We know for certain that Reggie's going to be on hand Saturday night to show off some Wii U game at VGX, but we've been less certain of is whether it'll be a new one or not. A recent tweet from Geoff Keighley made some people think the former, but now it appears it'll be the latter. In a post advertising a live stream of Spike's event, GameInformer mentions that "Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, will be on-hand to talk about a previously announced Wii U title."
Some of our staff have speculated that the Wii U game in question will be the much-anticipated Zelda U, and though this certainly doesn't help that claim, it's worth pointing out that it may not deny it either. Aonuma's made very clear that he is in fact developing a new Zelda title for Wii U, so it is possible that's enough for Zelda U to be dubbed "previously announced." But of course, it's far from a certainty Zelda U will be there, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
Several weeks back, I finally taught myself to whistle. My favorite thing to do with this new super power? Find the right songs and whistle the hell out of them! So naturally, many of The Legend of Zelda's fantastic tracks were among some of the first to make their way onto my list. The way many of them have been composed to allow for those catchy bits you play using the series' many notable in-game instruments makes Zelda tunes just fantastic for whistling.
So, I pose a question to all of you: which songs from The Legend of Zelda do you find best for whistling?
Personally, "Deku Palace," "Dragon Roost Island," and "Saria's Song" would probably be my favorites, with "Bolero of Fire" being a fairly close runner up. Now what about you?
In an announcement that will most probably not surprise many, GameInformer has declared The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds their Game of the Month for their December issue.
This comes after the reviewer, Dan Ryckert, gave the game a 10 out of 10, stating that the game is, "Everything a Fan Could Hope for."
"New Zelda games are typically met with a certain expectation of quality, but Link's new 3DS outing ranks among the best in the series. Series trademarks like clever dungeons and exciting boss battles are better than ever, and many new elements combine to make A Link Between Worlds an unforgettable mixture an unforgettable mixture of innovation and nostalgia." — GameInformer
A Link Between Worlds is the second game to get a 10 out of 10 (the first one being Bioshock Infinite) at GameInformer for the year of 2013, a testament to its quality. Its rating is even higher than that of popular games like Grand Theft Auto V, which makes it a viable candidate for the Game of the Year Award.
It's no secret by now how much I really enjoyed A Link Between Worlds. It's already in a hot topic debate in my mind between one other Zelda title for being the best Zelda game I've ever played. So it should really come as no surprise that I have some takeaways from the game that I feel should be, and possibly will be, included in Zelda U. Previously I've talked about what Zelda U should take from Ocarina of Time, and it's actually interesting how some of my opinions on this matter have now changed thanks to A Link Between Worlds. In fact, you are likely about to find a distinct contradiction between that article and this one because of that thought process change.
That being said, head inside to see 5 things I feel Zelda U should borrow from A Link Between Worlds.
The Wii U's perception among gamers seems like a lost cause, but Nintendo firmly believes that it takes one killer app to turn it all around. This has generally been the case throughout history, but what would such a game actually have to look like? Especially one that would draw in the crowd Nintendo doesn't traditionally cater to? For the Wii, the real killer app was Wii Sports, much to the chagrin of Twilight Princess. To fair though, Twilight Princess provided that one-two punch that helped make the Wii appeal to all. You had Wii Sports draw in non-traditional gamers and Twilight Princess to bring a few million traditional gamers on board.
At this point, many feel it is impossible for one game to turn the fate around, but let's assume history rings true and it is still possible. What sort of game would move the console to not just Nintendo fans, but even for those that don't traditionally play Nintendo games?
Man, talk about dropping a bomb. Okay, so this isn't exactly what many of you may be hoping. No, Skull Kid is not playable in Smash Bros.—sorry folks. However, he will be available as an Assist Trophy, as we just found out from the screenshot of the day. Here's the direct quotation in regards to the above image:
"Pic of the day. Here's a new Assist Trophy--the Skull Kid! I repeat, it's an Assist Trophy, not a new fighter. The characters announced on the website are the fighters!"
The fact clarification needed to be made about the Assist Trophy is all you probably need to know about the demand for a playable character donning Majora's Mask. Plus there is that whole Operation Moonfall thing, where folks are trying to get Majora's Mask made in 3D. Hey, lots of hints in A Link Between Worlds, Skull Kid in Smash... signs are looking good!
A Link Between Worlds has been out for almost two weeks now, and while there are still a few detractors I think many of us can agree that the music is simply superb. Filled with some unique tunes combined with remixes of all time classics, it truly provides something for everyone, all blasting out of the tiny speakers held within the 3DS. Thanks to dedicated music rippers on YouTube, we are now able to listen to the full arrangement of A Link Between Worlds music in one place. Head inside to have a listen!
Do you like The Legend of Zelda? Do you like Zelda Informer? Of course you do!
(How cheeky and enjoyable of him to say that; I should keep reading!)
As you probably guessed from the title, it's that time of year again! We at Zelda Informer are always trying to improve both the breadth and the quality of content we provide, and as such, we're always looking for new faces to join the ZI team. If you love writing about The Legend of Zelda, you should consider giving ZI a try. We provide opportunities for writers of many creeds to lend a hand, whether you prefer writing news stories, providing deep analyses of games, or even if you're a huge walkthrough fanatic! We're currently hiring for the following positions:
News Editors will be tasked with finding and writing news stories, be they comments from Aonuma, news about upcoming Zelda games, or even goings-on in the fan world! If someone's done something involving Zelda, we want to spread the word.
Columnists will write weekly articles exploring many aspects of The Legend of Zelda. Zelda Informer is home to brilliant work such as "Destined to Fade" and "It's Your Legend," but we've also had several fun articles over the years, including speculation pieces, analyses, theories, and more. If you're interested in thinking about any corners of the Zelda world, this is the position for you.
Walkthrough Editors will write... well... walkthroughs! If you've got experience with Zelda and want to help guide others through the Water Temple, we'd love to have you lend a hand.
And the best part? There's no experience required! Only a skill for writing and a passion for Zelda.
**Please note that writing for Zelda Informer is a serious commitment, and
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If you're interested in applying for these positions or more, you can find more precise information about their requirements, as well as information on how to apply, by visiting the complete guide for applying to Zelda Informer. After giving the application guide a solid read, please don't hesitate to send us an email with any questions you may still have. Good luck, and we hope to see you on board soon!
I am sure there is going to be some hefty backlash on this today, but I can't help but take a realistic look at what Operation Moonfall has accomplished. As one of the founders of the movement, the hope was to drum up enough support in wake of Eiji Aonuma's own words to show Nintendo their was a viable sales market and demand for Majora's Mask 3D. Fast forward over 2 years later and it's become clear: Operation Moonfall only proved to Nintendo how little demand there really is for Majora's Mask 3D.
Regardless of what the movement has become these days, and I admit it's a shell of it's former self and I am part of that reason, it's not like it was exactly bursting at the seams during it's heyday. As of this writing, the largest support mechanism for the movement has been the online petition, which as of today as 55,508 signatures. Outside of the fact I know there are people that signed it multiple times (they admitted as much back when the petition was heavily promoted), that's a piss poor amount of fan support to make a game realistically viable. 55,000, even if it translated to 55,000 in sales, is rather pathetic. Ocarina of Time 3D had no such movement for it's existence but still sold over 3 million units based on the game's popularity alone, and that's just under half of the original game's sales. So, obviously the counter argument is that sales of Majora's Mask would be much higher than the movement itself because the game is popular. Not so fast.
Hey! I bet a hefty percentage of you are going to this Zelda site to read about Zelda stuff! I also know for a fact that several of you here have a deep desire to stab something in the heart! Well, have I got the Do-it-Yourself project for you! But first, let's watch somebody else Do-it-Herself!
You see, world-famous YouTube celebrity Suzy Hanson (fresh off of her marriage to small-time animator Egoraptor) has just released such a video! In it, she walks you step by step through the process of making your very own (MAKING SOMEBODY ELSE'S IS A CRIME) corkboard based on the classic Zelda heart containers! It's a very simple crafts project and the materials cost less than TEN DOLLARS! You have no reason not to make this! What are you, not a REAL fan?! Stab your Master Sword push pins into this beautiful corkboard TODAY!
What are you waiting for? Improve your life! (Did you see what I did there!?) Watch the video after the jump!