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Zelda Link Between Worlds Nintendo 3DS XL Confirmed For America

The Legend of Zelda series has always been associated with the color gold. From the original gold-colored cartridge for The Legend of Zelda on NES to the box art of the recently released The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for Wii U, when fans think of “Zelda,” they think of gold. With the launch of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on Nov. 22, the tradition of gold continues.

On the same day, a new Nintendo 3DS XL bundle will launch that includes Nintendo 3DS XL hardware with gorgeous gold-and-black coloring and the iconic Triforce on the exterior, as well as a download code for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The legendary system is gold on one side and black on the other, beautifully representing the two parallel worlds Link travels between in the game. The special bundle was announced in a video starring The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $219.99.

“This beautifully designed Nintendo 3DS XL system continues a tradition that has delighted our fans for decades,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “It’s a special bundle for a very special video game.”

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is set in the same world as fan-favorite The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Super NES and takes place in the same Hyrule after many years have passed. In this new game, Link must journey between two worlds, Hyrule and Lorule, using a mysterious power that lets him become a drawing on walls. Link’s ability to merge with walls allows players to solve puzzles and explore dungeons in a new way. Players are also able to buy or rent various items throughout the game, allowing them to explore dungeons in any order they want, adding a new level of freedom to the game play.

Game Freak Says Don’t Expect A Pokemon RPG On Wii U Or Smartphones

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Game Freak director Junichi Masuda has reiterated the company stance on keeping mainline Pokemon titles on Nintendo portables, rather than home consoles. Masuda points towards the Player Search System in Pokemon X & Y as one of the reasons why Pokemon should remain on the Nintendo 3DS. Masuda also addressed calls for the franchise to appear on smartphones, but he admitted that he finds other mobile platforms a little bit frightening. However, Masuda conceded that he doesn’t know what the future holds for the Pokemon series.

“With the bottom screen there’s a feature called the Player Search System. It’s enabled one to look for and find other players in the same area, so if you’re out and about and there are other people playing Pokémon X and Y, you can see the icons of those trainers on the bottom screen. Just by touching the icon of that trainer you can immediately propose to battle or trade with that person. It’s one of the key features of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y which is possible because it is portable.”

“But by the same token if you take the game home and you connect it through the internet, then you can do the same thing with other people who are also playing online at the same time. You can trade and battle with people you’ve not met before. We think this mode of play is bets possible with the Nintendo 3DS. If, for example, the Wii U were to be portable in its own right we’d probably reconsider. But for the moment we think the 3DS is the best device for Pokémon RPGs.”

“One of the considerations we have for Pokémon games is that it can be safely and securely played in a fun environment. Are you happy to give the game to your own child or lend it to another child? Personally, I’m a little bit nervous. I find some of the other mobile platforms a little bit frightening – so to speak – in this respect. Who knows what the future will hold, but definitely the best choice for Pokémon is the Nintendo 3DS.”

New Details Revealed For Professor Layton And The Azran Legacy

professor_layton_and_the_azran_legacyIf you’re a big fan of the Professor Layton series, you’ll be pleased that the final instalment is due for release next month in Europe. This morning, Nintendo issued a press release concerning a few new details about Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, including 150 main storyline puzzles and 365 daily download puzzles. Plus, there’s also some new mini games this time around, so make sure you check out the press release below:

The trio receive a letter from a famed archaeologist, describing his discovery of a “living mummy”, this turns out to be a girl encased in ice, a living remnant of the ancient Azran civilisation – the very one that Professor Layton has been seeking to understand since his youth. Our heroes are able to free the girl from the ice, but before they can learn anything, the sinister Targent organisation turn up and kidnap her. It’s up to Professor Layton to save the girl and unravel the secrets of the Azran legacy before Targent… This final tale concludes the prequel story arc that began with Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call and links the story back to Professor Layton and the Curious Village, the very first game in the series.

As well as featuring the largest assortment of new puzzles to solve in any Professor Layton game, there are three new minigames in the Professor’s Trunk to enjoy during the adventure: In Dress Up, play fashion consultant to an assortment of colourful characters you meet on your travels. Mix and match the items you find to create the perfect outfit for each character. Aim to create the perfect combination to match each character’s style requirements to succeed.

In Nut Roller, take control of a squirrel who needs to manoeuvre her delicious walnut into a goal on an obstacle course.  Roll rocks and acorns around the courses to take out obstacles and to push the walnut towards the goal. Help the squirrel build up a stash of walnuts, and she might help you find the hint coins that are hidden all over the world.

In Blooms and Shrooms, you tend to a flower garden with a difference, one that is filled with surprising flora including Burst Flowers which release light that cause trees to bloom and also unfortunately poisonous mushrooms. Deftly plant flowers in specific positions to avoid the noxious shrooms and fill the garden with beautiful blooms to win.

Also new to the series is the Treasure Hunt mode, which allows you to share challenges with other players of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy via StreetPass encounters. During your adventure you will be able to collect up to 100 objects, which you can challenge others to locate within their own games via StreetPass. This blend of memory and exploration also rewards fellow Professor Layton fans with prizes, such as 3D objects to decorate your airship with or hotel tickets that reveal special dream sequences with fan-favourite characters of past games.

In addition, when you pre-order this game at participating GAME stores, you can receive an exclusive, genuine leather card wallet embossed with the Professor Layton logo, to display your affiliation with the puzzle-solving archaeologist.

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will release November 8 in Europe for the Nintendo 3DS, with the North American release some time in 2014.

Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow For Wii U And 3DS

super_mario_3d_world_flagNintendo has announced their latest Nintendo Direct will be making its way over to your screens tomorrow, October 1. The broadcast will take place at 7 am PT, 10am ET, and 3pm UK time, and will cover both Wii U and 3DS games launching later this year. There are plenty of games Nintendo has yet to reveal more about, so Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World and Wii Fit U could feature. While 3DS entries such as Pokémon X and Y and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds might have a look in as well. Plus, a Wii U firmware update may be on the cards very soon, so we could hear more on that in tomorrow’s Direct. You can tune into tomorrow’s broadcast to see all the newest reveals and announcements here.

Apparently 3DS firmware Update Has Been Delayed From October, And Wii U Update Coming Soon

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Nintendo Force writer Emily Rogers has tweeted that the Nintendo 3DS firmware update which was scheduled to be released in October has apparently been delayed. Rogers also says that the Wii U system update which was supposed to come out a few months ago will be coming soon. Details regarding both updates are fairly scarce, so let’s hope we hear something official from Nintendo in the not too distant future.

3 things. 3DS firmware is no longer coming October. Wii U firmware update is sooner than you think. Wii U owners need to buy Ubisofts games

Thanks, Mikey

New Limited Edition Tanooki Suit Mario Statue Available

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Video game memorabilia makers First 4 Figures have created a special new Tanooki Suit Mario statue that is the first in a new series of Mario figurines. The statue is a recreation of the way Mario looks when, fittingly, he obtains the silver statue version of the Tanooki leaf in Super Mario 3D Land. The statue is incredibly detailed and stands 15 inches tall, with an asking price of $239.99. There is also a standard Tanooki version, without the red scarf, for $199.99. The statue follows this soft plush toy as the latest unbearably cute piece of Tanooki merchandise. Here is a description of the item, from First 4 Figures:

“Tanooki Mario is made from high quality polystone resin, complete with hand finished detailing and paint work. He measures 15 inches from the base to the tip of his ears. The exclusive version features an additional red scarf and Tanooki Leaf on its own Question Mark Box Base!”

New Pokemon Snap Would Need An Original Idea To Make It Interesting, Says Masuda

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In a new interview, Pokemon X and Y director Junichi Masuda was asked about the possibility of a new Pokemon Snap game. While expressing a keen fondness for Pokemon Snap, Masuda was reluctant to give a definitive answer about whether a new installment in the series will see the light of day. But he said that he would not rehash the same material, and that “a new idea” would have to be developed to make the game more interesting.

Pokemon X and Y launches worldwide on October 12th. Masuda’s full comments about Pokemon Snap appear below.

“Personally, I really love the Pokemon Snap game, but it wouldn’t be interesting if we just released the same game, how it was before, for the Wii U or 3DS,” Masuda said. “So we have to come up with a new idea or something that will make it more appealing to players. Sometime down the road, we may have something.”

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Over 2 Million Copies Of Monster Hunter 4 Shipped In Just Four Days

Early figures are in for Monster Hunter 4, and Capcom, who predicted astronomic sales for the title, were right on the mark, as they have now announced that the game has broken 2 million copies shipped out in only its first four days on the market. The title also hit a milestone for the Monster Hunter series, bringing series sales to over 25 million. Additionally, reports indicate that Monster Hunter 4 is currently third on Japan’s eshop all-software chart.

The 3DS exclusive release of Monster Hunter 4 in Japan has been marked by great reviews and long lines of gamers waiting to get their hands on a copy. With this much momentum for an exclusive 3DS title, Iwata’s sales goals for Nintendo’s handheld should be well within reach.

Hometown Story Coming To 3DS With More Content Than Mobile Devices

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Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada has given a new interview in which he discusses his latest game, Hometown Story, which is coming to both 3DS and mobile devices like iOS. Wada revealed that the 3DS version will be the most complete version of the game, as the iOS incarnation will be missing side stories with some of the villagers in the game. In both versions, the player runs a shop while buying and selling items to villagers, but on 3DS, Wada says players will be able to “interact with the villagers and get involved with their story.” No official released date has yet been announced for Hometown Story, but if it’s anything like the Harvest Moon series, UK gamers may not be getting their hands on the game for quite a while. A more complete version of Wada’s comments appears below.

The iOS version does not have episodes with other villagers, players just run a shop. You get new items, you can save money, you can sell rare items on iOS too. Eventually, you will get new customers, but that’s pretty much all you can do. The core system of running the shop is the same on 3DS, but you will get to interact with the villagers and involved with their story. …[On iOS] there will be rare items and villagers, but no story episodes. If you want to play even more there is the 3DS version.

Gunman Clive Brought To Wii U Gamepad By The Game’s Creator, Bertil Horberg

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Although there are no official plans to bring the popular 3DS eShop title Gunman Clive to the Wii U, Bertil Horberg, the game’s creator, has rendered the software on the Wii U gamepad as a trial run for porting games to the console, raising speculation that a Wii U version may be arriving in the near future. The popular Western-themed platformer has found new life on 3DS after starting out on mobile devices, with 3DS downloads far surpassing the game’s sales on any other format. Gunman Clive, which is currently available for only $2 on the 3DS eShop, was recently selected as one of IGN’s Top 25 3DS games.