Nintendo Bringing Zelda, Kirby, Donkey Kong & More To Gamescom

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Next week, Kotaku will be in Cologne, Germany to sample the latest video games and the greatest sausages while covering the annual Gamescom convention. What savory selections will Nintendo be bringing to this year's gathering?


Much of it you'll remember from E3 2010. Expect familiar faces like Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Epic Yarn and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Possibly missing from Nintendo's Gamescom 2010 presence will be the Nintendo 3DS. It's not mentioned in Nintendo of Europe's announcement about its plans for the show.

But this is what we'll have access to at Gamescom, if you have any specific questions or need some updated European release dates.

  • Art Academy: Learn Painting and Drawing Techniques with Step-by-Step Training (Nintendo DS) - Released
  • Metroid: Other M (Wii) - 3rd September 2010
  • Tetris Party Deluxe (Wii & Nintendo DS) - 3rd September 2010
  • Wii Party (Wii) - 8th October 2010
  • Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo DS) - 22nd October 2010
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) - 2010
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (Nintendo DS) - 2010
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii) - Q1 2011
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem (Nintendo DS) - Q1 2011
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) - 2011

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I'm still a bit sceptical about this new art style in Skyward Sword. As many people have pointed out, they seem to be shooting for a combination of Windwaker and Twilight Princess graphics. In other words, it's a compromise. But that doesn't automatically make it good. I was hoping they would continue with the style established in Twilight Princess, but with more detail and different environments. I'm sure the gameplay will be excellent, though. I mean c'mon... a bad Zelda game? Is that even possible? :P