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Retro Reading #31

by on Jun.19, 2011, under Retro Reading

Haven’t done a Retro Reading post for a while, mainly because we’re transitioning into producing more original content as you’d have witnessed with our Duke Nukem week series of articles. We’ve also overhauled user accounts on the site so you only need one for forums and commenting on articles.

Retro Events
The Nintendo Experience at the Swanston Street EB in Melbourne will be hosting a launch event for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. If you’re in Melbourne and want to check it out, it’s on June 29 from 10pm until 2am.

Retro News
The Nintendo 3DS eStore has opened. In addition to the new 3DSware titles, there is a Virtual Console section offering classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles (with Game Gear to come) including The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX and Donkey Kong 94. On top of that, Nintendo is having a number of classic games remastered in 3D, dubbed 3D Classics. For the next month, 3DS owners who grab the eShop upgrade get a complimentary version of 3D Classics: Excitebike.

Electronic Arts have begun to release their back catalogue through the Good Old Games service. The first titles include Crusader: No Remorse and Magic Carpet.

Japanese video game show Game Center CX will be shown on Kotaku from June 23. There are whispers going around that the show is going to be dubbed, but it is not confirmed.

Konami will be issuing HD remastered versions of Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, Zone of the Enders 1 and 2, and Silent Hill 2 and 3 from the end of this year. The Silent Hill games are getting redubbed but Guy Cihi, the actor who played James Sunderland in Silent Hill 2 will not be reprising his role. The collections will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with a PS Vita release rumoured.

Our friends over at retrospekt have launched their new-look website. Go and check it out!

Nintendo has announced their plans for the 25th Anniversary of the Legend of Zelda. There will be orchestral performances across the world, a free Legend of Zelda: Four Swords game for DSiWare, two soundtrack releases and more leading up to the release of the next game, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

The translation patch for Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyans has finally been completed! Well, it sat at 99% completion for a good decade (and was fully playable), so it’s about damn time.

Speaking of translations, the long awaited project to bring the Wonderswan version of Makai Toushi SaGa (or Final Fantasy Legend) has been completed.

Recommended Reading

Iwata Asks: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time at Nintendo
It’s a sad reflection of our industry when a CEO is one of the best interviewers – though you could argue that he’s probably the only person in the world who can dictate what information comes out of Nintendo. This interview sheds a lot of light on the development of the game and reveals a few pre-Ocarina Zelda projects they were working on. Must read – and there are three more parts to come.

The Games of Donald Duck at Hardcore Gaming 101
Audun Sorlie has put together this massive guide to all of the video games to date which have featured Donald Duck.

Dezaemon at Hardcore Gaming 101
There’s also a feature on the shooting game construction kit Dezaemon, which is quite enlightening.

Retrospective: Jet Set Willy at Eurogamer
Considered one of the best titles on the Spectrum. All jokes aside, it’s worth a read – the author is Martyn Carroll, the original editor of Retro Gamer.

Unseen64 Updates
Blades of Passage (N64DD)
Hogs of War Beta (PSX/PC)
Sonic Extreme (Xbox)
Shinkai (FC/NES)
Scorched Earth (3DO)
GP Advance (GBA)
Gore (C64/Atari ST/PC)
Fallout (PSX)
Kuma Soldier (PCFX)

Virtual Console
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Super Adventure Island (SNES)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX (GBC)
Donkey Kong (GB)

3D Classics
Excitebike (NES)

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