As most Zelda fans know, Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures are not typical Zelda games. Neither contain an overworld, both are multiplayer, and wouldn’t you know Link splits into four. The emphasis on multiplayer mechanics in these games shifted focus away from compelling story lines which made them feel less welcome in the series. But, technology has come a long way since 2004 and we’ve yet to see another multiplayer Zelda. With the recent outcry for Vaati to return to the series, there is reason to cry for a return of the Four Sword.
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We are less than two weeks removed from the announcement of the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL(MM 3DS XL), yet the hype has not subsided. Stores coming onto the market with pre-orders are constantly topping news feeds, as well as news of stores biting off more than they can chew. While so many of us are running to our nearest gaming store to try and secure our own of copy of a precious legacy, we need to ask ourselves: “Is this worth it to me?” Of course, the answer is going to be different for everyone, as it should. Let’s take a look at five criteria to be considered when deciding if the MM 3DS XL is worth it. Hit the jump and join in on the discussion!
IGN Editor and UK podcast regular Alex Simmons has posted an article discussing how the new Majora’s Mask remake has swayed his opinion on his favourite Zelda game! Previously an Ocarina of Time fanatic, Simmons explains how Majora’s Mask 3D has become his favourite Zelda game of all time. Make the jump for this promising opinion on the upcoming 3DS Zelda title!
The YouTube personalities over at The Warp Zone have once again created a hilarious parody of The Legend of Zelda in “Link on a Plane”. This time around the video focuses on a rather explosive situation that occurs when one of Link’s items falls out of his carry-on. A stereotypical cop-drama negotiator gets called in to handle it, and in the end there’s a cheeky plot twist that should not to be missed.
Hello and welcome back to The Back Cover, the series that brings you all some insight to The Legend of Zelda franchise’s manga counterpart. For those of you who don’t know, there are ten manga books for the Zelda franchise, written by Akira Himekawa, covering eight of the main series titles. Reading about Link solve endless puzzles in various dungeons probably wouldn’t sell well, so the stories told in the manga series tend to differ from the video games, but still keep the plot of their respective game. Today’s topic is Raven from Oracle of Ages. Obviously, this article contains spoilers for the manga. Jump the link if you’d like to read more!
A video comparing the intros of Majora’s Mask on the N64 and Majora’s Mask 3D has been uploaded to Youtube by user Master0fHyrule. The video shows scenes from the title sequences and the games’ introductions– taking us around Clock Town and then into the Forest for that fateful altercation with Skull Kid. The graphics are greatly improved, and few things have been drastically altered. You can judge for yourself whether the 3D intro imparts the same tone as the original.
Those of you who either can’t get your hands on the Majora’s Mask themed New Nintendo 3DS or just don’t have the means to buy a new handheld, have no fear! GameStop will be selling a Nintendo 3DS XL Universal Majora’s Mask case. It will be available on January 31st for $9.99 and fits a Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, or Nintendo 3DS, as well as fits up to six game cartridges.
Even though Navi is a faithful companion to the Hero of Time, she is considered by most to be an unhelpful nag. But we shouldn’t pick on Navi too much, she was just trying her best to be a useful guide; it’s tough to memorize the battle tactics of every enemy and keep an unruly kid from straying from his task to go fishing. Well, IntelliResponse Systems Inc. released a comical “Rehabbing with the Stars” video featuring Navi and some of the least helpful virtual response icons from the 20th century, so we could finally hear their side of the story.
In a previous article, we remarked on how strange it was for Nintendo to release a special Majora’s Mask version of the New Nintendo 3DS XL, without an actual copy of the game. Well, it turns out that the special edition New Nintendo 3DS XL releasing in the UK will come with Majora’s Mask 3D software pre-installed. There’s no word on whether the 3DS will be included in other Majora’s Mask 3D bundles, so those who want the goodies that go along with the bundle will as of now end up with two copies of the game.
Disconcerting news for fans who still haven’t been able to pre-order their limited edition Majora’s Mask 3D bundles, Fry’s Electronics has confirmed that they will not be offering pre-orders of the special edition. It is unclear whether they will sell the limited edition bundle at launch, but pre-orders are definitely not happening.
The time has finally come! The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds pins are now available in the Collectible Badge Center for the Japanese 3DS, and collecting them all will unlock a free A Link Between Worlds 3DS theme. The pins can be collected through a pay-to-play crane game in app, and YouTube channel NintenDaan has released a video showcasing the Link Between Worlds’ crane gameplay.
Welcome to the third 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 weeks lesson is titled “Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires”, and believe it or not many of the enemies in Zelda are actually life-sucking creatures of the night.
Though they may not show up in mirrors, literary vampires are very easy monsters to spot– you won’t even need to Z-target!
“Don’t be such a Cucco!” You’d probably be offended to be accused of acting like a Cucco, wouldn’t you? But perhaps you shouldn’t be. Cucco are incredibly strong creatures that are loyal and protect their own from harm; these are endearing qualities, so why the negative connotation on the name? Well, aside from the Cucco being the Zelda form of a chicken, and the phrase “Don’t be such a chicken!” being an insult in reality, Cucco can be seen as unimportant to the series. What should be thought of these small creatures?
4 hours ago Twitch user Jodenstone took to Ocarina of Time in an attempt to beat the current world record for any % completion. The previous record was of 18:10 and the title was held by CosmoSpeedruns. After several hours and around 2500 attempts, he finally made his goal with a new record time of 18:07! You can watch this awesome run after the jump.
Welcome to the second 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 “More than it’s Going to Hurt You: Concerning Violence” and in a game series where the main protagonist is a swordsman, you can bet there are plenty of violent instances available for analysis.
Ever been told to stop playing video games because they’re just filled with “mindless violence”? Well, these analyses will help you prove the naysayers wrong.