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Zelda: CRY Force Heroes

Tri Force Heroes' new tell-all trailer brings the puns and tears

Crying princesses, typical Nintendo
Oct 02
// Jed Whitaker
I really wish I hadn't seen this new tell-all trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes because now I'm both incredibly pumped and disappointed. I'm pumped because I didn't realize the game has online matchmakin...

What does the Destructoid UK Team think of Tri Force Heroes?

Oct 01 // Laura Kate Dale
Joe Parlock - Pleasently Surprised Compared to a lot of people, I am an incredibly new Legend of Zelda fan. I didn’t play my first one in the series until earlier this year, starting with A Link Between Worlds. With the simple, responsive gameplay and fantastically designed puzzles, Between Worlds really made me fall in love with the series; I'm currently playing through Ocarina of Time on the 3DS for the very first time and am having a lot of fun with it. When I heard that there was to be a new Zelda with three-player co-op on the 3DS in the same style as A Link Between Worlds, I was immediately excited. Fortunately, I got to try Tri Force Heroes out with Destructoid’s own Laura Dale and an unsuspecting member of the public at EGX 2015 in Birmingham. Because Laura is apparently evil and cares little for the suffering of the less experienced of us, she guided our little team in to what was apparently the hardest level in the demo. There was lots of lava and lots of enemies, and considering the noise in the convention hall made communicating difficult, we died a lot. But god damn was it fun. In a lot of ways it reminded me of Portal 2’s amazing co-op mode: Working with other people to solve puzzles (or, rather, frantically yelling “PICK ME UP DAMN IT” over the blaring noise of the Nintendo stage at EGX), making in-game gestures to help each other understand what was going on on the screen, and having far too much fun killing my own teammates were all incredibly fun. Other than that, it felt just like the dungeons in A Link Between Worlds as their own expanded game. The boss fight saw us have to take the aggro of a big wormy thing, and then quickly pick each other up to do damage. It was just as well designed as anything from Between Worlds, and really made use of the co-op elements well. I do have one minor concern about the game, though. Much like Portal 2’s co-op, I’m not convinced Tri Force Heroes will have the staying power that makes games like Ocarina of Time and A Link Between Worlds so popular. Playing with somebody who already knows the solutions to all of the puzzles could potentially be a frustrating experience that could only be exacerbated as time goes on. I can’t imagine playing this with random people on the Internet would be much fun six months after release as it could be on launch. Overall though, I was blown away by my time with Tri Force Heroes. Not only did it prove to be a competent Zelda game to this newbie, it scratched that puzzle co-op itch I’ve had for four years now. I'm probably going to pick this up on day one, and I just need to convince Laura and Destructoid UK’s Vikki Blake to let me chuck them in lava come launch. I’m very excited. Laura Dale - Cautiously Optimistic As a long time dedicated fan of the Zelda series, I have been pretty excited for Tri Force Heroes since its announcement at E3. It may not be the sprawling single player epic I had initially hoped I would be playing at the end of this year, but the idea of dragging my friends into playing Zelda with me certainly has its own charms.  At E3 a few months back I focused on playing some of the demo's more entry level missions and exploring the grander scope of what the game is trying to do. You can have a read of those overview thoughts here. With my time with the game at EGX, I was more interested in trying the hardest level on show and seeing how far I could push the game in ways it perhaps was not meant to be pushed. I came away pretty pleased with the level of challenge offered to core players, but a little concerned by some of the multiplayer dungeon design. So, let's start with the positives. The volcano dungeon we played through at EGX was tough. A strong mix of puzzles and combat, I was most surprised to see how many of the puzzles risked injury and death if not completed in a timely manner. In place of simply sliding block puzzles, we instead had sliding block puzzles in tight spaces with lava spewing from the floor below. The challenge was not just work out how to complete this puzzle, but execute your solution as a team, with a very minor margin for error, or face punishment.  The added level of risk involved in executing puzzle gameplay really encouraged team discussion, forming solid plans of attack before moving and working together as a team very quickly. Team communication was vital, and that was a very pleasant surprise. I'm glad to see even seasoned Zelda veterans are going to have a hard time successfully navigating these dungeons. The boss of the volcano dungeon we faced was a particular highlight, standing toe-to-toe with many of the series' more memorable bosses in terms of mechanics. The boss would at any one time have eyes that glowed matching the tunic of one player. That player would be chased by the boss, but the other players wouldn't. Those players not being chased would have to get behind the boss, form a tower and attack the bosses raised tail. If you successfully harm the boss or it successfully harms you, the player being chased will switch up, instantly requiring the team to scramble and reformulate their layout. The boss was challenging, hectic, and just fast enough to pose an ever-present threat to the team as a unit. One of the more concerning aspects that popped up during my time with this demo however is that it was possible to get the team into positions where they could not progress, and using up one of the team's three continues was the only was to restart the section we were trapped in. From progressing from the starting platform before every player has picked an item from the pedestals provided to throwing a player onto a platform from which they could not get themselves back, there were a couple of places in the dungeon where careless play could result in an unwinnable situation. While this is currently just a demo, I would like to see a penalty-free way for the team to return to the beginning of the current room in the dungeon. Still, the more of Tri Force Heroes I play the more convinced I am that mechanically, this Zelda game is going to be what I am after. Challenging temples, frantic gameplay necessitating minimal margins of error, and boss designs that feel fresh and unique. Yep, I'm pretty pleased with what I'm seeing of Tri Force Heroes.
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A lot of laughing and dying occurred
At the tail end of last week, UK editor Laura Dale and news team member Joe Parlock both whisked themselves away to the EGX games convention in Birmingham to play a bunch of unreleased video games. Looking for multiplayer gam...

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Weird 3DS sale

After five years, Nintendo discounts an uneven list of 3DS games

Games for cheap you might not want?
Sep 28
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo games age somewhere in between a wine and a new car. We keep getting older and they just stay the same (price). The exception is in the "Nintendo Selects" line, which takes games that have already sold very well and ...
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It's still not happenin

Legend of Zelda director wants a woman to play theoretical live-action Link

'It would be very fun and awesome'
Sep 24
// Steven Hansen
It looks like my live-action Legend of Zelda dream casting is coming to fruition, even if the television series itself isn't. While many people argued with me in the comments in this article that Nintendo should subvert audi...

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Hyrule Warriors Legends

Hyrule Warriors Legends is releasing in Japan on January 21

Ganondorf's luscious locks on 3DS!
Sep 17
// Joe Parlock
The 3DS re-release of Koei Tecmo’s Zelda game, Hyrule Warriors, has been dated in Japan. We also got a shiny new trailer showing off what's new in the game. Hyrule Warriors Legends, which introduces a crapton of new st...
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The Legend of Zelda

This Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes' overview is...interesting

Haha so strange
Sep 03
// Chris Carter
This new Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes video starts off with a rather strange (and somewhat hilarious) interlude, but then it actually gets informative. It'll give you a quick rundown of how multiplayer works over t...
Legend of Zelda photo
Legend of Zelda

Nintendo confirms Zelda Tri Force Heroes 3DS release date

The UK team is totally into this
Aug 05
// Vikki Blake
Nintendo has confirmed the Zelda Tri Force Heroes is coming to the 3DS on October 23. The confirmation came via a late-night tweet from Nintendo UK yesterday. As of yet, only Nintendo UK and Nintendo of Europe has confirmed ...
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Zelda U

Legend of Zelda Wii U not listed for 2016 on Nintendo financials

Could be nothing, could be late
Jul 29
// Steven Hansen
In March of this year, Legend of Zelda Wii U producer Eiji Aonuma noted that Nintendo is "no longer making a 2015 release [its] number one priority." Given that this last E3 scooted by with only 3DS spinoffs for the series (a...
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No girls allowed

Why you can't be female in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Link isn't very masculine
Jun 30
// Jed Whitaker
Update: Comments are paused as moderation was getting out of hand. Videogames! -niero In an interview, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes director Hiromasa Shikata explained why players can't choose to be a female cha...
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Zelda Wii U no-show

Zelda is still destined for Wii U, says Miyamoto

Nintendo wanted to focus on Star Fox
Jun 18
// Jordan Devore
Zelda was present at E3 2015, but not in the way we would've liked. Nintendo announced Tri Force Heroes, a decent-looking cooperative game for 3DS, but didn't say much of anything about the one we really want: The Legend...
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Zelda 3DS

Zelda Tri Force Heroes is pretty freaking awesome

Jun 18
// Laura Kate Dale
I'm a rather huge fan of the traditional console Zelda games, so like many I was a bit disappointed when Nintendo revealed that their newest Zelda game, the only one playable at E3, would be a weird looking multiplayer portab...
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Hyrule Warriors

Everyone look under your Hyrule Warriors chairs!

Free costume
Jun 17
// Chris Carter
While everyone was off enjoying all of the new announcements that came out of E3, Hyrule Warriors got a really small update. How small? Well, Link now has an extra "Classic Tunic" costume for use in the game to celebrate...
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Fake Nintendo E3 Plans

Randomly generate leaked Nintendo E3 plans

Metroid: Feminist
Jun 07
// Jed Whitaker
It is almost time for E3 2015 which means lots of leaks are about to start pouring onto the internet, most of which are fake. Brian Lee made a website to save hoaxers some time as it randomly generates an itinerary for the Ni...
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Zelda Wedding

Zelda-themed wedding held inside a GameStop

Triforce of Love
May 29
// Jed Whitaker
Break out the tissues as you watch the above video of a couple of Zelda fanatics getting married in a GameStop while tears stream down the groom's face. The couple met in that very store during a Mario Kart tournament. The r...
Twilight Princess photo
Twilight Princess

Guy claims he StreetPassed someone playing Twilight Princess on 3DS

Zelda Symphony concert attendee may have goofed
Apr 19
// Jonathan Holmes
[Update: More shots of this screen are coming in from other attendees of the concert.] [Update #2: It's fake. While TaDavidID, the guy who generated the image above, has gone on to add video and more images to suppo...
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Smash Bros. movie

Sony wants to make Smash Bros. and other Nintendo IPs into movies

'PlayStation All-Stars who?' - says Sony
Apr 17
// Jed Whitaker
Leaked e-mails have revealed that Sony Pictures wants to make movies based on various videogame series including many Nintendo properties such as Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, and odd...
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February NPD proves we still love Zelda

All bow before the 3DS
Mar 12
// Robert Summa
It looks like we can all temper those Nintendo is doomed stories that always pop up in their forever click-bait form. According to the latest NPD numbers for February, Nintendo proved that they still have the ability to print...
Zelda photo

Laura's Gaming Butts: A Link To The Ass

Activate the Triforce of asses
Feb 26
// Laura Kate Dale
Hello all and welcome to Laura's Gaming Butts, Destructoid's new weekly YouTube show about butts in videogames. Yep, it's a video podcast where I get guests in to talk about butts. Professional journalism at its finest. This...

Weekend Deals: GTA V, Majora's Mask, Resident Evil, Oh My

Jan 17 // Dealzon
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Old is New
Next month's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, March's Grand Theft Auto V for the PC, and next Tuesday's Resident Evil HD Remaster all receive some cash discount this weekend. There's a common theme between the...

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Hyrule Warriors

What the heck is going on with this Hyrule Warriors concept art?

Rated 'E' for 'Evil half naked woman bathing in blood'
Jan 03
// Jonathan Holmes
The Hyrule Warriors strategy guide came out a while ago, so this art isn't exactly news, though it was news to me as I stumbled upon it earlier today. It doesn't look like many others have taken note of this bizarre sketch fr...
Hyrule Warriors photo
Hyrule Warriors

Did you know there's a Chain Chomp in Hyrule Warriors?

In before Bow-Wow
Dec 10
// Jordan Devore
I'm on track to put more time into Hyrule Warriors than any other videogame in 2014. This is coming from someone who has spent, at most, half an hour with Omega Force's past titles. I may not be a Dynasty Warriors fan -- and,...
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And it's giant
So the new Legend of Zelda is doing the, "Look, you can go anywhere you see in the distance" thing. And doing the, "our world is huge, look at our map, look at our waypoint system" thing. Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji ...

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Link's short shorts

Link can wear skimpy shorts in the new Hyrule Warriors DLC

Twilight Princess pack
Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
♪ I believe in miracles, since you came along, you sexy Link. ♪ Next Thursday's Twilight Princess pack for Hyrule Warriors will be one to remember. The DLC adds Twili Midna as a playable character, the Postman cos...
Hyrule Warriors amiibo photo
Hyrule Warriors amiibo

Hyrule Warriors' amiibo support is boring

An all-new weapon and daily items
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has explained which amiibo toys do what in Hyrule Warriors and, frankly, the game's support for the near-field communication figurines is rather dull. With Link (or Toon Link), players can get the Spinner weapon from...
Hyrule Warriors photo
Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors DLC contents confirmed, some characters are free

Cia, Volga, and Wizzro
Sep 18
// Chris Carter
In my review of Hyrule Warriors, I noted that during the course of the experience I got a free update -- an additional mode that added extra levels. It looks like the free DLC parade isn't done yet, as an upcoming update will...
Hyrule Warriors photo
Hyrule Warriors

Zelda has a lot of unstable antagonists - Ghirahim gets a new video

Dragon, not lizard - I don't do that tongue thing
Aug 14
// Chris Carter
Mulan's Mushu might not do that tongue thing, but Skyward Sword villain Ghirahim sure does! The vain villain joins the fray in a rather interesting trailer, which shows off his swordplay, diamond animations, and su...
Hyrule Warriors photo
Hyrule Warriors

Zant brings his craziness to Hyrule Warriors

Check out the mad shadow warrior in video form
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
Zant the Usurper King was confirmed for Hyrule Warriors recently, and man does he look wacky. In addition to flailing his arms around as his main method of attack you can also get a peek at the man behind the mask during a f...

European limited edition of Hyrule Warriors includes that awesome scarf too

No scarf for North America ... yet at least
Aug 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
In all of the Hyrule Warrior Nintendo Direct coverage we never got around to mentioning the limited edition Europeans will see. Which is that you all will be getting that awesome looking scarf that Japan will receive too...
Hyrule Warriors photo
Hyrule Warriors

Ganondorf brings a long red mane to Hyrule Warriors

Watch the whole Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
Those flowing red locks rival Amarant, whom I always thought was some sort of chicken man rather than a pasty dude with red dreads, but whatever.  In a nice appeal to nostalgia, Hyrule Warriors also has an Adventur...
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Hyrule Warriors Lana

Lana's Deku Stick has some major flower power in Hyrule Warriors

This is probably the most traditional Warriors weapon yet
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
In addition to operating as what looks to be one of the most traditional weapons yet in Hyrule Warriors, Lana's Deku Stick power has a bunch of tricks up its sleeve. It can summon giant roots from the ground, shoot projectil...

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