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Zelda and Tetris and Layton... Oh My!


Your eyes do not deceive you. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is going gold. Although not in the same way that you usually hear in videogame terminology. No, Nintendo has simply announced that there will be a special limited-edition Zelda-branded gold controller bundle that will run $69.99 ($20 over the game-only retail price). What I love is that in the press release, there's a special note at the end that reads: "Note that the gold controller will simply be gold in color and will not contain any actual precious metals." Hilarious.

But even if you don't want to splurge for a gold Wiimote, you'll still get a special treat when you pick up Skyward Sword when it releases on November 20. Well, as long as you don't wait too long. Because every copy in the initial production line will also contain a free CD featuring select orchestral arrangements of Zelda music spanning the entire series which will be performed at the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert performances. And that includes both the regular and limited-edition versions, in case you were wondering!

But that's not all! Remember how after playing Tetris, you'd close your eyes and still see those damnable falling blocks everywhere? Well, now you can actually see the falling shapes wherever you are, because the upcoming Tetris: Axis for the 3DS contains augmented-reality play! It'll also have eight-player wireless play that requires only one game card, and SpotPass. And all 20 different gameplay modes will be in glasses-free 3D. Look for Tetris: Axis on October 2.

But! But! Nintendo buried the best news of all at the bottom of the press release! Professor Layton and the Last Specter is coming out on October 17 on the DS! It's the first chapter in an all-new trilogy that's actually a prequel to the original games, set three years before Curious Village. The Last Specter will not only contain more puzzles than any game in the series so far, but as a special treat for US gamers, the North American release will contain Professor Layton's London Life, featuring more than 100 hours of additional RPG gameplay! You'll create an avatar to live in London and perform tasks for the citizens, unlocking more of the city as you go. The graphics are delightfully old-school, and look like Mother 3, which is no surprise as both were developed by Brownie Brown. I couldn't be more excited about this one!


bob said:

Wanna Play Tetris Again?

EA has just released Tetris again, this time for the PlayStation Network. What is this, the umpteenth billionth time this game has been released? Well, EA's calling this the "definitive Tetris experience."

"This is Tetris made for a big screen," said Alexey Pajitnov, creator of the Tetris game. "We're very excited to bring Tetris to PlayStation Network with new game modes offering different and fun new ways to play. With high-definition graphics and surround sound, this Tetris game is a full experience. We're thrilled to bring this unique game to longtime fans and new players. We hope everyone shows it off in their home 'theaters!'"

I love that they put 'theaters' in quotes. Because honestly? As awesome as that music is, do you really need it in surround sound? Probably about as much as you really need to see those blocks in full 1080p HD. Which is to say, not so much.

I was going to add a snarky comment based on how expensive it is to buy again, but the price point wasn't in the press release, and I couldn't even find it in the PlayStation Store.
Wootini on 17 November 2010.

Does sticking a picture from your camera as a background and the ability for a block to hover 1mm above the screen change your mind Wootini? Or is it because it's Nintendo? Are there no snarky comments for Nintendo about the price or is everything they do great value for money?

Wootini said:

Wow. I guess I was feeling particularly snarky that day. Honestly, I'm still not really interested in another version of Tetris even on 3D. I was just floating on the excitement of the new Professor Layton game. I just threw in Tetris because it was party of the press release.

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