The Oracle series for The Legend of Zelda were quite strange; on one hand, you have classic Zelda gameplay, but on the other, you have interconnectivity that would allow you to have new content by simply linking both games together. Nevertheless, the Oracle games have been met with high acclaim, and they’re finally coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop Virtual Console… in Japan, anyways.
The games will be made available in Japan beginning next week for the price of 600 yen each, which roughly translates to about $6.50 USD. Of course, a combo pack will be available as well, which will be priced at 1000 yen for both games, and that roughly translates to about $10.70 USD. No word yet on any international re-release, but with games these good, it’s hard to think that Nintendo would let this all slip by!
*Update: According to a Legend of Zelda MiiVerse post by Aonuma, both Oracle games will be hitting other territories, but at a later time!
Sony brought quite a bit of information on the PS4 yesterday, but it seemed as if there wasn’t really anything else that was significant other than the PS4′s official reveal (Sony promised that the PS4 wasn’t going to be the biggest thing at last night’s conference). In either case, we’ve got a bit of updated news regarding the PS4 (though most of it is just a reiteration of the DualShock4 controller information).
As you can see above, an image of the DualShock4 controller has been officially released. At first glance, you’ll notice a relatively traditional PlayStation controller layout: two analog sticks at the bottom, a 4-button D-pad on the left, and your shapely buttons (Square, Triangle, Circle, and X) to your right. On the back, you’ll see your standard L1/L2 and R1/R2 trigger buttons. What’s new, of course, is the touch pad at the center of the controller, with a Share button and an Options button sitting on the upper left and right corners, respectively. On the back, there’s a light bar, which can serve as both player identification (Player 1, Player 2, etc.) as well as sync with the
Kinect PS4′s “stereo camera” for 3D tracking. Also, the new stereo camera attachment will have four microphones built in for better sound detection and source origination.
Lastly, a minor feature but still worth noting, a headset will be included with all PS4 models, which you’ll be able to use by jacking in to the DualShock4 controller.
Feb. 21, 2013
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U™
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – Demo Version – Discover the epic world of Monster Hunter as you journey through more than 200 exhilarating quests, battle larger-than-life monsters and create hundreds of weapons and armor. Hunt with your two AI companions in single-player quests or team up with up to three friends in four-player online battles. Visually stunning HD graphics deliver a unique and stunning world for players to explore, and with the addition of online chat, this is the best Monster Hunter experience to date.
F-Zero™ – Speed into the future with the first installment of the F-Zero™ series. Originally released on the Super NES, strategy will play a big part in this classic game as you choose between four proton-powered hover cars and race across 15 courses filled with challenges and pitfalls. Find shortcuts, elude hazards and snag power-ups if you want to beat the competition. F-Zero is the second game released on the Virtual Console for Wii U to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Famicom. For a limited time, the game will be available for only 30 cents.
Also new this week:
• Trine 2™: Director’s Cut – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
• Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Yoshi™ (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Etrian Odyssey™ IV: Legends of the Titan (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Picdun 2: Witch’s Curse (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Viking Invasion 2 – Tower Defense (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
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In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new titles weekly to the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U system as well as the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems, to the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and to the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.
The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service and features games, applications and videos. Users can add money to their account balance by using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii U eShop or the Nintendo 3DS eShop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.
The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Wii Points Card™ and Nintendo DSi Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.
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