The Legend of Zelda is Delayed til 2017

I’m afraid so, the game is now due to be released in 2017 rather than at the end of this year. Still, there’s some good news in it too, as the game is now heading to the Nintendo NX! Yep, just like Twilight Princess before it, Zelda U is now being released on both the Wii U and Nintendo NX systems. This should give early adopters for the latter a Zelda game to play on launch day, assuming it comes out around that time.

It’s also going to be playable at E3 2016, so hey, guess that’s something.

Nintendo have also released a ‘new’ piece of artwork for the game. Well, they say it’s new, it’s really just the same version of Link from the screenshots but in better quality. Here it is:

Zelda Wii U Link Artwork

Here’s a tweet from Nintendo backing up the delayed release date and Nintendo NX release:

So what do you think about this? Are you happy the game is also being released on the Nintendo NX? Or do you wish it had stayed a Wii U only game and been released this year? Post your thoughts in the forums here or on our social media channels now!

The Nintendo NX Is Being Released in March 2017!

It’s finally here! A release window for Nintendo’s next system, the Nintendo NX! Rumoured for years and smack bang in the centre of dozens of ‘leaks’ on social media sites, the console has now been announced for March 2017. Here’s the official Nintendo of America tweet about it, proving the consoles release month:

It’s also been posted about by other branches of the company, like Nintendo UK:

Nintendo of Europe in general:

And Nintendo of Japan:

But while some sort of update on the system is nice to have, there’s a catch. Because it’s coming in March 2017 rather than holiday 2016, the console won’t be shown at E3 this year. Instead, the focus will be on just one game:

The Legend of Zelda, which is now coming to both the Wii U and Nintendo NX. This will literally be the only playable Nintendo game at E3 2016.

People are not exactly taking this well. Indeed, the outcry about this (some would say suspicious) delay is on par of that for Metroid Prime Federation Force and Paper Mario Colour Splash. Heck, it’s so much outcry that previously pro Nintendo users and sites are going all Michael Pachter on the company and predicting its inevitable doom.

But let’s be reasonable eh? The Nintendo NX is coming March 2017, Zelda is going to be on said system, and it won’t make an appearance (or a big one) at E3 2016.

Kirby Planet Robobot Has Leaked Online!

Want to avoid spoilers for Kirby’s upcoming game?

Then you’d better get the hell off the internet, since the ROM for Kirby Planet Robobot has apparently been leaked online and pictures of lategame content are flying around all over the place. The Kirby subreddit is filled with pictures and videos from the leaked version of the game. The downloads for the ROM are (depressingly) easy to find on internet forums and the music is maybe hours away from being posted online via sites like Smash Custom Music.

In other words, it’s going to be one terrible week for Nintendo’s legal team, their marketing team and pretty much anyone who was hoping to avoid spoilers for the game.

But what if you do want to find out more? What then?

Well, click the link below and keep reading. But be warned, there are SERIOUS spoilers past this point. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, because these are apparently 100% real.

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Pokemon GO; More Beta Footage!

With Pokemon GO invites now being sent to field testers in Australia and New Zealand, it was inevitable that some new footage would make its way to the internet.

And now, thanks to Youtube user Game Previews, it has. The channel has posted video footage of Pokemon GO showing the introduction, the character customisation and both catching and battling Pokemon, all of which can be seen below.

Now keep in mind, people aren’t really supposed to be posting this stuff online. So it seems quite likely that the Youtube video will be taken down soon, and even more likely that said user will soon be banned from the game too.

With that out of the way, here’s the video:

So what’s there to say about this? Well, quite a few things actually.

First of all, the gameplay doesn’t exactly look the best. It’s not exactly terrible (at least, not for the most part), but it’s pretty disappointing compared to an actual game on a Nintendo system. This is at least partly because the Pokemon catching system is rather bland and uninteresting (due to the fact you don’t actually battle the Pokemon before catching it).

On a more positive note though, the music is certainly rather nice to listen to. Okay, that’s not surprising (given how great the music in most Pokemon games is), but the remixes here sound especially good. It’s also got quite a nice UI in general, with the aesthetics looking like the perfect blend of modern ‘flat’ design and traditional Pokemon graphics.

Either way, it’s best to take this game as its own thing rather than a core part of the main series. Because while it won’t exactly live up to those games, it’s also not trying to. It’s just trying to provide its own type of Pokemon experience for mobile players, and that’s all you should take it for.

But what do you think about Pokemon GO, based on this footage?


Pokemon GO Beta Gameplay Footage – My Nintendo News

Hoax Glitch for The Division Fools Numerous Gaming Sites

In today’s era of day one patches, rushed games and quality assurance practices not being followed too well, it’s not surprising that articles about glitches are common. Whether it’s the Lumiose City glitch in Pokemon X and Y, the three million ways to break Mario & Luigi Paper Jam or Super Mario Maker’s invincibility bug, these things are the subject of numerous articles across an almost infinite number of gaming websites.

But how about when the glitch isn’t real?

How about when someone on Reddit makes up a fake glitch for a popular new game? Like say, The Division?

Because that’s exactly what happened. Reddit user el2mador wrote a post on the subreddit for The Division about how enemy mobs could kill the APC for you. Unfortunately for anyone who tried it, the glitch didn’t work. It was a hoax meant to see how much attention a post about a bug in the game could get.

The gaming press fell for it hook, line and sinker.

And what’s worse, I don’t mean a couple of small websites or independent bloggers fell for it. I mean the likes of IGN and Gamespot reported on it as fact. Despite you know, not actually testing whether it worked. Here’s a list of all the different sites who posted about the ‘exploit’:

The Division: New Exploit Found Hours After Ubisoft Fixes Another – IGN
The Division ‘Falcon Incursion’ exploit hotfix brings new glitch – GameZone
The Division: New Glitch Found in Falcon Lost Incursion – Twinfinite
The Division’s New Bug Makes the AI Work for You – Gamespot
‘Tom Clancy’s The Division:’ New glitch found in Falcon Lost Incursion, lets NPCs kill boss – ibTimes
‘The Division’ Falcon Lost ‘Friendly Fire’ Glitch: Let NPC’s Take Down The APC For You – iDigitalTimes
As Ubisoft fixes one big The Division exploit, players find another – Eurogamer

Note that the above links are archived, since quite a few were deleted since the hoax was revealed. Personally, I’m not a fan of that, it comes across as trying to ‘hide’ your mistakes. These sites should have done what real newspapers do, issued a correction in the article stating that they were fooled by a hoax.

But that aside, what do I think of the situation? Well to be honest, I’d say it brings to light two major issues when it comes to video games and the media.

Number 1 is how dodgy glitch reporting is in general. Think about it. Let’s say you find a glitch being discussed online and there’s no proof that it’s real.

Now, let’s assume you test it and it doesn’t seem to work. What’s the situation here?

Well, it could be any number of things really:

The glitch could be a hoax like in this situation. It’s not a massively common situation, but it does happen, and it’s happened before Th Division was even a game. Did you know that both times Maple Treeway was in a Mario Kart game, someone faked a glitch shortcut for it? Yeah, that’s a real story. People made fake videos showing non existent glitches on the track for both the Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 versions.

You might have messed up somewhere along the line, perhaps because the instructions given were vague or poorly written. This is a depressingly common occurrence, and a great example can be seen here:

If Paper Mario attempts to defeat one of the Paper Fuzzies before they attack, just before they attack, the game will crash, making the system reset.

That’s an item on Mario Wiki’s page for Mario & Luigi Paper Jam glitches. Don’t get it? Nor do I, and I’ve tried everything to see if this glitch works. Do you attack them on your own turn? Counterattack them on theirs? Use a specific attack? Kill them? Don’t kill them? It’s very unclear and a complete toss up as to whether you’ve figured out what the original writer meant.

The specific copy of the game used by the glitch finder could be broken. If a disc and cartridge has a factory defect, it can cause bugs. If the battery starts to fail, it can cause bugs. If it gets corrupted while being downloaded, it can cause bugs. And on a computer? God help you there, because the amount of possible operating system, driver and device combinations approaches infinite.

Glitches also aren’t always that easy to test. Like these ones:

A journalist will struggle enormously at trying to get frame specific actions to work correctly. And it’s not much better in cases like online multiplayer games, where the behaviour of other players or the AI has to be taken into consideration for some of them to work.

Lag doesn’t help either. If a game lags massively, then the effect can resemble a ton of glitches or a hacker modifying the game for an easy win. As many, many Mario Kart players complaining about people falling off Rainbow Road (then warping back on afterwards) will make clear.

And then there’s plain old human memory, which isn’t anywhere near as good as we think it is. It’s very easy for people to get fake memories if they’re convinced that something unusual actually happened, or for them to get confused and think something strange occurred when it was merely something more benign.

So that’s one thing it teaches us. That reports of glitches on forums and social media are incredibly hard to verify, and might well be utterly wrong.

The second thing it proves is how little fact checking the media does nowadays. I mean, while it would certainly be hard to prove/disprove this particular bug exists, it could be done to within reasonable doubt if the journalist went around, tried the game for a while, asked other people’s opinion, etc. But modern journalism doesn’t allow for that. It wants quickly written articles put up the second the news breaks out, not deeply researched pieces that come out at a rate of two or three articles a week. So as per usual, fact checking is ignored, comments on Reddit are taken as gospel and the media jumps on a ‘hot’ story about a game that’s already being heavily criticised for other things.

Either way, let this teach you all a couple of important lessons; the media does no fact checking, and glitches are extremely hard to verify one way or another.


Reddit Post about the Hoax (archived)