Wednesday 29 September 2010
In Zelda news
Nintendo held their annual press conference in Japan today, and it came with lots of information about the 3DS (though, sadly, none about Skyward Sword that has been reported).
So, the 3DS. When is it coming out? February 26 2011 for Japan, and the less specific “March” for the west. How much will it cost? ¥25,000 in Japan (which equates to $300 or £190, though the western prices are always more expensive in practice). What games are coming out on it? Do I have a trailer for you.
The 3DS games montage trailer (which can be viewed at Kotaku here: http://kotaku.com/5650702/watch-almost-every-3ds-game-in-action) shows off the impressive range of games available, and their impressive graphics (but not their impressive 3D, for obvious reasons). One of the games shown is, yep, Ocarina of Time 3D.
Some footage from early in the game is included (Kokiri Forest and the first dungeon), which shows the game’s vastly improved graphics and character models, which we can only assume will look even cooler in 3D.
No word on whether the game will be launched alongside the console, or if we’ll have to wait a bit longer for it, but hopefully we’ll find out soon.
*UPDATE* Four new screenshots of the game have been released by Nintendo, giving a closer look at the updated Young Link, and more importantly, a look at the new touch-screen menu. Have a look here: http://kotaku.com/5650816/four-new-screens-from-ocarina-of-time-3ds/gallery/
Saturday 14 August 2010
In Zelda news
Okay, I have a confession to make. I just spent half an hour summarising an interview with Zelda director Eiji Aonuma about Skyward Sword in Nintendo Power. It was witty and insightful and wonderful. Then I clicked submit, and my connection died. The article was lost. I do not have another half hour to spare. So, will you forgive me just this once if I just link you to another site’s summary? Honestly, the effort was all there, but it was wasted thanks to a terrible connection. So… here’s the link.
Tuesday 10 August 2010
In Zelda news
To celebrate the fact that the Wii has now sold 30 million unit in America, Nintendo released a press statement bragging about the fact, and also included the top ten best-selling Nintendo-published Wii games so far. At number ten was a Zelda game! Yep, you guessed it - it was none other than…
Link’s Crossbow Training.
Apparently more people were interested in the Twilight Princess lightgun mini-game spin-off than Twilight Princess itself. Probably the fact that it was bundled with a piece of plastic. Parents assume kids love that stuff.
I’ll admit I haven’t played the game - so it may be quite fun. It’s an amusing anomaly how this ended up, though.
Here’s the full list:
1. Wii Play
2. Mario Kart Wii
3. Wii Fit (with Wii Balance Board accessory)
4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
5. Wii Sports Resort
6. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
7. Super Mario Galaxy
8. Wii Fit Plus (with Wii Balance Board accessory)
9. Mario Party 8
10. Link’s Crossbow Training
Wonder if Skyward Sword will ever make that list…
Friday 09 July 2010
Hello, how are you all doing? Coping with the lack of E3 news? Here’s something to tide you over.
In my opinion, Mega64 are very much hit-and-miss. But their interpetation of this year’s E3 is very much a hit - I laughed out loud at the end. If I say too much, I’ll spoil it.
And yes, it is Zelda-related!
Friday 18 June 2010
In Zelda news
Gamespot have uploaded a video interview with Eiji Aonuma, director of Skyward Sword, in which he talks about the inspiration behind the title, the plot and just how Wii MotionPlus is used in the title. He also mentions a little nugget right at the end of the video, which is probably the most important point made - the team really want us to experience the game as soon as possible, so he’s hoping for an early 2011 release. That’s a lot more specific than the previous “2011” we were given at the press conference, and pretty much the best 2011 date we could wish for!
Mind you, Twilight Princess was notorious for its delays, and Aonuma said he was “hoping” for an early 2011 release, not “aiming” - a subtle, but important difference. So don’t be surprised if Skyward Sword floats back a few months, or even a year! It’s all for the good of the title, though - odds are, we can rest assured that no matter how long we’ll be left waiting for this game, the end result will be fantastic.
Watch the interview here: http://e3.gamespot.com/video/6266421/
In similar news, in a Kotaku interview with Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime (http://kotaku.com/5566671/nintendo-testing-healthiness-of-3ds-advising-young-children-to-avoid-3d), he confirmed that the 3DS will be released by the end of March 2011. That’s another “early 2011”, then! And if the 3D Ocarina of Time remake is a launch title, we Zelda fans can expect a very busy year start. It’s going to be an exciting quarter.