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Zelda and Mario combine to keep Nintendo afloat

Nintendo clearly comes from the old school of 'If it ain't broke don't fix it', as their schedule for the rest of the year contains two of their sure-fire money-spinners - Zelda and Mario.

Zelda is now celebrating her 25th anniversary and to mark the occasion, the eagerly awaited The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is being released on Wii on November 18. It takes full advantage of the Wii's MotionPlus technology as you slice and dice.

Nintendo is also re-releasing the original Wii adventure The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, at a bargain price on September 18, as well as making available for download for free on Nintendo DSiWare the Game Boy Advance version of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords. Happy slashing.

Mario is set to appear in glorious 3D for the first time on Nintendo 3DS - as a November release in time for Christmas - in Super Mario 3D Land. If you're just too slow to grab the last copy off the shelves before they vanish, don't panic, as your hero will return in speedy fashion in Mario Kart 7 in December, also for the 3DS.

Other 3DS titles to keep an eye open for in the next few months include Zen Pinball 3D, the fun shooter Mutant Mudds (join Max as he uses a heavy duty water cannon and H20-powered jet pack to blast his filthy foes) and run-and-gun brain-teaser Mighty Switch Force.

If you're still one of the ten people in the UK who still don't own a Wii console, then start decking the halls with holly as a new streamlined, reconfigured version which is designed to sit horizontally rather than vertically is due out in time for Yule.

There's only one down side - it is no longer compatible with Nintendo GameCube software or accessories.