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How The Legend of Zelda Became a Smash Hit

hoa IGN’s YouTube series, History of Awesome, held a roundtable discussion about the success of the original Legend of Zelda. The facilitators hit upon its being one of the first games to adopt an open world concept, Miyamoto’s inspirations when creating it, the sense of community that came from needing to look to others for help finding secrets and items, its lack of a solid narrative, and of course its golden cartridge. They also touch on the impact of the Legend of Zelda both at the time of its launch and in the world of modern gaming. Hit the jump to listen to the table’s insights regarding our beloved series’ founding game!

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Majora’s Mask Link Nendoroid Spotted At Wonder Festival

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 1.32.14 PMWonder Festival is the worlds largest figure festival that takes place twice a year in Japan, once in winter and once in the summer. During the winter event Good Smile Company announced the Majora’s Mask Link Nendoroid and recently we caught a glimpse of what the prototype of the Nendoroid looked like. The Summer Wonder Festival was held in Chiba, Japan on July 26th and during that event Good Smile Company showed off what the finished version of the upcoming Link Nendoroid will look like. Don’t get too excited yet though, as we still have no release date or pricing information to share, and if you are anything like me… I can’t wait to find out!

Head past the break to check out the full size image of the upcoming Majora’s Mask Link Nendoroid.

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Game Informer: Non-Hyrule Worlds in the Legend of Zelda

Dark World610The Legend of Zelda series is known for its several iconic elements, with the majority of the games featuring the vast world of Hyrule. We know currently that Triforce Heroes, the new Zelda title for the 3DS, will not take place in this legendary setting. Additionally, Zelda U has not confirmed the setting of Hyrule, so it is entirely possible it will feature a different world. Game Informer published an article discussing the other worlds present in Zelda games, showing the relationship to the timeline and other elements. Hit the jump for more! Read more…

Tri Force Heroes is Not Amiibo Compatible

tribabes After Tri Force Heroes was presented at E3, IGN sat down for an interview with the game’s director, Hiromasa Shikata. One important piece of information that Shikata shared with IGN was the fact that Amiibo will be not be supported in the 3DS co-op Zelda game. Shikata explained, “…this game isn’t a natural fit for [Amiibo]… because we’re focused on giving players the ability to choose different outfits to impact their experience within the game.” He added, “There’s no reason to shoehorn it in.” Shocking coming from a Nintendo staff member considering how profitable Amiibo have been and the way Zelda fans eat up merchandise. Hit the jump to let us know if you think it would’ve been smart to include Amiibo support in Tri Force Heroes!

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Huge 20 Inch Link Figure On Sale At SDCC

Screenshot_23 A huge 20-inch Skyward Sword Link figure from Jakks Pacific has been spotted at San Diego Comic-Con by IGN. The figure is for sale exclusively (at least for now) at the 2015 SDCC. The figure comes boxed in golden packaging with images of Link from Skyward Sword on either side, and “Limited Edition” emblazoned on the front. Whether or not this means we won’t see the figure up for sale elsewhere is yet to be revealed, but if you are in attendance at SDCC then be sure to seize this opportunity and pick one up! Hit the jump to check out the video, showcasing the packaged giant figure in all its glory.

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Majora’s Mask 3D Soundtrack Announced For Japan

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 10.05.49 AMTablier Communications, an entertainment content planning and production company headquartered in Tokyo , Japan announced today that a Majora’s Mask 3D soundtrack will be released in Japan this October. The soundtrack will include two discs and a total of 112 songs, along with a special sequence from Majora’s Mask 3D. With the soundtrack fans will also receive an eight page booklet, miniature poster, and a keychain all inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. The soundtrack is set to release in Japan on October 7th, at this time there is no word on whether we will see this land in other regions as well but we will definitely keep our fingers crossed!

Source: Famitsu (via: Nintendo Everything)

Shikata Discusses Origins Of Tri Force Heroes And The Impact Of Outfit Choices

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 12.06.27 PMWith the recent announcement of the latest title in the Zelda franchise, Tri Force Heroes many fans still seem to be unsure about their thoughts on the game. A little over two weeks have now passed since E3 and we are continuing to see information surface about the gameplay, story, as well as some of the more unique elements of the game. One of those elements is how fashion has been incorporated into the story where a kingdom that is “fashion obsessed” will call upon a legend of three heroes to save the princess. In a recent interview with IGN, Shikata sheds a little more light on the bigger picture of the fashion choices you make and what it will mean to others. He also discusses where the idea of a multiplayer Zelda came from, and it goes back farther than you might think!

Head past the jump to learn what Shikata had to say.

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Monolith Soft Is Willing To Help Out With Zelda Wii U

zelda-wii-uRecently Game Informer had a chance to sit down with the Director of Xenoblade Chronicles X, Tetsuya Takahashi and the Director of Nintendo’s Software Planning and Development group, Genki Yokota to discuss key learnings from this latest project. During the course of the interview the topic of Zelda U came up and the fact that Monolith Soft had helped on Skyward Sword. Both Takahashi and Yokoto weighed in on the learnings from creating a massive game like Xenoblade Chronicles X and that those learnings and feedback is always shared internally as they have a great partnership with Nintendo. With their openness and willingness to participate, one could only wonder what Zelda U might turn out to be with their involvement.

Head past the jump to check out what they said.

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Uncertainty About Where Or If Tri Force Heroes Falls In The Zelda Timeline

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 2.56.07 PMDuring E3 we heard from Tri Force Heroes Director Hiromasa Shikata, where during an interview with Game Informer he shared that due to the Zelda timeline being “complicated” and there being three branches within that timeline, he couldn’t share the specifics of where this new title would fall. Although he also shared that the “fashion obsessed” kingdom is not Hyrule, he didn’t give us the impression that it fell outside of the Zelda timeline. He simply stated:

“With the history of Zelda we have these three parallel worlds. I can’t say which one it’s on/in at this point.”

However in an interview with Nintendo Enthusiast, Nintendo’s Julie Gagnon gave a more definitive answer and quite the opposite impression.

Head past the jump to see what she said.

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New Details About Hyrule Warriors Legends

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 3.23.55 PMWith the official announcement of Hyrule Warriors Legends during Nintendo’s Digital Event last week, bits and pieces of news have been trickling in. So far, we have shared with you all that we have learned and today we have a little bit more. The new information comes from this week’s Famitsu, where the producer of the game, Yosuke Hayashi shares with us a little more about this upcoming title. In the interview he discusses when development started, where the idea came from, and also gives us a little hint about whether or not we can expect to see more characters added to the game. Head past the jump to learn more.

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Hyrule Warriors Legends will Include New Wind Waker Story Elements

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As most of us already know, Hyrule Warriors is coming to the 3DS and bringing some new friends along with it. Both Tetra and the King of Hyrule will be joining the roster for Hyrule Warriors Legends, and suitably the game will include somewhat of a Wind Waker style story-arc and new stages, according to this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine. Additionally, Tetra will brandish some unique weapons and both newcomers will of course have their own distinctive movesets.

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Reggie Discusses Why Zelda Wii U Is Absent From E3

Zelda-wii-u-link-720Although we all remember that fateful day Miyamoto told us we would not be seeing Zelda Wii U at E3, I think most of us had our fingers crossed that it was just another clever little trick and Nintendo was toying with our emotions (sigh). But now that E3 has almost come to an end, I think the sad truth is finally sinking in. There will be no Zelda Wii U for us! In an interview with IGN, Reggie Fils-Aime discusses the decision to exclude the title from this years E3 and to help clarify some of the rumblings happening in the Zelda community about whether we will even see the title in 2016. Follow on past the break to see what he said.

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Tri Force Heroes Director Discusses The Timeline And More

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 2.51.56 PMWith the announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes during Nintendo’s Digital Event, many questions have arisen. We have done our best to keep you up to date as we get the answers to the questions we are all asking. What kind of gameplay mechanics can we expect, what exactly do the outfits do, and is there a single player mode? So far all of these questions and more have been answered. But what about some of the more important questions? Where does this story fit in the Zelda timeline? Will we see a return of Princess Zelda? Director of Tri Force Heroes Hiromasa Shikata, gives us a little more insight about those questions and a few more. Head past the jump to learn more.

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Details On The Coliseum In The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

N3DS_TLOZ-TriForceHeroes_illustration_05If everyone thought co-op was the only thing to Tri Force Heroes, think again- it’s been confirmed that there is now a battle mode that goes by the name of ‘The Coliseum’. It can be either 1v1, or a full free-for-all battle (three players total). So now, there’s a little slice of competitiveness in the midst of all the cooperation! For more information, hit the jump!

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IGN: Top 9 Cutest Link Toys

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One of my favorite things about the Zelda series is just how adorable the world is, despite being knee deep in war most of the time. The colors are vibrate and the lovable cast of characters always keep you coming back for more. But we can’t forget the absolute adorableness of Link, which oftentimes transcends human possibility. And this much ‘kawaii’ inspires many adorable toys ripe for the collecting. IGN has compiled a list of 9 of the most adorable Link toys, all of which you can purchase. Hit the jump to see what is for sale! Read more…