Posts Tagged ‘The Legend of Zelda’

New Zelda Trailer Shown Off / Game in 2015

Nintendo showed off the first details of their new, open-world Legend of Zelda title.  The game takes on a similar art style to that of Skyward Sword, updated in HD.  During Nintendo’s Digital Event, producer Eiji Aonuma talked about how the game has changed for their new, more open experience that is inspired by the original Legend of Zelda.

4 Swords, 4 Free, 4 Days Only

January 30, 2014 1 comment

4 Swords

This wasn’t announced in the press release for the Nintendo Downloads in the eShop today, but Nintendo is offering one heck of a deal on The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords.  In honor of A Link Between Worlds being so awesome Nintendo has decided to give away the previously announced four player co-op game for the low, low cost of nothing in a deal they’re calling “4 Swords, 4 Free, 4 Days Only”. 

All you need to do is head over to the eShop on the 3DS, click the icon for 4 Swords and download away.  I would highly recommend you download the game on every 3DS you own so that you’ll have access to the local co-op play any time you want. 

The game is available to download for free from now until 11:59PST February 2nd.  It’s free.  Do you really have any excuses to not download it?

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2013 Year in Review: Joe’s Top 6 Games of the Year

December 27, 2013 Leave a comment

2013 Year in Review

There were many great games that came out this year. This year I only felt right putting games in the list that I was obsessed with. These titles stayed in my systems for days on end. I was able to get lost in each one. Hours passed by as if they were minutes and the world outside faded away. That my friends is the mark of a great game. Not to mention the reason my mom put a time limit on how long I could play when I was growing up.

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Hyrule Warriors Coming in 2014

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Do you remember back a year or two ago when Pokemon and Nobunaga’s Ambition had a baby that was called Pokemon Conquest?  I thought that was a game that wasn’t going to work, but turns out it was pretty awesome.  Well, not content to let Pokemon have all the fun Nintendo, during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, thought it was Link’s turn.

Nintendo and Tecmo Koei are working together to bring their latest mash up project to life.  It mixes the Legend of Zelda with Dynasty Warriors and looks pretty interesting.  Link is running around Hyrule Field battling hordes of Moblins, and other Zelda baddies along with some Hyrulian soldiers.  Check out this trailer to see a little bit more about the game.

The game is currently being called Hyrule Warriors, but according to the trailer that is  a working title and could be subject to change.  Visually it looks a little bit like a mix of Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time.  Link has all his familiar moves like the spinning blade attack, bombs and even a really cool looking Din’s Fire spell.  Not a lot of details about the game are available just yet, but it will be coming to Wii U sometime in 2014.

Nintendo Adds More 3DS Miiverse Communities

December 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Miiverse Communities

When the 3DS version of the Miiverse launched last week it was limited in the number of communities for 3DS players.  I followed up asking if there were going to be some older communities that would be added and they didn’t exactly answer the question.  Today, in a surprise move, they added more than half a dozen “new” 3DS communities to the Miiverse. 

These new communities, pictured above, are all first party published affairs, but give players of some older games the chance to get together and talk about your experiences.  It might also prompt some people, like me, to go back and play some of the older games again so I can share my thoughts about the game with the Miiverse. 

What about you?  Are you interested in revisiting some of these titles?  What other communities would you like to see added to the Miiverse?  Let us know.

Nintendo Boasts Sales Improvements in November

December 13, 2013 Leave a comment

A Link Between Worlds 5

A new month means new NPD numbers and Nintendo was eager to let you know how they’re doing this month.  Up first is the 3DS, which according to Nintendo just passed the 10.5 million mark in lifetime sales, selling more than 770,000 units in the month of November.  Much of this can be contributed to two solid game releases recently.  The first is Pokemon X/Y, which is still selling well, having moved more than 220,000 units bringing its lifetime sales total to more than 2.35 million units sold.  The other is The Legend of Zelda:  A Link Between Worlds, which also came bundled with its own limited edition system.  The newest in Link’s adventures sold more than 280,000 units combined digitally and physical.  If you include the sales of the bundled 3DS system the game sold more than 400,000 units.

All of Nintendo’s highest profile 3DS software had huge increases in their sales number during November with some, like Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land seing 130% and 235% sales increases respectively over the previous month.  New hardware means more people buying games.

The Wii U has also seen significant improvement.  The system has seen continued increases in sales over in Japan in recent weeks, rising every week for at least the last three weeks.  Here in North America the Wii U saw an increase of over 340% in November compared to October’s numbers.  Estimates put that at around 220,000 units sold during the month.  Super Mario World, the first 3D adventure for Nintendo portly plumber on the systemn managed to move 210,000 units during its first week on sale.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review (3DS)

December 9, 2013 3 comments

Guest Review by Joe Faber

A Link Between Worlds Logo

I’m going to start by stating the obvious here. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has a lot riding on it. It’s the first “from the ground up” Zelda game made for 3DS and it’s a sequel to arguably the best game in the Zelda franchise and definitely the best game of my childhood. What does all this mean? Let’s start dissecting.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo was possibly the video game highlight of my childhood. To give you some history, sometime early in the ownership of the NES my family picked up the original Legend of Zelda. Not only were my brothers and I hooked, so was my mom. To illustrate just how hooked she was, my mom drew a map of the last level on tracing paper, complete with enemy placements, stairway connections, and places to bomb walls. Fast forward a few years and we’re visiting my cousins in Virginia. We’re hanging out in their basement playing their Super Nintendo and guess what they break out? If you guessed A Link to the Past you’d be right. We played it, my mom got hooked, and we had an SNES and Zelda shortly thereafter. My brothers and I, being older and more competitive, decided to see who could beat the game first. When we got a new weapon or encountered a new enemy, it was like Christmas morning. So, why am I telling you this? Because linking a new Zelda game to a classic and memories of that magnitude gives it a lot to live up to.

What you need to know

Yes, the rumors are true; the game is a pseudo-sequel to A Link to the Past. By that, I mean the land of Hyrule has an almost identical over-world to its distant predecessor. And that’s not where the similarities end. The Zelda franchise is often called out for rehashing the old with not much of the new. That being said, this game could be treading into the same dangerous category, but new mechanics and a new crop of characters keep the game fresh and engaging. This, for me, is where Nintendo shines because all of that is a pretty tough line to walk, and boy do they walk that line of old and new extremely well in A Link Between Worlds.

Without going too far into the story, the basic presentation of this game is familiar territory and is sure to not alienate core Zelda fans. A villain by the name of Yuga has appeared and is wreaking havoc on Hyrule. You, as Link, are called to the aid of Hyrule and its Princess called Zelda. As you progress through the land of Hyrule to prove your heroism, you’ll recognize a lot of the locales from A Link to the Past (or ALTTP for future reference). Places like The Sanctuary, Lost Woods, Kakariko Village, etc. After a certain point in the game you prove yourself a hero enough to progress to this game’s “dark world” called Lorule. As you might expect, this Lorule is in some ways an alternate dimension to the Hyrule we all know and love. If this is sounding familiar it’s okay, you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s the gameplay around the corner to help balance it out.

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