The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that the main villain in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is actually a man called Yuga. Aonuma confesses that one of the things the team did is make him a little bit ambiguous gender-wise. Aonuma also says that Yuga sings in the game, but wouldn’t say too much more on the subject.
“We also asked if he had any other details to share about the villain named Yuga. We couldn’t help but notice a visual connection to the Gerudo, a race of humans introduced in Zelda: Ocarina of Time that consisted solely of females, with one male born every hundred years. “I don’t think he’s a Gerudo, “ Aonuma clarified. “I think perhaps the designers were a bit influenced by the art from past games. One of things we did with him, actually, was to make him a little bit ambiguous gender-wise, whether he’s a man or a woman. Having the longer hair and all. He also actually sings in the game.”
“As you probably know, after A Link to the Past, Link goes off on a trip. The Link in this game is a different one. So I think we can assume that it’s quite a bit farther in the future, ” Aonuma said through an interpreter. But according to the timeline, A Link to the Past is followed by the Oracle of Seasons/Ages games, Link’s Awakening, and the original Zelda games on the NES. Would there be any specifics callouts take place during the adventure? “I’ll leave that to your imagination. Although, for example, Link’s Awakening is not a game that takes place in Hyrule itself, so it’s not like it directly connects to that one. Maybe that’s the right track to get you there?”
There is a new addition to the entertainment options on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Starting today, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS owners can instantly stream current-season TV shows, hit movies, clips and premium commercial-free kids programming on their hand-held systems with the new Hulu Plus application for Nintendo 3DS. Existing subscribers now have instant access to their Hulu Plus accounts on their Nintendo hand-held systems, while new subscribers can enjoy a one-week free trial.
Users who have a wireless broadband Internet connection can visit the Nintendo eShop to download Hulu Plus. The application will allow users to navigate using the touch screen and view thousands of television shows and movies on the go. It also brings some of the best TV shows for children – including a larger selection of Jim Henson Family titles than any other video subscription service – to the platform through the Hulu Kids hub.
Hulu Plus is yet another entertainment option on Nintendo 3DS. In addition to multiple video services like Nintendo Video and social-sharing applications like StreetPass Mii Plaza and Swapnote, users can play the entire library of more than 2,000 Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games. Nintendo 3DS also features an extensive selection of downloadable software in the Nintendo eShop, including games, videos and applications.
All of these games and features – including Hulu Plus – can be viewed in 2D on the new Nintendo 2DS system. Nintendo 2DS is designed specifically for anyone looking for an entry point into the exciting world of Nintendo hand-held games.
Although these sales figures are not yet confirmed, VGChartz are reporting that The Wind Waker HD has sold over 152,000 copies in North America in its first week, and that the game has boosted Wii U sales in the region to over 35,000, a jump of 31%. These figures are in stark contrast to those in Japan, where reports still had Wii U selling only 5,000 consoles after the release of Wind Waker HD. Interestingly, these large figures coming out of North America do not include eShop sales of the game, where Wind Waker HD is reportedly doing extremely well.
The title’s success in North America can no doubt be attributed in large part to a huge marketing push by Nintendo that saw them release a Wii U Deluxe bundle that included the game, as well as a GameStop exclusive version that came packaged with a Ganondorf figurine. Nintendo is hoping that The Wind Waker HD will continue to drive console sales, because with the delay of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze until 2014, the struggling Wii U can expect to see very little first-party software support for the holidays. Continue reading →
Shigeru Miyamoto, has stated that Nintendo’s intention with their upcoming Wii U title, Super Mario 3D World, is to bridge the gap between the company’s 2D and 3D Mario adventures. He acknowledged that both types of games have their own fans, and he pointed out that the gyro controls in the new game will be a main component that bridges the gap.
“Yes, with the Mario games you have the 2D side-scrolling games and you have the Mario Galaxy games, which are the 3D titles. People tend to prefer one of those over the other. What we tried to do with Super Mario 3D Land, and what we’re trying to do with Super Mario 3D World is to create a type of three-dimensional Mario game that bridges that gap. We’re trying to do that more with Super Mario 3D World, in particular with the gyro controls, and to try and do that in a way that will enable fans of both to really enjoy playing Mario.”
Nintendo has released a new trailer for Wii Party U. The trailer shows off even more mini games than before. A new Wii U bundle including the game has just been announced for release in Europe on November 15th. At an excellent value, Wii Party U by itself comes packaged with a Wii Remote, giving gamers a chance to add that extra player in their during home party competitions. Wii Party U is set for release in just two weeks, on October 25th.
Here is some gameplay footage for Sonic Lost World, which is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The footage shown above was released in Japan and is for the Wii U version of the game. The North American and UK version of the game can be pre-ordered from Amazon.
Watch Dogs senior director Dominic Guay has told Polygon that roughly ninety-five percent of missions in the game can be completed using the stealth route, rather than using weapons. Guay says it’s entirely down to players how they decide to approach the game and that there are very few missions that will force the player to take the weapons route. Both North American and UK version of the game can be pre-ordered from Amazon
“About 95% of missions you can completely stealth through, or flee or chase without having to shoot. So it’s really player choice-driven. There are a very few, very limited amount of missions that will force you to kill people.”
The official teaser site for the delayed Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has officially opened. The site revealed that there are six islands for players to explore in the game with unique areas like Mangrove swamps, Savannah storms, ocean depths, and the frozen landscape of DK Island. The game also allows you to play solo or with friends in a cooperative multiplayer mode that lets two players share in the fun together. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is due for release in February 2014 for Wii U.
Nintendo has announced today that it will make its Pokemon Bank app available on the 3DS handheld console beginning December 27th, at a price of $4.99 per year. The bank allows users to store up to 3000 Pokemon characters from Pokemon X & Y, and comes coupled with Poke Transporter, which is an app that lets players import Pokemon from Pokemon Black/White 1 & 2. Pokemon lovers will be able to try the new Pokemon Bank app free for 30 days if they download it before January 31st, 2014.
The website for Super Mario 3D World has revealed a new power-up.The new cherry power-up will give players the ability to multiply their character, providing them with two, three, or four times the firepower of just one Mario or Toad.