Nintendo’s been releasing a few new Zelda: Breath of the Wild images to the press over the last week. Let’s have a look at ’em….
Rechargeable batteries have become standard in most of today’s expensive portable electronics. The convenience comes with a big flaw however: the fact that every time you charge them, the charge holds for a slightly lesser time. It takes a while, but eventually internal batteries become so weak that they can’t keep a device powered longer than 30 minutes, and unlike conventional batteries, it’s not as easy to pop them out and replace them. Especially when the manufacturer doesn’t provide a way.
Back in 1992, Shigeru Miyamoto was interviewed by Famicom Tsuushin upon the release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Now a full translation of that revealing interview is online thanks to the efforts of Shmuplations.com. Here are the five most interesting quotes pulled from out of time….
Nintendo’s stock lost seven percent of its value over the weekend. The main reason for this was “poor performance” of Super Mario Run, which is kind of subjective. The app opened at #1 in most markets and was downloaded over three million times on its first day, despite costing well over the typical price of a phone download ($10).
January 13 is the day Nintendo has scheduled a press conference to announce their plans for their snazzy new Switch console — odds are good we’ll hear about the launch games beyond Zelda, and what that Mario samurai shirt Miyamoto’s been wearing lately is about. And right after that info comes out, Nintendo is going to take the Switch on a tour around the US, so people can demo the machine for themselves.
Both the PS4 and the Xbox One will be getting their own VR goggles soon. Will Nintendo follow suit? If they don’t, it’s perfectly understandable — they prefer to start trends, not follow them, and they ARE the company that got burned by their own Virtual Boy. But that was over 20 years ago, and if a patent filed last summer and made public today is any indication, they may be planning to take another shot at VR.
Currently Legendary Pictures is brewing up a partially live-action feature film revolving around Pokemon, specifically a talking Pikachu with a detective hat and a gruff voice (it’ll make sense in context, at least I hope). It’ll be the first Pokemon movie created for the mainstream moviegoing public, but on the animated side, there have been an endless number of Pokemon movies released already. Some have had theatrical screenings in the US while others have made their debuts on TV. They’re usually extensions of the TV show’s current season, but the one announced today….ah, this one is different.
Playtonic Games, crafters of the crowdfunded Banjo-Kazooie love letter known as Yooka-Laylee, have just dropped the announcement everybody’s been waiting for….the game is nearly complete and we have a release date! You’ll be able to hop and bop with a lizard and bat April 11, 2017..for just $39.99! (This is the preorder price; it may change.) Look for it in both digital and physical form on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux.
The number of classic video game soundtracks you can collect on the 20th century’s most popular music format is growing. Soon you’ll be able to add Zelda to the list when Hero of Time, a new recording of the Ocarina of Time soundtrack by a 64-piece orchestra, is released by iam8bit.
It seems as if The Biding of Isaac will release on the Nintendo Switch when it launches next year, at least according to a strong hint on the developer’s website. Nicalis founder Tyrone Rodriguez explained in a recent blog post that the DLC expansion pack for the game would be coming to “PlayStation 4, Xbox One and one more console.”
If you have yet to be introduced to the growing trend of escape rooms, they’re enclosures where groups of people are locked into a room for one hour and have to search the place for clues to escape. It’s not unlike living a video game, which is a big part of the appeal (plus, the worst that can happen is failing to solve the puzzle before time expires….then you’re just let out, with your punishment being failure).
Nintendo is in an awkward position with the Switch. Since it’s merging both their console and handheld markets, it has to be sold at a price that the console crowd will respect, but the handheld buyers won’t feel is too high. If an accidental leak from a Canadian website is accurate, they may have hit this mark fairly well.