Virtual Console: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Europe)

Today Europe, Australia and New Zealand finaly got The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the Virtual Console. Many have waited for this game. Japan got it on launch and US in mid January.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the third Zelda game in the series and was released on Super Nintendo (aka. SNES) in 1992. It was orginaly released on a 8Mbit cartridge which was a lot back in ’92. This Zelda game is considered one of the best in the Zelda series. The game have also been released on GBA back in 2003 (Europe, US & Japan in 2002).

I’ve played it on the GBA, but will download it on the VC. It’s a great game and it was the first Zelda game I ever played.

Castlevania for NES was also added later this day.


Edge File #3

I got Edge File #3 in the mail this week. Edge File is very popular and get seld out very quickly. 12 hours after I ordered my copy online, it was sold out.

Edge File #3 have features, reviews and interviews from Edge issue 25-36 (1995-96), and this is some of what you can read:

  • Testscreen: Wipeout
  • Feature: All This and M2: First Step Or Last Chance For 3DO?
  • Testscreen: Yoshi’s Island – Super Mario World 2
  • An Aduience With: Phil Harrison
  • Feature: M3
  • Feature: Dangerous Games (Videogame violence)
  • Testscreen: Virtua Fighter 2
  • Testscreen: Hexen
  • Testscreen: Pulstar
  • Feature: Nintendo’s Ultramen
  • Testscreen: Sega Rally
  • Techview: Eidos
  • Feature: Ocean
  • Testscreen: Civilization 2
  • Feature: Project Psynergy
  • Testscreen: Resident Evil
  • prescreen: Super Mario 64
  • Feature: Microsoft (w/DirectX 2.0)
  • Feature: Nintendo’s Day Of Reckoning
  • Testscreen: Super Mario 64
  • Testscreen: Pilotewings 64
  • Testscreen: NiGHTS into Dreams

A long list and there is more. Next issue is out April 26. If you can’t get it in you local shop, goto MyFavouriteMagazine.co.uk and check it out. It’s nowmaly available online a couple of days after it’s release. But check it often, since it sells out in hours.

I also had to scan this image of a younger Phil Harrison with hair:

I’ve tried Playstation 3

(Picture from Gamespot.com)
It’s about one week to Playstation 3 launch in Europe (March 23rd). I’ve played Motorstorm some minutes today. It looks OK, but it didn’t blow me away. It played on an HDTV, so the graphics looks crisp. But it didn’t look better than what my Xbox 360 already gives me. But then, I’ve been playing Xbox 360 since December 2005, so I’m used to the HD graphics.

The week of GDC (Game Developers Conference)

This week the GDC was held in San Francisco. And many news surfaced. This is some of what I read on the internet and want to share it with you.

You can see Sony’s Phil Harrison keynote speech on IGN.com with this link and and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto keynote on IGN with this link.

Sony
Home is Sony’s new virtual home on the PS3. It’s like an interactive Sims game. You can customize your avatar. Decorate your room, watch music, listen to much and talk to other people visiting your room. (source: IGN.com)


LittleBigPlanet is a strange good looking game. It’s physic based and you can design your own levels. “The items, such as a felt tree, could be rotated for placement and dropped anywhere. It was also possible to combine items. For example, when a gear was placed on a large piece of wood, it became something that could be interacted with by hanging on it, spinning on it, and running on top of it treadmill style”. (source: GameSpot.com)

Microsoft
Microsoft announced that they will release a 512 MB memory card beginning on April 3, 2007. It will be available worldwide and with the LIVE Arcade game “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved” pre-loaded on the memory card. Suggested retail prise is US$49.99.
The Xbox LIVE Aracade game filesize limit will be increase from 50 MB to 150 MB, beginning this week. (Source: teamxbox.com)

LIVE for Windows Vista will be priced the same as for Xbox. Silver membership is free and the Gold membership will cost $50 for a year. But if you already are a Xbox Live Gold members, you can use your Xbox LIVE account on the PC. (source: Joystiq.com)

Ubisoft announced that they will release Konami’s classic coin-op Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Xbox LIVE Arcade very soon. Probably Wednesday March 21, two days before the new TNMT movie hit the cinemas in US. It will cost 400 points. (source: Joystiq.com)

Nintendo
Shigeru Miyamoto said in his keynote speech on Thursday that a new Wii Channel is in development. “The new channel will allow users to compare their Miis with others around the world and hold popularity contests to see which Miis are the favorites”. (source: IGN.com)
[UPDATE - Marc 12] GoNintendo.com reported today that Wii owners in Japan had received a message on their Wii that indicated tat the new channel will launch on April 26th, in Japan.


Nintendo showed a multiplayer demo of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. The game looks very nice. (source: IGN.com)

Super Paper Mario started as a GameCube game but will be released on the Wii in April in both US an Japan. I hope Europe will follow soon. The game looks amazing. It’s basicly a 2D, but with the thouch of a button, you swithc to 3D. I can’t wait for the game to come out. (source: IGN.com)

Super Mario Galaxy will be released this year. “How Mario moves from one chunk of land to the next seems to be a key component to the gameplay as well. By running into specially designated stars, Mario could blast from one planetoid to the next”. (source: GameSpot.com)

The DS Opera Browser will be released in US on June 4. No price tag is set yet. The browser have been out in Japan since last summer and Europe last autumn. Australia got it this January. (Source: Joystiq.com) (Buy the browser now at Play-Asia.com)

Xbox Live Arcade: Worms

The day have finaly come. You can now download Worms on XBLA for 800 points. And it’s worth it.

I remember playing Worms on Amiga many years ago and the game is still fun. The graphics in HD and you can play up to four people online which is great.

The levels are generated right before you start to play, so you will never play exactly the same level. In Singel player you can choose Quick Play and choose between three difficutly settings: Beginner, Intermetiate and Pro. In Quick Play you play one leve. Then you have training which is usefull if you have never played Worms before. Or for anyone else, since you do get an Archivement to play it. And the last mode in Singel Player is Challanges which get harder for each level.

The most interresting part of Worms is the Multiplayer. You can play Local Game with up to four players. Or you can play on internet in Xbox Live Game with up to four players. You can choose between Quick Match, Custom Match (both ranked and player macth) and you can start a match either with Create Match or Private Match.

I think Worms will be a hit on Xbox Live Arcade.

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Other XBLA news: Ubisoft will release the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game on XBLA later this month at 400 points. (Source: teamxbox.com)



South Park HD free on Xbox 360 Markedplace

Last week we learned that for a period of two weeks, a special HD version on South Park would be available for free download. Major Nelson announced yesterday that the episode was available for these countries: United States, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

But as it happened, I live in Norway and downloding the eipsode now. So the list is incomplete. I read on a forum that Denmark also have it,. So if you’re country is not on the list, check the Markedplace to see if you can download it. UPDATE: Major Nelson have now released and update on his blog saying that all of Europe will be able to download South Park. That’s good news.

The episode in question is “Good Times with Weapons”. It’s episode 1 from season 8. Go an download it to your Xbox 360.

[Update] Other Xbox 360 news: Xbox Live now have 6 million members. Microsoft will release a 512 MB memorycard in April at a suggested retail price of US$49.99. The Xbox Live Arcade game size limit will increase from 50 MB to 150 MB. (Source: gamerscoreblog.com and teamxbox.com).



Retro Gamer #35

I got Retro Gamer no. 35 in the mail today. As allways, I think there will be an interesting read.
Here’s what this issue can give you:
  • Retroinspection: Vectrex
  • The Classic Game: Cannon Fodder
  • Company Profile: Zenobi Software
  • The Definitive Contra
  • The Making of… Cauldron and Cauldron II
  • Full of Eastern Promise: Hudson’s Lost Mario Triology
  • John Szczepaniak’s Gaming Illuminati – part 2 of 2
  • The Making of… Smash TV
  • The History of the King of Fighters
  • Before They Were Famous
  • The Making of.. Wipeout
  • The Classic Game Feud

If you can’t find Retro Gamer in your local newsstand, go to imagineshop.co.uk and order from them.