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Nintendo are to create a port of The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for the 3DS. The original N64 title was released in 2000, and was hailed as one of the darker instalments in the long running franchise (with a child Link having to relive three days over and over again in order to prevent a creepy looking moon from crashing into the world) – now it will follow in the footsteps of bigger brother Ocarina Of Time in coming to Nintendo’s handheld platform with improved visuals and streamlined controls, set for release in Spring 2015.
In the same Nintendo Direct presentation this week, the Big N also revealed a single player component for the upcoming Splatoon, confirmed that that the first DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 will launch on November 13th, and announced that the classic light-gun title Duck Hunt will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console – along with finally releasing a glorious character profile video for Duck Hunt Dog in Super Smash Bros for Wii U.
In Other News
Rockstar Games have confirmed that the next gen releases of Grand Theft Auto V will indeed include a first person mode; a first for the open world franchise. Details of a first person mode were allegedly confirmed earlier this year via leaked materials, but Rockstar has declined to comment on the matter until a big press release on IGN on Wednesday divulged the information. You can watch a quick trailer showing off some of the first person gameplay here; or if you want to see a comparison between the PS3 and PS4 versions showing off the increased levels of detail the next gen versions, then that can be viewed here
A limited edition 59 song soundtrack called ‘The Music Of Grand Theft Auto V’ will also be released on December 9th to celebrate the next gen releases, but will be on a limited production run of just 5,000 units worldwide – V had a really underrated original soundtrack, so I’d be tempted to see if I could nab a copy.
As part of its annual N7 Day celebrations revelling in all things Mass Effect, BioWare have been openly talking about the possibility of a remaster of the trilogy for next gen consoles. Speaking on gaming forum NeoGAF, the general manager of BioWare’s main studios Aaron Flynn confirmed that while no details could be confirmed, the company would welcome the idea of a collection with upgraded visuals and textures, implemented DLC and a seamless transition between games.
The developers also revealed a smidgen of new info on Mass Effect 4; once again reaffirming that the game will be set apart from Shepard and the gang that we’ve come to know and love and introducing Chris Schlerf (who wrote the story for Halo 4) onto the project. They also released a selection of new concept art to get your imaginations fired up again.
Microsoft have confirmed that they intend to roll out monthly updates for the Xbox One well into 2015. Speaking on a podcast, Major Nelson (the online persona of Director Of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb) stated that while the upcoming December update is smaller in scale than the last few digital upgrades, the company is committed to improving its console, especially with the expectation of large sales over the Christmas period; in particular, the feature to take screenshots while in game is on the list of upcoming implementations.
In additional Microsoft news, anyone looking to pick up The Master Chief Collection next week will be happy to know that the day one download (which includes all multiplayer content) has shrunk in size from 20GB to 15GB…so you’ll still be looking at a few hours of downloading on an average broadband connection to get the content
Even with eight new entries in the Top 40 of the UK Game Sales Charts this past week, FIFA 15 has somehow managed to hold onto the top spot for the sixth week in a row. Insomniac Game’s X1 exclusive Sunset Overdrive had to settle for second place, while the current gen versions of WWE 2K15 debuted in fifth position. The smash hit Farming Simulator 15 settled for 25th place in the charts.
You can probably bet your house and everything inside it that Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will run away with the top spot next week
Top Ten For Week Ending 1st November 2014 (from GFK/Chart-Track)
1 – FIFA 15 (EA Canada)
2 – Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games)*
3 – Minecraft: Playstation Edition (4J Studios)
4 – The Evil Within (Tango Gameworks)
5 – WWE 2K15 (Yuke’s)*
6 – Destiny (Bungie)
7 – Forza Horizon 2 (Playground Games)
8 – Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (Monolith)
9 – Skylanders: Trap Team (Toys For Bob)
10 – Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (4J Studios)
(* indicates a new release)
Despite the definitive closure of Xbox Entertainment Studios last week, Microsoft will be releasing its documentary focusing on the infamous landfill in New Mexico filled with Atari cartridges on November 18th – and it will be free to all Xbox 360 and Xbox One users regardless of their Xbox Live membership, which is an always welcome gesture.
Atari: Game Over will cover the history of the legendary company in documentary format, charting its expansive rise in the late 1970s before focusing on the notoriously awful E.T game that is popularly blamed for the Video Game Crash of 1983, and then finishing with excavation earlier this year of over 500,000 copies of the game from a landfill – a theory that has been one of gaming’s most long standing folktales. If it’s any good, I’ll write up a quick review on the site in the near future.
If you don’t want to wait however for the documentary, some of the cartridges which were retrieved from the dig are currently on sale for over $500 on Ebay if you want to own a piece of gaming history…