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.
A few months ago, we posted a little teaser for an upcoming fan album called "On the Breath of the Wind." Though the official announcement has been delayed much longer than we had initially hoped, Tom Swift is proud to finally reveal "On the Breath of the Wind," a Wind Waker tribute album from the OC Remix community which will hopefully be ready by the end of the year. Check out the video above to get all hyped up, and head inside to read all about it!
Time’s End is an album that I know many of you remember. I in fact, still have this as part of my daily playlist when I listen to music. Well, the good news is that Theophany, producer of Time’s End has returned... sort of.
When he created his last album he had received a lot of help from many talented individuals. One of those individuals you may already know, but those of you who don’t his name is David Erick Ramos—one of the greatest ocarina players in the world. Head past the jump to read all about this exciting album!
GameXplain did a fantastic job of breaking down available footage combined with hands on experience to notice a ton of things in Zelda 3DS that many may have overlooked. There are also several aspects that could be hints at potential as of yet unveiled happenings in the game. You can watch the informative video above, or simply hop inside to see a breakdown of most of the notable things they found.
With both of us being huge Zelda fans, how could Narutendo and I not do a video about it? We're both pretty hyped for it, and we honestly have very little negative to say about it so far; then again, right now we're still in the fairytale land of expectations. We've received so few details about it yet that we're interpreting the information we've received in the best possible manner.
Hopefully, the game is being treated with the care and passion the fanbase would treat it if they were in charge. And actually knew how to develop games. This game could be judged more harshly than the Wind Waker remake--and that's already been picked apart countless times by everybody on the internet.
Let us know your opinions in the comments; we'll be responding as best we can. Discussion's always fun, right?
A little bit ago I showed you a debate I did with Narutendo3 about the Wind Waker remake. It happened. Due to lukewarm reception and middling demand, we recorded another concerning the upcoming Wii U Zelda title. It's essentially a big fanboy gushing session, and there are more things to debate over than we even imagined.
Coming off the changes Skyward Sword made to the formula, and with Aonuma's comments about changing the Zelda direction again, there's a lot to think about concerning a new entry in the series.
If you've got anything to contribute, throw it down below; it's always nice to hear what you guys think.
It's interesting to even hear this debate occur when, even with hands on experience, no one has really played enough of the game to determine just how good it really is. The demo is fluid, and yes the visual style is something that is left up to personal tastes, but it's such a hard debate to have right now. Many fans hold Majora's Mask as arguably the greatest Zelda game ever made, which would obviously make it top the sequel list since it's a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time.
That being said, they do have a really great conversation. It's notable all four people in the chat did get to play Zelda 3DS, making the discussion all the more relevant based upon personal experience. Is it a bit too early to even think of such notions?
This is definitively the best footage we are going to possibly get for Zelda 3DS until a future event, likely E3, occurs. That being said, while the player himself is not necessarily fantastic, the quality of the video is unquestioned. It also does well to show how someone less skilled at Zelda is still able to solve puzzles and you can see how he tries to work through the copious amount of solutions there are to the tasks at hand. Of course, we have to point out the music... which to me personally is simply fantastic. It also shows just how far handheld sound has come over the years, where this new rendition of A Link to the Past dungeon music is simply superb.
That being said, we hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the game to this point. I think it's safe to say we wont be hearing much about it again until June.
Bill Trinen sat down with Adam Sessler and he really talked in-depth about a lot of great content coming to the 3DS. It's was nice to see and open and honest discussion with some great questions being talked about. Naturally, Zelda 3DS was a topic talked about early on and while we have known Miyamoto wanted to remake A Link to the Past in 3D, it's interesting hearing how he really influenced this game into creation.
I hope we can see more interviews shed some light in the coming days.