Tagged "Zelda"

Jul 04
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Fore! With tennis on the television this weekend both Virtua Tennis 4 and Top Spin 4 re-enter the top ten at #5 and #8 respectively. Oddly though, Fight Night Champion dropped down the chart despite boxing being on the picture box as well.

As predicted last week, with Transformers: Dark of the Moon now out in cinemas, it too makes the top ten rising like the fallen up from #17 to #6. Zumba Fitness is still #1. Is it any good, or is it just selling on name alone?

The new arrivals in the top ten have forced both The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Duke Nukem Forever down, to #11 and #12.

Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D is the next highest entry at #21, followed by UFC: Personal Trainer at #22.

Remember – if you buy a copy of Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D pre-owned, somebody from Capcom comes over your house and does a dirty on your doorstep. Either that or you won’t be able to make new save files. I forget.

Jun 29
By Matt Gander In Cache in the Attic 2 Comments

Loose copies of Taito’s Little Samson on NES can fetch up to £100 due to its rarity. You’d think that a complete copy would only fetch a little more, but not so – this new and sealed copy netted a US seller $5,500.00 (£3,444.39) after 29 bids. What is it with Americans paying stupid amounts of money for NES games? Still, $5,500 is nothing compared to what that infamous copy of Stadium Events sold for.

One lucky seller is also ending this month a whole lot richer after selling two new and sealed Nintendo Game & Watch LCD handhelds. Octopus sold for £2,999 on Buy it Now while a panorama view Mickey Mouse went for £2,000 on a Best Offer. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks he’s a taking the Mickey to charge £10 postage on top of those prices. Just to confirm its actual worth, another complete Mickey Mouse recently sold at $999.00 (£625.63) with one bid.

Because Sega released Sonic & Knuckles in a cardboard case it can be hard to find a boxed copy. And when they do turn up boxed it’s usually in bad condition. Not this French copy that sold for €511.56 though (£453.80) – it’s new and sealed in a blister pack. He also got €121.00 (£107.34) for a copy of Sonic 3 in similar packaging. Blister packed games are common in France. They were often used as it allowed toy shops, supermarkets and the like to display and sell games without fear of the contents being stolen or damaged.

Seeing as it’s Sonic’s 20th this month, here are a few other hedgehog related items. A Brazilian TecToy release of Sonic Spinball on Master System spun £49.99 out of somebody on Buy It Now, this Tomy Sonic Pinball game went for £29.99 while somebody thought £41.37 was a fair price to pay for a Sonic costume. Gosh!

With The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D riding high in the charts now is as good as time as any to give Link some loving too. A signed copy of Ocarina of Time on N64 went for £155 (13 bids). Obviously it was signed by Shigeru Miyamoto, and not the seller’s mum. A Zelda Game & Watch also netted £205 (8 bids), and proving that there are a lot of mugs out there a Zelda edition Game Boy Advance SP sold for £200 on Buy It Now. That said, another went for £109.99.

There hasn’t been much of note going on in the world of PlayStation collecting – apart from a sealed fishing game selling for an absurd $90.00 (£56.36) – so we’re going to have to turn to the obscure stuff.

How’s about this? A development copy of Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy on Atari Jaguar which ended at $75.00 (£46.97). The seller was unable to find buyers for his 8 other development cartridges though. Random fact: Trevor McFur made up 50% of the Atari Jaguar’s US launch line-up. The other 50% was the pack-in game Cybermorph.

Then on NEOGEO copies of Super Sidekicks 4, World Heroes Perfect and the brilliantly named Bang Bang Busters sold for £887.08, £637.90 and £520.00 respectably.

The NEOGEO – the only console that you have to sell a kidney to be able to buy new games for.

Jun 27
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

The good news is that the highest new entry in this week’s chart isn’t the new Transformers tie-in but rather F.E.A.R 3 which makes a chart debut at #3. Optimus and the others have to make do with #17. No doubt it’ll be in the top 10 next week once the movie is released.

Speaking of the top 10, Zumba Fitness is still #1. L.A Noire is up from #4 to #2, DiRT 3 rises from #7 to #3 and thanks to Wimbledon Top Spin 4 bounces back from #28 to #10. Both Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Duke Nukem Forever are on the fall though – Link is down to #6 and Duke is now at #8.

Shadows of the Damned hasn’t got off to a very good start at all – it enters at #31. That’s still better than Child of Eden, which has dropped to #35. THQ has also had a bad week – Red Faction: Armageddon has gone from #12 to #32 while Homefront has drops from #18 to #37.

There’s still no sign of the Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters in the top 40 despite the film now being shown in cinemas. The best the green guy can do is #20 in the Wii chart.

Jun 16
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

It’s scary to think that those who were born when Zelda: The Ocarina of Time was released will now be 13 years old. As such, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people buying it on 3DS this weekend will have never played it before. Probably not the majority, but I’d wager more than most expect. Reviews suggest that time has been incredibly kind to it, no pun intended, with a few 10/10s popping up on the ‘net. And if you have played it before then worry not – it also contains the much tougher Master Quest.

Not only does the 3DS get its first essential purchase this week, but the Kinect too in the form of Child of Eden. Trying to explain what it entails will cause brain leakage via the earlobes, so let’s just say if you liked Rez you’ll like this.

Reviews of EA’s Alice: Madness Returns have been mixed but general opinion seems to be that it’s good but not very original. One to possibly avoid though is Square-Enix’s Dungeon Siege III which is being slipped into stores on the sly. Somebody on our Twitter feed posted their first impressions about it, most of which were vulgar swear words.

Flippin’ ‘eck – there’s also a new pinball game out this week. Williams Pinball Classics features 10 tables and is available on Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PSP. There’s also 3DS version due out in the not too distant future. Zavvi looks like the best place to bag some balls of steel – £17.85 for the console versions and £12.85 on PSP. The PSP version sounds like it has had some love put into it with a vertical screen mode and game sharing.

Next week: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Shadows of the Damned, FEAR 3, Ape Escape, Cubic Ninja, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Wii Play: Motion, Tour De France 2011, Michael Phelps: Push the Limit, National Geographic Challenge and Squinkies.

Jun 08
By Matt Gander In Blog 7 Comments

Whoever said you can’t keep a secret these days was wrong. The new Nintendo console is not called Café, Beem, Stream or even Wii 2 or Wii HD but rather Wii U. Simply because it’s a console with something for everybody. You, specifically. There’s enough tech behind it to power visually demanding games and it’s also backwards compatible with the original Wii controllers and software.

Predictably there are a lot of conversions on the way but they’re not of older titles but rather games that are still to be released including Batman: Arkham City, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online, Tekken, Darksiders 2, Metro Last Light, Assassin’s Creed and DiRT. EA also hinted that Battlefield 3 is on it’s way. How Nintendo managed to stop developers leaking info is a mystery. Maybe Reggie threatened to crush their testicles with unsold copies of Wii Music?

There isn’t much to talk about in regards to the design of the console – it’s merely a Wii with rounded corners and a bigger power button. IBM are supplying the processor, it uses Nintendo’s own 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs and supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Yep – you can stick a HDMI cable into the back of it. There are also four USB ports because you can never have enough.

The controller itself is the real head turner. A combination of an iPad and a traditional analogue controller, it has a 6.2 inch 16:9 touch screen, two analogue sticks, four trigger buttons, a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feedback, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus. It truly is the Swiss Army Knife of the videogame controller world. T3 magazine reports that it is very light to hold and the screen is both clear and bright. Nintendo wouldn’t tell them how long the battery life is though. Likewise, price and release date are still a mystery.

Tech demos shown so far include HD Zelda, New Super Mario Bros. Mii and Battle Mii – a Metroid themed deathmatch. It’s still early days for the console yet, although the Zelda-alike Darksiders 2 was confirmed to be a launch title.

Speaking of Zelda, Nintendo’s conference kicked off with a tribute to the hero of Hyrule. It was revealed that Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for DSi is going to be a free download on DSiWare from September while a golden Wii remote will be released to tie-in with Zelda: Skyward Sword on Wii. And to celebrate Link’s 25th, symphony concerts are going to be held across the globe and two Zelda CDs will be available for the first to register Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D with Club Nintendo.

New details for a host of 3DS games were then revealed. In Mario Kart – which is being co-developed by Retro Studios – vehicles can be customised and there are also underwater sections and hang-glider power-ups. Starfox takes photos of your face for multiplayer purposes and Super Mario 3DS (as it’s now called) mixes bits of pieces from Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Bros. 3. It’s going to have a Zelda-themed world too, viewed from a top-down perspective. Kid Icarus makes his E3 appearance for a second year running but now multiplayer has been confirmed

As for new games, how about Luigi’s Mansion 2 for size? It’s being developed by Next Level Games (who did Punch Out on Wii) and is very exciting prospect being the type of thing that’ll genuinely benefit from the 3DS’s illusion of depth. Several mansions will be on offer for Luigi to explore suggesting it won’t be as short as its predecessor. Kirby Mass Attack was also announced for 3DS, as well as Super Fossil Fighters and the very barren and bizarre looking The Rolling Western.

Namco are bringing Ace Combat and Tekken to 3DS. It’ll be the first Tekken game on a Nintendo format since Tekken Advance on GBA. Oh, and there’s going to be a Tetris game on three dimentional handheld. It was bound to happen sooner or later.

Nintendo are going to be publishing Lego City Stories (referred to as LEGO: GTA by people on Twitter) in partnership with TT Games on both 3DS and Wii U. A new Super Smash Bros was also teased for both formats.

The Wii and DS still got a look in. Kirby Wii isn’t a sequel to the lovely Kirby’s Epic Yarn but rather a 2.5 platformer much like New Super Mario Bros. complete with a four-player mode. Fortune Street from Square-Enix and Mario Party 9 should please fans of virtual board games (if any exist), the lush looking Rayman Origins is Wii-bound and Professor Layton And The Devil’s Flute is now known as Professor Layton And The Last Specter.

Finally, the award for the most unintentionally hilarious game goes to Ubisoft’s TinTin: Secret of the Unicorn which shows TinTin – who’s only a young boy, lest you forget – punching seven bells out of fully grown men and grappling them to the ground. Rah!

Apr 14
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

How did Nintendo celebrate Mario’s 25th birthday? They put a crusty old SNES game on a Wii disk and bundled it with a music CD that wasn’t even worth taking out of the box. Unbelievable, really.

Rumour has it that Nintendo plans a similar package for Link’s 25th birthday. Could a press release like the one below be imminent? We bloody hope not, but at least we’ve managed to have a bit of fun with the prospect:

Link’s finest moments to be re-re-re-released on Nintendo Wii

Bognor Regis – April 14, 2011 – In 2003 Nintendo generously gave away copies of The Legend of Zelda™: Collector’s Edition on GameCube™ as a free promotional item. Today Nintendo is pleased to announce that this legendary collection will be gloriously preserved in The Legend of Zelda – 25th Anniversary Collection for Nintendo Wii™.

This collection contains four classics that gamers have already purchased many times before, including The Legend of Zelda; Link™’s second quest The Adventure of Link (which isn’t as bad as you remember, because we say so); and Link’s two Nintendo 64™ adventures Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. You know, the one that’s brilliant but we act like we’re ashamed of it? That one.

This is a collection that Zelda fans are bound to love and cherish, at least until copies start selling for fifty quid on eBay.

In addition to this stunning compilation disk, an art book featuring art we found on Google Image Search, and a music CD including Navi™’s fantastically annoying speech samples – such as “Hey!”, “Watch Out!” and “Listen!” – will also be included.

In a revolutionary move The Legend of Zelda – 25th Anniversary Collection will have no fixed RRP, allowing retailers to charge whatever they please. Nobody seemed to mind with Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Collection, and we found that quite funny, so we’ll let them do it again.

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection will be released either to coincide with Link’s 25th birthday or when there’s a gap in the Wii release schedule. Whichever comes first, to be honest; probably the latter.

In 2012 Nintendo will be honouring Kirby™’s 20th birthday by re-releasing the SNES mini-game collection Kirby Super Star on Wii, which will come with a free pack of strawberry Hubba Bubba.

–Ends–

Nov 07
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

Usually when a console starts getting long in the processor the software released for it tends to be either kid’s licensed games or cheaply produced budget games. Although this will no doubt be the trend once the 3DS is out and DS sales start to slide, Nintendo has a plan to keep the DS hardcore pleased.

According to what CEO Satoru Iwata has told investors, this plan involves localising numerous Japan-only games and releasing them on our shores:

“If we should use too many of our development resources in order to maintain the Nintendo DS market, we would not be able to realise a sound launch for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo’s software is often made in Japan and launched first in Japan, and then localised for the overseas markets after confirming its marketability in Japan.

Some Nintendo titles, such as the ones developed by Mr. Miyamoto and his team, have been made with the global market launches in view from the start of the development because people inside Nintendo believed in their global appeal.

However, even some of the titles that Mr. Miyamoto was involved with, such as the original Animal Crossing, were first launched only in Japan, and only after the localisation teams outside Japan were able to appreciate the appeal of the software, our overseas subsidiaries requested us to launch the same titles in their countries.

As a result, some software has already proved its marketability in Japan but is still not available in the overseas markets, and for some software titles, our localisation teams are currently spending time to localise them. Taking advantage of such software may be one of the ways to deal with your question about the transitional period from Nintendo DS to Nintendo 3DS”

What can we expect? Just about anything from the sound of things, although Tomodachi Collection, Chibi-Robo, Soma Bringer, Super Control Robot MG and the brilliantly titled Color Changing Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love are worthy bets.

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