The Mega Man news has basically been non-existent over the last year or so, unless you count the news of game cancellations. Capcom has been very quiet on anything that they’re doing for the Blue Bomber and fans are getting worried. They do continue to say that they’re working on something for Mega Man’s 25th Anniversary, which occurs this year. Capcom’s Brett Elston is the latest to try and reassure fans (via Rockman Corner):
“Like we’ve said many times, the MM25 plans for the west will go on throughout 2013. We had to focus on SF25 from July~December (because the grand finals ran all the way to 12/8) but ever since SFxMM we’ve directed attention to Mega Man. But, plans and news take time, and that’s why we were clear very early on that we would have to stretch this window through to the end of 2013. When Dec 31, 2013 elapses, feel free to evaluate the anniversary efforts.
Have no fear, they say. There will be something Mega Man related happening this year. They pinky swear. Just because the man who created Mega Man is no longer with the company doesn’t mean they don’t still love him. Trust them. Would they lie?
The Nintendo video service has been full of some less than stellar stuff since it launched a few weeks ago. It started off good, with Dinosaur Office, but it sort of went downhill from there. Lately they’ve been posting some animated shorts from Dreamworks, which were pretty good. Then they posted a teaser of the Thriller video from Shrek and told you to buy it if you wanted to watch the whole thing. That’s a little insidious if you ask me.
They’ve completely made up for it with the video that was posted just yesterday that I’ve now watched about half a dozen times. If you’re a fan of The Legend of Zelda then you’re going to want to see this one. They’ve posted a video of the recording session of a live orchestra doing a medley of the main theme from a few of the Zelda games. It’s absolutely amazing how good that song sounds with a full orchestra.
You’ll get to see a huge group of talented musicians, led by a conductor who’s really getting into the songs. It’s great to hear those things on a CD, and I would love to go and see the Zelda concert in person. This is the next best thing though. If Nintendo put this video in the eShop for purchase I would drop the cash on it in a heartbeat. This is the kind of stuff I want to see on Nintendo Video. More of this, and more behinds the scenes stuff on the development of some of their biggest titles. That’s what the service should be.
If you don’t have a 3DS here’s the video for you to behold.
Nintendo has announced today that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be getting a bundle. When the game launches on November 20th consumers will be able to buy a Limited Edition bundle that features a copy of the game, a Gold Wii Remote Plus and a soundtrack CD that contains a selection of orchestrated songs that will be featured in the 25th Anniversary Concert tour. This bundle will run you $70 which is only $20 more than the price of the game if you would purchase it alone. When you consider the Wii Remote Plus is $40 by itself that’s a pretty good deal. The gold Wii Remote Plus will also only be available in these bundles and will not be sold separately.
If you’re not interested in the bundle you’ll be able to purchase the game as a stand alone disc, but you’ll also be getting a bonus. For the standard $49.99 you will also get the soundtrack CD that will be made available to anyone that purchases the first run of the game so make sure you get your copy early.
Source: Nintendo Press Release
Nintendo is gearing up for the 25th Anniversary. Part of their plan this year is to have a Zelda game released on every platform available. The 3DS has already received two of those titles, Ocarina of Time and the eShop version of Link’s Awakening. DSiWare and 3DS owners will be able to download a free version of Four Swords in September, and Wii owners will get Skyward Sword this holiday.
To prepare for the 25th Anniversary Nintendo has set up a new site where people can view the live orchestrated version of the Zelda theme from E3 as well as other fan activities.
From the press release:
Starting today through Sept. 9, Nintendo DSi™ or Nintendo DSi XL™ owners are also invited to create their own flipnotes, or short animations, inspired by The Legend of Zelda series. Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL owners can use one of three flipnote templates with music from The Legend of Zelda series, then complete and upload their creations via the Flipnote Studio application. Flipnote Studio is available as a free download from the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, and also comes pre-installed on select Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL hardware. Fans can also submit a paper entry by mail. The best Zelda-themed flipnotes will be evaluated by key Nintendo developers who have worked on the series – including Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Eiji Aonuma and Yoshiaki Koizumi – and posted for fans to enjoy on the http://www.zelda.com/25th website, the Nintendo Channel on the Wii™ console and Flipnote Hatena on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems. For official rules, visit http://www.zelda.com/25th/flipnote.
So yea. This year is the 25th Anniversary of Zelda and Nintendo wants to make sure you remember.
Video game music +Metroid + 25th Anniversary+ Fan = Metroid 25th Anniversary Fan made Tribute Album.
The album contains six tracks and is available for free. All you need to do is head over here and download the music to your hard drive.
That is if you have 365,400 yen ($4,470) just lying around waiting to be spent. This baby is being put back on sale for the first time in over 20 years to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Dragon Quest. This chest is a perfect scale replica of the treasure chests found in all of the games from the Dragon Quest franchise and can be yours if you really want one.
I know I do. The only problem is where I’ll find the $4500 to buy it. Any generous people out there that want to buy me a Christmas present a little early?
And I want it. Square Enix is releasing a collection of Dragon Quest games for the Wii to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the franchise. This new collection, only confirmed for Japan, will include the Famicom versions of Dragon Quest, DragonQuest II, and DragonQuest III. It will also include the Super Famicom versions of DragonQuest I & II, and DragonQuest III. So while they claim that the package includes five games, in reality you’re only getting three games twice.
These three games tell the story of a descendant of the legendary hero Erdrick. The Super Famicom versions of the game improve the visual style and update the game play a little bit. These are the original versions of the games running on the Wii. They are not updated the look or story in any way. The game is heading to Japan in September. You’ll be able to control the game with the Wii Remote, Classic Controller or the GameCube controller. This Wii collection will have some bonus items that have not been confirmed as of yet.
There has been no confirmation of whether this collection will come to North America, but you can be it’s on my list of requests. I love this franchise and any chance to get to play it is one I’ll take. It is very similar to the Mario collection which was more or less a ROM dump of the games. Whether you’ve played the games or not are you interested in this collection?
The original Legend of Zelda game was released in Japan 25 years ago beginning what would become one of the most loved franchises ever created by Nintendo. There have been almost 25 titles released in the franchise (including the CDi spin-offs and Tingle games). So we wanted to know which one was your favorite in the franchise and why.
I’ll tell you, without any hesitation, that A Link to the Past is my favorite game in the franchise. No questions asked. The 16 bit era of gaming in general is probably my favorite. There was just so much to like about ALttP and it really set the stage for so much in the franchise to come. It was the first time we got the concept of two different worlds; the Light and Dark. Link transformed when he went to those two different places and for a while had completely different abilities.
The puzzle elements of that game, more than any other, really had me scratching my head at points. So many times in a dungeon you’d have to go to a remote corner and flip a switch so that something would happen more than half a dozen rooms back, or on a completely different floor of the dungeon altogether.
Graphically the game holds up even after 19 or so years since it’s release. Everything is still as vibrant, colorful and full of character as it was back then. There’s nothing about the game that doesn’t really stand the test of time and that’s why it really stands out as the best release in the series for me. It’s followed by Wind Waker as my second favorite game in the franchise. I know a lot of people look at Ocarina of Time as the best game and that may be. I’m hoping the 3DS release of the game will really get me to where I enjoy that game, because I really want to like it. I just can’t stand to look at it right now.
So tell us which game in the Zelda franchise is your favorite and some of your favorite Zelda memories.
The Super Mario Bros. All-Stars Collection has finally been announced for North America. The disc, which contains the three original NES releases of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels will be released in North America on Dec. 12th. It will also include a Super Mario Bros. History music compilation, which features music from all of the most popular Super Mario Bros. releases. The booklet, which has been having content posted all over the internet will be available as well. It contains 32 pages of history, interviews, behind the scenese looks and concept art.
The package will retail, while supplies last for $29.99
The 25th Anniversary Edition Wii will be heading here complete with a copy of Wii Sports, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the 25th Anniversary edition of Super Mario Bros., a red Wii Remote Plus and a red Nunchuk. It will be sold at retail for $199.99.
The red DSi XL will also be coming on that date bundled with a copy of Mario Kart DS. It will also come with pre-loaded copies of Brain Age™ Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock and will retail for $179.99.
For those of you not needing a new system you can get your hands on the new Wii Remote Plus for $39.99. No longer will you need to keep track of your Wii Motion Plus dongle as it’s built right into the controller. Flingsmash, the new retail game that utilizes Motion Plus will hit stores on that date as well, bundled with a new controller.