Posts in category: Legend of Zelda

Legend of Zelda Remade in Minecraft’s Adventure Mode

MinecraftZelda_OldMan Despite having the basic concept of ‘build stuff,’ Minecraft has become a very popular game over the years. Having never played it, there’s probably a lot more to it than I realize, but people all over the world have spent countless hours putting their constructions together. In fact, two people from New Jersey embarked on a project to re-create the entire original 1986 Legend of Zelda map in Minecraft.

The project is still under way, but hit the jump to see the progress these two dedicated gamers have made so far.

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Eiji Aonuma on the Process of Making a Dungeon and the Influences Behind Majora’s Side Quests

Majoras-Mask-3D3-760x428 Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo recently interviewed Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma about the process of constructing dungeons in different Zelda games, as well as the rather dark mature nature of Majora’s Mask. In the interview, Aonuma talks about the different strategies and considerations for the creation of a Zelda dungeon. He also gives insight into the inspiration of the Lover’s Quest in Majora’s Mask and explains why the game strays so far from the typical Zelda atmosphere.

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The Man, The Myth, The… Fairy Wannabe: Tingle’s Origins

tingle2057020x20428 If you love the Legend of Zelda series, then you know who Tingle is. The middle-aged man whose vehicle of choice is a balloon attached to his back. Tingle first appeared in Majora’s Mask on the N64 and appeared in quite a few Zelda games proceeding that; specifically Oracle of Ages, The Wind Waker, Four Swords Adventures, The Minish Cap, and he is part of the Majora’s Mask DLC of Hyrule Warriors. Tingle also makes minor appearances in Phantom Hourglass as a poster on the wall of Mercay Island’s bar, in Spirit Tracks as statues in both Hyrule Castle Town’s shop and Linebeck III’s shop, and in Skyward Sword as a doll in Zelda’s room at the Knight Academy. Kotaku recently had an interview with Eiji Aonuma on how Tingle ever came to be. Check out what Nintendo’s top Zelda creator said, after the jump!

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Piece of Heart: Lost Boys and Evil Ploys

ftale Welcome to the sixth 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 “Hanseldee and Greteldum” so we’ll scour the Zelda series in search of parallels to fairy tales (oddly enough I found none alluding to Hansel and Gretel, nor Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, so I changed the title rather than be misleading).

The land of Hyrule connects with the real world when it takes a page from our favorite bedtime stories. A young boy clad in green with an unruly shadow and fairy companion, a girl who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to protect her family and homeland, fairies who aid a hero on his way to slay a dragon and wake a sleeping princess– The Legend of Zelda sounds like something straight out of Disney!

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Gossip Stone: What is the Appeal of Fishing in a Zelda Game?

twilight-princess-fishing I remember playing Wario Ware on the Wii and loving the Animal Crossing fishing challenge because it required minimal strategy, was quick, and my catch offered instant gratification when displayed. Contrary to this fast paced mini-game, fishing in The Legend of Zelda actually requires some skill and a level of patience, so it isn’t a surprise that I never really took to fishing in Zelda. Fishing appears in five Zelda titles now with its implementation in Majora’s Mask 3D, which caused me to wonder, what’s so great about fishing in a Zelda game?

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Tips for Conquering Majora’s Mask

ahufeoosmpkmowrxe6ft A lot of people dislike Majora’s Mask 3D because they believe it to be too complicated and too much work. With only having three days and having to switch between masks so often, a lot of people don’t like it. So whether you’re replaying it or it’s your first time, there are some things you need not worry about with Kotaku’s list of tips on surviving in Termina. Check out some details after the jump!

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Beautiful Piano Version of the Song of Healing

Song of Healing Piano If music soothes the savage beast, then the Song of Healing must be a special kind of symphony. For those of you who enjoy covers of music from the Zelda franchise, check out this soothing piano performance of the Song of Healing by YouTube user Brian Stauffer. The video was posted yesterday to celebrate the release of Majora’s Mask 3D, and Brian shows his love for the game in this beautiful piece. Make the jump to take a listen!

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A Princess and her Knight, or more than just that? Looking at Zelda/Link

No excuse neededStories of valiant knights, princes and other heroes who fight for their beloved ladies are some of the oldest and most beloved stories in human history. Perhaps even THE oldest, depending on your interpretation of the Epic of Gilgamesh. So it was to be expected that a concept as basic as fighting for those you care about eventually ended up in The Legend of Zelda, or at least have fans ascribe it to individual games. But is there any truth to this? Has anything been confirmed, implied, can things be extrapolated or is it just a bunch of hot air? Note that this contains spoilers for Hyrule Warriors, so be careful in case you have not yet finished the game. Read a game-by-game analysis after the break!

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Nintendo Minute Majora’s Mask 3D Sweepstake

photo (11) At dawn on this new day I’m sure many fans were finally able to get their copies of Majora’s Mask 3D, but aside from the game itself special edition bundles were hard to come by, especially in North America. For those of you who missed out on preordering the limited edition bundle with the Skull Kid figurine, here’s one last chance to snag it. Nintendo’s recurring youtube segment Nintendo Minute recently released a “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Reactions” video which included a Majora’s Mask sweepstake at the end. The sweepstake prizes are the Majora’s Mask 3D limited-edition bundle which includes the Skull Kid figurine and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D game, one Majora’s Mask 3D-themed Nintendo 3DS case, and one Majora’s Mask 3D tank top.

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New Zelda Themes Added to the 3DS Theme Shop

Majoras Mask Gold Theme

Along with the release of Majora’s Mask 3D and the New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo also updated the software for current 3DS systems. This update includes several new themes added to the Theme Shop, two of which are special for Majora’s Mask 3D. There is also a NES Link Theme that was added about a week ago available. This brings the total of Zelda themes that you can cycle through on your 3DS to six. Hit the jump to take a look at these awesome themes and hear their accompanying music. Read more…

Target Releases Majora’s Mask 3D Pre-Launch

FotoFlexer_Photom Tumblr user zethofhyrule noticed that Majora’s Mask 3D prematurely made its way onto the shelves at his local Target. The game appears to be already available for purchase, made up with the price sticker and theft-protection-casing, however Zeth did not indicate whether he was able to buy the game at that time. Odds are the employees at this particular Target jumped the gun on displaying Majora’s Mask 3D, it’s doubtful Zeth was able to purchase it and much less likely that all Target locations are releasing the game early. In any case, it wouldn’t hurt to check your local Target, if only to see the game in-the-flesh.

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Cover for ‘The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D Perfect Guide’ is Beautiful

MM3D-Perfect-GuideTHUMBThe cover for “The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D Perfect Guide” book, published by Famitsu is a thing of beauty. Famitsu’s Perfect Guide series’ additions are the end all be all of guide books, but unfortunately this one will only be released in Japan. It contains detailed charts and maps for Majora’s Mask 3D, as well as guides to understanding the three-day cycle, and directions on where to find heart pieces and stray fairies. Hit the jump to see the cover up close!

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Changes to Deku Link’s Water Skipping in Majora’s Mask 3D

Deku_Spin_Attack This past Monday GameXplain posted a video explaining the difference between Deku Link’s water skipping ability in Majora’s Mask for Nintendo 64 and Majora’s Mask 3D. Even though it’s not a big difference, some people are complaining about the slight change. While you still get just 5 jumps on the water, you’re not allowed to use the spin attack to gain momentum. For example, you can’t use a spin attack to easily get to the lily pads on the left side of the Deku Palace, but GameXplain demonstrates that it’s not impossible.

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Gossip Stone: How Effective are Zelda Symbols for Brand Recognition?

tumblr_miondkI2Xc1s5i5sdo1_250 The triforce is an incredibly simple icon, just three triangles; it can be scribbled anywhere and it isn’t really associated with anything but The Legend of Zelda. Despite the symbol’s ability to creep its way into an astonishing amount of media outlets, does it do a good job of inciting interest in the series? Even popular phrases like “I am Error” and “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone” are fairly popular, but are they effective as slogans? From a business standpoint, a logo and a catchphrase are important, but they aren’t a major focus for the Zelda franchise.

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