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.
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!
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.
You know that huge fan movement started here at Zelda Informer a few years back? The one that Aonuma has publicly acknowledged several times? Operation Moonfall? Yeah, that one.
Unfortunately, it turns out that Operation Moonfall and related fan ventures, such as our namesake Operation Rainfall, actually don't affect Nintendo in any way. Or so says Reggie.
Going off of that, how much do what fans want or say influence your decisions? [Operation Moonfall and Operation Rainfall are cited as examples here.]
Head inside to hear his response!
How did your Thanksgiving fair? Mine went pretty well, with plenty of turkey, ham, mash potatoes, and all the rest still lingering in my stomach today. Of course, today also marked the true start of the Holiday shopping season in the United States, kicking off with Black Friday, the day that has the most in-store sales you'll ever see at any point during the year. Of course, I say in-store because Cyber Monday also exists, which brings the best online shopping deals you can find across the board all in one day. That being said, you're here because I mentioned the words Majora's Mask and A Link Between Worlds.
Every person anticipating any sliver of hope for Majora's Mask 3D or Majora's Mask HD have been hanging their hats on words spoken by Eiji Aonuma, saying playing the game to completion is going to please the Majora's Mask fans. Well folks, we all know about the Majora's Mask literally sitting on Link's wall at home, but what many may not be aware of is that there is a little something going on only in Hero Mode. More inside. Warning: Spoilers Ahead
UPDATE: It appears that Target is, in fact, selling the A Link Between Worlds bundle for $150—the same price as the other bundles.
Prepare yourselves. Black Friday is coming!
Nintendo and Target are celebrating the biggest shopping day of the year by offering a special deal on all 3DS XL hardware. Any model of the hardware is $50 off! Normal editions are available for the cost of $150, but special bundles are also eligible for the deal. The Zelda themed 3DS XL bundled with A Link Between Worlds will be available for the cost of only $170. Whether you don't already have a 3DS XL, or you simply want something pretty to stare at, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Will you be participating in the insanity? Sound off in the comments!
"YouTube personality and Nintendo enthusiast TJ Smith hosted a Legend of Zelda themed dinner party with five friends. Each guest contributed to the potluck-style soiree with a homemade dish inspired by the game. It was a fun night of good eats, games, and of course - playing with your food!" — Nintendo
In this video by Nintendo, these gamers sit around and talk about their love for A Link Between Worlds. They also get into a discussion about their very first Zelda games, and what it meant to them. While meant to be a fun way to promote the game, I feel like this is something that we, as Zelda fans, do quite often. We always make the point that no matter what Zelda game comes out, our first will always be our most memorable. Watch the video after the jump!
A little while back, Nintendo announced that they would be revealing four trailers for the recently-released The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on their official Instagram account. We've been hard at work preparing our A Link Between Worlds walkthrough, but just because the game is out doesn't mean we can't still enjoy the four trailers! Head past the jump and you can see all four trailers from Nintendo's Instagram.