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Game Boy Color Cult Classics The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, Ages Release Tomorrow (May 30 2013) For 3DS eShop

3DS Zelda Oracle Artwork

Both games coming to 3DS on May 30th!

Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Seasons gets a digital re-release tomorrow on 3DS eShop! Don’t forget Nintendo guys! In all the hubbub surrounding the XboxOne and PS4, Nintendo is dropping bombs! (Also check out my On the Cutting Room Floor: Zelda Oracle Games)

The first major Atomic Bomb Blast in the war between console manufacturers for your almighty dollar is two beloved classic retro titles from the Game Boy Color library that have long been and are oft-requested. These cult classics, known as The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, could not be more beloved. However both of them were skipped on by a very large majority of gamers, despite the games selling a combined total of 8 million units when they hit store shelves in 2001, making them one of the best pairs of Game Boy Color games ever released and both a commercial and critical success for Nintendo & Capcom.

Even so, they remain one of the least popular and least well-known, or maybe we should say, “least named in a conversation” Zelda games in the series, parltly because they were developed by Capcom’s Flagship Studios instead of Nintendo, partly because they are portable titles and not console games, and partly because they are kinda… Weird.

Even so, they built on the success, the gameplay, the in-game graphics, the look (albeit with completely new artwork that gave Link a unique, kinda feminine and childish look), the sound and music and the footprint of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening… Which remains one of the best games of all time. Many people who have played these two titles believe that they trump Link’s Awakening… Quite a feat!

They are certainly much more complex than Zelda: Link’s Awakening, kinda like comparing the original Pokemon titles (Red and Blue) to Pokemon Gold & Silver. Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons each feature a different focus. Oracle of Seasons is more action-oriented, while Oracle of Ages is more puzzle oriented. Depending on the type of style of Zelda that you prefer (action or thought), you’ll want to begin with one game or the other.

Not only that however, but each game features it’s own unique hook. Ages has you traveling through Time, Seasons has you manipulating between the four seasons of the earth. And each game features unique characters, dungeons, quests, enemies, bosses, puzzles, Items and more! Not only that, but you can link the two titles together which is the only way to see the true boss! And if you play the Game Boy Color cartridge originals on a Game Boy Advance, you can access a special shop that will not appear in the 3DS Virtual Console re-releases.

All told, these games are definitely worth a play. If you own a 3DS, definitely purchase them (they only cost a measly $5) when they release tomorrow, May 30th 2013 in both Europe and America, at around 9am!

As for me, I own both the Game Boy Color originals but never played them! Thus I’ll be busting them out for a new Let’s Play as well as doing unboxing and instruction book videos for both games! Huzzah! :D

 

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Mario And Donkey Kong 3DS: Mini’s On the Move Release Date Is May 9 2013 (3DS eShop)

Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis On the Move for 3DS eShop will be released on May 9th 2013 announced Nintendo via their Nintendo Direct 3DS conference. This is the latest installment in the puzzle-focused “Mario vs Donkey Kong” series.

This time things have changed slightly in the way that players solve, and create, puzzles, thus the name change. More soon.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in News, Videogame News

 

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DuckTales Remastered Remakes 8bit NES Classic. Hits Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, and WiiU eShop This Summer

Ducktales Remastered Wallpaper

Soo awesome!

DuckTales Remastered remakes the 8bit NES classic that kids of the 80s know and love! This game (released in 1989) was one of my all-time favorite NES games when I was a kid, and set on the shelf next to the likes of TaleSpin and Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, all great NES platformer games!

Capcom announced at PAX East 2013 that they are completely remaking this 8bit masterpiece for release this Summer on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA), PlayStation Network (PSN) and WiiU eShop!

DuckTales Remastered seeks to take the levels and layout of the original game, but will greatly expand and update them to create essentially an all-new title in the spirit of the original. The graphics have been completely upgraded to modern-day standards, beautifully recreated with luscious hand-drawn visuals, backgrounds and animated sprites, which re-invisions the look of the 8bit classic.

In addition, and a HUGE, HUGE bullet point, Disney and Capcom have brought back the ENTIRE VOICE CAST of the original DuckTales cartoon series from 1987 (it ran until 1990) including the 94-year-old Alan Young, voice of Scrooge McDuck! He, in addition to everyone else, has recorded all-new material for all of the DuckTales characters, significantly enhancing the game and giving it the authentic feel that fans of both the voiceless 8bit original NES platformer, and the 80s cartoon series, will love and appreciate!

DuckTales NES Cover Front and Back Box Artwork

Man this takes me back!

Like in the original game, players will take control of Scrooge McDuck himself and his unstoppable pogostick (used to jump on enemies and reach higher areas) as you explore the various themed worlds of the game and collect hidden treasures in order to become the world’s richest duck… This includes some deviously hidden secrets.

Although my memory of the game is very vague, I can recall unlocking the secret to an island that rises up from the sea (or something) and my young mind being absolutely blown. Just like sinking into the quicksand in Super Mario Bros. 2 to appear on the otherside of the wall, the secrets in DuckTales were plentiful and extremely mysterious, really stretching the young mind to new levels of wonder. Whether this game will still have that effect on me or not is doubtful, but I haven’t played the game since the late 80s or early 90s, so it will be a REAL treat to go back to it! In the meantime I may just have to track down a copy of the original NES cartridge to play on my NES2, and bust out some nostalgia!

Capcom promises that the renewed voicework from the talent behind the animated series will bring the in-game characters sparkling to life with “charm and wit”. Additionally, all of the classic melodies, songs and music from the original 8bit NES game and the animated series have been given a modern twist and remixed to great effect, further updating this new version.

A tutorial level has been added to acquant new fans to the iconic Pogo Jump and Cane Swing that form the basis of the gameplay in this side-scrolling 2D platformer, and an additional and all-new “Scrooge McDuck’s Museum” will track all of your stats that you can compare with the world in global leaderboards. There, of course, will also be new Achievements and Trophies to unlock. Hopefully there will be more stuff to unlock as well…

DuckTales Remastered is being developed by acclaimed developer WayForward Technologies, who are well known for creating hit downloadable titles like LIT, Mighty Switch Force, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, BloodRayne: Betrayal, Double Dragon Neon and retail hits for DS/3DS/Wii/PS Vita like Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aliens: Infestation and Silent Hill: Book of Memories. So the game is in good hands!

It’s worth noting that two additional DuckTales games were developed after the original 1989 NES title. They include DuckTales 2, released for NES and Game Boy in 1993 (developed by Capcom and a direct-sequel), and DuckTales: The Quest For Gold released for PC and developed by Incredible Technologies in 1990. If this game does well enough we just may see the re-release of DuckTales 2 as well, which would be great. Hopefully from there they can remake or re-release other Disney hits like Chip N’ Dale, Darkwing Duck and TaleSpin! :D

Here is an interview that gives a few more details on DuckTales Remastered.

 

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HarmoKnight New 3DS eShop Game Freak Rhythm Action Title Releases March 28 2013. From Creators of Pokemon

3DS eShop Music Game From Pokemon Creators Game Freak HarmoKnight Gameplay Screenshot

A new music game from the creators of Pokemon? Sign me up!

HarmoKnight for 3DS eShop releases on March 28th 2013 and is an all-new Rhythm Action game by Game Freak, the developers behind Pokemon! This game marks their first original non-Pokemon game since Drill Dozer released for the Game Boy Advance in 2006 (I own a sealed copy :D). Very exciting!

HarmoKnight (as in “Harmony Knight”) is a easy to play but deeply rich, unique experience where the jumping and swatting actions of the main character create the very rhythms and harmonies of the background music! Timing is everything as the game is played with only two buttons, jumping and hitting.

HarmoKnight Map Screenshot 80 Levels 8 Worlds Marching Band to Rock Music (3DS eShop)

80 levels across 8 Worlds with themed music from Rock to Marching Band!

You’re task is to collect music notes strewn across the courses and defeat enemies with correct timing, which adds richness and depth to the harmony. Beating a level with the proper timing won’t be easy, and will provide lots of replay value to this already massive game, which contains 80 levels across 8 worlds as the player hunts for a symphony of instruments. These worlds will be themed, from Marching Band to Rock Music and everywhere in between. VERY COOL!

HarmoKnight Pokemon Pikachu Screenshot

At least one Pokemon music level will be featured in the game!

Earn a high enough score in a level and you will unlock new advanced and more challenging modes, like Speed Runs! Additionally, neat Bonus Tracks will be included (and likely downloadable as DLC) that feature theme songs from Pokemon! And hopefully from other Nintendo games as well.

This game looks like a real winner! I love Rhythm Action games like Elite Beat Agents and Final Fantasy Theatrhythm, so this game looks awesome to me! Good to see Game Freak being able to work on something else besides Pokemon for a change!

 

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Dillon’s Rollling Western 2: The Last Ranger Release Date Is April 11 2013 For 3DS eShop. All-New Game In Action Tower Defense Series

Dillon's Rolling Western 2: The Last Ranger Gameplay Screenshot 3DS eShop

Gameplay in Dillon’s Rolling Western 2 is just as fast and visceral as the first!

Dillon’s Rolling Western 2: The Last Ranger will be released on April 11th 2013 exclusively for 3DS eShop, and is an all-new sequel to the original 3DS eShop title, a critically acclaimed Action Tower Defense title with great characters and an cool Western theme.

In this new game, players will be able to recruit all-new allies by battling them and defeating them throughout the new adventure. This game also will include extensive new StreetPass features!

Dillon's Rolling Western 2 Gallow Lizard Gunman Character Screenshot (3DS)

Meet Gallow, the Lizard gunman!

Officially entitled “Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger”, like the first Dillon’s Rolling Western (released late last year for 3DS eShop) the game combines the strategy of defeating enemies with Weapon Placements that Dillon can purchase and deploy around the map (Tower of Defense-style); and mixes it with visceral action elements as main character Dillon, a Gun-toting Western Armadillo, rolls into a ball and slams into enemies with flashy attacks and claw swipes!

Dillon's Rolling Western 2 Protect the Train Last Ranger Screenshot (eShop 3DS)

Protect that train!

Gallow, a strong but greedy Lizard Gunman, Boon, a foolish but powerful Bear, and Nomad, a mysterious Squid Assassin from the East Sea, are all fully-developed characters Dillon will meet and enemies that Dillon can turn into allies. They will join Dillon’s team of Cowboys for this adventure once you defeat them in battle. Like before, the characters are strong, unique, and very likeable!

Dillon's Rolling Western 2 Nomad Squid Assassin of East Sea Character Screenshot (3DS eShop)

This is Nomad, the Squid Assassin from the East Sea.

In addition to saving villages from peril and the onslaught of invading forces, Dillon is also tasked with defending a train as it moves throughout the game’s environments, adding a new depth to the strategy gameplay as you both have to wade off incoming foes, and protect the train from being attacked and hijacked!

Additionally, player’s will be able to share tips with others on how to pass the game’s levels, defeat bosses, and better protect their camps via StreetPass!

Dillon's Rolling Western 2 Boon the Bear. Powerful and Mysterious Character Screenshot (3DS eShop)

Meet Boon, a powerful and mysterious Bear.

Those who liked the first game are sure to love the sequel, and even if you didn’t play the first game, be sure to pick this one up. I can already tell it’s a winner! Looks awesome! :D

 

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New Mario vs Donkey Kong 4: Minis On the Move eShop 3DS Game Releases Soon. Level Editor Creation Tool Included. Called Mario & Donkey Kong Now

New Mario & Donkey Kong Minis On the Move 3DS eShop Coming Soon Logo Artwork

A new Mario & Donkey Kong game is always welcome!

Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is an all-new game in the acclaimed puzzle action game series previously known as “Mario vs Donkey Kong”!

It features the action puzzle gameplay starring Mario & Donkey Kong that fans love from previous installments (Mario vs Donkey Kong for GBA released in 2004, Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis released for DS in 2006, and Mario vs Donkey Kong: Minis March Again released in 2009 for DSiWare and available to download right now for 3DS eShop).

Mario And Donkey Kong: Minis On the Move Gameplay Screenshot 3DS eShop

A new subtitle brings new kinds of puzzle gameplay to this hit portable series.

Mario AND Donkey Kong: Minis On the Move completely re-imagines what you expect from the series, introducing puzzles where you race against the clock to create paths, solve puzzles, and get the Mini Mario Toy’s to the Goal to complete each stage. The game features multiple levels with this concept, as well as lots of unlockable mini-games to play.

A robust Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Level Editor will be included so that you can create your own ingenious levels filled with devious puzzles. Play through the game and master the puzzles so that you can get adept at creating your own! You can then share this content with your friends online who own the game!

Here is gameplay footage of Mario vs Donkey Kong 4: Minis On the Move!

 

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3D Classics: Space Harrier Coming To 3DS eShop In Japan On December 26th From Sega. Other Retro Sega 3D Classics To Follow

3D Classics: Space Harrier Announced. Arcade Comes to 3DS

Hopefully 3D Classics: Space Harrier will come to the US eShop soon.

3D Classics: Space Harrier? I’m a big fan of Nintendo’s 3D Classics series, particularly 3D Classics: Xevious, if you read my previous post (Addictive Shooter: 3D Classics: Xevious) a long while back about it. Sadly Nintendo seems to have stopped making the 3D Classics series after only six entries, including: 3D Classics: TwinBee, 3D Classics: Kid Icarus, 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure, 3D Classics: Urban Champion, 3D Classics: Xevious, 3D Classics: Excitebike.

For whatever reason, Nitnendo didn’t take advantage of the huge opportunities to make awesome 3D versions of games that truly deserve it, like say Super Mario RPG, Super Mario Kart, F-Zero, Donkey Kong Country or the like.

However it looks like Sega may be taking up the mantle and running with it, as 3D Classics: Space Harrier, or at least a 3D remake of Space Harrier for the eShop, will be coming to the Japanese 3DS digital store on December 26th!

It will include updates to the original such as mid-game saves, various display options, Time Trial, a mode that simulates the movements and sound of the original arcade cabinet, and more, all in glorious stereoscopic, glasses-free 3D!

No word on whether or not this title will be released in the U.S., but hopefully so. And hopefully Sega has more 3D Classic retro games up its sleeve for the future!

True story: I’ve never played Space Harrier. Or much of Sega’s classic, retro library…..

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in News, Video of the Day, Videogame News, Videos

 

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