“Zelda Universe”

Apparantly, the ESRB has come out with a rating for a new Nintendo game called Zelda Universe.

This was… unexpected. The game is rated “E” for violence.

The game shares the same name as the official Nintendo website, and it’s listed as an online game. Perhaps it’s a new game on their website? Or perhaps it’s a project for the Wii/3DS/Stream?

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Source: Warp Zoned

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Wii 2; “Stream” specs revealed!

Recently, IGN got their hands on more data about the Wii 2, codenamed “Project Café”. However, as we all ought to know by now, Wii 2 isn’t the name Nintendo is going to use. They’re dabbling around with names for the mysterious platform, including the name “Stream”. It’s interesting, since the Stream will be able to put out HDV (1080p content). It won’t, however, be able to read equally HD content, such as blu-ray.

This enhancement in graphics is partly due to the custom-built tri-core IBM PowerPC chipset, which is going to act as the computer of the Stream. However, they’re having to push the clock in order to compete with the three 64-bit, 3.2-Ghz cores in Microsoft’s new console. I guess it’s just that time of year, eh?

As well, the Stream is not expected to switch up to AMD’s fusion platform. Though an AMD GPU will still power the graphics, it’s going to come from a beefed up version of the regular R700 architecture. They also may put in some R800 – but that’s just speculation, I think. The GPU will be able to tap in to 512mb of memory – not to be confused with the amount of physical RAM the console will have. I guess we’ll have to wait til E3 on that one.

The release of the Wii 2 is pegged for April 2012 in order for Nintendo to actually gather enough stock, and focus on games, but the earliest posible release date in in October or November 2011. A 2012 release of the Stream would give Nintendo about 2 years of being the only member of the next gen – a pretty sweet deal if you think about it. The price is going to be about $350-$400, but with all the features, that’s not too bad a deal!

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Source: PCMag.com (Who sourced IGN.com)

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OoT3D: Bonus Content

That’s correct, besides updated graphics, new controls, and the remixed Master Quest, there is also going to be Bonus Content in OoT3D – stuff which wasn’t in the original Ocarina of Time, nor the original Master Quest. There are two major things, one which will be totally awesome and challenging, and one which may infuriate “hardcore” Zelda players.

First off is the new Boss Rush mode. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a mode in which you can take on the game’s bosses either individually or in a series. Boss Rush will probably also come with some kind of a leaderboard or form of stat tracking for highscores and the such.

The thing which may have “hardcore” gamers in titters is the addition of a Super Guide. This guide takes the form of tiny videos available in game which can show newcomers to the series who just want to see the story hints on how to solve puzzles within the game. This form of help was originally seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but it appears to have invaded the Zelda fandom as well.

Geez… it’s like we have our own form of disaster tourists.

As well, the game actually isn’t made by Nintendo – it was commissioned to the Third-Party developer “Grezzo“.

Oh well. Here’s to a beautiful remake of Ocarina of Time! The game comes out June 19th, 2011, so make sure to mark it on your calendars. Leave comments on our forums!

Source:  MTV.com

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Wii 2 Confirmed!

At the same event in which Nintendo giant Shigeru Miyamoto announced the possibility of an ALTTP remake, he made an even bigger announcement: he all but confirmed the coming of the Wii 2. When asked about it, which was obviously going to happen following the rumours that appeared on Game Informer and IGN last week, Shigeru Miyamoto said the following:

“Don’t ask! Even when the Wii launched we were developing new hardware, work on 3DS had already started. It’s a matter of when we announce it.”

I think that would count as a confirmation. Note he doesn’t try and deny its existence – it’s when, not if. Our favourite gaming giant are many things, but liars they are not. Nintendo is being rather tight-lipped about the console – they’ve neither confirmed nor denied the rumours. However, Miyamoto also stated the following when asked about whether or not Nintendo would be announcing the Wii 2 at E3:

“Please wait. Be patient until we decide.”

If that’s not confirmation of its existence, I don’t know what is.

Want to learn more about the rumours about the Wii 2? Check out Mercedes’ article on it here: Next Nintendo Console? Yes Please!

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Source:  Edge

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A Link To The Past 3D

“…would be quite attractive to me.”

Yesterday, Shigeru Miyamoto gave a quick interview in London, covering multiple topics. Among said topics was a switch in focus: the lack of software for the 3DS (e.g. games) is due to focus on hardware. I’m referring to the the Nintendo eShop, which will be launching on the 3DS some time next month.

Shigeru Miyamoto says…

“We spent a lot of time developing 3DS, for games for the future, so from now on I think we’ll focus more on gaming and we are releasing lots of games this year.”

He also said he was open to established Nintendo Franchises such as Zelda, Mario and Metroid appearing in the eShop, saying:

“I think if it’s meaningful for 3DS. For me it’s important that anyone can play, and that it’s easy and comfortable for anyone – it’s not forcing a game into the hardware itself.”

But that’s just filler for us Zelda fans. The important part comes later on, when questioned about which game he would most like to see remade on the 3DS. His answer was hope-bringing to Zelda fans:

“I think A Link To The Past. Do you remember Xevious? It’s two-layered and I really wanted to create that at the time. So to see Link To The Past in two layers would be quite attractive for me.”

So the possibility of A Link To The Past3D is quite distinct. However, will the release be overshadowed by an even more important announcement? Possibly… the Wii 2?

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Source:  Edge

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Next Nintendo console? Yes please!

Numerous games had become listed with an ‘Un-announced system’ in their platform releases, and Nintendo have been fairly quiet with releases on Wii. And it seems very likely now that the next Nintendo console will be making its first apperance at this year’s E3 expo. And I’m sure we’re all very excited.

One main thing is that it is going to be more powerful than the current generation; the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. It may be slightly less powerful, more powerful, but you can expect HD graphics and perhaps a lot more multi-platform titles no longer simply being “Xbox 360, PS3, and PC” And I’m afraid thats it for now, nothing else has been mentioned so far.

President of Nintendo, Iwata, had this to say during last year’s E3:

“We need to decrease the concern that only Nintendo software can sell well on Nintendo platforms and third-party software cannot sell in the same volume. We feel a need to have closer ties with our third-party developers from the beginning.”

Which will explain why they are making sure this next console is capable of handling HD graphics, and supposedly they are already showcasing it to developers in order to get a strong batch of games all ready for its release for a late 2012 release.

Nintendo has refused to comment, as was expected.

So, anyone else looking forward to E3?

[edit]

It also seems to be that this console will be fully backwards compatible with all Wii titles, and so you can expect it to continue to have Motion controls. The power of the console is also still being rumoured, but it may be more powerful than the current HD consoles.

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Release Date of OoT3D Announced

Yes, you heard me right, OoT3D, the remastered version of the beloved N64 game Ocarina of Time, has had its release date announced – and it’s only in two months!

Ocarina of Time 3DS will be released on June 19th, 2011, along with a price tag of $39.99 USD - Basically $40. This is somewhat pricey, but considering the 8GB of memory, and the 3D capabilities, and the nostalgia, I’d say the price is worth it.

So what do you think? Are you going to pre-order? Or are you going to sit this one out? Leave a comment on our forums!

Source: CNet.com

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March Feature Artwork!

Hey guys sorry about how behind I’ve been with this, I just keep getting hit by walls of work. Now we’re going to do things a little differently. Usually out of several pieces of artwork I only show one out of all the works that have been picked. Although we have one ultimate ‘winner’ so to speak every month we feel that leaving other quality artwork out of it completely just doesn’t seem right. So from now on I’ll feature the top artist with our runner-ups!

Anyway onto the main point.

Winner: womack90 (DeviantART)
Title: Ganon Concept 1.

Ganon Concept 1
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Vote Zelda vs Halo!

Alright you Lozers time to show your support here, redpoemage has started a thread in the forums and I felt it was attention worthy here.

It’s another video game deathmatch thing so vote one game versus another. I’ve put my vote in for Zelda, and at my time of voting it’s 55% Zelda, 45% Halo.

Go put your vote in otherwise Skyward Sword will never be released!

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Nintendo fixing 3DS crashing problem

Just a very quick word from me, apparently a significant number of 3DS users have reported that their 3DS haave been crashing with a black screen, and an error message telling then they should reboot or contact customer services.

Nintendo are recommending people to contact customer service if the problem persists, but the latest firmware apparently fixes this. So if you’re experiencing problems download the firmware as soon as you can. If you still got problems contact customer service, hope that helps!

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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