Hyrule Historia is being officially translated?

Well, here’s some good news for any Legend of Zelda fans out there!  Remember Hyrule Historia, the Zelda guidebook of sorts which included the official timeline and all that concept art of the games?  Remember how they said it wasn’t being released outside of Japan?

Thankfully, that’s now wrong.  Yes, Nintendo have apparently teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to bring Hyrule Historia to the US!  Here’s what they say in the official press release:

Dark Horse Books and Nintendo team up to bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong, Mario, and The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link’s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga — Akira Himekawa!


• The Legend of Zelda franchise has sold 68 million copies since the release of the first game, with the original Legend of Zelda being the fourth best selling NES game of all time, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time holding the record for the highest reviewed video game of all time.
• Covers the full history of The Legend of Zelda franchise.
• With an introduction by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
• Includes the official timeline of The Legend of Zelda games, never-before-seen concept art, The Legend of Zelda manga, in-depth information on the making of the The Legend of Zelda franchise, and art by some of the most storied concept artists in video games.

Presumably this means the book will also be released in Europe and Australia given how they tend to get whatever media the US gets in terms of stuff like this.  Here’s hoping someone licenses it from them and Nintendo and brings it over to other regions as well.

This is fantastic news for all die hard Legend of Zelda fans who want to read Hyrule Historia or have their own official copy of the timeline, so they should start looking for the book in stores soon. It’ll be out on January 29th 2013.

Sorry Australian Mario Fans; New Super Mario Bros 2 costs full price!

No kidding, you know how much the standard video game costs in Australia?  Well apparently New Super Mario Bros 2’s digital version costs the exact same, nearly $70.

Seriously, who the hell thought this was a good idea?  Isn’t the point of digital distribution that the products can be cheaper because you don’t have to ship stock or get the price mark up due to retailers needing to make a profit?  Something like the game being $20 would be perfectly fine, and some might even argue that’s too high for something which gives you no real ‘rights’ in regards to how you use it and with no major costs involved.

But I guess Nintendo hates the idea of just possibly telling the likes of EB Games where to stick it.  Seriously, the whole price issue makes me think Nintendo is trying so hard to encourage people to buy games at retail in some stupid attempt at not just letting old fashioned retailers fail that they completely missed the point of digital distribution in the first place.

I suspect Australian New Super Mario Bros 2 buyers will not be pleased by this, at all.



Mario Kart the best Multiplayer Game Ever?

No, that’s not me trying to hype up the series and acting like a Nintendo fanboy about it, it’s the results of a recent poll by the website Digitalspy.  Yes, they ran a recent survey of their readers and 40% of them voted that Mario Kart was the best game to play with friends and family.

Now, it may not seem particularly much, and some may say this is like a politician winning while not getting most votes since his competitors didn’t get enough people voting for them individually, but Mario did win by a large margin.  Basically, the only other games that got more than 10% of the votes in the poll were GoldenEye and Super Smash Bros, with Fifa and Bomberman following behind with even less.

So what does everyone think of this?  I have to admit I’m a bit shocked that no ‘modern’ First Person Shooters were listed at all in the top few results, like Call of Duty or Halo (especially considering that Digitalspy is a UK based site and the former is pretty popular among kids over here), but I guess the nostalgic value of Mario Kart 64 and the popularity of the other titles helped it top the list.

Do you think Mario Kart is the best multiplayer game/series ever?



Epic Mickey 2; Interview and Trailer!

This time, about the game’s different characters and starring multiple developers including Warren Spector.  Here’s the video:

Some pretty interesting stuff in there, don’t you think?  Certainly shows a lot of thought was put into even the most minor elements of the story and what characters would show up in it, although I do hope they remember to try as hard with the gameplay itself this time around.

What do you think?

Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon delayed until 2013

Well, in the US at least, there’s still a tiny amount of hope that the game could be out prior to then in Europe or Australia.  But unfortunately Nintendo of America have confirmed it’s later release date, as said here:

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will now be available in the first half of 2013 in the Americas

Have to say, this does annoy me to be honest.  Yes the Wii U is also coming out about that time, but I’m not purely interested in Wii U games and I was looking forward to this game more than New Super Mario Bros U.  It’s not all a total loss, Paper Mario Sticker Star doesn’t seem to have been delayed as of yet, so there’s at least that awesome Mario game to get for the 3DS later this year, but it still annoys me that the people who are willing to buy more than just New Super Mario Bros get kind of ignored in this respect.

It’s not the only game delayed either, apparently Konami have done the same for Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate:

Konami’s resurrection of the Castlevania series continues, as the breath-taking Castlevania: Lords of Shadows series heads to Nintendo 3DS in 2013 with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. Developed by Mercury Steam and acting as a prequel to the forthcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, the Nintendo 3DS game follows Trevor and Simon Belmont as they enter the shadow-laden castle of series villain, Dracula.

Wouldn’t these two titles have been absolutely perfect for a halloween release date?  Yes they might have harsh competition from the likes of New Super Mario Bros U, but it’s not like their audiences overlap that much, the kind of person interested in niche games enough to buy either is probably not 100% satisfied with just New Super Mario Bros titles.

Looks like the 3DS is getting quite a few less interesting titles this year than we thought it was.