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Steam Hardware

Steam Hardware's early stock is sold out


November 10 release date for the rest
Jun 30
// Joe Parlock
Were you hoping to get your hands on one of those early release versions of the Steam Controller, the Steam Link, or a Steam Machine when they come out in October? Well bad news, they’re all sold out. If you pre-order t...
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Female Link!?

Female Link to be in Hyrule Warriors 3DS!?


YES PLEASE!
Jun 10
// Jed Whitaker
HEY LISTEN! The fellas at GameXplain have spotted a crossbow in the leaked trailer for Hyrule Warriors for 3DS that matches the one used by the Link-esque lady in the Hyrule Warriors art book.  This is easily the h...
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Hyrule Warriors

The Link amiibo will work with Hyrule Warriors


No specifics yet
Oct 21
// Jordan Devore
While Nintendo has mostly talked about its upcoming amiibo figures in the context of Super Smash Bros., other games including Mario Kart 8 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will also support the near-field communication toys...
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Mario Kart 8

Good lord, Nintendo gave Link a motorcycle!


This pleases me
Oct 15
// Jordan Devore
We've seen a couple images of Link in Mario Kart 8 before but nothing like this. Take special note of the front of the motorcycle. So cool! Hope the vehicle's stats are good. As a reminder, the DLC is coming in two waves. Lin...

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Lady link

Hyrule Warriors concept art of a lady relative to Link that looks just like him


Don't get too gender bent out of shape
Aug 12
// Steven Hansen
Some people got real squirrelly when they thought Link might have been a woman in the new Legend of Zelda. None of you, I'm sure. Our community has a noted love for the idea of Link as a woman. Anyway, here's some pictures fr...
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Zelda

What if Ganondorf and Link were... closer?


Slash fan art burns up the charts
Jul 26
// Jonathan Holmes
It was fun to see how the internet reacted to speculation that Link in the next Zelda for Wii U might be a woman. The response was very similar to how I imagined the world might respond to a Blasian Link. When it was revealed...
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This Link Nendoroid is way too cute to handle


CUTE!
Feb 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Wonder Festival 2014 took place this past week and our sister site Tomopop has a ton of coverage up of all the coolest toys that were revealed. There's always a bunch of gaming related figures, such as this Nendoroid Wind Wak...
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Smash Bros.

'Edge-hogging' mechanics of new Smash Bros. are different


Is edge-hogging a thing of the past?
Jan 22
// Patrick Hancock
In both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl, there's a popular mechanic commonly referred to as "edge-hogging." Since only one character can be on an edge at a time, when a character is knocked off of the stage, their oppo...
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Game Debate to the Death! Favorite Legend of Zelda game?


Hey! Listen! Vote!
Dec 18
// Tom Fronczak
In our previous poll we asked everyone to pick their favorite Pokémon game in the entire series. Out of over 1,200 total votes, here are the top three results: (46.88%) Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver: 587...
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Game/Show

Game/Show is how PBS talks about videogames


Mario, Sonic, and Link on the hero's journey
Aug 28
// Darren Nakamura
PBS's Idea Channel has talked about games in the past, at least once or twice. In fact, the show has an entire section on YouTube discussing games. It seems like the section does well enough for itself, as the people behind ...
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Link's Master Sword forged by the master swordsmith


It will cut you in half
Aug 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Man At Arms returns, this time making the most highly requested weapon they get: Link's Master Sword. The Hero of Time's weapon was forged by the master swordsmith, and of course they then proceeded to smash a bunch of pots because Zelda.
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Dark Link

Dark Link gonna mess you up


Link's shadow is on the warpath in the new Corridor Digital
Jun 04
// Tony Ponce
The toughest mofo Link has ever had to face is not Ganon... it's Dark Link, the elf boy's nefarious doppelgänger from The Adventure of Link and Ocarina of Time. And the Corridor Digital team have put together this sweet...
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Link & Samus figmas

Link and Samus figmas to be restocked this winter


Get your wallets out!
May 04
// Tony Ponce
"Remember me?" It's our old friends: Max Factory's figma Link and figma Samus! These sexy poseable figurines were all the rage when they released last year, and they quickly sold out. If you missed that window, it was off to ...
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Zelda 3DS

Link to the Past 2 in development for over two years


Time passes, people move. Like a riverís flow, it never ends...
Apr 26
// Jason Cabral
Last week, the sound of millions of jaws dropping could be heard at the announcement of a spiritual successor to the beloved Super Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Recently, Zelda series producer...
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Zelda comic

It's dangerous to go alone


Take this
Apr 21
// Tony Ponce
It's been a while since we shared a piece from our artsy pal Zac Gorman, but his latest deserves your attention. Based on the famous opening scene from The Legend of Zelda, this comic turns what we thought we knew completely ...
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Greatest Link figure ever

This is the greatest Link figurine of all time


You will sell a kidney to own Real Action Heroes Link
Mar 19
// Tony Ponce
That Link figma by Max Factory which went on sale last year? It is now garbage. Find the closest waste receptacle and chuck that sh*t in there with extreme prejudice. That Link on Epona statue by First 4 Figures? It doesn't e...
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Samus, Link, and others made into Theatrhythm characters


Jul 14
// Allistair Pinsof
I adore Theatrhythm's doll-like recreations of iconic Final Fantasy characters. So does pixiv artist Mafen if his portfolio is any indication. Check out our gallery below for Samus, Link, Fire Emblem's Lyndis, and The Space A...
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Here come the fanboys! Link vs. Cloud in a Death Battle


Jul 13
// Tony Ponce
Uh oh. The latest episode of ScrewAttack's dream fight series, Death Battle, has just been uploaded. Today's combatants are Link from the Zelda series and Cloud from Final Fantasy VII. It's all in good fun, but given the participants this time around... well... I don't expect it to end well. FFVII can be a touchy subject, God damn. DEATH BATTLE! - Link VS Cloud [ScrewAttack]
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Skyward Sword Link figma has super porcupine sword action


Jun 11
// Tony Ponce
We interrupt your regularly scheduled E3 preview overflow for 30 minutes of break time. Pick up your favorite toy and have a seat on the big round rainbow rug. We'll have some cookies and juice before you're allowed to play f...
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Sweet woodblock prints that feature VG stars as samurai


May 20
// Tony Ponce
Jed Henry is just your typical web artist. He loves videogames and desires to express that love through his talents. So he does what any game-loving illustrator would naturally do: render his favorite heroes and heroines as o...
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Cute Mega Man and Link custom vinyl figs make me giggle


May 12
// Tony Ponce
Who doesn't love a good vinyl figurine? Something nice and sturdy that can sit upon your desk or nightstand. Maybe strategically arrange a few of those Castle Crashers knights to defend your dresser from invading sugar ants. ...
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Super Mario Crossover version 2.0 finally available


Feb 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
Super Mario Bros Crossover, a flash game which takes characters from classic videogames and puts them into a recreation of Super Mario Bros., has had an update in the works for over a year now. Version 2.0, which we first tol...
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Super Mario Crossover 2.0 breaks the generation barrier


Jan 17
// Tony Ponce
A couple years ago, Jay "Exploding Rabbit" Pavlina had the idea to remake Super Mario Bros. with 100% accuracy down to the last pixel... with the added twist of being able to play as other NES stars such as Mega Man, Link, S...
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Brawl in the Family is back with a new Xmas musical comic


Dec 24
// Tony Ponce
One of the niftiest things that Brawl in the Family's Matthew Taranto whips up every year is at least one longer-than-usual Christmas-themed comic set to music. This year, the strip is a parody of "It's Beginning to Look a Lo...
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Here are Skyward Sword vids of dowsing and the Sky Temple


Oct 07
// Brett Zeidler
In our most recent preview of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Casey told us a bit about the new gameplay mechanic called dowsing. It basically acts as a magical compass, allowing you to easily find certain points of inte...
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Star Fox, Kid Icarus, Link/Sonic porn, and more now in 3D


Aug 28
// Jonathan Holmes
One of my favorite features of the 3DS is the ability to explore the world of mainstream media in 3D. Unfortunately, other than the still expanding Nintendo Video (which has some good stuff from college humor and few quality ...

Hands-on: Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3Ds's Master Quest mode

May 11 // Sherilynn Macale
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (3DS) Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo To be released: June 19, 2011While I am typically the first in line to snag myself the latest in new consoles or gadgets, the 3DS is one system that I’ve patiently waited on picking up (mainly because it has no games worth playing just yet). But after sitting down with Nintendo to take Ocarina of Time for a test run, it was obvious that they were aiming to take full advantage of the shiny new features of the 3DS and incorporate them into the game as much as possible. Utilizing the 3D depth slider on the side of the handheld moves you from 2D to 3D in an instant, allowing you to control how strong you want your 3D Zelda experience to be. This is a feature that varies from game to game and is, of course, up to the developers to utilize (something that the Nintendo devs clearly took into account in order to make our experience with the game that much more enjoyable.) During this particular test run, I was able to view the remastered version of the Water Temple where everything from the vividness of the shifting water to the textures on the walls was now much more crisp and clear. Even Navi’s trail of sparkling fairy dust popped from the screen as she zipped from one item of interest to the next, chirping her familiar “Hey” and “Listen” catch phrases to grab my attention.I felt silly peering around my handheld looking for the C-Up button to access Navi’s hints as I’ve so often done with the N64 original, only to be pleasantly surprised when I found that they’ve now integrated Navi into the 3DS’s touch screen. A simple tap to Navi’s icon in the top left corner of the bottom screen brings her conveniently to life. And even more convenient still, they’ve managed to integrate the entire menu into the lower hub, making the overall navigation a breeze.You might remember how frustrating and time consuming it may have been to constantly pull open the menu in order to remap Link’s weapons and equipment to the various directional C-buttons.  However, in this updated version of Ocarina of Time, you are able to quickly map any item you want to hot keys (or shortcut keys) on the touch screen by simply tapping them to switch their positions. And hey, less time spent popping open your menu means more time spent actually playing and enjoying the game! The Water Temple, for example, is now much easier to navigate and explore through the use of the integrated touch screen menu. If you’ve played the original, you’ll remember Link’s essential Iron Boots -- an item that provides Link with enough weight to sink him down through the water in order to help him access various levels of the temple. Unequipping these boots, of course, floats him back to the surface.Other items and weapons like Din’s Fire, bombs, and of course Link’s handy slingshot or bow and arrow can also be hot-keyed as desired. But the 3DS takes playing with these old-school favorites to a whole new level by utilizing the system’s gyroscopic aiming feature.With your bow and arrow or slingshot equipped, you can tilt and move your handheld around, twisting and turning in order to shift Link’s aim in the game harmoniously with your own. While this might be awkward to view from afar during, say, a bus ride to work or school, the accuracy of this feature is surprisingly precise and smooth in execution and is something you do not want to miss out on. Can you imagine fishing with this feature? Or even better, playing through the Shooting Range in the Gerudo Fortress? Or bombing your way through the bowling alley minigame? There is so much fun to be had with a system that not only immerses you visually in the Zelda world, but now gives you a physical experience as well. However, if you are anything like me and are easily embarrassed by the thought of swinging your handheld around in public (god forbid I get so into the game that I actually smack someone mid-aim!), you’ll be happy to know that this is a feature we can easily switched on and off. So no worries! We can all secretly enjoy the awesome gyroscopic goodness within the privacy of our own homes.But again, all of these new features are simply add-ons to an already amazing game well loved by fans worldwide. Although the entire Zelda world has been rebuilt visually from the ground up with better textures, sharper graphics, and more lively NPC animations -- the actual layout of the dungeons and puzzles as well as general storyline have been preserved. Little tweaks in the script have been added here and there to help explain the additional features of the 3DS, of course, but other than that the overall Ocarina of Time experience has remained largely unaltered. Why mess with a formula that already works, right?Dan Owsen, a translator present at the preview that has worked on many of the Legend of Zelda games including Ocarina of Time, stated, “[Nintendo] didn’t make too many changes. Usually when we release classic games, we tend to keep the original text. There might be a few places where it could have been polished up, but I think it’s good they just left it as is.” Though while the all-important large chunks of the game have been left untouched, some pieces of the Ocarina of Time world have definitely been through an upgrade. Take, for example, the Gossip Stones (or Sheikah Stones) scattered throughout Hyrule.  Previously, Gossip Stones spat out random hints and babble, or offered the time and remained generally useless to Link’s quest (though I’m sure more than a few of us have sought them out to see if we could discover any hidden Easter Eggs in their pointless blathering). This time around, however, they are now the bearers of indicative Hint Movies that serve to jog your memory and help you solve the more frustrating puzzles in the game, clue you into treasures you may have missed, or lead you to various side quests and mini games. Of course, it’s not going to be that easy to work out the answers from the visions alone. After all, the Hint Movies are exactly that: hints. They are more like leads that tip you off to the locations of puzzle-solving keys, encouraging you to soak in the actual environments of the visions in order to figure out the answer on your own, rather than acting as would-be FAQ/Walkthroughs that give you point-blank solutions. For the more seasoned Zelda players who already know the ins and outs of the game and don’t quite need or feel a use for the new Sheikah Stones (as cool as they might be), 3DS Ocarina of Time offers a newer and better Master Quest mode. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Master Quest is a more difficult version of the game that originally was only available in limited edition quantities to those who pre-ordered The Wind Waker and later came with GameCubes in the US. It basically ups the ante by challenging the player with much more difficult dungeons, as well as tougher puzzles to solve while following the same, familiar storyline.Nintendo, again keeping to their winning formula, hasn’t changed the dungeons or puzzles from the original Master Quest and has left them pretty much untouched in every shape and form.  Except this time, enemies are smarter, strike harder (double damage!), and the entire Zelda world has been mirror-imaged, forcing you to relearn and explore the environment as a now right-handed Link.And if that’s still not enough awesome Zelda goodness for you, the brand new Boss Challenge Mode could very well be the more exciting experience you’ve been looking for. In this fresh feature, you now have the chance to relive every boss fight you encounter throughout the game, but with a timer! Challenge your friends and compete to see who can get the best time on Dodongo, or race to beat Gohma in this additional element of the game, and then replay it again to beat your own score. But that’s not all. Once you’ve conquered the entire game and have hacked and slashed your way through every big baddie challenger, you will then unlock Boss Gauntlet -- a hardcore run through of every boss in the game, but with a catch: You only have one life. Phew! For the seasoned Zelda veterans only.With remastered visuals, additional features, brand new play modes, and amped replayability that takes total advantage of the 3DS’s abilities, Nintendo has managed to take a title that all Zelda fans look back on fondly and make it even better. Finally! A game worth buying a 3DS for. Will you be standing in the long line with me, $39.99 in hand, to snatch up your own copy of the “new” Zelda: Ocarina of Time on June 19? Sherilynn "Cheri" Macale is a freelance journalist and illustrator who can't exactly decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life and so does absolutely everything. Harass and prod her via Twitter, check out the badassery on her Website, and leave a friendly message on her Facebook.
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Being a huge Zelda fan myself, I can’t tell you how stoked I was to hear I had a chance to preview the 3DS remake of what is possibly the Nintendo 64’s most well-known title, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. ...

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Zelda: Skyward Sword theme played backwards = OMG


May 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
So you know the music for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword trailer from GDC? Well FPawesome here decided to play the music backwards and it's actually another Zelda song! Amazing! The best beard in the videogame industry, ...
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Zelda: Twilight Princess re-orchestrated project revealed


Feb 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Well over a year ago, a six year long project called the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time re-orchestrated project was finally completed. The long wait was well worth it as the entire album was just beautiful.  The music...
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Wolf Link and Midna figure will blow your mind, wallets


Nov 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
First 4 Figures latest in their amazing Legend of Zelda line of statues has started pre-orders on their next addition with Wolf Link and Midna. The statue is a 1/4 scale, 15 inch figure comes in two versions and either one is...

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