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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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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 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.

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: 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.

“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!

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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.

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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BRAND NEW “ZELDA U” DETAILS + FIRST GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE

During tonight's The Game Awards, Nintendo managed to steal the show with some brand new footage from Zelda U! Eiji Aonuma sat down and played some of the game for us alongside Shigeru Miyamoto to explain some of the new features of the game. Here are some of the things we’ve learned:

The world is insanely huge. Due to the world’s overwhelming size, a lot of high areas were created to offer the player some fantastic views along with the ability to scope the area and try to find their next destination. Because of its size the player can now mark areas of importance in their map, located on the Wii U Gamepad, to make it easier for them to reach their destination and avoid getting lost.

The game features returning elements from previous titles, such as Link’s sail cloth from Skyward Sword and his horse, Epona! Which brings me to my next point.

The horse seen in the E3 teaser was definitely Epona. This might seem like a small, trivial thing, but it’s news nonetheless.

Brand new game mechanics have been added, ranging from big and small. On the small side of things, little details have been implemented to make the game feel much more real and comfortable for the player. One such detail is that Epona will now run on her own, with minimal effort required from your part aside from steering her and choosing which direction she’ll be going, much like actually riding a horse. She will also avoid some obstacles on her own, such as trees. Other small details include wildlife and fruits, such as bugs and apples, which will now grow and can be fully interacted with. 

Now, one of the bigger gameplay changes we have is with the battle mechanics, though what we got to see was mainly while riding Epona. Link can now jump off her back mid-gallop and shoot enemies, all while the game slows down to give the player time to aim and decide on what they will do, much like the footage we saw in E3. Enemies will also now emit a sort of metallic sound when hit to indicate they were properly attacked.

The game is still going to be released on 2015. A lot of people believed that 2015 felt like it was too soon and the game would end up being pushed back into 2016, but so far the game is still being planned for a 2015 release.

Link is still right-handed. He was right-handed in the E3 teaser and he’s right-handed in this footage, as well. Just in case anyone was wondering.

MAJORA’S MASK 3D HAS BEEN IN DEVELOPMENT SINCE 2011

Earlier today Eiji Aonuma, the producer for the Zelda series, made a post on Miiverse letting us know a little bit on the development of Majora’s Mask 3D. Specifically how long they’ve been working on it and how they’ve been working on some changes for it. Rather than explain what he says, I’ll include the actual quote from his post so you can all read it for yourselves! Enjoy!

“Greetings to everyone in The Legend of Zelda community! Eiji Aonuma from Nintendo here.

Since The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct, I’ve noticed that many of you have posted your thoughts in this community. Now, I’d like to say a few words for myself about Majora’s Mask 3D, which is planned for release next spring.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was actually in development almost immediately after we finished working on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which was released in June of 2011. So although we’ve been working on the game for quite some time, we didn’t want to say it was being developed until we were at a point where we could proudly say that this is not going to be just another remake and that it’s going to be worth your time. For a while now, when fans from Japan and around the world would ask me if we were working on a Majora’s Mask remake, I would silently plead in my heart, thinking, “Please wait a bit longer!” (laughs).

We’ve spent a lot of time making sure the gameplay experience is smoother than in the original version without taking away from this unique world. I hope those that haven’t played the original game, and those of you that played it but gave up mid-way through will take this opportunity to give the new version a try.

Oh, and I should mention that we haven’t removed the distinct look and feel that are unique to this game, so it should live up to this game’s Japanese catchphrase, “this Zelda has a scary vibe.” Brace yourselves for what this world has to offer! (laughs)

When it’s closer to its release date, I’ll talk more about what has been changed in the Nintendo 3DS version and its new features right here in this comunity, so stay tuned!”

- Eiji Aonuma

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.

HYRULE WARRIORS: VILLAIN STORY MODE CONFIRMED!

I honestly do not know much about this because I am trying to avoid as many spoilers as possible, but yes, Hyrule Warriors has a Villain Story Mode! Really looking forward to finding out more about it in-game and seeing how it relates to the Main Story, if it even does! 

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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HUGE LEGEND OF ZELDA SALE ON THE eSHOP [EUROPE]

Do you live in the US? Are you a fan of the Metroid series? Well this news is NOT for you! If you are a Zelda fan currently established in Europe [or just have access to the European eShop], however, you’re in for a treat! For the next 3 weeks, starting on September 4th, there will be a sale going on for select Legend of Zelda titles in celebration of Hyrule Warriors! You will also get a 10% Fan Discount on Hyrule Warriors from 19-26 September 2014 if you downloaded a Zelda title from the Nintendo eShop!

In case you cannot see the above image, here is what the sales will consist of: 

4-11 September 2014

  • Ocarina of Time 3D - 29.99€ [Nintendo 3DS]
  • Wind Waker HD - 39.99€ [Wii U]
  • The Legend of Zelda - 3.49€ [Nintendo 3DS/Wii U]
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - 3.49€ [Nintendo 3DS/Wii U]

11-18 September 2014

  • Link’s Awakening DX - 3.99€ [Nintendo 3DS]
  • Oracle of Seasons - 3.99€ [Nintendo 3DS]
  • Oracle of Ages - 3.99 [Nintendo 3DS]
  • A Link to the Past - 4.99€ [Wii U]
  • The Minish Cap - 4.99€ [Wii U]

19-26 September 2014

  • Hyrule Warriors - 44.99€ [Wii U]
  • A Link Between Worlds - 34.99€ [Nintendo 3DS]

[One game from the “The Legend of Zelda” series must have been downloaded from Nintendo eShop before the purchase of Hyrule Warriors. Hyrule Warriors must be purchased from Nintendo eShop on the same Wii U console or with the same Ninendo Network ID linked to the Nintendo 3DS which the “The Legend of Zelda” title was downloaded to. Downloads of “The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Anniversary Edition” do not qualify.]

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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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!