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THE GAME AWARDS 2014 ENDS WITH A FANTASTIC ZELDA MEDLEY BY KOJI KONDO AND IMAGINE DRAGONS

It seems as though the brand new Zelda U footage wasn’t all Nintendo had planned for The Game Awards in regards to The Legend of Zelda. Koji Kondo alongside Imagine Dragons wrapped up the event with a beautiful Zelda medley while some Majora’s Mask 3D footage was screened behind them. The medley consisted of the “Great Fairy’s Fountain”, the “Song of Healing” andthe “Overworld Theme”, then followed by Imagine Dragon’s original song “It’s Time”. 

Make sure to click the video above if you’d like to listen to this gorgeous piece.

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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!

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.

HYRULE WARRIORS GETS MAJORA'S MASK & A LINK BETWEEN WORLDS DLC + MORE!

We all know that Hyrule Warriors will be getting a Majora’s Mask DLC Pack in February, however this new batch of DLC [already out in Japan and soon to be released over here on the 15th] features some color-swaps reminiscent of Majora’s Mask, A Link Between Worls and more

Darunia will be getting a Darmani’s Ghost Skin, Ruto will be getting a Lulu Skin [from Indiego Go’s] and Zelda will be getting a Hilda Skin! Every other character will be getting a slightly more generic, but still awesome looking color-swap.

I tried making this a Photo post, but Tumblr was not having it for some reason. If you’d like to see more in-game screenshots of the DLC shown above along with the rest of the cast and their new outfits, click that Read More!

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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.

GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS RANKS THE LEGEND OF ZELDA IN THEIR BEST VIDEO GAME SERIES’ LIST

The 2015 release of the Guinness World Record: Gamer’s Edition book was released a couple of days ago and, with it, a list of the “50 Best Ever Video Game Series’”. The list is made from votes cast by over 5000 readers of the book. Here are the top 10 games on that list.

10. The Elder Scrolls
9. Battlefield
8. Assassin’s Creed
7. FIFA
6. The Legend of Zelda
5. Halo
4. Grand Theft Auto
3. Minecraft
2. Super Mario Bros.
1. Call of Duty

As you can see, it seems The Legend of Zelda has been ranked #6, a number I feel doesn’t give the series justice. At least, not when you see the games that beat it. I would like to imagine the fanbase for The Legend of Zelda spans a higher amount of people than those that play Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, but hey, numbers don’t lie [I guess]. Another interesting thing to note is that Minecraft, another game that is ranked higher than Zelda, isn’t even a game series. Regardless, this is the list and we should at least appreciate it the series is in there at all, wether or not some of us fully agree with it.

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HYRULE WARRIORS LEGENDS’ RELEASE DATE + NEW CHARACTER “LINKLE” ANNOUNCED! | Nintendo Direct 11.12.2015

The last bit of Zelda news touched on in the latest Nintendo Direct is about the upcoming 3DS port/remake of last year’s Dynasty Warriors crossover, Hyrule Warriors Legends! Its official release date has been confirmed for March 25th, 2016! An original Nintendo 3DS home menu screen theme will also be included with the game for a limited time!

The most interesting bit of news involving this game, however, is the addition of yet another character to the Hyrule Warriors roster: Linkle! Looking incredibly similar in design to the concept art shown in the Hyrule Warriors Artbook/Official Guide, Linkle is a brand new original character that originates from a small village filled with Cuccoos, and sports two crossbows as her main weapon[s] of choice!

To watch this furiously strong woman in action, make sure to watch the full announcement in the video provided above!

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 TWILIGHT PRINCESS DLC: NEW SCREENSHOTS

The Twilight Princess DLC Pack for Hyrule Warriors is just around the corner and Famitsu has released some brand new screenshots to commemorate the occasion. Thanks to these we now get our very first glimpse at Link’s new Postman Costume! Not only that, we also get to see Zelda’s new Ilia Costume along with her new Dominion Rod weapon, some official art on Twili Midna, an image of the new Adventure Mode Map and some nice, action-packed in-game screenshots!

The DLC will be available on all regions on November 27th, so keep an eye out for those soon-to-be revealed prices! 

HYRULE WARRIORS ALMOST HAD LINK HAVE A DAUGHTER?!

It seems some images of the Hyrule Warriors Artbook has made its way online and has brought a rather hefty surprise. The artbook has concept art for a character supposedly named “Rinkuru” [Linkell?], Link’s apparent daughter, who didn’t make it into the final cut of the game. Hopefully we get to see an appearance from Linkell in some form of DLC or maybe even in a later game! What are your thoughts? I, for one, love her designs!

MAJORA’S MASK PIN WILL BE A PRE-ORDER BONUS FOR CODE NAME S.T.E.A.M.

That’s right, if you pre-order the upcoming Code Name S.T.E.A.M. you’ll be able to get the Majora’s Mask Pin previously only available through the EU Limited Edition bundle of the game. It’s a rather odd choice to include as a bonus for a game completely unrelated to The Legend of Zelda, but that might not be entirely true. During the latest Nintendo Direct we saw that the game will feature Fire Emblem characters through amiibo compatibility, so there might actually be some Zelda goodies in-game we have yet to hear. All of this is speculation, however, as there is no official confirmation on the matter. Still, it’s a really interesting choice that will at least please all Zelda fans that are also planning to buy Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

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HYRULE WARRIORS: NEW DLC PACKS WILL BRING OCARINA OF TIME, TWILIGHT PRINCESS AND SKYWARD SWORD COSTUMES.

Do you remember those costume sets pictured above? The one’s you could only get as pre-order bonuses for Hyrule Warriors from select retailers? As it turns out, Nintendo has announced that, as of December 18th, three new DLC Packs will be released in Japan featuring the previously retailer-exclusive costumes! The DLC Packs are named and will be released as such:

“Courage” Costume Set: 400 Yen

  • Ocarina of Time Link Costume
  • Twilight Princess Link Costume
  • Skyward Sword Link Costume

“Wisdom” Costume Set: 400 Yen

  • Ocarina of Time Zelda Costume
  • Twilight Princess Zelda Costume
  • Skyward Sword Zelda Costume

“Power” Costume Set: 300 Yen

  • Ocarina of Time Ganondorf Costume
  • Twilight Princess Ganondorf Costume


As of right now there is no word on if these new DLC Packs will be available in the West.

MAJORA’S MASK 3D’S MUSIC HAS BEEN LEFT THE SAME 

In a recent interview with GameSpot, Koji Kondo has spoken out about the music in Majora’s Mask 3D. It seems that MM will be getting the same treatment Ocarina of Time 3D did, and will not feature a re-orchestrated or updated soundtrack. Aside from cleaning up the quality and rebalancing it a little, the music has been left relatively untouched. Here’s the actual quote for those of you that are interested:

“Actually, with Majora, we thought it was really important to protect the feeling of the game because the music was tied so well to the original gameplay. We’ve done some clean up on the audio quality, but the music itself we haven’t changed.

We did some rebalancing, of course, to make it sound good on the Nintendo 3DS. Before you were hearing it out of you TV speakers, and we just needed to do some rebalancing for that now that it’s on a handheld.”

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.

“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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ENGLISH TRAILER FOR SHEIK

Sheik is probably the one character I’m mostly excited for at the moment. I absolutely love all of his moves and the animation they’ve given him. I honestly cannot wait to try him out along with the rest of the cast!

[Yes, I know Sheik is Zelda, but since the disguise is supposed to be male, I call him as such. The persona the name Sheik is attributed to, the character Zelda created as a disguise, is male, regardless of her still being female.]