This week almost feels like the launch of a new system with the big retail titles coming out. Oh, wait! There is a new system coming out. We’ve got Majora’s Mask, Monster Hunter and a new Ace Combat game headlining the week in Nintendo’s eShop releases. Head past the break for the full list.
Nintendo took the opportunity at the Video Game Awards last night to do something I don’t remember them doing before, premiere new information about some of their upcoming games. The first bit of information is about the new Zelda game for Wii U. First, let me say, it looks simply amazing. The world is beautiful, vibrant and full of stuff. At one point towards the end of this video Link comes across a pack of wild horses just running around in a field.
They start of the video showing off some of the height of the world and just let you take in Hyrule at sunset and it is gorgeous. They also showed off the new map navigation system that lets you set waypoints by simply tapping them on the map or highlighting them on screen. Link jumps off a cliff and uses the sail cloth from Skward Sword to get down to more level ground. Epona now also has some nice AI built in that lets you give navigation control over letting you engage fully in combat using the sword or by firing arrows from the back of the horse. While riding Aonuma jumped off Epona and Link went into a sort of bullet-time style slowdown that let him aim and fire arrows while jumping.
This footage is simply gorgeous and shows you just how beautiful the new Zelda world is going to be. It’s set to come out before the end of 2015.
Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 is getting DLC and many people have already pre-ordered the bundle of two packs that will be available. The first pack of DLC will be launching in November and includes a character from The Legend of Zelda for the first time. Link will be making his racing debut and many people expected him to have some vehicle to come along for the ride. Nintendo could have gone crazy and given people and Epona Cycle, but they did something even crazier. They actually made an Epona Cycle. Well, in reality it’s just a motorcycle with a body sort of shaped like a horse. It’s called the Master Cycle and it looks pretty good, right? It’s horse-like enough in shape to give the feel that Link is riding a horse, but not goofy like the Merry Go Round cart in the game now. I like it. I probably won’t use it much because I don’t like motorcycles in the game, but it looks cool.
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.
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?