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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

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…

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