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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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…

Miyamoto Will Appear at E3 This Year, But Iwata Will Not

e3gamersbliss_small1IGN has gotten word of Nintendo’s presence at E3, and there is apparently good news and bad news. The good news is that Shigeru Miyamoto will most certainly appear at the Expo. Miyamoto has proven to be the best person to show off Zelda materials on the E3 at live confrences, so let’s all hope he hits that subject this time around. Unfortunately, Satoru Iwata will not be there. After his health-related absence from last year’s E3, it is a shame to not see him there again. This time it is strictly for business purposes. Many of us love to see his digital self on E3 Directs and such, but this may mean we won’t get something like that this year.

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Masahiro Sakurai shares his thoughts on what he calls the “DLC scam”

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 11.59.20 AMEarlier this week we shared with you some of Masahiro Sakurai’s thoughts on DLC in relation to Super Smash Bros., these thoughts came from his most recent column in Famitsu. Now Source Gaming has provided a completed translation of Sakurai’s latest column. The translation really helps to give us a better idea of where Sakurai is coming from with the upcoming DLC as well as his personal thoughts on what he  calls the “DLC scam” and how the gaming industry in general deals with it.

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Zelda Merchandise at the Secret Nintendo Headquarters Store

photo (15) Did you know that the Nintendo of America headquarters in Redmond, Washington has a super secret employee/invitation only store? Let me just say that I most definitely did not! It’s bad enough that I have already been dreaming of visiting Nintendo’s headquarters both here and in Japan all my life. Now that I know there is a store where employees can buy awesome Nintendo goods, I am so jealous!

Brian Altano from IGN talks about it in a short video, in which the introduction was filmed right in the lobby of Nintendo of America. No cameras were allowed inside the building, but he does show off some of the goodies he was able to make out with. No surprise to us there are a few Zelda items in the lot!

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Game Informer Interviews Eiji Aonuma About Majora’s Mask and Personal Hobbies

Majora's MaskThe Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was released two weeks ago and is one of the most unique games in the franchise. Game Informer recently had a chance to interview Eiji Aonuma about the production of Majora’s Mask, as well as ask some questions about the lore and mechanics of the series as a whole. However, Game Informer also had the opportunity to grill Aonuma about other topics, such as his hobbies outside of video games and what games he enjoys playing on consoles not made by Nintendo. Some of his answers may surprise you!

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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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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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