There was neither a "Mario" game nor a "Zelda" game released alongside the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming platform when it launched at the end of last month. How strange that felt. Nintendo is more than making up for it though, with the upcoming 3D-ified release of one of the greatest games of all time, "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time." There's been all sorts of talk about the coming revival of the classic N64 game, but one fact that has continued to elude us is an official release date. No longer, though: Nintendo announced in a press release today that the game will hits stores in North America on June 19.
The press release confirms again that "Ocarina" on 3DS will also pack in the Master Quest edition of the game, which runs players through the same story but uses different, more challenging dungeon layouts. The release also makes mention of there being "new challenges not present in the original game," though whether this just refers to Master Quest or hints at additional content teased by Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata is unknown. Doesn't really matter though; only Master Quest is mentioned specifically.
The release also confirms the June 13 launch of "Wii Play: Motion," a sequel -- can minigame collection follow-ups properly be called sequels? -- to the fan-favorite "Wii Play." The collection packs in 12 minigames and comes packaged with a snazzy black Wii Remote Plus controller (ie a Wii Remote with built-in MotionPlus accessory).
But wait! There's more! Nintendo also announced the upcoming Wii game, "Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust" for a June 27 release. It looks like the puzzle adventure game combines hidden object play with a wacky story involving a remote island and magical dust. Probably not so suited to fans of "MadWorld" and "House of the Dead: Overkill," but hey, it's a release date!