What Just Happened? – Pokemon X and Y, Lego Marvel, Phineas and Ferb
You’d think that with the Consumer Electronics Show going on in Las Vegas right now that gaming software news would be slow. So much for that theory. Tuesday saw the announcements of three significant titles that kids and families will take special note of.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Well, if Warner Bros. aren’t ready to give us a proper LEGO Justice League game (Greg basically declared that LEGO Batman 2 did not count), then they’ll be happy to give us… LEGO Marvel Super Heroes? Wait, what? Isn’t Marvel a Disney property now? Well that’s different, but no less awesome. We certainly won’t say no to it.
Arriving Fall 2013 for the major consoles and handhelds, Lego Marvel Super Heroes will have an original storyline in which Nick Fury calls upon Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and other heroes spanning the Marvel Universe (over 100 characters are available to be unlocked in all) to save Earth from threats like the vengeance of Loki and the hunger of Galactus, Devourer of the Worlds.
Oh, TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, you had us at LEGO. We’ve long sung the praises of the LEGO series and we expect LEGO Marvel Super Heroes to carry on that tradition with the trademark gameplay and humour we’ve come to know and love.
Pokemon X and Y
Well, we knew this was coming. This October, the Nintendo 3DS is going to get its first proper Pokemon game with Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. It’s going to be Pokemon, and it’s probably going to be terrific. We love the Pokemon games. There are, though, a few curious things to note.
Gone is the colour naming scheme, instead going with letter naming. Not sure if it’s significant, but there’s no shortage of speculation already what it means. We’ll let the fans figure that part out. Also, we can’t wait to see how it takes advantage of not only the 3D, but also the enhanced communication ability of the 3DS. Nintendo’s already promising global connectivity, and in a first, they intend to release at roughly the same time all around the world, instead of the typical weeks, months, or years between releases in different regions. That’s a move I’ll applaud any day of the week.
Chances are, if people haven’t picked up the 3DS yet, this could be a big system seller for Holiday 2013. The game is scheduled to release in October, when you’ll be able to choose from all-new starting Pokemon Froakie, Fennekin, and Chespin and set off on your journey. My kids are gonna freak when they hear this.
Phineas and Ferb
Phineas and Ferb are huge in our house, and is arguably one of the best family shows on television. We’ve seen the television movie, reviewed the associated video game, watched dozens of episodes, and even seen the live show. On any other day, news that they will be featured in a multiplatform (consoles, handhelds, smartphones, and tablets) video game releasing August 2013 would be huge news for us.
Not much else is known about the title, though Majesco Entertainment will be developing the game. Between this and LEGO Marvel also being done out of house, it would appear that Disney Interactive are starting to farm out their licensed title development after overseeing most if it themselves for a few years. It’s not a surprise given the unit’s struggles, but it’s still unfortunate to see. Regardless, hopefully they can capture what makes the show so great and make the Best Summer (Video Game) Ever.