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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time goes 3D 


The Nintendo 3DS version of classic video game Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time will feature the Master Quest for the game. The news was dropped in an interview at GDC last week.

If you're anything like me, you played the original Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64 and your view of what a video game could be was forever changed. Sadly, though, I never played the game on the GameCube, which means I missed the "Master Quest" that came with that version. The Master Quest basically re-arranged the dungeons and items in the game to provide a greater challenge for the hardcore.

The Nintendo 3DS will ship in the U.S. on March 27 for $249.99. Ocarina of Time 3D will be out some time in June.

Most of our team is up in San Francisco right now, bringing you the latest and the greatest from the Game Developer's Conference. So if you really care about that stuff, you can head over there and give it a look. We won't be that offended. But for those of you who care more about Feedback than you do about GDC, you're in luck! We performed some electro-tomfoolery to bring you this slightly time-traveled edition of Feedback, and here it is.

What does that mean? It means those GDC announcements that we're referencing in the video ... HA! The joke's on us, because it was Find Makarov. But not to be left unheard, Battlefield 3 came out and managed to impress just about everyone in the world, proving that video games do still indeed rule the airwaves. Speaking of airwaves, we're using those to bring you this episode of Feedback where we decide if Fight Night Champion is worth fighting for, and then we delve in somewhere where we normally never tread: a discussion about sports video games.

Slap in your mouthpiece, start jabbing, and get into Feedback. Don't worry, we're in your corner.

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GDC 2011 Nintendo Keynote Intro: 25 Years Of Gaming »

GDC 2011 began in a huge way. Thousands of members of the game industry packed into a hall at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention center to sit at the feet of the master: Nintendo president and gaming god Saturo Iwata. Iwata delivered the convention’s keynote, and opened the show by asking us to consider the past. His speech celebrated the 25th GDC by looking back over the last quarter century in view of using  what we’ve learned to handle the unique challenges of the current game industry. But far from a nostalgic reverie, Iwata’s speech highlighted threats to quality gaming embodied by the explosion of mobile games on cell phones… Apple, are you listening?

“I feel like our industry is dividing in a way that threatens many people’s employment,” Iwata said. “Until now, there has always been the ability to make a living. Will that still be the case moving forward?”

In spite of changes in the industry, Iwata made it clear that there are three words game devs need to remember: Content is King.

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Paper Mario 3DS

This morning at the GDC 2011 Keynote, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata let us in on a few new Nintendo 3DS details including a fresh 3D Mario game in development from the team that brought us Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, AT&T Wi-Fi hot spot connectivity, and the ability for the device to instantly stream 2D Netflix movies.

Iwata also announced the Nintendo eShop update, which will be available in May. The eShop will allow users to view trailers in 3D, as well as view screenshots, background information on games, and will feature links to publishers' websites. The update will also allow 3DS owners to download classic games via the portable Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console service. The service will include Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, as well as games from SEGA's Game Gear and the TurboGrafx-16 systems.

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Super Mario 3DS Coming Soon To Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on Mario and revealed that a new Super Mario title is indeed coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Right now, all we were shown was a logo (which is temporary), and we'll be getting a lot more information at E3. Notice that little tail at the end? Mr. Iwata was quick to point that out. Tantalizing, eh? Looks like a Tanooki suit tail to me.

Stay tuned through the rest of GDC as we continue our coverage, and of course you'll want to pay attention during E3 in June for more hot Mario news. It'sa meeeee!


Nintendo Details Nintendo 3DS Netflix, Says 3D Video Recording Coming Soon

At Nintendo's Keynote during GDC this morning, President of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime went into more detailabout the Netflix / Nintendo partnership that is coming with the system later this year. We already knew that the 3DS would offer up Netflix 3D films, but it will also allow you to stream 2D films to the system as well.

In fact, he used the example of someone wanting to use their bigscreen television, but finding their kid watching SpongeBob SquarePants via Netflix streaming on the Wii. Simply start up streaming on the 3DS, hand that unit over to the kiddo, and then you can take over the bigger tv. Mean? Sure. Cool? Yes.

Also, Reggie explained that 3D video recording will be coming to the 3DS in a future update. Details were scant, but it looks like now the system will have the ability to record 3D video, as well as take 3D photos. Possibly nifty. Stay tuned for more.


Nintendo WiiWare and DSi Downloads: BIT.TRIP Reaches Grand Finale


 The acclaimed BIT.TRIP game series for the WiiWare service has thrilled audiences with its mix of retro style and inventive game play. This week, new and longtime fans are invited to experience the series' final installment, BIT.TRIP FLUX, and join CommanderVideo for one more unforgettable ride. Also this week, the Nintendo DSiWare service offers a variety of new hand-held games to satisfy a multitude of tastes. Rise to the challenge of running your own eatery in My Little Restaurant, enjoy physics-based arcade action in Magnetic Joe or fend off an alien invasion in Monster Buster Club

Read on for the full list of this week's Nintendo goodness.

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The Nintendo 3DS, which sold over 400,000 units during its initial launch in Japan, has already been hacked to play pirated games off an R4 card. The video below shows off the Nintendo 3DS playing the pirated games, as well as text explaining how using this hack won't allow you to play pirated 3DS games (yet), only original Nintendo DS games and Game Boy color games.

We're not really surprised that the Nintendo 3DS got hacked, but seeing it happen to suddenly is a bit concerning. The 3DS will launch Stateside on March 27th for $249.99.

Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS, which was released two days ago in Japan, has already sold out of it's initial shipment of 400,000 units in that country. According to Andriasang, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun online edition has confirmed that the initial shipment has sold out, but that resupply shipments should be arriving immediately.

Nintendo expects to ship 1.5 million in Japan alone by the end of March, and 4 million units worldwide by the end of the fiscal year, which is March 31. What does this mean to you? It means that I hope you have one on preorder, because most signs indicate that these will be hard to come by in North America by the March 27 launch date. It's unclear how many units will be allocated to each country.

Pre-order or campout: how do you plan on nabbing your 3DS?

Source: Joystiq

March 27th, the release date for the highly anticipated new handheld gaming system the Nintendo 3DS, is rapidly approaching. Today, the Japanese manual for the device was leaked on to the internet. As you may or may not know, these manuals contain hilarious and obtuse pictures of things to do and not to do with your new toy.

We've picked out the best pictures from the Japanese 3DS manual and translated them for you. Now, you don't have to rush out and learn Japanese. See, we did you a huge kindness.

Here we go! Buckle up for funz!

3DS Instruction Guide: Don't Let the Rubber Duckie Kill Your Baby

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G4 Is Heading To GDC 2011!

Hey, Feed faithful! This year’s Game Developers Conference is just around the corner, and we here at G4 are in the final planning stages as we prepare to bring you all of the breaking news, interviews, previews, panel discussions, rumors and videos your precious game-loving brains can handle straight from one of the year's biggest gatherings in the games industry.

GDC 2011 officially kicks off Monday, February 28 and lasts through March 4, and G4tv.com will be all over it like some kind of incurable developer conference fungus, only…you know…not as gross. We’re expecting to see plenty of big name titles at the show, from Battlefield 3 to The Darkness 2 to, perhaps, the new game from Epic Games that was previously rumored to be announced at the show. In other words, lots of good stuff.

In addition to the countless number of fascinating panels and roundtables, another big highlight will obviously be the keynote presentation from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, in which he may or may not announce that Wii Points have become the official currency of the universe. It’s more likely that he’ll stick to the keynote topic, “Video Games Turn 25: A Historical Perspective and Vision for the Future,” but we’ll see.

So keep your eyes and ears glued to G4tv.com starting next week for all of the latest updates from this year’s big show.


It's Wednesday! New comic book day! A day after new video games have come out! The middle of the week! And best of all, it's Feedback day. Your 45 minutes of bliss that are ready for you to jack in and zone out in the world of gaming. Best enjoyed in the dark and with the volume cranked high. Unless you're commuting. In that case, please be careful.


Feedback -- Bulletstorm or Killzone 3: Which One Brings The Gun Porn You Love? »

Besides discussing Bulletstorm and Killzone 3, we also toss some Marvel vs. Capcom 3 into the mix. We also delve into the insane Dead Island trailer, and try to figure out why it makes people cry. We discuss Telltale's recent news about Fables, The Walking Dead and King's Quest games, the controversy that's erupting early around Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Nintendo's finally announced 3DS lineup, and more. So, what are you waiting for? Hit play and join the fracas.

Feedback: Where our foul mouths don't even come close to the explosive verbiage in Bulletstorm

The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here. Right click to download.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo just revealed the full list of 3DS launch titles. No lame "launch window" announcement; these are the 16 retail games early adopting 3DS gamers will actually be able to purchase with their Nintendo 3DS system when it drops on March 27.

The launch games include classic franchises (Pilotwings! Ridge Racer! etc) as well as a couple of new titles. The entire list is below the cut.

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Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus Does Serious Business Despite Minimal Software Support

According to industry analyst Michael Pachter, Nintendo's sales were way, way down in the month of January. How far down? 31.5 percent compared to the same period of time last year. Ouch!

Before you start crying for Nintendo, the company still leads the current console market with 34.5 million Wii units sold in the U.S., compared with Microsoft's Xbox 360 selling 25.8 million, and the Sony's PlayStation 3 selling 15.7 million.

It makes sense that Nintendo's sales would be falling; after all, the company has been riding the crest of the huge Wii wave for five years or so, and eventually, the wave was going to crest and break. The challenge for Nintendo: Coming up with something to cause the next wave to form.Is it the 3DS? Another iteration of the Wii? Or will we see something else entirely from Nintendo?

Source: PC Mag

The Nintendo 3DS launch is only a few weeks away. X-Play took a look at three exciting games coming out in Nintendo's "launch window" to help us prepare for a new handheld. First up is Super Street Fighter 4 3D Edition. It's the full console experience with all 35 characters unlocked. Plus it will launch with global online capabilities. Next is Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars. The latest LEGO Star Wars game will focus on the TV series and will even recreate episodes in the game. If you're looking for something more hardcore you can check out Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D.  If you're picking up the 3DS next month, which games will you be getting?

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