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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.

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

New Zelda announced for Wii U

Frederick Linsmeyer • June 11, 2014 • Gaming, Videos
The new world for The Legend of Zelda

The new world for The Legend of Zelda.

Part of Nintendo’s E3 presentation included a brief clip of the next game in the Legend of Zelda series (not including Hyrule Warriors) for Wii U, which has a tentative release sometime in 2015.

Following a similar artistic style to that of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the upcoming game, which is without a title, will be set in more of an open-world setting.

Eiji Aonuma, provided a glimpse into the new immense environment that the new game will take place in. Highlighting the fact that the player can reach the mountains in the distance of the trailer, Aonuma added that the puzzle solving the Zelda series is so well known for, will begin even before the player reaches the dungeon.

While the idyllic landscape looks relatively tranquil, a new and frightening enemy blasts its way into the picture. Chasing a hooded figure on horseback, the new creature corners the rider and forces them to reveal themselves and their weapon. While the character bears similarities Link, it has yet to be confirmed the hero of the game.

Hero versus Villain The Villain The Hero

Sources: YouTube, Nintendo

Hyrule Warriors teaser and launch date

Frederick Linsmeyer • June 10, 2014 • Gaming, Videos

Part of Nintendo’s E3 line-up this year included more details of Hyrule Warriors which is set to launch in North America for Wii U on September 16th, 2014.

In addition to Link, Princess Zelda, Impa and Midna are confirmed to be playable characters. Familiar landscapes from past games return — Hyrule Field and the Palace of Twilight, just to name a few. Of course, with these environments come foes, both old and new.

Progression through story mode brings forth new characters with varying skills and weapons. Rupees dropped from defeated enemies can be used to increase weapon strength and more. Legendary items, like the Hookshot, make an appearance.

Hyrule Warriors can support up to two players; one on the television and the second on the Wii U game pad.

Source: Nintendo

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX E3 2014 trailer

Frederick Linsmeyer • June 6, 2014 • Gaming, Videos

With the Electronic Entertainment Expo only a few days away, Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Combining Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX with the upgraded cinematics of Kingdom Hearts: Re: coded into one new game, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX brings three adventures under one title. Keep watching for a glimpse into the story of Kingdom Hearts III.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX hits the PlayStation 3 on December 2nd, 2014 for North America and December 5th, 2014 for Europe.

Source: YouTube

Hyrule Warriors comes to life with Japanese release this August

Frederick Linsmeyer • May 22, 2014 • Gaming
Character art for Link

Character art for Link

More details for the upcoming Hyrule Warriors (or Zelda Musou in Japan) for the Wii U have made their way onto the Internet. And boy, are these images mouthwatering. Hyrule Warriors is being developed by Omega Force and Team Ninja with Tecmo Koei and Nintendo as publishers.

Japanese gaming web site Famitsu posted a handful of these images along with an interview with the game producer Hisashi Koinuma. Koinuma delves into the background of the Warriors series and how the idea for Hyrule Warriors came about.

Hyrule Warriors follows a different plot — the story of a guardian of the Triforce, Shia, becomes corrupted by the mystical artifact’s power seeks to overtake the land of Hyrule. With the armies of good and evil fighting for control, Link arrives to join the fray. Zelda, now a queen, has disappeared and it’s up to the hero in green to save her.

Three versions of Hyrule Warriors will be available for purchase in Japan when it is released on August 14th, 2014: a physical copy for ¥7,980 JPY (taxes included), a downloadable copy for ¥6,980 JPY (taxes included) and a special collector’s edition for ¥11,664 JPY (taxes included). North America is expected to receive the game later on this year. View more screenshots from the game…

Sonic: Lost World Zelda trailer

Frederick Linsmeyer • March 27, 2014 • Gaming, Videos

Sonic the Hedgehog travels a lot. Not only has he attended multiple Olympics, but he can now add Hyrule to his passport. New downloadable content for Sonic: Lost World includes a Legend of Zelda-based level which is available starting today, for free, through the Wii U eShop.

But that’s not all: Sonic dons Link’s signature green tunic and hat, plus his gauntlets and boots. There’s no rings, only rupees. Familiar foes, including stalchildren, keese and Deku scrubs, return to stand in Sonic’s way. Even Link, in his form from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, makes an appearance.

Sonic: Lost World is available on the Nintendo Wii U.

Source: IGN

Japan chooses Pikachu as mascot for 2014 World Cup

Frederick Linsmeyer • March 18, 2014 • Gaming

While Fuleco the Armadillo might be the mascot for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup, Pikachu will be representing the Japan National Football Team in Brazil.

The popular electric-type Pokémon, along with ten of his friends, will don jerseys to cheer on the Samurai Blue after getting approval from both Nintendo and team kit outfitter Adidas. Original starters Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle with Chespin, Fenneken, Froakie, Pancham, Meowth, Helioptile and Litleo will join Pikachu.

Pokemon mascots for the Japan National Football Team

Pokemon mascots for the Japan National Football Team

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off June 12th, 2014 with 32 participating nations, including Japan.

Source: Soccerly

Canadians pay more for PS4

Frederick Linsmeyer • March 16, 2014 • Gaming

Haven’t purchased a PlayStation 4 yet? Be prepared to shell out a little more money for the gaming console in Canada now that Sony has upped the price to $449.99 CAD from $399.99 CAD. Canada is notorious for higher prices on products, even when the Canadian Dollar was at parity with the US Dollar in previous years.

But it’s not just the price of the console that are going up. Accessories, including the DualShock 4 controller and PlayStation Camera jumps from $59.99 CAD to $64.99 CAD. First-party games MLB The Show 14 and inFAMOUS: Second Son also are affected, retailing for $69.99 CAD instead of $59.99 CAD.

According to a statement released by Sony Canada, the increase in price was in reaction to market fluctuations.

“The PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system delivers phenomenal play experiences that will shape the world of games for years to come and has quickly become the next gen console of choice with gamers in Canada. To respond to changes in the market environment, the price of PlayStation 4 will be revised from CAD $399.99 to $449.99 MSRP.”

The increased price still leaves the PlayStation 4 $50 cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One console, which retails for $499.99 CAD in Canada.

Sources: Kotaku, Canada.com

Inazuma Eleven available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Frederick Linsmeyer • February 23, 2014 • Anime, Gaming, Videos

The field is ready for soccer as the long awaited soccer RPG has landed in North America. Inazuma Eleven is available as a digital download through the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS.

While the popularity of the series has spawned numerous games in Japan, the original title which started craze, has been translated for an English audience (and to market the series for a younger crowd). Mark Evans (Mamoru Endou), the soccer-obsessed the captain and goalkeeper for Raimon Junior High, has his sights set on leading his club to the Soccer Frontier (Football Frontier) tournament.  First up, the mighty Royal (Teikoku) Academy!

As Evans, it’s up to you rally the rest of the club’s players and start the long journey to greatness. Winning matches unlocks new skills and techniques to build the strength of your team. With so many candidates, over 1,000, it’s easy to create your perfect team to play against your friends.

As a bonus, the first three episodes of the English-dubbed Inazuma Eleven anime can be watched, for free, through the Nintendo eShop as well.

Sources: Nintendo, Level 5

Nintendo offering Four Swords for free

Frederick Linsmeyer • January 30, 2014 • Gaming

To honour the success of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Nintendo is giving away another Zelda game for free! For four days only, starting Thursday, January 30th, 2014, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition will be available in the Nintendo eShop until 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014.

Grab your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS, some friends and get ready to save Hyrule together, or save Princess Zelda by yourself. Items, both new and classic are available to help you overcome obstacles and solve puzzles to restore order to the land.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords was originally released in conjunction with a remake of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the Game Boy Advance in December 2002.

Source: Nintendo

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