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.

Capcom axes Mega Man Legends 3

In 2010, fans were treated to an apéritif when Capcom‘s Keiji Inafune mentioned that Mega Man Legends 3 was being developed. Those dreams were dashed after the Japanese gaming company released a statement on July 18th, 2011 announcing the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3.

According to the release, the project didn’t meet the “…the required criteria…” to continue and development has been ceased, which means that no demo or game will be published. No details of what the criteria necessary for such a decision was made available.

Mega Man Legends 3 would’ve been available for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console.

Source: Siliconera

Next Zelda adventure is almost ready

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Promo

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Promo

The gamers over at IGN have picked up some very interesting news about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Eiji Aonuma, Nintendo’s game producer, has divulged details on the game’s status and story line.

Aonuma stated that the game was completed around this year’s E3 and that now the team is working on a global launch that could see Skyward Sword in the hands of fans around world simultaneously.

There are also some surprises in the story, character development and game play. For starters, Zelda isn’t a princess yet and Ganon hasn’t amassed his dark army of minions, much less even being the main villain. The legend unfolds in a floating city, Skyloft, that is focal to the adventure and will see similarities that were used in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask in how Link finds his way back as he did in Clock Town. Awesomely enough, Link won’t have to wait to claim any of the cool pieces of equipment that he needs – much of it will be available early on in the game. In that sense, the controls for the Wii Remote have been fine tuned so that more precision is required instead of aimlessly waving limbs around to attack. Dependant of the environment Link is in, different techniques will be needed to defeat regardless if they were fought before.

It’s shaping up to be a great game, and looks like Nintendo has taken a lot to fix what was wrong with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Let’s hope this game rejuvenates the series in opening a new chapter in the quest to protect the Triforce.

Source: IGN

Wii U

E3 is to gamers what the NHL draft is to hockey fans. On Tuesday, Nintendo revealed the successor to the popular Wii console: Wii U.

Wii U console front

Here's looking at U.

Wii U is trying to make up for some of its predecessor’s nagging flaws, including a lack of HD output for newer televisions and graphics quality reminiscent of sixth generation gaming consoles. Wii U strides to fix this and give gamers a little extra in return, including a new controller. While it looks bulky, the tablet-esque controller has a crisp 15.4 cm touch screen with two control pads, a directional control pad, A, B, X, Y and L, R shoulder buttons and two trigger buttons. Also included are a camera, microphone, built in rumble, accelerometer, gyroscope, speakers, sensor bar and a stylus. As an added bonus — it is rechargable.

Wii U controller front

It's a tablet! No, it's Wii U!

Of course, Nintendo is kind to its followers allowing them to connect Wii-related remotes, nunchucks and other peripherals. Wii games will still play, but no word on the corded GameCube controllers.

Wii U will continue to us the 12 cm standard-sized discs, with newer games being able to accept higher density discs allowing for more in-depth and detailed games.

Nintendo has responded to the complaint of non-HD video output. Wii U can support 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i with the appropriate cables.

The Japanese gaming giant is also doing away with proprietary memory cards by continuing its embrace of the SD memory card, but allowing external hard drives to connect through USB. Four USB slots are provided for additional devices.

It looks promising, but these are only specifications provided for the gaming event. Nintendo is likely to modify this as we get closer to a launch date, which looks to be in 2012, just in time for Wii’s sixth birthday.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Box Art

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Box Art

When The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released in 1998, the graphics were pretty amazing. Now that we’re in 2011, they pale in comparison to the majority of modern games. However Nintendo has done a great job in updating the classic Ocarina of Time for its new 3DS console, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

Nintendo also changed up the dungeons mimicking the ones from Master Quest – fans who pre-ordered The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker might have received a copy of Ocarina of Time with the Master Quest on one GameCube disc back in 2003. Basically, the levels are redone with more complex puzzles. No new items, weapons or dungeons are being introduced though.

IGN has discovered that there will be a new boss mode included. This mode allows the player to go back and re-tackle the terrorizing creatures that watch over a dungeon – something that isn’t included in previous games. Well, not officially at least as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks let you take on previously defeated bosses in some manner.

Want more pretty screen shots? Kotaku has a couple of comparison images showing the original 1998 game with the 2011 release.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will be available for sale on June 19th, 2011.

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

Another Naruto Shippuden game is coming for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, a sequel to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm, expands on the characters, designs, moves and more.

Fans of another popular fighting series, may recognize one of the newer characters. Lars Alexandersson from Tekken 6 makes an appearance in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2. Masashi Kishimoto, the artist behind the Naruto manga series, designed an alternate outfit for Lars in Tekken 6.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 will be available for purchase sometime this fall.

Kinect pricing and bundles

Let the movement begin! Microsoft has announced the price of Kinect, the motion sensor add-on to the Xbox 360 console. Gamers can expect to pay $149.99 USD for Kinect, which includes a free game – Kinect Adventures, when it hits store shelves.

Don’t have an Xbox 360 yet? Kinect will also be bundled along with an updated Xbox 360 console including Kinect Adventures, for $299.99 USD. This new console will feature 4 GB of  internal flash memory as opposed to a hard drive and have built-in W-Fi for easier connectivity.

Kinect is scheduled for release on November 4th, 2010 in North America.

Source: IGN

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword logoLink returns to the Wii with Nintendo proclaiming the new title as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Legendary game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, took control of the green-clad hero using the Wii remote and Nunchuk to display use of the sword and shield.

To demonstrate the title of the game, Miyamoto pointed the remote skyward as Link imitated the action on-screen with his sword and the weapon charged up so that energy beams could be fired at enemies. It’s a throwback to earlier games in the series when Link’s heart containers were filled up allowing him to launch beams at Armos Knights and the like.

Skyward Sword uses the Wii MotionPlus accessory to enhance the controls used in-game. The game utilizes the A and B buttons for actions, while the Z button locks onto opposing creatures or targets. The Wii MotionPlus allows for a far more realistic approach in combat.

The game bears similarities to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, though it’s rendered using cel-shading, similar to the style in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Skyward Sword acts and looks differently while offering greater control of Link. Link also is given new weapons and items, as well as a new method of carrying and equipping them.

Nintendo expects to have The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword available in 2011.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Screenshot 01 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Screenshot 08 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Screenshot 15

Live Nintendo feed from E3

Nintendo fans will be able to catch the gaming company’s announcements at this year’s E3 via the web. For the first time ever, a portal will be setup with live streaming video which will begin broadcasting at 9:00 am PDT on Tuesday, June 15th.

Here’s hoping to more Zelda news!

Xbox 360 slims down and powers up

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 will be slimming down in both size and price. The redesigned model is much more quiet and comes with a 250 GB hard drive and built in wireless capabilities. Also, the memory unit ports have been removed and replaced with five USB ports (two on the front, three on the back). The console is backwards compatible with most existing 360 accessories, with the exception of the external hard drives and power supplies.

In addition to the sleek glossy black casing, the Xbox 360 is Kinect ready, which is Microsoft’s new add-on feature that provides a controller-free gaming experience. Kinect, is the official name for Project Natal, which was publicized at last year’s E3.

Gamers can expect the new model to be available in stores later on this week.

Source: Kotaku

New Zelda for Wii this year?

Legend of Zelda Promo

Legend of Zelda Promo

Wired magazine sat down with Cammie Dunaway, an executive vice president with Nintendo, to discuss game releases, localization and the upcoming DSi XL.

Dunaway was asked if the Japanese company would release a new Mario, Metroid and Zelda in the same year. It seems that Dunaway had dropped a hint that Nintendo would likely push all three games sometime in 2010.

In the past, Nintendo has been known to provide release dates and then push them back continually in order to complete quality testing and fine tune the finished product. We’ll just have to wait and see.


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