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An Aqua Blue 3DS
|Release date|| March 27, 2011|
February 26, 2011
March 25, 2011
March 31, 2011
April 28, 2012
|Media|| Nintendo DS card,|
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|Predecessor||Nintendo DSi XL|
|Successor||Nintendo 3DS XL|
The Nintendo 3DS is the next Generation of handheld gaming from Nintendo. Like previous Nintendo DS consoles, the 3DS features dual LCD screens, with the lower screen being a stylus-operated touch screen. The top screen can display stereoscopic 3D via a process called autostereoscopy. The 3DS is also backwards compatible with Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi-enhanced software, as well as select DSiWare titles. The Nintendo 3DS was released on February 25, 2011 in Japan, March 27, 2011 in Europe and March 27, 2011 in North America.
Zelda games on the Nintendo 3DS
Ocarina of Time 3D
- Main article: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Nintendo 3DS remake of the critically acclaimed Nintendo 64 Zelda game was released in June 2011: Japan's release date was June 16, 2011, followed by the European release date on June 17, 2011 and finally released in the U.S. on June 19, 2011. It featured an improved item system, touch screen support, the inclusion of Ocarina of Time: Master Quest, and a new Boss Challenge mode.
A Link Between Worlds
- Main article: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
A new, original Zelda game was confirmed to be in development by Nintendo. Few details have been revealed, though Eiji Aonuma has stated that it will take elements from the console games rather than the previous handheld games, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. On April 17th, 2013, it was officially announced that the game would serve as a sequel to A Link to the Past with a similar style for Link and the same overworld.
Virtual Console re-releases
Link's Awakening DX
- Main article: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
It was announced at Nintendo's 2011 E3 Press Conference by Shigeru Miyamoto that Link's Awakening DX would become available that day, June 7th, 2011, for the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The price for the game is $5.99 in the United States, $9AU in Australia, and £5.40 in the United Kingdom.
Four Swords Anniversary Edition
- Main article: Four Swords Anniversary Edition
A special edition of Four Swords was made available as a free download for both the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo 3DS between September 28, 2011 and February 20, 2012. The game has since been removed from the Nintendo eShop and DSi Shop.
The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link
The Legend of Zelda and its sequel, The Adventure of Link, were released on the Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors on August 31, 2011, as a part of the 10 free NES titles given away to those who bought a Nintendo 3DS at its original price and registered as an Ambassador on the Nintendo eShop. The games have since become available for retail to non-Ambassadors.
The Minish Cap
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap was also released as part of the Ambassador Program, when Nintendo released the program's GBA titles in late December of 2011. There are currently no plans to release The Minish Cap in the Nintendo eShop.
Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
Both games of the Oracle series were released on February 13, 2013 in Japan and May 30, 2013 in North America and Europe. In North America, the price is set at $5.99 each, but until June 20, the price will be reduced to $4.99 each as part of a special promotion. Likewise, in the United Kingdom, the price is set at £5.39 each, but the price will be reduced to £4.49 each. In Europe, the games are priced at €4.99 each, and will not be discounted at launch.
Zelda 25th Anniversary Nintendo 3DS
As part of a bundle for the 2011 Holidays, a special, limited-edition Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS marked with the Royal Crest comes bundled with Ocarina of Time 3D. The Nintendo 3DS includes other special markings, such as the Goddess's Harp and the Ocarina of Time in each of its corners. The bundle is sold at the price of $199.99 in the United States.
- ↑ / Ocarina of Time 3D Teaser Site (Japanese)
- ↑ "Nintendo of America's just confirmed Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will release on 3DS on June 19 in the US." — , CVG; retrieved Apr. 12 2011
- ↑ "We are already preparing a new game, a game in the series for the Nintendo 3DS, but don’t think that it is a direct sequel to the Zelda titles released on DS. We are talking about a new game, but it takes much of what has been done on previous consoles." —Eiji Aonuma (Zelda 3DS Confirmed)
- ↑ "UPDATE: Link’s Awakening is now available on the e-Shop on the 3DS! It is going for $5.99 in the US, so if you have a 3DS, get on the e-Shop and buy the game! Announced today at E3 by Miyamoto himself, Link’s Awakening for the 3DS eshop will be available today. This came as part of an announcement that Nintendo will be releasing a game for each platform during this, Zelda’s 25th year." — Link's Awakening for 3DS eShop Available Today, Zelda Dungeon
- ↑ "Just from the Nintendo Press Conference, we have confirmation that The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords is getting a release for the Nintendo DSi. Best of all, the game is going to be free to download!" — The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Free for Nintendo DSi, Zelda Dungeon , Retrieved: June 9, 2011
- ↑ "[Four Swords] will be available for free in the 3DS and DSi shops between September 28, 2011 and February 20, 2012." — Four Swords Anniversary Edition: release date and new levels, Zelda Universe , Published: September 13th, 2011
- ↑ "The second bundle includes The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D game and a special 25th anniversary limited-edition Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS system marked with the Hyrule emblem and gold-colored embellishments. Each bundle will be available at a suggested retail price of $199.99 in the U.S." — , Zelda Dungeon