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Book Review – The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts

img_1196The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, which is being released on February 21, contains over four-hundred pages of fully-realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda, including artwork from the upcoming Nintendo Switch and Wii U release, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This beautiful book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much more.

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Nintendo Minute: Zelda Art And Artifacts Book

This week’s Nintendo Minute video provides a preview of The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts book, which is being released February 21:

Nintendo Switch Launches March 3 at $299.99

nintendoswitch_hardware_box_01_finalYesterday, Nintendo issued the press release below following the January 12 press conference about its new console: Nintendo Switch. Also included below are videos about this exciting new system and the video games slated for release in the coming months.

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Nintendo Releases Super Mario Run For iOS

mobile_supermariorun_illustration_05Today, Nintendo celebrates a huge milestone. For the first time ever, its most iconic video game character, Mario, makes his debut on a device not produced by Nintendo. Super Mario Run, a fully-featured platformer starring everyone’s favorite plummer, is now available in Apple’s App Store for iPhone and iPad.

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Nintendo Switches It Up With New Console

20-nintendo-switchLast week Nintendo announced its next console: Nintendo Switch. This device will serve as both a home console and a mobile device, so people can game on-the-go with ease. If you haven’t watched the video preview below, do so. This device, which is being released in March, looks amazing. In related news, Nintendo announced today that they will give a presentation on January 12 to provide more details about the new system, including pricing and the games available at launch.

Nintendo News: Yo-Kai Watch 2 Launches in the U.S. on Sept. 30

13244198_1083128281759162_8659345976694995830_oI recently got into the Nintendo franchise Yo-Kai Watch, which has a terrific free app in the iOS App Store called Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble, as well as great game for the Nintendo 3DS. Today, Nintendo announced that the sequel to the 3DS game is hitting the U.S. on September 30. Below is the full press release from Nintendo:

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Nintendo News: Updates on Mobile, NX and The Legend of Zelda

2000px-Nintendo_red_logoThis morning Nintendo released the following announcement:

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Nintendo eShop Super Spring Sale

Spring into savings on Nintendo eShop with the Super Spring Sale! Save up to 30 percent off select games in Nintendo eShop starting at 9 a.m. PT on April 7 until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 21. Remember: Purchasing items from Nintendo eShop is an easy way to earn points for the new My Nintendo rewards program. Just make sure your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account are linked prior to making a purchase. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/ for more information.

Video Game Review – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

81bX5RtQwSL._SL1500_In January I bought a ‘new’ Nintendo 3DS XL and have been playing it ever since. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was one of the first games I picked up for the system. Is this video game worth buying? Check out my video review below to find out:

Gone Home – A Compelling Interactive Story

Gone HomeToday, I started and finished one of the shortest – and best – video games I’ve ever played: Gone Home. This game, developed by The Fullbright Company, is unlike most video games in that you won’t be leveling up, wielding a gun or jumping from platform to platform. Instead, you’ll find yourself wandering through a dimly lit house unraveling an emotionally stirring story about a young girl’s family. Set in 1995, the house is filled with VHS tapes, fanzines and records, as well as other vestiges of this time period.

In addition to the items strewn throughout the house, the story is told through answering machine messages, handwritten notes, photos, postcards, and countless other items you’d expect to find in a dwelling such as this. The bulk of the unpredictable story comes to life through the superb voice work of Sarah Grayson, who plays the role of Samantha Greenbriar. The smartly written script, along with Grayson’s excellent performance, make for a compelling narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what’s next.

Also worth noting is the wonderful score composed by Chris Remo. While a good portion of Gone Home includes records and cassettes featuring licensed music, Remo’s haunting score perfectly sets the tone for the game and enhances the dialogue at exactly the right moments. It’s the best video game soundtrack I’ve heard since Petri Alanko’s score for Alan Wake. I wholeheartedly suggest you pick up a copy of Remo’s original score here.

Gone HomeWhile it can be completed in two hours, Gone Home is an unconventional game that immerses the player in an unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining story that’s worth playing again. Even better, the game now features a commentary mode where, while playing the game, you can learn more about the creative process and all the hard work that went into constructing this masterpiece.

Gone Home is one of the best games of the year for two reasons: it tells a great story and it does so in a way that goes against the grain. If you’re a fan of video games, or great stories, I highly recommend you buy this game. It’s an unforgettable experience that shows how video games, when done right, can be unparalleled works of art.

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