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Nintendo Download: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, Just Dance 2016, more
This week’s Nintendo Download features a batch of scary adventures, a pair of licensed games, and a new entry in one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises.
Available tomorrow for the 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is another multiplayer Zelda game. Taking place in the aftermath of A Link Between Worlds, players will have to guide three heroes through “inventive dungeons” as the build a “Link Totem” to solve puzzles and defeat enemies.
A pair of licensed games are also new available for the 3DS this week. Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations turns the adventurous duo into detectives, searching the Land of Ooo for strange cases to solve (sounds a bit like The X-Files with a talking dog…). 3DS players will also have the chance to download Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden this week. The anime adaptation features “bone-crushing blows” and more than 100 characters.
Over on the Wii U, players will get the chance to download three games that bring the scares just in time for Halloween. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water brings the Camera Obscura to the console for the first time, and asks players to hunts ghosts in the haunted woods atop the mysterious Mount Hikami. Slender: The Arrival also sets much of its action in a forest as players avoid the dreaded Slenderman. Finally, Super Ghouls ’N Ghosts is a Virtual Console re-released of the Game Boy Advance remake of the classic Super NES side-scroller. That’s a mouthful, so remember to keep your pants on Arthur!
Finally this week, if you’d rather dance, Ubisoft will release two new games in their long-running Just Dance series for the Wii U. Just Dance 2016 features songs from Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, and many others while Just Dance: Disney Party 2 lets the whole family dance along to the most popular shows and movies on the Disney Channel.
You can find more information about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)
Nintendo is all set to release Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for the Wii U next week, but first they want to scare the pants off any prospective players with this “Extremely Spoopy” new trailer.
Maiden of the Black Water takes place on Mount Hikami, a fictional forest that’s based on Aokigahara, a Japanese region that is more popularly known as “Suicide Forest.” The creepy and terrifying woods look to be the perfect locale for the horror game, and the trailer doesn’t skimp on the scares. And things really get crazy once the heroine is given the Camera Obscura, which illuminates the spirits that haunt the mountain.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water will be available to download exclusively through the Wii U eShop on October 22. A full-featured “Free To Start” demo will also be released on the same day.
While most Nintendo fans are pretty broken up about The Legend of Zelda Wii U‘s delay, the consolemaker still has an extensive lineup of games on track to launch this Fall. Earlier this week, they announced official release dates for three of these games…
- Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, a horror game developed in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, will be available exclusively through the Wii U eShop on October 22. Players will also be able to download a free-to-start demo that includes the prologue, the first chapter, and a good portion of the second.
- Star Fox Zero, the first game in the franchise for the Wii U, will be released on November 20.
- Devil’s Third, a melee brawler for the Wii U from Tomonobu Itagaki, will be released on December 11.
In addition to these three titles, Nintendo also nailed down release dates for several new Amiibo figures. The Mii Fighters 3-Pack, which is compatible with Super Smash Bros. For 3DS and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, will be released on November 1. It’ll be followed by Mewtwo on November 13, Mega Yarn Yoshi (for use with Yoshi’s Woolly World) on November 15, and Falco on November 20.
And don’t forget about Mario. A Wii U System Bundle featuring Super Mario Maker will be available exclusively at Walmart on September 11. The bundle, which will retail for $299.96, will include the system, the game, an Idea Book, and a 30th Anniversary Mario Amiibo in “Modern Colors.” Mario’s first Wii U adventure will even get a makeover this Fall as a special New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U package will be released on October 16 with a $59.99 price tag.
Finally, Nintendo promised that Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, both of which are in development for the Wii U, will be released sometime during the “Holiday” season. I guess it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Wii U owners looking for a scare will be happy to know that Fatal Frame 5 will be released by Nintendo in North America later this year. Jointly developed by Nintendo and Koei Tecmo, Fatal Frame 5 will include three playable characters, who are each exploring Mount Hikami, a “cursed tourist destination.”
Available in Japan (where it’s known as Fatal Frame: Oracle of the Sodden Raven) since September, Fatal Frame 5 will be the first game in the series released in the US since 2005’s Fatal Frame III: The Tormented.
The film industry uses the opening of blockbuster season to signify the start of Summer. Meanwhile, the video game industry sets its seasonal clock by Activision and the announcement of the next Call of Duty game. This year’s entry stars Kevin Spacey and the staff of Warp Zoned took the time to debate his inclusion in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in the latest episode of “Continue Countdown.”
After that, the trio of Editor-In-Chief John Scalzo, Staff Writer Mike Ryan, and special guest Adam Woolcott talked about the expunging of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and the unearthing of Atari’s E.T. landfill. Next, they examined Microsoft’s Xbox Originals film production plan and their possible E3 2014 announcements before turning to Nintendo and Fatal Frame 5‘s Japanese exclusivity, Mario Kart 8‘s free game deal, and Super Smash Bros. 4‘s Best Buy debut. Finally, we say goodbye to Bob “Mario Mario” Hoskins.
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With the rights to the Fatal Frame franchise now jointly owned by Nintendo and Tecmo Koei, the two companies have decided to join forces to produce a new game in the series exclusively for the Wii U. The currently untitled Fatal Frame 5 was announced in Famitsu (thanks Gematsu) along with a slew of tie-in projects.
In addition to the game, Nintendo and Tecmo Koei will team up with Kadokawa Corporation to create a live-action film based on the game series. The movie, which will star Ayami Nakajo and Aoi Morikawa, will be released this Fall. But first, a Fatal Frame novel written by Eiji Otsuka will be released in August. Finally, a comic series, written by Tadashi Agi, is also in the works with an unannounced release date.
Sadly, Fatal Frame 5 and all of its spinoffs are slated to be released only in Japan. Nintendo and Tecmo Koei haven’t released a Fatal Frame game in America in nearly a decade and there currently appear to be no plan to bring the game or the tie-in material across the Pacific. But with Nintendo’s new found desire to broaden the Wii U’s appeal (just look at Bayonetta 2), perhaps the time is right for a Fatal Frame revival in America.