3DS developer Renegade Kid has posted an opinion piece in which he frankly discusses the financial...