Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D get!

So after a lengthy time at Target, I walked away with my first ever copy of Ocarina of Time. I have never played through the whole thing before, having only played with Epona for 5 minutes or so. Looking forward to finishing a Zelda game for the first time ever!

Iwata and Sakurai discuss Smash Bros, Wii U, and more

– talk of creating another Smash Bros. began internally soon after the launch of Brawl
– Iwata thought that it might not be fair to ask Sakurai to create a Smash Bros. game for 3DS after just wrapping Brawl
– Kid Icarus: Uprising was decided as Project Sora’s first game, as a way to build up knowledge of the platform
– newly hired staff at Project Sora had no idea that they were coming on-board to work on a Smash Bros. game after Kid Icarus
– Sakurai new automatically that a new Smash would be requested for both 3DS and Wii U
– Sakurai feels that just adding in new characters, better graphics and more stages wouldn’t be the right path for this new Smash Bros.
– Sakurai believes a portable Smash experience allows for new ideas, but it also becomes more personal than the console experience
– both Iwata and Sakurai said that adding an element of growing your character through in-game experience would ruin the game
– Sakurai would like to see players build up their character on 3DS and then take them over to Wii U to show off
– this would make the “personal” portable space and the stadium-like “public” console space mesh together
– Wii U’s power could lead to 60 frames per second visuals, high quality graphics, dynamic effects, and smooth character movements
– Sakurai feels the connectivity between both games is very important
– Sakurai wants the 3DS version to be a slightly different experience than what we’re used to
– he’d like to have players helping one-another
– while Sakurai has headed up areas of Smash Bros. games like game balance and character strength settings, he’s hoping to have the staff take that on for these titles
– first plans for the game’s development is basic gameplay systems of Smash Bros. X to 3DS and Wii U
– Sakurai warns that if he can’t find the right staffers to work with, he’ll either take 5 years to make the game with a small team, or end up making just one version of the game

It is exciting that we are going to get two versions of Smash Bros. within the same generatio, and I doubt that Sakurai will follow up with the 5 years or 1 version thing, it sounds more like an empty threat to me. The Wii U version sounds like it is going to be absolutely fantastic and by the sounds of what Nintendo is doing with online now, we will finally get a true online Smash experience.

Also does anyone else think that we are going to start seeing more cross-platform games happening now between Wii U and 3DS?

Zelda Wii U demo gameplay

Holy crap, that looks freaking amazing! Look at those crisp graphics and gameplay? I guess this means that a new Zelda game is in development for the Wii U? I would hope so, but I guess we won’t be seeing it for a few more years. Releasing it all at once would be criminal I think? Now this is what I’m talking about Nintendo, appeal to your huge gaming fanbase first!

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Celebration begins!

Nintendo started off their E3 presentation with a symphony playing music from the Legend of Zelda series with a video montage playing on the big screen.
Today they decided to announce the details on just how they are going to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda series.

In the first order of business, Nintendo announced that they had released The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX originally on the GameBoy Color, on the Nintendo eShop around the world. ($5.99 in North America). I immediately added more funds to my Wallet and downloaded the game. I have never played Link’s Awakening and ended up playing it for almost 2 hours straight!
The second announcement is that they are celebrating the anniversary by releasing the #1 game in the franchise, Ocarina of Time 3D on the Nintendo 3DS, as well as Skyward Sword on the Wii this winter. Be among the first to pick up Ocarina of Time 3D and register it on Club Nintendo, and get the official soundtrack for OoT 3D free directly from Nintendo! I will definitely be picking up the game day one. So excited for it!
The third announcement is that Nintendo is going to be celebrating Skyward Swords launch  with a special Wii Remote Plus featuring a gold color scheme and the Zelda emblem plastered on the front. Looks pretty cool, but I already have 4 Wii Remotes…but there might be room for one more if I feel up to it!
In an unexpected announcement, Nintendo said that they are going to release Zelda: Four Swords on the Nintendo DSi shop this September. But get this, it is going to be absolutely FREE! Very cool, although I wish they would just make it for 3DS and have online play. I assume we’ll be able to download it on the 3DS as well since we can download DSiWare on it already. WE NEED ONLINE CO-OP PLAY!

The final announcement is something really awesome…

Nintendo is going to hold The Legend of Zelda Symphony Concerts around the world this fall! Yes, you read that correctly. Nintendo is planning to hold concerts across North America, Europe, and Japan beginning sometime this fall. However, details are set to come later. Think of all the streetpass hits we’ll get there! This makes me think Nintendo is going to hold their own conference in a couple more months to show off more 3DS, DS, Wii, and Wii U games.

I myself am going to admit that I am not a big Zelda fan, as I own almost all of the games in the series, and have yet to finish one. However, Link’s Awakening is the first time in a very long time that I have spent playing the game significantly without losing interest. Something about retro games just makes me enjoy them a whole lot more.

Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Trailer

The Story that Became a Legend Now in 3D

The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D brings a completely re-mastered version of this epic entry in the beloved The Legend of Zelda series to the Nintendo 3DS system. The game couples phenomenally enhanced graphics with stunning glasses-free 3D visuals to bring to life the daring adventures of its hero, Link™, in the epic tale of the creation of Hyrule and the struggle for control of its all-powerful ancient relic. A streamlined touch-screen interface and new motion controls give the game a fresh and intuitive feel. The game will also feature new challenges not included in the original game, as well as a new hint system to help novice players experience all that the game has to offer. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a masterful improvement on one of the landmark moments in video gaming history.


* A graphically re-mastered Zelda classic now in glasses-free 3D – Dynamic glasses-free 3D visuals and a complete graphical overhaul bring one of gaming’s most beloved and celebrated franchises to life, putting the vivid world of Hyrule in the palm of your hand.
* Experience the foundation of the legend with new enhancements – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D retains the analog control of the original via the Circle Pad. Players can use motion controls by moving the Nintendo 3DS system to aim their slingshot or bow at an enemy with speed and accuracy. This also allows for seamless equipment and item changes with an added touch-based inventory system.
* Master Quest – Players who finish the main story can look forward to the Master Quest – a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game.
* Hint movies – For the first time in a Zelda game, players can access a hint movie if they are stumped by a particular puzzle. Hint movies can be accessed by visiting the Sheikah Stone, which is located by Link’s house and in the Temple of Time. When a new movie is available, the Sheikah Stone glows green and allows the player to choose from a menu of available movies.

At least we won’t have to wait too much longer. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launches around the world in just over a week, and I am looking forward to it. As someone who has never finished a Zelda game before, I’m hoping to make Ocarina of Time the first!