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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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Eatings disorders suck

What the ladies of gaming would look like as average Americans


Arguably sexier
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Bulimia.com, a website dedicated to helping those with eating disorders find treatment, has "reverse Photoshopped" some characters from popular games series to make them look more like the average American woman. "If video game creators are going to pride themselves on accurate digital representations, then it's time for them to get real about women," says the site.

Butts, bums, and intelligent narrative design

Jul 08 // Laura Kate Dale
What? You're not convinced that butts are an effective window to intelligent character design? You want another example? Well, let's take a look at our good old friend Luigi. Younger brother of arguably the most well known and influential video game protagonist of all time, Luigi is often overlooked by the world. On first glance he's nothing to look at, appearing at first to be merely a reskin of our beloved Mario. The key to understanding how Luigi's personality differs from that of his beloved sibling in in how he uses his butt in Super Smash Bros. Where Mario has a cushy posterior, lax from years of complacency, Luigi's butt is everything Mario's isn't. Where Mario has size on his side, Luigi quietly toned his backside into a lean, effective weapon. Where Mario's arse is all for show, Luigi honed his into an aerobatic, dexterous vehicle that can propel him to success. Luigi thrusts his butt with a terrifying and unexpected ferocity that only comes from years of discipline. Luigi can't rest on his laurels. To be seen as equal to his older sibling he has to exceed him in skill in every regard. Looking at the extra work he put into weaponising his booty is the strongest evidence there is to show this defining emotional character trait. It's the ultimate proof that Luigi has to work harder just to maintain the meager fame he has. The butt is key. Right, you're still on the fence? Well, let me pull out my narrative trump card, the Skull Kid in Majora's Mask. When you first start playing Majora's Mask, all you know about Skull Kid is that he's an evil horse thief. He plots an attack, steals from you and viciously prevents you from recovering what is yours. What's not immediately obvious is the fact that there's a playful child underneath the malice. This is where his butt comes into play. Very early in the game, while trying to track Skull Kid's location, we're treated to a butt centric scene that hugely informs on our antagonist's personality. When he realises you've spotted him he doesn't react with malice, but with a playful, lighthearted bout of self spanking. The fact Skull Kid chooses to antagonise you not with the misdeeds he holds over you, but with something as childlike and immature as a slap to his bum tells us so much about the layers of character depth we have to unravel throughout the game. As the scope of his evil actions grows, the only trait that gives us hope in his redemption is that single, playful, childlike arse slap.
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Butts say a lot about personalities
Borderlands 2's Ellie is a hard working, confident pragmatist. Once she sets her mind to a task, she pushes forward and gets it done in spite of what anyone else thinks of her chances. She loves what she does and she loves he...

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Virtual Console

Lucky! Europe gets Advance Wars 2 on Wii U


Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, too
Jul 01
// Jordan Devore
One of my most-played Wii U games is, I kid you not, Advance Wars. That's not a judgment on the quality of the console's (lovely) exclusives, it's just that the game is really damn good. I'm dying for the sequel, my favorite ...
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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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Ocarina of Time

Europe just got an Ocarina of Time Wii U Virtual Console release


Rad
Jun 29
// Chris Carter
Good news Zelda fans that happen to reside in Europe -- Nintendo has released Ocarina of Time on the Wii U Virtual Console today. You can find it for £8.99, and you should get a discount if you already own the...
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More DLC is basically confirmed
It looks like there's going to be more to Hyrule Warriors Legends on 3DS than meets the eye, if this Famitsu interview with producer Yosuke Hayashi is any indication. Apparently the inspiration for a portable version is ...

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Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Zelda: Tri Force Heroes developers talk about lack of voice chat


Mmmhmm
Jun 19
// Chris Carter
Just a few days ago, Nintendo unveiled The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes to the world. It's a three-player co-op game that will actually feature online support, but just like Splatoon, Nintendo is forgoing the featur...
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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

The next Zelda 3DS game is Tri Force Heroes


Three-player totem co-op
Jun 16
// Jordan Devore
Multi-colored Links! Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, a new 3DS adventure coming this fall in which you can form a totem pole with two of your best buds to conquer dungeons. This is set in a&nbs...
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Dynasty Warriors

Legend of Zelda Hyrule Warriors 3DS has all DLC and new characters


Adding Wind Waker characters and stages
Jun 16
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo officially confirmed Hyrule Warriors 3DS at its event today. The team pegged it as a "re-imagining" of the Wii U game and noted that it includes all of the DLC characters from the original, as well as new characters and stages from the best Zelda game, The Wind Waker.
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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

Hyrule Warriors coming to Nintendo 3DS


Unlisted trailer leaked ahead of E3
Jun 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Hyrule Warriors is on its way to Nintendo 3DS, a leaked trailer for the game reveals.  The good word comes from an unlisted video on developer Koei Tecmo's YouTube channel, which shows footage of two new characters, Wind...
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Nintendo

The Nintendo World Championships will have The Legend of Zelda


It's so bad
Jun 02
// Joe Parlock
Fuck all the game and console announcements and fuck the cringe-worthy businessmen in blazers and t-shirts pretending to be excited about games, because the Nintendo World Championships is coming to E3 2015. It’s the mo...
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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...
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Emulation

The first commercial 3DS game's been successfully emulated


Don't get your hopes up just yet
May 12
// Joe Parlock
Emulation’s in a weird legal grey area that’s all kinds of fascinating to me. The actual bit of software designed to play ROMs is legal, but the BIOS file that makes it run? You usually have to acquire them throug...
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Zelda comic

Nintendo Power's amazing A Link to the Past comic is back


Reprinted for posterity
May 05
// Jordan Devore
Oh hell yes. Viz Media has reprinted the comic adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Amazon has it as a paperback for $13.89. Illustrated by Shotaro Ishinomori of Cyborg 009 fame, the art is as wonderful now as it was back in the Nintendo Power days. I neglected to pre-order the book in January, so this is a pleasant surprise indeed. [Via Tiny Cartridge]
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Legend of Zelda HTML5

Someone made a fully-explorable HTML5 map for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past


It works on mobile too
Apr 29
// Chris Carter
This was a pretty random thing to find, but thanks to a reader I've now fully explored the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past map multiple times over this morning. It's hosted over at Jadsdsengine and runs on HTML5...
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Advance Wars!

PSA: Download your Club Nintendo elite rewards before Friday


Advance Wars!
Apr 29
// Steven Hansen
Club Nintendo is shutting down. The ability to accumulate coins ended alongside March's turn to April. April is the last month that Gold (300 coins) and Platinum (600 coins) members can download elite status gifts, which mean...
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Music

Silky smooth Game Music Lullabies Volume II out now


Featuring Final Fantasy, Majora's Mask, and more
Apr 28
// Jordan Devore
[Disclosure: Jayson Napolitano, the producer of Game Music Lullabies Volume II, previously wrote for Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into this news post.] It seems like I was...
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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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Nintendo

Nintendo's NPD sales report has lots of numbers


Some actually look like good numbers
Apr 17
// Joe Parlock
It doesn’t seem too long ago that Nintendo were struggling. With the slow sales of the Wii U that hit profits back in 2013 and the dwinding 3DS user base in 2014, It looked like the little (pfffft) company that could un...
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Game of Hyrule

Watch Hyrule spring from the ground à la the Game of Thrones intro


A Link to Game of Thrones
Apr 07
// Brett Makedonski
Millions of fans know the overworld of Game of Thrones due to the map depicted in the intro of each episode. However, to many, this video's overworld will be instantly recognizable upon first viewing because of decades ...
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Zelda Wii U delay

Darn! Sounds like Zelda Wii U won't be out this year


Aonuma wants to make 'the ultimate and most complete Zelda game'
Mar 27
// Jordan Devore
Arguably the biggest Wii U game of the year, Zelda, won't release in 2015 after all. Or, at least, Nintendo is "no longer making a 2015 release [its] number one priority," to put it another way. In a video update, producer E...
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Majora's Mask N3DSXL

Majora's Mask New 3DS available at GameStop again


I love gollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllld!
Mar 24
// Jed Whitaker
The seemingly super limited edition Majora's Mask New 3DS XL is available now at GameStop stores across the United States. Looks like online ordering for the console is still unavailable so if you want to get one you'd b...
Zelda shield photo
Zelda shield

Man at Arms crafts Legend of Zelda shield


Wow, this thing HYRULES, GET IT?
Mar 23
// Steven Hansen
Another Man at Arms, then? Though it seems the series spun off since I've last seen it (last year) with a new team of blacksmiths. Still, this one goes well with the recent trend of cool craftspeople making cool Legend of Ze...
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Iwata says

Report of Netflix's Game of Thrones-style Zelda series 'not based on correct information'


There goes my Dream cast
Mar 23
// Steven Hansen
I was so excited for the reported "Game of Thrones for a family audience" Legend of Zelda series that Netflix was producing that I went ahead and wrote up my "dream cast" (SEGA joke) for the series. Looks like my ace tel...
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Isaac shirts

Bind yourself in Isaac shirts


Show your naked crying boy pride
Mar 22
// Nic Rowen
These Binding of Isaac shirts from theyetee.com combine the terror of Isaac with nostalgic love for Zelda, creating something that is making me reconsider my “no game t-shit” policy. The three new shirts include a...
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We Can Do It!

'Do it' with female Nintendo characters to celebrate Women's History Month


Pretty risqué of Nintendo if you ask me
Mar 17
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo sent out a press release celebrating Women's History Month with details about the history of its strong female characters, but I think the company might have missed the point. In the gallery below are pictures that w...

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