For those of you that were all excited for the supposed Spring release for the next installment in the Smash Bros. Series, you can ease it down a bit now.
Earlier sometime during the day yesterday, details that we have reported on a previous article on the release date of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for Nintendo 3DS had popped up online after Nintendo of Germany manger Bernd Fakesch, said it would be released alongside Mario Kart 8 in the Spring time frame. However, we now know that a Spring release for Smash Bros. is false after a recent confirmation letter from Nintendo stated that the game does not have a firm time frame idea for launch.
Read for more after the jump.
Need a lamp when exploring the Shadow Temple at two in the morning? Well, this lamp will lighten up any adventurer's bedroom! This amazing piece of work from TheBackPackShoppe is a great tribute to any true Zelda fan. Featuring a dark wood frame and yellow acrylic plastic Triforce, this Legend of Zelda lamp will complement any bedroom.
The front of the lamp shines a warm light in the shape of the Triforce and the Crest of Hyrule lights up on your wall! This artist included a clever group of holes to provide for easy hanging with string or something similar. This 11 inch piece is priced at $69.00, and it is available on Etsy! You can also purchase the alternate designs, such as the Version 2.0 and Wall Sconce. Hit the jump to see the gallery of images! To everyone with a dark bedroom, I say, "It's dangerous to go alone, take this!"
Sales figures have poured for the holiday shopping season and the Wii U and 3DS are off to rather respectable goes of it, while the other consoles performed very well in the US during Black Friday. Let's focus in on Japan numbers first, since those just hit today.
In first place is the Nintendo 3DS LL, which sold 92k units—a healthy 10k more than the previous week. Wii U, meanwhile, nearly doubles in sales, dishing out a healthy 48.7k units. There's plenty more inside!
I remember the mark left on me by The Wind Waker when I played it for the first time as a teenager. Not because of the exploration, although I did love straying from my path in order to discover new little islands; not because of the gameplay, although I spent hours on end doing silly things that had no impact on the story whatsoever, such as invading watchtowers and fighting with Orca for hours on end just for the heck of it; not even because of the amazing soundtrack, which I still believe is one of the best in the saga. From the very beginning, it was the narrative that caught me, and I was not released from its spell until the very end.
This is, arguably, the Zelda game that reflects the most upon the saga as a continuous entity. At the beginning we can see the legend of how Hyrule was flooded in order to be protected from Ganondorf, at the middle we find the submerged Hyrule Kingdom, complete with a glass depiction of Ocarina of Time’s sages, and at the end we have Ganondorf explaining why he invaded the kingdom, as he tried to lead his people away from the harsh conditions of the Gerudo desert. These connections between games, and the great insights it provided on the characters, is what has made me regard this as one of the finest installments of the saga.
But let’s go back a little. Remember that first part of the intro, where we are told about how Ganon crept back from his prison and enslaved Hyrule once again? That is how every Zelda game begins, right? Ganon comes back to life, Link does as well, they battle and the good triumphs over evil. But not this time.
A German newspaper did an interview with the General Manager of Nintendo Germany, talking about Nintendo's Christmas slate and what new owners can look forward to early next year. To no one's surprise he talks about Mario Kart 8 creating a strong spring slate, but out of the blue he brings up Smash Bros. as a key spring title:
“For next spring two more big license games are also announced for our TV console with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.”
We don't have any confirmed release date for Smash Bros, though most assumed it would arrive during summer 2014. Shooting for a spring release puts it a bit ahead of those expectations. With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze arriving towards the end of winter on February 21st, this would line up Nintendo with a killer slate of games heading into summer. The real question then becomes what we would be getting the rest of the year, assuming this turns out to be spot on.
It looks like Emily Rogers was correct! The latest Nintendo 3DS system update is available now, which gives us linked eShop Balances, Miiverse capabilities, and more. If you check the Nintendo eShop, it'll notify you saying that you need to perform the update, or you can manually do so by going into the System Settings of the 3DS which is located on the home menu. Once you download the update, you have to go into settings to connect your Wii U Nintendo Network ID account. Otherwise, it will prompt you when you go to Miiverse to create a new one.
Full details on the update, including a very nice unexpected change to system transfer limitations, is inside.
Nintendo's Virtual Console service has been lacking on the Wii U. They usually only release one game a week, and many times those games are forgettable experiences. If you're a European user, however, this week's offerings might get you excited.
While I personally expected this to hit the eShop two weeks ago, when A Link Between Worlds came out, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is finally becoming available to European Wii U owners. The game will be released on December 12 for £5.49, or £1.49 if you bought it back on the Wii's Virtual Console.
There's no listing for an American release just yet, but Nintendo has done well about releasing eShop games simultaneously in every region, so it's a safe bet that this core title will be available on our shores this Thursday as well.
Thought we were alone in wanting Zelda U? This was a poll result from GameSpot before the event, the second-most visited video game site in the world.
By now I am sure all of you know about my incorrect prediction that Zelda U would be shown off this past Saturday during VGX. If you didn't, know that I firmly believed VGX made sense as an overall platform to unveil Zelda U. It had the right audience in my mind to try and bring non-Nintendo gamers back in the fold, and Zelda is one franchise Nintendo has that seems to have fans outside of the Nintendo faithful. I was wrong, and Nintendo went the safe route in showing off Cranky Kong as a playable character in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Now that the show has come and gone, I understand why Nintendo chose to show what they did. Furthermore, my reaction since Saturday may be a bit surprising: I've done a complete 180 and now fully believe Nintendo did the right thing in not showing off Zelda U.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has been out for a little over a week now, and in that time, we’ve seen all kinds of opinions from all corners of the internet. Our own Brian Scheid, the author of our official review, gave it a perfect score, and editor-in-chief Nathanial Rumphol-Janc went so far as to say it is arguably the best Legend of Zelda game ever created. The game has been given stellar scores by nearly every important gaming website and magazine in the world, with only one slightly mediocre rating at all. As a closing homage to what has turned out as one of the greatest and most perfect games I’ve ever played, I’d like to make one more review about everything that this game does so flawlessly, and everything that sets it over its predecessor, the almighty Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
Spoiler Alert: This game has been out for several weeks now, so you can expect to see major spoilers as to the story, dungeons, bosses, and the finale, as well as small details about the game itself. Read at your own risk.
A new quartet of plush characters based on the characters from The Wind Waker are here just in time for the holiday season. The Zelda, Tingle, and Link plushies are available for pre-order now. They measure 16cm in height, and you also have the option to order a 22cm Link.
For more information, make sure to click past the jump!