Skyward Sword bundle & more coming this fall!

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Bundle Highlights a Golden Autumn for Nintendo Games

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 29, 2011 – Leaves won’t be the only things turning gold this fall as Nintendo prepares to launch an extraordinary lineup of games for its Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ game systems. At a recent meeting of GameStop retail store managers from across the United States, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt revealed new details about upcoming releases for several fan-favorite franchises:

  • A special limited-edition The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword bundle containing the game and a gold* Wii Remote™ Plus controller will be available when the game launches on Nov. 20.
  • Also for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, every copy in the initial production of the game will come packaged with a special music CD featuring orchestral arrangements of select songs that will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert.
  • Nintendo will launch the upcoming Tetris®: Axis game for Nintendo 3DS systems on Oct. 2.
  • The Professor Layton and the Last Specter™ game for the Nintendo DS family of systems will launch Oct. 17.

“Nintendo has something for you this fall, no matter what type of gamer you are, no matter what Nintendo system you’re playing,” said Moffitt. “Whether you’re looking for a world-spanning epic like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the pick-up-and-play puzzle fun of Tetris: Axis or the mind-bending adventure of Professor Layton and the Last Specter, we’ve got you covered.”

The limited-edition gold controller bundle for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be offered at a suggested retail price of $69.99. The game will also be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $49.99, though the gold controller will only be available as part of the special bundle. As an additional 25th anniversary treat for fans who purchase the game early, every copy in the initial production, whether sold by itself or as a part of the limited-edition bundle, will come with a free CD featuring select orchestral arrangements of iconic music spanning the history of the franchise which will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert performances in October 2011. For more information about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, visit http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword.

The original portable Tetris® game was a smash hit on the Game Boy™ system. The new Tetris: Axis game lets players use the magic of the Nintendo 3DS system to jump into the action in 3D without the need for special glasses. The game includes more than 20 different modes – some familiar, some new. Up to eight players can compete in wireless multiplayer battles, even if only one player has a game card**. Tetris: Axis also makes use of the augmented-reality and SpotPass™ features of Nintendo 3DS. Tetris: Axis is part of a stirring fall lineup for Nintendo 3DS that also includes Pokémon™ Rumble Blast(launching Oct. 24), Super Mario 3D Land™ (November) and Mario Kart™ 7 (December).

Professor Layton and the Last Specter for the Nintendo DS family of systems is the fourth installment in the Professor Layton puzzle adventure series. It begins a new trilogy that is a prequel to the original games, set three years before the events in Professor Layton and the Curious Village™. The game contains more puzzles than any in the series to date. As a North American exclusive to the overall Professor Layton and the Last Specter package, a bonus role-playing game called Professor Layton’s London Life™ containing more than 100 hours of additional content will be available to players from the start of the game.

Remember that Wii and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.  For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

* Note that the gold controller will simply be gold in color and will not contain any actual precious metals.

** Multiplayer mode requires multiple Nintendo 3DS systems, each sold separately.

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NINTENDO’S NEW ZELDA GAME SOARS SKYWARD ON NOV. 20

Master the Sword in Link’s Newest Motion-Controlled Adventure for Wii

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 17, 2011 – Nintendo’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda™ series continues in full force with the announcement that The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword will launch in North America on Nov. 20. The epic adventure, created from the ground up for the Wii™ console, sends this storied series to new heights and marks a turning point for the franchise.

The game uses the precision motion controls of the Wii Remote™ Plus (or a Wii Remote controller with a Wii MotionPlus™ accessory) and Nunchuk™ controllers to map on-screen action to the player’s movements. When a player swings the Wii Remote Plus controller, Link™ appears to swing his sword in exactly the same way.

Different enemies have different battle tactics, so players must analyze their approach and develop counterattacks that play on the enemies’ weaknesses. The game’s wide array of items also use full motion controls, letting players roll bombs, shoot arrows and guide flying objects like never before.

The game includes a massive, multilayered world that takes players from dark dungeons to a diverse overworld to cloud cities in the sky, requiring a combination of puzzle-solving and swordplay to unlock all of its secrets. Link soars through the air on the wings of a majestic bird while exploring the game’s sky area, providing players with unprecedented freedom of movement as they progress on their adventure. The quest lays the foundation for the events in The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™, which is frequently cited as one of the greatest video games of all time.

“The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the biggest game in the series yet,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We’ve just scratched the surface of this massive experience, and we look forward to sharing additional details with fans as we approach the Nov. 20 launch.”

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is now available for pre-order at major retailers throughout North America. A deposit may be required for pre-orders. See individual retailers for details. For more information about the game, visit http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword/.

Well finally we get a release date. Now how about one for Kirby & Rhythm Heaven Wii while you’re at it, and Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and Kid Icarus too please. I’ll be picking up the bundle seeing as how the puppy we took in destroyed my only Wii Remote Plus the other day.

Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Soundtrack GET

Wow, this is like my second video game soundtrack ever. Nintendo really needs to make soundtracks available in the US. I would pay money for them! The album is completely in Japanese when you pop it into your computer, Nintendo is that lazy, but at least we get a soundtrack FINALLY!

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!

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.