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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.

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Project Café Unveiled

Wii U Logo

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.

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Wii Successor to be Revealed and Playable at E3

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Nintendo announced last night that they will showcase their new console this June at E3. In their letter they said, "We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles." Sony and Microsoft may have a tough time competing at E3 with Nintendo's playable version of the new system. Read Nintendo's announcement letter for yourself here.

Rumors abound on many different sites detailing possible specs for the system, but Nintendo has yet to release anything definite at least we know when we'll know for sure. In their announcement Nintendo also said that the console will be released next year. Since they can already showcase a functioning model this June, the console may be ready for release early 2012.

Via Games Radar

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New Project Cafe Details

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As we close in on E3 the rumor mill has begun to spin at an extremely high speed, with tentative details literally spewing from ever source imaginable. IGN's gear-head Scott Lowe received some very juicy details about Nintendo's forthcoming console, currently codenamed Project Cafe.

According to "sources with knowledge of the project", it looks like we might be seeing the new console this holiday season, possibly as soon as October. However, it's possible that Nintendo may play it safe by waiting for a legitimate amount of launch titles to be ready to go as well as have a robust inventory of systems built up to be able to handle the initial launch-period rush. If the latter is true, an early to mid 2012 launch is reasonable. Price-wise, expect to shell out at least $350, but don't be surprised to see a price tag that is a bit more hefty, even closer to $400.

Aside from a vague date and price, IGN was able to obtain some substantial information on the tech behind Project Cafe. As for hardware, the console is said to feature an overhauled AMD R700 series GPU, which is still stated to be able to "out perform the PlayStation 3's NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor."

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Super Monkey Ball 3D Review

Super Monkey Ball 3D

Super Monkey Ball makes its 3DS debut.

The Super Monkey Ball series has been slowly but steadily releasing new iterations each and every year. The games have crossed various platforms over the years and with the recent launch of the Nintendo 3DS, Sega has added another platform to its repertoire.

Super Monkey Ball Screenshot

The main mode of Super Monkey Ball 3D is the classic mode that fans are familiar with. The player is in control of a moving platform and must maneuver the monkey ball around the area. Each level has various bananas to collect and some feature hidden secret items. The levels are timed so there is definitely a level of skill involved. With 7 worlds to play and multiple levels in each, there is a lot of rolling to be had. The 3D effects on this game mode are very well done. The world sees depth and you can have more precise movements with the added angle.

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