Voidcast #8 – Gimme Some Options, Man!

Colonel-MajoraSeptember 1st, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

ZD Posting GraphicWelcome back to the Voidcast! After an extra month hiatus, we’ll look at wat Nintendo needs to do to extend the play experience in a Zelda game. Optional content is a must a lot of the time, and Zelda is no stranger to it, but what else can be done with it to make players feel like coming back to replay a game?

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English Hyrule Warriors Website is Up

MaanavLinkAugust 31st, 2014 by MaanavLink

Hyrule-WarriorsHyrule Warriors is less than a month away, so it can be expected that Nintendo is going to try to market it a little more, making it a bit more of a household name among all Wii U owners. Meanwhile, the Japanese site had been up for quite a while now, opening back in May. With only 26 days left until the North American release of the game, Nintendo has finally put up the English site for the game. Hit the jump for what the site has to offer, as well as the link to the site!

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USAopoly Legend of Zelda Jigsaw Puzzle

Kevin DoughtyAugust 31st, 2014 by Kevin Doughty

zelda_pz_3dbt_webEvery now and then we show the huge collections of Zelda paraphernalia fans have been able to acquire over the years. From figurines to breakfast cereal, there’s a huge range of products waiting to be snapped up by collectors. USAopoly have several awesome looking items but now you can get your hands on a jigsaw puzzle map of Hyrule.

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Zelda games typically adhere to a certain formula and style of play: You explore the environment around you, collect powerful weapons and upgrades, traverse dungeons while solving puzzles, and they usually end with you saving the world, or even worlds in some cases. However, the release of Hyrule Warriors has illustrated that Nintendo may finally be coming out of their comfort zone and are willing to try radically different things with their existing IPs. In fact, it’s fair to say that Hyrule Warriors is more a Dynasty Warriors game than a Zelda game.

Could this be the start of an emerging trend? Is this something you’d like to see more of? Hit the jump to see what I have to say about it. Read more…


wiiu1A recent advertising video for the Wii U console featured clips of several Wii U exclusive games that were either already out, releasing this year, or coming out in 2015. Included are clips of Hyrule Warriors, The Wind Waker HD, and Zelda Wii U.

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Link Amiibo Charts Top 3 on Amazon

Davis RojasAugust 30th, 2014 by Davis Rojas

91Z0MesvuJL._SL1500_If there was any doubt that Amiibo would become something big, here’s proof that an impact has been made. Less than a few hours after Amiibo was announced for preorder on Amazon, it has jumped to Amazon’s best selling list, with Link at No. 3.

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Zelda Artist Exposition: bellhenge

LukeSaturnAugust 30th, 2014 by LukeSaturn

SuniHello everyone! Please do join me for another chapter of Zelda Artist Exposition. This editorial series is designed to shine a spotlight on Zelda fan artists and spread the pleasure of art to this corner of the internet. If any of you have suggestions of people to feature, just comment, and I will try to get to them. Today’s feature is somewhat of an up-and-comer: bellhenge.

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Hyrule Warriors Victory Poses

Joe GajewskiAugust 30th, 2014 by Joe Gajewski

fipose The website Kotaku has recently posted a set of gifs which display the various victory poses from Hyrule Warriors.

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Ganondorf Spotted in New Smash Bros. Video

Michael FreemanAugust 30th, 2014 by Michael Freeman

Ganondorf(Clear)If you are a fan of the Smash Bros. series, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen the 5-minute video that Nintendo released today to show off the features of the 3DS version. However, a closer look at the trailer will reveal a character that they probably hadn’t intended to show off at this point in time.

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Anime Globe Scores Hyrule Warriors a 7.5 out of 10

Mases HagopianAugust 29th, 2014 by Mases Hagopian

DQkJd1XlA few weeks back Famitsu Magazine gave us the first review of Hyrule Warriors, with all four reviewers scoring the game as a 9/10, which gave it a collect review score of 36/40. We now have our second review, this one coming from Anime Globe, and they didn’t have the same attitude about the game.

The review itself doesn’t go into great detail, but it does praise both the Adventure Mode, as well as the games great soundtrack. The reviewer stated that if you are a fan of beat’em ups, or the Dynasty Warriors series, than you’ll likely enjoy Hyrule Warriors. However, if you aren’t a fan of that genre, you might be better off skipping Hyrule Warriors.

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Link Amiibo Figure Now Available for Pre-order

Jessica CappsAugust 29th, 2014 by Jessica Capps

91Z0MesvuJL._SL1500_Since Nintendo’s showcase at E3 held back in June, Smash Bros. and Zelda fans alike have been teased with Nintendo’s latest accessory, Amiibos, in the form of interactive figurines. Link being no exception among other Nintendo characters, have just recently been made available for pre-order by retailers at GameStop and Amazon for a reasonable price of $12.99 USD.

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Hywar-mainJust recently, Nintendo of America posted on Twitter news about an event in Seattle, Washington—a fan gathering of Hyrule Warriors gameplay, cosplays, and prizes! This free event is open to the public, but spots are limited.

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WiiU_Zelda_scrn04_E3When Zelda Wii U was first shown at E3 in June, there was immediate speculation as to the look of Link, as he appeared a bit more feminine than previous versions of Link. This immediately drew controversy after Eiji Aonuma made a remark indicating maybe the character depicted in the trailer was not Link. Eiji Aonuma recently spoke with the EDGE Magazine and the folks over at Nintendo Everything have part of the transcript where Mr. Aonuma looks back at the fan reaction.

Rather unexpectedly, after I mentioned that no one had explicitly said that it was Link [in the trailer], this speculation spread online and seems to have led to the idea that the main character will be a girl. However, this reaction from the fans is something I would like to take into consideration as we proceed with development – although that doesn’t mean that we are going to change the main character to a girl.

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Koei Tecmo on Female Link Art from Hyrule Warriors

Mases HagopianAugust 29th, 2014 by Mases Hagopian

female_linkA few weeks back we got a glimpse of the art book from Hyrule Warriors which showcased a female Link character. Koei Tecmo has responded to all the feedback it got with one of their most recent tweets. The tweet was in Japanese, but here is what they had to say about the female character, who they refer to as Linkle.

 

“Linkle (tentative name) was a rejected story character featured in the art book, but it looks like she got a quite lot of attention… maybe we should have included her in the main story…”

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Any Zelda game is typically based on two great mechanics, puzzle solving and combat. Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has already stated in a recent interview with Kotaku that puzzle solving in Zelda Wii U will drastically differ from the typical block sliding and torch lighting exercises. On the other hand, GameExplain has released a Zelda Wii U Trailer Analysis seen here and the most important piece of information related to combat is the fact that Link’s sword is holstered on the right side of his horse and the shield on the left suggesting Link will most likely be right handed and that the game involves motion control to a certain extent.

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