Nintendo marks the newest entry for the tunic-wearing, sword-wielding Link in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on 3DS. The replay value hits a high point for players as the developers intended the game to have mostly free reign over exploration.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the direct sequel to the SNES classic A Link to the Past.
A direct sequel to the Super Nintendo 1991 release of A Link to the Past (ALttP), A Link Between Worlds (ALBW) revisits Hyrule with familiar terrain that has transformed slightly between the games.
Mighty Bomb Jack is a 1987 release for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Tecmo, which received ports on the Commodore 64, Atari ST and Amiga in 1990. Later, the game was released as a download on the Wii Virtual Console in 2007, though most recently, the the 3DS release as a VC game on the eShop came Dec. 6 marking the first release to a handheld. Mighty Bomb Jack is the sequel to the arcade game Bomb Jack.
Mighty Bomb Jack was released by Tecmo in North America in 1987. The game hit the 3DS eShop Dec. 6, 2012, in North America.
The game made its release on the Japanese eShop in September, making a gap between the North American release three months. The game has been featured on the Japanese show called GameCenter CX featuring the show’s star Shinya Arino playing the game before a live audience, which has a fan-translation available at www.gamingcx.com. The game also was featured on episode 6 of the official translation of Retro Game Master, which used to be on Kotaku’s website.
Square Enix announced Oct. 30 that Dragon Quest VII will be released for the 3DS in 2013 in Japan. This entry in the series is considered the longest (excluding Dragon Quest IX). Doing a quick price check for the Dragon Quest games, VII is easily the most expensive and most elusive game to acquire (followed second by Dragon Quest V for the DS). With Nintendo handling the distribution of Dragon Quest titles in North America since the release of Dragon Quest VI for the DS. Considering the number of years since the initial release and limited availability of VII, the remake has a higher chance to reach the West following Square Enix’s evaluation of the Western market.
Every main series release of Dragon Quest released from 2005 to 2011.
Most gamers received the first Dragon Warrior (the original title of the series to avoid infringing on the DragonQuest trademark) as a free promotional item for renewing or signing up for year-long subscription to Nintendo Power in 1990 (following its initial release in 1989 for the Nintendo Entertainment System). The savings to the player yielded a surge of success for the franchise in the West when the next three games followed every year through 1992.
“It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.” These words offered insight into the world just entered; it’s an open world for exploring, but a sword is necessary to keep the danger at bay. Released in 1985 and making the first appearance of a battery-backed cartridge released in North America, The Legend of Zelda ventured into new territory of the adventure game genre.
The original release of The Legend of Zelda was Aug. 22, 1987. The game was re-released for the Nintendo Entertainment System as part of the Classic Series in 1990.
The Legend of Zelda allowed players to complete the underground levels in almost any order. From early in the game, every level in the game is accessible, beside 4, 7 and 9. Without a driving storyline besides the manual and screen after staying on the title screen, the game lets the world open on its own. The simple plot keeps the focus on the exploration, with nothing bottlenecking the journey besides necessary items… not non-playable characters (NPCs) blocking the paths to continue to the next level. It truly is an adventure where exploring is not only the focus, but the cryptic clues from the old men in labyrinths is all the help available in-game.
Additional Downloadable Content (DLC) arrived Thursday for New Super Mario Bros. 2 following the Nintendo Direct announcement. This release features two packs: Gold Mushroom Pack and Coin Challenge Pack B. Once again leaderboards are available for the Challenge Pack and another set of stages is scheduled to come out in November.
Stage 2 of the Coin Challenge B Pack features Banzai Bills leaving coin trails after touching a Gold Ring.
Compared to the previous DLC from earlier in October, the difficulty increases for the coin collecting in the Gold Mushroom Pack and the Coin Challenge tosses new challenges to players to overcome. The Gold Mushroom Pack features many blocks and pipes containing the golden fungi to boost the coin counter. Coin Challenge Pack B offers runs through a ghost house with timed blocks, and comets and coins hurling toward the ground.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS has new levels to play in its Coin Rush mode through Downloadable Content (DLC). Nintendo recently released three packs containing three levels apiece, each following a different theme. The Coin Challenge Packs have leaderboards online for global competition. More have been announced and will be released in the upcoming months.
The beginning of the first level in Coin Challenge Pack A.
Upon unlocking Coin Rush and receiving the Spot Pass that the Shop has been opened, players can choose packs to continue with new challenges. The Gold Rush Pack contains courses filled with Goombas, Cheep Cheeps and Twomps with plenty of coins. The Coin Challenge Pack A (the first of the challenge packs) features levels with lots of pipes, switch platforms and tons of Sledge Bros. The appropriately named Nerve-Wrack Pack contains a P-switch-based level, jumping atop Koopa Paratroopas over giant lava pits and bullet bills in a cannon-type stage.
Enjoy the 1985 Mario running through the level while smashing bricks, crushing Goombas and sliding down the flagpole? Following the success of the “New” series on the Wii, Nintendo has published New Super Mario Bros. 2 (NSMB2) for the 3DS pushing coin collecting as the main attraction.
Once again, Princess Peach (or Toadstool for the audience unfamiliar with the name change in the U.S. with Mario 64) has once again been kidnapped by Bowser (also known as King Koopa). The Mushroom Kingdom has been infiltrated not only by Bowser, but his seven Kooplings. Mario must make his way through to Bower’s castle to rescue Peach, but this time around, he’s able to “cash in” on the many minions with the new power-up ability: the Gold Flower.