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UntitledRyo Nagamatsu, composer for A Link Between Worlds, recently discussed with Official Nintendo Magazine why the game’s music had the sound of a synthetic orchestra rather than a live one. It is certainly interesting that a live orchestra was not used, as many Zelda fans expect that kind of music in games nowadays.

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1An avid Super Smash Bros. fan over at NeoGAF.com named ciD_Vain has just posted a comparison shot of Princess Zelda and Mario in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the new Super Smash Bros. game on Wii U. Up to this point, we have been shown several weekly screenshots, giving us an idea of the added detail on character models in the Wii U game, but side-by-side comparisons like this only add to fans’ excitement about the updated graphics.

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assassins_creed_4_black_flag_game-wide Ubisoft Montreal’s Jean Guesdon, Brand Content Manager of the Assassin’s Creed series, was in a interview with EDGE about the development of the latest series installment, Black Flag. In the interview, EDGE mentioned how much they loved sailing and exploring in The Wind Waker, and when asked how it helped to “inform Black Flag’s design”, Guesdon gave an interesting response.

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UntitledA mod-maker on L4Dmaps.com named NickNak has created a fantastic remake of Ocarina of Time‘s Death Mountain in Left 4 Dead 2. The full custom campaign includes Kakariko Village, Death Mountain, and the Fire Temple. There are items and infected that are re-textured to look like elements of Ocarina of Time, and there are even some custom features like rupees to use at the fully-functioning shop, and a boss fight with Volvagia in the Fire Temple! If any of you took advantage of Steam’s holiday sales and bought Left 4 Dead 2, this mod is definitely worth checking out.

 

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gametrailersGameTrailers has released another episode of their Trailer Academy series, and this time around, they analyze what made Twilight Princess‘ debut trailer so awesome. If you have seen the reaction of the crowd at the 2004 E3 Expo after seeing the trailer, you really cannot argue that it was one of Zelda’s biggest reveals, but why? What were people so excited about?

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The-Legend-of-Zelda-A-Link-Between-WorldsProminent gaming news magazine, Game Informer, has released the results of an online poll on their website, which asked readers whether they preferred 2D or 3D Zelda games. Find out whether the magazine’s online readership prefers Hyrule in two  or three dimension after the jump. Read more…

game_developers_choice_awards-656x370The entire list of nominees and honorable mentions for this year’s Game Developer’s Choice Awards have been released and our favorite A Link Between Worlds made an appearance in more than one area. There were arguably a lot of fantastic games in the past 12 months, so it’ll be interesting to see whether the Zelda game takes home any awards; most of us would certainly hope so.

Think you can guess the other nominees? Hit the jump to see!

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UntitledGameTrailers is once again announcing the contenders for their Game of the Year awards. Though A Link Between Worlds did not take a spot among their nominees for Best RPG, GameTrailers saw fit to place it among 2013′s top ten games overall! The latest Zelda installment seems well worth the place of Game of the Year, judging by the numerous scores of 9/10 and higher in site and store reviews, including GameTrailers’ own score of 9.8/10.

Hit the jump to see their video on why A Link Between Worlds is the first of their ten choices!

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gameinformerreviewA Link Between Worlds has recently been getting high scores and great reviews all over the gaming community. In the December 2013 issue of Game Informer, A Link Between Worlds received high reviews and multiple awards.

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figmalinkThis month’s issue of Game Informer has a page devoted to gamer’s goodies and gift ideas. One of those goodies advertised is the Figma Link action figure. This figure is priced at a special price of $49.99 at BigBadToyStore. This figure from Max Factory is being advertised along with a Samus action figure, but are currently only on pre-order. But you can pre-order a standard version, or for an extra $2.00 you can preorder the special collectors’ edition figure.

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Forza 5 Wind Waker Car

JenNovember 29th, 2013 by Jen

windwaker carForza 5 is a game about cars and racing. The new game for Xbox One only came out a few days ago, but already people have found an interesting way to put a little Zelda spin on it. Jump in to read more!

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ku-xlarge (1)With a new Zelda game out in the wild, it’s easy to predict that gamers will be spending a fair amount of time exploring the lands of Hyrule and Lorule in the coming weeks. Although many hardcore fans of the series will want to tackle the game themselves, some might not be opposed to a little guidance. For them, Kotaku has come out with some tips on how to get the most out of Nintendo’s latest Zelda adventure.

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3DS_Zelda_tc_610Many hardcore Zelda fans are likely already chugging through Nintendo’s latest installment in the series, A Link Between Worlds. For everyone who still needs convincing that the game is worth a purchase (it is), Game Informer has posted a video showing off what they like about the game. You can watch it after the jump.

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zelda-a-link-between-worldsIn the midst of a new launch it seems like everyone wants to get their hands on Nintendo’s latest and greatest game, A Link Between Worlds, and the Official Nintendo Magazine is no exception. Just today the founder of the site and current editor, Chandra Nair, released a review of the game. Hit the jump to learn what he had to say!

 

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NewtypeBack when The Legend of Zelda was more an idea than a full game, popular anime artist Haruhiko Mikimoto did some drawings of Zelda and Link to feature in the anime magazine Newtype. Some scans of a 1984 or 1985 edition of Newtype reveal what he imagined for these two characters before The Legend of Zelda was released.

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Try your hand at IGN’s Zelda quiz

DaveyNovember 14th, 2013 by Davey

ign_logoFor Zelda’s 27th anniversary, IGN put together a quiz to test your knowledge of the Zelda series. Though some questions are laughably easy, a few others may catch you in a spot where your Zelda knowledge lacks.

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be considered the Hero of Time, at least in Zelda knowledge quizzes? Do you think you know everything there is to know about Zelda?

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The making of Prima’s Zelda Box Set

DaveyNovember 14th, 2013 by Davey

2_SheetsEver wonder how the things you buy are put together? Well, in anticipation of the release of their new Zelda Box Set, Prima’s uploaded some pictures and information about just how they make the treasure chest box! Though a lot of details went into the design of the box, the actual manufacturing process seems relatively simple, especially because there’s a limited number of them being produced.

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Game-Informer-logoThe floodgates have opened when it comes to A Link Between Worlds reviews, and it appears that Nintendo’s latest Zelda game is off to a sprinting start critically. Game Informer has given the highly anticipated 3DS game top marks in its latest print issue, according to readers posting details from the review online.

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128The infamous Zelda tech demo that was shown at SpaceWorld 2000 to show off the capabilities of the GameCube received a rather strong fan reaction. It caused a lot of people to suspect a more realistic looking game was in the works but then we ended up with The Wind Waker which wasn’t particularly well received. The Wind Waker ended up being a great game and it sounds like the HD remake has made the game even better. It then became apparent that Twilight Princess was made a much darker game due to the strong reaction to the GameCube tech demo but it has also been revealed that, despite all that praise, series director Eiji Aonuma didn’t agree with what everyone was saying.

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Musical legacy of the Legend of Zelda

DjinnOctober 6th, 2013 by Djinn

IGN-LogoAfter twenty five years the Zelda series have many memorable moments and elements that fans admire. Well the folks over at IGN have recently posted an interesting new video talking about the music of the series. The video covers the evolution of the catchy tunes of the original Legend of Zelda and how it eventually evolved into a major aspect of the series that later inspired a concert series across America.

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miyamotoIt’s a well known phrase that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well and the phrase is used pretty often in all manor of tasks. Shigeru Miyamoto once said “a delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever” so he knows that it’s better to take your time on something and ensure that, when it’s released, you’re proud of your creation. Skyward Sword was delayed several times but at least it gave him and his team extra time to work on the game so that, when it was finally released, it was worth the wait. With his name attached to a game, you know it’s going to be good but, in an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, he seems to have a lot of faith in his team to make all the right decision for his.

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testchamber_windwakerhd_200Every Thursday, the staff at Game Informer take a look at the biggest game releases of the week in their Test Chamber video show, and this week The Wind Waker HD was featured. Join Game Informer Editors Andrew Reiner and Dan Ryckert as they praise The Wind Waker’s gorgeous graphics, and complement Nintendo on the remake’s enhanced controls and convenient item management, while playing through the game’s first major dungeon: “Dragon Roost Cavern”.

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Replay_windwaker_600Each week the editors of Game Informer revisit the games of yesterday in an online video series called Replay. Coinciding with the recent digital release of The Wind Waker HD, which has already been showcased in one of their Test Chamber video previews, the Game Informer crew has chosen to take a look at the original GameCube version of the game in Replay‘s newest episode.

Hit the jump to reminisce with Game Informer about adventuring across the flooded remains of Hyrule.

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swamp_of_evilPop-Fiction is a series of videos from GameTrailers which explore some of gaming’s biggest myths. They have already investigated several aspects of the Zelda series, such as the mysterious Chris Houlihan room from A Link to the Past, and the supposed removal of the original version of the Fire Temple music from early editions of Ocarina of Time. Pop-Fiction have returned to Hyrule once again to explore another mystery, this time a slightly lesser-known one concerning an enigmatic hidden “ghost” enemy in the Swamp of Evil from A Link to the Past. Hit the jump to see the video!

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zelda_link_between_worldsIn a recent interview with the UK Official Nintendo Magazine, long-time series producer Eiji Aonuma revealed another small piece of information about the upcoming game A Link Between Worlds. After having recently discussing aspects of the game and also revealing a mysterious screenshot of a shop on Miiverse, Aounuma told ONM that an old element of the Zelda series will be changing slightly in its upcoming role in the 3DS game. Hit the jump to see the quote.

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tingleEccentric beyond belief and very likely deranged, Tingle has never failed at leaving a lasting impression on Zelda fans over the years. In no game in the series is this more true than The Wind Waker. From overcharging Link for translating Triforce Charts to forcing his brothers to perform hard labor atop his island tower, his portrayal in the game cemented his status as the Zelda series’ ultimate oddball. Though he hasn’t been openly featured in a new Zelda game in some time, his unavoidable reappearance in The Wind Waker HD guarantees Tingle will be at the forefront of the Zelda fandom’s love and hate once again.

Gamers aren’t the only one’s who might be thinking more about Tingle lately. Nintendo also seems to be paying new attention to Tingle’s place in The Wind Waker‘s plot. In fact, the company is reportedly giving him a new introduction in the game’s main quest.

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Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 4.43.57 PMNot too long ago, we were given the details that there would be a more challenging difficulty level in The Wind Waker HD. Upon confirmation, Hero Mode can be playable from the start! You can also count on more difficult enemies that to do twice the damage and test the threat of losing hearts quicker, as they can only be recovered with potions. That’s right: no hearts can be found in the environment in this more challenging mode!

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IN-credible_ChartOne of the most common complaints levied at The Wind Waker is its late-game quest to gather the fragments of the Triforce of Courage. Even many supporters of the cel-shaded GameCube adventure  dislike  this portion of the game, calling it a poorly-paced, repetitive fetch quest. Aware of it’s critics, Nintendo had already stated that an overhaul of the hunt for the Triforce Shards would be a key change in The Wind Waker HD. Now we finally know how the quest will differ on Wii U.

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k-bigpicJust recently, Japanese video game magazine Famitsu released several new scans of The Wind Waker HD, revealing some new details and another look at other characters including Medli, Prince Komali, Ganondorf, Zelda and more! With only a handful of new screens, few indicate that playing songs on the Wind Waker require the Wii U GamePad. Though the text is written is in Japanese, some scans illustrate some interesting implications.

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Satoru_IwataNot counting the often-mocked Zelda games on the Philips CD-i, Link’s quests have always been exclusive to Nintendo platforms. If the Japanese company has its way, this won’t be changing anytime soon.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata insists that the company will not switch to multiplatform development, despite the sluggish sales of it’s Wii U home console. The Wii U’s poor performance on the market has led some to question whether Nintendo should follow in the footsteps of Sega, which abandoned console development after the failure of its Dreamcast system. Iwata, however, says the company’s future would be harmed if it switched to developing only software.

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The potential of a 3DS remake for Majora’s Mask has been discussed for nigh on two years ever since Nintendo decided to treat fans with Ocarina of Time 3D. Fans of the title have been waiting and hoping that Nintendo reveals its plans to create the remake yet were utterly disappointed when the gaming giant decided to develop a sequel for A Link to the Past instead which will release this November.

IGN recently had the opportunity to chat with Nintendo’s legendary developer, Shigeru Miyamoto, and asked the question about whatever happened to the idea of Majora’s Mask 3D. His answer may surprise you so hit the jump if you’d like to find out!

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“Zelda Pop Fact” video

LucasMay 27th, 2013 by Lucas

Zelda is full of secrets. A motif that has pervaded the series since the very first game. GameTrailers has released a fact from the series which I personally never noticed before. The enemy Pols Voice is weak to sound. Throughout the series these enemies continue to pop up and I never noticed this weakness before. In Oracle of Ages/Seasons I always used bombs to defeat them, I’m now wondering if the bomb’s explosion was the cause of their defeat or the noise of the explosion. Apparently any instrument could be used to kill them. Finally this gives the flutes in Seasons a bit more purpose. I rarely ever used them. If you’d like to see the video hit the jump! Read more…

Those who have recently purchased one of the 3DS’ best titles, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, may know that in some missions you need to escort Toad to safety out of a particular mansion where he is originally found. It’s a pretty cool element of the game and many may reminisce of the identical gameplay found in A Link to the Past where, at the introduction of the game, Link must also escort Princess Zelda out of the castle where she happens to be locked up. Well, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon director Bryce Holliday and gameplay engineer Brian Davis sat down with IGN and revealed that inspiration regarding the Toad missions did indeed come from A Link to the Past.

If you would like to read what Mr. Holliday and Mr. Davis had to say on Toad’s Zelda connection in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon then click the jump!
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Hyrule Historia discounted on Amazon

TimothyMarch 8th, 2013 by Timothy

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia has been a worthy wait for fans drooling over the thought of an English translation for the beautiful art book. Nintendo and Dark Horse produced the publication and released it in January to widespread acclaim as it hit number one on Amazon’s top 100 bestsellers list. Though so many gamers and avid fans purchased Hyrule Historia, there are still others who are still waiting for the right time to hit so they may lay hands on this glorious history of Hyrule.

If you still happen to be sitting on a fence contemplating on whether to pick up Hyrule Historia then Amazon may have a deal to hook you into letting go of your cash! The online retailer currently has the Zelda book discounted for a reasonable price so now’s the time to act. Click the jump and read about the details regarding this discount for Hyrule Historia!

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Nintendo is planning to release its next Zelda game as an HD remake of the GameCube masterpiece, The Wind Waker, during Fall this year and already Zelda fans are wondering what the gaming giant will do to create a more unique experience this time around. Gaming site IGN has written an article detailing how they think The Wind Waker HD would be a great improvement over the original in terms of more than just the graphical side of specifications by explaining needed polishing in other key areas of this much-loved Zelda title.

If you would like to view IGN’s suggestions on how to create a better experience for The Wind Waker HD remake then be sure to click the jump below!

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