Fan Made Zelda Inspired Playing Cards

LoZ Playing Cards1 The Legend of Zelda franchise has its own Monopoly game, jigsaw puzzle, and soon to be released Yahtzee game. So how is there not a Zelda themed set for playing cards yet? Well, until Nintendo decides to add the idea to the collection, make the jump to check out this Zelda inspired deck of playing cards created by a fan.

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3D Printed Hyrulian Royal Crest

HyruleCrest3D printing seems more and more popular these days, with anyone being able to design and share custom 3D models. A reddit user named rayjirdeoxys spent a good three hours printing this glossy, golden mantelpiece modelled after the classic Hyrulian royal crest. It turned out quite well, and it honestly looks like something you would see being sold on a website like Etsy for a high price.

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Make Your Own Zelda Charms

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Zelda themed jewelry? Yes please. Retail prices? No. That is where DIY comes into play. YouTuber Ackatf has created a short tutorial on how to make the Ocarina of Time, Master Sword, and Triforce charms out of polymer clay. These charms have a lot of….well, charm! They are super easy to make and extremely cost effective. Hit the jump to watch the tutorial. Read more…

Zelda Wii U Will Not be Shown at E3 This Year

photo Along with the announcement that Zelda Wii U is no longer aiming for a 2015 release date comes the news that the game will not be shown at E3 this coming June. Eiji Aonuma made the announcement via Miiverse and Nintendo of America tweeted the news. Hit the jump to see the Miiverse post and tweet.

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Zelda Wii U Has Been Officially Delayed: 2015 Release No Longer a Priority

Eiji-AonumaThe news that we all dreaded, Zelda U will not release in 2015. In a message on the official Legend of Zelda Facebook page, Eiji Aonuma himself confirmed that the game quite simply will not be ready for 2015. In particular, he stated that putting a strict timeline on the completion of the project is no longer a priority, and instead, the game is being developed to assure the highest quality standards, while implementing plenty of new ideas that have popped up during the development of the game.

You can see Aonuma’s address to the fans in video form after the jump.

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Piece of Heart: It’s All Political

unclesamLink Welcome to the eighth installment of Piece of Heart, where we look at The Legend of Zelda series through the eyes of a literary professor and examine how its literary elements enhance the gaming experience. This week’s lesson is titled “It’s All Politics”. While I don’t think that any Zelda game was created as an analogy for a real-world political situation, it does usually surround war and the dangers of a power-hungry government.

This lesson argues that no piece of literature is devoid of political bias, because every author has a personal political preference that is likely to present itself in that author’s works. Likewise, every person who has ever had a hand in creating a Zelda game has left his or her political footprint on it, it’s just a matter of spotting the tracks.

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Best Buy Offering Pre-Orders for New Forest Green New Nintendo 3DS XL Clip Armour

bestbuy31Best Buy is currently listing available pre-orders for the new design of clip armour, or face plates, for the New 3DS XL. It is a Forest Green set of plates with gold Hyrulian designs on the top plate. The actual day of release for the clip armour is June 6th, 2015, so you have plenty of time to choose whether you’d like to buy these new plates! Bare in mind, this product is only currently available to pre-order in the United States.

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Ganon Found Searching For Love on Tinder

Ganondorf_Twilight_PrincessIf you happen to be swiping your way through Tinder any time soon, chances are you will come across somebody you already know. You wouldn’t expect that somebody to be Ganondorf though, would you? Yep, our favorite antagonist seemingly needs love like the rest of us, and has joined the popular dating app. Twitter user @siegvat was flicking through when finding the 7’6″ Gerudo hunk.

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Gossip Stone: How Prominent of a Role Should Humor Play in Zelda Games?

07f635f366f84e447a1bcb0c0105c58cPlayers constantly look forward to new epic story lines and fantastic journeys that come out of new Zelda games, and they are seldom disappointed. The games can have quite amazing stories to tell, often using very heavy themes. Just look at Twilight Princess. Sure, a great adventure, but not the most cheery of games. Of course, there are the seemingly happier ones, like The Wind Waker, but the only looks happier. When you really look at it as a whole, the momentary laughs are obscured but darker overarching happenings. Should there be more prominent happy and humourous games in the future? Join the discussion after the jump!

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Pre-order Adventure Pouch and Hylian Shield 3DS Cases at Game Stop

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What would an adventure with the Hero of Courage be without his trusty Hylian Shield and adventure pouch. Both items defy all logic, the former existing before the monarchy that it’s symbol represents exist, and the other possessing some sort of Marry Poppins/TARDIS technology. Now you too can own a piece of Link’s arsenal, but possess less legendary power. Hit the jump to find out how to pre-order these sweet 3DS cases. Read more…

Should Nintendo Consider a Female Link?

Wii U Link Remember when the teaser trailer for Zelda Wii U was released last year and there was all that buzz about the possibility of Link being a girl? At this point, though, theorists are grasping at straws, picking at each and every word from Zelda developers and Nintendo that may insinuate Link from Zelda Wii U being female. But what if- for future projects- Nintendo actually put some real consideration into the concept?

An analysis given by Jamin Warren, the host for the YouTube channel PBS Game/Show, informs us that there really is no reason that Link can’t be a girl in future games. That leaves us all wondering, what’s keeping Nintendo from jumping on board?

Make the jump and check out the video for some insight.

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Gossip Stone: How Should Non-linearity be Handled in a Zelda game?

ALttP OverworldIn the last few years in gaming, linearity has become something of an ugly word: it is considered bad design to have a linear game and players absolutely need freedom because it is thought to be better than a linear experience by its very nature. Given the immense success of linear games such as The Last of Us this is proven to be incorrect, yet the call for nonlinear games exists. In games such as the Zelda series exploration is an important part, with plenty of hidden treasure, items and Pieces of Heart strewn about. During your explorations you run into dungeons and temples in some of the games, but if the dungeon either has an obstacle in front of it barring entry or even worse, you discover halfway into the dungeon that you lack the item you need to complete it. So how should the series handle linearity? Read more on this after the break!
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ZD Top 5 – Best Themed Dungeons

maxresdefaultWhen asked to pinpoint their favorite parts of any given Zelda game, a player would likely talk about one of the series’ dungeons, and for good reason; the bulk of the player’s time with the game is spent in a dungeon, and these are where the games become most challenging. However, beyond gameplay, what makes a dungeon special? The atmosphere. From the dark and foreboding feeling found in dungeons such as the Forest Temple to the heavenly-themed Ancient Cistern, Zelda game’s have temples conveying a wide variety of emotions. As usual, leave your own lists below.

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