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Today we have a little something special for our fans with our first exclusive guitar duet on our YouTube channel, featuring the talents from 72 Hours Remaining. You may remember them as the duo that did the Romance in the Air song, as they continue their Skyward Sword love by offering up ZI an exclusive. We've developed a working relationship with this now growing YouTube talent (they're over 500 subs strong since we brought them to you all). We're glad you enjoy their stuff...

Zelda U is slated for 2015... just like it was back during E3. It's nice seeing the timetable for the game hasn't changed yet at this point. This is according to a game release list handed out by Nintendo in there latest financial report. There are some nice nuggets in their about other future games, Zelda U still slated for 2015 is just some nice reassurance. I know some fans thought the 2015 date was too optimistic and we wouldn't get the game until 2016, typically citing evidence of previous game delays in the series...

Yesterday we reported that Koei Tecmo was pleased with Hyrule Warriors sales and that they exceed expectations outside of Japan, while they met expectations in Japan. At the time it seemed highly likely that the collective sales for the title had exceeded 500,000 units, but Koei Tecmo wasn't 100% sure what the sales were in North America. Nintendo self published the game in that territory, so it's on them to share any sort of sales data. Today Nintendo released it's financial report and while it doesn't give us any figures for Hyrule Warriors, it does say that it was fairly popular in the Western market, suggesting it may have done better than Nintendo thought it would...

First 4 Figures makes some of the very best The Legend of Zelda collectible statues with a vast array of different characters represented. They have Skull Kid from Majora's MaskDark Link from Ocarina of TimeGanondorf from Twilight Princess, among 16 other high quality statues. They typically range between $99 to $479 USD, with the more expensive statues being much larger and featuring far more detailed work. While they are well regarded, I personally haven't had the liberty to verify the quality - though several of our fans seem to lay claim that they are worth it...

Nick Robinson of Rev3Games, one of the top resources for video games on YouTube, sat down with Chastity Vicencio to discuss Ocarina of Time in this week's Coffee Talk. Chastity revealed that she has never played the game before and finally decided to pick up the 3DS version of the title. In fact, the only other Zelda game that she has played was A Link to the Past. However, the discussion spends little time on Ocarina of Time. After talking about how far into the game they are, they hit on topics from other titles in the series and why it's an exciting time to be a fan of the Zelda series...

Nintendo has filed a trademark for the term Hyrule in Japan, Europe, and the United States. The first thing that comes to mind is that Nintendo is just trying to protect Hyrule Warriors, but the trademark would not actually protect the Japanese version of the game and the trademarks are not currently active, suggesting it could be for future ideas. There appears to be a hiccup with it in the United States, but they are working through it currently.

The real question here is why they are trademarking...

PDP appears ready to expand their collection of custom GameCube style controllers with the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The controllers are all officially licensed, which should inherent;y mean these are quality products. However, how good they are is really left up to the eye of the beholder. 3rd party controller options tend to often be chastised for poor build quality and sometimes poor design. I don't have enough experience to know in this case, but I still like the controllers visually as far as I can tell...

Earlier, we told you about a Halloween-themed The Legend of Zelda 3DS theme hitting the Japanese e-Shop. Now, a Skyward Sword 3DS theme has also been announced for the e-Shop, over on Nintendo of Japan's YouTube channel...

Amiibo is slowly giving us more and more reasons to own them, as another game can be added to the list of support. Hyrule Warriors will be supporting the Link Amiibo at some point in the future and I would be shocked if Princess Zelda isn't too far behind. This also could open the door to more Zelda themed Amiibos such as Ganondorf or even Impa. How the figures will be used in game is unknown at this time but Nintendo promises to share more information about it soon. Could this be an indication that there is a general Nintendo Direct hitting in December...

So way back when we talked about the Link Nendoroid. At the time it was only announced to be coming (along with Luigi)... but that was over a year ago. Back in April we mentioned that he was available for preorder in Japan, along with a slew of exact details. Still, this was only useful if you planned to import, which can be fairly expensive. While the North American pre-orders have been available for a handful of months this year, regretfully we forgot to inform you about them...