Have you ever wondered what Twilight Princess would look like with Skyward Sword textures? Yeah, I didn't think so. (read more)
In continuation of Nintendo's 30-30-30 celebration, in honor of the Japanese Famicon's 30th anniversary, Super Metroid is now on sale for only 30 cents via the Wii U Virtual Console. The sale started earlier today, and will continue for 30 days, June 14th.
Don't miss this ridiculously cheap sale; Super Metroid goes back to full price in 30 days!
Still to come during this 30th anniversary celebration are Yoshi, in June, and Donkey Kong, in July.
Nintendo UK recently posed the question: what would you like to see in Wind Waker HD?
No, unfortunately Nintendo does not seem to be opening the floor to suggestions, but they are taking an active role in developing discussion about the title.
In the article, Nintendo UK lists a few prominent ideas that they've seen circulating: the return of cut content, the ability to change difficulty levels, and improvements to sailing mechanics and usage.
All of these sound like phenomenal ideas, but I'm sure you guys have some great ideas as well, so be sure to comment with your Wind Waker HD wish list; who knows, we may chose to analyze a few of your ideas here on ZI!
Ok, this could be a contentious one, but before you all start throwing rotten fruit in my direction or calling me names in the comments section just hear me out.
First and foremost I love Zelda games. Always have done. I’ve finished them all at least once, the 25th Anniversary Symphony concert is rarely off my playlist, and my first child is called Saria. (My wife doesn’t actually know that, she thinks her name is Chloe and the birth certificate got blown away by a freak gust of wind. I play along, but when I meet my baby daughter’s gaze…there’s a look there. She knows.)
So, this isn’t a hatchet job, but more an homage to those flawed bits that my fellow Zelda fans will recognise. Like soldiers coming back from war, the stories of suffering are always the ones people linger on. And boy have we suffered at times.
I’ll make it clear at the outset, this is not a feature about those parts of the game where you spend ages looking for the way through, only to find it’s blindingly obvious once you work it out (or look it up). That, my friends, is Zelda, and it’s entirely subjective.
Instead, this list will feature quirks of gameplay, unfair quest requirements, frustrating fights and other moments that have had us all leaving teethmarks on our controllers.
So, buckle on your Master Sword, make sure your Ocarina is snug and let’s go forth. And if anyone sees Tingle, ignore him. He’s just attention seeking.
There have been some conversations breaking out all over the net defending EA a bit because Frostbite 2 didn’t have very good initial tests and as such, Frostbite 3 “can’t” support the platform. EA has gotten a lot of flak over SimCity, but people are starting to actually give them a pass for the lack of support to Nintendo consoles. Hey, it’s the Wii U – it’s not as powerful as PS4 so it’s really not a Next-Generation console anyways!
Well, EA said it indeed was a next generation console:
"It is the first next-generation platform coming out so we're really supporting it.” – Frank Gibeau, EA Game’s Label President
Well, they must have said that in 2011… right? Wrong – this was said in June of last year. Then, former EA CEO Mr. Riccitiello pointed out rather clearly that the Wii U is not considered a Next-Generation platform for them in January, 2013:
“Ours is an industry where a lot of devices come in and represent themselves as the next generation, or the next generation after that. In many ways we would argue that what we’re describing as ‘Gen 4′ is yet to come. It’s that we’re excited about, and that’s what we’re investing in.”
In referencing the whole “Gen 4” situation, it’s completely ignoring Nintendo, who is well past “4” generation of hardware. That means they consider their gens to be starting when the PlayStation was released, and they don’t consider Nintendo relevant anymore.
The music in The Legend of Zelda series is exemplary, always setting standards for the gaming industry. This fantastic music was made all the better with the fully orchestrated songs that can be found in the series' most recent entry Skyward Sword. Found in this video is a live medley of songs from the game, composed by Eric Buchholz for a documentary about video game music. Some of you might recognize him from other gaming music projects, particularly the Zelda Reorchestrated project, of which he was a lead member. The medley is made up of the songs "Fi's Calling," "Link and Zelda," "Skyloft," and "Main Theme of The Legend of Zelda" and it is definitely worth a listen.
We were bombarded by a Pokesplosion of news yesterday; the confirmation of new Pokemon, box-art, screenshots, a map, and more were all thrown at us at the same time. It was almost too much to comprehend.
Sure, we understood the main points; there's some new Pokemon, one of which we can ride, and our characters are finally customizable. However, it would seem that Game Freak, whether intentionally or not, gave us a lot of information about the Karos region.
Thanks to the folks at GameXplain, many of these details are now coming to the surface; of the secrets listed in the video, my favorite would have to be the diagonal movement. It's a huge step forward for the Pokemon franchise, allowing for more options in map design. Speaking of map design, the Karos region map strikes me as Zelda-esque in its art style and location placement.
So, what did you think of the video? Learn anything new?
Jump inside to learn more about these amazing new features.
It is a great time to be a Nintendo 3DS owner. So many great games have come out recently, and many more are on the way. It took Nintendo a while to get going with the 3DS, but once they did, it truly became a full-fledged console that any owner could be proud of. With games ranging from the solid Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon to the fantastic Fire Emblem: Awakening, the console has really blossomed since its launch. Not to mention the eShop and the fully downloadable retail games it provides along with the classic favorites available through the Virtual Console program. Nintendo has done such a good job of late that one news source has even made a bold claim about the 3DS: that it is the best console ever. Find out exactly what was said inside!
Remember that time when somebody joined a forum, unleashed a bunch of rumors about something, and turned out to be telling the truth? Neither do I. But it appears that today may be that day. An IGN forum member by the name of 100-Year-Old-Gamer has recently taken to action on the IGN boards claiming that he works for Nintendo in some way. Of course, this is a glaring red flag that his information may be entirely falsified. The only reason we may have to believe this user is that his account was created just about a year ago and he has built a reputation on the forums, which does give him a little more credibility, but far from enough to be blindly accepted. If any these rumors hold any weight, however, they're certainly exciting.
The first of these rumors is that rather than their traditional E3 showing, Nintendo will air three to five Nintendo Direct streams beginning on May 30th. Given their decision to back down from the illustrious convention hall we've seen in the past, and their recent inclination to announce major news via Nintendo Direct streams, this is entirely believable and frankly quite likely regardless of whether or not this IGN member has any inside information.
The next and perhaps most exciting rumor of the bunch regards the upcoming Super Mario game for Wii U. 100-Year-Old-Gamer says that Super Mario U will be "bigger than any Mario game to date" and looks "unlike anything you've ever seen." Whether this is some sort of continuation of the Super Mario Galaxy precedent or a new game entirely is left uncertain, but it sounds like Nintendo surely won't disappoint.
Head inside for the rest of these juicy rumors!
You all remember the amazing Zelda HD Experience trailer from E3 of 2011 don't you? It's been almost two years since it was first shown off by Nintendo, but for those two years we had to make do with footage taken from a camera, but not anymore! There was a Nintendo Direct from not too long ago where direct footage was displayed in glorious HD and it's been ripped straight from the video in a short, but fantastic, 9 second clip so be sure to check it out!