The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Gets a 2D Demake

A while ago, Nintendo held a presentation about The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild at the Game Developers Conference 2017. At some event, they mentioned a 2D prototype of the game similar to the original Zelda in terms of its art style.

Unfortunately for those who want to try it, said prototype is unlikely to ever be released. Sad I know, but this is Nintendo. They’re not exactly a company known for releasing beta versions of games on the eShop. Or heck, anywhere else for that matter.

But there’s good news ahead. Why? Because the fans are doing what Nintendon’t here! Indeed, game developer WinterDrake is making a 2D Breath of the Wild style. Named Breath of the NES, it literally reimagines some of the new game’s mechanics in the style of the NES game. Like the prototype Nintendo showed off at GDC.

So here’s a trailer showing it in action:

As well as a page where you can download it:

Zelda Breath of the NES

Plus the Twitter account with updates from the game’s creator WinterDrake.

It’s a pretty good game really, which does a decent job of marrying the Zelda 1 aesthetic with some of the basic mechanics found in Breath of the Wild.

However, here’s the problem. It’s a Nintendo fan game.

In a year where Nintendo fan games do not have a great track record. Where Nintendo’s lawyers see projects like this as a threat. Heck, it’s so bad Fusion Gameworks don’t make fan games any more! As in, the MKF devs think it’s too risky!

And sad to say, that’s probably going to doom this title long before it sees a final release. I mean, look at AM2R. Look at Pokemon Uranium or No Mario’s Sky. Basically, look at all these recent games. Almost every big project here has been hit by Nintendo’s legal team. Like a near guaranteed occurrence when a fan game gets popular.

Or when people hype the hell out of a new fan game. Which unfortunately for us, they’re already doing since Kotaku, Polygon, Gamespot, Engadget and even the Daily Express have written articles about it. Basically, one guy’s free fan tribute announced on the Zelda subreddit has now blown up online and is now right in the crosshairs of Nintendo’s overly paranoid lawyers.

So yeah, enjoy the game while you can guys. Because with the internet being the way it is (and news sites writing all these articles about it), I suspect it won’t be online for very long.

Super Mario Run Updated, Maximum Toads Increased to 99,999

Ever since Super Mario Run was released last year, it’s gotten a fair few regular updates. Nothing major (like new levels), but enough event items and Kingdom Builder additions to keep anyone busy. Like say, the Golden Goomba events run in February. Or the one off Christmas events that kickstarted the game in the first place.

And today, another one has been released! However, this is no ordinary update. Oh no, this update does quite a few things. Like fixing one issue that’s been causing player’s trouble right from the get go.

Yep, it removes the 9999 Toad limit. This is a freaking godsend for the game.

Why? Because as any player knows, you need thousands of Toads to get the more expensive objects.

And that presents a major problem. Because at only 9999 Toads maximum, you literally couldn’t ever afford to buy the objects without deliberately losing Toads to change your ‘balance’. You simply wouldn’t have any red Toads to buy the 8 Bit Mario statue or enough green Toads for the Luigi one.

Changing the cap to 99,999 fixes this immediately. Now you can always get an item for your kingdom without worrying at all about hitting the cap and not having enough Toads to make it available. Best of all, even the new items don’t seem to break this! Yeah, they cost more money and require more Toads, but even the most expensive one now only needs 15,000 red Toads and a few thousand of the other colours. So completionists can rest happy knowing they can afford anything the game throws at them.

As for other additions? Well there are some here. For example, now the game lets you use your Mii from Miitomo as you icon, if showing off your fancy outfits is something you care about. And Game Centre achievements have been added in too. So the game now works fine with Apple’s achievement system.

Either way, it’s a much needed update, and one that will make the game much more enjoyable to play for those still involved in the whole thing. Kudos to Nintendo for the fixes and improvements.

Call of Duty WWII Brings Back World War 2 Theme

Over the last few years, Call of Duty has switched themes more times than Homer Simpson’s switched jobs. We’ve had the Modern Warfare series, which moved the franchise to the modern day. There was the Black Ops series, focused on tensions between the US and the Soviet Union in the Cold War. And well, with Infinite Warfare heading to space with futuristic combat, it seems like no theme is too out there for the COD franchise.

And now it seems the series is heading back to its roots. Why? Because the latest game (pre-emptatively titled Call of Duty WWII) takes the franchise back to a World War 2 setting. Here’s the teaser page for it, featuring the title and a count down:

As well as some details from the game from a recent marketing material leak. These details (which can be seen on Charlie Intel) mention things like a co-op mode and a trip through iconic moments in the war. Like say, landing at Normandy on D-Day.

It’s not a huge amount of detail, but it’s some none the less. And hey, given that there’s going to be a livestream this Wednesday at 10AM Pacific Time (it’s what the countdown is counting down too), it’s not like we’ll be waiting too long for more.

But what do you think about the idea anyway? Are you pleased that Call of Duty is returning to its roots? Do you feel like another World at War type experience is needed in this day and age?

Or would you rather have a different setting instead?

Post your thoughts on the matter here and at Gaming Latest today!

My Nintendo Direct Predictions

As you all know, Nintendo is airing a new Nintendo Direct tonight at 11pm.

However, while we know ARMS and Splatoon 2 are featured, that’s only part of the story. For example, we don’t know what will be shown from those games. How Nintendo is going to make Splatoon truly better and more unique than the original.

Or how the 3DS will be featured, given some comments on their Twitter about the presentation.

So here are my predictions on the matter. Starting with the obvious inclusion…

ARMS

Since it’s pretty damn obvious that ARMS is getting a trailer.

Really, there’s no doubting it. Nintendo themselves said it was the main focus here.

But it’s what will be in the trailer that’s interesting. And I think that is basically ‘more content’.

Cause right now, ARMS looks very barebones. We know just five characters, one arena and a few gameplay options, yet have no info on the game’s world or general setup.

So I believe that like with the recent Breath of the Wild trailers (that moved away from the Great Plateau) that ARMS will get a similar deal that really blows the game wide open. That makes us think that this is more than the live event/E3 demo.

And the same will also go for…

Splatoon 2

Since like ARMS, we know very little about this game and its setup. In fact, a lot of people think it’s so similar to the original that they mistake it for an actual port!

So that needs to be fixed by a new trailer and information. Ideally in a way which focuses on things like the single player mode and the changes to the story and characters included.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Moving on from the confirmed stuff now, I also believe Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will make an appearance here too.

Why? Because Nintendo are promoting the hell out of it, and it seems like the changes made go beyond just new characters and battle mode (like with the pink sparks for extra strong mini turbos).

So I suspect this’ll make an appearance in the Direct too. Complete with maybe even a mention of some new DLC for the game.

Pokemon Stars

And it’s not just existing Nintendo games which could be shown or announced either. Oh no, I think a Switch Pokemon announcement is possible here too.

That’s because a while back, we learnt that Game Freak were working on a new Pokemon game for more powerful systems. As a result, I believe we’ll see that announced sooner rather than later, regardless of if its a new generation 7 or gen 8 game we’re getting.

But it’s not just Nintendo who may have games featured here…

Yooka-Laylee

Because I also think we might see a release date for Yooka-Laylee on Switch too. That’s because while it’s a Nintendo focused project with many Switch owning backers, it’s currently only been released for other systems.

So I feel Playtonic may take this chance to announce a release date for it. To prove that yes, Nintendo fans won’t be waiting months for the game.

Indie Games

And yeah, other indie game trailers seem pretty logical to expect here as well. Every Direct and Nintendo presentation comes with a bunch of them.

Online Services

As does a look at the online services. That’s because three big games in the next few months (Mario Kart, ARMS and Splatoon 2) all use them heavily, yet we don’t even know what the subscription entails yet.

So an update here seems only fair.

Other Games

Finally, I believe we’ll get some other minor games shown tonight as well. Probably Beyond Oasis and Pikmin 3DS really. I mean, they need to update us on them at some point, right?

Yeah, I guess so. And today’s Nintendo Direct is a great time for this.

And so those are my predictions for today’s Direct. Some are a tad optimistic, some are more likely, but all are completely possible in my eyes.

But hey, what do you think? Are my predictions for tonight’s Direct realistic ones? Or are there things I’m missing or have got wrong?

Post your thoughts here or on the forums today!

Nintendo Direct Coming This Wednesday!

It’s been a while coming, but Nintendo has finally announced a new Nintendo Direct! Airing on April 12th at 3pm PT (11pm UK time), the Direct will focus on ARMS and Splatoon 2 for the Nintendo Switch. Well, in addition to other stuff too. Because Nintendo UK confirms 3DS games will be featured as well.

So here’s the announcement about it. Brought to you by both Nintendo of America:

And Nintendo UK:

As you can tell, it’s a bit of a relief really. I mean, Nintendo haven’t said much about ARMS or Splatoon 2 recently, and people are starting to fear they’re light on content.

So this Direct might fix that it. Hopefully by telling us more about Splatoon’s story. Or ARMS characters outside the main four!

And hey, it wasn’t just those games either. So maybe Pokemon Stars will get announced too! It’s always possible.

But what do you think? Post your thoughts here or at the forums today!