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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Aonuma Announces Majora’s Mask Art Academy Contest Winners on Miiverse

UntitledThe Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has recently revealed the winners of the Majora’s Mask Art Academy contest on Miiverse. The contest was announced as part of a joint celebration for the launch of Majora’s Mask 3D and the return of the Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest Tour, and encouraged artists of all skill levels to design an entry based on the world of Termina and its inhabitants. The caliber of the entries and the creativity is quite remarkable. Hit the jump to see more.

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Man At Arms Creates the Hylian Shield

6559588Popular fan weapons producer Man At Arms has uploaded their latest video this time showing off their creation of a reproduction Hylian Shield from Legend of Zelda series. The group is well known for producing other Zelda items in the past such as the Master Sword and Fierce Deity sword. In the video they go over each and every step in their process from early designs to forging the main body from steel to all the little details made from amber.

Jump inside to check it out for yourself.

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Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL Limited Restock at Game Stop

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Kotaku has reported and confirmed that Game Stop will be getting a limited restock of the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL tomorrow, 3/25. An email from Game Stop was sent out to employees today about the restock, and Kotaku was called and confirmed the email as ligitament. Hit the jump to find out how to get yours tomorrow. Read more…

Gossip Stone: How Involved Should the Monarchy be in a Zelda Game?

Portrait_chateau_hyrule_tww In most Legend of Zelda games, it’s given that Zelda is a princess and therefore a member of the ruling family. However, the rest of her lineage is rarely spoken of and almost never has a profound impact on the course of Link’s adventure. Sometimes Zelda has a brother, or the King makes an appearance, but usually the government just gets brushed under the rug. What if the monarchy had more of a hand in the direction of the games? What if laws were in place, orders were being given by the King, or the main conflict was a result of warring governments? More of a focus on the monarchy may be a nice change, a way to make Link’s plight less of a secret and more of a harrowing public ordeal.

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The Legend of Zelda Concert Series Adds More Tour Dates

SymphonyThe critically-acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses continues to bring the ultimate Zelda experience to fans worldwide, expanding world-wide tour schedule

“Master Quest” the latest installment of “The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses” concert series has added new tour dates across the United States and Europe, bringing the ultimate Zelda experience to even more fans around the world. Recently added tour dates include New York City, where in addition to the show there will be a special event at the Nintendo World Store. Nintendo and Jason Michael Paul Productions continue to bring live orchestral performances of theme music from the 29-year-old The Legend of Zelda franchise to fans everywhere.

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Iwata: Rumors regarding Netflix’ Zelda series are inaccurate

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata And DeNA President Isao Moriyasu Joint News Conference As The Companies Form Capital AllianceNintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has stated that the rumors regarding Netflix’ adaptation of The Legend of Zelda is based on inaccurate information. In a recent interview that Time Magazine had with the Nintendo executive he mentioned a variety of things including the news on Nintendo developing on handheld devices, the free-to-play market, the Amiibos and other toys and a big reveal: the rumors that started a month and a half ago on the website of the Wall Street Journal that Netflix was making a series based on The Legend of Zelda were just that: rumors. See Iwata’s comment after the break!
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Target Offering 25% Off All Amiibo

Amiibo_GroupSince their release in June of last year, Amiibo figures have been selling like hot cakes and have even become collectors’ items, especially some of the rarer ones. Most people have probably already purchased Amiibo of their favorite characters, but if there are more you’d like to buy– but don’t want to pay full price for– then your time has come. Target will soon be offering 25% off all Amiibo; it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a Zelda, Link, Sheik, or Toon Link Amiibo if you’re on a tight budget.

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Brendan Milos Majora’s Mask Artwork – Igos du Ikana

ZeldaMajorasMask_MiniBossIgosDuIkanaBrendan Milos has continued his journey of creating artwork for many of the enemies of Majora’s Mask. This is part of a fan project to create artwork for all of the Majora’s Mask Enemies that appear in the game.

This time around he tackles the mini-boss Igos du Ikana. As the King of the Ikana Kingdom, Igos du Ikana serves as the boss of the Ancient Castle of Ikana. He’s a massive stalfos and upon defeat, will teach Link the Elegy of Emptiness, which gives Link access to the Stone Tower Temple. You can see a thumbnail version of the image to the left, but go ahead and make the jump to see the full sized image, along with where you can find some of Brendan’s other pieces of enemy artwork. Additionally, after the jump you’ll find a Let’s Paint time lapse video of Brendan creating this piece of artwork.

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