Zelda News

Untitled Following the reveal of Princess Zelda as a fighter in the latest Super Smash Bros., several discussions have erupted in the Zelda community on what to expect from her. Among the conversations is a new video from GameXplain, where Andre Segers and Tom Arnold take a look at the new screenshots, and talk about their thoughts and expectations of the Princess, Sheik, Phantoms, and more.

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PBGYouTube personality PeanutButterGamer is no stranger to the Zelda series. He is an avid fan, and for the past three years, including 2013, he has dedicated the month of November to our favorite franchise. Although it is rather late in December, I think we can forgive Mr. Hargrave for his tardiness, as his videos are always very well made and incredibly entertaining. This time around, he has made a video explaining his top eight dungeons in the series. Hit the jump for the video!

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Nintendo DirectAs I’m sure many of you are aware, Nintendo of America has recently announced on Twitter that a new Nintendo Direct, the company’s series of videos outlining what is coming in the future from them in the way of games and hardware, will be streaming tomorrow, August 7, at 7:00am Pacific Time.  Similar to just about every instance in which Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct, they haven’t given people much time to mentally prepare for what is to come.  Despite this, I’m sure most of us are excited to discover any new tidbits of information that the company has to offer.

For speculation and Nintendo’s official tweet, click below!

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An interview with Aonuma during E3 revealed that Nintendo would consider giving Zelda a stronger role in a game, or even her own game if fans requested it enough. So, soon after that interview, a growing new Facebook page was created requesting that Zelda be a bigger part of future games. Maybe if it gets big enough Nintendo will actually start planning a game that features the series’ namesake! Hit the jump to read more about the interview and this Facebook page!

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Zelda references in new Deadpool game

Axle the BeastJuly 4th, 2013 by Axle the Beast

As some of you may know, at the end of last month, the Deadpool video game came out, starring the famous wise-cracking, 4th wall-breaking comic book mercenary. I haven’t gotten the game yet, but while watching some gameplay footage I noticed moments that were clear references to the Zelda series. The first happens while Deadpool navigates some sewers, where at one point he enters a series of rooms reminiscent of an 8-bit Zelda game, and the game switches to top-down view as Deadpool fights skeletons and the music becomes chiptuned and sounds quite a lot like a certain classic Zelda tune. The second is a later cutscene which — though it’s labeled as a JRPG reference — is clearly a spoof of 3D Zelda games and their chest-opening sequences. I’ve embedded videos of these moments below for your viewing.

Be warned, though: There is a lot of swearing and crude humor.

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The Wind Waker HD trailer revealed

JohnJune 11th, 2013 by John

For the first time since the game’s announcement, fans were treated to the first official trailer for The Wind Waker HD in this morning’s Nintendo Direct. As well as announcing the release date and the official title, Satoru Iwata revealed to us the game’s stunningly beautiful graphics, remastered in HD for the first time in Zelda history. Hit the jump to take a look!

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How hard is it to actually sing in acapella? Sure, it may seem like a breeze considering all you need is your sole voice with a good note range yet give it a try and you may find it’s quite a struggle to reach some strenuous notes. This thought is why we need to pay respect to our featured musician in this post for his unbelievable talent in mastering the art of acapella.  Everyone’s favourite Legend of Zelda acapella singer Smooth McGroove has delivered another awe-inspiring composition using only his mouth from our favourite gaming series! This time around he’s produced the beautiful piece from Twilight Princess commonly known as “Midna’s Lament” and the finishing product is an absolute must listen.

Do not miss the opportunity to listen to such a heavenly melody! Click that jump and be prepared for some of the most worthwhile Zelda entertainment trending around the gaming community!

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Zelda director, Eiji Aonuma, has confirmed in an interview with CNET that the Dark World previously experienced in A Link to the Past will indeed be making a reappearance for the game’s sequel, Zelda 3DS. Because Zelda 3DS will be placed in the same overworld as A Link to the Past, many fans wondered whether the Light and Dark worlds would make a long-awaited return. As a game-defining mechanism, this is exciting news and should come as a delight to plenty of gamers waiting eagerly to lay their hands on this much-anticipated title! Although confirming the dark and light worlds for Zelda 3DS, Mr. Aonuma made no mention as to whether this is the exact mechanic used in the original SNES classic.

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It’s fairly common for retailers to use placeholder names for games that have yet to have official announcements. Usually this isn’t really noteworthy, but in this case it’s just so bad it’s kind of hilarious. Walmart is currently taking pre-orders for Zelda Wii U, but they aren’t quite calling it Zelda Wii U. Instead, they are labeling it as Zelda 2 (RPG) (Wii U).

I kid you not, that is actually what they are calling it. Why Zelda 2? If this is Zelda 2, what is Zelda 1, Skyward Sword? They also specifically have the (RPG) tag next to it, when most recent Zelda games are usually not labeled in that genre. Is the RPG name only attached to it because Zelda 2 is associated with Adventure of Link, which was an RPG? Really the whole thing is meaningless, but kind of hilarious. Shame on you Walmart, but thanks for the laughs.

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Are you still wondering why Nintendo chose to remake one of GameCube’s greatest titles, The Wind Waker, for its most recent console, Wii U? Nintendo sure left a lot of Majora’s Mask fans isolated when revealing that this HD remake would be the next Zelda title to release and considering the original game, after 10 years, still does not look outdated many do wonder if The Wind Waker really needs to be remade.

Legendary games designer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed in an interview with news publisher ABC as to why The Wind Waker was indeed the chosen Zelda game to be remade for Wii U. He explains in this interview that the visual style for The Wind Waker was a strong reason as to why Nintendo was so ambitious and details as to what they can expect this updated version to bring to gamers’ attention.

Are you interested in what Mr. Miyamoto said particularly about The Wind Waker for Wii U and why they chose to remake this Zelda title? If so, then click the jump below and find out!

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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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Welcome to another segment of Timeshift Thursday! It’s great to have you join me as we discuss some of my favourite areas from past Zelda games and I would go so far as to say that this will probably be my most controversial editorial yet. I say this because I’ve read so many different opinions about this particular area and the actual Zelda title itself. Yet, I’m welcome to any comments you have about my different tastes in the Zelda series so let’s get into it!

Because almost all Zelda titles take place in the land of Hyrule, Nintendo can always be counted on to give us a beautiful Hyrule Field for Link to explore. Starting with the original NES adventure and fast forwarding all the way to Twilight Princess, Hyrule Field has been a memorable experience for players to travel in. By the time Ocarina of Time was being developed Nintendo even implemented a new method of travel, horse riding, by adding Epona to the Zelda series and giving us plenty of memories for our gaming childhood. We’re not here to talk about Ocarina of Time’s Hyrule Field, though. No, Nintendo created a greater, more expansive Hyrule Field which I love exploring to this day and hope to convince at least some as to why I thoroughly think Twilight Princess’ Hyrule Field as the greatest in the Zelda series.

Are you interested in taking a look at and sharing your opinions about Hyrule Field in Twilight Princess? If so, please hit the jump below and read my thoughts as to why I enjoy this area!

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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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[UPDATE: Eiji Aonuma announced on Miiverse that the games will be released in other territories besides Japan, but that it will take a while longer.]

During today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, originally released for Game Boy Color, would be heading to the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console starting next Wednesday, February 27th. The two games will price at 600 yen each and will also be available to download as a bundle for the reduced price of 1000 yen. This calculates to about US$6.50 for one or approximately US$11 for both Zelda titles in the bundle.

Oracle of Seasons and Ages will only be available to purchase from February 27th until March 20th from the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console.

Wondering if these games will be released in other territories? The answer is yes! Jump inside for the quote from Mr. Aonuma!

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Zelda Miiverse Community Launching Today

TimothyFebruary 14th, 2013 by Timothy

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has announced during a new Nintendo Direct presentation that a special Legend of Zelda community board will be launching on Miiverse for Wii U starting from today. This will be a special forum where gamers can talk about all things Zelda and the best part of this news is that legendary producer of the series, Eiji Aonuma, will be appearing on the discussion board at certain times during the year! What do you think of this new Zelda Miiverse community?

Stunning Zora Sapphire Engagement Ring

TimothyFebruary 8th, 2013 by Timothy

Miranda Scott, a shop owner on Etsy, has placed for sale a stunning sapphire engagement ring inspired by the “Zora’s Sapphire” from Ocarina of Time. It comes in pure 14 karat gold, either yellow or white, and would be the perfect ring for those planning to ask their loved one to join them in an everlasting bond of holy matrimony. Coming in plenty of sizes to choose from, this is the gift for your partner if you don’t mind the cost involved.

You can take a closer look at this amazing Zora sapphire engagement plus further details after the jump!

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“The Best Zelda II Cover… Ever”

TimothyFebruary 5th, 2013 by Timothy

Zelda II covers aren’t all that common to find yet this one by rock band On Being Human is quite electrifying. Their live performance of a Zelda II medley was played at video gaming event MAGfest and runs for over five epic minutes of rock goodness. On Being Human says this is “the best Zelda II cover ever” but we’ll let you be the judge of that claim!

Be sure to check out the Zelda II medley performance and let us know your thoughts after the jump!

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The Two Islands Cut From The Wind Waker

TimothyFebruary 4th, 2013 by Timothy

The Wind Waker is a Zelda game full of creativity and imagination; a game which Wii U can really show its impressive power on. The Wind Waker HD is coming out in Fall and avid fans are already looking at ways Nintendo can make this highly anticipated remake memorable. Newly released Legend of Zelda almanac, Hyrule Historia, has provided clues as to how The Wind Waker HD could be even more special than its original counterpart by revealing sketches of two creative islands which were left out of the GameCube classic. One is designed as an actual Nintendo GameCube console while the other features an island of magma and smoke, seemingly a volcano.

If you would like to find out more about these two islands left out of The Wind Waker click on that jump!

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The latest First 4 Figures Zelda statue has been announced and it is an exclusive version of the previously released Darunia Statue. The brand new Fire Sage Darunia Exclusive Statue seems almost identical to the original statue, with the main difference being that it comes with a brand new base, with the Fire Medallion serving as the base.

Judging by the base, my guess is that this might be the beginning of a brand new set of statues from First 4 Figures, perhaps highlighting the various sages from Ocarina of Time. I can see future sages being released, each with their respective medallion as the base. Priced at $209.99, it comes in at $55 more than the original Darunia statue. I’m not quite sure it’s worth that price, but for collector’s it’s another must have. This one has a very limited run of just 350 statues, so you’ll have to pick yours up soon. The statue is set for a Q2 2013 release. Go ahead and make the jump to check out some pictures of the new statue.

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Our good friends over at Zelda Universe have been given a privileged opportunity to conduct a face-to-face interview with our favorite Legend of Zelda violinist, Lindsey Stirling. If you’d like to have the opportunity to get to know her better then this is the interview you’d most want to see as she discusses her profession, concert details, special YouTube music videos, her love of portraying Link, and her gaming experiences including revealing her favourite Zelda game!

Zelda Universe have split the interview into two parts so be sure to check out both parts after the jump!

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed during this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation that Zelda Wii U is currently under development with the series’ producer Eiji Aonuma also giving a glimpse into the art style of this highly anticipated game for Nintendo’s brand new console. Very few actual details were given, but Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma did gave us a few tidbits!

Make the jump to find out more!

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Today we have another awesome Zelda “Main Theme” cover which has been fully produced with strings and dubstep mixed together to compose a fast-flowing and techno-style tribute toward our beloved series. Created by YouTube user MrStompy64, this special version of the Legend of Zelda “Main Theme” is not to be missed so click on that jump below and take a listen!

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Skyward Sword “Main Theme” Rock Cover

TimothyJanuary 17th, 2013 by Timothy

We don’t usually tend to find many song covers from Skyward Sword yet this rock cover of the game’s “Main Theme” is a stunner. This cover composed by YouTube user LennartAlsing showcases him playing a Kramer Focus 3000 guitar to perfection with his strumming and chord changing an unbelievable talent!

You can take a listen to this rocking cover of Skyward Sword’s “Main Theme” after the jump!

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With just under three weeks to go until the publication of the English version of Hyrule Historia, excitement over the long-awaited book is steadily growing across the world. The demand for the Limited Edition of the book has been so overwhelming that according to some customers, many pre-orders were cancelled due to extremely high demand for a book very limited in quantity. In response to this hype, the Nintendo World Store in New York has announced that it will be holding a Launch Event on the 25th of January to commemorate the release of this landmark publication. Hit the jump to find out more!

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Professional pianist player and teacher Kyle Landry has stunned his supporters and viewers with a spectacular video showcasing his ability to play an Ocarina of Time medley to perfection. His piano playing is fast and flowing providing the listener with a beautiful Zelda-themed atmosphere to reminisce in and reflect on the different elements of Hyrule experienced in the much-loved title. Kyle performs compositions such as the ocarina warp songs, “Gerudo Valley”, “Link’s House”, “title theme”, and a few others in this amazing medley.

Interested in taking a listen to this Ocarina of Time medley? Hit the jump and be prepared for some of the most fantastic Zelda composition-playing to have ever reached your ears!

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The Legend of Zelda: Cake of Time

DaveyDecember 18th, 2012 by Davey

I’ve seen my fair share of sculpture-cakes and they always amaze me, but I find this cake particularly fascinating because it features an edible, working N64! (Minus the working part, you can’t actually play an N64 made out of cake.) Nevertheless, this baked dessert has an N64 with Ocarina of Time, a controller, Link, Zelda, and more Zelda characters. Not only that, but it looks good to eat, too!

Hit the jump for some pictures!

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When you ask fans what their favorite Zelda game is, or even what the most influential title was, you’ll probably get a lot of “Ocarina of Time”, “The Wind Waker”, or “Twilight Princess”, but rarely will you hear about Zelda’s black sheep: Zelda II.

Why is this? The difficulty? The huge differences with the rest of the titles? I’m not entirely sure, but a Joystiq article seeks to talk about some of the things The Adventure of Link did well, and why it ranks number one on the author’s favorite Zelda titles. Hit the jump for more!

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In a recent article by 1UP, the idea that perhaps some of Ocarina of Time’s “innovations” were not particularly original, and Mega Man Legends actually did a few things first. Actually, it added four major gameplay elements nearly a year before Ocarina of Time’s release.

Though Nintendo might have done it better, we shouldn’t ignore the PlayStation game that’s often overshadowed by it’s Nintendo 64 superior. For example, though you may have heard or told yourself that Nintendo’s genius came when Ocarina of Time pioneered z-targeting, but in fact, the Zelda title just improved on an already existing concept, that Mega Man Legends did first. Hit the jump for the other three reasons!

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Zelda Fan Uses Miiverse to Find Love

DaveyDecember 12th, 2012 by Davey

I think it’s interesting when people use materials in a way that wasn’t necessarily intended, and the new Miiverse on the Wii U is certainly a great example of this. Movies have been made already, art galleries have been tested, and more recently, through the Wii U service, a gamer is putting up his own personal advertisement to find love.

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One of the first features Wii owners hoped for when its successor, Wii U, became known to the public was the thought about Wii games upscaling to HD because of Wii U’s support toward the higher resolution capability. Unfortunately, the ability to convert Wii games to full HD is unsupported yet we do know that certain titles such as an awesome Zelda game in Twilight Princess showcases an improved picture display when played via Wii U. It’s not a vast improvement but a noticeable one all the same!

You can read some more details after the jump!

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YouTube user Megasteakman has produced a video unveiling the most dumbest ways to die in the history of video games. There are some very hilarious methods shown off but none worse than our hero Link succumbing to the power of the cuccos. As we know from playing Ocarina of Time, cuccos may look like a fun target to slash at but it comes with its major consequences.

This parody is definitely worth taking a look at even if it means you only get a laugh at Link performing some epic dance moves! Hit the jump to view the video.

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Zelda Wedding Rings Available for Purchase

TimothyDecember 7th, 2012 by Timothy

Are you almost set to get married or are planning on asking your special loved one to join you in an everlasting unity of love and happiness? If yes is the case then these amazingly crafted Zelda-designed rings are perfect for you and your beloved partner! Crafted by Toronto-based goldsmith Zsolt Székely, these specially hand-fabricated wedding rings would be a perfect way to tie the knot with your future spouse and would create a fantastic memory to share for the rest of your lives.

Click the jump for more details and a greater look at these stunning Zelda wedding rings!

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When asked about which Zelda title has the darkest storyline, most fans of the series would consider Twilight Princess as the culprit in displaying themes of immense sorrow and grueling hardship in the land of Hyrule. Its graphical design and the twilight world involved in the title are mainly responsible for the impression it marks on players as it reveals the difficulties faced by commoners which Link needs to help in order to allow for a greater future. Although, looking at a Zelda title in this way is not only strictly limited to Twilight Princess.

Nintendo site 1UP has written an article stating why Majora’s Mask’s clockwork apocalypse revolves around a Termina suffering from a dark and depressing nature twisting and turning with some absolutely horrendous events which produce absolute sadness and misery for citizens in the region. In this way, 1UP considers Majora’s Mask to be even darker than Twilight Princess.

Care to take a glance at what 1UP has to say about the dark themes of Majora’s Mask? If so, click the jump to read more!
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A recent article on sister site, GenGAME, briefly examines an opinion I’m sure many of us hold: Nintendo should release a collection of HD Zelda remakes for the Wii U. With projects like Operation Moonfall showing outright the fans’ support of remakes of popular Zelda games, an HD Zelda collection would probably be welcome within the gaming community.

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The Wind Waker has the slightly ominous distinction for being one of the most divisive Zelda games in the history of the series. Whether it be the graphics, the sailing mechanic or the infamous Triforce Shard Quest in the second half of the game, there are two fierce sides to each argument, arguing for and against the inclusion of each feature in the game. Despite this division however, there is no denying the impact it had on the series and on the industry; it is the fourth best selling GameCube title and one of the most highly rated and loved Zelda games today. But is it deserving of such a prestigious and all-encompassing title like that of Game of the Decade? Spike’s Video Game Awards seem to think so. Hit the jump to find out more!

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