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!