Nintendo will be unveiling a Loot Crate style subscription service in the near future that will produce “N-Boxes.” As of now the service is limited to the UK only. According to MCV, “The ’N-Box’ will feature toys, clothes and other merchandise inspired by and branded with Nintendo icons such as Mario, Zelda and Pokémon.” Nintendo will operate this service through The Hut Group that runs a similar service called Zavvi which is sending out a Nintendo themed box in September, there’s a chance some Zelda related goodies will pop-up in there as well. To hear more about the N-Box subscription and Zelda merchandise it may contain, hit the jump!
Volante Designs is going to be releasing a full line of Zelda inspired clothing from the costumes it has provided for the upcoming Hang ‘Em Hyrule mini-series. It has dubbed the line “Legends of Time” as an extension of its Legends collection of designs inspired by other video games, comic books, films, and animes. The Legends of Time line has not launched yet, but Volante Designs has a self-hosted crowdfunding platform set up to get it ready for production, here. See some of the already showcased designs after the jump!
Hey all and welcome to the latest edition of Gossip Stone! Today, my main focus is the idea of having direct blood relations in the Zelda series. As far as I can remember there have been no direct blood relations between Zelda protagonists, so today let’s get an idea of what it could be like. Read more…
A massive update is going live today for Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U and 3DS. In this update a slew of new goodies will be made available, some paid and some unpaid. You can expect to see a new Tournament mode, ability to save and post replays to YouTube, and a ton of Mii Fighter costumes. But what we are most excited about is that the Hyrule Castle stage from the original Super Smash Bros. game, and the one based on the castle from Ocarina of Time on the N64 will be available too. The stage has a large main platform with three more platforms at about the midway point. The layout of the stage allows for some pretty spectacular moves and some might even say there are a few places that make it especially worthwhile to use some aerial assaults to knock your opponent off the walls or launch into a combo or KO move. However you choose to use this stage, I am super happy to see its return to Super Smash Bros.
While Link may ultimately be the hero of the Zelda franchise, he has the privilege of meeting and being helped by a diverse cohort of other heroes in his quests. Perhaps the most memorable group of such characters is the collection of Sages who join Link in his missions to vanquish evil. This week, we put these Sages to the test by asking Zelda Dungeon staff members to rank their Top 5 Sages.
A change of garments and tunics is imminent in the upcoming Tri Force Heroes. According to a recent interview from Game Informer, game director Hirosama Shikata reveals how Link’s newest sense of fashion will have more to do with upgrades than just his appearance. Take the jump for more information! Read more…
M. Productions, a YouTube theory and news discussion channel, has collaborated with game theorist Dr. Wily to gather information on a rather mysterious aspect of Skyward Sword’s story. The Wii title had many little hints pointing toward the existence of a civilization predating Skyloft and Demise. What happened to them, and what is their connection to the world we have seen in the main series?
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There are many ways that fans of The Legend of Zelda series can get their hands on replicas of the iconic Master Sword and Shield that are not usually far from Link’s side. Depending on how many rupees you are willing to shell out, some of them can get pretty detailed and might even save you from any Wolfs you could encounter. BigBadToyStore currently has a Master Sword and Shield available for pre-order, and each will only set you back $24.99. Although these items might not save you from an angry mob, they would look pretty sweet hanging out on a shelf in your home!
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I don’t want to sound like a contender for the next presenter of Top Gear but some say it’s the best console ever. Some say it had some of the greatest games ever made. It’s the Nintendo 64 and while we all have our top 5 games for the system, it’s a pretty safe bet that either Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask or both would be in it. Whichever your preference, you can now get a custom N64 from Etsy that is not like any custom N64 mod I’ve seen…and I’ve seen a lot of N64 mods!
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Throughout almost every Zelda game, Link has always had a companion that could take him from point A to point B. He could even just spin in circles, if he really wanted to- either way his companion acted as his way of transportation. And as we know, we’ve seen quite a few companions Link can use as transportation- so the question is, which do you prefer? Do you prefer galloping throughout Hyrule, or sailing above it? Perhaps even flying above the clouds? We’ll get more into that right after the jump!
Wonder Festival is the worlds largest figure festival that takes place twice a year in Japan, once in winter and once in the summer. During the winter event Good Smile Company announced the Majora’s Mask Link Nendoroid and recently we caught a glimpse of what the prototype of the Nendoroid looked like. The Summer Wonder Festival was held in Chiba, Japan on July 26th and during that event Good Smile Company showed off what the finished version of the upcoming Link Nendoroid will look like. Don’t get too excited yet though, as we still have no release date or pricing information to share, and if you are anything like me… I can’t wait to find out!
Head past the break to check out the full size image of the upcoming Majora’s Mask Link Nendoroid.
Youtube user ClassicGameJunkie has released another video in his series entitled ‘How Did They Do That!?’, in which he tackles explaining the subject of Pre-Rendered backgrounds in video games. Ocarina of Time is a game prominently featured in this video, as it was a game that utilised the technique to great effect! Make the jump to check out the video!
As time has passed, we have shared many different covers with you, all inspired by the music from The Legend of Zelda. Some with very unique or different instruments than what was originally used, some were acoustic versions, and some had no instruments at all. Many of these covers showed off the amazing talent that each musician had, and a few left us wondering why… Many of you might even have a favorite that sticks out in your mind as the one that captured the essence of the music in the perfect way, or maybe it was your favorite because it gave the tune an entirely new and unexpected feel. Well, now we have a new cover for you to feast your ears on! The newly created YouTube channel focused on creating covers of video-game music with Mariachi, DaveYardShift has uploaded a cover of the theme from Gerudo Valley in Ocarina of Time.
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Even though Zelda U was delayed a little while ago now, it hasn’t let the hype for the game die down at all. If anything, it has increased how anxious everyone is to get their hands on it because of the many improvements Nintendo can now make to the game. For us fans, we’ve been given more time to speculate and express what we want to see in the game and what we don’t want to see in the game.
About a month ago, we shared with you that Viz Media and Perfect Square would be hosting A Link to the Past manga panel at this years San Diego Comic-Con on July 11th. The panel was going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the republication of the manga that originally appeared in Nintendo Power magazine, answer fan questions, and even have some Zelda goodies to give away. The panel was hosted by Chris Kohler, founding editor of WIRED Game Life. In attendance was also Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director from Viz Media. The pair discussed some of the history behind the manga and Beth shared some details of how this republication came to be and how they rushed to get it into fans hands as soon as possible. Viz Media has now uploaded the full recording of the panel for those that were unable to attend SDCC to enjoy.
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