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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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As great as the Nintendo press conference was earlier today, the complete lack of Wii titles was a tad depressing. Sure, we saw The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but that was it. Aside from that, a new Mario Party title, and Kirby Wii, there isn’t a whole lot more software inbound to breathe life into the system. One of the reasons that the Wii has been one of my favourite consoles of all time is due to the strange (often incredibly Japanese) library of games I’ve piled up for it. Rhythm Heaven may very well be the last of that breed to hit the system.

Join me for some brief impressions after the break.

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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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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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Say hello to the Wii U. Yea… So maybe I was a bit premature in labeling the PS Vita as the worst product name ever. But that is neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is, that the over-the-top controller we had heard rumors of the past couple weeks has been confirmed.

The Wii U is full of some interesting features including switching the video from your television to the controller. The controller will also act as a secondary display so as to provide a new, unique experience. Whether or not it is a better experience will be seen when it is released in 2012. For more information on Nintendo’s new console, hit the break. Read more… »

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

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  • Ubongo, Korner Entertainment, 1-4 players, 800 Wii Points Read more… »

Fans of the Rhythm Tengoku games will be excited to hear that the next installment is on the way. Nintendo’s latest Financial Resulting Briefing says Rhythm Paradise will be waggle-free and available to Japanese Wii owners this summer. No word on an American localisation as of yet, so we will probably have to wait for an E3 announcement.

Interestingly enough, the original Rhythm Tengoku was the last game Nintendo developed for the Game Boy Advance. With Nintendo’s next home console supposedly on the way, it looks like history may be repeating itself.

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Wii’s Successor Confirmed
By: | April 25th, 2011

We’ve all heard the rumors swirling around about Nintendo’s secret new console–a successor to the Wii, code-named Project Cafe. Well the rumors were confirmed tonight. Hit the jump for more info about Nintendo’s announcement. Read more… »

Today it was discovered that the ESRB has rated the classic SNES JRPG Chrono Trigger for both the PlayStation 3 and the PSP.

Original released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo, Chrono Trigger is widely considered to be one of the best videogames, let alone RPGs, ever made. Telling the story of the young boy Chrono and his band of buddies who travel through time trying to save the world from the evil monster Lavos, Chrono Trigger features an amazing story line combined with the classic Square Enix combat system seen in game like Final Fantasy VII. Read more… »

It’s kind of an awesome week to be a Wii owner. There may not be that many big releases to look forward to anymore, but at least there’s still the occasional downloadable gem.  Bit.Trip CORE just got a free demo via WiiWare. If you haven’t checked out the full game yet — download that demo!  Also, Mega Man X was re-released on the virtual console today. It’s about time, Capcom!

The full update awaits after the break.

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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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