Nintendo just this week announced that it managed to sell fewer than 500,000 Wii U consoles in the past six months. Those sales (and, in fact almost the total number of Wii U sales to date) were easily eclipsed by the 3.89 million 3DS consoles sold during that same time period. So with Microsoft and Sony preparing to challenge Nintendo further in the living room this fall, the company appears that it will be a handheld gaming company in the near-future.
Backing up this notion is the stellar software lineup the 3DS has seen this year – especially from Nintendo itself. Fire Emblem Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Pokemon X & Y were all major hits for the platform. Nintendo isn’t finished, though.
On November 22, the same day Microsoft’s Xbox One launches, Nintendo will be releasing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The game is being billed as a spiritual successor to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo. It will feature a mechanic in which Link will be able to transform himself into a 2-D depiction to move along walls.
Nintendo today released two new trailers for A Link Between Worlds. The first is nearly two minutes of gameplay that shows off classic top-down Zelda mechanics, and sound effects. The second previews some of the music that will be included in the game – always an important part of a Zelda title.