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Twilight Princess gets HD treatment for Wii U, includes new amiibo

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD with amiibo

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD with Wolf Link and Midna amiibo bundle package.

During the Nintendo Direct live streaming event, it has been revealed that the gaming company will be giving The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess a visual overhaul for re-release on the Wii U just in time for the 30th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda series.

In addition to the graphics update, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will also be able to interact with the amiibo mini figures. A special amiibo has been created just for the game: Wolf Link with Midna. In addition to this, the five existing Legend of Zelda amiibo from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U are also compatible allowing data to be shared between titles.

Growing up in a remote village, Link leads an ordinary life. When mysterious creatures from another world attack his home, he is dragged into a ghostly rendition of Hyrule and transformed into a wolf. Teaming up with the enigmatic Midna, Link must use his shape-shifting abilities to seek out the goddesses and save his friends and Hyrule.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was originally available for the Nintendo GameCube and Wii consoles in 2006. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be available on March 6th, 2016.

Source: Nintendo

Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud to appear in Super Smash Bros.

In the first Nintendo Direct since the passing of Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata this past July, a new challenger for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U is joining the already diverse cast. Cloud Strife, the spiky-haired, massive sword-wielding protagonist from Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy VII, will be a downloadable character.

Cloud appears in the uniform he wore in Final Fantasy VII, A purple collared tank, metallic shoulder guard, brown leather belt and suspenders, and baggy pants. Of course, Cloud does bring his extended wardrobe with him including the outfit worn in the spin-off movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. This includes a charcoal outfit adorned with buckles, a wolf brooch on his left shoulder and partial cape.

In terms of fighting skill, the ex-SOLDIER makes use of his hefty Buster Sword. Watch out for the Limit Breaks Braver and Climhazzard — they can deliver a powerful punch. However, these all pale in comparison to his Final Smash: Omnislash.

Accompanying Cloud is a new level, based on the dystopian city of Midgar. The stage seems docile enough, until the trademark summons from the Final Fantasy series show up. There’s Ramuh, Leviathan, Ifrit, and Bahamut — all interact with the stage to increase the challenge.

Cloud is not the only non-Nintendo character to appear in the Super Smash Bros. franchise: Sonic, Mega Man, Pac Man, Solid Snake and Ryu.

No date for Cloud’s release has been made available.

Source: Nintendo

Symphony of the Goddesses adds more tour dates, including Canada, Mexico, Europe

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

The wildly popular The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is on the road again! With success around the world, the live musical concert based on the Legend of Zelda video game series had added more dates to its schedule as it tours the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Portugal and Germany.

A full orchestra performs the four-movement symphony with selections from titles in the franchise including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Visuals from the franchise accompany the music, bringing more impact to the experience.

Unlike traditional symphonies, fans are encouraged to cosplay and wear their favourite Legend of Zelda gear to the concerts. Posters, t-shirts and music books will be available for purchase at each venue and through the symphony’s online store.

The 2016 leg of the concert will stop in 26 cities. Tickets can be purchased in advance through The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses web site.

  • Nashville, TN at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on January 21st and 22nd, 2016
  • Boston, MA at the Symphony Hall on February 23rd, 2016
  • Costa Mesa, CA at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 8th, 2016
  • Toronto, ON at the Sony Centre on March 19th, 2016
  • Jacksonville, FL at the Moran Theatre on March 24th, 2016
  • Kansas City, MO at the Music Hall Kansas City on March 26th, 2016
  • Memphis, TN at the The Orpheum on March 31st, 2016
  • New Orleans, LA at the Saenger Theater on April 1st, 2016
  • Columbus, OH at the Ohio Theater on April 3rd, 2016
  • Charlottesville, VA at the JPJ Arena on April 8th, 2016
  • London, UK at the SSE/Wembley Arena on April 23rd, 2016
  • Guadalajara, Mexico at the Auditorio Telmex on May 11th, 2016
  • Monterrey, Mexico at the Arena Monterrey on May 13th, 2016
  • Mexico City, Mexico at the Arena de Ciudad on May 15th, 2016
  • San Antonio, TX at the Majestic Theater on May 21st, 2016
  • Los Angeles, CA at the Dolby Theater on June 13th, 2016
  • Austin, TX at the Long Center on June 23rd, 2016
  • Montreal, QC at the Place des Arts on June 25th, 2016
  • San Francisco, CA at the Davies Symphony Hall on August 21st, 2016
  • Atlanta, GA at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on September 10th, 2016
  • Edmonton, AB at the Southern Jubilee on September 21st, 2016
  • Vancouver, BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on September 23rd, 2016
  • Paris, France at the Palais Des Congres on October 8th, 2016
  • Lisbon, Portugal at the Coliseu de Lisboa on October 14th, 2016
  • Essen, Germany at the Grugahalle on October 15th, 2016
  • Chicago, IL at the Chicago Auditorium on November 12th, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a joint production between Nintendo and Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc.

Symphony of the Goddesses to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The popular The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will be making a stop at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a guest performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert scheduled for broadcast on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015.

Nintendo made the announcement on their Legend of Zelda Facebook page, adding that the concert will include selections from the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title, The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes.

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes will be available for purchase October 23rd, 2015.

Source: Facebook

Mega Man Legends soon to be available in North American PlayStation Store

Mega Man Legends promo artwork

Promotional artwork from Mega Man Legends.

First it was the Misadventures of Tron Bonne, now Capcom is bringing Mega Man Legends to the North American PlayStation Store. On Tuesday, September 29th, fans will be able to enjoy the first 3D Mega Man game for the low price of $9.99.

In the distant future, Mega Man Volnutt, a digger, explores the flooded Earth with his friend Roll Caskett and her grandfather Barrel Caskett looking for treasure buried in the remaining islands. After crashing on an island, Mega Man finds himself going against a family of pirates named the Bonnes: Tron Bonne, Teasel Bonne and Bon Bonne. They’re both looking for the same ultimate treasure, an energy crystal that can generate infinite amounts of power and worth a fortune. Not only will Mega Man have to fight off the robots defending the island’s treasures, but also stop the destruction caused by the Bonnes in their search for the treasure.

Mega Man Legends was originally available on the PlayStation in 1999, and then ported to the Nintendo 64 as Mega Man 64 in 2001.

Source: Capcom

Square Enix reveals Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for PS4

It’s not quite Kingdom Hearts III, but Square Enix has unveiled the latest addition to series for the PlayStation 4 as Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The naming follows suit of previous remastered versions of games in the Kingdom Hearts universe.

This title gives the high definition treatment to Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, with visuals from Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, and a new playable short-story named Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has an anticipated launch date in 2016.

Source: Kingdom Hearts Insider

The Oathkeeper keyblade from Kingdom Hearts forged into reality

The team at MAN AT ARMS: REFORGED have done it again! By popular demand, they have recreated another keyblade from the Kingdom Hearts video game series: the Oathkeeper.

A complex and visually impractical weapon (in reality at least), the Oathkeeper is just one of many keyblades in Sora’s arsenal. Formed after Kairi presents him with a memento, the blade is meant to signify the friendship the two share.

In this episode of Man At Arms: Reforged, the folks from Baltimore Knife and Sword have taken the time and effort to duplicate this intricate design. The video documents the whole process of the Oathkeeper: from design to destruction… of innocent melons and water bottles. This isn’t a cheap replica; it’s a sturdy, beautiful reproduction.

Source: YouTube

Big Hero 6 to become playable level in upcoming Kingdom Hearts III game

Kingdom Hearts III Big Hero 6 concept art

Conceptual artwork featuring Sora and Baymax battling an evil Baymax clone over San Fransokyo.

A new world for the in progress Kingdom Hearts III has been revealed this past Sunday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. In a video posted to YouTube, Roy Conli, producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, introduced the city of San Fransokyo from the movie Big Hero 6 as a playable level.

Concept artwork from the game portrays Sora riding an armoured Baymax fighting an evil version of the healthcare robot over the skies of the metropolis. No further details on the level or characters were mentioned.

D23 Expo is a biennial event for the Walt Disney Company to give fans an update on the many projects the media giant is working on; everything from movies and television and video games to its theme parks and attractions. D23 Expo was held August 14th through 16th, 2015.

Work on Kingdom Hearts III is still underway; no release date was mentioned and will be available on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

Sources: Facebook, YouTube

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at age 55

Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Co., Ltd., has passed away at age 55 on July 11th, 2015. Nintendo issued a brief statement of Iwata’s death from a bile duct growth on their web site.

Iwata was a visible face for Japanese gaming giant, appearing in many promotional videos announcing the arrival of new gaming systems or titles. He joined the company in 2000 as a director for the Corporate Planning Division before being promoted to president in 2002, a title he held to his death.

Born in 1959, Iwata started his career in the video game industry with HAL Laboratory, Inc. working on Balloon Fight, EarthBound, and games in the Kirby series before becoming its president in 1993. He also had helped out with the coding in a number of Pokémon series titles including Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Stadium.

After joining Nintendo, Iwata was involved with a number of the company’s popular franchises including Mario, the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. Under Iwata’s tenure, Nintendo released the Wii, Wii U, Nintendo DS and 3DS consoles.

Sources: Nintendo, Kotaku, Wikipedia

Decorate houses with Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer

Let your stylish side flourish by sprucing up homes of villagers in Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer. Not only will you be able to decorate the interior of homes, but the exterior as well.

Work with the raccoon businessman Tom Nook and his crew from the Happy Home Academy to make each house feel like a home for the animals that move into town. Select a plot of land and then choose where to place the home and outdoor ornaments and foliage; move inside to brighten it up based on the owner’s theme. In addition to working with individual residences, the school, hospital and other public buildings can be modified to make them more functional and attractive.

Collect amiibo cards of popular villagers to enlist their help and enjoy their company after a hard days work beautifying these cosy cottages.

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer goes on sale September 25th, 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS.

Source: Nintendo

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