Gaming

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.

There’s a new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue trailer from TGS 2016

Straight of the Tokyo Game Show is yet another teaser of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. And with the video is a change in the game’s release: it is no longer December 2016, but instead January 24th, 2017.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a compilation of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD a graphically redone adventure of the Nintendo 3DS title, a deeper dive into Aqua’s history in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep–A Fragmentary Passage and a glimpse into the mysterious world of the Foretellers through Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is only available on the PlayStation 4.

Source: YouTube

Nintendo brings back NES with built-in games

Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is so convenient, it fits in your hand!

If you’ve longed for the days of classic gaming without the fancy graphics or gimmicky accessories, you’re in for a treat. Nintendo is bringing back the NES console, this time in a convenient compact format with 30 classic titles included in the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition.

No more blowing on the cartridges to get them to work anymore (even though that practice has been debunked), this miniature replica holds 30 games and connects to your television with an included HDMI cable. A power adapter and one retro-looking NES Classic Controller are also packaged together with the console, and all for the suggested retail price of $59.99. For those two player titles, a second controller is available separately at $9.99. Even better, the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro are compatible.

The titles loaded into the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition are:

  • Balloon Fight™
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania™
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Donkey Kong Jr.™
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario™
  • Excitebike™
  • FINAL FANTASY®
  • Galaga™
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
  • GRADIUS™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Kid Icarus™
  • Kirby’s Adventure™
  • Mario Bros.™
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid™
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN™
  • Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics™
  • SUPER C™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 2
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™

Saving your games used to be tough, but with the new check-point feature, you can save your progress and return later to pick up where you left off.

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition goes on sale Friday, November 11th, 2016.

Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition Box Art

Source: Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild formally named at E3

Archer Link amiibo

Archer Link amiibo

Nintendo drew the curtains on the window, finally giving everyone a glimpse into the wide world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at this year’s E3. Long awaited, this new title in the Legend of Zelda franchise brings more than just an expansive map to the series.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild breathes new life into the hero Link who now sports a rugged look with a blue outfit in contrast to the traditional green tunic. Adding a touch of realism, Link can cook and eat food. This is helpful in restoring his hearts or boost his strength for a short period. Weapons are scarce at first — Link must find them or steal them from his opponents, though they do wear down over time from use.

Floating across the water

The immersive environment lets Link wander — distant mountains are no longer a border. Forests, rivers and deserts are all waiting to be explored. Distance an issue, leap off a peak and soar the skies with the paraglider, or use the shield as a sled to descend snowy mountain tops. And like the real world, the weather can change on a whim — torrential rain can extinguish fires, whereas metallic objects, like swords, attract lightning.

Wolf Link returns to help

Set to launch in 2017 on both the Wii U and the Nintendo NX consoles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also amiibo friendly. There are three amiibos: Archer Link, Horseback Link, and the first articulated amiibo, the Guardian. The Wolf Link amiibo is also compatible with the game; tap it to have Link’s canine form join him to help fight off enemies. Be mindful of the wolf’s three hearts, once they’re depleted he disappears.

Source: Nintendo

Nintendo’s E3 2016 schedule includes look into new Zelda, Pokémon, Wii U and 3DS titles

Link riding horse

Artwork of Link riding a horse from the in development The Legend of Zelda title.

With the largest event in the world of gaming less than a week away, Nintendo has their E3 schedule ready to go. With a large focus on the upcoming The Legend of Zelda title, it won’t be the only franchise shown during the expo.

On Tuesday, June 14th, at 9:00 am PDT (12:00 pm EDT), Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime opens the video with a glimpse of the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda. Gameplay of the this year’s Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon titles is expected as well.

For the second day, on Wednesday, June 15th, video streaming starts at 10:00 am PDT (1:00 pm EDT) with a look into forthcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles including Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generators, Square-Enix’s Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE by Atlus. A Q&A session with the Pokémon GO developers is also on the schedule.

Watch the videos of the two-day event on YouTube, Twitch and on Nintendo’s E3 web site.

New Kingdom Hearts 2.8 trailer peeks into Aqua’s battle and enigmatic Foretellers

Get ready to dive deeper into the world of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue with a new video where Aqua fights off a horde of Heartless in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep–A Fragmentary Passage.

Also included in the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue compilation title are improved graphics for Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD and never before seen scenes involving the Foretellers from Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue launches worldwide December 2016 on the PlayStation 4.

Source: YouTube

Pokémon Sun and Moon starters revealed

Unveiled today, the trio starting Pokémon in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are Rowlet, Litten and Popplio. Selected at the beginning of the in-game journey, they become the core part of the player’s team and evolve into more than fighting creature.

RowletFirst up is Rowlet, a grass quill Pokémon, weighing in at 3.3 lbs and a height of one foot. Rowlet is a combination grass and flying type with the overgrow ability.

LittenNext is Litten, a fire cat Pokémon. At 9.5 lbs, Litten is heavier than Rowlet, but only four inches taller. As a fire type, Litten’s fur is saturated in flammable oil which it can lick and spit fireballs with.

PopplioFinally there’s the sea lion Pokémon, Popplio. While Popplio is the same height as Litten, it is the heaviest of the three at 16.5 lbs. Despite that, the water type is very flexible and acrobatic creating water balloons for both battle and fun.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon hits store shelves November 18th, 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console.

Source: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

Nintendo gives tiny glimpse into mobile, Zelda and NX as part of yearly report

New mobile games, The Legend of Zelda update and confirmation of the Nintendo NX console were some of the topics included in Nintendo’s fiscal earning report which ended on March 31st, 2016 according to a press release by the Japanese gaming company.

Following the success of Miitomo, which surpassed 10 million users worldwide since its March 31st launch, two more mobile games were announced. Expected in the fall of 2016 are titles from the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises which will feature far more immersive gameplay than Miitomo. Further details of these apps are proposed in the coming months.

Information about the next generation console, NX, is still limited. Secrecy still shrouds the device which will not be included in Nintendo’s line up for this year’s E3 expo. However, NX has an anticipated release in March 2017 and that a proper reveal will happen in late 2016.

Work continues on The Legend of Zelda game, which will launch in 2017 concurrently on both Wii U and NX. Nintendo mentioned that they will have a playable Wii U version of the game at E3 in June and it will be the only game attendees can partake in during the event.

New Uncharted 4 teaser shows game in action

With only a month to go before the world-wide release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, developer Naughty Dog made available on Monday a 15 minute game play clip to whet our appetites.

While 15 minutes isn’t long, it does delve into how much detail is packed into this title, everything from the environment, vehicles and interaction between the characters. It truly is a work of art seeing all the effort Naughty Dog has spent to make Nathan Drake’s world as realistic and enticing as possible.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End goes on sale Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 for the PlayStation 4.

Source: PlayStation.Blog

Mega Man Legends 2 coming to North American PlayStation Store

Another 3D Mega Man title is coming to the North American PlayStation Store. Following in the footsteps of Mega Man Legends and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is Mega Man Legends 2 on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.

Set after the events of Mega Man Legends, Mega Man, Roll and Barrel Caskett search for the legendary treasure, the Mother Lode, takes them to Forbidden Island. They’re not alone as the fearsome Bonne family — Tron, Teasel and Bon — are also seeking the same gems. While exploring the ruins on the island, Mega Man uncovers more than treasure learning about his past life as he frequently fights off the pirates. With the fate of the world now realized, Mega Man must use his memories and his friends’ help to save all life.

Mega Man Legends 2 is the follow-up to Mega Man Legends that was originally available on the PlayStation back in 2000.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Nintendo is looking for Canada’s biggest Zelda Fan

Got what it takes to be called a Zelda fan? Nintendo of Canada is looking for a Canadian resident thirteen years or older to show off their love for the franchise to win some great prizes.

Fans can share a video, artwork, a photo of their costume or what the Legend of Zelda means to them using the hashtags #ZeldaFan and #NintendoContest on either Facebook or Twitter between now and 11:59 pm PST Monday, March 14th, 2016.

Prizes include an impressive package of Hyrule Warriors Legends, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, a New Nintendo 3DS XL and a Wii U. Plus, the grand prize winner will have their entry shown at all Canadian performances of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

Additionally, Nintendo will award copies of both Hyrule Warriors Legends, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD to two first prize winners.

For full details and rules, visit Nintendo of Canada’s web site.

Source: Nintendo

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