Pokemon fans in North America will get not just one, but 3 new Pokemon games this week!
Nintendo announcedtoday that 3 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon titles are coming for their Wii U Virtual Console service: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team; Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team; and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky.
According to Siliconera, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team are “sister games” but the former was originally released for Game Boy Advance and the latter for Nintendo DS. The first installments for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon follow the story of a human who was transformed into a Pokemon. The human befriended a Pokemon and established a rescue team that searches and saves lost or trapped Pokemon in a disaster-ravaged world.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky on the other hand, is connected to Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, which were all featured on Nintendo DS. Like the first set of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, a person became a Pokemon and teams up with a partner Pokemon to explore and save the world. The two join a group of explorers called Wigglytuff’s Guild.
Finally, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and NX has a title, and it’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Nintendo showed the first gameplay details of the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild today as part of the company’s E3 2016 presentations. And like what the title connotes, Link is growing wild!
According to Venture Beat, the game’s new features include Link cooking food for sustenance and maneuvering the environment. The new Link has a stamina gauge, can jump as well as climb walls. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link will not rely on hearts to live because he can’t find them anywhere. He needs to catch food, cook and eat it to regain his energy.
Unlike the previous Zelda games, weapons in the new game work differently. Link can use enemy weapons like he did in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Link can now burn bushes using a torch from a tree branch and chop down trees with a Woodcutter axe to create firewood. However, the weapons can also be destroyed.
In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the focus is more on technology instead of magic, wrote BBC. Nintendo only showed the online clips of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the Nintendo Treehouse livestream and the playable demos of the Wii U version at E3 2016, no NX at all. Below is the trailer of the upcoming Zelda game.
If you noticed in the trailer, Link is right-handed. GameSpot reported that game producer Eiji Aonuma explained why Link switched from being a lefty into right-handed.
"In terms of right-handedness of things, when we think about which hand Link is going to use, we think about the control scheme. With the gamepad, the buttons you'll be using to swing the sword are on the right side, and thus he's right-handed."
On why there is no female Link as fans speculated in the past, Aunoma told Kotaku that Link “was always planned to be a guy” since its 2014 trailer reveal.
“You know there’s the idea of the Triforce in the Zelda games we make,” Aunoma said.
“The Triforce is made up of Princess Zelda, Ganon and Link. Princess Zelda is obviously female. If we made Link a female we thought that would mess with the balance of the Triforce. That’s why we decided not to do it.”
When asked by a GameSpot reporter on the topic, Aunoma admitted that Nintendo had thought of satisfying fans’ desire for a female lead character by making Princess Zelda take a lead role in the Zelda game. But it did not push through because according to Aunoma, “if we have princess Zelda as the main character who fights, then what is Link going to do? Taking into account that, and also the idea of the balance of the Triforce, we thought it best to come back to this [original] makeup.”
So there you have it folks, no female Link in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U and NX versions!
Two days before the E3 2016 event kicks off at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Amazon posted The Legend of Zelda Wii U artwork on its Zelda page.
The latest artwork shows Link climbing up the cliff side with the sprawling landscape in the background. Although the image was already removed as of this time, the artwork has already been shared to several sites and seen by many people online. The Legend of Zelda Wii U will be showcasedby Nintendo at the E3 2016 tomorrow together with four other titles for its Nintendo Treehouse: Live, and will be the only playable game on the E3 2016 show floor.
Another The Legend of Zelda Wii U artwork was released by Nintendo last week during the press release of the Miitomo x Legend of Zelda retweet event which will end today. See the concept art here in case you haven’t seen it yet.
Fans and journalists are now starting to arrive in Los Angeles for the E3 2016 event. A representative from Nintendo Enthusiast shared a picture of the Nintendo lanyard for the event which raised speculations that there might be truth about a female Link on the upcoming game after all.
The Link shown riding Epona in last week’s artwork looks feminine with the longer hair and softer features than the Link holding a bow and arrow. Below is an image of the intriguing Nintendo lanyard that will be distributed on the E3 2016 event.
Can you see the difference? We’ll know for sure when the E3 2016 event opens tomorrow!
The Legend of Zelda game will be on display at the 2016 E3 convention to be held in Los Angeles on June 14 – 16, 2016. But if you will not be able to attend the E3 Live event, you go to the Nintendo Store in New York to get the chance to play The Legend of Zelda Wii U and watch the E3 live-stream.
According to Business Wire, 500 fans will be chosen to be the “first in the world” to play The Legend of Zelda Wii U from June 14 to 19. There will be a Super-Fan Signup Day on June 11, Saturday and the first 500 qualified people who lined up at 9 a.m. when the Nintendo Store opens will be given a wristband that they can trade for a ticket.
For those who will not be selected to try out the game, Nintendo experts will give “guided game-play demonstrations on the big screen” from June 15 – 19 for the fans to enjoy. For more info on the event, click here.
The pre-show conference of Nintendo will start at 9 a.m. of June 19th. In the previous E3, a Nintendo Direct full with gameplay and announcements for future titles were shown. But this time, the only focus will be The Legend of Zelda Wii U. There will be a whole day demo of The Legend of Zelda Wii U via Nintendo Treehouse Live which can be watched at Nintendo's E3 website, YouTube and Twitch.
Good news for fans in North America! You can now purchase The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass on the Wii U eShop for only $9.99!
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is the story after the Wind Waker showing Link and Tetra navigating through the Great Sea after Ganon’s downfall. But their journey is not as smooth as they want it to be because Tetra disappears on a mystical Ghost Ship. In order to rescue her, Link teams up with a fairy named Ciela, and Linebeck, the unenthusiastic captain of the ship S.S. Linebeck.
According to Nintendo Inquirer, the gameplay of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass revolves around sailing to various islands and exploring them on foot, which is similar to Wind Waker. The stylus will be used to draw on the sea chart a course that will be automatically followed by S.S. Linebeck. The stylus can then be used to control Link’s movement and sword attacks while on foot. With Wii U, the classic The Legend of Zelda weapons will be manipulated using touch screen controls.
Meanwhile, as announced previously, Nintendo NX will not make an appearance in this year’s E3. Though many fans were disappointed with this news, they at least have a definite time on when to expect the new console – and that’s March 2017. Nintendo has released a statement, wrote Christian Daily which says:
"Nintendo previously announced that it would release more information about its next system, code-named NX, this year. As the first announcement of any NX information, Nintendo confirmed that NX is scheduled to launch in March 2017. NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and will be unveiled later this year."