Breath of the Wild Release Date Outed

The Breath of the Wild Release date may have been outed by way of the amiibo release date, possibly paving the way for the launch date for Nintendo’s epic title which may have been leaked on several official European Nintendo websites. The release date is listed as March 4, 2017. The date also shows up in the sites’ source code.

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This may point the way to both Breath of the Wild’s release date but also the release date for the codename Nintendo NX. This Breath of the Wild release date is plausible, considering the NX was said to release in March and Breath of the Wild is a no-brainer as a launch title for the system. The last time a Nintendo system launched with a Zelda game was the Wii, and that game, Twilight Princess, had an initial 75% attach rate to the system. There is no doubt that Breath of the Wild will launch on the Nintendo NX, it’s just a matter of when the system will be released. The Super Smash Bros. amiibo were released in the same time frame as Super Smash Bros. was released for the Wii U, so it is likely that if this information is legit, this is the launch window for the NX.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Nintendo Continues Partnership With Dark Horse With Zelda Art Book

Nintendo is continuing the partnership they established with Dark Horse Comics and releasing a new Zelda art book, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. Dark Horse perviously published The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, and Art & Artifacts is to be the first in a brand new line of Zelda books in a collaboration between Nintendo and Dark Horse.

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The most interesting bit about this new Legend of Zelda art book is that it will include “a sneak peek at art from the newest game in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, prior to its official release.” Art & Artifacts is slated to be released on February 21, 2017, so the rumored March release date of Breath of the Wild is plausible given the book’s release.

“Readers can peruse over four hundred pages of fully realized artistic masterpieces, exclusive interviews with the design team behind the beloved video game franchise, the official pixel art of the early series, and rare promotional art never before published in this format. The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts offers fans a sneak peek at art from the newest game in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, prior to its official release.”

The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts sounds like every Zelda fan’s dream come true, and given the quality of Hyrule Historia there is no doubt it will be a best seller, especially considering the fact that it contains artwork for Breath of the Wild before it’s even released. We can’t wait to see what else Nintendo and Dark Horse have in store for us!

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Turtonator Revealed

Today The Pokemon Company introduced Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Turtonator, the latest pocket monster to be revealed for the upcoming entries in the storied Pokemon franchise. A trailer was released, as well as a description of the Pokemon. Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Turtonator is a “Blast Turtle Pokemon” who is a Fire/Dragon type. Its ability is Shell Armor and it lives on volcanoes. Turtonator is deadly, with its shell having a layer of sulfur. Whenever it’s struck, sparks go flying, making it a dangerous and deadly opponent. It also able to camouflage itself in its native molten volcano environment, simply waiting for its prey.

Though Turtonator’s shell is deadly, its stomach is not. Striking the Pokemon in this weak area deals a great deal of damage and is key to defeating it. It was also revealed that Turtonator has a move that is only specific to the Alola region Pokemon, Shell Trap. This move allows Turtonator to set a trap at the beginning of a turn. If it is hit with a physical attack, an explosion occurs, devastating its challenger.

Pokemon Sun and Moon is shaping up to be the most intriguing Pokemon game in years. In fact, Nintendo is actually saying that Pokemon GO is driving Pokemon game sales. It’s almost fate that Pokemon Sun and Moon are coming out when they are.  It’s possible it could be a phenomenon we have not seen since Pokemon Red and Blue’s release, which is saying a lot. The new Pokemon titles are truly trying to branch out and change things, and if what has been revealed thus far is any indication, it will be the best pair of Pokemon games to be released in over a decade.

Nintendo Teases With Breath of the Wild Videos

Nintendo has posted several Breath of the Wild videos, teasing fans on social media who can’t get enough Zelda. Some may take this as a bit of a troll move on Nintendo’s part since the game doesn’t come out until at least March, but every second more that is shown of the title is nothing less than splendid.  Posting on both Twitter and Facebook, Nintendo showed off two different aspects of gameplay in their short but sweet Breath of the Wild videos.

In the first video, Link is shown exploring one of the many shrines found in the game, the Shrine Oman Au. Here our favorite hero shows off his magnesis ability in order to solve puzzles, a staple of the series. The second video, posted on Nintendo’s official Facebook page, deals more with the exploration and open-world aspect of the game. It shows Link picking up the Woodcutter’s Axe, mowing down a tree, and then using the said tree in order to cross over an abyss. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen in a Zelda game, showing the intricacies of traversing this new Hyrule.

These videos are short but sweet and furthers our excitement for Breath of the Wild. Our time with it at E3 was nothing short of spectacular and we savored every moment. That being said, it is curious that Nintendo is releasing all these short videos at this juncture when the game won’t even come out until the Nintendo NX launches. It could be that they have something else up their sleeves; we’ll just have to stay tuned. Breath of the Wild is one of the most anticipated games of all time, as it takes all the best elements of Zelda and puts them together, not unlike Ocarina of Time did. It has an intriguing narrative, total freedom with plenty of exploration, and some brilliant puzzle solving mechanics. The game will be brilliant, but it’s a shame that the release window is so far away.

333 Lucky Fans Will Play the Breath of the Wild Demo at EB Games Expo

333 lucky fans will play the Breath of the Wild demo at the EB Games Expo 21016. The demo will be the same one shown at E3 2016, according to an EB games representative. To be eligible for this once in a lifetime experience, you must have bought at least four Zelda games from EB Games. It is unknown if there is any other way to become eligible. The Breath of the Wild demo, like the one at E3 2016, will have a 45-minute cutoff time.

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We went hands-on with the demo at E3 2016 and were left mesmerized. It is definitely a different take on both the familiar gameplay that has been present in the Zelda series since 1998 and the Zelda mythos. The story has a very unique tone to it and is different than any other Zelda game that we have seen to date. It will be interesting to see how the gameplay is balanced with the story, as this was one of the staple marks of Ocarina of Time.

We are very excited for the game’s full release and fans of the series who get the chance to play the Breath of the Wild demo are in for a treat.

Top 5 Pokemon Starters

The Pokemon series is riddled with starters spanning VI generations (soon to be VII). With Pokemon being the talk of the town with the release of Pokemon GO, we decided to take a look at some of the best starters and compiled a list of the top 5 starters from the series. While there are so many to choose from, some are bound to miss the cut, but here is our list of the top 5 Pokemon starters.

Top 5 Pokemon Starters — 5. Piplup

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The Sinnoh region has some fantastic starters to choose from, but let’s be completely honest — how cute is Piplup? A water-type penguin, Piplup is adorable and eventually evolves into a full-fledged Penguin, Empoleon, who is a Water/Steel type. This becomes very useful and because of Piplup’s adorable nature and evolutionary track, it makes our top 5 Pokemon starters list.

Top 5 Pokemon Starters — 4. Torchic

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Torchic hails from the Hoenn region and was the first starter I picked in Pokemon Sapphire. While it’s not very menacing at first glance, it eventually evolves into Blaziken, who is a fire/fighting type Pokemon and very powerful. Torchic has its own charm as well. It is a small chic-like Pokemon and is incredibly cute. Fire or water-type Pokemon are the most useful, and Torchic’s evolutionary path, especially with its evolutionary path, makes it extremely formidable.

Top 5 Pokemon Starters — 3. Charmander

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Charmander is both lovable and cute. Although he’s all but useless at the first gym, he’s a classic. His ultimate evolution, Charizard, is a total badass and one of the most popular Pokemon in the series up until this day. The first-generation starters are still beloved in the hearts of fans and Charmander may be most of all.

Top 5 Pokemon Starters — 2. Squirtle

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Squirtle was my first Pokemon starter when I played Pokemon Blue, which may be one of the reasons why he is so high on our top 5 Pokemon starters list. This is not the only reason though. He is a turtle (which is an awesome animal by the way), useful against various Kanto Region gyms, and his final evolution Blastoise is extremely strong. He may not have the same kind of popularity as Charmander, but water-type Pokemon trumps fire types every time.

Top 5 Pokemon Starters — 1. Pikachu

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Pikachu is the default starter in Pokemon Yellow and up until that game, he was one of the most coveted Pokemon in Blue and Red. Having a Pikachu was like having a badge of honor. He is the face of Pokemon. He has a cute factor and charm unlike any other Pokemon and while he may not be as strong in his evolutionary track as some of the other Pokemon on our list, it doesn’t matter. Pikachu is adorable, endearing, and the best Pokemon to ever grace the series.

Metroid Prime Federation Force Mission Briefing Video Released by Nintendo

Nintendo has released a Metroid Prime Federation Force mission briefing video. They also revealed that right now, owners of the Nintendo 3DS can actually go into the Nintendo eShop and download Blast Ball, a minigame that was playable at E3 2015. It has complete online capabilities and players can compete with those who own the full version of the game. These capabilities end though in September, when Blast Ball will switch over to the full version of the game only.

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Regardless, this is quite a treat and while there was an initial backlash regarding Metroid Prime Federation Force, Nintendo has always maintained a certain level of quality. Metroid Prime Federation Force releases for the Nintendo 3DS on August 19, 2016 in North America. You can check out the Metroid Prime Federation Force mission briefing video below.