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With the holidays soon here, Nintendo has decided to kick off the season with tons of exciting news sure to wet your appetite.
First off, Nintendo has revealed that come this November a new system update for the Nintendo 3DS will enable players to capture 3D video footage onto the handheld. With that, players will get to record and view videos completely in 3D. Currently, the 3DS can take 3D photos, but cannot record 3D videos so this should be an interesting addition to the handheld.
The update will also bring extra content to the 3DS. New StreetPass features are set to be released, with new challenges and games added to the StreetPass Mii Plaza.
Along with this system update, Nintedo has also revealed various major titles that are due to be released for the console in the coming months.
To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series, the largest game development project in Nintendo history, The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword, will finally be released for the Nintendo Wii. Launching November 20, Skyward Sword looks like it's going to be one amazing title, despite much skepticism. As a longtime fan of The Legend of Zelda series (remarkably enough, the first video game I ever played was Super Nintendo's Link to the Past) I have to say that despite my own skepticism towards the strict motion-control functionality, Skyward Sword is looking extremely compelling and is sure to be an instant success upon its release.
In addition, Nintendo is offering a free version of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition for a limited time. This fun multiplayer title will be availble to download between Sept. 28, 2011 and Feb. 20, 2012. Fans can download the Nintendo DSiWare version of the game using their Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL systems, or by accessing the Nintendo eShop with a Nintendo 3DS system.
Four Swords Anniversary Edition allows up to four players who have downloaded the game to play cooperatively and has also been enhanced with a new single-player mode. Unlike the original, all multiplayer gameplay is handled wirelessly. Having been a success on the Nintendo Gamecube, Four Swords Anniversary Edition is sure to be just as good.
And if that weren't enough, between Oct. 3, 2011 and Feb. 20, 2012, select retailers will carry limited-edition cards highlighting the series' 25th anniversary. The Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card will feature an image of Link battling Ganon, while the Nintendo Points Card will feature Link in a scene from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Learn more about The Legend of Zelda: 25th Anniversary here: http://zelda.nintendo.com/
Later this year we'll also be seeing several other game releases including Super Mario 3D Land (Nov. 13) for the 3DS, Mario Kart 7 (Dec. 4) for the 3DS, Fortune Street (Dec. 5) for the Wii, Fossil Fighters: Champions (Nov. 14) for the Nintendo DS systems, Just Dance 3 (Oct. 7) for the Wii, Go Vacation (Oct. 11) for the Wii, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Oct. 16) for the Wii and 3DS, Zumba Fitness 2 (Nov. 15) for the Wii, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nov. 15) for the Wii and 3DS and many, many more!
And with 2012 just around the corner, Nintendo has revealed some amazing new 3DS installments in several iconic titles including Luigi's Mansion, Animal Crossing, Paper Mario and Mario Tennis. These games are sure to be great, Nintendo has always done well with catering to its more nostalgic gamers. With that in mind, the much-anticipated rail shooter Kid Icarus: Uprising will be delayed until 2012, but will probably be better than ever -- my demo of the game already proved that.
Nintendo's Holiday Lineup is looking to be pretty promising for both old and new fans alike. And with the holiday's soon upon us, it won't be long before we get to experience it for ourselves!