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NEW TRI-FORCE HEROES UPDATE ANNOUNCED! | Nintendo Direct 11.12.2015

The latest Nintendo Direct has announced a brand new, free update planned for Tri Force Heroes! The update will add a new area in the game called The Den of Trials, which will feature a massive 30+ stages! Not only that, but to be able to progress to the next stage, you and your friends need to defeat every single enemy. If this sounds way too challenging for you, fear not, for the Den of Trials will also feature checkpoints scattered all throughout, to make traversing and completing these stages a little less of a hassle for the players.

The Den of Trials is not all the new update has to offer, however, as it will also bring two new costumes for players to unlock! The first of which is titled Linebeck’s Uniform, which will allow the player to see inside of treasure chests before opening them, followed by the Fierce Deity Armor, which will increase Link’s attack power and also cause him to shoot beams in 4 different directions all around Link!

The official release date for this update will be December 2nd, 2015!

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TRI FORCE HEROES: NEW ARTWORK + OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE

Nintendo has finally announced the release date for this year’s most unexpected Zelda title, Tri Force Heroes! Not only that, but they released a couple of new pieces of artwork along with it!

If you couldn’t quite tell yet from the top-most image, Tri Force Heroes will be making its way to North America and Europe on OCTOBER 23, 2015. We’re only about two months and a half away from being able to play this fantastic new entry in the Legend of Zelda series!

To help satiate our immense need for this game, feel free to take a couple of minutes to take in the new artwork that’s been released. Especially Link wearing Princess Zelda’s clothing. I mean, you could look at the other costumes that can be found throughout the room, but I mean, come on… Cross-dressing Link FTW.

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HYRULE WARRIORS: MAJORA’S MASK DLC PACK - NEW COSTUMES

During the most recent Nintendo Direct, we got a glimpse of three new costumes that were going to become available with the upcoming DLC: “Majora’s Mask Pack”. These costumes were shown off as blackened silhouettes, but now we finally get to see what they actually look like!

Although they all seemed obvious, one of the three came as a bit of a surprise to most. While Impa and Sheik were a given due to the costume’s art sporting the iconic pose from which they come from, the character that gets the Skull Kid costume was rather unexpected: Lana. That’s right, the White Sorceress gets the costume resembling one of the series’ most dreaded [and beloved] antagonists, including the famous Mask itself!

I would absolutely love it if these costumes would somehow influence their fighting style and movesets, as it would be amazing to see Lana unleash the power of Majora in fantastic out-of-character manner.

NEW OFFICIAL MAJORA’S MASK 3D ART

During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, aside from the plethora of brand new information, Nintendo also released this brand new piece of official art from the game! I am absolutely in love with all the new art the game is receiving, especially with how great of a job they’re doing at capturing the feeling of the original game.

NEW NINTENDO 3DS XL HYRULE EDITION ANNOUNCED

Nintendo is a huge fan of making limited edition versions of their consoles–especially when it comes to their handhelds–so it comes as no surprise that they’ve announced yet another Zelda-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL. The handheld will launch on Oct. 30th, exactly a week after the release of Tri Force Heroes, and will be exclusive to GameStop stores in North America. The suggested retail value is $199.99.

I’m very conflicted about this announcement. On one hand, the 3DS looks GORGEOUS and I would love to add it to my collection, but on the other, I’m not entirely sure I can actually afford it at the moment. Not only that, but it’s kinda unnecessary and it feels like they’re milking the thought of Zelda-themed consoles now that they’ve seen they sell well. 

Ah well, at least I think we can all agree that it looks pretty damn cool.

“ZELDA U” HAS BEEN RECONFIRMED FOR A 2016 RELEASE! | Nintendo Direct 11.12.2015

Although the title had previously received a tentative 2015 release, we received word from Miyamoto that the game had been pushed back to 2016. During this new Nintendo Direct, we got yet another confirmation letting us know the game will definitely be coming out next year, in accordance to the series’ 30th Anniversary!

One extra bit of information we received during the Direct was that the newly announced Wolf Link amiibo will store some form of data from its usage in Twilight Princess HD and will be able to transfer it into the new Wii U Zelda title being released next year!

MAJORA’S MASK 3D LIMITED EDITION ANNOUNCED FOR NORTH AMERICA

That’s right, folks! If you were worried that North America wouldn’t be getting some form of Special or Limited edition of the game, you can put those fears to rest! Nintendo has announced this Limited Edition release for Majora’s Mask 3D which brings a gorgeous Skull Kid figurine. The figurine comes packaged in an amazing outer case that shows off art from the game while also giving you a look of the figure inside.

This Limited Edition release can only be pre-ordered at GameStop, Amazon and Fry’s. Both GameStop and Amazon are already sold out, with Fry’s still not having the item listed on their site. Due to how quickly they became unavailable, there’s a huge chance pre-orders could come back up later on. There’s also currently no word on if it can be pre-ordered in-store, so there’s still some hope left for those of us who didn’t get to it on time.

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HYRULE WARRIORS: BOSS PACK DLC UNLOCKS A GIANT CUCCOO

No, you did not misread that. Not too long ago, I told you guys about the brand new Boss Pack DLC [soon to be released on March 12th] was going to unlock Ganondorf as a playable character! Well, it seems he’s not the only new addition to this fantastic roster. Thanks to some lovable fans, with the video above you’ll be able to see the Giant Cuccoo you can unlock with the DLC Pack in all of it’s clucky glory!

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HYRULE WARRIORS: NEW BOSS PACK DLC TO BE RELEASED ON MARCH 12

If you thought the recent Majora’s Mask DLC Pack was the last batch of extra content that Hyrule Warriors would be getting, then you’ll be glad to know that’s not the case. Koei Tecmo has recently announced the brand new Boss Pack DLC on their official Hyrule Warriors website. The DLC pack will bring two new modes and will cost only $2.99 USD, which is less than half of the standard $7.99 USD! The DLC does bring a tad less than the others, so it makes sense.

What exactly are the two modes, you ask? Rather than telling you myself, here are the exact words that can be found on the official site/announcement:

- Boss Challenge - Challenge yourself in relentless battles against giant bosses to unlock new costumes for Link, Zelda, and Lana.

- Ganon’s Fury
- Play as Ganon, rain chaos and destruction upon the battlefield, and unlock new costumes for Ganondorf and Cia.

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HYRULE WARRIORS DLC: MAJORA’S MASK PACK

Yesterday I covered most of the Majora’s Mask 3D information, but today I’m bringing all that we learned during this latest Nintendo Direct in regards to Hyrule Warriors! As if to honor the upcoming release of MM3D, the latest DLC pack will feature brand new content centered around Majora’s Mask

The biggest thing revealed to us was the addition of two new playable characters, Young Link and Tingle! Tingle will battle using his balloon as his main weapon, but will also use attacks involving his “Kooloo-Limpah!” dance and a bag of rupees. Young Link’s main weapon will be his Kokiri Sword, but he will also use his Fierce Deity mask in battle to transform and unleash some sweet special attacks!

The DLC also comes with a new Adventure Mode map and 3 additional costumes [that were shown off as silhouettes] when it becomes available on February 5, 2015

A LINK TO THE PAST MANGA TO BE REPRINTED

Way back in 1992, a 12-issue manga adaptation of A Link to the Past would be released monthly on issues of Nintendo Power. It later received a full, physical release outside of the magazine. After over 20 years of its original NA publication, VIZ Media has announced that the manga will be reprinted and released at some point this May! This full-color manga will finally become available once more for all Legend of Zelda to enjoy and add it to their collections!

“ZELDA U”: THE WORLD WILL CHANGE AND BE AFFECTED BY WHAT YOU DO

Another interview popped up with Shigeru Miyamoto, this time from “The Associated Press”, and we got to learn something truly fascinating about the upcoming Zelda title. When asked about what his strategy was for the new Zelda game coming out for the Wii U, this is what he replied with:

“One of the main things we wanted to do was go back to the open-world concept of the original “Zelda” games and design with that in mind. That’s really the direction the team is going in. This time, we’ve brought back Link’s horse, Epona, and his bow and arrow, but what we’ve decided is really fun is being able to freely walk around in this world and choose what you want to do and how you want to explore. I can’t talk much about it, but one of the things we’re working on right now is that, as you play, the world will change and be affected by what you choose to do.

Did you read that? That last part? I sure hope so, I bolded it for you. Just to be on the safe side, let me reiterate that for you: “The world will change and be affected by what you choose to do.” Read it now? Ok, good.

That is insane! Ever since the release of A Link Between Worlds and Hyrule Warriors, we’ve seen the development team slowly straying away from the usual Zelda Formula. They’ve been taking it one small step at a time, making sure the players have a smooth transition into getting Zelda games with different gameplay mechanics. Up until this moment, we thought that the return of the original Zelda game’s huge, open world was Zelda U’s way of doing that, but apparently there’s much more to it. 

I’m going to try and not get ahead of myself here [too much]. While this sounds like it has amazing potential, it could very well be something small or that’ll blow up in our face. Still, it shows a lot of promise, and I am extremely anxious to hear more on the subject!

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JAKKS PACIFIC WILL RELEASE NEW ZELDA TOYS IN 2015!

Thanks to the successful World of Nintendo toy line, Jakks Pacific will apparently continue to release more waves this upcoming year, including some more Legend of Zelda toys! Throughout these waves we will get Ganondorf from The Wind Waker, Adult Link from Ocarina of Time and Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask, along with a brand new Wind Waker Microland Set! 

Here’s the full list of the upcoming wave of toys for those that are interested:

Wave 1 (coming April 2015):

  • 4″ Blue Toad
  • 4″ Luigi
  • 4″ Diddy Kong
  • 4″ Samus (in Metroid Prime style)
  • 6″ Metroid
  • 6″ Toon Ganondorf

Wave 2 (coming July 2015):

  • 4″ Fire Mario (with Fire Flower accessory)
  • 4″ Goomba (with a Coin accessory)
  • 4″ Peach (with a Crown accessory)
  • 4″ Fox McCloud (with an Arwing accessory)
  • 6″ Yoshi
  • 6″ Skull Kid (from Majora’s Mask)

Wave 3 (coming August 2015):

  • 4″ Tanooki Mario (with Tanooki Leaf accessory)
  • 4″Samus in Gravity Suit (with Morph Ball accessory)
  • 4″ Shy Guy (with propeller accessory)
  • 4″ Fire Luigi (with Fire Flower accessort)
  • 4″ Ocarina of Time Link (with Hylian Shield accessory)
  • 6″ Piranha Plant
  • 6″ Metal Bowser OR Dry Bowser

The Microland Set is scheduled to be released sometime during July 2015! 

HYRULE WARRIORS - NEW DLC RELEASED FOR FREE

If the recently announced Hyrule Warriors: Legends wasn’t enough to get you in a Hyrule Warriors mood, maybe this will. To commemorate the announcement of the 3DS version of this game, Nintendo has released a brand new piece of DLC for absolutely free! This costume, titled the Classic Tunic, allows player to take charge of the original Link featured in The Legend of Zelda on the NES. Or, rather, a more… taller [and possibly older?] version of said Link.

NEW ZELDA MANGA TO BE RELEASED ON 2015

Akira Himekawa, the fantastic duo that have brought us the vast majority of The Legend of Zelda manga adaptations, recently announced that a new manga is currently in the works and will be released some time during 2015. While the two mangakas did not state which game they will be adapting, they did promise to release more information at a later time.

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely crossing every possible limb in hopes of an A Link Between Worlds adaptation! If not, I can totally see a Tri Force Heroes one to coincide with its upcoming release! THE POSSIBILITIES!

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HYRULE WARRIORS LEGENDS: PLAYABLE SKULL KID AND PHANTOM GANON BOSS ANNOUNCED

In the most recent Famitsu magazine, it was announced that both Skull Kid and Phantom Ganon would be making an appearance in the upcoming 3DS title, Hyrule Warriors Legends! Skull Kid, sporting an Ocarina and a Fairy [more than likely Tael] will be an actual playable character, whereas Phantom Ganon will be a brand new boss!

Seeing as how Lana had received a Skull Kid outfit in the past, I’m actually a tad surprised to see the character himself being added. I’m definitely not complaining, though. Brand new characters will forever be a welcome addition to the game! I’m looking forward to seeing more of him and Phantom Ganon, along with any other new characters or features that may be added in the future!

HYRULE WARRIORS: COSTUME DLC SETS NOW AVAILABLE IN NORTH AMERICA

That’s right, folks! Not too long ago, all of the retail-exclusive DLC costumes, along with the Club Nintendo ones, were made available through the European eShop. Well, as of yesterday, the North American eShop has updated their listings with the very same costume sets!

If you managed to get one of the three sets for Link and Zelda [Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess or Skyward Sword], you will be happy to know that you can now purchase the other two for a mere $0.99 each! To make things even better, the Club Nintendo Demon King Ganondorf Costume Set is also available for the same price!