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Video games: one’s escape from reality to become a hero and save the land from a dark malevolence, or weaving among banana peels, and green shells. The video game sector is a tens of billions of dollars industry spanning the globe and everything from portable consoles to powerful PCs.

Still no Kingdom Hearts III launch date

Frederick Linsmeyer • February 24, 2015 • Gaming

Following the announcement of Kingdom Hearts III, there has been a lot of speculation as to when the Disney and Square Enix title would be ready.

In an interview between Square Enix executive Shinji Hashimoto and IGN last September, there was the thought that the game could launch as early as 2015. Designer Tetsuya Nomura has been involved with both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, but considering that both are highly anticipated titles, Square Enix is going to pull out all the stops to ensure they are perfect before release.

However, that didn’t stop online giant Amazon from posting a tentative release date of December 31st, 2015 on their Kingdom Hearts III product page. It’s possible someone in Amazon’s merchandising team knows something the rest of us don’t.

Kingdom Hearts III will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Club Nintendo to close this year

Frederick Linsmeyer • January 20, 2015 • Gaming

Nintendo is ending their Club Nintendo loyalty program this June after some six years of rewarding fans with game-themed items. Free to join, Club Nintendo let members earn coins based on game or console purchases to be redeemed for downloadable games, posters or figures of Nintendo-owned titles.

As part of the winding down, Nintendo is allowing Club Nintendo members in Canada and the United States collect additional coins until the end of March with an extended redemption period until the end of June 2015. Keep in mind that games released after January 20th, 2015 can not be registered for coins. During this time, new prizes and downloadable games will be made available, including Flipnote Studio 3D which will be free to download throughout the month of February.

Nintendo plans to unveil a new loyalty program in the near future.

Source: Nintendo

New Majora’s Mask themed Nintendo 3DS XL

Frederick Linsmeyer • January 14, 2015 • Gaming
Majora's Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL box art

Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL box art

Nintendo is going all out for the upcoming release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. In addition to the limited edition Skull Kid collector’s minifigure, Nintendo has also unveiled the new and improved Nintendo 3DS XL hand-held console during a Nintendo Direct video this morning, including one emblazoned with the masks from the upcoming Zelda title.

The exclusive gold-coloured case sports a large Majora’s Mask surrounded by the four masks used by Link in-game — the Deku Mask, Goron Mask, Zora Mask and Fierce Deity Mask. Enhancements include an additional control stick, two shoulder buttons, improved facial tracking for stabilized 3D play and NFC capability to take advantage of amiibo figures. However, a power adapter is not being included with the console, although it is compatible with Nintendo 3DS, 2DS, 3DS XL, or DSi chargers. A normal version of the 3DS XL console will also be available for purchase.

Following the announcement of the Majora’s Mask Nintendo 3DS XL console, a number of retailers reported selling out of pre-orders for the handheld both online and in-store.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, along with the updated Nintendo 3DS XL console go on sale in North America Friday, February 13th, 2015.

New Nintendo 3DS XL console closed Majora's Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL console open

Source: Nintendo

Majora’s Mask 3DS to come with limited edition figure

Frederick Linsmeyer • January 6, 2015 • Gaming
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Collector's Edition

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Collector’s Edition with miniature Skull Kid figure.

Nintendo has unveiled a limited collector’s edition box of the forthcoming release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console to include a miniature Skull Kid figure.

A handful of retailers will have the limited edition figure and game for sale together at a suggested price of $49.99 and will be available the same day the game is released.

Posts on Twitter have highlighted how quickly retailers ran out of pre-orders of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Collector’s Edition.

A remake of the original Nintendo 64 title, Majora’s Mask throws a young Link in the midst of a world in chaos — a descending moon threatens the land of Termina with destruction in three days.  Classic items and weapons join new tools to help Link overcome puzzles and tasks that are all intertwined into the lives of the residents.

A launch date for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D has not been made available.

Source: Nintendo

New Zelda Wii U teaser

Frederick Linsmeyer • December 5, 2014 • Gaming, Videos

In the midst of the 2014 Game Awards, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé introduced a short video segment hosted by Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma playing the upcoming The Legend of Zelda title for Wii U.

In the video, Aonuma is leading Link up a mountain to survey the vast valley below. Using the Wii U Game Pad, Miyamoto and Aonuma discuss the immense size of the overworld map. As in the E3 trailer, Link is able to ride a horse, but with improved controls allowing players to use their sword or bow to target enemies, as well as making surprising dismounts.

During the short demo, it was revealed that a new Star Fox title for Wii U will be released in 2015, but before The Legend of Zelda and that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS has been a ten-year work in progress to improve gameplay and make it intuitive for the handheld release.

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is still slated for launch in 2015.

Source: SnappyTV

Zelda concert returns for third tour

Frederick Linsmeyer • December 2, 2014 • Gaming
Orpheum stage before The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest

Stage for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC

If you missed the first two The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tours, you’re in luck. Nintendo and Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. are teaming up again to bring The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest back with stops across the North America, Europe and Japan.

The four-movement symphony will include new musical selections and visuals to recreate the experience brought forth in the Legend of Zelda series. Performed with local orchestras, this is a night to celebrate the iconic 28 year-old video game franchise.

United States

  • January 21, 22, 2015 in Nashville, TN at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center
  • January 30, 2015 in Honolulu, HI at the Concert Hall
  • February 27, 2015 in Boston, MA at the Symphony Hall
  • April 30, 2015 in Atlanta, GA at the Cobb Energy Center
  • June 20, 2015 in Austin, TX at the The Long Center PAC
  • October 22, 2015 in Houston, TX at the Jones Hall

Canada

  • March 20, 2015 in Toronto, ON at the Sony Centre PAC
  • May 20, 2015 in Edmonton, AB at the Northern Jubilee Hall
  • May 22, 2015 in Vancouver, BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • May 23, 2015 in Calgary, AB at the Southern Jubilee
  • May 30, 2015 in Montreal, QC at the Place des Arts

Mexico

  • March 6, 2015 in Monterrey at the Arena Monterrey
  • March 8, 2015 in Mexico City at the Arena de Ciudad

Japan

  • February 7, 2015 in Tokyo at the Tokyo International Forum

Sweden

  • April 16, 2015 in Stockholm at the Ericcson Globe

United Kingdom

  • April 17, 2015 in London at the SSE/ Wembley Arena

Germany

  • April 19, 2015 in Dusseldorf at the Mitsubishi Electric Hall

France

  • April 23, 2015 in Paris at the Palais de Congres

Italy

  • April 24, 2015 in Milan at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi

Tickets for some of the performances are on sale through the Zelda Symphony web site with more becoming available on December 8, 2014.

Majora’s Mask announced for Nintendo 3DS

Frederick Linsmeyer • November 5, 2014 • Gaming
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is being re-released for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console.

Get ready to save the world again as Nintendo has revealed a title many have been waiting for on the Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS was announced during a Nintendo Direct video posted to the Internet Wednesday afternoon.

A remake of the original Nintendo 64 title, Majora’s Mask throws a young Link in the midst of a world in chaos — a descending moon threatens the land of Termina with destruction in three days.  Classic items and weapons join new tools to help Link overcome puzzles and tasks that are all intertwined into the lives of the residents.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS is expected to hit store shelves in spring 2015.

Source: Nintendo

Link and other Nintendo characters to appear in Mario Kart 8

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 26, 2014 • Gaming
Link speeds along in Mario Kart 8

Link speeds along in Mario Kart 8.

A little bit of Hyrule has made its way into Mario Kart 8. Nintendo has announced two new content packs for the latest release of its popular racing series on the Wii U, one of which will include Link as a playable character.

In addition to Link, the first content pack will include Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, with the second pack will contain the Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing and Dry Bowser. Each pack comes with four vehicles and eight courses — some of which are favourites from previous versions of Mario Kart and new maps from the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing series.

Both packs are priced at $7.99 USD each, or $11.99 USD for the two-pack bundle, with advance purchase beginning August 27th, 2014. The first pack, the one with Link, will be available for download in November 2014, while the second pack is scheduled for May 2015. Purchasers of either the individual pack or bundle will receive eight new colours for Yoshi and Shy Guy immediately.

Source: Nintendo

Ganondorf now playable in Hyrule Warriors

Frederick Linsmeyer • August 6, 2014 • Gaming
Ganondorf as he appears in Hyrule Warriors

Ganondorf as he appears in Hyrule Warriors

Nintendo has announced another playable name in the upcoming Hyrule Warriors game for the Wii U. The ultimate in evil, Ganondorf, the bane of all that is good, makes his appearance. Watch the Nintendo Direct video to learn more about the game dynamics, items and stages.

Ganondorf has received an updated costume design and is more imposing than before. With long crimson hair and a similar crown that he wore in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Ganondorf is sheathed in armour and wields two massive swords. As a bonus, Club Nintendo members who register their copy of Hyrule Warriors within four weeks of the game’s launch will have the opportunity to download additional in-game costumes for Ganondorf. Additional outfits include that from his form in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Playable characters so far announced in Hyrule Warriors are: Link, Zelda, Sheik, Impa, Midna, Agitha, Darunia, Princess Ruto, Fi, Zant, Ghirahim and Lana.

Hyrule Warriors is scheduled for release in North America on September 26th, 2014.

Source: Nintendo

A new challenger appears: Palutena!

Frederick Linsmeyer • June 12, 2014 • Gaming, Videos

The heavenly voice guiding Pit in the Kid Icarus series, now joins alongside the angelic hero in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Palutena, the Goddess of Light, was revealed as a playable character in Nintendo’s all-out fighting game in animated short at this years E3.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be released in Japan on September 13th, 2014 followed by North America and Europe on October 3rd, 2014. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has a tentative release date in late 2014.

Palutena in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Palutena in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Palutena in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Palutena in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Palutena vs Marth Kirby impersonates Paluntena

Sources: YouTube, Nintendo

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