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Yesterday’s Recap – November 13th, 2013

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For yesterday we had news on a patch that is required for retail copies of the PS4 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts to get to full 1080p, the lack of an offline mode in Diablo III, news that you can download the PS4 launch day patch ahead of time, comments from Eiji Aonuma about Shigeru Miyamoto, news about the Xbox One launch events, and more. Check out the links below for all the posts:

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Nintendo Direct Recap With Video – November 13th, 2013

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Welcome to GameSaga’s coverage of the November 13th, 2013 Nintendo Direct event. The event was broadcasted earlier on the 13th by Nintendo and this blog will give you a text based recap of everything that was shown/talked about. Spoilers are a possibility, so if you don’t want those, click off this story and onto a new one. Click the jump for the full recap and video.

  • We start off with a look outside Nintendo of America.
  • A skit is shown with Bill Trinen getting in an elevator with an unknown female.
  • Reggie Fils-Aime starts talking to Bill through the elevator’s intercom-like system.
  • Reggie tells Bill to get ready to start the show and Bill is confused because that is what he is doing.
  • The woman runs out saying she didn’t hear anything.
  • We switch to Reggie in his office.
  • He has on a Link Between Worlds pin on his suit and is talking about Link to the Past.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds gets a confirmed release date of November 22nd (same as Xbox One along with its launch titles & Super Mario 3D World).
  • A new trailer for ALBW is being shown.
  • We are shown a scene not that dissimilar from the opening of Link to the Past.
  • Then it switches to Link fighting Tektites.
  • Then a different scene with Green Chu Chus.
  • Ravio is shown with Link acquiring the Bow.
  • Link uses the Bow on an enemy which seems to resemble a Moblin possibly.
  • The Bow uses energy on the Stamina Meter.
  • He then uses some sort of green swirly/spinning item which unearths rupees from the ground. This also uses the Stamina Meter.
  • The Ice Rod & Fire Rod are shown used against enemies and they both use the Stamina Meter.
  • Irene (a witch) is seemingly summoned by Link.
  • She transports Link off screen somewhere.
  • Yuga is shown teleporting someone away similar to the Zelda scene in Link to the Past with Agahnim.
  • It appears to be an old woman who is turned into a painting.
  • Seres is shown being held against a wall.
  • Yuga is shown looking at the painting of Seres.
  • Link is shown fighting him and Link gets thrown into the wall and turns into his painting form.
  • Then we see footage of Link using the painting wall ability which seems to tie into a bracelet he is wearing (possibly a Power Bracelet successor?)
  • He is shown using the ability in various settings including outdoors and in a dungeon.
  • Speaking of dungeons, different ones are shown next with the slippery green enemies from the Ice Temple in Link to the Past returning along with giant forms of them.
  • Link is then traversing a series of block puzzles where he has to use his abilities to manipulate the floor he is standing on.
  • He then uses an item to raise what appears to be either lava or sand to reveal a pathway underneath.
  • Next he uses the painting ability to walk along side it.
  • A sand/lava worm looking enemy is shown.
  • Wall Masters return to torment Link.
  • Gibdos are back for the first time in nearly 10 years (2005′s Minish Cap).
  • A Dodongo looking boss/enemy is shown.
  • The game will have StreetPass features that will let you battle against Shadow Link.
  • Now it’s showing Link traversing into Lorule via his painting form.
  • Ganon (?) is shown arising from a pool of something and Link looks shocked/alarmed.
  • The logo background (possible title screen?) is shown with the familiar Link to Past spinning Triforce along with the chime sound effect and same music from LttP.
  • Back to Reggie now, he is showing the ALBW 3DS XL bundle.
  • The system is Zelda themed and comes with a digital copy of A Link Between Worlds.
  • The bundle will be available on November 22nd as well.
  • Back to Bill Trinen now with a Toon Link plushy and a TP Link mug.
  • Bill mentions they will have mini trailers on the Nintendo Instagram.
  • He’s talking about ALBW characters now.
  • First up is Irene the Witch, she shows up near the beginning of the game and will offer help throughout the game.
  • Tapping a bell icon on the touch screen allows to fast travel/wrap like the Ocarina/Flute in Link to the Past which are learned by finding weather vanes like the original one in Link to the Past.
  • This summons Irene and she will warp fly you there.
  • The bell is usable in Lorule as well.
  • Seres is up next, she is the daughter of the Sanctuary’s priest.
  • We see the scene again where Yuga traps Seres in a painting.
  • Zora’s Flippers return for swimming.
  • You can find a bottle with a message talking about milk in Lake Hylia.
  • Then you go to a Milk Bar and talk to the owner.
  • He says you should look for a man in the mountains (possibly a trading sequence, or perhaps a one-off sidequest).
  • Gramps is the next character discussed.
  • He is the man who talks to you about the StreetPass/Shadow Link stuff.
  • You create your own Shadow Link for sending to others via StreetPass.
  • The bounty you can collect will change besides on your equipped items and how much life you have.
  • You apparently don’t lose anything if you lose to Shadow Link but you can gain rupees if you win.
  • The eShop version of the game is confirmed for November 22nd as well.
  • Next up is Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS which also releases on November 22nd.
  • It will have download play which only requires 1 copy of the game.
  • Will have 7 new boards.
  • 80 new mini-games.
  • Other modes included: Free Play, Hot Air Hijinks, other puzzles/extras (including a Yoshi looking game).
  • Talking about single player mode now (Mini-Game Tower).
  • It’s renamed Bowser’s Tower.
  • Will have 30 floors.
  • Will have boss battles every 5 floors.
  • Will feature StreetPass and can tag up to 10 people at one time. This will allow you to face them in the mini-games.
  • Switching to Bravely Default now.
  • Discussing Brave & Default features.
  • Default is a shield/block move that will allow you to store Brave Points.
  • You can also borrow them from future turns.
  • Brave is where you use these points and they allow you to land multiple hits on the same turn.
  • Can “increase pace of battle” with the control pad.
  • Bravely Second allows you to freeze time.
  • Attacks used during this frozen time use Sleep Points instead of Brave Points.
  • You generate Sleep Points by putting your 3DS in Sleep Mode while the game is running.
  • You can customize characters’ jobs (possibly similar to FFV), weapons, skills, spells, etc.
  • StreetPass will allow you to summon others for aid in battle or help you rebuild your town.
  • Bravely Default is scheduled to release at retail & on the eShop on February 7th.
  • There will be a Collector’s Edition for North America, featuring the game, an art book, AR cards, and a soundtrack CD. This will be available on February 7th as well.
  • Now we’re on to Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy.
  • This is the end of the 2nd trilogy of Layton games.
  • Showing game footage.
  • Layton, Luke, and Emmy have to solve a mystery involving a mummy.
  • It will be available in-store and digitally on February 28th.
  • Talking about Nintendo Zone now.
  • Mentioned the October upgrade for Nintendo Zone locations which allows you to collect StreetPass data for the last 6 people that visited through StreetPass Relay.
  • Will also add more SpotPass content.
  • Items from Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be added to all NZ locations starting on 11/15 for 2 of them and 11/29 for the 3rd.
  • Will also have a Super Mario 3D Land mystery box starting on 11/22.
  • Will have Mii additions.
  • Talking about a new system update for 3DS that will go live in December.
  • It will allow you to combine Wii U & 3DS eShop balances.
  • Can register your Nintendo Network ID on 3DS.
  • Bill says you will be asked to create a Nintendo Network ID to download demos and other things. Unclear if this means a new ID or you use your existing one.
  • Miiverse has been officially announced as coming to 3DS finally, which will be part of this update.
  • A YouTube app is coming to 3DS later this month.
  • The Wii U version will be updated as well.
  • This will let you view videos on the GamePad or search on the GamePad while a video is playing on your TV.
  • Talking about Pikmin 3 DLC now.
  • This will be Round 3 for Mission Mode with additional stages.
  • These stages will be brand new ones, not rearranged ones like in previous DLC.
  • Showing footage from these stages – beach scene, inside a house, factory, etc.
  • Olimar seemingly will return for part of this.
  • Louie is making an appearance as well.
  • Will have 8 stages total: 4 Collect Treasure & 4 Battle Enemies.
  • Releasing on December 2nd alongside a patch for the game that is required for the DLC.
  • The patch will also give you 2 free stages in an area called the Fortress of Festivity.
  • Talking about Animal Crossing Plaza now.
  • This is receiving an update with new features.
  • You can use stamps on Miiverse now.
  • Stamps will also be part of Super Mario 3D World.
  • Bill says Miiverse Stamps will be part of future games.
  • Can only use the Stamps when posting to Miiverse through the supported games. Can’t use them outside of the games.
  • The other new feature for Animal Crossing Plaza is a ranking feature.
  • This will be used to list results of polls.
  • Resident Registration is another new thing for ACP.
  • This will let you meet any of your town’s residents in the plaza when you want.
  • Will soon be able to move/delete multiple pictures at the same time.
  • Will be able to save pictures from Miiverse posts to albums.
  • The update for ACP should be live as of today.
  • Going back to Reggie now.
  • Talking about indie games now. I smell a sizzle reel incoming.
  • Yep, here’s the video.
  • Games shown are
    • Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut
    • Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
    • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
    • Some game I couldn’t see the title of due to poor video quality
    • Grinsia
    • 1,001 Spikes
    • Tengami
    • Jet Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai
    • Pier Solar HD
    • Putty Squad
    • Teslagrad
    • Treasurenauts
    • Wooden Sen’Sey
    • Retro City Rampage
    • Knytt Underground
    • Unepic
    • Siesta Fiesta
    • Shovel Knight
  • Talking about eShop sales now.
  • Can check them out at http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers.
  • Next up is Super Mario 3D World.
  • Showing various footage.
  • Time to look at 10 new things about the game, which according to Reggie will include spoilers for unlockable content.
  1. Touchscreen & Microphone Gameplay – Can interact with stages using these, like extending blocks/platforms with the touchscreen. Can blow away minor enemies with the mic.
  2. Golden Express Stage – Serves as a sort of bonus stage where you ride a golden train and collect lots of coins.
  3. Captain Toad Levels – Previously announced stages where you control the Captain Toad where you can’t jump and have to get 5 stars.
  4. Speed Run Levels – 100 seconds to get to the end of the stage like in New Super Luigi U.
  5. Mystery Houses – Similar to Mystery Boxes from Super Mario 3D Land. Mini-game challenges for green stars.
  6. Motley Boss Blob – Face a giant boss with an army of clones.
  7. Top-Down Shooter Stage – Mario and the gang go almost Galaga style in a shoot’em up. Yes, really.
  8. Kart-Style Stage – Foot race to the finish on Mario Kart inspired track. Complete with Mario Kart music.
  9. Unlockable Bonus Game – Can play the previously announced Luigi Bros. game if you have New Super Luigi U save data on your console. This is a re-skinned version of the Mario Bros. arcade game.
  10. Unlockable 5th Character – Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy makes her return. She has a spin attack like Mario’s Wiimote attack from the SMG games.
  • And that’s it! Check out the full video below
  • Source: Nintendo (1 & 2)

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    First Official Launch Xbox One Guarded By…?

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    Microsoft is not stopping at just launch parties for the release of their 3rd Xbox console. They are going into the deep end, literally, well sort of. As we mentioned earlier, they will be starting the launch events in New Zealand and in honor of that Microsoft has submerged the first official Xbox One system in a case in an aquarium guarded by sand tiger sharks. Yes, you read that right, sharks (as seen above). I wonder if the purchaser of this particular console will actually play it or just keep it as a souvenir or try to re-sell it? I hope there’s a good seal on the case or else it could sustain water damage.

    Source: The Verge & Xbox (1 & 2)

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    Launch Parties Announced For Xbox One Release

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    Microsoft has announced that they will be holding launch parties across the globe for the release of the Xbox One on November 22nd. They say that there will be over 10,000 retailers in 13 countries who will have midnight launches of the system. Some of these events will be shown on Spike TV, Xbox.com, and Xbox Live. The larger events are obviously going to be held in larger cities like New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Sydney, etc.

    Microsoft is kicking things off from New Zealand and the festivities will emanate from Shed 10 in Auckland. They will also be holding launch events at Microsoft Stores in the U.S. These events will include contests and cash giveaways. They’re even opening earlier than 12 AM so you can demo games before the Xbox One officially releases.

    Source: Polygon & Xbox

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    PlayStation App Is Released For Android & iOS

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    Just in time for the release of the PlayStation 4 on this Friday, November 15th, Sony has released their PlayStation smartphone app for Android & iOS. You’ll be able to access the PlayStation Network from your smartphone or tablet using the app. You can chat, get game alerts, and even buy games from the PlayStation Store and download & install them all from the app.

    Source: The Verge, Polygon, Google Play, & App Store

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    Eiji Aonuma Discusses Shigeru Miyamoto

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    gamesTM had an interview with Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma in a recent issue. During the interview Aonuma-san discussed Shigeru Miyamoto and his relationship with him. Aonuma states: “The time I have spent working with him [Miyamoto] is even longer than my relationship with my father, so I really should be able to read his mind by now. I am still surprised by his opinions, and I am far away from reaching Mr. Miyamoto’s level of perspective. When you get to my age, the number of people pointing out your faults become quite limited. So in this sense too, I would like him to forever give opinions on the products that we can create.”

    Source: GoNintendo, Nintendo EverythinggamesTM, & G4

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    PlayStation 4 Launch Day Patch Available For Download

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    If you’re picking up a PlayStation 4 this coming Friday, you might want to head over to PlayStation.com and get an early start on the mandatory system update (version 1.5). It’s a 308 MB file and you can put it on USB thumb/flash drive so you won’t have to waste time on Friday downloading the update. Features that will be added with the update include Vita Remote Play, party chat, online multiplayer, being able to play games as while downloading them, etc.

    Source: Polygon & PlayStation

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    Diablo III (Multi-Platform) – Blizzard Discusses Lack of Offline Mode

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    According to an interview Rock, Paper Shotgun did with Lead Designer Kevin Martens, Blizzard decided not to give Diablo III an offline mode because they wanted people to always be able to play the game with other players. They didn’t want to force people to play it solo. He says they learned a lot from Diablo II and the restrictions they were forced to place on the game and players due to things like Offline characters being able to be hacked and the fact that once your character was offline you couldn’t play with someone else who had an online character. The interview covers a lot more about the game including the upcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls, so head over to RPS for more.

    Source: Polygon & Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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    Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS4) – Patch Required At Launch For 1080p Single Player

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    If you’re picking up Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PlayStation 4 and want to play the single player campaign in full 1080p HD, you’ll have to install a patch to enable that functionality says Activision. Without, the single player will be in 720p only. Activision told Polygon that this was due to a mistake in the retail version which is why that requires a patch. Neither outlet mentions the digital version of the game, so it appears that version will not require a patch.

    Source: Polygon & Eurogamer

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