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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Releases on 3DS in November


The sequel to the The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is coming exclusively to the 3DS this November under the moniker The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, according to a report by IGN. The game, as we’ve known, will be a direct sequel, built from the ground up to take advantage of the handheld system’s 3D more so than any previous Zelda game. It’ll allow Link to jump from the 3D environment onto walls as a 2D painting, a feature not yet seen in the series.

The North American release date reportedly comes from an ‘analyst presentation meeting’ held earlier this week. Nintendo are still not clear on a European release date, but maintain it will be “towards the end of the year.”

We’ll call it right now and say a holiday bundle is eminent.

Nintendo Direct April 2013 Recap – Year of the Luigi, EarthBound to VC, New & Old Zeldas

Nintendo broadcasted it’s Nintendo Direct video updating gamers on future plans across various platforms today. Satoru Iwata, Global President of Nintendo, called this year the “Year of Luigi” with some Luigi focused gaming in the Super Mario Bros. series.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is to be released on August 11 on the 3DS. The 3DS features are utilized to incorporate all new battle styles that take place in both the real world that requires cooperation with the brothers and Luigi’s dream world that can involve many Luigi’s helping Mario advance through levels.

Luigi will also be the focus of a New Super Mario Bros. U DLC. New Super Luigi U will take advantage of Luigi’s characteristics like being able to jump higher than Mario. The DLC is scheduled for a summer release.

Also announced were a new entries for Mario Party and Yoshi’s Island on the 3DS. Iwata also revealed Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move for the 3DS eShop. It is a puzzle game where the player will guide Mario or Donkey Kong to the end of each stage. Expect to create stages and upload them or download other user created stages.

Pikmin 3 finally got a release date, August 4.

Following up on the recent Pikachu 3DS XL system, there is a new Animal Crossing 3DS XL system coming.

Capcom’s Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will hit the eShop on May 30.

Square Enix’s Bravely Default: Flying Fairy might be one of the more bizarre names for their RPGs, but it is coming to 3DS. Sometime in 2014. Yikes. The concept of skipping a turn in battle to have a chance to do more damage in later rounds is very intriguing. Also added to the 2014 roster is Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy for 3DS.

Shin Megami Tensei IV for 3DS hits July 16 and Atlus has revealed the first shipment to include plenty of swag. How does a 176-page Strategy & Design Book, which features the starter guide and a range of artwork, a soundtrack that covers the breadth of the SMT series, and a slipcase with key art by Atlus graphic artist Masayuki Doi grab you?

Forget everything you just read. This is the big news. EarthBound is coming to Wii U Virtual Console by the end of the year.

Okay, maybe this news tidbit might be a tad bigger. Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, Inc. dropped a Legend of Zelda bomb on us. A new Legend of Zelda taking place in the A Link to the Past world. The 3D display will be used to show depth in environments. You will also be able to turn into a “paper” Link to walk along walls, adding a new “dimension” to solving puzzles.




Nintendo Releasing New Super Mario Bros 2 DLC

It’s official.  Nintendo has finally jumped on the DLC bandwagon.  In a newly released Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo of America President (and beloved fan-favorite spokesman) Reggie Fils-Aime introduces three new “Downloadable Course Packs” for the Coin Rush Mode in the 3DS’s New Super Mario Bros 2, which was released in August.  For the competitive online gamer, challenging coin collecting courses will feature worldwide leaderboards.  Each of the map packs retails for $2.50 USD and will be available on October 4th.


New Super Mario Bros 2 3DS Review – A Long-Lived Success

NSMB2 box art

Publisher:  Nintendo
Developer:  Nintendo EAD
Platform:  3DS
Release Date:  August 19, 2012
ESRB:  E – Everyone

How many Super Mario Bros games have been made to date?  I’m not sure, but it’s definitely a high number.  Maybe the highest number of any video game franchise.  The original Mario Bros game was probably Nintendo’s first and most endearing hit, released for their new (at the time) Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.  The name “Mario” instantly became synonymous with the home video game console.  The game had such a simple, fluid design that fit so well on the devices of the era.

And after 30 years, it still fits.  The graphics have changed, the music has improved, and the story has become marginally more complicated.  But at its core, New Super Mario Bros 2 uses the same mechanics as its distant ancestor.  It delivers the same experience and is, in many ways, the same game.  A game which, in nearly three decades, people have never stopped playing.  Why is that?  Some people may put it down to nostalgia or sensationalism, but what really makes a game enjoyable after being rehashed for so many years?

Nintendo 3DS XL releases July 28th in Europe, August 19th in U.S.


A new version of the Nintendo 3DS will be released later this summer, the 3DS XL. The system will come with a 4GB memory card,  but no AC adapter (weird, I know)

Europe will receive the system in 3 colors: red, blue, and silver. People in the U.S. will get red and blue, but not silver.

The design is slightly different for this version and it will have a price point of $199.99 when it launches on August 19th in the U.S. and July 28th in Europe.

Via: Joystiq


Mario Tennis Open 3DS Review – Bring Your Lucky Racquet

Mario Tennis Open box art

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Camelot
Platform: 3DS
Release Date: May 20, 2012
ESRB: E – Everyone

So many countless hours of my childhood spent enjoying Mario Tennis on the N64 have prepared me well for this latest addition to the series.  Created by longtime series developer Camelot for the Nintendo 3DS system, Mario Tennis Open follows the same tried and tested formula that fans of Nintendo character sports games have come to expect and rely upon.

But with such a wide variety of sports games now hitting the market, many of which have taken full advantage of different techniques and motion control technology, has the time come for Mario Tennis to mix things up?

Kid Icarus: Uprising 3DS Review – A Classic Experience from the Modern Era


Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Project Sora
Platform: 3DS
Release Date: March 23, 2012
ESRB: E10+

It’s been nearly two decades of hiatus since Pit’s appearance on the NES marked the beginning of his quest to vanquish the encroaching army of evil monsters.  Now our winged hero has returned for another adventurous battle against the forces of the Underworld, this time in a new title for the Nintendo 3DS system.  The franchise is about 15 years late in making the shift to 3D, but its unique sense of self-deprecating humor assists the game in making a light-hearted (though still slightly bumpy) transition.

Nintendo’s advertisements for Kid Icarus: Uprising seemed to focus on drawing in a new crowd, rather than appealing to fans of the original games.  In fact, Nintendo of America made a post on their Facebook page pronouncing that “Pit from Super Smash Bros Brawl” had finally received “his own game.”  Perhaps they just have a poor memory?  The developers definitely didn’t, having included many (often humorous) references to the original Kid Icarus in the new sequel.  Which begs the question:  How well does Uprising bridge the gulf left by an entire generation of dormancy?

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Announced


Nintendo just announced that New Super Mario Bros. 2 is coming to the 3DS this August. As the follow up to New Super Mario Bros. on the DS, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, this game will also be an old school side scrolling platformer just like its predecessors.

Capcom x Namco Bandai x Sega = Project X Zone


Famitsu revealed that the triple decker crossover involving Capcom, Namco Bandai, and Sega is called Project X Zone (X pronounced as cross, of course). Take characters from all three companies and throw them into a game that is not what you think it is. It is a strategy RPG for the Nintendo 3DS (let out the collective sigh) that will feature characters from the companies teaming up with their respective partners in battle scenes. A list of characters was posted on Andriasang, but the list does not actually include some of the characters revealed in the strange color-coded barcode images that have been teased for a while now.


Ryu & Ken (Street Fighter 0), X and Zero (Mega Man), Demitri and Dante (Darkstalkers and Devil May Cry), Chris and Jill (Resident Evil)


Shinguji Sakura and Ogami Ichiro (Sakura Wars), Pai and Akira (Virtua Fighter), Kurt and Riela (Valkyria Chronicles), Ulala and Touma (Space Channel 5 and Shining Force EXA)

Namco Bandai

Sanger Somvold (Super Robot Wars), Jin and Ling Xiaoyu (Tekken), Kos-Mos and T-elos (Xenosaga), Yurie and Estel (Tales of Vesperia), Kaito and Black Rose (.hack)

Feast Your Eyes on Five Minutes of Fire Emblem Awakening

Fire Emblem is a franchise that is required to appear on a Nintendo console. The 3DS hasn’t received a version yet, but Fire Emblem: Awakening is on the horizon. It’s coming out in Japan next month, and has also been confirmed for Europe sometime in 2012. Sadly there has been no announcement for North America, but I am confident we will hear about it soon enough. In the meantime a beefy gameplay video was released showing off the game’s story, visuals, and fighting system. The video is entirely in Japanese, but I think you’ll get the gist of it.