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Nintendo Land Was Originally Going To Feature Star Fox And Excitebike

Posted by Damien McFerran

Developers reveal the ideas that didn't make it into the final game

In this week's issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu, the developers behind the Wii U title Nintendo Land have spoken about its creation in a roundtable interview. Interestingly, they revealed that ideas for potential mini-game settings had to be put aside as development progressed.

One concept that never made it into the game was a Star Fox-themed mini-game, as director Yoshikazu Yamashita explains:

Generally it was easy to match the gameplay from the prototypes with one series or another. For example, a game with air and ground battles works well with Metroid. There was a time when Metroid Blast was going to be a Star Fox title, but the prototype featured this vehicle that hovered around like a helicopter and we figured that'd never be a good match for an Arwing.

Co-director Takayuki Shimamura reveals that other ideas were also shelved:

I'll admit that some of the tie-ins, like Donkey Kong and Octopus, might be stretching it a little. With the way the courses are designed, we were originally thinking about making Donkey Kong's Crash Course into an Excitebike or 1080 Snowboarding title at first.

Would you have liked to have seen Fox and friends in Nintendo Land? Or do you think these characters - along with other famous Nintendo faces - will make their way into the inevitable sequel? Drop a comment to let us know.

[via polygon.com]

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Savino

#4

Savino said:

There will be no dlc for those ppl. they are already in the game, just changed the clothes.

FiveDigitLP

#5

FiveDigitLP said:

I must admit that, though I love Donkey Kong Crash Course, it does seem like a bit of a "stretch" to have it associated with that franchise. Interesting that he pointed that out.

19Robb92

#6

19Robb92 said:

They should just make a StarFox 64-like minigame with lots of different levels as well as a fight Vs. Andros and ad it as DLC for NintendoLand.

That'd be awesome.

Red_Acteur_2

#7

Red_Acteur_2 said:

Starfox would be an awesome addition to the pack, I am 100% confident !

Let me have some HD Arwing fun Nintendo !!!

tsm7

#9

tsm7 said:

So, really just the themes changed. The games are still there.

Mahe

#12

Mahe said:

The Excite series is best in the hands of Monster Games. DK's Crash Course is boring, no excite at all.

@SpaceKappa Have you played the WiiWare game already?

Joshers744

#13

Joshers744 said:

I thought some of the franchies they included and ones they left out, was some odd choices (still really like the game but..). Like, were was Star Fox or Kirby?
And what's this ninja star game (I know someone will kill me for not knowing the game that was from until I googled it).

Jaz007

#16

Jaz007 said:

@Joshers744 I remember reading in teh manual it was from a game I think, but until you mentioned it I forgot it was even inspiered by a game. So they will kill me too lol.

Smitherenez

#20

Smitherenez said:

Everyone knows that when an amusement park is succesfull, it will expand. I believe that it will be the same for a digital amusement park like Nintendoland ;)

DestinyMan

#25

DestinyMan said:

The gunship would've been too technical for Star Fox, so I can see why they replaced it with Metroid. A Star Fox attraction with four players battling it out in a dogfight in a battle arena would've still been cool.

And I agree that the idea of a fragile, string thing navigating a maze is a stretch for Donkey Kong.

edcomics

#26

edcomics said:

Donkey Kong most definitely IS a stretch. It's like a real theme park, though. The attraction has a theme, just like Batman & Robin - The Rollercoaster. It has little to do with the franchise as far as gameplay goes, but it has a nice DK dressing. That being said, it's a fun game. THAT being said, I think Nintendo could have included more, smaller mini games that are truer to the actual franchise experiences. Excitebike is an interesting choice, though. I never would have expected that.

AltDotNerd

#27

AltDotNerd said:

They could've had a Star Fox Assault minigame, a co-op, freeroaming shooter. Like a combination of the Metroid ground battles and Zelda Battle Quest.

Traxx

#28

Traxx said:

I could cry out loud for they do not mention Wave Race... fanrage

TheRavingTimes

#30

TheRavingTimes said:

Nintendo probably only included Takamaru so that they can promote him for the next SSB title and Balloon Fight because Satoru Iwata developed the game when he was younger.

SCAR392

#31

SCAR392 said:

Well, 1080 snowboarding is 150 coins right now on NA Club Nintendo, so go get that if you want it...

SCAR392

#32

SCAR392 said:

As for the games, they can't really just make the mini games an exact replica of the original games. Turning the franchises into mini games was a new idea, that were a different perspective. If they would have made the mini games into exact gameplay copies of the actual games they come from, they might as well have called the game a demo, so I'm glad they made the games different from the franchises they come from. Pick up and play was the idea for this game, to show what the Wii U can do right out of the bix game wise.

SMW

#33

SMW said:

I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking the DK attraction doesn't really fit and does not fully represent the DK franchise.

Magnet_Man018

#34

Magnet_Man018 said:

Who cares about a single attraction?! I want a new full Starfox for Wii U! Please, Retro, make it happen! :(

Captain_Bagel

#39

Captain_Bagel said:

I don't have it yet, but what about pokemon, wario and kirby? Maybe they could even add one that's based on Donkey Kong COUNTRY instead of the original.

WiX

#40

WiX said:

What about Ice Climbers? They deserve more attention! Even Pit now has his own game after being in Smash Bros. but Ice Climbers don't despite being in it twice :D

Emaan

#41

Emaan said:

Interesting to find out they considered including Star Fox. Now what about Kirby and Pokemon? :p

Bluewind098

#42

Bluewind098 said:

I think this might be something for a Nintendoland 2 which i am VERY confident will happen.

Trikeboy

#43

Trikeboy said:

Oh come on Nintendo, make it work and release it as DLC. You know you want to.

SirQuincealot

#45

SirQuincealot said:

This might be a bit of a stretch, but these titles may have got dropped from Nintendo land because they plan on making them into full games, maybe not excite bike, but the Wii u would be the perfect system for a star fox game that was a hybrid of Star fox 64 and the 3rd person one for the GameCube

krunchykhaos

#46

krunchykhaos said:

Would i be wrong to be imagining a new star fox that has the option to be third or first person on the ground? Cockpit view in the arwing would be cool too. Just a thought. The gamepad could be used for guided bombs and setting off ground mines and such.

evildevil97

#47

evildevil97 said:

I would've liked to see a Kirby attraction more than anything else.
Though all I can think of is a reskin of Donkey Kong Crash Course. (Being a star eaten by a giant Kirby, trying to navigate out to the, errm... exit.)

DarkNinja9

#48

DarkNinja9 said:

wow well they so need to make some DLC pack and include star fox, pokemon, kirby and another one like ice climber come one!! O:< i would pay for that for sure

i agree with the DK game not being rly dk it self but i still like the game rly hard to pass area 10 though -.-

DarkNinja9

#49

DarkNinja9 said:

@SirQuincealot true but then again we have zelda and metriod on there and you know they will have very similar controls for the games that plan to come out least on the zelda one so that doesnt rly seem fair not to release those mini games or tease us with what they can do with the wii u :P

matowai

#51

matowai said:

Seriously, Super Smash Bros. Brawl seems to be more of a tribute to nintendo, then Nintendoland, They really dropped the ball with this one, what perfect way to launch into the next gen with a game that gives a tribute to all nintendo franchises, Wow, that could have been EPIC.

Here's looking at Nintendoland 2, Get on it nintendo!

I like Nintendoland enough to care to say this so.

Banker-Style

#53

Banker-Style said:

Could be possible DLC?
Or even for the inevitable sequel,Nintendo Land Resort,which'll be set on Wuhu Island.

Shiryu

#54

Shiryu said:

Banker above beat me to it. We know Nintendo land has update abillity, so who knows, future DLC? After all Nintendo is surely hitting the mark with the Wii U's online capabilities.

DerpSandwich

#55

DerpSandwich said:

Save it all for the sequel. There's more than enough left for one. DLC would be good too, because then you could have it all still in one park.

jedisquidward

#57

jedisquidward said:

@Mahe DK Crash course is by far my favorite game in Nintendo Land. It feels much more well designed because it only tells you the basic elements of how to move and control, and you must figure out how to get past certain obstacles.

Genesaur

#58

Genesaur said:

I'm surprised that anyone at Nintendo still cares enough about 1080º to have considered it for Nintendo Land. That's good, though. Terrible soundtrack aside, I really dug Avalanche. If I'm not mistaken, that's the last entry in the series we ever got. I'd definitely buy a new, tricked out 1080º title for Wii U. Anything to see gorgeous, snowy environments in full HD.

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