Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Free to Download Until Feb. 2

Nintendo is currently offering a free download of Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition on the Nintendo eShop; the promotion lasts until 11:59 PM (PST) on Sunday, February 2.

Even if you have already played Four Swords at some point in the past, there is no reason not to download it and check it out again – the local multiplayer is absolutely brilliant; although the gameplay does not directly follow the Zelda formula, the mechanics work very well.

The numerous times that I have played through Four Swords in the past always resulted in some very hilariously unique cooperative gaming experiences; for example, leading your partner in the wrong direction, throwing them into lava or a group of enemies, stealing rupees…

Don’t miss this chance to gather a few friends and play a fantastic co-op Zelda game for free.

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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – Lucario Joins the Roster

Lucario, the “Aura Pokemon”, will return to the ever-expanding of fighters in the forthcoming installment of the Super Smash Bros. series for 3DS & Wii U.

Lucario was first introduced to SSB in the last game, Brawl. He was unique in that his attacks became more powerful and destructive after taking high amounts of damage, and many these moves were based directly on his actual attacks from the Pokemon games (such as Aura Sphere, Force Palm, Extremespeed, Double Team, and so on).

Here is the official word from Sakurai and the series’ official website:

The heroic Aura Pokémon, Lucario, joins the battle!! We’ve increased the influence of Aura this time, so a damaged Lucario is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Lucario joined the battle for the first time in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which was released six years ago. The production staff of Brawl worked really hard to expand the character roster–without their efforts, Lucario probably never would have joined the battle.

I am happy to see another Pokemon character confirmed for the next Super Smash Bros. - I am really hoping for the return of Pokemon Trainer, updated with creatures from Pokemon X & Y.

Keep checking back for updates about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U, I will try to stay current with any news as it comes out.

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Bravely Default – Story Trailer

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As much as I loved the recent demo for Bravely Default - and I loved it a lot, sinking almost a dozen hours into its content - I was less enthusiastic about its story, and more interested in its battle system, various jobs and abilities, and its slick StreetPass features.

Since the demo did such a shoddy job of revealing any background details about the four heroes of the game, check out this new story-based trailer, which reveals slightly more about the cast in the full version of Bravely Default.

Bravely Default will finally be available February 7.

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Yoshi’s New Island – Vehicle Transformation Trailer

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Yoshi’s New Island appears to be shaping up very nicely for its March 14 release. Until recently, many of the major gaming media sites were quiet about the upcoming 3DS game.

For those of you hoping to learn a bit more about Yoshi’s New Island, check out this brand-new “vehicle transformation” trailer, showcasing Yoshi’s ability to transform into a helicopter and a miniature truck.

 

Personally, I could not be more thrilled about it. It is a follow-up to one of my favorite SNES games; it appears to be doing some innovative things with the series’ unique platforming style, and its adorable visual design certainly lends itself perfectly to the handheld’s 3D effects.

My only request is that Yoshi’s New Island features some kind of tie-in to Sonic: Lost World – wouldn’t that be cool, after the recent Sonic title featured DLC stages based on Yoshi’s Island?

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Yoshi’s New Island – New Teaser Trailer

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Fresh from this morning’s Nintendo Direct, here is a teaser trailer for Yoshi’s New Island, set to release “Spring 2014″ in North America.

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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – Rosalina Added to Roster

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Another new trailer for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U was shown during today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast; the video reveals another new character in the ever-expanding roster: Rosalina.

Check out the trailer below:

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Bravely Default – New Trailer, Demo Coming Jan. 2

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Among the trailers revealed during this morning’s Nintendo Direct was a new video and information about Bravely Default, the Square-Enix RPG that launches next February. More details after the break!  Continue reading »

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Bravely Default – Early Reviews From Europe

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For those lucky enough to live in Europe, Square-Enix’s 3DS-exclusive RPG, Bravely Default, is just over a week away from launch. I feel like I have been waiting for this Final Fantasy “reboot” for ages; I was absolutely thrilled when it was confirmed for western regions earlier this year.

Although Bravely Default still isn’t coming to North America until February 2014, it looks like the extensive wait might be worth it all along: early reviews from across the pond are particularly positive, with impressive scores to match the raving critiques. Continue reading after the break for some of the early impressions and the first European review scores published on the ‘net.

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YouTube App Now Available on Nintendo eShop

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A few weeks ago, Nintendo confirmed that a YouTube application was in the works for the 3DS. This week, the app went live on the Nintendo eShop.

I personally haven’t had a chance to check out how well the YouTube app actually works – my guess is that it will function quite like its mobile (iPhone/Android) counterparts. It certainly did not take very long for the app to finish downloading – the file size is very small, less than 200 “blocks” on your SD card.

The YouTube support may have taken a little longer than some had hoped, no doubt, but I am nonetheless thrilled to see YT on the 3DS. Personally, I plan to use the feature quite a bit; I use YouTube almost exclusively to listen to music in my free time, not to mention for game trailers and other random videos.

What do you think about the new YouTube app? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment, just try to make it a bit nicer than the average YouTube comment.

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LEGO The Hobbit Confirmed for 3DS & Wii U

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Earlier this week, it was confirmed that there are LEGO The Hobbit games in the works for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, set for release sometime in Spring 2014.

LEGO The Hobbit is based on the first two Hobbit films, An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug. Like previous LEGO-based titles, LEGO The Hobbit will include numerous distinct locations and characters (Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and so on) from the films and J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels.

Most of the LEGO games on the 3DS have received decent or good reviews; stay tuned for more about LEGO The Hobbit as the spring release window gets closer.

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Nintendo eShop Downloads (11/28/13) – Mario Sale, Classic SEGA Games

Space Harrier 3D - Title ScreenThe new downloads available this week on the Nintendo eShop should be exciting to fans of classic SEGA games – several of the newest titles include Master System/Genesis hits.

For $5.99, you can download the 3D-enhanced versions of Hang On! and Space Harrier. Along with the stereoscopic effects, Hang On! features tilt-based controls, and Space Harrier adds touch-based controls with an auto-fire option for newcomers.

Additionally, this week’s Virtual Console download - Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom can be purchased for $4.99.

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There are some interesting sales on the eShop as well; Shin Megami Tensei IV (Nov. 28-Dec. 2) is just $30 – a steal, considering it is one of my personal-favorite 3DS games of 2013. Several Mario-related games are also marked down (Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis On The Move) until December 5.

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Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Skull Woods Boss Video

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Another video from NintendoDomination gives us a quick glimpse at the Skull Woods dungeon boss; if you don’t mind minor spoilers, you can see the footage below:

I can hardly wait until Friday to pick up my copy of A Link Between Worlds; this really does look to be the best Zelda in a long time.

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Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Desert Boss Video

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If you don’t mind some minor in-game spoilers, check out the video below – NintendoDomain captured footage of Link fighting the desert dungeon boss, and it looks pretty intense:

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Review – Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

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3DStination.com reviews Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, which follows up the storyline of Arkham Origins (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U), blending “Metroidvania” game design with Batman’s gadget-based exploration and hand-to-hand combat abilities.
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Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Launch Trailer

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Check out the launch trailer for Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, revealed during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct broadcast:

 

More details about the game were uncovered; namely the StreetPass features and some of the characters that show up in the game.

The early reviews for A Link Between Worlds have been decidedly positive, but I will save my own judgment and comments for when I get my hands on my own pre-ordered copy.

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