Nintendo Switch’s First TV Commercial Features The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo Switch’s First TV Commercial Features The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo’s first commercial for the Nintendo Switch highlights both the portability of the console and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of its launch titles.

Nintendo has just released the first television commercial for the Nintendo Switch, and the 30 second video unsurprisingly focuses on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, its strongest launch day title. The video also features a healthy split of focus between both showing off the console’s portability, and displaying some snazzy gameplay footage courtesy of Breath of the Wild.

It’s no surprise that Nintendo would choose to focus on one of their most exciting Nintendo Switch titles of 2017 for the company’s first foray into Nintendo Switch television advertisements, as other more high profile titles like Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe won’t be arriving till further after the console’s launch. As it currently stands, Breath of the Wild is the de facto launch day attraction, sharing the launch day roster with just 4 other titles.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a good choice to give the masses for their first look at the Nintendo Switch, though the title itself isn’t exclusive to the console. Nintendo has promised that the game will arrive for the Wii U on the same day, and failure to deliver on that would upset a lot of Wii U-based fans. While the gameplay will be completely the same for both consoles, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma stated that the Nintendo Switch would feature faster load times and a higher resolution. However, when stored locally the game will take up half the space of the Nintendo Switch’s entire HDD, which means many Nintendo gamers will likely be expanding this storage with SDXC cards.

Nintendo revealed in a recent Switch Presentation that the console would sport between a 2.5 to 6 hours of battery life depending on what is being run on the console, so whether gamers could feasibly take the device from home, onto a public bus, and then onto a flight in one go remains to be tested. That being said, the guy in the commercial didn’t take any luggage with him, so it was probably a short trip.

In any event, the Nintendo Switch is certainly more portable than its rival consoles, although the facts revealed at the presentation weren’t enough to prevent Nintendo’s stocks from falling after the event concluded.

What do you think about the Nintendo Switch, Ranters? Does the commercial do a good job in showing off both the console and Breath of the Wild?

The Nintendo Switch will release on March 3, 2017, alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


[Source:- GR]


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shows New Rune Abilities

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shows New Rune Abilities

In a new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay video tweeted out by Nintendo, it appears that Link will have access to a number of new rune-based abilities.

Ever since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild stole the show a few months ago at this year’s E3 conference, not much was heard about the game until the recently-concluded gamescom event. Unsurprisingly, the game’s managed to scoop up the Best of Gamescom 2016 award as well, no doubt due to the title’s new gameplay mechanics and a timely innovation of the franchise’s well-worn formula. And now thanks to a new tweet by Nintendo, we’re all now privy to some of Link’s new abilities in Breath of the Wild, some of which undoubtedly played a part in its impressive gamescom showing.

This new tweet from the Big N is a short gameplay video from Breath of the Wild, and it introduces a number of new abilities available to Link via runes. Using these runes, Link will be able to interact with the environment in a number of interesting ways, such as creating ice blocks in water and creating a makeshift path, and extracting hard-to-reach items and chests from the bottom of deep water bodies.

In addition to the various environmental-based interactions, Link’s new rune-based abilities also allow him to do a number of creative things with objects, such as creating and setting energy bombs, and even imbuing items with momentum and a trajectory so that they fly in a particular direction at deadly speeds when hit with a sword.

Despite Breath of the Wild‘s delay to 2017, it appears that Nintendo isn’t holding back in trying to make the best Zelda game possible. Given that the title will feature an open world and thus a greater amount of freedom available, not only does Link’s new rune abilities allow players new ways of interacting with the objects and environments, but it will also allow for greater creativity in solving the various puzzles and problems encountered in the game.

While Nintendo has stated that Breath of the Wild will need to sell 2 million units for it to be successful, based on the evidence of Link’s new rune abilities and some visually stunning in-game footage of environments and locations such as the Temple of Time, it appears that the game should have no problem reaching that sales target.


[Source: GR]



Insomniac’s New Action Game is Zelda Meets God of War

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Fresh off the heels of the new Ratchet and Clank remake, Insomniac Games reveals an upcoming new game titled Feral Rites, which has been described as ‘Zelda meets God of War’.

2016 is shaping up to be quite the year for Insomniac Games, and based off the number of projects in the pipeline, it is definitely giving Telltale Games a run for its money as the industry’s busiest developer. Fresh off the release of the new Ratchet and Clank remake, the developer has announced that it has a new action game titled Feral Rites in the works.

Feral Rites creative director Marcus Smith – who also directed the Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive – describes Insomniac’s new game as having the “exploration of Zelda” and the “all-out-combat” of God of War. Players can choose whether to play as a male or female, and will be given the ability to transform into different beasts with special abilities and powers. Fighting will utilize a combo-based combat system, which will also incorporate mid-air combos and executions.

While no trailer has been released, the developer has released a handful of Celtic-influenced art work and screenshots, which can be seen here. Given that the upcoming Zelda game is set to feature an absolutely gorgeous open world, and God of War had some of the best boss fights we’ve ever seen, things are already looking up for Feral Rites. 


While no release date for Feral Rites has been revealed, the upcoming action game will launch exclusively on the Oculus Rift sometime this Fall. The Oculus Rift may have only just been released, but Feral Rites is not the only VR game that Insomniac is working on. Some months ago, Insomniac revealed that it is working on a brand new Oculus Rift exclusive game titled Edge of Nowherewhich is also scheduled for release sometime this year.

For those who are unable to afford the Oculus Rift’s $599 price tag, there’s yet another new upcoming IP from Insomniac titled Song of the Deep. This new game is set for a Summer 2016 launch, and gamers will be glad to know that it is headed to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC rather than a VR headset.

Having announced a few years ago that it is “moving on” from sequels, Insomniac has definitely stuck to its word with all of its upcoming new games. With VR gaming shaping up to be the next big thing, those still on the fence about VR may want to start considering saving up for a new Oculus Rift headset.

The release date for Feral Rites has not yet been announced, but it is scheduled for an exclusive 2016 fall launch for the Oculus Rift.


[Source:- Gamerant]