Hyrule Warriors Legends Announced for 3DS…

Yeah, we knew this was coming.  In fact, we’re pretty much sure most people knew this one was coming, since a trailer for the 3DS version of Hyrule Warriors was leaked online some time before E3.  Here was our original post on the subject:

Hyrule Warriors Announced for the 3DS – Gaming Reinvented

That said, thanks to E3 we do have a few new things.  Like a fancy new name; Hyrule Warriors Legends.  And some nice screenshots and artwork showing both Tetra and the King of Hyrule fighting through Ganon’s forces.

So here’s the media stuff:

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And we’ve already posted the trailer before, so we won’t be uploading it again.  But in case you missed it, here it is:

So that’s the 3DS Hyrule Warriors game.  Is it a good idea?  Is it something there’s a lot of demand for?  Well, we’ll have to wait and see in that respect.  But what does everyone else think of this game?

Hyrule Warriors Legends

A handheld remake of Hyrule Warriors for the 3DS, Hyrule Warriors Legends is a typical hack and slash game set in the world of Hyrule and starring various characters from The Legend of Zelda series.

However, this one has a few new things up its sleeve.  Switch between characters instantly with a button press!  See a detailed map of the battlefield on the touch screen at all times!  And best of all, enjoy a whole bunch of new characters exclusive to this version of the game, like Tetra and the King of Hyrule from The Wind Waker.

Some feature points from the fact sheet:

  • The entire Wii U version of the Hyrule Warriors game, playable on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
  • Play and experience new characters and story elements based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker game.
  • New character switching feature lets you change characters on the fly.
  • For the first time in the series, play as fan-favorite characters like Tetra and King of Hyrule.
  • Battle the fiercest enemies from The Legend of Zelda across Hyrule’s most famous locales.
  • Advance the story to unlock new playable characters, each with unique moves and weapon types. Collect Rupees and other useful items to upgrade weapons and craft badges, which players can use to bolster each warrior’s abilities.

Mario & Luigi Paper Jam

It’s a crossover that no one dreamed possible!

Yes, Mario & Luigi Paper Jam is a full blown crossover between the Mario & Luigi series and the Paper Mario series.

With Paper Mario jumping of a book into the world of the Mario & Luigi series, Mario & Luigi have to team up with Mario’s paper counterpart to take down a two Bowser villain team and save both worlds.

The gameplay seems to be a pretty good mix of both titles too, with Paper Mario’s abilities involving his plane and boat transformations from Thousand Year Door and normal Mario/Luigi having traditional Bros Attacks and abilities.  There’s also the 3D style chase sequences from Dream Team, as well as a weird giant battle type scenario where the Marios ride a giant papercraft version of Mario and square off against equally large papery monsters from Bowser’s evil army!

Here are some pieces of artwork for the game:

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As well as some screenshots nicked from the fact sheet:

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And a trailer:

So what do we think of the game?  Well, we’re optimistic.  The idea’s great, Bowser’s personality seems to be back from the original Paper Mario series and there are tons and tons of opportunities to make this game absolutely amazing. And the battle systems do look incredible, which is a definite step up from the horrible system that was the battles in Sticker Star.

The only worries we have are that it’s a bit too generic so far.  Lots of Bowser minions and characters from typical Mario games instead of those from the RPGs we all know and love.  Hopefully this doesn’t follow Sticker Star’s lead of making the world too ‘NSMB’ like and remembers to introduce all kinds of interesting new faces from both RPG franchises.  Massif Bros and Rawk Hawk together?  Please?

What do you think of Mario & Luigi Paper Jam?

Mario & Luigi Paper Jam

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Paper Mario jumps out of a book and into the bizarre adventures of Mario & Luigi, resulting in hilarious, and dangerous, hijinks! Become the superstar team of Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario to take on quests, take down enemies, and untangle these two unique universes in this playful new entry in the Mario & Luigi series.

Some Unique Features

  • Characters from the Paper Mario universe – including Paper Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser and Toad – jump out of a book and into the world of Mario & Luigi, resulting in hilarious and dangerous hijinks, trademarks of the Mario & Luigi franchise.
  • Take advantage of Paper Mario‘s unique skills, like slipping through cracks, making copies of himself and folding himself up
  • Take down Bowser’s army of dastardly villains, solve puzzles and embark on quests as a brand-new trio of heroes.
  • Got rhythm? Show off the moves of your giant papercraft by charging it up with dance and strut your way through battles with other giant papercrafts from Bowser’s army.

 

The Legend of Zelda Triforce Heroes

Continuining the visual style of the beloved Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds for 3DS, The Legend of Zelda Triforce Heroes is a new adventure for everyone’s favourite hylian hero.

In this one, three players team up (each as Link, like in Four Swords) and use their abilities to make their way through clever dungeons and to battle tough bosses.   Stack three Links on top of one another with the totem ability to solve puzzles and collect loot to create new outfits with special powers.

Features:

  • As Link, buddy up with two other Link characters and cooperatively solve
    inventive puzzles to progress through the game.
  • All three players share hearts, so they must work together to defeat
    enemies and solve puzzles.
  • Stack three Links on top of each other with the new “Totem” mechanic,
    which makes it possible to reach new locations to solve puzzles.
  • Collect loot to create wearable outfits, each with a different boost or ability.
    Each dungeon is structured with four main areas.
  • Single-player mode allows the player to rent two paper dolls to take along
    to complete the team of three and face challenges in dungeons.
  • Choose from a set of emoticons to communicate with each other while
    playing in multiplayer mode.
  • Team up with two other players in multiplayer mode via local wireless
    connection, online and with download play