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All Articles: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Nintendo began working with Nvidia several years ago, when the consolemaker was looking for a company to provide a graphical kick for their “NX” concept. In time, the NX would be revealed as the Nintendo Switch, and Nvidia confirmed the console would be powered by its popular Tegra chip. Today, Nintendo returned the favor in a surprising announcement to come out of China.
Speaking to Engadget, Nvidia has revealed that Nintendo will release remastered versions of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Punch-Out!! for the Nvidia Shield microconsole in China. Other games from Nintendo’s GameCube and Wii catalogs will be released for the Shield in the future… including Super Mario Galaxy.
Extending the business relationship that brought Nvidia technology to Nintendo Switch, some of Nintendo’s most beloved Wii and Nintendo GameCube titles are officially headed to China for the first time. New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Punch-Out!! are remastered in 1080p and available on the China version of Nvidia Shield, released today.
Because the Shield is so similar to the Switch, this deal might give us a window into Nintendo plans for its back catalog on the Switch. But that’s conversation for another time.
Tom Clancy’s The Division deals with the horrific aftermath of a terrorist attack on New York City on Black Friday, but everything came up green for Ubisoft last month. According to The NPD Group (as reported by GamesIndustry.biz), the multiplayer shooter took the top spot as the best-selling game of March 2016.
A bevy of new releases helped the retail game sector perform just as well in 2016 as it did in 2015. That includes The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD at #3, EA Sports UFC 2 at #5, MLB The Show 16 at #6, and Pokken Tournament at #7. And don’t worry, Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft continue to hang around the top ten, at #4 and #10, respectively.
A complete look at last month’s top ten best-selling titles can be found after the break. (more…)
The dual GameCube/Wii launch for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess always made it feel like a game without a home. But ten years on, it’s become one of the most beloved entries in the Zelda franchise, so it’s fitting that Nintendo is once again offering it to fans as The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD. The Wii U remake will be available to download through the Nintendo eShop beginning tomorrow and it’ll include improved graphics, a brand new Hero Mode, and a number of other tweaks.
Also available this week on the Wii U eShop is Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures, a bizarre point-and-click adventure game that was originally released for the Super NES back in 1994. If that doesn’t thrill you, there’s always Chasing Dead, a zombie-filled first person shooter from 2020 Venture.
More information on all of these games (and a few other new release) can be found after the break. (more…)
It’s a big week for re-releases as Nintendo, NetherRealm, Ubisoft, and NIS America are all giving some of their biggest games a second shot at the spotlight.
Nintendo is likely on the verge of another console transition, but the jump from the GameCube to the Wii felt unique in that players were given two chances to experience latest Legend of Zelda game. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princes was available for both platforms back in 2006, but now it’s back for its tenth anniversary as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U. In addition to the enhanced graphics implied by the “HD” branding, Twilight Princess HD will include a new Challenge Mode, a harder Hero Mode, and a beautiful Wolf Link Amiibo figure.
Another game getting an expanded re-release this week, though less than a year after its original launch, is Mortal Kombat X. Available this week for the PS4 and Xbox One, Mortal Kombat XL will add in all of the previously released downloadable content as well as the four new fighters from “Kombat Pack 2” (Alien‘s Xenomorph, Leatherface, Bo Rai Cho, and Tri-Borg).
NIS America will also jump onto the re-release train with The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition, a PS4 remake of an action RPG originally released for the PS3.
And finally, after making its PS4 and Xbox One debut last week, Ubisoft’s Stone Age adventure, Far Cry: Primal, will be released for the PC this week.
The rest of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Here’s a GameCube vs Wii U comparison video for Zelda: Twilight Princess HD from Nintendo
Nintendo will launch The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD in just eleven days, but Nintendo UK wants everyone to get excited a tad early with this brand new trailer comparing the graphics of the Wii U update with the GameCube original. It’s a short trailer, but it’s obvious that the visual contrast between the two is striking.
In addition to improved graphics, Nintendo has added a bevy of And don’t forget all the other other features to the HD re-release including the Cave of Shadows Challenge Mode, Off-TV Play, and Hero Mode. And don’t forget about the awesome Wolf Link Amiibo figure that’s included with every copy of the game.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be released on March 4.
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With more than a dozen games under his tunic, Link has accumulated quite the arsenal of one-off items and weapons. Sure, everyone loves the Ladder and the Whistle, but those appeared all the way back in the original Legend of Zelda. What have you done for me lately, Link?
Thankfully, the writers at The AV Club have put their “Inventory” skills to good use and cataloged all these weird and wacky inventions for future generations as part of “Zelda Week.” That’s such a great idea that I’ll even give them a pass after whiffing on the Ball And Chain (it appeared in Twilight Princess and Hyrule Warriors):
So much of The Legend Of Zelda’s identity hangs on that “legend” conceit. It’s a tale that’s always being retold, often with the same characters, locations, and plot points. That’s also why Link’s ever-growing collection of weapons and gadgetry tends to stay so similar from game to game. But when you look past the utilitarian adventuring necessities—your bombs and bows and boomerangs—the series is full of tools that have only ever made their way into a single Zelda game. Some are powerful items with deep ties to the stories in which they appear, and others are idiosyncratic novelties that have no place outside the ruined temples in which they’ve been hidden away. Whatever their role, some of these one-legend wonders are among the most memorable tools Link has ever used.
The full article is available for your perusal at The AV Club.
Nintendo isn’t just slapping a new coat of paint on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and calling it a day, the consolemaker also plans to add a number of new features to the upcoming remake.
Because Twilight Princess is getting a Wii-to-Wii U upgrade, the biggest addition to Twilight Princess HD is obviously Wii U GamePad support. Players will now be able to use the touchscreen to access their inventory and a map, as well as hop into the game’s Miiverse Community to use any Miiverse Stamps they find. If you prefer, the GamePad’s second screen can alternately be used for Off-TV Play.
Other changes will make the game both easier and harder. A new Ghost Lantern item was added to help make the search for Poes a little easier, while Hero Mode will (optionally) make things considerably tougher for Link. But Hero Mode will do more than just make the game a little harder:
Hero Mode, a challenging new mode, can also be selected when starting a new game. In this mode, Link will take double the normal damage and there are no heart drops. In addition, if Link finds Rupees in a treasure chest while his wallet is already full, Rupees will no longer be returned to that chest. Players are also less likely to reach the limit of their wallets, as they have been modified to hold more Rupees.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be released for the Wii U on March 4. And don’t forget, Nintendo previously showcased the Cave of Shadows challenge mode they’re adding to the game.
After a week of rumors, it looks like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will indeed include a bonus dungeon that’s unlockable with the included Wolf Link Amiibo figure.
The bonus dungeon will be known as the Cave of Shadows and serve as a sort of Challlenge Mode for Twilight Princess players. After completing the Cave of Shadows, players can record their score (represented as their remaining Hearts) to the Wolf Link Amiibo. And tapping the figure again will reopen the dungeon to give players another shot at besting their highest score.
Players will also be able to use other Zelda-themed Amiibo figures in the game. Some of the figures will bestow weapon refills on Link as tapping a Link or Toon Link figure will fill your quiver with arrows. Other figures provide Link with protection as tapping a Zelda or Sheik figure will refill your Hearts. Finally, tapping a Ganondorf figure will make the game considerably harder as all enemies will deal double damage.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be released exclusively for the Wii U on March 4.