This is gonna be a
real short post of moderate length, so I hope you guys are fine with that. Anyway, massive thanks to everyone who checked out my first ‘year in review’ piece and to my good buddy John Sato for coming along for the ride. I am definitely gonna have to do that again next year.
So, since I’ve spent all week talking about 2012, I should probably spend a bit of time on 2013. As far as games go, I’m really hoping to see some kind of development in the Darksiders series, even if we don’t get any kind of sequel or release date. If you guys don’t know, Vigil Entertainment was owned (I think?) by THQ, and THQ recently filed for bankruptcy. And, apparently, DS2 didn’t sell very well despite being an awesome game. Seriously, it’s probably on some kind of sale on Steam right now, go buy it. So, yeah, definitely hoping that they don’t leave the franchise hanging.
Since it’s known that Sakurai is working on Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS, I’d like to get some news of that, but… ehhh… I’m not expecting it. As far as that goes, I’d really like Nintendo to up the ante with the 3rd party characters like Sonic and Snake being in Brawl. Story mode (Subspace Emissary) was also pretty cool, so I’d like to see that come back in some form alongside an arcade mode. Online play improvements, hopefully included in the overall ditching of Friend Codes and existence of the Nintendo Network, is a must. I’d love to be able to talk reasonable amounts of friendly smack to guys I’m playing against or friend someone after a really good match.
I’m eagerly awaiting Pikmin 3 as the only real confirmed release this year (or anytime soon, rather), because I bloody love that series. Definitely a day one buy right there.
Now there are some more peculiar things I’d like to see in gaming. First, I want Konami to give the Ganbare Goemon (Mystical Ninja in the US) series another chance. We’ve had four games get localized, and the last two were on the N64. It’s such a bright and silly series and they could get away with a lot more in terms of references and all that nowadays. Also, I would kill to see a new Pokemon Snap game, because I mean seriously the Wii U’s controller is perfect for it and it would print tons of money!
For anime… I don’t really know, honestly. I know that there’s a lot of sequels and stuff coming this season, but nothing’s really interesting and the anime industry usually surprises me anyway. I have no idea what they’re planning, outside of more ‘girls sitting around and looking cute’ shows, since those sell well. I know that Saint Young Men is getting an OVA sometime, so that’s pretty cool. … Yeah, I’ve got nothin’ for anime.
Anyway, major thanks again to everyone who helped out and read Grass Pants’ 2012 retrospective. I’m gonna take a bit of a break from writing, hopefully get some of the games from the Steam sale played, and (like I’m doing right now) revisit a few old classics. I’ll be gone until next Monday, so I will talk to you fine folks then. As always, thanks for reading and have a good’un.