Zelda Wii U

wiiu1A recent advertising video for the Wii U console featured clips of several Wii U exclusive games that were either already out, releasing this year, or coming out in 2015. Included are clips of Hyrule Warriors, The Wind Waker HD, and Zelda Wii U.

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WiiU_Zelda_scrn04_E3When Zelda Wii U was first shown at E3 in June, there was immediate speculation as to the look of Link, as he appeared a bit more feminine than previous versions of Link. This immediately drew controversy after Eiji Aonuma made a remark indicating maybe the character depicted in the trailer was not Link. Eiji Aonuma recently spoke with the EDGE Magazine and the folks over at Nintendo Everything have part of the transcript where Mr. Aonuma looks back at the fan reaction.

Rather unexpectedly, after I mentioned that no one had explicitly said that it was Link [in the trailer], this speculation spread online and seems to have led to the idea that the main character will be a girl. However, this reaction from the fans is something I would like to take into consideration as we proceed with development – although that doesn’t mean that we are going to change the main character to a girl.

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Any Zelda game is typically based on two great mechanics, puzzle solving and combat. Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has already stated in a recent interview with Kotaku that puzzle solving in Zelda Wii U will drastically differ from the typical block sliding and torch lighting exercises. On the other hand, GameExplain has released a Zelda Wii U Trailer Analysis seen here and the most important piece of information related to combat is the fact that Link’s sword is holstered on the right side of his horse and the shield on the left suggesting Link will most likely be right handed and that the game involves motion control to a certain extent.

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In the E3 Trailer for Zelda Wii U the gauntlets Link wears are similar in design to the Gerudo armour worn by Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time, hinting that the Gerudo race may play a part in the upcoming title or that the game may be relatively close to Ocarina of Time in the Legend of Zelda Timeline. Ganondorf is the most recurring main villain in the console series and by far the most memorable to long time players of the series.

Do you think the Gerudo King will make an appearance as Link’s nemesis this time around? I’ll discuss after the jump. Read more…

Zelda Wii U Open World Not the Same as Other Games

Mases HagopianAugust 26th, 2014 by Mases Hagopian

Zelda-Wii-UIn the newest issue of EDGE magazine, Eiji Aonuma once again tackles the idea of an open-world Legend of Zelda game. Aonuma has made a number of statements concerning open world in the past and this perhaps adds some clarity as to what to expect in the Zelda title for the Wii U.

“Since we’re talking about open worlds, let’s state upfront that we don’t plan to have an open world in the same way other companies have been doing in recent years.”

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GameXplain: Zelda Wii U Thoughts and Impressions

Mases HagopianAugust 23rd, 2014 by Mases Hagopian

Zelda-Wii-UA few months back the folks over at GameXplain did their usual indepth analysis of the trailer for the upcoming Zelda Wii U. This time around they are back, with an all round discussion of not only the trailer for the Zelda Wii U, but all other details that we currently know of the game. Clocking in at over 40 minutes, it’s a pretty solid discussion taking us through some brief history of Zelda, filled with their own opinions. Go ahead and make the jump to check out the video embed.

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Zelda Wii U Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

Joe GajewskiAugust 21st, 2014 by Joe Gajewski

Zelda-U-CoverZelda Wii U isn’t set to be released for some time now, but it is already available for preorder on Amazon. Could this game be the product of the video teasers from several months ago?

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Zelda Wii U Trailer Analysis

Richard SaltmarshAugust 18th, 2014 by Richard Saltmarsh

legend-of-zelda-wii-u-e3-2014-01GameXplain is at it again with another trailer analysis of The Legend of Zelda Wii U. This is the second part of there coverage and this time they enlisted the help of their fans. Without further adieu lets get right to it.

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zelda1004-610So a lot of fire has been growing around the petition to put the late Robin Williams in the next Zelda game. Some people have asked to have him as the King of Hyrule while others want the petition to be put down all together. One thing is for sure, Robin Williams loved Zelda so much so he even named one of his daughters after the Princess.

As of this post, the petition has already surpassed the 85,000 mark. So with that I ask, do you think naming a Zelda character after Robin Williams is a good idea?

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aonumaAonuma goes and does it again. Thanks to some recent comments made by Eiji Aonuma, we are allowed to see a whole new light on the development of Hyrule Warriors, and are given a hint on Zelda U.

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How Hyrule Warriors Might Change Zelda U

Mases HagopianAugust 7th, 2014 by Mases Hagopian

Zelda-Wii-U-ScreenWe are just days away from the Japanese release of Hyrule Warriors and just a few weeks now from its English release. With development now complete, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma is now shifting back to his next project Zelda Wii U. In a recent interview with Giant Bomb, Aonuma talks about Hyrule Warriors and how certain aspects have changed the way he looks at his own project, Zelda Wii U.

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Zelda Wii U WorldThe official Japanese website recently confirmed information about the forthcoming Zelda game, that is to be set in an “endless world without barriers.” It is also included that Link will encounter new enemies and mysteries, but this interpretation is open for discussion.

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Zelda Wii U to Feature a New Nemesis (UPDATED)

Jessica CappsJuly 27th, 2014 by Jessica Capps

Screen_Shot_2014-06-11_at_9.43.44_AMAmong the many changes you might expect to find in the upcoming Zelda Wii U title is is whether or not you’ll have a new arch-enemy. According to a brief update on Nintendo Japan’s official website, a new description hints that among these new changes is a new nemesis. As the saying goes, keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

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aonumaPuzzles in the Legend of Zelda series have always been a significant component in its gameplay, especially in the more modern entries. In a recent interview with Nintendo’s Japanese website, Aonuma answered questions about the direction of the puzzle-solving aspects in Zelda for the Wii U. He spoke out about which types of puzzles he prefers, standard puzzles or ones that involve a “trick.”

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Change.orgThe controversy surrounding main characters adhering the monotonous white, male template has gotten a lot of notice and attention in the last few years as women become more prominent in the gaming community and games in general continue to become a staple of mainstream entertainment. Pretty much every major franchise has come under fire for not depicting a wider variety of cultural backgrounds and genders in main and secondary roles. The Zelda series is no exception, though this fan base does tend to focus more on the cartoon/reality graphics spectrum more than anything else, kicking the discussion on avatars into the back seat. That might change today with a new movement.

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indexThe 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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Zelda Wii U World

After years of immersion in playing, analyzing and just being a fan of The Legend of Zelda series, everyone comes to have their own ideas—sometimes even obscure fantasies—about what their ideal Zelda game would entail. Online communities are full of fans with opinions to share, including plot-lines from the tangible to the impossible.

Of all these fan wishes for the upcoming Zelda Wii U installment due out in 2015 (which I will call Zelda U), two concepts unanimously continue to rise to the top of the collective fanbase’s list. There’s the desire for the lush expansive world to explore and the wish for a large-scale war taking place within.

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CaptureZelda1In a recent E3 interview, Eiji Aonuma gave hints and details regarding the open world in the next Zelda entry for the Wii U. He also discussed exploration rewards and how players will set goals and overcome obstacles in this new open setting, giving players a small idea of how Zelda Wii U’s open world will be like.

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Skyward Sword First ArtThe announcement of a new Zelda game holds the potential to shock, surprise, underwhelm and alienate -sometimes all at once. Earlier this month, Nintendo’s E3 event injected the Zelda fandom with a healthy dose of excitement. Alongside a flood of new Hyrule Warriors details and gameplay footage, the Japanese gaming company finally revealed the newest main installment in the venerable fantasy franchise.

Now, with the dust kicked up by E3 finally settled, we can fairly judge whether Zelda Wii U succeeded at wowing gamers with its debut appearance. First impressions matter. How the game  presented itself last week will shape speculation on Zelda forums for months to come. To determine its effectiveness, we need to look back on the unveiling of past console Zelda games for comparison. How does our first look at Zelda Wii U compare to the reveals of its recent 3D predecessors on the GameCube and Wii? Hit the jump to find out. Read more…

61DrIzBV6ZL._SY500_After E3, us Zelda fans have been left with some awesome new content concerning the new Wii U title for Zelda and Hyrule Warriors. A long with this great information given, thanks to Nintendo Everything we have been told that Amazon is taking pre-orders for the two titles.

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aonumaIn a recent interview with Game Informer, Eiji Aonuma hinted at a possible multiplayer function in the next Zelda entry for the Wii U. When speaking about Hyrule Warriors, he implied that it will have this same two-player functionality and gave us small details about how it will be executed.

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500px-Kaepora_Gaebora_(Majora's_Mask)In a recent interview with Eiji Aonuma, it is confirmed that the new Zelda for Wii U will not be using the same hand-holding tactics used in other Zelda games. Many criticisms of Skyward Sword centered around the fact that before getting into the game, players had to undergo several hours of introductions and tutorials. This interview confirms that the new Zelda game will take on a new direction; tutorials will not be overdone and controls will be much more self-explanatory.

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the-legend-of-zelda-wii-uA reddit user named ninemonkeys has edited a screenshot of Zelda Wii U’s Hyrule Field from the recent E3 trailer to be set at night, and the result is quite amazing. The shading and vista look rather authentic, and fans could very well expect the nighttime visuals of the actual game to look like this.

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At E3 this year, I had the privilege to sit down with Eiji Aonuma and the development team for Hyrule Warriors. Having run Zelda Dungeon for nearly 13 years, this was the pinnacle of my journey. A chance to talk directly with producer of my favorite franchise. We got to talk about a wide range of topics including Hyrule Warriors, Zelda Wii U, and the development process of the Zelda series. I was joined in the interview by Ben Lamoreux, a senior editor from our sister website GenGAME. You can read the full interview after the jump.

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aonuma Since it was revealed at this year’s E3, the new Zelda title for the Wii U has many fans excited and wondering what it will be like. Recently, Mases of Zelda Dungeon and GenGAME sat down with Eiji Aonuma where he stated that a previous Zelda game’s success does not change the direction he wants to take for new entries in the series.

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UntitledGameXplain has released a video giving a very detailed analysis of the recent Zelda Wii U reveal trailer. There are several things noted in the video it that many people did not even notice the first time watching it. The trailer did go by rather fast after all.

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Zelda U will Depart from Puzzle-Solving

MaanavLinkJune 14th, 2014 by MaanavLink

aonuma-cant-quit-zeldaA primary feature of the series has always been puzzle-solving. From the start the series has always focused on puzzles to progress forwards, yet that may not be the case with the upcoming Wii U Zelda title coming in 2015. In an interview with Kotaku, Aonuma was confronted with the topic, and he stated that he would like to change the games’ focus on puzzle-solving .

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linknotlink Soon after the Zelda U trailer was shown at Nintendo’s Digital Event, Mr. Aonuma left us with a comment that left us Zelda fans reeling; “No one said that was Link”. Across all forms of social media, fans were going nuts, believing that this new character to be Zelda, Colin, a child of Link, or just some unnamed female. Well, after all that theorizing, it turns out it was a joke!

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linknotlinkDuring Nintendo’s E3 presentation, the first preview of the new Zelda Wii U game was showcased in just a short trailer. Now, because of the ambiguity present in the video and the art style that combines element of The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, some fans speculated that perhaps the character wasn’t Link at all! Well, in an interview with Aonuma, Venture Beat had some idea that the speculation may be right after all.

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hyrule-warriors-logoThe 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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First Zelda Wii U Trailer and Trailer Breakdown

SkyruleArcherJune 10th, 2014 by SkyruleArcher

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About 20 minutes into the Nintendo E3 Digital Event today, Mr. Eiji Aonuma announced some of the new principles of the new Zelda game, as well as discussing the conventions of Zelda.

Hit the jump to see the video, along with shot by shot explanations and theories.

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Link_E3_2004Ten years ago, the yearly Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) saw one of its most jaw-dropping reveals in a long history of memorable video game announcements. At the tail end of Nintendo’s press conference, the Japanese game company had one last surprise in store. The throng of game enthusiasts crowding the auditorium sat in near-silent anticipation as it set its final trailer in motion.

The lights dimmed as heroic music played over scenes of an unknown hero galloping towards a hostile force gathered on the horizon. As the camera finally panned around the lone horseman, cheers erupted from the audience. There was Link, the timeless hero of Hyrule, seated on his trusty stead, Epona, with his sword raised in triumph. Overwhelming applause and hoots of enthusiasm filled the room as Link dispatched enemies with bow and sword. As the trailer concluded, Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Nintendo’s most popular games, took the stage to bask in the ovation, wielding the Master Sword and displaying his trademark grin. Read more…

E3 2014: Zelda Wii U – Theories & Wishes

Mases HagopianMay 31st, 2014 by Mases Hagopian

zelda-wii-uThe folks over at Game Trailers have recently put out a video highlighting their theories and wishes of what is to come for the upcoming Zelda Wii U. With Hyrule Warriors on its way and set to be a featured title for the consoles lineup this coming Fall, it has somewhat put the next full-fledged Zelda title on the back burner. What will they show about the game at this years E3 and when will it release? Make the jump to watch Game Trailers’s theories and wishes about the upcoming Wii U title.

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1There have been a lot of announcements recently concerning Hyrule Warriors including new screenshots and the possibility of DLC. In a recent issue of Famitsu magazine, Hisashi Koinuma, Eiji Aonuma, and Yosuke Hayashi, who are all involved in the game’s development, announce a fair few things about the game.

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link_by_ryu_gi-d5rrf8fIt’s getting closer and closer to E3 2014 and with a new Zelda game having been confirmed to be present at this year’s show, the inevitable flood of pre-E3 rumors has already been pouring out on the web. Here at Zelda Dungeon, we don’t like to give any life to these rumors and urge them to be taken with a huge grain of salt when we do. A lot of you may have already seen the leaked images of Link holding the torch in a heavily fogged area along with the apparent title screen for Shard of Nightmare. Some sites have claimed they were given the pics from an inside source or a “friend working close to Nintendo”, but if you want to know the truth and origin of them, make the jump inside.

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