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Zelda 25th Anniversary Celebration Detailed

The Legend of Zelda: 25th Anniversary

Earlier this week, Nintendo unveiled a series of special events and promotions that will be taking place to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. Beginning on June 7th, with the availability of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX as a Virtual Console game, and ending this Holiday season with a Limited Edition Triforce Wii remote, this celebration includes re-released Zelda titles, special incentives, and more.

According to Nintendo, either a new or re-released Zelda game will be made available for every Nintendo system this year - including DS, 3DS, and Wii. Specifically, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX is now available via Virtual Console, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will be released on June 19, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released this holiday season on the Wii, and for DS owners, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures will be re-released as a free download this fall.



Star Wars: The Old Republic Intro Cinematic

Star Wars: The Old Republic

While upcoming Bioware MMOPRG Star Wars: The Old Republic was not publicly playable at E3 this year, the Austin, Texas developer did show a brand new trailer for the game. Clocking it at over six minutes long, it was revealed to be the full opening cinematic for the game. For your viewing pleasure, check it out below:

No confirmed release date for Star Wars: The Old Republic has been given yet, but is projected to be late this year to early next year.


Project Café Unveiled

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Following nearly two months of rampant speculation, Nintendo took the wraps off their successor to the Wii console. Formerly known as Project Café, the new system is now officially called the Wii U. Why such a strange title? Nintendo isn't saying - yet - only that just as with Wii before it, it will conceptually make more sense sometime in the foreseeable future. While few details were given regarding technical specs, anticipated launch titles, or pricing, Nintendo did have a few small tidbits of information to share about the new console. Foremost of this information was the reveal of the new controller - which, at its core, is a 6.2" touch screen panel housed in a plastic casing. Much like its predecessor, the Wii U's controller sports an innovative design, which, Nintendo hopes developers will take advantage of to create new and compelling game experiences.



Sony Press Event Highlights

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Concluding a full day of E3 press conferences, Sony held their annual E3 event at the LA Memorial Sports Arena. Unlike most traditional press briefings, which generally run at most 2 hours, Sony opted for a much longer event. The day consisted of a pre-show reception, the press conference itself, hands on time with virtually everything announced, as well as a surprise musical performance from Jane's Addiction.

As expected, several major announcements took place - including, most notably, the projected release date, name, and final pricing of Sony's forthcoming NGP handheld. In a move that drew cheers from the audience, the pricing for the device was revealed to be significantly lower than expected. Read on after the jump for full pricing and release details for the NGP.



EA Game Changers Press Conference Wrap-Up

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EA, the second company to hold their E3 press conference today, did so at The Orpheum Theater. The theme of this year's event was "Game Changers", which, based upon the stellar lineup EA showed at the event, was indeed an apt title. The conference began with a brief Mass Effect 3 live gameplay demo, followed by a brand new trailer. EA did not, however, show the newly announced Kinect functionality, as they did so previously at Microsoft's event. Mass Effect 3 has been slated for a March 6, 2012 release.

Following the ME3 demo, EA conducted a live demo of Need for Speed: The Run. While borrowing certain elements from previous titles in the series (most notably, the chase portions from Need for Speed: Most Wanted) it was clear from the onset that this wasn't just another title in the Need for Speed franchise. In a surprising move, for the first time ever in a Need for Speed game, The Run also features several on foot segments. These "out of car" moments, as EA describes them, are action sequences, wherein the player has to evade their pursuers by all means necessary, and are played out through a series of QTE style events.