Warren Spector is one of gaming's biggest figure heads. He's worked as a lead designer on both Deus Ex and Epic Mickey, and is a known critic of the narratives and storytelling methods present in the video games of today. It's his belief that games should be really trying to put their players in the character's shoes, rather than conveying narrative through film-esque methods. Due to such a belief in the value of player projection, it should come as no surprise when I tell you Warren Spector loves The Legend of Zelda.
Just recently, Warren Spector gave a talk based on this question: "Can we level up game stories without compromising gameplay?" And during that talk, Spector put forth a list of things that make game stories unique to other mediums of storytelling: They "transport people to other worlds... immerse the player in those worlds... respond to user input... and feature repetition at their core." While giving examples of specific games that take advantage of their unique storytelling capabilities, Spector dropped this legendary quote:
"I've personally saved Hyrule many, many times." -- Warren Spector
right there with you Warren; I love getting transported to Hyrule every
couple of years. And maybe I'm just being sentimental, but it's great
to hear from one of my favorite game designers that one of my all time
favorite game series is loved and played by even gaming's best and
Apparently the symbol of the Zelda series, the Triforce, has reached levels of popularity in Japan that even we here at Zelda Informer couldn't imagine. According to user @mahosyouzyo on Twitter, she redesigned her kamon, or Japanese family crest, when she was approached by her family to after a relative passed away. The relative had wanted to redesign the kamon for years, and the design @mahosyouzyo came up with was used by the family and placed on the tombstone. Pictured here is the supposed tombstone which was found on her Twitter account. Find out more after the jump!
Recently we featured the Japanese exclusive 2002 collector's item, Zelda Box, on the site, which also happened to coincide with Aria Tanner, or GlitterBerri as she's more commonly known, beginning to release translations of The Wind Waker booklet included in the box.
An earlier installment covered translations on the sages, while the two new posts cover the characters of Outset and Windfall Islands. There are a heap of interesting bits of information to be found in this batch, and perhaps the most intriguing is Zelda series' creator Shigeru Miyamoto's love for the mini-game entrepreneur Salvatore. Come inside for quotes and links.
No, you're not imagining things. Hyrule Historia, the holy bible of Zelda filled with developer insight and art work, managed to come out on top as the New York Times #1 selling book. Hyrule Historia has been available for little over a week so it's already quite the accomplishment when you consider that the list only accounts for the week HH was released!
Without a doubt, Hyrule Historia's massive and early success is thanks to its legion of fans that show just how popular the franchise has managed to become. Hyrule Historia managed to top other books becoming the #1 seller on websites such as Amazon.com, and it even managed to knock out the dreaded 50 Shades of Gray soon after it was announced!
So for those of you who managed to snag themselves a copy of this holy tome, tell us, how are you enjoying your copy so far? Better yet. Why do you think the New York Times 14th best selling book wasn't number one? Tell us in the comments!
This wouldn't be the first LEGO Zelda pitch and it certainly won't be the last one (At least until we actually get it). WesTalbott has entered his own LEGO Zelda entry for fans to support in order to have LEGO look over the project in efforts to bring it to fruition.
Unlike previous ones, this LEGO pitch seems a lot more plausible and it even comes with some nifty pre-made LEGO sets that look relatively close to a final product! It would certainly be something that I could get behind and the project only needs roughly 8,400 more supporters in order to be looked over.
So be sure to head on over to the LEGO Zelda concept page in order to support both the idea and the creator! Also be sure to comment and tell us just what you'd like to see in a full-fledged LEGO Zelda set! If you ask me, I think they should avoid using Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess as the idea for the LEGOs and use LttP as the base. That game could use some well deserved lovin' after all these years.
Things can get pretty crazy in Nintendo Land, especially when you're playing with friends. But when it comes to The Legend of Zelda, Link sure does love his rupees. So much, in fact, that he's willing to go so low as cheating just to grab some. Armed only with a fake mustache, unbound knowledge of the Zelda universe, and the alias, "Not Link," Link enters a Zelda-based trivia contest in an effort to hog all the rupees to himself. One thing is for sure though, Link loves himself more than anyone else.
Yesterday’s investor meeting brought news from Nintendo all shades of good, bad, and interesting. News already surfaced that Miyamoto said he is changing his “gaming style” while developing his new IP for the Wii U, but that’s far from all he said at yesterday’s briefing. While thoughts like these are clear hints as to what he has in store for us, others are a little more vague and could be entirely offhand comments. Head past the jump to see what hints he has in store for us with his next major IP.
We knew that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been a huge success since its release in Japan. According to reports from yesterday’s investor meeting, it hasn’t only been a commercial success, but it’s broken all demographic expectations.
Through the Club Nintendo system, Nintendo is able to view the demographics of people who buy the game through the eShop. According to Satoru Iwata, the game has fared far better with women than Nintendo has ever anticipated. Before the release of New Leaf, 3DS sales were made up of 25% women, whereas that number spiked to 50% in the week of New Leaf‘s release, where it has stayed since then. In comparison, Wild World sold a worldwide total of five million copies seven years ago, while two-thirds of those sales were to women. Hopefully Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be as successful here in America when it releases this Summer. Do you think it may see a similar demographic success in different regions, or do you think the zeitgeist of Japan make a significant difference in Animal Crossing‘s sales?
In the wake of recent games like Pokémon Conquest, and Fortune Street, Nintendo has announced that they would like to collaborate with third-party developers on more titles in the future. Last week’s Nintendo Direct brought the announcement of another crossover, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, which is coming to the Wii U at some point in the future. Nintendo has also recently opened up to the idea of publihing third-party titles, as seen with The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2, both from Platinum Games. We will hopefully be seeing more of this kind of content in the future, but it’s also nice to know that more full collaborations and crossovers, rather than just licensed products, are also something to look forward to.
In an investor meeting held by Nintendo yesterday, Satoru Iwata admitted that he feels personally responsible for the operating loss Nintendo has reported for what is now two years in a row. Live reported by Senior Research Analyst David Gibson and verified by IGN, this meeting took place yesterday afternoon and revealed several insights into Nintendo’s recent past, present, and near future. Nintendo has set a goal to achieve a minimum operating profitability of one-hundred billion yen (~$1B USD) over the next fiscal year, and management is very committed to meeting this goal.
In order to meet this goal, Nintendo is putting heavy faith in the Japanese releases of Monster Hunter 4, Dragon Quest VII 3D, and the continued success of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, as well as the worldwide launch of Pokémon X and Y Versions. Meanwhile, overseas markets will see the release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Brain Age: Concentration Training, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins, and eight other unnamed titles, many of which look forward to great international success. There is no word yet on whether or not Monster Hunter 4 or Dragon Quest VII 3D will be released overseas.
But more important than the games themselves is how Nintendo will achieve success with these titles and their two consoles. In the wake of recent losses, a change in development and business techniques is underway at Nintendo. Head past the jump to read all about it.