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Legend of Zelda: ‘Link To The Past 2′ Will Be Running At 60FPS in 3D

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Speaking to EDGE, producer  Eiji Aonuma revealed that the ‘A Link To The Past 2′ will be running at 60 frames per second – even while displaying in 3D. This information was brought out as he was explaining the importance of maintaining a high framerate on the upcoming 3DS game, claiming that a faster framerate makes for a more stable 3D illusion. Specifically:

“The game runs at 60FPS, while all the 3D games up till now have run at 30fps. The faster the framerate, the more stable the 3D effect, so 60FPS is a big deal.”

Link To The Past 2 uses the Nintendo 3DS’ 3D functionality to display depth to the environment bringing out an immersive experience, however Aonuma confirmed that players can still turn off the 3D effect if they wish.

“Well, there are players who don’t like 3D and always keep it switched off,” he continued, “so there’s nothing in the game that absolutely requires 3D, like puzzles that can’t be solved without it.”

Speaking of unlocking the 3DS’s potential, I myself have been gear up to produce a few articles, one of which addresses the idea that while the 3DS is already an amazing system, it’s real potential is yet to be unlocked, sometimes staring us right in the face.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 will be releasing later this year.

[Source: EDGE #255]

Nintendo World Store Celebrates Animal Crossing: New Leaf Release With A New Look

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A day before its official release date in the United States, Animal Cross: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS is getting an entire party held in its name at Nintendo World Store in New York City.

Rockefeller Plaza will be buzzing with a themed extravaganza as the entire store itself will transform into an Animal Crossing-style world only on June 8th from 9am to 1pm EST. Animal Crossing fans will get the chance to pick up exclusive merchandise and to take part in some AC-themed carnival games. A DJ will be spinning some tunes on the 2nd floor of the store while the rest of the place bounces with energy from all the promotions and fans.

Additionally, copies of Animal Crossing: New Leaf and special 3DS hardware bundles tied to the game will be available in limited quantities for purchase throughout the event.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be officially released in the United States a day later on June 9th.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

PES 2014 MIA for Wii U and 3DS

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Soccer fans, if you’re looking for an experience outside of FIFA, especially on Nintendo consoles, you may want to keep looking.

Utilizing Twitter, Pro Evolution Soccer European community manager Adam Bhatti shed some light as to why PES 2014 will not only be missing the Wii U, but the 3DS as well: “No one bought it.”

Simple enough. While the PES franchise has made an appearance on Nintendo handhelds in the past, this doesn’t seem to be the case for the 2014 version. Now that PES 2014 will not be handled on any Nintendo platform whatsoever, fans of the franchise will have to look to the Xbox 360, Playstation platforms, and PC to get their PES fill.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Twitter Source Says No Third Sonic in 2013

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If your a blue blazing, Sonic loving fanboy, and you were looking forward to the three peat Sonic adventure exclusive outing from Nintendo and Sega, well, things got a little tight.  Rich at IGN spoke briefly with Sega who confirmed that the third Sonic game will not arrive in 2013.  You can read it for yourself in the tweet below.

There has not been any new changes since this recent tweet but let’s hope more information becomes available.  We will let you know when the third game will be released as soon as we get confirmation.

What are your thoughts on the third game delay? Give a shout in the comments section.

[Source: @RichIGN via Twitter]

Rumour: Zelda A Link To The Past 2 3DS E3 Details

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As with the season, it’s getting close to E3 and the hype trail is fully boarded, and rumors start flowing through the grape vines.  So as to not get too bogged down in the details we have a set of rumours about Zelda’s next handheld gaming adventure;

  • The game, while set in the world of A Link to the Past, does not take place right after the events of its predecessor Some time has passed since Ganon’s defeat in the Dark World. Hyrule is in a period of rebuilding and prominence when a new threat rises.
  • The villain is not Ganondorf or Vaati. There an entirely new foe to the series.
  • At this time the game is much more in depth than the past couple of handheld Zelda titles. There are at least 6 dungeons to overcome. Link will not be returning to any of the dungeons like the developers played with in Skyward Sword. The game is more traditional with the Zelda formula.
  • Unlike its predecessor, there will be some focus on the franchise’s races via towns and etc. No details were provided on where their homes would be or how they would be situated. This may be interesting to see since the game is set in the same overworld as A Link to the Past.
  • The Dark World exists, but not in the same manner. Link’s wish at the end of the first game changed the world. The Dark World we will see is a similar albeit new form. It was returned to the Golden Land for a brief period. Evil beings still searched for it to acquire the Triforce.
  • Link is cursed, which is how he learns the weird abilities we saw in the reveal trailer.
  • Zelda plays a limited role. Nothing like what we saw in Spirit Tracks.
  • The game has some kind of multi-player.

Take this information as you please. Some of it sounds very likely for a Zelda series, and very much viable as an extension to what is known as the Zelda formula.  These rumors are brought by an anonymous tipster who contacted LegendofZelda.net, who apparently had some hands on time with the game. With E3 around a week away we’re not far from confirmation or refutation.

[Source:LegendofZelda.net]

Club Nintendo – New Featured Games Offers (June)

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These are the new game offers that are available for Club Nintendo members based in the US until June 30:

Club Nintendo - June's featured game offers

 

[Source: Gonintendo]

Monster Hunter: Gift & Hunt Together Announced by Nintendo of Europe

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While Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is already one of the best experiences on the 3DS, Nintendo of Europe aims to make it even better with a special “Gift & Hunt” promotion that can land a friend a free copy of the game.

According to the official Nintendo of Europe website, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate owners that register their titles with Club Nintendo before 22:59 (UK) on June 30th will be rewarded with a unique code. If you hand that code over to a friend, your buddy will then have to register their Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL on Club Nintendo between June 3rd and July 31st, as well as the unique recommendation code you have gave them by August 5th, he or she will be eligible to receive a free download code for the entire game!

The promotion is currently only available for 3DS owners of the game and only residents of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, or South Africa that are at least 16 years of age.

(Source: Nintendo of Europe)

Europe – Nintendo Download 6th June

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This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows….

Wii U

Wii U VC

Spelunker (Tozai Games, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.39 (Ends June 13)

Wii U Sale

Trine 2: Director’s Cut – €8.49/£6.99 (Ends June 27)

Wii U price drop

ZombiU – €29.99/£24.99 was €69.99/£54.99
Just Dance 4 – €39.99/£29.99 was €49.99/£39.99
Ben 10 Omniverse – €29.99/£29.99 was €44.99/£35.99

3DS

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Tetris (Tetris Online) – €9.99/£8.99

DSiWare

Jewel Quest 4 Heritage – €7.99/£7.19 (800 Points)
Break Tactics – €4.99/£4.49/ (500 Points)

[Source: Nintendo]

Nintendo Say All Three Sonic Exclusives Release This Year

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SEGA recently stole the thunder in a Nintendo Direct be revealing not one, not two, but three exclusive Sonic games for the 3DS and Wii U. During this same direct it was revealed that the first title would be Mario & Sonic at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and secondly the next main-series plat forming Sonic title, Sonic Lost World. The third title was suspiciously absent, but has since been rumoured to me and Mario & Sonic karting cross-over title.

It has now emerged from Nintendo of Germany’s website that all three of these titles will be released this year! Surely the reveal of this secret third title is only a week or so away? Cough Cough :)

[Source: SpinDash.de]

New Details on Rayman Legends from Michel Ancel

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French website Gamekult has brought quite the number of interesting tidbits of information concerning the upcoming Rayman Legends to the forefront of the internet, thus being picked up by a thread over at NeoGAF.

The translations offer new insight into the goals and features of Rayman Legends, as well as details specific to the platforms the game will be appearing on. The game’s difficulty, for example, seems to scaled down a bit from what was experienced in Rayman Origins. Additionally, the Vita will be the only non-Nintendo platform to offer touch compatibility (360 and PS3 owners will not have the option to use SmartGlass or the Vita as a second screen, respectively).

Rayman Legends will be hitting stateside September 3rd of this year, while Europe will receive the game a few days earlier on August 30th.

(Source: NeoGAF)

Shin Megami Tensei IV Has Sold Off 80% Of Its Shipment

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Shin Megami Tensei IV was released in Japan last week and sold 188,562 copies in its first week. According to Japanese sales tracker Media Create, the game sold through 80.14% of its shipment in its first week. The last Shin Megami Tensai game, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, which released in 2003, sold 185,000 copies in its first-week, and sold through 75.7% of its shipment.

It will be interesting to see how this brand grows in the future, but for now, we can look forward to Shin Megami Tensi x Fire Emblem which is releasing for the Wii U at some unknown date (Possibly more at E3).

[Source: Siliconera]

Direct: Ace Attorney 5 Trailer, Details

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Monster Hunter 4 wasn’t the only star of today’s Nintendo Direct, the other being another of Capcom’s upcoming 3DS heavy-hitters, Ace Attorney 5 (Ace Attorney Dual Destinies in North America).

Nintendo revealed that the game will launch in Japan on July 25th and as usual players will be able to collect evidence, examine witnesses and make objections. The game follows the storyline of Ace Attorney 4 and is set one year after the events in that game.

A demo will be on the eShop during June.

Direct: Monster Hunter 4 Trailer

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Nintendo held a Japan-only 3DS Nintendo Direct today, where it revealed the release date, price, limited edition hardware and online multi-player for Monster Hunter 4.  Not done with this they were also kind enough to show off some new footage of the game in action…

We reported earlier that two Limited Edition 3DS LLs will also be release on 14th September, which will come bundled with the game. Popular monsters from the entire series appear along with plenty of new ones. Another new additions include two new weapons: souchuukan and charge axe.

Capcom are planning a demo event at Aqua City on Odaiba this weekend, 1st & 2nd June. For those who can’t attened there will be a 3D MH4 trailer available on the 3DS eShop.

 

Direct: Monster Hunter 4 Dated, Themed 3DS Hardware Announced

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Capcom revealed during today’s Japan-only 3DS-centric Direct that Monster Hunter 4 will launch in Japan on September 14th priced at 5,990 yen.

They will also release in partnership with Nintendo, two special Monster Hunter 4 themed 3DS XL’s.

 

Exclusive: Rex Rocket Update From Rob Maher, New Screen

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Rex Rocket successfully completed it’s Kickstarter campaign a couple of days ago. Originally pitched with a modest $6000 goal, the game managed to bring in just shy of $11,000 and it’s Linux stretch goal. Fortunately for us, developer Rob Maher has confirmed his intentions to bring the game to the 3DS and Wii U’s eShops.

Exclusive New Screen

Exclusive New Screen: Ship’s Medical Bay

Upon the completion of this campaign, we reached out to Rob who we previously interviewed a few weeks ago for a status update on the exciting project…

“With a successful Kickstarter campaign under our belts, we’re moving full steam ahead on the production of Rex Rocket.  The whole team has renewed motivation from all the positive feedback we received and we’re now more focused than ever on delivering a fun and polished game.” 

Rob also confirmed that they are in the initial stages of becoming an approved Nintendo developer, and have also incorporated to become CastlePixel. The game will also be made available via Steam

 

North America – Nintendo Download 30th May

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This week’s Nintendo Downloads are as follows….

Wii U

Wii U VC

Keep in mind that if you purchase either Mega Manx or Ghosts’N Goblins, you can get a 50% discount on the other one! You can make use of this cool “combo” until June 6.

Ghosts’N Goblins – $4.99
Mega Man X – $7.99

Wii U Sale

Just Dance 4 – 30% price drop and you can select downloadable content (ends June 4)

3DS

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The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves - $11.99
Gummy Bears Mini Golf - $5.99

3DS VC sale

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages  - $4.99  (was $5.99, ends June 20)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons – $4.99  (was $5.99, ends June 20

3DS Demo

Project X Zone: Imperial Demo (from June 4)

[Source: Nintendo]

Japanthusiast: The 3DS Summons It’s Demons

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Software

01(00) [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei IV – 188,562 (NEW)
02(00) [PS3] Kamen Rider: Battride War – 128,659 (NEW)
03(00) [PS3] Resident Evil: Revelations – 102,673 (NEW)
04(02) [3DS] Friend Collection: New Life – 59,876 (984,984)
05(00) [PSV] Valhalla Knights 3 – 40,357 (NEW)
06(00) [PS3] Terraria – 19,861 (NEW)
07(03) [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 19,079 (731,304)
08(04) [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 15,489 (3,232,840)
09(01) [PSP] Summon Night 5 – 13,624 (119,135)
10(00) [WIU] Resident Evil: Revelations – 8,398 (NEW)
11(00) [360] Resident Evil: Revelations – 7,053 (NEW)
12(06) [PS3] Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 5,334 (184,088)
13(08) [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition – 5,190 (482,930)
14(00) [PS3] Z/X: Zillions of Enemy X – Zetsukai no Crusade – 5,019 (NEW)
15(07) [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission – 4,105 (193,160)
16(00) [3DS] Tamagotchi no Doki Doki Dream Omisecchi – 3,961 (NEW)
17(/09) [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3,517 (2,032,180)
18(05) [PS3] MuvLuv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 3,138 (15,511)
19(10) [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,045 (2,054,247)
20(16) [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – 2,612 (310,085)

Launch to date sales in parenthesis

Hardware

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  • [3DS] – 54,710 (37,124)
  • [PS3] – 13,318 (10,948)
  • [PSV] – 12,171 (10,931)
  • [PSP] – 5,749 (6,524)
  • [WIU] – 5,648 (6,037)
  • [WII] – 1,192 (1,143)
  • [360] – 382 (349)

Previous weeks sales in parenthesis

 

Sega Accepting Applications to Sonic Birthday Bash

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Today Sega opened the application process to attend the Sonic Birthday Party at the Tokyo Joyopolis.  This year marks the 22nd birthday of the Blue Blur, and with this year’s celebration Sega will be celebrating by providing a talk from the team behind Sonic: Lost World as well as a live demonstration of the game in action.

The application process runs from today until June 12th, and entrants will be entered into a lottery from which 100 will be selected and provided free admission into the Joyopolis, some official Sonic: Lost World swag, a chance to meet the Sonic team, and an up close walkthrough of the demo version of the game.

Those who do not win will be afforded the opportunity to watch in a different way, but those details have not yet been revealed.  Those details will be provided at a later date.  I presume that the rest of the world will have an opportunity to get a peek at the game in action at some point after the celebration.

What are your thoughts on Sega’s announcement?  How many wish they could be in Japan right about now?   Sound off in the comments below.

[Source: Joyopolis]