When Zelda fans get their hands on each new entry in the series, there are a lot of things they tend to expect to return from the series’ past. Whether they be minor aspects like the chime that plays when you solve a puzzle or open a treasure chest, the dungeon-item-boss formula, a large arsenal of both combat and puzzle oriented weapons, and so forth, it’s something that fans don’t really like Nintendo messing with too much. Nintendo, complying with this, is extremely mindful of that, putting a strong emphasis on returning staples of the series, arguably more so than they should be. But there’s one very important aspect of the series that seems to have been downplayed over the last 10 years or so – The overworld.
Everyday there are debates about what games are truly RPGs (role-playing games). Lots of people consider The Legend of Zelda series an RPG, when the series is actually an action-adventure title; with the exception of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, which is an action RPG. There are some people who believe that an RPG is defined as playing the role of a character in the game. The issue with that statement revolves around the knowledge of every game. Every video game results in the gamer picking up some sort of controller and playing the role of a character in their video game of choice. With this knowledge, every game would be defined as an RPG.
After successfully already not being weekly, we ask another question of the week! It is the quesiton of this week. Not a question every week. Ho-ho! Dodged a bullet there.
The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D will be coming out within a few hours. If you’re lucky enough, or live in Europe, you already have your copy. Aside from a some minor changes, and of course the new controls schemes and make over, the title stays pretty true to the original. Our question is, do you want your remakes to change, or take a more open look at the title, adding in new content and possibly re-imagining entire mechanics?
Speaketh in the comments below.
During Nintendo’s E3 conference they announced that, to celebrate this years 25th anniversary for Zelda, DSiWare would be receiving a Four Swords title, which would be priced at the all appealing amount of $0. Unfortunately, if you were expecting an all new adventure, you’re out of luck. According to Joystiq, the title has been confirmed to be the original Game Boy Advance Four Swords title.
Four Swords was originally bundled with the GBA port of A Link to the Past, allowing for four player action using link cables. The DSiWare version would, most likely, work via local wi-fi. Nintendo hasn’t announced if any enhancements will be made to the title, like updated visuals or online gameplay. But it is hard to complain about something that’s free.
The title is set to launch this September.
Nintendo’s Big E3 conference came to a wrap today and, as expected, we heard a few 3DS announcements along with a reveal of Nintendo’s next home platform.
Zelda 25th Anniversary
- Link’s Awakening now available on 3DS Virtual Console.
- The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords coming to DSiWare this September. Reggie says it is free, but wasn’t clear on if for everyone or just those who attended the conference.
- Golden Wii Remote will be available for limited time at Skyward Sword’s Launch. Launching this Holiday season.
- Zelda Symphony Orchestra to go on tour around the world
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack will be made to Club Nintendo members who register the 3DS game early.
- Mario Kart 3DS shown, confirming hang gliders, customizable karts and under water propellers
- Luigi Mansion 2 announced. Includes multiple mansions.
- Star Fox 3D for this September in North America
- Super Mario 3DS footage shown. Looks like a mix of Galaxy and Mario 64, as Miyamoto described. Includes Koopa Kids, Tanookie Suit and flags at the end of the level. Environments look miniaturized, probably due to being on a portable.
- Kid Icarus footage shown, including new characters. Includes multiplayer, which is 3 on 3 on the show floor at E3. New Kid Icarus card game on the way, and will support AR gameplay using 3DS’ cameras.
- Smash Bros being developed for Nintendo 3DS.
- New third party titles include Ace Combat 3D, Tetris Online, Lego City Stories, and Tekken 3D.
- Game demos for downloadable and retail titles later this year
Wii U (Wii Successor)
- Titled WiiU.
- Controller has a 6.2 inch touch screen. Two analog sticks, both of which are above the D-Pad and DS like buttons. L&R buttons, rumble, gyroscope, accelerometer, front facing camera, speakers and microphone.
- Play software on either your TV or on WiiU controller. Can also play games using both the TV screen and the controller.
- Handful of tech demos available, but no first party actual footage.
- Zelda tech demo showed along with a bird tech demo.
- Handful of prototypes on the show floor to show off tech. This includes a semi-port of New Super Mario Bros Wii that allows for Mii usage, a space shooter, arrow blocking, a title called Chase Mii, and more. No actual first party WiiU software on show floor today.
- Smash Brothers also confirmed for WiiU, will feature connectivity with the 3DS Smash Brothers.
- Third Party software line-up: Dark Stalkers II (confirmed for launch), Tekken, Lego City Stories, Batman Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed (just confirmed support), Ghost Recon Online, Dirt, Aliens Colonial Marines, Metro Last Light, and Ninja Gaiden 3. EA confirms support and mentions titles like Battlefield 3, but no actual confirmation.
- There was no Xenoblade during the press conference.
A trailer for the newest remake of the Legend of Zelda series is here, and it sure does deliver. Showing tons and tons of game play in many different aspects of the game itself. This two-minute delight will surely please those who love and enjoy the series.
With the release date around the corner more trailers may surface. Hold on to your seats and enjoy the ride… After the jump.
It won’t be much longer until Ocarina of Time launches on Nintendo 3DS in Europe. Those looking to pick up the title day one can get some extra swag if you pre-order the title before the June 17th release.
The bonuses will include a double sided A2 sized poster, one side featuring link in combat and the other side featuring Link on Epona. Those who pre-order will also receive a golden sleeve for the case. Nintendo of Europe didn’t release images for either items, but we can probably assume the sleeve is what the North American case looks like, which can be found below.
According to an omnious retail source that has been in contact with Kotaku, the price of the Wii is set to drop from its standard price to $150. Along with this news, Nintendo are planning on doing a “Wii Select” line, similar to that of the Platinum line that was adaopted by the PS3 and the 360. The games are set to cost $19.99 each The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Wii Sports and Mario Super Sluggers. In addition to the price drop and the Wii Select line, The retail sources say that all new Wii consoles will come with a free copy of Mario Kart instead of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resorts, most likely to capitalise on the fact that Wii Sports is now a part of the budget line. The new Mario Kart combo is set to be released in America May 15th however there is no confirmation as to when the Wii Select line will become market avaliable.
Source: (Nintendo World)
Looking at Ocarina of Time on the 3DS but concerned there just won’t be enough new content? Well for those who missed out on the Gamecube, Nintendo has a little surprise! According to Nintendo of America’s associate public relations manager, David Young, the title will include Master Quest.
Master Quest features remixed dungeons and puzzles, generally making the game harder, although some argue that the Water Temple is actually easier. Either way, even more content to dig your teeth into when the title hits this June!
Until then, check out the new 3DS screens for the title from GDC 2011 after the jump.
(Source: Nintendo World Report)
The Legend of Zelda series is 25 year’s old today, and that seems especially relevant considering that the first TSG marathon was a Zelda marathon. The Legend of Zelda revolutionized action adventure game design in a way that resonates in numerous games such as Darksiders and Beyond Good & Evil. Hopefully I can get it done today, but I am planning to write a feature highlighting some of the series numerous copy cats and how it’s very rigid mechanics have been elaborated on in other games.
I hope Link has a good 25th birthday of silence and grunting.