The original Legend of Zelda on NES went on sale in Japan 25 year ago today. Link and the Zelda series continue to be among the worlds most recognized gaming icons. There has been a Legend of Zelda game on every Nintendo console (and one random other one) since the original NES. Many of those games became generation-defining experiences across each Nintendo console, including Ocarina of Time for the N64, which is often regarded as the single best game ever made. (I’m more of a Link to the Past guy, myself)
So Happy Birthday to Link, Zelda, Gannon and all of their adventures. Let’s hope Skyward Sword is your best game yet!
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Tagged Birthday, Gannon, Legend of Zelda, Link, Link to the Past, NES, Nintendo, Ocarina of Time, Retro, Skyward Sword, SNES, Wii, Zelda
Google has put up a want ad for programmers and designers from the gaming industry to create a “next generation game-console-based TV experience with YouTube video content.” There is already a YouTube portal available on Wii and PS3, YouTube XL, but it’s somewhat unwieldy and works through the consoles’ respective internet browsers. Presumably this new program would be similar to console “apps” like Netflix, Hulu Plus and ESPN. Qualified candidates should have “deep technical knowledge of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and/or Nintendo Wii.”
A proper YouTube portal is long overdue, especially considering how many gamers put up speed runs and random clips from games. Finally, no more cameras pointed at the TV!
NIS America announced this week that they will be porting retro indie favorite Cave Story to the 3DS, complete with 3D graphics. Unlike the Wii and DSi ports, Cave Story 3D will get a complete visual overhaul. NIS and Nintendo hope that will be enough to convince indie fans to shell out for the new version. That’s a tall order: Though it was not specifically mentioned, expect Cave Story 3D to be a full-fledged cartridge release, complete with a full-fledged cart’s price tag.
NIS has yet to announce a release date. Keep checking back and we’ll post more info as it comes.
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Tagged 3D, 3D Remake, 3DS, Cave Story, DLC, DSi, DSiWare, NIS, NIS America, Virtual Console, Wii
Nintendo conceded today that Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will likely be delayed from “early this year”, til Fall. Nintendo had said the game be would be at the beginning of 2011, but with very little shown of the game since E3, a delay seemed likely.
At a recent quarterly financial presentation, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that the upcoming Ocarina of Time remake for the DS is expected to ship before Skyward Sword. At the 3DS presentation in New York, Nintendo said Zelda would not be released in the console’s extended launch period, which will last from the Console initial release on March 27th through this year’s E3, which ends on June 9th.
Knowing all that, Iwata basically said the game will be released no earlier than mid-june. AAA titles are almost never released during the summer, so realistically the game has chance of actually hitting shelves before September.
You want a Goldeneye Re-Make? YOU CAN’T HANDLE A GOLDENEYE REMAKE!
Well, maybe you can. These prospective box art images, part of an upcoming customer survey from Activision, got leaked to GoNintendo. Mumblings about the re-make have intensified since Activision registered a Goldeneye website, Goldeneyegame.com. Shortly after, word came out that Activision had planned to release the original N64 game as a downloadable, but that it (and presumably any Other Goldeneye projects) were being held up by legal issues revolving around the various licensing agreements required to publish a re-make of a game based on a film franchise…
According to Eurogamer, the new Goldeneye, now a Nintendo exclusive, is out of development limbo and on track to be in stores this holiday season. If that’s even close to true, there will be a HUGE unveiling at E3. So make yourself a martini and keep your eyes peeled, because it seems like good news is on the way.
May looks to be a high-profile month in the video game world. While the centerpiece of this treasure trove of potentially epic games is definitely the return of everyone’s favorite princess-saving plumber, but it by no means overshadows other long-awaited titles like “Lost Planet 2”, “Alan Wake” and “Red Dead Redemption.” Mark your calendars, everyone.
Iron Man 2 (Multi)
Dementium II (DS)
3D Dot Game Heroes* (PS3)
Skate 3 (PS3, 360)
Lost Planet 2* (PS3, 360)
Alan Wake* (360)
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Multi)
Red Dead Redemption* (PS3, 360)
Blue Dragon: Awakened Dragon (DS)
Super Mario Galaxy 2* (Wii)
ModNation Racers (PS3, PSP)
UFC Undisputed (Multi)
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In a publicity segment called “Iwata says”, where Nintendo President Satoru Iwata talks to developers about their Nintendo projects, the prez said that he thought the visuals in Capcom’s upcoming “Monster Hunter Tri” are the best visuals in a Wii game to date, and that the game has drawn out Nintendo’s competitive side:
“I can tell Nintendo’s staff has really been galvanized by you. I can tell they feel like you did what they hadn’t yet… Looking at the graphics objectively, I feel like the game’s visuals are one of the representative examples of what can ultimately be done with Wii. I think it has placed the “Zelda” team under a considerable amount of pressure.”
This may be a matter of translation or my having seen to many movies with sinister executive, but that last statement about the Zelda team sounds more like a threat than a simple comment. Either way, in my mind, the gauntlet has been thrown and will now be comparing the two from now on.
As for “Monster Hunter Tri”, you can see for yourself how nerve-wrackingly good the visuals are when the game is released on April 20’th.
Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360 Exclusive) (4/13)
Monster Hunter Tri (Wii Exclusive) (4/20)
Super Street Fighter IV (4/27)
FIFA World Cup: South Africa (4/27)
Dead to Rights: Retribution (4/27)
What game(s) are you gonna play this month?
This new trailer for Metroid: Other M is the first to have actual gameplay. On that subject, two things stick out during the trailer: First, the gameplay looks super-fast. Significantly faster than any of the “Prime” games… Or any game in the series, really. Second, the trailer shows that, while you generally hold the controller the old-fashioned way (Sideways), aiming the controller at the screen like a remote changes the perspective to the first person for precision shooting.
Between this and “Mario Galaxy 2”, it’s going to be a great spring for Nintendo fans…