Monday, May 30, 2011

Mutant Mudds

OK, so the cat's out of the bag on Mutant Mudds, thanks to an early copy of Nintendo Power falling into a scanner and spilling its guts all over the internet. I would have preferred the magazine to have actually been released to the public on June 7th before the game was unveiled, but that's not going to happen now, and that's OK. I'm excited to have the news out there.

Just in case you've been chilling under a rock somewhere and missed out on the Nintendo Power leak (which also revealed new Sonic & Shinobi games for the 3DS): Mutant Mudds will be 2D platform game for the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

Here's the link:

Here's some info:
Our hero is Maximilian, who has made valiant efforts to enter the video-game market in the past. His first attempt was with a retail Nintendo DS title, where he would have been displayed as a three dimensional polygonal mesh with applied textures. When this proposal fell flat, Maximilian pitched a lighter version of his 3D platform adventure to publishers as a DSiWare title. Unfortunately, this too did not see the light of day, despite some heart-warming support from his avid fans (Max says, “Thank you!”). Upon hearing of the Nintendo 3DS eShop, Maximilian knew this was finally his chance to step out into the spotlight and claim his 15 seconds of fame, and stomp on the evil army of Mutant Mudds who is bent on claiming his world while he's there.

Equipped with a H20-powered jetpack and heavy-duty water cannon, Maximilian has what he needs to vanquish his long-term nemesi: the Mutant Mudds.


Right now, we're working on finishing the E3 demo of Mutant Mudds. It consists of three levels (easy, medium, and hard) that each take you to a different land and feature a bevy of filthy foes. Anyone who finds me at E3 is welcome to play Mutant Mudds. I'll be wandering around the LA Convention Center with it in my pocket. Oh, I'll also have stickers and keychains to give away too. :)

The Mutant Mudds website will go live tomorrow. It was originally planned to go live with the unveiling in Nintendo Power, but that's already happened now... so the website will go live one week early. It will contain screenshots and other media delights.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mutant Mudds Freebies at E3 2011

Find me at E3 this year and I'll happily unload a Mutant Mudds sticker or a keychain on you.

Want a limited edition Mutant Mudds sticker? Find me at E3 an... on Twitpic    These nifty keychain buttons arrived today. More E3 freebies ... on Twitpic

Worried about the future of the 3DS?

Do not fear. Have faith. Nintendo know what they’re doing. Nintendo are cash rich. They are experienced, skilled, and able to get the world excited about the 3DS when the time is right. I believe the 2011 launch of the Nintendo 3DS is a soft launch. There are probably many reasons for opting to go with a soft launch in lieu of an all-out, guns-blazing, saturate-the-airwaves launch, which I won’t go into today. Let’s assume 2011 is for the early-adopting hardcore players, while 2012 is for the casual players to join in the fun.

Fast forward to Christmas 2012; the 3DS is the mega hit of the season. What? Not Christmas 2011? That’s right. Christmas 2011 will treat the 3DS very well too, but 2012 will be the real success story in comparison. It is when the casual gamer market finally sees the potential of the 3DS, much like they did with the DS. The reasons for this include a lower purchase price ($199 or less), and a sleek “Lite” version with a selection of fun colors. The library of games sitting on the store shelves will include such must-have titles as Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Kirby, Pokemon, and much more. The eShop will be pre-installed and ready to go with ease, making it hassle-free for casual players. Services such as Netflix will also be available. And, by that point Nintendo will have opened the marketing floodgates and saturated every media outlet imaginable to ensure every potential customer is aware of its beautiful baby.

Am I bias? Absolutely! But, that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. ;)