Up until very recently, I hadn’t touched a Legend of Zelda game. That’s mostly due to the fact of never really owning a Nintendo console, which all changed fairly recently with the launch on the New 3DS. Ocarina of Time was my first stop, and I was simply blown away by the sheer quality of a game that was created more than a decade ago. The Legend of Zelda reignited an addiction I haven’t had with a gaming series in a long time, and Majora’s Mask just served to intensify it.
There’s a new, new Nintendo 3DS out this month. A hardware update that packs some extra processing power and a few other additions, the device comes in two flavours: A big screen handheld that can be used to flatten Parktown Prawns, and a smaller pocket-size version which is ideal for my lady-sized hands. Both options are available locally, as compared to the US of A where only the bigger console is on sale. And that’s because Nintendo wants to expand their presence in the US by keeping the offerings simple.
I got yer Dragon Balls. Right here. IN MY HANDS! NOT A EUPHEMISM DAMMIT!
In the short space of a week I've gone from owning zero Nintendo Amiibo, to having an insatiable thirst to buy one nearly every day. I currently own four of the immaculately designed little figurines, and I understand why they're selling like hotcakes around the world. But which ones are flying off the shelves faster than they're getting there? Better yet, which one will soon be rare collectible items?
There’s a dearth of good shooters - third person or otherwise – on Nintendo’s little handheld. Ironfall Invasion, from little-known, but old-hat developers VD-DEV looks to address that, with varying degrees of success.
When it comes to The Legend of Zelda, there are undeniable gems and some absolute flops. Majora’s Mask, the upcoming remaster for the Nintendo 3DS, thankfully falls into the former of the two, and is widely considered one of the best Zelda games around. It’s also going to be the first game I pick up for my New3DS – and it looks like an absolute treat.
The Wii U has been written off as a failed console. It was laughed at and ignored. But some awesome games and the release of Amiibos have changed that, and the Wii U is picking up steam. But can we call it a contender again?
Last week’s Nintendo announcement wasn’t exactly surprising. Mario, Donkey Kong and various other familiar mascots were trotted out for a bunch of new games, while the release date for the new Nintendo 3DS was the main drawpoint of the show. But ask any RPG fan watching, and they’d tell you that Nintendo spent their load in the opening minutes of that conference, with a Fire Emblem money-shot for the ages. And you can expect that game to unleashed later this year.
And starting a new one! If you didn’t know, Nintendo has a rewards club in place. By redeeming the scratch cards you get wioth physical games, and tying your digital purchases to a Club Nintendo account you get to earn stars – which you can then trade for physical, Nintendo-themed items. It’s a cool way to rewards a loyal customer base with Nintendo baubles. You can see the catalogue available to South African Nintendo fans here. If you’ve got a cache of unspent stars waiting, you best get spending them soon. Club Nintendo is closing down.
Nintendo’s decision to region lock its handheld system, the 3DS continues to baffle me. IT’s the sort of thing that, being portable, would be perfect for being exempt from silly things like artificially imposed restrictions. Not being able to buy a new game for your portable system while travelling? That’s more than an oversight – it’s a damned tragedy. There’s a shiny new exploit that lets you bypass the region restriction – even letting you play your imported games in your own language if it’s available. Best of all? You won’t need a flashcart, you won’t need to modify your system and you won;t need to sacrifice a baby goat to Reggie Fils-Aime. All you need is an internet connection.
Believe this or not, but I've never played a Legend of Zelda game. It's a combination of me never really owning a Nintendo console and...well that's pretty much all it takes, doesn't it? I'm rectifying that next month with the New 3DS, and it looks like Majora's Mask 3D will be the perfect title to kick things off.
I’m not ashamed to admit that my eyes grew several sizes larger when I glimpsed the Majora’s Mask edition of the upcoming New 3DS XL at the tail end of the Nintendo Direct conference last night. The handheld looks gorgeous, and will most likely be one of many unique designs that roll out this year. I’m also a slut for Nintendo hardware, but it’s not like I can afford the unit right now. Especially at these prices.
Looks like the days of the original 3DS and its fatter cousin who gave up on a new year’s resolution within the first week, are numbered.
It wasn’t the best year for fighting games to be honest. 2015 thankfully should be different and a lot more jam packed. Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and yes, Street Fighter V (oh calm down already Geoff!), will crowd the genre once more. That doesn’t mean there weren't standout titles this year though. Who er... punched better than the other?
Handheld gaming has proven to be something special this year, especially thanks to all the load shedding we’ve all experienced! Which title really stood out though, keeping gamers away from their consoles and PCs even when the power was on? There can only be one top game for the consoles for ants!