Zelda DS dated, Metroid 3 delayed

Nintendo's Phantom Hourglass setting sail on the DS October 1; Samus benched until August 27.

During the 2006 Game Developers Conference, Nintendo announced its best-selling Zelda franchise would be heading to its best-selling handheld, the DS. Since then, though, little has been heard about the game--until today. This morning, Nintendo sent word that The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass will arrive in North American stores on October 1, joining an already crowded fall holiday season.

A sequel of sorts to 2003's The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass picks up where Link and Tetra last left off on their ocean odyssey. The first DS installment in the long-running franchise features Wind Waker's cartoony art style, and all of Link's actions can be controlled using the handheld's touch screen. In addition to a full single-player mode, players can test their mettle against one another locally in a two-player battle mode.

Fans fond of Nintendo swag will also be interested to know that members of Nintendo's rewards club, My Nintendo, can pick up a quill-pen-style stylus by registering their Phantom Hourglass game and Nintendo DS hardware at MyNintendo.com. (Supplies are limited.) For more on the game itself, check out GameSpot's impressions from an imported retail version from Japan, where it was released last June.

Unfortunately, Nintendo also had some semibad news today, namely that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption has been delayed. Fortunately, the postponement is minor. Initially slated to be released a week after Madden NFL 08 on August 20, the game now won't arrive until August 27.

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SLL2K5
SLL2K5

When is this game being released in UK?!?!

halo1001001
halo1001001

So Zelda is coming earlier than I thought and Metroid Prime 3 is coming later than I thought. Hooray and boohoo.

N8A
N8A

MMM Tasty Zelda Goodness coming this way soon.

iAmBaSsMaN107
iAmBaSsMaN107

Hopefully they are fixing it so that the doors open up when you shoot them...unlike ALL of the other Metriod Prime games, Hunters included. The only bad thing about them...

revolutionary0
revolutionary0

i got an import of phantom hour glass and it is pertty tight but i dont like the controls as much as i thought

eternalcube
eternalcube

ahhhhh.... thank god its a minor delay

SneakyB986
SneakyB986

two great games :) I wish I had the time and ambition to finally play through metroid prime 2....I bought it the november(i think) it released and havn't played past the huge worm that grants you the dark suit...so I would say Im about 10% through it haha

TEX-MEX
TEX-MEX

Cant wait til its finally out!!!!!!

DMWhiteDragon
DMWhiteDragon

We still dont have super paper mario... i can only cry in sadness thinking of when we'll get Zelda or metroid :( Please Nintendo, get your act together here please. I wanna play zee games (Australia)

Reetesh
Reetesh

Both are going to be awesome games :D

jediknight00
jediknight00

dare I say, no i can't : TOO MANY GAMES?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fartys
fartys

all i care about in this article is metroid 3, anyone else think the same?

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Well, as long as Metroid is AMAZING! I'll be perfectly happy! :D

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

At least the games are coming out this year

gam3r3OOO
gam3r3OOO

Finally I can duke it out against another Link to see who is REALLY the better sword fighter. It will be mighty interesting to see how this game is with its touch controls. The Delay of Metroid Prime 3 comes as no suprise. Its a AAA title and as such it shouldn't be rushed.

1357900
1357900

to darkzerogamer: Now Wiis are starting to appear everywhere, at least where I live. Maybe Nobody in my area wants a Wii. Or they just can't afford it. They're on ebay for about 100$ more than retail sticker price.

darkzerogamer
darkzerogamer

So now Im gonna have to buy a DS AND a Wii? When will the madness end? I can't even FIND a wii to buy anywhere!

saugh
saugh

1 week? I can cope, and I'm sure everyone else will.

ert47
ert47

"Unfortunately, Nintendo also had some semibad news today, namely that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption has been delayed. Fortunately, the postponement is minor. Initially slated to be released a week after Madden NFL 08 on August 20, the game now won't arrive until August 27." Whaaaaa? Aug 27 is still a week after Aug 20! am i missing something?

thechosenone827
thechosenone827

It is nice to finally have a release date for Zelda on the DS, looking forward to picking that up.

cirej2000
cirej2000

Uhh 1 week delay tacked on to a 9 month delay! Corruption was a launch title originally. Still, it could be worse. They could say that there is no online multiplayer...oh wait...nevermind.

fabz_95
fabz_95

1 Week delay Oh terrible.. (Sarcasm) At least it isnt a month like some games Still i guess thats why the called it semibad..

Lightfellower
Lightfellower

Good news for all children. It falls on Children's day.

Zguntype0
Zguntype0

That would be good news if I had a DS but I have a Wii so I can be sad about Metroid. But if I did have a DS I would be happy because I could get the new Zelda game but alas I cannot.

Digitised
Digitised

Let me get this straight... they delayed Metroid to obviously avoid madden...by releasing it within days of Bioshock... Surely the madden crowd and sports fans wouldnt be dividing their game time and game money as much as the FPS action adventure crowd... I want both of these games but have no care for sports games and now they are coming out in the same week and will no doubt clash for my attention, whereas i could have beaten MP3 in that week leading up to bioshock.

eredgar
eredgar

Is Zelda single or multi-card play? any WiFi?

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I thought MP2 was about as good as MP1, so MP3 should be just as good at the least. FYI Wii has freeloader already. I can't wait to see what else is coming out through E3 next week!!

danny_the_boy
danny_the_boy

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spike6958
spike6958

one week how is that a bad thing it gives them one more week to perfect the game, stll can't deside if im going to get phantom hour glass or not

NintendoWarrior
NintendoWarrior

I really hope they make MP3 good, MP2 was a dissapointment.

Israels_Son
Israels_Son

I didn't even know MP3 was that close to coming out, so a week is okay for me!... What a rough late summer/early fall it's going to be for my wallet!

stonerose
stonerose

Delayed a week? Seems a bit pointless. September,October,November are going to be crazy with games. GTAIV, Halo3, Metriod, Zelda DS, Smash Bros and Galaxy (apparently) and Bioshock and hopefully Mass Effect, plus a new Pro Evo. How am i going to find the time to play all these games??

lonelogan87
lonelogan87

well i think this is good new actually ha at least we know for sure when these games are coming out....and believe me, if nintendo needs to take their time....let them.

9344891
9344891

Lets hope there is a freeloader for wii soon so we can get these games the same time as those yanks.

the_elements600
the_elements600

Sadly, being British never pays off, KingKoop :(. We get bad weather all year round, we pay more for everything and as an extra bonus for living where we do, we're expected to sit tight and wait longer for everything. We're also so far behind in technology when compared to everywhere else. 10MB broadband is bog standard over in Japan! Here, its about the best you can get unless your run a business.

maddogtannen316
maddogtannen316

I see "Metroid 3 delayed", and it is only for 7 days? thanks for scaring the crap out of me gamespot :)

KingKoop
KingKoop

I'm assuming Aug 27 is for the U.S? Yet again being British doesn't pay off :(

Brother_Boney
Brother_Boney

C'mon! You didn't seriously think the announced date August 20 would be the final word, did you? Sometimes I hate being right. But why only a 7 day delay? My guess still is that Metroid Prime 3 won't arrive until September.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Nintendo HAS to take their time on games, if not they wouldnt be good, and what games would be good on their console then. Cause if it aint nintendo made it most likely blows

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I dont mind. If all developers took their time, like Nintendo, then all games would be amazing.

kingmario78
kingmario78

I cried a little inside....But, anyway, I trust Nintendo with their actions! Let's just hope it's for a good reason.

yoshi_64
yoshi_64

7 more days! *insert Darth Vader pic here* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! On the other hand... it's about time Nintendo offers something for MyNintendo members. Sheesh.. I've been a subscriber to NP and things of the like for ages... like... 10 or so years to be exact... Nintendo you owe me!

Nin10doFan44
Nin10doFan44

oh man!? now nintendo is making us wait for metriod prime 3 even longer!? *sigh*

link631
link631

oh nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! delayed

Nawras
Nawras

Zelda's awesome. I think I'm gonna by a Wii only to play it.

Archaicstigma
Archaicstigma

ther is no Linearness in Zelda watr they talkin' bout' lol I can't wait tho :D they both sound like they're gonna be sweet xD

interpolred
interpolred

Metroid's delay isn't too bad; it's just one week. I expect it to be a truly satisfying game. As for Zelda, I'm glad we finally have a release date. I am really looking forward to it!