Zelda games typically adhere to a certain formula and style of play: You explore the environment around you, collect powerful weapons and upgrades, traverse dungeons while solving puzzles, and they usually end with you saving the world, or even worlds in some cases. However, the release of Hyrule Warriors has illustrated that Nintendo may finally be coming out of their comfort zone and are willing to try radically different things with their existing IPs. In fact, it’s fair to say that Hyrule Warriors is more a Dynasty Warriors game than a Zelda game.
Could this be the start of an emerging trend? Is this something you’d like to see more of? Hit the jump to see what I have to say about it. Read more…
Mario Kart 8 proved to be just the kind of game Nintendo needed to boost Wii U sales and it looks like it’s about to get even better. With a surprising announcement, the Nintendo UK website has posted information about new DLC coming to Mario Kart 8 that involves new courses, karts, and even a certain Hylian hero you might just be familiar with. Curious to learn more?
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Hyrule Warriors is a month away from release in North America, and with the title finished, we’ve been able to see everything the game is capable of. Recently the folks over at TheBitBlock uploaded footage of Hyrule Warriors’ multiplayer aspect via YouTube, which you can see right after the jump.
As many may know, Hyrule Warriors is nearing its release in North America, and many fans have gotten to try the installment from various events. Zelda fans in Japan are lucky enough to already have the game, and thus, tons of new information keeps makings its way online. Game analysis enthusiasts GameXplain managed to get their hands on a Japanese Import of the title, and have been releasing Hyrule Warriors videos every other day. Recently, GameXplain published a video showcasing gameplay of Princess Ruto taking out hoards of enemies in the Free Play Mode of Hyrule Warriors, which you can see after the jump.
With Hyrule Warriors‘ release in Japan, we’ve been gaining a lot of information and footage the last few days. And with Hyrule Warriors’ release drawing near North America, we’ve been ever-so impatient to get our hands on the next installment of the Zelda Series.
Recently, footage showcasing Link sporting his Ocarina of Time Costume has been uploaded via YouTube, and you can see it after the jump. I think we’ve all been waiting for the chance to watch Link wiping out hoards of enemies in his classic attire. Pre-ordering the title at Gamestop will score you his Ocarina of Time Costume, along with Princess Zelda’s.
Hyrule Warriors, Super Smash Bros and much more will be at this years Oz Comic Con in Brisbane and Sydney Australia. What does this mean for us in the States you might ask? Well not much unless you like to travel. It does mean that my friends in the bush will get there hands on a couple of this years most anticipated drops for Nintendo.
Recently, we’ve covered the petition to name an NPC in a future Zelda game after Robin Williams. The petition has gained significant momentum and as of this writing, is nearing 100,000 signatures. Yesterday, Nintendo confirmed that they are aware of the petition and issued a response to Polygon concerning the matter.
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Always a hot topic amongst Zelda fans, Sheik’s gender has been discussed since the character’s debut in Ocarina of Time. However, Nintendo’s own Bill Trinen has decisively put the argument to rest with a statement that clarifies Sheik’s gender. So, what’s the verdict?
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Music from the Legend of Zelda not only inspires players but, as put by one individual, it changes lives. In an event where storytellers described a song that either defined or changed their lives, John Charles surprised everyone by choosing a song without lyrics, the original theme from The Legend of Zelda. Here Charles explains why the original Legend of Zelda theme was so deeply moving.
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What was your first Zelda game? Would you say it’s your favorite out of the series? How many Zelda games have you played? Recently, an extensive survey was conducted by a curious fan of the Zelda franchise, answering these questions and so many more. In fact, there’s such a plethora of information that was gathered, it can’t possibly be confined to a single article, so I’ll be sharing data concerning my earlier inquiries. While I’m sure some results won’t be very surprising, others may shock you. I hope you like math!
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The 74th Annual general meeting of the shareholders was recently posted on the Official Nintendo of Japan site which includes many questions and answers about several upcoming titles and a few hints of what they have coming down the road. Among them are a few more mentions of the upcoming Legend of Zelda WiiU from series creator Shigeru Miyamoto. He does not want to reveal any more than what was said at E3 but he does go into greater detail on what he would like to include in the game when it comes to open world environment.
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The latest trailer of the upcoming Hyrule Warriors from Techmo Koei has finally surfaced today at E3. This time we get a look at the gameplay of Princess Zelda, Midna, and Impa. We even get a few glimpses at some of the items they get to use in game and a few special moves. Keep watching because near the end we get a chance to see yet another familiar face.
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For years, fans of The Legend of Zelda have been waiting to hear if the LEGO company would recreate their favorite hero in little plastic brick form. Wes Talbott’s submission to the LEGO Ideas program made the Zelda community proud. The idea gained the support of the 10,000 supporters that it would need to be considered. Since it did get the votes, it was put into the final projects for 2014. Well, the results of the LEGO Ideas Winter 2014 review are in. Sadly, Link will not be appearing in brick form.
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A man named Ben Purdy has created a strange version of The Legend of Zelda that looks even more ancient than the NES version. You can go to his website, and play the whole game right in your internet browser. Link, rupees, enemies and most other things are just one pixel, and the rather awkward field of view could prove to make things a bit difficult, but it is certainly worth a shot.
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Nintendo will be toasting to its success at making quality handheld titles as it has brought home the top honor in the “Best Handheld/Mobile Game” Category at the 2014 Game Developer Choice Awards. The exciting news for Zelda fans is that A Link Between Worlds was picked out as the winner among a list of Playstation Vita, IOS, Android, and even other 3DS titles to claim the crown.
A Link Between Worlds was also nominated for another award as well as receiving an honorable mention in one category which you can read about after the jump!
Longtime Zelda director Eiji Aonuma has admitted in an interview to Official Nintendo Magazine that his recent Zelda creation, A Link Between Worlds, has helped him see that recent Zelda titles have become too linear. While creating such titles as Skyward Sword, Aonuma thought gamers did not enjoy the idea of challenging themselves to complete a Zelda title without the extra help provided in the game. The impact that A Link Between Worlds had on Aonuma was so immense that the Zelda producer has now come to the point of fully questioning the series’ traditional formula.
You can read the full quote from the interview about the Zelda series’ linearity after the jump!
Just like with all the fan art and creations that are made on a regular basis there are also many figurines, posters, replicas and other paraphernalia that fans of the series collect. It’s all well and good having a collection on display to show your friends and visitors, but occasionally it’s nice to have something that not only looks good but also has some practical use. Etsy seller ivanapepilina has several packpacks, bags and wallets on sale featuring designs from various game franchises. A lot of the designs are from various games in The Legend of Zelda series including a backpack modelled after the Mirror Shield from Majora’s Mask.
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Violinist Taylor Davis is similar to Lindsey Stirling as she is well known for creating covers of songs from video games as well as themes from famous movies. Even her videos are closely identical as you may notice in this awesome music production showcasing Taylor’s incredible talent at playing well known Zelda themes. This video shows her playing the “Gerudo Valley Theme” on violin and it truly is an enjoyable listening experience. The video has also been well crafted to blend a virtual reality Zelda game into real world locations.
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Hyrule has always been portrayed as a crime-prone kingdom where young heroes commit reckless vandalism on pots and princess kidnappings are practically a weekly occurrence. The online humor website, Dorkly has posted a short video showing what the land of the Triforce would be like with a modern police force to keep its oddball citizens in order.
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As you may already know, Nintendo unleashed an exciting new edition of Nintendo Direct revealing brand new 3DS and Wii U titles for 2014. Unfortunately, no new Zelda titles were shown, yet Nintendo has revealed that NES Remix 2, a collection of classic NES titles with brand new challenges, will be released on Wii U. The great news is Zelda II: The Adventure of Link will be a part of this new collection!
NES Remix 2 allows the gamer to use Link in Mario-themed levels too with new challenges to overcome and complete the game. You can find another screenshot as well as more details after the jump!
Last week, I dissected how the events of Ocarina of Time had such a negative effect on Link in his journey that he would most assuredly be a prime candidate for being a victim of clinical depression, as well as potentially experiencing survivor’s guilt. However, there is evidence to suggest that in Majora’s Mask, the Zelda game known for its dark undertones, Link actually has an emotional turnaround, and by the time his adventure in Termina is over, he is well on the road to recovery. Hit the jump to read why!
Nintendo has just released its quarterly financial report for the third portion of the 2013-2014 fiscal year and while the results were considerably poor for Wii U, 3DS continued to improve in winning over consumers. An interesting part of the report shows some exciting sales figures for the two awesome Zelda titles which released on Wii U and 3DS in 2013 providing their respective systems with some much needed sales momentum. A Link Between Worlds and The Wind Waker HD sold well for Nintendo so I’m here to give you all the facts from the financial report.
Would you like to know how well A Link Between Worlds and The Wind Waker HD performed sales-wise for 2013? Click the jump for all the exciting details! Read more…
Very rarely do we take notice of the emotions of fictional characters within video games. While some games have an emphasis on emotion as a central theme, the Zelda games, especially in earlier installments, generally do not. Due to the subjective nature of emotions, it is difficult to determine what makes any particular person happy, sad, angry, etc. However, Link’s experiences in Majora’s Mask would seem to suggest that his time in Termina was more emotionally satisfying than his time spent in his native land of Hyrule. Hit the jump to read about Link’s strife in Hyrule in Part One!
Playing A Link Between Worlds in 60 frames per second was an incredibly enjoyable experience. Just seeing Link smoothly glide across the screen without any lag was visually stunning and allowed the human eye to focus better on our hero’s surroundings and the amazing world of Hyrule. Now that we know what may be gained from the visuals of a modern Zelda game you might come to a conclusion that 60 frames per second would become the standard for a Legend of Zelda title. Yet, as the saying goes, don’t count your chickens too early before they hatch.
In an interview with video game publication, Game Informer, A Link Between Worlds director Hiromasa Shikata has stated that just because the latest 3DS entry was set to 60 FPS it doesn’t mean that future titles will be visually identical. He mentioned that the 3DS’ ability to play games in 3D was a major reason to keep A Link Between Worlds looking crystal clear.
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Ever since the re-release of Nintendo’s most popular Zelda title, Ocarina of Time, on the 3DS, fans have been crying out through emails, phone calls and even petitions to get the gaming giant to create a 3D remake for the other N64 Zelda classic, Majora’s Mask. Over two years of teasing and speculation have occurred driving Zelda fans up the walls and leaving them frustrated as to why Nintendo won’t confirm or deny whether a remake is actually in the plans. Thankfully, a recent interview between magazine publication Game Informer and A Link Between Worlds director Hiromasa Shikata has created even more hype for the hope of a Majora’s Mask remake on 3DS.
Would you like to hear what Mr. Shikata has to say about a Majora’s Mask remake? If so, then click the jump below!
While the majority of the world has been playing Link’s latest handheld adventure, A Link Between Worlds, since late November, Japanese gamers have been desperately waiting to delve into the grand sequel to the SNES classic. Not released until December 26th, Japan went crazy for Zelda on launch week for the 3DS title with an outstanding amount of units sold and placing it firmly at number one on the video game charts.
Would you like to know the exact figures for A Link Between Worlds sales in Japan? If so, click the jump and take a look at just how hyped up our Eastern friends are for a new Zelda 3DS adventure!
It seems to be the general consensus among Zelda fans that the majority of the games in the series are not the most challenging. There is almost always a fairly generous learning curve, and after the first couple of hours, players can usually get into a groove and can progress rather smoothly throughout their adventures. However, some choose to increase the difficulty by introducing their own elements that make the experience more enjoyable. One such challenge is the Three Heart Challenge, and if you want to read about it and my experience accepting the challenge in Ocarina of Time, hit the jump!
Just over two years ago, during the height of the 25 year anniversary celebrations of The Legend of Zelda franchise, one of the most anticipated games in recent history was released: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It garnered game of year accolades from several videogame publications, and some, including IGN, went as far as to say that Skyward Sword “is the greatest Zelda game ever created.” However, now that two years have passed, and the hype has worn off, is Skyward Sword as good as it was back in 2011? Hit the jump to read what I have to say on the matter!
According to my 10th grade English teacher (and I dare not doubt her), the Holy Bible is the most commonly alluded to piece of literature in the world, and the Zelda series has its fair share of nods to the Word of the Lord. It is no secret that the team behind making the Zelda games at Nintendo uses various religious themes and symbolism as elements that add to the lore of the Zelda Universe. A continuing motif of the “spiritual side of Zelda” is the existence of the Old Gods, Din, Nayru, and Farore, which draws parallels to western religions, such as Christianity and its many sects. If you want to read on, hit the jump for more!
The website, Only Duck has been making custom made rubber duckies for a little over four years now. The creators have transformed many rubber ducks, including Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who (or Ducktor Who), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and much more! So what does this have to do with The Legend of Zelda? Read more to find out!
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Queen Gohma is a famous Zelda boss. Her first main appearance in Ocarina of Time led to a similar boss in Twilight Princess called Armoghoma. Even though Queen Gohma is an enemy, that doesn’t stop people from creating fantastic pieces of artwork inspired by her!
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During the 2013 Fangamer X Attract Mode show, many artists created fan art for their favourite games of all time and it is no surprise that Zelda artwork was featured at this event. But now there is an even bigger surprise, one of the Zelda artworks from the Fangamer X Attract Mode Show is for sale! The 14″ x 19.5″ print is made by Mingjue Helen Chen and it is on just in time for the holidays if you want to get it as a gift for your friends, family, or if you want to give it to yourself.
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The Legend of Zelda series is known for its beautiful music and memorable character themes. Our newest Zelda character, Hilda, is no exception to this tradition. Hilda’s theme sounds very dark and sad, almost like her theme is a lament. While this isn’t the most uplifting theme, it is also beautiful and Hilda’s appearance fits it – her dark hair and dress match perfectly with her sad theme. The theme is also very pretty on a piano, and that’s exactly what someone did! Jump in to read more!