Want to play Hyrule Warriors on your 3DS? Well, you’ve still got to wait, but another musou game launches this week if you just can’t wait to hack and slash hundreds of dudes on the go. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 headlines this week’s Nintendo Download. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time comes to the Virtual Console on Wii U. Phoenix Wright has a couple of 3DS titles go on sale. If you’re in the competitive spirit check out new modes for Splatoon or participate in another Codename S.T.E.A.M. tournament.
Head past the break for everything coming to both the Wii U and 3DS eShops.
Continue reading Nintendo Download: Week of July 2nd, 2015
In this week’s episode, our intrepid heroes, Ethan and Jason seek to uncover the deepest, darkest secrets of the Triforce. During their journey, Stewart became a victim of the lost woods, but our heroes encountered an unlikely ally in the form of a Gamesmen named Gary. How will the rest of their journey unfold? Find out in this week’s episode of Data Drain!
Data Drain Episode 8
Starring: Jason, Gary, Ethan
Run Time: 01:14:11
I hope you enjoy this episode and feel the need to send us an email at DataDrain@Nintendo-Okie.com telling us what you want us to cover in a future episode. Also be sure to visit http://thegamesmen.com/ where our guest host Gary does some awesome stuff.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was a successful sequel to the SNES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. In a surprise move today, during their Digital Event, Nintendo announced yet another handheld Zelda game.
This time it’s called The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes. It’s the first fully fledged multi-player Zelda to be releases since The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures on the GameCube. This game will allow you and two other friends to team up in multi-player Zelda action in a style similar to A Link Between Worlds. The development team talked about wanting to continue to use that depth feature of the 3DS to create new puzzles that required you to work with someone else to solve.
Of course, the game can be played single player. When you do that you control Link and he’ll be accompanied by two animated dolls. You can switch between the characters at any time to solve the game’s numerous puzzles.
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes is set to launch for the 3DS this Fall.
The Nintendo World Championships are being held this Sunday in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater. Nintendo has not yet announced all of the games that will be a part of that event, but we do know at least one, The Legend of Zelda. Today the company tweeted out what players will need to do in that portion of the event.
The Zelda challenge will, as the picture above indicates, require players to speed run the game through the first dungeon. The fastest player to do that and obtain the first piece of the Triforce will win that segment.
Fans of the series know you can do that pretty quick. There are some strategies you can use to help get through that dungeon pretty quickly. I’ve never seen a speed run that goes through the first dungeon as the first piece they get, but it can be done in under five minutes for sure. Some of the better full game speed runs can be done in just over half an hour.
I’ve played every game released in the Zelda franchise with the exception of the CD-I games. I’m a huge fan of the series. I love the exploration aspects. The feeling of being a hero. The story. The depth of the world. It’s always had all the recipes of a game franchise that if you’ve played it you’re probably going to remember it for a long time. There are, of course, people that don’t particularly care for the series, but every game has those. My favorite game in the franchise has always been The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The Super Nintendo era was one of the best that we’ve ever seen in gaming and that game stands tall, at least in my mind, above everything else during that time. It was then that the franchise really took off for me.
I remember playing the original Legend of Zelda on the NES after my 10th birthday. March of 1990 was when I got my original NES and I got a copy of the game sometime around the next January. I vividly remember being allowed to stay home from my parent’s weekly bowling night and I spent the entire time playing the game. It’s also memorable in that I skipped watching the Super Bowl that night because I was playing the game and I never missed a Super Bowl. It was the first of the Buffalo Bills four consecutive Super Bowl losses, but I didn’t care. I was in Hyrule.
The original Legend of Zelda game, more than any other game in the series encourages exploration above just about everything else. Mr. Miyamoto has talked about being inspired by walks in the woods near his house. The game drops you into the world and just lets you do whatever you want. You’re the explorer. You make the decisions. Yes, there is an overall progression to the game. Yes, there are some things you can’t do before reaching a certain point. Most of the game is just left up to you to figure out. There are secrets everywhere. It rewards people who think outside of the box. You don’t even know how to get to the first dungeon in the game. You have to figure that out by exploring.
Continue reading The Original Zelda’s Incredible Game Design
Myles and Nick have a huge announcement to kick off this very special 10th edition of the NintendPals podcast. After that, normal business resumes with a thin news week, chats about what we’ve been spending our time playing (Nick has added another retro console to his growing collection) and we run down our top games of 2014. Oh and we announce the winner of our League of Heroes competition.
My wife passed this one on to me. Man At Arms has made some amazing recreations of video game related weaponry. His most recent is one of the most iconic shields in video game history. Is there anyone that can honestly say they wouldn’t want to have this hanging on the wall?