Aonuma Says Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D Was In Development Straight After Ocarina Of Time 3D

The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has told Nintendo fans on Miiverse that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in development straight after they had completed work on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Aonuma explained that the team have been working on the game since June 2011 and they would have loved to have been able to reveal it sooner, but they wanted to make sure it was polished before announcing it.

“The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was actually in development almost immediately after we finished working on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which was released in June of 2011. So although we’ve been working on the game for quite some time, we didn’t want to say it was being developed until we were at a point where we could proudly say that this is not going to be just another remake and that it’s going to be worth your time. For a while now, when fans from Japan and around the world would ask me if we were working on a Majora’s Mask remake, I would silently plead in my heart, thinking, “Please wait a bit longer!”

WayForward Reveal Shantae And The Pirates Curse Nintendo 3DS File Size

WayForward has revealed on Twitter just how much space Shantae and the Pirates Curse will take up on your Nintendo 3DS. The game is set to take up 2315 blocks, so make sure you’ve got enough room if you’re considering purchasing. Shantae and the Pirates Curse is coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop on October 23rd in the United States for $19.99.

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Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads For The US

Nintendo of America has detailed the games that you’ll be able to download this week from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. The big title this week on the eShop is Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 3DS which launches on October 3rd. Castlevania: Dracula X is also available to download on the Wii U Virtual Console. Here’s the games you can get your hands on this week.

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – Battle it out as the greatest heroes and villains in video games on the Nintendo 3DS system – at home or anywhere! Smash rivals off the stage with epic moves, then beef up your fighters with a variety of customizations and equipment. Find fun extras faster by beating hordes of classic enemies in Smash Run and mastering mini-games. Get ready to settle it in Smash! Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be available on Oct. 3. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
      Fans planning on purchasing Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS at launch can save time by downloading the free game update (ver. 1.0.2) in advance. It’s available starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2 in the Nintendo eShop and is required for online mode.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Castlevania Dracula X – Richter Belmont must take up his family’s legacy and face Count Dracula if he is to save his beloved. Defeat legions of monsters in this multi-ending, multi-story entry in the classic Castlevania series. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Nintendo eShop sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $8.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 23.
    • Tappingo is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 16.

Coming soon:

  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon – Oct. 9 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance – Oct. 16 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
  • Harvest Moon 2 – Oct. 16 (Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS)

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Wayforward Discuss Their Take On Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles For Nintendo 3DS

We learned earlier this month that respected developer Wayforward will be taking on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on the Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Tom Hulett of WayForward and Director of Danger of the Ooze has assured WPCentral that they will endeavour to retain everything that everyone loves about the beloved franchise.

WP: Danger of the Ooze is a single-player game in which players can swap between the four Turtles, not unlike the original NES game. Can you give us an example of how one Turtle’s abilities differ from another’s? And do the inactive Turtles recover life when not in use?

TH: I thought it was really important to let players use their favorite Turtle exclusively (if they want), so you’ll never encounter, say, a pit that you need Donnie to vault over. However, every Turtle has his own unique rhythm. Raph and Mikey have 3-strike combos while Leo and Donnie only have two, but the former pair has much shorter range. Each turtle also has his own specialty just to keep things interesting. Mikey can jump higher, Raph throws Shuriken faster, Donnie can block more easily, and Leo’s counterattacks are the best.

Something that always frustrated me about the NES game was that Donnie was clearly the best—it was no contest. Best range AND best damage? Come on. This might just be jealousy because Raph was clearly the worst in that game, but I didn’t want kids today to have the same experience. If I love Leo in the show, I want to love him in the game too. So we spent a lot of time trying to get it right. They all have their advantages.

Inactive Turtles don’t regenerate health, but we do have a cool mechanic for when a Turtle is defeated. When this occurs, that Turtle is Captured, and taken out of the active roster. But, if you can locate where in the city he’s been stashed and rescue him, he’ll be back on the team and ready for action again. This means you essentially have unlimited lives, but if you aren’t careful your favorite Turtle could be out of commission for a while. There’s an upgrade that allows you to hone in on captured Turtles, so players will definitely want to track that down.

WP: Danger of the Ooze will feature an “interconnected non-linear game world.” Does that mean it plays like what we think of as a Metroidvania game?

TH: That’s right, TMNT:DotO is an exploration-based action platformer. I’ve always wanted to create a game in this genre set in a modern city, so when Activision told us they were thinking about going this direction for TMNT, I felt incredibly fortunate. A great genre, in a setting I’ve wanted to explore, with a franchise I grew up with? Where do I sign? We certainly strove to do the concept justice.

We really tried to stick with the approach where most of your power-ups increase both your offensive capabilities and your navigation options. A good example of this is the Smoke Bomb. Not only will it teleport you instantly out of harm’s way and stun nearby enemies, but it can also be used to reach higher areas or bypass laser barriers.

Fantasy Life Origin Island DLC Announced Coming At Launch On Nintendo 3DS

Fantasy Life: available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 24 (US) and Sept. 26 (EU), Fantasy Life lets players become the masters of their destinies as choices they make help determine their own Fantasy Life.

Players can easily change their Life Class at any time and experience how each offers a new perspective on the world. Local and online multiplayer options let friends share the adventure, the exploration and the bounty.

A downloadable content pack called Origin Island – available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop at launch – will extend the Fantasy Life adventure even further. Origin Island offers a new area that is home to an ancient culture and powerful enemies, additional story content, new ranks to achieve in Life Classes, access to even more powerful equipment and two new varieties of pets to adopt: birds and dragons.

Ultimate NES Remix Announced For Nintendo 3DS

This new Nintendo 3DS game will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on December 5th in US and November 7th In Europe at a suggested retail price of $29.99. The game features rapid-fire challenges and mashups from a selection of 16 of Nintendo’s finest 8-bit games. Regional online leaderboards will let players see how they stack up against others in their area, and Championship Mode offers a series of challenges from three different games.

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