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EVO 2014: Melee

July 13 2014 by Rory Whelan

Evolution 2014 is coming to a close today. With all the anticipation built to the finals of the Super Smash Bros. Melee competition, there remained two final competitors: C9Mang0 and Team Curse's HungryBox. 

The two dueled previously in the winner's bracket of the top 8, with Mango coming out on top. When they fought again, the fight was just as intense as Mango took an early 2-0 lead in the series, but HungryBox battled back to even the series at two a piece. With the final battle up next, and the title within each players grasp, they dueled it out one more time. Click past the jump to see who came out on top! 

If you were lucky enough to attend the tour of Symphony of the Goddesses, I'm sure you can appreciate the novelty of hearing nostalgic tunes played live. I went to the San Francisco event back in March of 2012, and it was a night I'll never forget. The fans, the atmosphere, the sheer joy of being with people who love the things that you do. It's a magical experience, a labor of love, and an homage to The Legend of Zelda.

Now, the producers behind Symphony of the Goddesses are tackling another Nintendo franchise. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions begins touring later this year, featuring tons of remastered tracks from the Pokémon franchise. The tour will premiere in Washington D.C. on August 15th, and will travel to Philadelphia on September 19th. More locations will be announced soon, so make sure you stay tuned to this event if you love Pokémon.

Will you be attending Symphonic Evolutions? Sound off in the comments!  

Do you love enjoying a hearty potion after an exhausting day of fending off evil, but hate the watermarks it leaves on your treasure chest? Look no further! The folks over at Hi-Res Props have just the thing for you.

A Kickstarter campaign has just launched for handmade Heart Container coasters. With a goal of $2,000 CAD, this project has the goal of providing Zelda fans from all over with their very own set of coasters so that they might enjoy their chilled drinks with a bit of Hyrulean flair. Anyone can become an owner of one of these classy props by making a donation of $12 CAD ($15 CAD if outside Canada), or of a full set of four for $35 CAD ($40 CAD if outside Canada).

Curious about the rupees too? Full details inside!

Graphic designer and avid gamer Laura Fullmoon is a blogger famous for her nail art (you can see some of her gaming nail art here, although you might prefer some of her cartoon arrangements, or even have some Adventure Time nails), her love for musicals, and her inspirational posts. This time I bring you her latest—and, may I say it, most amazing—nail art to date: Majora's Mask nail art, with which she starts a new section in her blog, Game & Nails. Given that she started it with her boyfriend, it's not surprising that she chose to go romantic and depict Anju and Kafei, with their respective wedding masks, in a celebration of love. Read after the jump to check out her pictures and how she managed to pull it off.

Sakurai's recent Smash-oriented Nintendo Direct brought us a ton of Zelda news, the most important of which was probably Midna's reveal as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS!

So far, all of the footage we've seen was from the Wii U version of the game, and this is our first exclusive look at her on the 3DS.

Sakurai's most recent "Pic of the Day" showcases Midna on the 3DS, and gives us a little more info on how she'll work:

Pic of the day. The Assist Trophy, Midna! This is the 3DS version. She's going to grab and throw things all over the place. Her uncontrollable, whimsical nature remains intact.

Between Twilight Symphony, Symphony of the Goddesses, and plenty of other goodies, us Zelda fans have been completely spoiled in the last few years—but there’s no such thing as too much symphonic Zelda music. The latest update for Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated, a fan project that promises incredible symphonic arrangements of a wide range of Nintendo tunes, features a familiar fan-favorite Zelda melody in full orchestral glory.

If you like what you hear, you can head over to the Kickstarter and lend a hand! There’s sure to be plenty more great Zelda content on the actual album, so if you want to hear more from NUREO, consider making a pledge. There are only six days left to fund the project, so if you want to see it through, act quickly!

Everyone remembers that historic moment in their childhood when they first wielded the Master Sword. For Eugene Thompson, instead of defeating Ganon with the sacred sword, he had to deal with a far worse enemy; an angry ex husband.

Last Saturday night, Eugene Thompson and his girlfriend engaged in an argument in their Houston home. Kay, Eugene’s girlfriend, called her ex-husband to come to the home when the altercation began. The estranged husband was let into the house by Kay and proceeded to the back bedroom where Thompson had fled. Thompson went to his closet where he grabbed a Legend of Zelda replica Master Sword and proceeded to defend himself from the ex-husband, who had a flower pot in his hand. The two fought, which led to the ex-husband being stabbed once in the chest and once in the leg.

To see how the epic battle concludes, read after the jump!

The New York toy fair concluded nearly a week ago, and as all the excitement of new toys and figures dissipates my excitement does not. The fair showcased a select variety of special figures, and by the picture on the left, you can see that these figures are Legend of Zelda figures. These two figures are being published by Dark Horse, who is most notable for their work with comic books, and will be available this July. The figures, as you can see, are expertly crafted and look gorgeous. The two of them are based off of Link and Ganon from Twilight Princess (obviously), with Link wielding the signature Master Sword and the Hylian Shield, and it looks like his hat is blowing in the wind as he courageously stares you down. While Ganon looks pretty upset and ready for a fight, as he looks on menacingly.

Check out Link and more details after the jump!

Zelda fans, if you feel that your wardrobe is a bit thin, perhaps you should have a look at this t-shirt design from ShirtPunch? The limited edition tee, labeled Master Using It, features the famous Master Sword on a black background. It can now be yours for $10, but is also available in variety of format, ranging from hoodies to smartphone covers!

Get your shirt here now, but remember, it’s a limited-time offer!

Chances are you haven't been keeping up with the Wonder Festival. Last year a Toon Link nendoroid was announced and we got our first look of at it over at our Facebook page. But what's more interesting is that Link is going to get another figma based off his A Link Between Worlds design. No physical product was shown.

Link received a Skyward Sword figma a few years back and can be seen all over Zeth of Hyrule's tumblr in some great misadventures. Of course, other figmas were announced such as one based off Zero Suit Samus and Cordelia from Fire Emblem: Awakening. we don't know of announce date for the figma or nendoroid, but will keep you posted!