This week might be the best time for anyone to check out the pretty polarizing DS game, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. It makes it’s Virtual Console debut on the Wii U this week. Super Meat Boy makes its way to another Nintendo platform and everyone can now finally learn how to draw the three most famous circles in children’s entertainment history with Disney Art Academy.
Head past the break to see the full lineup of new stuff heading to 3DS and Wii U this week.
Continue reading Nintendo Download – Week of May 12th
Everybody has games from a previous generation that they never played for whatever reason, but really wanted to. Maybe you didn’t have the money at the time to pick up a new game. Maybe you didn’t actually own the system it was on. It could be any number of things. One of those games for me was Valkyria Chronicles, which was originally released on the PlayStation 3 back in 2008. I remember seeing the trailers for that game and being very interested in playing it, but disappointed because it was only coming to PS3, a system that I didn’t own.
Fast forward to 2016 and the game has been remastered for a new generation. The PS4 remaster is done brilliantly and beautifully. If you didn’t play the original game now may be the perfect time to try it out. If you did play it on the PS3 there’s no reason not to relive the experience, because it’s a game that’s going to stay with me for a long time.
Valkyria Chronicles tells the story of the nation of Gallia. It’s part of a continent (loosely based on our own real world Europe) that is controlled by two main super powers; in the east you have theEast Europan Imperial Alliance and in the west the Atlantic Federation. The countries rely on a material known as ragnite to power almost everything and the Empire is very quickly running out of this resource so they invade the small nation of Gallia, which just happens to be rich in this resource. The game opens up as Welkin Gunther is heading home. It just so happens the Empire begins their attack at that same moment and he gets swept up in the conflict along with a local town watch captain named Alicia. The two join the militia and lead the fight against the invading Empire.
Continue reading Valkyria Chronicles Remastered Review (PS4)
Straight out of the files of “you knew this was going to happen as soon as the game came to Wii U,” Minecraft is getting an update. On May 17th, the Wii U version of Minecraft is getting a free title update. This new update will smash together the worlds of Minecraft and Super Mario Bros.
This free update to the game will give players access to 40 new skins all based on characters from the Super Mario Bros. franchise including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Wario, the Koopalings, and Bowser. Item textures in the world will be redone to allow you to create your own Super Mario themed worlds. 15 new Mario themed pieces of music will be added to the world and a new Mario themed world will be available to explore.
This new update, which could have cost as much or more than most of the themed Mash-up Packs will cost you nothing. Future versions of the Wii U edition of Minecraft will be labeled to let players know that the game includes this Mario themed content.
Don’t even take any time to think about it. This week you’ll want to download Pocket Card Jockey. It’s available. It’s fun. You need to play it. Some other stuff is available too. You might want to check that out. Head past the break for everything that drops in the eShop this week.
Continue reading Nintendo Download – Week of May 5th
Want to go to E3 this year and get a chance to play the next Legend of Zelda game before anyone else? Nintendo is giving you that opportunity. Between now and May 10th just head on over to Twitter. Send out a tweet to @NintendoAmerica with something about what the Legend of Zelda means to you. Use the hastags #MyZeldaLegend and #NintendoSweepstakes and you’re automatically entered.
One winner will be chosen at random. The winner will receive airfare for two people, a hotel stay, tickets to E3 and a $500 prepaid Visa debit card. For more information and all the sweepstakes details head over to http://e3.nintendo.com/#section-sweepstakes.
If you win I’ll make sure to have enough time away from work that I can join you.
The last few years Nintendo has foregone the traditional E3 press conference in favor of a more personable approach, the Nintendo Direct. In those vidoes they showed off and talked about all the games that they had coming up over the next few months to get fans excited for what was to come. This year they’ll be doing something altogether different. They will not be going back to the press conference format. They won’t be doing another hour long Direct video.
This year is all about Zelda. They’re going to be showing off the next installment of the Legend of Zelda series, which is set to release for Wii U and NX sometime in 2017. This year for their pre-conference press event, they will be doing a livestream of The Legend of Zelda. Beginning at 12:00pm EST on June 14th Treehouse Live will be streaming footage from the next game starring Link. The game will be streamed live from the show floor via Nintendo’s Youtube and Twitch channels. You can also view it here: http://e3.nintendo.com.
Will you be watching?
Shelby and Micah are both out this week, but Shannon, Ethan and Tony are here to hold down the fort and bring you a few minutes of video game gab. What do they talk about? I guess you’ll have to listen to find out. I do know there is more Pocket Card Jockey talk, some more exploration of the Souls series and a little bit of love for RPGs.
Hosts: Tony, Shannon, Ethan
Run Time: 1:16:12
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