Nintendo Wire http://nintendowire.com Sun, 26 Feb 2017 02:08:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Switch performance mode gives developers a 25% power increase in mobile mode http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/25/switch-features-boosted-handheld-performance-option-developers/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/25/switch-features-boosted-handheld-performance-option-developers/#respond Sun, 26 Feb 2017 01:38:33 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44647 The Switch has made its way to certain, lucky, industry hands and that means more of its internal structure and specs are coming to light. An article on Eurogamer.net gives a great and in depth look, for anyone eager to know what the system can do on a technical performance...

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The Switch has made its way to certain, lucky, industry hands and that means more of its internal structure and specs are coming to light. An article on Eurogamer.net gives a great and in depth look, for anyone eager to know what the system can do on a technical performance level.

One facet of this that stands out in particular is a setting available to developers that will allow them to boost the performance of the system when it’s used in its handheld mode. While speeds were previously determined to hover around 307.2MHz, this developer level toggle will up that to 384MHz. This 25% boost in power, while unavailable to the public, says a lot about the system and its possibilities.

While that scratches the surface, the original article features information on topics such as the inner layout of the hardware, its cooling systems, and memory bandwidth available to developers. For a full breakdown, head over to Eurogamer to see their full breakdown.


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Badge Arcade News: 2/25/17 http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/25/badge-arcade-news-22517/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/25/badge-arcade-news-22517/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:08:59 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44641 Another New Super Mario Bros. themed Super Mario Maker catcher assembles in the Arcade today. Chain Chomps in clown cars? Sign me up! In anticipation of the Nintendo Switch release, returning badges in the Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Mario and Legend of Zelda series are stopping by the Arcade...

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Another New Super Mario Bros. themed Super Mario Maker catcher assembles in the Arcade today. Chain Chomps in clown cars? Sign me up!

In anticipation of the Nintendo Switch release, returning badges in the Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Mario and Legend of Zelda series are stopping by the Arcade all week long. A little bunny also told me to look forward to something very special planned for next week’s update, presumably Breath of the Wild related. If I were you, I’d save those hard earned Rupees until then.

EVERYTHING NEW

Free play: No

Silly Chompy. Free plays are not food!

PRACTICE CATCHER

FINAL CHANCE

The happy mask salesman is hightailing it out of the Arcade in the morning. There’s also a trio of Mario Kart portrait catchers approaching the finish line. Grab anything you’re missing before it’s too late!

SPECIAL THEME: NO

There are no special themes being offered this week.

THANK-YOU PROMOTION: YES

From now through March 9th at 2:00 a.m. PST, every dollar you spend will nab you one of these four cheerful looking Arcade Bunny badges. Don’t miss out on the rare and exclusive ghostly bunny in all his spooky, translucid glory.

That’s all for today! Catch you tomorrow!

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Edge Magazine gives Breath of the Wild a perfect score http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/25/edge-magazine-gives-breath-wild-perfect-score/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/25/edge-magazine-gives-breath-wild-perfect-score/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:05:52 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44629 The upcoming issues of the UK gaming publication Edge has leaked online, and among its pages is the first review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild– and boy, is it a good one. Edge has awarded Breath of the Wild a perfect 10, only the 19th time...

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The upcoming issues of the UK gaming publication Edge has leaked online, and among its pages is the first review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild– and boy, is it a good one. Edge has awarded Breath of the Wild a perfect 10, only the 19th time this has happened in the publication’s 24 year history. According to a post on NeoGAF, both the Wii U and Switch versions of the game were tested.

Here’s a full list of the games reviewed in the issue:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [10] / both Wii U and Switch versions tested
  • Horizon Zero Dawn [9]
  • Nioh [9]
  • Sniper Elite 4 [7]
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera [8]
  • Aaero [7] / PC
  • Dexed [6] / PSVR
  • Dandy Dungeon [9] / iOS

We also get our first look at the cover of the magazine, which shows off some never before seen artwork for Breath of the Wild.

While the magazine isn’t on shelves yet, some of the finer details of the review have also made it out, which we’re avoiding talking about here due to spoiler concerns. However, if you want more details on the story and gameplay of Breath of the Wild, you can check out the NeoGAF post with more details.

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Mario Sports Superstars amiibo card unboxing http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/mario-sports-superstars-amiibo-card-unboxing/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/mario-sports-superstars-amiibo-card-unboxing/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:37:25 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44619 Looks like the one and only NintenDann got his hands on a booster pack of the Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards. You can check out his unboxing video below.     Mario Sports Superstars launches on the 3DS on March 24th. You can pre-order the game and amiibo cards from...

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Looks like the one and only NintenDann got his hands on a booster pack of the Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards. You can check out his unboxing video below.

 

 
Mario Sports Superstars launches on the 3DS on March 24th. You can pre-order the game and amiibo cards from Amazon today.

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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns video shows off Mario costumes, news on its DLC http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/story-seasons-trio-towns-video-shows-off-mario-costumes-news-dlc/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/story-seasons-trio-towns-video-shows-off-mario-costumes-news-dlc/#comments Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:31:29 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44620 A new trailer’s been shown for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns and it’s one that Nintendo fans won’t want to miss. Featuring the game’s crossover Mario costumes, it gives both a look at the outfits and the enhancements they’ll provide. Dressing as Mario will speed up players running speed,...

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A new trailer’s been shown for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns and it’s one that Nintendo fans won’t want to miss. Featuring the game’s crossover Mario costumes, it gives both a look at the outfits and the enhancements they’ll provide. Dressing as Mario will speed up players running speed, Luigi’s clothes will up your fishing skills, Peach’s dress will lead to you being able to befriend characters more easily, and Toad’s outfit will recharge your stamina to make farming less strenuous. You can check out these helpful Mushroom Kingdom shoutouts below.

 

 
That’s not the only good news coming with today’s update, though. We previously reported that the localization of Trio of Towns DLC may be in jeopardy. In today’s update to the company blog, it appears the feedback of fans has lead to confirmation that XSEED will be releasing stateside after all. While there are no details on pricing or timing, it’s great to know players won’t be missing out. Noting how thankful the people over at XSEED were to have so many voices speak up on the matter, it’s a great example of a company giving the people what they want.

For more in this update, you can check out the official Story of Seasons localization blog. And remember, Trio of Towns will be out on the 3DS on February 28th– which is only a few days away!

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Link Statue overview from First 4 Figures http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/link-statue-overview-first-4-figures/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/link-statue-overview-first-4-figures/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:01:05 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44610 First 4 Figures has released a new video giving a full overview of its upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Link statue. One of the more notable details that was mentioned was that this is only the first in a whole new range of Breath of the...

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First 4 Figures has released a new video giving a full overview of its upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Link statue. One of the more notable details that was mentioned was that this is only the first in a whole new range of Breath of the Wild statues that will be released.

You can check out the full overview below or pre-order your statue at Best Buy.

 

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Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap remake goes retro http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/wonder-boy-iii-dragons-trap-remake-goes-retro/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/wonder-boy-iii-dragons-trap-remake-goes-retro/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:54:17 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44606 In case you missed it last month, a remake of the 1989 Sega classic Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap is heading to Nintendo Switch later this spring. Thanks to an update on the game’s development blog, we got our first glimpse at some very special features that made it...

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In case you missed it last month, a remake of the 1989 Sega classic Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap is heading to Nintendo Switch later this spring. Thanks to an update on the game’s development blog, we got our first glimpse at some very special features that made it into the game.

Most notably, Lizardcube and DotEmu revealed that players can toggle between the original 8-bit version and the new HD remake at the mere push of a button, with both retro and modern music being interchangeable between the two.

The benefits of reverse engineering the original action-platforming adventure don’t end there, as it now runs at 60fps in widescreen with smoother scrolling and physics. As an added touch of nostalgia, fans of the original can even carry over their decade-old passwords!

Be sure to check out the new trailer below in both its 8-bit and gorgeously animated glory.

 

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A horde of new plushes swarm the US Pokémon Center http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/horde-new-plushes-swarm-us-pokemon-center/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/horde-new-plushes-swarm-us-pokemon-center/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:10:48 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44598 I hope you’ve learned Protect because the Pokémon Center website is set to cast Giga Drain on your wallets with a massive update of adorably cuddly pocket monster plushes. From Kanto favorites to Alola newbies, there’s plenty of variety for Trainers who’ve just gotta catch ‘em all. Most notable are...

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I hope you’ve learned Protect because the Pokémon Center website is set to cast Giga Drain on your wallets with a massive update of adorably cuddly pocket monster plushes.

From Kanto favorites to Alola newbies, there’s plenty of variety for Trainers who’ve just gotta catch ‘em all. Most notable are the previously Japan exclusive Bewear and Mimikyu, now available for just $14.99.

 
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Alolan Raichu made the cut, but we’ll be sure to let you know when he finally does surf his way overseas.

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Badge Arcade News: 2/24/17 http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/badge-arcade-news-22417/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/badge-arcade-news-22417/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:47:42 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44592 There are no new catchers in the Arcade today, giving you a little more time to collect yesterday’s smattering of Nintendo franchise badges. In anticipation of the Nintendo Switch release, returning badges in the Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Mario and Legend of Zelda series are stopping by the Arcade...

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There are no new catchers in the Arcade today, giving you a little more time to collect yesterday’s smattering of Nintendo franchise badges.

In anticipation of the Nintendo Switch release, returning badges in the Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Mario and Legend of Zelda series are stopping by the Arcade all week long. A little bunny also told me to look forward to something very special planned for next week’s update, presumably Breath of the Wild related. If I were you, I’d save those hard earned rupees until then.

EVERYTHING NEW

Nothing to see here today, move along!

Free play: No

Sorry, time’s up.

PRACTICE CATCHER

FINAL CHANCE

Young Link and his many musically masked transformations are hitching the next tour bus out of the Arcade tomorrow morning. Be sure to catch their final performance tonight while you still can!

SPECIAL THEME: NO

There are no special themes being offered this week.

THANK-YOU PROMOTION: YES

Thank-You badges are back! From now through March 9th at 2:00 a.m. PST, every dollar you spend will nab you one of these four cheerful looking Arcade Bunny badges. Don’t miss out on the rare and exclusive ghostly bunny in all his spooky, translucid glory.

That’s all for today! Catch you tomorrow!

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Breath of the Wild preview roundup http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/breath-wild-preview-roundup/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/breath-wild-preview-roundup/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:31:40 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44588 Nintendo has lifted the embargo on Breath of the Wild preview coverage, so videos and articles about the newest console and game are popping up all over the internet. Below, you can find a selection of the best videos from around the net with coverage from the first five hours...

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Nintendo has lifted the embargo on Breath of the Wild preview coverage, so videos and articles about the newest console and game are popping up all over the internet. Below, you can find a selection of the best videos from around the net with coverage from the first five hours of the game.

Important: Keep in mind that some people might consider a lot of what is to follow as spoilers. You have been warned!

GameXplain

 

GameSpot

 

GoNintendo

 

Nintendo World Report

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Select GameStop stores hosting midnight launches for the Switch http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/select-gamestop-stores-hosting-midnight-launches-switch/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/select-gamestop-stores-hosting-midnight-launches-switch/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:44:59 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44585 GameStop has officially announced that select stores will be hosting midnight launches for the Switch through a dedicated page on its site. Wondering if your store will be open at 12:01 a.m. local time? Head on over to GameStop’s page to see if it will be celebrating the Switch and...

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GameStop has officially announced that select stores will be hosting midnight launches for the Switch through a dedicated page on its site.

Wondering if your store will be open at 12:01 a.m. local time? Head on over to GameStop’s page to see if it will be celebrating the Switch and Breath of the Wild right now to find out!

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Phantom Hourglass/Spirit Tracks: Dual Experiments http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/phantom-hourglassspirit-tracks-dual-experiments/ http://nintendowire.com/news/2017/02/24/phantom-hourglassspirit-tracks-dual-experiments/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:35:09 +0000 http://nintendowire.com/?p=44565 For today’s addition to our Zelda recap series we’re tackling things a little bit differently – by combining both DS Zelda games together. Built on the same engine and having many of the same mechanics, they definitely come from the same mould, but there are a few unique aspects that...

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For today’s addition to our Zelda recap series we’re tackling things a little bit differently – by combining both DS Zelda games together. Built on the same engine and having many of the same mechanics, they definitely come from the same mould, but there are a few unique aspects that set them apart from one another.

Both Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks were built around the Nintendo DS, for better or worse. While the stylus based movement and sword slashes work well enough, the majority of gameplay had to be toned down compared to older titles, even the handheld ones. Gone was the reflex-oriented combat and precise movement, which simply wouldn’t jive with the more lax touch controls.

Do they hold up now Nintendo has returned to a more classic handheld approach with A Link Between Worlds? I’d say it depends on which game you’re talking about…

Sands of Time

Phantom Hourglass was always going to be a rough proposition for me, as it bills itself as a direct sequel to my favorite Zelda game of all time – Wind Waker. Unfortunately, other than the cute opening picture show and a few returning characters, the connection is barely relevant. I feel the same about the gameplay – it still revolves around the high seas, but the scope is much more limited.

To me Wind Waker was a game all about character – from the colorful NPCs to the relationships Link builds, even the locales themselves. All of that quite literally goes overboard within minutes, and none of the new NPCs, besides Linebeck and arguably Ciela, fill the void. Even almost all of the islands are flat and bland, dotted with a few villagers and barely any buildings. Granted a lot of this is down to the DS’ technical capabilities, but it feels especially egregious when they appear much more expansive and interesting when seen from your boat.

Perhaps the biggest point of contention for Phantom Hourglass, though, is the Temple of the Ocean King. This is a dungeon you return to throughout the game, repeating the same floors each time. While shortcuts can be opened up and new treasures be found thanks to the items you acquire, it’s still a tedious task that feels like an attempt to pad out the game more often than not.

While I appreciate the game’s simplistic similarities to earlier games like Link’s Awakening, Phantom Hourglass felt unambitious by comparison. Thankfully, Nintendo gave it another shot two years later…

On Rails

The second DS Zelda game, Spirit Tracks, feels to me like Nintendo’s attempt to fix many of Phantom Hourglass’ wrongs, although it undeniably introduced a few more baffling problems.

For starters, while the game is still a sequel to Wind Waker, it feels far enough removed to avoid being overshadowed, taking place a hundred years later with a new Link and Zelda at the core. I actually love how it calls back to prior two games, with obvious descendants cropping up in various places, and “New Hyrule” as a concept is incredibly interesting. In Europe, Link’s hometown was even called Outset Village, only strengthening the connection.

The true star of the show is Zelda herself, though. This game still marks her most prominent appearance yet, acting as Link’s support in spectral form, much like Navi and Midna before her. Zelda’s personality is a mix of regal Princess’ past and the more snappy, rambunctious Tetra, providing a unique take on the typical companion character.

Zelda also helps liven up Spirit Tracks’ equivalent to the Temple of the Ocean King: the Spirit Tower. Similarly structured though thankfully without the repetition, Zelda can possess the imposing Phantoms and be guided independently from Link, leading to some unique puzzles and adorable high-fives.

So far, so improved, but there are two remaining points that bring Spirit Tracks down a notch. First is the reliance on the DS microphone throughout, which can lead to some awkward situations if you ever play the game in public. Then there’s the train, which is a pretty slow and laborious way of getting from place to place, even if it gets more intricate later on. Personally I have a bizarre affinity for video game locomotives so it never bothered me so much, but I totally get the complaints.

Muted Legacy

Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks will likely go down as a footnote in the Zelda saga. They’re essentially the perfect entries to get casual gamers on board with the franchise, but when viewed from the perspective of a long-time Zelda fan they’re lightweight and bizarre; arguably an even bigger black sheep than Zelda 2.

I’d recommend everyone at least play Spirit Tracks for the interesting story developments and Zelda characterization, just don’t go in expecting the caliber of a Link to the Past.

Then again, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma recently said Phantom Hourglass was his favorite Zelda game ever, so maybe it’s about time we all gave these little experiments another chance.


This article is part of our new Zelda look-back series running up to the release of Breath of the Wild.

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