Zelda News from the 3DS Conference

On Tuesday, Nintendo held a conference to primarily focus on the future of the 3DS. Before getting to any 3DS information, the event opened up right away with more Zelda announcements.

First, they showed off a new CGI trailer of Skyward Sword Link flying with a loftbird. Next it was Shigeru Miyamoto's turn to play through portions of Skyward Sword. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition was also announced to be released later this month! The game is not just a port of the GameBoy Advance or the Gamecube versions, as it will now include a singleplayer mode, new environments in the style of past games such as Link's Awakening and A Link to the Past, and local Wi-Fi multiplayer. This will be available to download free of charge at the DSi Shop and 3DS eShop for a limited time from 28th September, 2011 to 20th February, 2012. To help promote eShop sales, Nintendo 3DS Prepaid cards featuring Zelda artwork will be available to buy from the October 3rd through February 20th.

Read more for new Skyward Sword and Four Swords videos.

The rest of the conference briefed on stats between the current Nintendo system and showings of various 3DS games. For many viewers, they were especially hyped with the recent leak of the new second circle pad attachment only days before the conference itself but were met with great disappointment after finding out Monster Hunter 4 was the intended "big announcement" - At least for the Japanese.