Meowth's Party
Meowth's Party Impressions

August 23, 2000 - At the end of Mr. Miyamoto's Gamecube presentation, Nintendo tagged on yet another real-time demonstration of Gamecube's graphics prowess: Meowth's Party. Unlike most of the Gamecube demos at the show, Meowth's Party was interactive, similar to Microsoft's "Butterflies" Xbox demo. Running in hi-res at 60fps (like the other Gamecube demos) Meowth's Party featured the talkative title hero dancing and singing on stage while more and more Pokemon kept pouring in. Next to old favorites from the original Pokemon games, Gold/Silver creatures like Marill and Elekid were also among the party audience, jumping, screaming and dancing in full polygonal goodness. Think of the "Dance Magic Dance" sequence from the movie Labyrinth to get an idea of what it looked like -- minus Bowie's painfully tight pants, of course. According to Nintendo, the development team behind this demo has simply taken the end sequences from the Pokemon anime show and turned it into an interactive 3D show.

While the demo wasn't graphically as impressive as some of the other Nintendo demos (mostly due to the simple design of its cartoon subjects and some minor frame-rate drops), it should be noted that the polygon models looked perfectly round and all animated independently and smoothly for the most part. Additionally, Gamecube effortlessly cranked out advanced lighting effects that doused the characters in ever-changing disco lights. To prove that the demo was running off the hardware, a Nintendo programmer controlled the camera with a wireless Wavebird controller. Nintendo wouldn't comment on whether the demo was in fact indicative of work being done on a Pokemon game for Gamecube, or was simply used to show off its characters.

It has now been confirmed that Meowth's Party will not be made into a game and will just stay just a demo. Nintendo has decided to not turn this into a game because unfortunately the idea was not that well received. The original release time of this game was supposed to be 1st Quarter 02.

Meowth's Party Pictures



Credits:

Information - IGN.com.
Screenshots - GamerWeb.com.



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