Nintendo news round-up: 3DS PlayCoin details, debate over Zelda remakes, and more

As sales of the 3DS mount in Japan and preorders break records in the UK, the hype and mystery surrounding the enticing new portable is reaching a fever pitch. The 10 day countdown to our stateside release date starts now!

– Wondering how long it’ll take to rack up those PlayCoins as you walk around town with your 3DS? As the system’s pedometer tracks your mileage, you’ll earn one PlayCoin for every 100 steps, which you can then apply to any 3DS games that support them, such as by purchasing figurines in Street Fighter. Other useful features? You can share MP3 playlists via StreetPass, and the 3DS supports wi-fi networks that are WPA2, TKIP, and AES, as well as storing and automatically detecting up to three different network connections on one system. (GiantBomb)

– While it’s great that younger gamers will get to experience a graphically enhanced redesign of Ocarina of Time, veteran fans may be a bit dismayed by what appears to be yet another remake. The writer of The Superficial, one of the foremost (and most amusing) celebrity gossip blogs, had this to say on the matter: “Ooh, the Zelda game from my senior year of high school. Innovating!” Where’s the 3DS Zelda game for fans that aren’t 12 years old or slaves to nostalgia? Can you imagine what a momentous launch we’d have had if the 3DS had debuted alongside a brand new 3D Zelda title? Nintendo already gets a fair share of flak every time they release a new game with “Mario” or “Zelda” in the title, simply because they are such familiar characters, but it gets even harder to defend them when they pass on a rare opportunity to make a Tetris-sized splash in the handheld realm. Instead we get… a remake of a 13 year-old game which won’t even be available at launch. I will love and cherish Ocarina of Time all of my days, but I expect more from a company whose guiding philosophy is the element of surprise. (The Superficial on Facebook)

9 Responses to Nintendo news round-up: 3DS PlayCoin details, debate over Zelda remakes, and more

  1. Blake R says:

    Not a fan of the superficial. There’s a difference between having an opinion and being an a-hole. Haters gonna hate

  2. David says:

    I’m excited for Ocarina 3D since I never played the N64 version.

  3. Chelsea says:

    Blake R,

    That’s just it though… I’m a huge fan of Nintendo but I was still disappointed when I heard that they were spending their time remaking an old Zelda game rather than creating a new one. I don’t think that voicing that disappointment constitutes “hating”. It’s just that I know Nintendo is capable of such groundbreaking stuff, and it’s sad because others will use this as fuel for the fire to bash Nintendo and accuse of them being unoriginal. (Also, it bears mentioning that The Superficial writer is extremely sarcastic, a gamer, and should be taken with a grain of salt. We tend to be hardest on the things we care about.)

    Again, I think it’s great that newcomers will get to see a touched up Zelda for the first time. But I’ll take a brand new Zelda game over a remake with a facelift any day of the week.

  4. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    I like re-hashes, and disagree with pretty much your whole point… If they redo ALTTP, I’ll buy it again! Good games will be good games..

  5. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    Get the feel for making a 3d zelda game first, then give us an awesome new game :D. Nintendo <3

  6. Richard says:

    I’d rather have a new Zelda, too, but I am glad to see this classic get such a nice update. But, Chelsea, I’m in the same boat regarding a purchase for myself; I’ll buy it only if there’s a significant amount of new content.

    Hopefully, 3DS will get its own original Zelda adventure in the not-too-distant future!

  7. NekoKnight says:

    You know, “Ocarina of Time 3D” might be holding up development of “Skyward Sword,” as I thought we were told back at E3 2010 that “Skyward Sword” would be released in the 1rst quarter 0f 2011. And of course, that’s not going to happen. What ever happened to the whole “releasing games consecutively” throughout the year? It’s obvious Nintendo is holding this one back for the holidays, even though the game is probably ready for release right now. Now I do understand Ocarina 3D was a special request from Miyamoto, but still… can’t people who missed Ocarina the first time simply download the Virtual Console version? No offense, I’m just saying.

  8. Timothy says:

    Well OOT comes with the master quest and has improvements over the original. Nintendo also has stated that they where going to add some other new stuff as well.

  9. EdEN says:

    Well, OOT is a VERY GOOD game that newer generations haven’t experienced yet. It comes with Master Quest and there’s been comments from Nintendo about there being extra content. And this IS a remake, not a port. Look at the screens of the shops or houses and it’s no longer a pre-rendered image but done in game and looking great.

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