Why Zelda Hero Link Doesn’t Talk

Link, the protagonist of Nintendo’s iconic Legend of Zelda series, doesn’t historically talk–and it sounds like that’s not going to change anytime soon. In a recent interview, series producer Eiji Aonuma said he thinks it “could be good” for a future Zelda game to feature a talking Link, but also expanded on why you shouldn’t hold your breath for this …

Watch New Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Story Trailer

Nintendo has released a story trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, the new version of the GameCube/Wii role-playing game launching later this year for Wii U. The video showcases the acclaimed RPG’s updated graphics and provides an overview of the narrative. Check it out below. A limited edition version of Twilight Princess HD will come packaged with …

Nintendo Shutting Down Wii U’s Google Maps Service

Wii Street U, the Google Maps service for Wii U, is shutting down soon. Nintendo has announced that it’s ending service for the app on March 31, rendering it unusable at 8 PM PST that day. “Once service is discontinued, this software will not be usable,” Nintendo said on the app’s website. “Thank you for your use and support of …

Street Fighter 5’s Yoshinori Ono Reflects on the Past, Worries About the Future

If you follow Street Fighter, you probably know Yoshinori Ono; he’s the affable custodian of the series who makes regular appearances at public and press events, sometimes dressed as Chun Li, but always with a miniature figure of Blanka on-hand. He recently sat down with GameSpot to discuss the upcoming story expansion for Street Fighter V–which will be released for …

Super Mario Maker Network Services Down Until Tomorrow Night

All network-based features for Wii U level-building game Super Mario Maker will be offline until Thursday evening, Nintendo has announced. The company made the announcement on its Network Maintenance website (via Game Informer). “All network services are unavailable at this time due to server maintenance,” Nintendo said. “Please wait until the maintenance is over. We apologize for any inconvenience this …

Rapper Lupe Fiasco Agrees to Face Daigo Umehara in Street Fighter 5

Rapper and producer Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known as Lupe Fiasco, has agreed to face Daigo Umehara–who you may remember for this amazing tournament moment–in a Street Fighter 5 exhibition match. Image credit: @Markel_Lee Fiasco was asked whether he’d be up for facing off against Daigo on Twitter by Mark Julio, community and sponsorship manager for Mad Catz, which produces …

Elite Dangerous Dev’s New Rollercoaster Game Planet Coaster Shown Off

UK studio Frontier Developments has uploaded a new video for Planet Coaster, providing a deep and extended look at the new PC rollercoaster and theme park simulation game. In the five-minute video, a handful of Frontier designers talk about what they think will make Planet Coaster stand out. They showcase the impressive-looking track-building tools as well as terrain-editing that will …

Watch Pikachu Channel Sherlock Holmes in Detective Pikachu Trailer

Nintendo has finally shown off more of the Detective Pikachu game first reported on in 2013. The game, which is officially called Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Combination, will launch for 3DS in Japan on February 3. A trailer, which you can watch above, shows Pikachu attempting to solve some sort of mystery in a Sherlock Holmes hat. He’s …

Is Far Cry Primal Different Enough from Its Predecessors?

If I learned one thing after four hours in Far Cry Primal’s open world, it’s this: the sun is my friend. When exploring the lush wilderness of Primal’s Stone Age setting, it’s safer to venture out during the day, when visibility is higher, and predators are fewer in number. A day/night cycle is one of several things making Primal a …

Pokemon Fighting Game Wii U Controller Limitations Revealed

When the special Wii U Pokken Tournament controller was first revealed, it was only scheduled to release in Japan. Now, it’s coming westward with one small caveat: player one can’t use it when playing against a friend locally. The Wii U Pokken Tournament controller is available on Amazon and Nintendo’s official UK store. However, according to the latter, player one …

Street Fighter 5 Getting Free Story Expansion in June, Final Beta Detailed

Capcom announced today that Street Fighter 5 will receive a free, expanded story mode in June. It will contain over an hour of “cinematic content” and fill in the storyline between Street Fighter IV and the new game. Watch the first trailer for the DLC below. In a recent conversation with executive producer of Street Fighter 5, Yoshinori Ono, he …

Check Out These Very-Polygonal Virtua Fighter Figures

Sega has unveiled new Virtua Fighter Figma action figures that take their design inspiration from the fighting game franchise’s early, very-polygonal days. As you can see in the image below, the figures for Akira and Sarah appear to be based on how they looked in the original arcade game. Sometimes less is more. The figure shots were shared by Sega …

Mario Kart 64’s Ghost Feature Missing on Wii U’s Virtual Console

Much as it did on the Wii’s Virtual Console, the newly launched Wii U version of Mario Kart 64 lacks the ability to save ghost data, meaning you can’t save your best performances and then compete against them. Image source: Miiverse For some, it’s an inconsequential feature, while others use ghosts to improve their performance or as an alternative to …

100-Game Atari Vault Collection Adds Online Multiplayer to Classic Games

Atari isn’t quite what it used to be, but that doesn’t mean it’s done releasing games. Along with the upcoming RollerCoaster Tycoon World, the company is putting together 100 of its classic games into a compilation called Atari Vault. Atari announced Atari Vault in a press release today, revealing it will feature online and local multiplayer, an upgraded user interface, …

Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Trailer Shows Off Amiibo Functionality

Nintendo has released details on what functionality Amiibo will unlock in the Wii U re-release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. As previously suggested by an Amazon leak, tapping the Wolf Link Amiibo will unlock the “Cave of Shadow.” This new area contains a series of challenges that require the player to use Wolf Link and Midna’s abilities to …

PSA: Fire Emblem’s Roy Amiibo Preorders Start Today, Only at GameStop

Preorders for the Amiibo based on Fire Emblem‘s Roy begin later today, exclusively at GameStop. More specifically, preorders will begin being taken online and in-store at 12 PM PST / 3 PM EST, according to Polygon (and subsequently confirmed by Nintendo of America on Twitter). While rare Amiibo figures have become much easier to find in recent months (as the …

Fire Emblem Fates Controversial Scene Changed for Western Release

Nintendo has issued a statement saying its upcoming Fire Emblem Fates will not contain a scene that involves “gay conversion or drugging” between two characters. The scene won’t be present in the North American and European versions of the new Fire Emblem game. Nintendo issued a statement to Nintendo World Report confirming this news. “In the version of the game …

Check Out Linkle, the Female Link, in Action in Wii U’s Hyrule Warriors

New footage has emerged of Linkle, the female Link, doing her thing in the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors. Originally announced for the upcoming 3DS version of the game, Hyrule Warriors Legends, Linkle will also be playable in the Wii U original. To date, we’ve largely seen Linkle in action in Legends, but Destructoid has highlighted a video showcasing …