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While everyone was huddled around Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City, Gamer Limit sneaked in a lengthy session with the series’ upcoming handheld title. Resident Evil: Revelations for the Nintendo 3DS at once feels like a natural extension of the franchise, following Jill Valentine and her new partner, Parker Luciani.

Getting into this game will surely be easy both for diehard fans as well as those who had fell out of touch over the years. Whether there is a desire to play this game is another story altogether.

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Join myself, Francisco, and Kyle as we run through everything at E3 from the press conferences, to hands-on and eyes-on impressions, to our thoughts of E3, and, of course, our personal game of the show. Sit back, relax, and take in the almost two hours of audio magic. Also, be sure to hit us up with your thoughts on E3 2011 in the comments section.

If its one criticism that Nintendo receives, it’s for being set in their ways. Unfortunately, Nintendo hit the nail on the head it right off the bat with most of their flagship franchises. Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid…you can look at each game in the series dating back to the beginning and there’s not a bad one in the bunch. Interestingly enough, for a company that prides itself so much on “INNOVATION”, these series rarely change in any drastic way.

Such is the case with Mario Kart, a series grounded in tried and tested gameplay, but this time around Nintendo has made things a little more interesting. Hit the jump and find out why.

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Earlier today, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata spoke regarding the successor to Super Smash Bros Brawl. Apparently, Masahiro Sakurai, the creative mind behind Kirby and the Super Smash Bros series, approached Iwata to discuss what was next for Project Sora after the completion of upcoming 3DS title Kid Icarus: Uprising – the next installment in Nintendo’s flagship fighting series. While Iwata remained tight lipped about the details, apparently so we can focus on Pit’s next adventure, he did announce that the next title in the Smash Bros series would be on both the 3DS and Wii U platforms and that they would work together in some fashion.

As if the prospect of a new Smash Bros weren’t enough to be excited about, Nintendo boasting some sort of inter-console connectivity? This is amazing!  Until today I was a bit of a sceptic about the successor to the Wii and the path Nintendo was headed down, but they’ve managed to bring me back. My mind is racing just thinking about what they’ll do next and which characters they’ll include this time around. What would you like to see in the next Smash Bros title?

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Gamer Limit went hands on with Star Fox 64 3D on the Nintendo 3DS. There were three levels to choose from for this demo, essentially easy, medium and hard. We chose the middle, Meteo level. First impressions equate to the original Nintendo 64 title, just a little more sharp and a little more enjoyable.

The gameplay ports very well to the handheld device. The default button layout makes for almost the same experience fans had with the original game, with the circle pad just as responsive as the joystick. The depth of field with 3D offers an immersion that seems perfect for the game. Especially for the Meteo level, with humongous space rocks and bots  flying in and out of the screen, it all at once reminds fans why the game was so exciting on the 64, and how 3D can contribute to a new experience if done right.

For the most part it’s right. For the most part.

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Today at their E3 2011 press conference Nintendo announced not one, but two Legend of Zelda titles for the 3DS as a part of the series’ 25th anniversary celebration. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, previously seen on the Gameboy, will be available through the eShop later today. Nintendo also announced that a reworked version The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords, previously seen on the Gamecube and GBA, and that it would be available soon for the DSi and 3DS platforms FOR FREE.

While they were at it Nintendo reaffirmed release dates for both Ocarina of Time 3D and Skyward Sword, which will be hitting their respective platforms next week and sometime Holiday 2011. Additionally, a golden-coloured Legend of Zelda Wii remote will accompany the release of Skyward Sword.

Finally, the Legend of Zelda Symphony will be touring as a part of the quarter-century celebrations. Nintendo confirmed concerts in each region (NA, EU, JP) as well as two musical CDs. One disc will feature music from Ocarina of Time, whilst the other will be for the 25th anniversary and will release alongside Skyward Swords.

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If you update your 3DS you’ll notice that the Nintendo 3DS eShop just went live. The firmware update is accompanied by a 3D Pokédex application and a free download for NES classic Excitebike remastered in 3D. Forthcoming 3DS Virtual Console releases include Super Mario LandAlleyway and Radar Mission.  If you’re interested in those titles or downloadable titles on your 3DS in the future, the eShop will update weekly on Thursdays.

Nintendo DSiWare

  • GO Series Picdun, Gamebridge, 1 player, 500 DSi Points
  • Dreamwalker, Code Mystics Inc, 1 player, 500 DSi Points
  • Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party, Cypronia, 1-2 players, 200 DSi Points

WiiWare

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It might please you to hear that you’ll be playing  Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64 in glorious 3D by the summer. That’s June 19th and July 14th, respectively, to be specific.

A few outliers notwithstanding, the 3DS launch  wasn’t the most impressive thing in the world. Nintendo shipped a unfinished console with promises of upcoming features, and a lackluster line-up of games. Hopefully these 3D re-releases of N64 classics will tide us over until the big titles drop onto the handheld.

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Today, Capcom announced that the 3D Edition of Street Fighter IV has shipped one million copies worldwide. While that figure refers to the number of units they’ve sent to retailers, as opposed to how many copies sold, it definitely means they’re off to a good start. It’s nice to see that Capcom is throwing their support behind Nintendo’s newest handheld right out of the gate.

They’re not stopping there though, Mega Man Legends 3, Resident Evil: Revelations, and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D are still in the pipeline for 3DS releases. Capcom fanboys and 3DS owners sure have plenty to look foward to in the near future.

[Via Industry Gamers]

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Despite launching only a month ago, the Nintendo 3DS slipped into second place in the Japanese weekly Media Create rankings. The PSP beat the 3DS by a margin of about 15,000 units. While the PSP has a very strong following in Japan, it’s a little surprising to see Nintendo’s new flagship handheld get beaten. According to Japanese news site Inside Games, the 3DS has only sold around 836,000 units so far.

A lack of strong launch titles could be what’s holding the 3DS back. I can’t speak for the Japanese, but personally there’s nothing in the 3DS’ current list of titles that grabs my eye. If there was new Mario or Zelda game, then things might be different. Also the recent disaster in Japan could also be a factor. I doubt you’d be rushing out to buy a new gaming device if your home just got destroyed by an earthquake/tsunami. What’s telling is that only one 3DS title, Pro Baseball Famista 2011, made it into the top 10 for the week of March 28.

[via Joystiq]

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Here’s the new trailer for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. The trailer features Jill Valentine and Albert Wesker out in full force, battling several of the enemy types from Resident Evil 4. The game is looking absolutely fantastic, and its hard to believe something that pretty is coming out on a handheld.

Yet, I’m not entirely sold. Don’t get me wrong, the Mercenaries modes in Resident Evil 4 and 5 were a lot of fun. However, until now these bonuses have provided little more than a diversion to be offered alongside excellent standalone campaigns. Hopefully Capcom can fully flesh out the experience by the time the game joins the growing 3DS library.

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With only two WiiWare demos and a couple of two buck DSiWare titles, this week’s update is a bit on the scant side. While that might not be the most exciting thing in the world, perhaps that is Nintendo’s intention. With the North American 3DS launch underway, Nintendo would probably rather you spent your money on a new portable than convert it into moon bucks for downloadable titles.

If you’re fortunate enough to already have got your hands on Nintendo’s newest portable, let us know what you think in the comments below. If not, this week’s update awaits you after the break.

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