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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'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...
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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 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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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...
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Stop-motion Link

That time Link savagely killed a monster for Vine

More stop-motion Legend of Zelda fun
Mar 12
// Jordan Devore
Holmes passed along this "stop-motion animation Zelda thing" by Johnny McHone earlier today and I put off watching it for far too long. Don't make the same mistake! The video borders on amateurish at times, but that ends up ...

Escalator Pitch: Would you invest in Majora's Mask?

Would you fund The Legend of Zelda?
Mar 09
// Steven Hansen
We're back with more Escalator Pitches from last week at GDC! Expect to GDsee more of them going up throughout the week. Indie developers make some cool as heck games, but they're not always so great at selling them. We wan...
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Monster Hunter 4

Monster Hunter 4's Legend of Zelda DLC will arrive this month

March 6
Mar 06
// Chris Carter
[Update: it's live today! Go pick it up] Still playing Monster Hunter 4? Well you'll be happy to boot it up on March 6, as a number of free DLC items are arriving at that time. On that day, you'll get a Link outfit, incl...
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Hyrule Warriors

There's a max Rupee glitch in Hyrule Warriors

Can you pull it off?
Feb 26
// Jordan Devore
9,999,999 Rupees in Hyrule Warriors. Yeah, I could go for that. The game's community has been working tirelessly to figure out a newly discovered glitch that involves slaying a giant boss (King Dodongo, Gohma, etc.) with a w...
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Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors' play-as-Ganon mode looks broken and awesome

Upcoming patch will fix long loading times, thank goodness
Feb 26
// Jordan Devore
In the next and seemingly final piece of DLC for Hyrule Warriors, we'll be able to punch bosses in the face as the biggest boss of all, Ganon, in his own separate mode. I'm eager to let my anger out on the Imprisoned, that j...
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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...
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Chainsaw-carved Majora's Mask is authentic as it gets

Got wood?
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
Now that's a one of a kind collector's item. Forget the gaudy gold New 3DS XL. Artist Griffon Ramsey works with the most delicate brush of all, the chained saw, and with it she sculpted this beautiful Majora's Mask out of a ...
Majora's Mask photo
Majora's Mask

Majora's Mask bumped by God Eater from atop Japanese sales charts

God Eater's all the rage (burst)
Feb 25
// Brett Makedonski
It wasn't a long reign -- just one week, in fact -- but it was a good one. Majora's Mask 3D has to settle for second place on the Japanese sales charts. God Eater 2: Rage Burst is the new ruler. In its second w...

Tingle is the heterosexual hero that gaming deserves

Feb 19 // Ben Davis
Except he's not gay. Now, he could be straight, bisexual, or asexual. We don't really know. But I'm going to assume he's straight, because I think that would be great. Some of you may be thinking, "But Ben, videogames are already saturated with heterosexual male characters as it is." True, but how many of those heterosexual male characters are unabashedly effeminate and completely willing to break gender norms? I can think of a few characters who fit that description: The King of All Cosmos from Katamari, Ebisumaru from Mystical Ninja, possibly Ghirahim from Skyward Sword. It's still something I'd like to see more of, though, because I'm all about seeing gender norms tossed aside in favor of variety and more interesting personalities. Others are probably thinking, "Ben, why the fuck should we care about Tingle's sexuality?" Well, you probably shouldn't, unless you have the urge to browse some Tingle fanfiction. His sexuality is not at all important to the games' stories, with the possible exception of Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, where he seemed to be all over the beautiful ladies in the game, especially the busty Pinkle (Tingle is clearly a breast man). But for the most part it doesn't matter, yet it's still fun to think about. If Tingle ever appears in another Zelda game, or if Rosy Rupeeland gets another sequel like we all know it deserves, I hope to see him in a relationship with a gorgeous fairy girl. Maybe he could even be a family man, with several fairy children running around. As long as he keeps on being his fabulous, flamboyant, totally heterosexual self, then it's all good. We could use more characters like Tingle in games.
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'Hey ladies.'
In a recent Kotaku interview with Eiji Aonuma, the longtime Zelda producer confirmed that Tingle is, in fact, not gay. He's "just an odd person." This isn't exactly riveting news, but it is interesting that so many people see...

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Game news nirvana
This past weekend I was up late and feeling loopy, and some haikus about a Flash game nobody cares about fell out of that state. Struck with inspiration, I thought, "Why can't all news be digested 17 syllables at a time?" Th...

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Majora's Mask 3DS

Still haven't picked up Majora's Mask 3D yet? Here's another comparison video

N64 vs. 3DS
Feb 17
// Chris Carter
Based on all of the happy pictures I saw of people getting their shiny new Majora 3DS and Majora's Mask collectors editions, I'm thinking a lot of people have been playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D this past week...
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How old is Toon Link anyway?
Valentine's Day makes most people I know feel uncomfortable. The modern concept of the holiday has been designed around taking heartfelt expressions of attention/appreciation/affection and packaging them into rote, uniform l...


Watch Zelda producer go fishing in Majora's Mask 3D

It's the end of the world, so grab your fishing rod
Feb 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Majora's Mask 3D is out today. Did you buy it? You should probably buy it. You know, if you want. It's the same (well, maybe a tad different) great game from back in the day, but with a few notable additions, like fishing ho...
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Odolwa has gotten chunky
Happy Majora's Mask day! Over the past week, I've spent I don't know how many hours trying to get through the new DLC in Hyrule Warriors. Even if I did know, I wouldn't say. A lot. Way too many. To access certain levels, you'...

The hunt is on today for the Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, here's what I found

Feb 13 // Chris Carter
As you can see in the gallery below, there were plenty of standard New 3DS units in stock, with more in the back to sustain all-day customer traffic. If you want to see off-hand if any stores in your area have a unit, check this website with the following DCPI number -- 207-01-0402. Good luck! None of the Target representatives or managers I spoke to had any information on restocking opportunities, but as always, any updates we obtain on the situation will be placed here. Rest assured though stores are getting some stock, so it never hurts to call. In other online related news my Best Buy order is preparing to ship, so many of you out there who didn't have yours canceled already may have a package on the way later today.
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Only a few in stock at each store
[Update: Target seems to have some extra stock online from dropped pre-orders. Check now (try the mobile link too) and throughout the day to see if anything pops up. GameStop is also taking orders on a $250 bundle w...

Very Quick Tips: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

Feb 13 // Chris Carter
[embed]286307:56927:0[/embed] General tips: You can play the Song of Double Time (YY LL RR) and the Inverted Song of Time (RL YR LY) as soon as you get the Ocarina near the beginning. The former has been vastly improved for Ocarina 3D -- it now goes to an exact hour in time, which is amazing for precision quests. The latter can be played to slow down time, and should basically be done at all times as soon as you reset the three-day cycle. If you want to reset the clock to normal, just replay it or better yet, skip ahead with Double Time. Once you understand how Majora flows the game becomes much easier. The cycle of operations should proceed as follows -- sidequest, unlock the dungeon, sidequests, reset time, dungeon. The key here is that last bit. If you reset time right after you discover a dungeon and unlock the Owl Statue, and then immediately play the Inverted Song of Time to slow down the clock, you'll have no trouble completing a dungeon without the clock running out. The Bunny Hood is arguably one of the best items in the entire game. It allows you to run super fast, which is useful for clearing some big gaps to earn hidden treasure and dodge baddies in boss fights or general dungeon use. To get it, you have to get the Bremen Mask first. Go find Guru-Guru (the music box guy) in the Laundry Pool in Clock Town on the night of the first or second day. Then go to Romani Ranch on the third day (or clear the rock yourself once you unlock the Goron form). Head to the back to Cucco Shack, equip the Bremen Mask, and hold down the action button until you collect every chick in the area. You will then be gifted the Bunny Hood. The Razor sword upgrade is another must-have item. Kill Goht, the second boss on the first day. Don't worry about doing this on your first run -- after you defeat him the first time, you can just restart time, go back to the dungeon, and immediately warp to Goht at the entrance. Head to the hut right next to the core area Owl Statue, and trade your sword over to the blacksmith for an upgrade after unfreezing his equipment. Go pick up a Powder Keg in Goron Village proper from the cave, head out of the area, and run up the hill to the right. Blow up that rock, compete in the race to earn a bottle with Gold Dust, and use that to upgrade your sword a second time. You can do this process in any order you want, you just need a full day to upgrade your sword each time, so it must be started on the first day. If you're having trouble clearing gaps, use the Bunny Hood or Zora form, or just roll-jump off cliffs for a hidden long jump. Anytime you see a character say "heal," or "soul," or something that alludes to that, play the Song of Healing to set them straight. If you're worried about your Rupees, always wait until the last minute when you want to reset time, use the Song of Soaring to head back to Clock Town, and deposit them at the cart right next to the Owl Statue.
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Link is too Fierce
Majora's Mask may have problems, but the three-day cycle concept is not one of them. While some people didn't like the fact that they had to "start all over" after the cycle repeated, that's not really the case. You get ...

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

Feb 13 // Chris Carter
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS)Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo. GrezzoPublisher: NintendoReleased: February 13, 2015MSRP: $39.99 Majora's Mask is a sequel to Ocarina of Time, making it perfect for people to pick up right after playing Ocarina 3D. You don't need to play any prior Zelda entry though, as Majora stands completely on its own. Kicking off as a search for Link's pal Navi, he ends up meeting Skullkid, who is in possession of an evil mask. One thing leads to another, and he finds himself cursed, and in a foreign land named Termina, with its capital Clock Town smack dab in the middle. Oh, and a giant Moon is going to destroy everything in just three days because of Skullkid. No pressure. Visually Majora 3D has a nice new sheen to it, and if you go back and compare it to its classic version, it looks better across the board. Everything is brighter, more crisp, and less jaggy, breathing new life into Termina that I never really saw before. Like specific bits of the story, it definitely doesn't feel like a current-era title, and if you were turned off by Ocarina 3D's visuals you likely won't be amazed here either. The first thing you might notice after dropping into the world is that Clock Town doesn't feel like your typical RPG town. It's alive, bursting with people going about their daily routines, with different dialog at different times of day. That's because Majora runs on a time system, with a full night and day cycle. After three days the Moon will crash into the world and kill everyone, but you have a few tricks up your sleeve to prevent that from happening. Masks, man. Masks are life. You'll have three major ones at your disposal that you'll acquire through the main storyline, which let you change forms to a light, medium, and heavy build. All of them have their own tricks of the trade, like walking on lava without taking damage, rolling about the world, or the power to swim swiftly. You'll also find a great deal of other ancillary masks that have their own benefits, like a quicker run speed or the peculiar power to blend in with enemies -- usually in a humorous fashion as they don't recognize what is clearly a young boy with a giant mask on. Finding and using all of the masks is half the fun, but a lot of them are still fairly useless outside of one specific quest. [embed]286268:56943:0[/embed] To deal with the whole "end of the world in three days" thing, you'll learn the Song of Time very early into the game with your trusty Ocarina, which resets the cycle entirely and lets you play "from the beginning." All of your Rupees, consumable items, and dungeon progress are reset. Sounds punishing right? Well, not really if you understand how the system works. For one thing, you can play something called the "Inverted Song of Time" immediately, which slows down the clock on a permanent basis (for each cycle). You can also store your Rupees in the town bank and pick them up even if you reset time, and consumables can be replenished in seconds by whacking the right bushes. To prevent yourself from running out of time while in the middle of a dungeon, just unlock said dungeon, then immediately play the Song of Time, and the Inverted Song, giving yourself three entire days to complete it. It's that simple. While the time element is a cool feature that does add a unique element to Majora, you can manipulate it in such a way that it doesn't become a true detriment to your quest. Oh, and in Majora 3D, the Song of Double Time now goes to an exact hour instead of just cycling up between the next day and night period -- gone are the days of waiting around for 15 or more minutes just to initiate an event. You also have the Song of Soaring, which is basically fast travel for any Owl Statue you happen to find in the world. When coupled with the power to go portable on the 3DS, Majora 3D is easily one of the most convenient Zelda entries to date. As you can clearly see a lot of the frustrating parts have been taken out. Some may call it casual; I call it progress. Of course, Majora is still frustrating at times. There are some really stupid gates on progress in some areas outside of the time cycle. Bottles are more plentiful than any other Zelda game, but they are very hard to come by at first. One specific part of the story takes place in Termina Bay, and tasks players with capturing objects in bottles. There are far more objects than actual bottles at that point, and even if the player has more than one, it takes multiple trips to go into the staging area, then slowly return to "deliver" them before going to get more. It's an antiquated design coupled with a stealth section that throws you out of the zone instantly if you're seen. The stealth mechanic has a few neat hidden mechanics you can throw at it, but the elongated fetch quest is still just plain not fun. Majora also still does that dumb thing where if it becomes "Dawn of the Second Day" for instance while you're in the middle of questing, it will pause, show the flavor text, and then dump you back into the area like you just zoned in. Why is this still a thing? Many a time I was busy doing an annoying quest like tracking down a hidden object, and completely started back at square one because of the notification. There's also a few more relics of the past, like a Wizzro miniboss fight that feels like it's re-used five times over. While it may be advanced thematically, a lot of the actual quest line feels dated. Thankfully, the gameplay holds up for a 3D action romp, especially with the 3DS enhancements. Just like Ocarina there's now a map on the bottom screen, and it's leaps and bounds above what the N64 was capable of with that tiny allotment in the corner -- it's especially great on quests where enemies show up as icons on the map (like the aliens at Romani Ranch). You can also assign extra items on the touch screen, which comes in handy for all of the masks you're going to pick up. The Ocarina and Pictobox (camera) are on dedicated touch buttons too. The former is very nice as it's used constantly, but it would have been nice to change the latter as I rarely take pictures. Majora 3D also supports the Circle Pad Pro for camera manipulation, or if you have it, the New 3DS' C-Stick nub. The Sheikah Stones are also back, which basically serve as an in-game video "Super Guide." Majora is probably the most deserving Nintendo release for this feature, because of how cryptic it can be. The other big upgrade is the enhancement of the Bomber's Notebook, which keeps track of quests and persons of interest in Termina. It's not super explicit now but it's very useful, armed with an alarm feature, a full calendar of all three days with breakdowns for day and night, and full quest tracking for each step. You can also find times for the availability of certain characters. Two new fishing holes are also in if you like that sort of thing. All four of the core dungeon bosses have also been altered slightly, mostly providing a giant Majora-themed "eye" as a weakpoint during their vulnerable phase. I know some of you will hate the "casual" weakpoint alteration, but to me they're ultimately a non-issue. In the end, you hit the boss, it gets stunned and vulnerable, and you slash it a bunch of times. Having a big eyeball in play doesn't really make much of a difference since the fights are still memorable. The third and fourth guardians, Gyorg and Twinmold, are a bit different. Gyorg now has an entirely new phase in his fight, which takes place completely underwater. You also won't get the Giant's Mask immediately during Twinmold -- only when you kill one half of the duo will the mask drop. Both changes are interesting, especially the latter since it's no longer a gimmicky throwaway fight. Nintendo didn't go above and beyond the call of duty with The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, but the improvements do in fact make it a more playable experience. Many of the frustrating elements from the original are gone, and because of the nature of the three-day cycle, it's a perfect thing to pick up, play, and turn off after one cycle completes. Majora still isn't my favorite Zelda, but I'm much more inclined to go back to it on the 3DS. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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On the third day, Link rose again
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is unlike any other Zelda game in the series. For instance, there's no sign of the franchise's classic villain Ganon, and no Zelda outside of a quick flashback reference. It's also a de...

Casting The Legend of Zelda: A Netflix television series

Feb 06 // Kyle MacGregor
Ryan Gosling as Link Gosling is the perfect leading man. He's a total crowd-pleaser, blonde, handsome, and already has the silent protagonist thing down pat. Did you see Drive? It was great. Gosling stood around looking pretty for about 100 minutes and hardly said a word. What more could you want in a Link? Willem Dafoe as Ganondorf Dafoe is a fan favorite around these parts, and I'm clearly not above pandering to my audience. Just think of the potential for cross-promotion with the Dafoeverse. Think of the possibilities! He's also a skilled actor, you know, one adept at playing the villain. It's truly a match made in heaven. Aubrey Plaza as Zelda Good lord, this needs to happen. Plaza is just the best. She's not going to allow herself to be damseled either. She's liable to lock Gosling in a broom closet somewhere before proceeding to gallivant around Hyrule, rolling her eyes and spewing deadpan, sarcastic one-liners all the way. Horse as Epona Look, we're already over budget and it's not like Mister Ed (or more updated reference) is going to add all that much to the production. Any old horse will do. I'd even be okay with a pony. Morgan Freeman as Navi (or other sidekick) Okay, let's take that cash we skimped on Epona and splurge on Link's sidekick. Since it's probably going to be something supernatural, we're really only looking for voice talent. This makes Morgan Freeman is the only logical choice. Let's put it this way: If the man can send shivers down my spine by saying "More people go with Visa," then just imagine what he can do with "Hey! Listen!"
Zelda Netflix series photo
Produced by Kyle MacGregor
Netflix is reportedly making a live-action television series based on The Legend of Zelda. The news immediately sent the country, nay the world into mass hysteria. Some folks expressed unfettered glee. Others were upset,...

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