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“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!

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.

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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.

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!

HYRULE WARRIORS COSTUME PACKS TO BE RELEASED ON THE eSHOP!

Remember quite a while ago when it was announced that we’d get certain costume packs depending on the retailer we’d purchase our copy of Hyrule Warriors from? Well, to those of you that just can’t live without owning all of the costume packs, it has been confirmed that they will be available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop! Sure, you’d have to pay a little more, but it’s better than buying multiple copies of the game, right? 

MONOPOLY: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA [GameStop Exclusive Edition]

Do you like having friends? People you can trust and count on when you need them the most? WELL, NOT ANYMORE! Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda is coming out September 15th and is guaranteed to break up a friendship or two! You can pre-order it now by going to this handy-dandy link. I am going to be dirt-poor by the end of this year, I just know it.

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!

NEW LEGEND OF ZELDA COLLECTOR’S PUZZLE

I’m a little late to the news party, but here’s a post for this nonetheless! USAopoly has released a new Legend of Zelda Collector’s Puzzle. The puzzle consists of 550 pieces and features a golden map of Hyrule and measures at about 18"x24" when assembled. 

If you’d like to get your hands on this beautiful item, you can head on over to Thinkgeek where they currently have it listed as In Stock or over at GameStop where it has a release date for tomorrow, September 2nd. 

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MAJORA’S MASK 3D SCREENSHOTS RELEASED

Nintendo must have their Calendars messed up, because I swear they must think it’s Christmas. If you haven’t been satisfied with the huge amount of love Majora’s Mask 3D has been receiving, here are some screenshots that were released, as well! They mostly consist of things we saw during the Nintendo Direct, but hey, I ain’t complaining! 

SKYWARD SWORD DLC SET CONFIRMED AS BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE

Here it is, folks! The last of the three sets has been confirmed! Incase you missed the previous posts on this, the pre-order bonuses are as follow:

  • TheOcarina of Time Costume Packis a GAMESTOP EXCLUSIVE
  • The Twilight Princess Costume Pack is an AMAZON EXCLUSIVE
  • The Skyward Sword Costume Pack is a BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE

So, now that we know where they’ll all be available from, which will you choose?!

EVEN MORE DLC ANNOUNCED FOR HYRULE WARRIORS

Aside from the free villain DLC we’ll be getting [this one], it seems we’ll be getting 4 paid DLC! These packs will include new characters, stages, costumes, weapons, adventure maps and even game modes! The first one will be released in October and the rest will release in the coming months all the way up until February. Koei Tecmo is offering an option where you can pre-order the DLC for 3,000 Yen [about $30], which is roughly $10 cheaper and by doing so you will unlock Dark Link completely free!

Here is a list of the upcoming DLC:

Master Quest Pack

  • Released in October 16th
  • 1,200 Yen
  • 1 New Scenario
  • 1 New Weapon
  • New Adventure Map
  • 2 New Costumes

Twilight Princess Pack

  • Released in November
  • 1,200 Yen
  • 1 New Character
  • 1 New Weapon
  • New Adventure Map
  • 2 New Costumes

Majora’s Mask Pack

  • Released in January
  • 1,200 Yen
  • 2 New Characters
  • New Adventure Map
  • 3 New Costumes

Ganon Pack 

  • Released in February
  • 500 Yen
  • 2 New Game Modes
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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.

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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! 

UPCOMING DLC FOR HYRULE WARRIORS WILL HAVE EPONA AS A WEAPON

That’s right, folks! Earlier today Eiji Aonuma himself made a post on Miiverse in which he states that the upcoming DLC will feature Epona as a new Weapon for Link. Link will be able to ride Epona and user her to plow through hordes of enemies. Here is Eiji Aonuma’s exact words:

“In the Zelda series, players never had a chance to tackle bosses by galloping around them with Epona like in Hyrule Warriors, so I hope fans will enjoy playing as Zelda characters in a game with a different type of action than you typically find in the original series.” - Eiji Aonuma

A LINK BETWEEN WORLDS SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE AT CLUB NINTENDO [JAPAN]

Club Nintendo has just recently received a rather gorgeous addition to their list of rewards. The A Link Between Worlds soundtrack comes jam-packed with over 100 tracks on two stunningly designed CDs that come packaged in a beautiful jewel case, all for the unexpectedly low “price” of 250 coins. With the NA’s incredibly disappointing current rewards list, it’d be really nice to see something like this added to it.

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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.

ZELDA U NEW INFORMATION: FAMITSU INTERVIEW WITH EIJI AONUMA

The same interview I spoke about previously that Famitsu had with Eiji Aonuma also shed a little bit of light on the unnamed Zelda U game. In it Aonuma expresses his delight at the game looking “more amazing than what was shown in E3”.

Not only that, but he adds that the enemy we saw in the teaser is something we haven’t experienced before in any Zelda title. He explains that you have to come up with a strategy on how to beat it while escaping on your horse. It seems his team is focusing their new enemies on a basic question: “If an enemy like this appears, how would you beat it?”

If you were interested in knowing when we might be officially hearing more on this game, Aonuma thinks Nintendo might have a few things to show during next year’s E3!