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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.

 

 

 

Halloween Week: Top Tricks and Treats

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Happy Halloween!  What more fitting end could there be for our themed week than keeping with this holiday’s greatest tradition?  Most people today will be taking to the streets in creepy costumes to hunt for tasty offerings.  As addicted gamers, we have a special kind of Trick-or-Treating for you to enjoy.

Halloween Week: Top Spooky Soundtracks

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What makes a game or level spooky? Is it the monsters you face?  Or the environment?  Maybe the screams of the dying?  Those are all major factors, but another very significant factor is often the music that plays in the background.  Just like in movies, music can make or break a scene by creating a certain type of mood.  In this case, a spooky mood.

We’ve singled out the spookiest game soundtracks we could find, and included videos for your listening pleasure.  Be warned:  some of them are not the best thing to listen to alone or in the dark.

Boss Battles vs. Linear Gameplay: An A-G Debate

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All gamers have their conflicts.  A few of them have become notorious for sparking never-ending “flame wars” within the various online venues built for gamers to discuss issues and events in the industry.  We’ve decided to host our own A-G Debate series, in which various staff members will share their opinions on gaming and dispute the finer points of the medium.  Today, editor Bradley Russell and I sat down to settle a debate he has become dubiously known for bringing up whenever possible:  Are boss battles out of date, or a well evolved game mechanic?

Addicted-Gamers <3 Week: Our Favorite Characters

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For many, the characters are the make and break of a franchise. We all admire great gameplay, sumptuous graphics and a witty script but when it boils down to it, we have to like and connect with the people on the screen (and in many cases ones you are going to spend more quality time with than your family). Our favorite characters include some obvious ones and some less so. Read on to find out who they are…

Top 10 Underappreciated Legend of Zelda Game Tracks

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If I were asked to pick the video game series that is most renowned for its music, there would be not the barest hint of hesitation.  It’s The Legend of Zelda.  The series has some of the most memorable and widely recognized music in all of gaming history.  From the original 8-bit style theme of The Legend of Zelda to the heartwarming melodies of Ocarina of Time to the sweeping symphonies of Skyward Sword, the series has long featured soundtracks that rightfully draw copious praise and adoration.

But some of those elegant compilations have been remembered better than others.  A few of the most beautiful and (at least in our opinion) noteworthy pieces of music from the series that earned its place in history as the inaugural inductee into the Video Game Hall of Fame have become all-but-forgotten relics of their individual games’ glory days and, in modern times, have fallen into the depths of obscurity.  Until today.

What are the Top 10 Most Underappreciated Legend of Zelda Tracks from the series’ 3D installments?  Find out after the jump.  Warning:  Nostalgia and Awesomeness imminent.

Retro Review- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer:
Nintendo
Genre: Action/Adventure
Original Platform: Gamecube
Original Release Date:
March 24, 2003
ESRB:
E – Everyone

The story of a young boy growing up on a small, serene island floating on a vast ocean holding unknown wonders to explore and mysteries to solve, Wind Waker is undoubtedly one of the most exciting adventure games ever made. With a unique, memorable, and stimulating storyline, this title easily lives up to what one would expect from a series as renowned as the Legend of Zelda.

Top 10 Zelda Weirdos

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The Legend of Zelda series is, without a doubt, an exceptional franchise. With the recent release of Skyward Sword and the celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Addicted-Gamers’ team thought it would be appropriate to produce an updated list of the weirdest Zelda characters. The Zelda universe is filled with numerous bizarre and uncanny personas so we have done our best to narrow down the best candidates (it wasn’t easy), but no more blabbering. Here it is, Addicted-Gamer’s top 10 Zelda Weirdos:

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii Video Review

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Adventure
Players: Single
Release Date: Nov. 20, 2011
Rated: E10+

Be sure to read the full and detailed review here .

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii Review – The Definitive Wii Experience

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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Genre: Adventure
Players: Single
Release Date: Nov. 20, 2011
Rated: E10+

It’s been a long time coming but the latest title in the legendary franchise is here with the arrival of the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Fans have waited patiently for 5 years, which is the longest gap between instalments within the series’ history. Throughout its development information was sparsely unveiled, leaving the game with an essence of obscurity and enthusiasts of the series deprived and lusting for more. As the months approached closer to the eve of its release, the hype grew sky-high.  Will this be another legacy for our hero in green tights or is the series on the verge of its decline?