The Wind Waker HD has only been on the market for a few weeks now, but it has already boosted sales of Nintendo’s ailing Wii U console -in Europe at least. Wii U purchases have increased by a whooping 685 percent across the United Kingdom after the release of the enhanced GameCube remake in Europe on Oct. 4.
If you happen to be getting a the PAL version of The Wind Waker HD limited edition, you won’t just be receiving a slick Ganondorf figurine. To top off the already intriguing limited edition, for the PAL version at least, you can expect to have a reversible cover as seen on the left. Tipped by journalist NiNTENDOMiNATiON on twitter, it seems this could be exclusive to European copies. However, we have yet to hear the same for other regions.
Zelda Dungeon reported earlier that The Wind Waker HD‘s Wii U bundle and special edition would not be coming to Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, those countries aren’t the only ones that will miss out on a part of the game’s release. Nintendo has confirmed that the early downloadable version of the game confirmed for North America will not be available in Europe.
Turns out this morning’s Nintendo Direct was packed with more Zelda goodies than most of us expected! On top of the announcement of a Miiverse Community just for Zelda, Nintendo also announced that the European Zelda fans among us will get a special deal on one of our favorite Zelda games! Jump in for details!
Skyward Sword was released in Europe on November 18th, 2011 and all copies came with the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary CD. We were warned that this CD would only be available with first-run copies, so any fan that wanted it had to buy it right away.
Today, Nintendo revealed new boxart for the European version of Skyward Sword. It’s actually identical to the Japanese box artwork from the game. Perhaps the bigger difference is that it no longer features the blurb about including the anniversary CD. It seems Europe is moving on from their first-run sales and I expect other regions to follow soon. There is still no word on whether or not this alternative cover artwork image will make it to North America. To see a larger image of the new boxart, make the jump.
The Legend of Zelda, like many fantasy games before it, had a great many influences. Game developers often draw their inspiration from many different sources, like writers and artists do. Often inspiration can be pulled from the works of others or from similar real-world examples. Over the years the simple and straightforward world of Zelda has been expanded upon in so many ways beyond the standard fantasy genre into a new brand with a rich mythology of its own. The overall setting of Zelda is firmly based on western fantasy. Fans might remember Link pulling the Master sword from the Pedestal of Time in Ocarina of Time or deep within the forest in Twilight Princess to save Zelda and defeat a villain. This is very reminiscent of King Arthur legends where the sword in the stone is drawn from it’s resting place, marking Arthur as the true king. Link, the principal character of the series is known for his very easily recognized elf-like qualities. The long pointed ears of elves that the Hylians appear to be based on are a product of western folklore and modern fantasy.
Almost all fantasy games have been influenced in many ways by certain myths and legends, and this is common because fantasy-genre books have influenced games for many years. Much of what we know as modern western fantasy can be attributed to J.R.R. Tolkien, the architect of the genre; many games and books have their roots in the works of Tolkien. Everything from fantasy novels and pen and paper role playing games to recent console games imitate his popular mythos.
Yesterday we reported that the Skyward Sword bundle was coming to North America and Australia, but now we have confirmation that it is indeed coming to Europe as well. The bundle is identical to its American and Australian counterparts, coming with a copy of the game, a gold Wii Remote Plus, and first-print copies coming with a bonus orchestrated CD from the Zelda symphony. The main difference is that European folks will have to pre-order their copy of the bundle, while these will all be available in stores in America. It’s unsure whether this is for the whole bundle or just for the limited-CD that is included. Either way, if you live in Europe, be sure to pre-order your copy just to be safe.
In addition to the bundle being announced, we have the European Box Artwork available and you can see the image to the left. Click on it to get a larger version, but you can already tell it’s very similar to that of its North American counterpart. With recent Zelda titles such as Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, and Ocarina of Time 3D, Europe has received significantly different box artwork, usually including brighter colors, while its American box was more bland with gold or brown colors. Looks like America isn’t getting the short end of the stick this time around as everybody is getting similar box-artwork. Either way, the art looks awesome. Jump inside to see the full press release and a larger box artwork image.
The day has finally come, Ocarina of Time 3D is currently for sale in retail stores all across Japan. Furthermore, some folks in Europe who pre-ordered the game online got their copies in the mail today. For the rest of Europe, Ocarina of Time 3D will be in stores tomorrow and it will hit shelves on Sunday here in the United States.
With the release in Europe and America so imminent a number of reviews are flocking in. My copy of Game Informer magazine came in the mail the other day and the game scored a 9.25. You can see a full scan of the review after the jump. Additionally, we’ve now got reviews from N-Europe, Eurogamer, Meristation, CVG, Cubed3, and 3D Juegos, and they gave the game a 10, 10, 9.5, 9.4, 9.0, and 8.9 respectively. This brings us to 15 total reviews thus far and the game has an average score of a 9.53. You can see links to all the reviews and scores after the jump.
A few weeks back, we reported that Nintendo launched the Ocarina of Time 3D Japanese Teaser Site. This week, Nintendo has launched the US and European teaser sites for Ocarina of Time 3D. You can find the US site here, and the Europe site here. At the US site, you can find the Teaser Trailer for the game, some screen shots, and a link to show you how to pre-order your copy of the game. At the European site, you can find the same 3D image presentation featured at the Japanese teaser site and some screen shots from the game. Make the jump to read more and see a few more screenshots of the site.
Today, NintendoEurope is holding a press event and the star of the show is the 3DS. You can watch the event live here. The presenters are discussing everything from features on the new machine to new games. Tune in for the amazing game trailers.
The event so far has been interesting and telling. Here’s some of the things we’ve learned so far:
-The 3DS will come in Black or Blue
-The 3DS will cost $249.99 in North America, and prices aren’t set in Europe.
-The 3DS will be released in North America on March 27 and March 25 in Europe.
-Nintendo plans to have a steady stream of Gameboy and Gameboy Color games on the 3DS’s e-shop/virtual console.
-The 3DS will have pre-loaded games including the new Face Raiders.
-The 3DS is capable of taking pictures.
-The 3DS will have a web browser and video capability with a future software update.
Only a small mention of Ocarina of Time 3DS has been made. It was simply stated that it’s been “remastered” with all new “updated graphics.”
It’s funny that Skyward Sword was rumored to be released on the same day, but as it turns out it will be the debut of the 3DS. Here at Zelda Dungeon we’ll continue to keep you updated on this news throughout the event. Read more…
Everyone knows that Nintendo isn’t exactly an open book when it comes to their plans and business schedules, but there are a few things that LiveWii, a French Nintendo site, has gathered from their recent activities. The most notable of these is a pattern of releasing one major Wii game per month (in Europe). Starting in October we’ve seen Wii Party, Fling Smash and Donkey Kong Country Returns (that one’s on my x-mas wishlist). Scheduled for January is Mario Sports Mix and Kirby’s Epic Yarn will be released in February. What could Nintendo possibly have scheduled for March? Well, we (the collective Zelda community) hope we will see Skyward Sword! If this pattern continues, then there’s a good chance we can see Skyward Sword early next year instead of the next Holiday Season.
This pattern doesn’t hold up as well for Japan or North America, but the release schedules for Europe do seem to be a bit more planned out then most. In some instances Europe sees the first release like they did with the Wii Remote Plus, but other times won’t see a release until months later as with Kirby’s Epic Yarn which will arrive in Europe a full 4 months later than it did in North America and Japan.
Either way, let’s hope for the new game to be finished sooner rather than later. Let us know when you think we’ll finally see Skyward Sword. Read more…
As seen on GoNintendo, there was a tidbit about some news regarding the Nintendo 3DS and its European release date. According the scan you see to your left, it translates to say that the 3DS will release on November 11th in Japan, but in quarter 1 of 2011 in Europe. Interesting enough, right after discussing the release of the 3DS in Europe, it mentions a number of game titles, hinting that these will release within the the consoles launch window.
So could we really be seeing Ocarina of Time near the launch of the European release of the console? What about for the Japan and US releases? Can we see Ocarina of Time THIS YEAR in Japan? It isn’t deliberately said that it will be launch title in Europe, so this could be open for interpretation. Nevertheless, it’s yet another rumor about the newest Nintendo handheld, Ocarina of Time 3DS, and some of the other games. Let us know what you think by posting in the comments below.