Nintendo news round-up: Master Quest in Zelda 3DS, Zelda’s 25th anniversary, and more

– Not quite sold on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s upcoming 3DS remake? David Young, Nintendo of America’s Associate Public Relations Manager, has announced that the 3DS remake will include Master Quest. Until now, the only way we’ve been able to play Master Quest, a re-worked version of OOT with more challenging puzzles and enemies, is through the Wind Waker pre-orer bonus disc, The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition. I’d like to see a brand new dungeon included before I indulge, but the inclusion of this Zelda rarity sure doesn’t hurt. (Nintendo World Report)

– Not to be outdone by Mario’s 25th anniversary, Iwata has confirmed that Zelda will be getting “something” in 2011 to celebrate its own quarter century of gaming greatness. Perhaps a Wii compilation a la Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition is waiting in the wings, but since Nintendo has already given us the Zelda Collector’s Edition, I would hope any such new celebratory collection would include other discontinued Zelda games that weren’t included in the first set, such as A Link To The Past or some of the handheld titles (Oracle of Seasons/Ages and Link’s Awakening DX, anyone?). (Aussie-Nintendo)

– Nintendo is lauding the launch of Pokemon Black and White with a spectacular event at Rockefeller Center. The event will offer game-play kiosks, Liberty Pass downloads, free t-shirts, and The Presidents Of The United States of America performing an all new song, Can’t Stop (Catchin’ ‘Em All), written specifically in honor of Pokemon Black and White. Wow. Anyone in New York going to check out the Pokemon bonanza? (Business Wire)

– There was a lot of speculation about how Nintendo would advertise the 3DS. Would they use paper ads with 3D glasses enclosed? How about playable in-store demos? Turns out they are instead relying on “douchebag” reactions to the 3D technology, to use Destructoid’s terminology. After watching the ads, it’s hard to disagree that the ads have a bit of an over-emoting douchey feel, but given the average consumer’s tendency to formulate an opinion based on others’ reactions and reviews, it may not be the worst strategy Nintendo has ever had.  (Destructoid)

6 Responses to Nintendo news round-up: Master Quest in Zelda 3DS, Zelda’s 25th anniversary, and more

  1. Richard says:

    I agree with your points about the 3DS campaign; That UK ad is just over-the-top enough to be a bit obnoxious, but I, too, think it’s a strategy that could work. It’s a fine line to walk; if they get the right “real” people who can be caught expressing awe and amazement, it’ll generate a “You have to see it in person for yourself” kind of mystique around the device. I think that’s much better than a commercial with a “3D effect simulated for television” disclaimer.

    In that interview between Iwata and Miyamoto, it sounds like their relying very heavily on word of mouth and fan enthusiasm.

  2. Mohan says:

    I think I am going to pick of OoT for 3DS, but just not during launch/launch window.

  3. NekoKnight says:

    As for the Zelda 25th anniversary, a compilation disc for the Wii would be nice. But there’s really no need for Zelda titles already available on the Virtual Console. Still, I would definitely pay for a Wii release of The Wind Waker, along with Four Swords Adventures and the almost-localized Japan only “Navi Trackers.” And hey, maybe they could throw in the CD-i games for a laugh.

    I can’t wait to bomb some dodongos!

  4. Sal your Pal says:

    The fact that nintendo is adding master quest is showing that they care about this release. I’m so excited!

  5. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    That is awesome news! 🙂 Really happy about the MQ being included. I would imagine it, too, will be in 3d with updated graphics? I really have no idea.. I mean.. it was the same game with re-tooled dungeons.. so.. probably a yes to that. Yay Zelda! Just started Majora’s Mask again, and boy does that game feel tedious… I just gate the inconvenient saving.

  6. Streex says:

    The 3DS advertising should work wonders. Look how well Nintendo did with Wii advertising. Instead of showing the game, they showed the people playing the game. Laughing, smiling, having a good time. People wanted to have a good time just like them. When others watch others in awe over something new, they want in.

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