I've had mixed feelings about The Legend of Zelda for Wii U from the moment it was first unveiled at E3 2014. On the one hand, the world Nintendo has presented so far is lush, beautiful, and open in a way we haven't seen since Twilight Princess's Hyrule Field. If Eiji Aonuma is to be believed, this new world is basically a modern iteration on the truly open, “go anywhere you want” overworld from The Legend of Zelda. No complaints there—there hasn't been a Zelda game since, that has truly embodied the qualities of the original.

But while our first high-definition trip to Hyrule is sure to offer some great views, this new Zelda game has a job to do. While most Wii U owners seem more than satisfied with their experience, the system has struggled—more than any other Nintendo console—to get people interested. And things aren't looking too hot for The Legend of Zelda series, either. Once the undisputed king of fantasy adventures, the series has trudged into a steady decline in recent years, even as unprecedented successes have emerged in the open-world adventure and RPG space.

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U faces both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge: to reclaim the crown as the best, most popular fantasy game on the planet. The opportunity: to capture an audience that is hungry for adventure. To succeed, the new Zelda needs to be modern, needs to be relevant, and most of all needs to represent the pinnacle of quality. Unfortunately, I'm not so sure the Zelda we've seen so far hits the mark. Click on to find out why.

Recently some concept art for the upcoming Wii U exclusive action game, Bayonetta 2, has found its way onto the internet. The images showcase what some of Bayonetta 2's returning characters will look like in the new game's gothic styled world. There is also an image of what seems to be either an alternate costume for Bayonetta or quite possibly a brand new character altogether.

Make the jump to check them out!

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has been showcasing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at Tokyo Game Show, and in addition to yesterday's plethora of screenshots even more images from the game have been released. The new screenshots reveal a companion for Big Boss, but it's not a human. The Phantom Pain borrows from Call of Duty: Ghosts in assigning a canine partner who, like Big Boss himself, is rocking an eye patch. Aw, they match! Click below to check out more pictures of Snake's new wolf friend.

A few days ago hackers Chadderz and Bean removed the sky from Moo Moo Meadows, mostly just because they could. They are among the first people to be able to hack Mario Kart 8, and they've been experimenting with anything and everything since. Eventually, the goal is to be able to mod the game to include custom tracks, and they've begun work on that. 

Currently they are focusing their efforts on re-creating Incendia Castle (a custom track that they created for Mario Kart Wii) in a playable form on Mario Kart 8, and they've released some early footage of what they've accomplished so far. It's pretty bare bones (although they have added in the ability to drive on walls), but it's exciting to see the potential for future tracks to be added in. Click the jump to check it out!

EDIT: A second, higher quality video has been added in. It cuts out the weather effects part of the demo, but has even more battle footage in a higher resolution.

In addition to the beautiful new trailer for Final Fantasy XV, Tokyo Game Show also received a gameplay demo for the long-awaited RPG from Square Enix. The demo, meant to showcase the power and depth of the Luminous Engine, starts off with some weather effects before moving to scenes of characters from the game walking through a city courtyard surrounded by skyscrapers. It all caps off with some battle footage, as a Behemoth crashes in and attacks. Unfortunately the resolution of the video is poor, but you can still get a good feel for just how great this game will look. Check out the footage by clicking below!

If you like Animal Crossing, you'll love Fantasy Life. This charming title from Level-5 (Professor Layton, Yokai Watch) blends town life simulation with world exploration and battling. Fantasy Life launched in Japan in late 2012 and will finally launch later this month in Europe and next month in North America. Some gamelay footage has surfaced showing off the finishing and woodcutting elements of the game, and you can check it out by clicking below.


Just last night, the servers for Activision's Destiny and Call Of Duty: Ghosts were reported to be down. This was followed up with tweets from LizardSquad, a newly formed hacking group, claiming the outages to be a result of DDoS attacks performed by them. 

For more information, make the jump.

Hold it! Capcom has released an announcement trailer for their new installment of the Ace Attorney franchise: The Great Ace Attorney for the Nintendo 3DS. Although this prequel seems to lack in Phoenix Wright and his spiky hair, it does feature a historical figure you may recognize.

See the trailer and screenshot gallery after the jump!

Everyone's favorite Fire Emblem stage in Super Smash Bros. is making a comeback! In keeping up with the Pic of the Day, Masahiro Sakurai posted an image of Castle Siege for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sakurai also stated in the comments that "It was hard to narrow down what venues to focus on. Castle Siege and Colosseum are two stages that aren't exclusive to specific games in the franchise." Check out the full image after the jump!

Yesterday I polled our viewers to see if you're happy with the art style of Zelda Wii U or if you would have preferred something more realistic like the Zelda tech demo from E3 2011. As excited as I was to see the Twilight Princess-inspired graphics demo three years ago, I'm much more thrilled with how the game actually looks. More than just that, I think the stylized look of Zelda Wii U will make it a better game. Hit the jump to see why!