Win a Little Big Planet Beta Code courtesy of Platformer Update

Platformer Update is giving away one Beta Code to Little Big Planet to one lucky reader. These codes are no easy task to get a hold of, in fact as soon as websites have allowed visitors to sign up, the sites crash shortly afterwards. The rules are simple, just follow these easy steps and you will be one step closer to playing in the Beta:

  • Leave a comment telling us your Top 3 favorite platformer games of all time and one platformer series/game that most deserves to be revived or remade (explainations are fine but not required) for next gen systems. (For help on defining a platformer game please browse this website or visit our About page)
  • In the comment, please include your PSN Account name (You will be notified by a comment on your PSN name with your code.)
  • Limit 1 entry per person (comment more than once and you will be immediately disqualified!)
  • This entry period ends at 11:59pm ET on Saturday, October 4th. We’ll choose our favorite entries and randomly select one winner at that time to receive one Beta Code, you will be notified by your PSN name not email. (Please note, no biases in terms of the game series you pick will play a role in our selection, we will just be weeding out obvious spam entries, so in essence every entry could be called a “favorite”) Good luck, please make sure you have read the rules carefully, any missing fields will automatically disqualify you!
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Reminder: Today is a huge day for platforming!

Just in case you have been living under a rock, here is what is being released today for platformer fans:

I myself am very much looking forward to de Blob, as according to the reviews it is shaping up to be one of the best Wii games out there. If you read just one review for de Blob, make sure it is the IGN one as it is actually very informative and well written. Wario Land is also getting some nice critical acclaim, and Kirby is a for sure buy for fans of the pink puff ball as many regard this entry in the series to be the very best one. To top it all off Mega Man 9 hits the Wii’s Virtual Console a bit earlier than its 360 and PS3 counterparts for 1,000 Wii points, I myself am waiting for the HD 360 version. Vectorman also makes it’s was onto the VC, experience one of the best technically impressive platformers the Genesis has to offer.

CasualtyGamer lists their Top 10 PSX Platformers

CasualtyGamer.com featured a list of their top 10 PSX platformers which stick to their 2D roots (sorry Bubsy 3D, maybe next time) and overall it is a very good list. Almost all of my favorites make the cut, but I would have them ordered just a bit differently of course. Who knows, you might just see a list from yours truly sooner or later! Read the article here.

The biggest dissapointments for Platformer fans of E3 08

Sure we have a lot to look forward to with all of the new announcements at this years E3, but then again we have alot to be disappointed about as well. Certain un-spoken of games, little to no updates on others. There is still hope for certain franchises at upcoming events like the Tokyo Game Show, but here is just a list of a few no-shows that left us fans crying in the dark. 
 
No news on Kid Icarus Wii
 
While there was never any true confirmation by Nintendo and alot of it was based on speculation, there was some hope when some concept art appeared on the internet of some different designs for our beloved character. Come E3 Nintendo’s big “holiday blockbuster” ended up being the predictable Animal Crossing and the toddler toy “Wii Music”. Kid Icarus fans everywhere were very disappointed by this no show. Until now there is still no word on any  confirmed development of a Kid Icarus game.
 
Where are our Virtual Console games?
 
There is no denying that the Virtual Console has ended up being just what Nintendo first promised if not better. There is already a huge library of games across many platforms (Neo-Geo and TurboGrafx-16, who ever saw that coming?), the game catalog growing weekly. Sure Nintendo usually keeps the upcoming release of a game secret until the day before it’s release or on the day of for new Virtual Console games, but E3 was their chance to show off some more classic games to keep fans excited for their great service. We ended up with nothing. Sure the usual suspects are Earthbound and Super Mario RPG in terms of demand, but imagine if we knew of more platformers coming our way? maybe even remakes of old platformers for the WiiWare. Rocket Knight Adventures on Virtual Console? how about a remake of Gunstar Heroes on WiiWare? While we can all still have hope because we do know that every week new games will be arriving, it still would have been nice to know or have a hint at what we can be expecting in the future.
 
No new Mario details
 
Sure they might have told us that they are “already hard at work on a new Mario title” but anyone who knows Nintendo knows this is common sense, we KNOW they had one in the works since Mario is their biggest franchise, but we wanted details, nice juicy details and all we got was a stock photo like the one you see to the left. Give us a 15 second teaser trailer and satisfy a legion of fans, but instead they left us in the dust. The good news is we know it’s coming, the bad news is we have absolutely no information or date to even think of.
 
No news on Earthworm Jim 4
 
This one might be a bit early to complain about since the announcement only happened not even 3 months before E3. We really have no news on the games direction, so any new details would have been nice. Not to ruin anybody’s hopes, but there was a enhanced PSP version of Earthworm Jim planned for 2007 release but it eventually got canned. Let’s hope that is not repeated for his next adventure.
 
Nintendo fails to hype Wario Land
 
Anyone notice a trend yet? Nintendo failed to deliver on a lot of things this year, but one thing they are really not known for is ignoring one of their very own titles which is shaping up to be one of the best titles available on the Wii. No mention of the game whatsoever at their press conference, let alone much talk about it from Nintendo in general. This is the type of game that should have had a press conference demo, a TV commercial, and full page ads in magazines. Wario Land: Shake It! is not getting the exposure it deserves, and come this holiday the game will get lost in the flood of shovelware and big releases coming out. Nintendo will take it’s low sales numbers as a sign that maybe beautiful 2D games should be left for their WiiWare service and not retail games (well, good retail games that is). We must buy and support this one people, it will help protect our genre’s future!
 
Did we miss anything?
 
Leave us a comment and tell us your most dissapointing platformer moments of E3 2008! 

Sega hears you, they realize Sonic games need a revival in quality

GameDaily.com got to have an in-depth interview with Sega’s VP of America Marketing Sean Ratcliffe, where one of their topics of Discussion is the Blue Hedgehog himself and his future development in Sega. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the interview:

We’re taking Sonic in a different direction, slow him down and he transforms into a “Werehog.” And that changes the gameplay again. For fans of Sonic that have been looking for a next-gen experience, this is the game they’ve been waiting for.

Oh really? while the classic 2D view does look amazing, is this “Werehog” gameplay really what we have been waiting for? Let’s hope for the best. To read the full article click here, the Sonic talk is on page 3.

Poll of the Week- Your most anticipated Platformer of 2008?

A new feature here at Platformer Update will be the Poll of the Week, where each week you will see a new poll, like this one, for readers to vote on to see what other fellow platformer fans are thinking of upcoming games and such. So be sure to vote! This weeks poll asks the question of what your most anticipated platformer coming up in 2008 is. Of course what systems you own will play a huge part in your vote, but let it be known either way. If your most anticipated game is not listed be sure to comment and let us know which one and why!

Feature: A look into every Klonoa game ever made.

 The Klonoa series is regarded as one of the finest of all platforming series. Despite it’s looks, this is one of the more challenging platformer series out there and for good reason. There are 7 Klonoa games, 5 of which are of the platformer genre and 4 are available in the US. This article will take a look into all 7 games, and give you an idea of what to expect from each one of them. If you call yourself a platformer fan it is essential that you at least play two of the titles. To find out which two as well as what the other 5 are all about hit the jump and read on for this exlusive Platformer Update Feature for the Klonoa Series! Continue reading