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Nintendo is hard at work on 2 Wii U Zelda games. the first one is a HD remake of the GameCube hit Wind Waker, whereas the other is the long expected spanking new Zelda game for the Wii U.
According to Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, they’ve got a team working on the new Wii U Zelda game currently, that doesn’t return as a surprise to anyone. And he added that they hope to form an official announcement and reveal the game within the “not too distant future”.
As you almost certainly know, the term “not too distant future” in Nintendo-speak suggests that anyplace between six months to six years.

Princess Zelda and Link

Princess Zelda and Link back on our screens again.

It is smart that Nintendo won’t announce the new Wii U Zelda game just yet, mainly because of Wind Waker HD. From a selling perspective, it’s a troublesome one for Nintendo, as they need Wind Waker coming out this Fall. saying the other Wii U Zelda game at this point can take focus away from Wind Waker HD.
On the other hand, there are lots of Zelda fans out there who are dying to check out the new game, and it provide a little hope and optimism to current Wii U owners. For now, we’ll have Wind Waker HD, which is, after all, a remake of 1 of the foremost original and distinctive Zelda games ever created.

 

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Nintendo Magazine’s latest issue has an exclusive look at a new game. In line with the cryptic message inside the magazine, we ought to be scared. Alongside the announcement is a picture with a great deal of pipework, suggesting that this game might be set on a boat. Because from the strong possibility of which Resident Evil: Revelations is arriving at consoles, this could be a hint, if Nintendo Insider is to be believed. Of course it could be something entirely fresh, because Revelations is actually a year old, and although it’s a fantastic game, you can easily hardly call the idea “new”.

Scary Gameplay!

Scary Gameplay!

If it is a new horror online game, taking place on a ship, I hope there’ll be no zombies. The horror genre have been overrun by these kind of creatures lately, and it may be more interesting if your game would be a psychological horror, that produces you paranoid as to what might be behind a corner. Dead Space have been an amazing title inside the genre, and made great usage of the environment and your anxiety, so it becomes great for this new game to take some notes through Dead Space.

What kind of game if you’d like to see? Sound off inside the comments.

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Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has reigned as “Best Game Ever Made” for over a decade. Needless to say, a game’s true quality is subjective due to the player’s taste, but Ocarina of Time has been the recipient of dozens of awards for most critically-acclaimed game ever made. 1UP, Metacritic, and even the Guinness Book of World Records have recognized its outstanding review scores as recently as 2011.

Slowly creeping past and slyly making its way to the top, however, is Nintendo’s recent smash hit, Super Mario Galaxy. According to GameRankings, Galaxy has an incredible 97.64%, just 0.01 point above Ocarina of Time.

In third place is Super Mario Galaxy 2, giving Nintendo complete domination of the Top 3.

Recently – One of the worst things that could ever happen inside the gaming community happened. Halo 4 leaked.

Leaked
Shock Horror

If you’re hoping this is a false leak, Halo 4’s creative director has confirmed, yes, the game has leaked and somehow found its way on the internet. “I’ve worked for over 3 years making Halo 4. Please avoid spoilers and leaks from thieves for 3 more weeks until the game is out. Thank you.” YouTube videos have already surfaced, spoiling the game for many people looking to experience the events of the game first hand.

Of course, we’re putting out a warning for the Halo faithful. Please, do your best to avoid spoilers on message boards, social networking sites, and other forms of information and discussion. Many will be more than happy to spoil the game for you. If you’re like me, you’re going to go in the dark and avoid any Halo related news, comments, forums, and videos that have surfaced since last night in hopes to experience Halo 4’s campaign first hand.

Is this leak good or bad for gaming?

 

The next chapter of the New Super Mario Bros. series as well as high-profile names such as Call of Duty will debut alongside the upcoming successor to the Nintendo Wii.

Nintendo Wii U is here...

Nintendo Wii U is here…

The Japanese-based company revealed 23 games will be available when its Wii U gaming console hits stores in the U.S. on November 18.

Notable first-party titles arriving with Wii U include action game New Super Mario Bros. U and the party game NintendoLand, which features theme parks based on past Nintendo franchises.

Publishers including Activision, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, THQ and Ubisoft will release launch-day titles. Among the third-party titles listed: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Assassin’s Creed III, Just Dance 4, FIFA Soccer 13 and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition.

Nintendo says an additional 29 titles will debut before the end of March, including space epic Mass Effect 3, fitness title Wii Fit U and first-person thriller Aliens: Colonial Marines.

“We’re making sure that Wii U owners will have great games to play from the moment they open the box, and that a steady stream of fun new games is always on the way,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America‘s president and chief operating officer, in a statement.

Also, Wii owners will get to play most of the games in their library on Wii U.

Launching Nov. 18, the Wii U comes in two varieties: an 8 GB white model ($299.99) with GamePad tablet controller, AC adapter, HDMI cable and sensor bar; and a 32 GB version in black that also adds a charging cradle, stand and copy of NintendoLand.

The device will also turn the GamePad into an advanced remote, allowing users to control their television sets using Nintendo’s TVii service.

The list of Wii U titles launching Nov. 18
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Skylanders Giants
Transformers Prime
Wipeout 3
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
New Super Mario Bros. U
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
Nintendo Land
Sing Party
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
Darksiders II
Assassin’s Creed III
ESPN Sports Connection
Just Dance 4
Rabbids Land
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
ZombiU
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition

 

 

Nintendo TVii is exactly what it says it is and more. It is the ability to watch your favourite TV shows through your current set-top box, straight out of the box, on either your TV screen or on the Wii U GamePad’s integrated second screen. You can even use it to watch movies and TV shows through subscription services such as Netflix.

Nintendo TVii

Nintendo TVii

At the New York City Wii U Event, Nintendo’s Director of Network Business, Zach Fountain, spoke more about this amazing (and free) service. One thing is for sure and that is that Nintendo are clearly behind their sentiment at E3, they want the Wii U GamePad to be the first device you head to in your living room.

With Nintendo TVii, Nintendo have showed that their priorities have changed. Their standpoint when Wii was released was that they wanted to make a games console, and so that is what they did. However, now with Wii U on the way, Nintendo have now fully embraced the multimedia age in a move that would almost seem too brave until the specifics are known. To the uninitiated, Nintendo TVii sounds like it will probably have the same operation as say Apple TV, however Apple TV alienates those who prefer to watch TV live through the traditional channels.

Nintendo TVii does not have such boundaries, this (as I said earlier) free service operates with your set-top box after just a few questions on screen about your carrier, then it is a simple case of using your GamePad as a remote control. Zach Fountain said this, “Imagine, if you’re a content creator, you want the greatest possible exposure and distribution. Some platforms have walls built around them; what Nintendo TVii is doing is joining all of those together.”

So, clearly what Nintendo is saying is that they want to make it easier for those who wish to continue watching through traditional TV channels and that such a thing is possible through Wii U. He continued by saying, “The ways that everyone’s watching, now, they’re changing. There are more video services than ever, and more time-shifted viewing on DVR… but traditional TV still dominates 98 percent of video viewing. By building an experience, a Nintendo TV that works with what you already have, we have already covered a huge occasion that is missing from other platforms”

All of this has been possible by the teaming of Nintendo with i.Tv, a company specialising in creating integrated television experiences with second screens. However, this isn’t just a piece of ported software, “The TVii service has been built for the ground up for Nintendo. Everything you see with the Nintendo TVii will be exclusive to the platform with the important exception: The social component around these live moments that are delivered.” This, of course means, that Nintendo TVii will definitely have the social integration features spoken of before. You will be able to share moments from your favourite shows with friends, comment on scenes, and even better you will have your own viewing profile with recommendations tied to your preferences.

He concluded by saying, “I think immediately at launch we have some wonderful points of difference. The second screen is so critical; it’s integrated, you don’t have to provide your own separate screen, download an app or sync your devices. It’s built to work out of the box. There are a lot of interesting services out there, but you have to go buy hardware, or it’s an incremental purchase, or you might have ongoing subscription fees. A lot of the ideas around interaction with live TV will debut when this service launches.”

This is some interesting news to hear. Nintendo TVii, after all, does have the potential to be huge if done correctly. Also, with the recent confirmation as well that the service will recognise your NFL Sunday Ticket too, there are bound to be other big hitters in the TV world that will soon join in. I think personally that it’s a great idea, and one that I am disappointed that I have to wait for (especially the social features).

What do you guys think? Are you interested in the Nintendo TVii service?

 

This montage of Link is for all Zelda lovers across the world…..Enjoy!

Ganondorf is shaking in his boots

Don’t mess with the Princess!

The warrior of Hyrule

One of the greatest discussions when it comes to the Legend of Zelda series is it’s timeline. Most of these theories were put to rest with the official announcement in the Hyrule Historia confirming the split timeline theory but taking it further stating that there were 3 paths from Ocarina of Time. This thankfully left the other big discussion still wide open, realistic versus cartoon graphics. One that still has a lot of drive in it and will probably go on as long as people have opinions, or in other words, forever.

 

But there is another discussion that hasn’t been really covered before, the prospect of a hero that isn’t Link rising up to save Hyrule. I know that sounds like a totally outlandish suggestion, but hear me out.

Link has been the muted protagonist of the Legend of Zelda since the very beginning. Albeit it hasn’t been the same Link between every title (although some titles share the same Link; Ocarina and Majora are a good example), but he has always been one of the constants throughout the series. But, surely this would give Nintendo the perfect opportunity now (even if a very risky one) to shake things up.

There are two logical ways I could see this going, if it were to ever happen, firstly the pressure being shifted onto Princess Zelda. The closest we have ever been as gamers to actually playing as Princess Zelda in a main title was in Spirit Tracks, and then she was relegated to a support character. There was so much potential in that title for the player to use Zelda’s new-found powers in unusual ways that weren’t factored in. Also, on a related note, we have already seen how much of a badass she can be in Smash Bros and even a little at the end of Twilight Princess.

How she would be incorporated into a Hyrulian legend as a hero is up to your own imagination, but I think that having Zelda as the primary protagonist in one of the titles would allow for the forging of a very different Legend Of Zelda without taking the series too far away from it’s roots. After all, could you imagine if Zelda herself was the hero and Ganon still remained as the villain? Seems, and probably is, next to impossible but it would make for a very interesting final battle.

The other option of course is a new character entirely, this is even less likely but is the infinitely more fun to think about option. A new protagonist in the Legend of Zelda could open up some very different mechanics in the title. The combat would have to change if say he/she didn’t have the traditional sword and shield set up that Link has. The gadgets the player could find and use could drastically differ, the complexity of the dungeons could change too, opening up new challenges for the player. What’s more, they could give this new character the voice that Link never had without messing with the intergral Zelda experience too much.

Of course, these hypothetical arguments are pretty much impossible, Link is the constant protagonist of the Legend of Zelda, to remove him would probably change the series to a point that it would appear to be just another generic dungeon crawler. But still, it could be done (and very well at that), it’s just all about taking risks. But maybe it’s a little too late on in the series to be taking such massive risks.

What do you guys think? Do you think that another hero besides Link would mess with the Zelda experience too much, or add something new and exciting?

Recently, I finally got a chance to play Assassin’s Creed II. It sold millions of copies, gained widespread critical acclaim, and… I found myself wondering why.

Not that it’s a bad game, necessarily, but if there’s one thing that defines this game, it’s the fact that the game is constantly inflicting arbitrary limits on you from the first frame. You can’t start the actual game proper until you talk to everybody in the room before entering the Animus. You can’t just climb up the towers to get to certain viewpoints, you have to follow a specific path laid out by the development team (or worse, unlock a mechanic to use). You have an open world but it’s deliberately limited until you finish certain memories, because God forbid we could unlock chunks of the map.

For me, the breaking point was an Assassin’s Tomb where you had to chase after a Templar who, of course, beat you to the goal. So you climb up to get into the room and fight the group. At this point I had throwing knives and a pistol.

And they were disabled. I couldn’t use two weapons to fight because the game had decided I wasn’t allowed to for no reason whatsoever except the game felt like it. This was immediately followed by a platforming section where you not only had to deal with the game’s imprecise controls but had to use an entirely new mechanic the game hadn’t introduced before this point.

Overrated or what?

The worst part is that this was hardly the only open-world action game that hit that year. inFamous and Prototype both were far less restrictive and frankly more fluid in getting around the world, and had better controls.

Again, it’s not a bad game, but it’s so unnecessarily restricted that I found myself wondering where the praise came from.

What about you? What game have you played and found maybe not bad, but baffled at the praise?