In today's Nintendo Direct, Iwata showed us more gameplay for the next upcoming Zelda release, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, which are coming to the 3DS eShop on May 30th.
Now, Nintendo has just released brand new trailers for both of the games! They seem to be emphasizing the advantages of purchasing both games by marketing them as separate experiences.
For a limited time, both games are set to cost $4.99 each, so enjoy!
Hop inside for a look at both trailers!
Nintendo UK recently posed the question: what would you like to see in Wind Waker HD?
No, unfortunately Nintendo does not seem to be opening the floor to suggestions, but they are taking an active role in developing discussion about the title.
In the article, Nintendo UK lists a few prominent ideas that they've seen circulating: the return of cut content, the ability to change difficulty levels, and improvements to sailing mechanics and usage.
All of these sound like phenomenal ideas, but I'm sure you guys have some great ideas as well, so be sure to comment with your Wind Waker HD wish list; who knows, we may chose to analyze a few of your ideas here on ZI!
At GDC 2004, Eiji Aonuma, the brilliant developer who oversees our favorite franchise here at Zelda Informer, held a session discussing the evolution of the Zelda series. Recently, GDC has dug up the 9-year-old footage for our viewing pleasure. Of course, being from 2004, it only covers the series through The Wind Waker, but Aonuma-san gives us a fascinating examination of the Zelda series nonetheless. If you're looking for developer insight, this is a must-watch video. Be warned, the video is an hour long, but it's an hour well-spent for any devout Zelda fan.
Click here to watch the speech, courtesy of GDC Vault.
First 4 Figures, a video game figurine company, has once again graced the gaming world with their wonderful creations. Pictured here, and in the gallery below, are the new, exceptionally made Ganondorf statues, announced last year, which should definitely make any Zelda fan check their wallet — or maybe their Giant's Wallet; these statues do not come cheap, costing a cool $450 each. While this may or may not be ridiculous, look at that extraordinary craftsmanship and the production shot display that they are set up in, together looking ready to teach the Hero of Time a lesson or two. To see more images, follow the jump!
The above image is a screenshot of Spanish website Xtralife, who have just listed Majora's Mask 3D for sale--24 hours before a 3DS Nintendo Direct. There's the possibility that they're just speculating, but remember that leaks have occurred this way before--remember Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D? We could very well be seeing an official announcement tomorrow. If you click the image, the index just reloads; this could mean that while MM3D is in their system, the page isn't yet live. Suddenly, tomorrow's Nintendo Direct got a lot more interesting.
UPDATE: Thanks to some help from a Brazilian fansite, more details about the listing have come to light. Two very interesting details; the first is that the page was registered well before the page for Pokemon X and Y--this could mean retailers have known about MM3D for a while. The page was supposed to stay private, so who knows why it slipped out now; maybe it was supposed to go up this time tomorrow instead. Secondly, we have a potential release date; November 8th. A lot of Zelda games are released around that time, including the upcoming Windwaker HD; could we see both of these at once?
Also, adding credibility to Xtralife, they were the ones who revealed the 32GB Nexus 7 three weeks before it was announced.
It has been quite a while since Zelda fans have heard news on Zelda U, and especially significant news. We know the game is going to take a while, and the fact Nintendo is releasing a remake of The Wind Waker to explicitly "hold fans over" tells the story. Nevertheless, Shigeru Miyamoto reminds Zelda fans of this fact in a recent interview with Time.
Miyamoto is speaking about providing titles in the launch window for the Wii U, and how Zelda managed to do that on the Wii, to an extent, with Twilight Princess. However, this time around fans are going to have to wait a "bit longer" into the console's life for a new title. (Although some fans will dispute that the Wii didn't truly have a Zelda game until Skyward Sword, the fact remains Twilight Princess did fit that bill.)
The interview also covers a range of other topics including Pikmin 3, casual and core gamers, the Wii U capabilities and Miyamoto's 30-year career. The full interview is inside.
A recent feature over at Kotaku takes a look at what the author, Gergo Vas, considers some of gaming's most tranquil water-based locations. The Great Sea at night, from The Wind Waker, gets mentioned amongst other locations such as Koopa Beach in Super Mario Kart, Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts 2, as well as Besaid Island and Bevelle in Final Fantasy X.
The feature aims to remind us that while water levels are notorious for being tediously difficult (ie: Ocarina of Time's Water Temple), they can also make for some of gaming's most relaxing locations. Come inside for some of my picks and to share your own.
Remember that Zelda game we know and love? Oh, right, there are about a dozen of those. Well, I'm specifically referring to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Well, it would appear that the recently-announced Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which takes place on the high seas surrounded by pirates, may have drawn a bit of inspiration from the now-decade-old classic.
In an interview with Stephen Tolito of Kotaku, two of the game's leading development roles explained that many developers on their team were inspired by Link's adventure in a flooded Hyrule, but it would appear that they themselves need to bone up on one of the most well-received titles in gaming history. Head past the jump for more.
Great news for Zelda fans across the pond; as part of the franchise's 25th anniversary celebrations, for a limited time you can get a copy of Ocarina of Time 3D in Europe from today February 14th until February 21st inclusive as a download on the Nintendo 3DS
eShop for a discounted rate of £19.99 /€29.99
Good news! During today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, a new Miiverse dedicated to Zelda was announced! President Satoru Iwata even said that Zelda series head Eiji
Aonuma might contribute to the Miiverse community "from time to time."
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited! Any ideas what it might be like? I can't wait to check it out!