Do you like The Legend of Zelda? Do you like Zelda Informer? Of course you do!
(How cheeky and enjoyable of him to say that; I should keep reading!)
As you probably guessed from the title, it's that time of year again! We at Zelda Informer are always trying to improve both the breadth and the quality of content we provide, and as such, we're always looking for new faces to join the ZI team. If you love writing about The Legend of Zelda, you should consider giving ZI a try. We provide opportunities for writers of many creeds to lend a hand, whether you prefer writing news stories, providing deep analyses of games, or even if you're a huge walkthrough fanatic! We're currently hiring for the following positions:
News Editors will be tasked with finding and writing news stories, be they comments from Aonuma, news about upcoming Zelda games, or even goings-on in the fan world! If someone's done something involving Zelda, we want to spread the word.
Columnists will write weekly articles exploring many aspects of The Legend of Zelda. Zelda Informer is home to brilliant work such as "Destined to Fade" and "It's Your Legend," but we've also had several fun articles over the years, including speculation pieces, analyses, theories, and more. If you're interested in thinking about any corners of the Zelda world, this is the position for you.
Walkthrough Editors will write... well... walkthroughs! If you've got experience with Zelda and want to help guide others through the Water Temple, we'd love to have you lend a hand.
And the best part? There's no experience required! Only a skill for writing and a passion for Zelda.
**Please note that writing for Zelda Informer is a serious commitment, and
we expect applicants to be dedicated to helping the site and its future.**
If you're interested in applying for these positions or more, you can find more precise information about their requirements, as well as information on how to apply, by visiting the complete guide for applying to Zelda Informer. After giving the application guide a solid read, please don't hesitate to send us an email with any questions you may still have. Good luck, and we hope to see you on board soon!
In an announcement that will most probably not surprise many, GameInformer has declared The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds their Game of the Month for their December issue.
This comes after the reviewer, Dan Ryckert, gave the game a 10 out of 10, stating that the game is, "Everything a Fan Could Hope for."
"New Zelda games are typically met with a certain expectation of quality, but Link's new 3DS outing ranks among the best in the series. Series trademarks like clever dungeons and exciting boss battles are better than ever, and many new elements combine to make A Link Between Worlds an unforgettable mixture an unforgettable mixture of innovation and nostalgia." — GameInformer
A Link Between Worlds is the second game to get a 10 out of 10 (the first one being Bioshock Infinite) at GameInformer for the year of 2013, a testament to its quality. Its rating is even higher than that of popular games like Grand Theft Auto V, which makes it a viable candidate for the Game of the Year Award.
Man, talk about dropping a bomb. Okay, so this isn't exactly what many of you may be hoping. No, Skull Kid is not playable in Smash Bros.—sorry folks. However, he will be available as an Assist Trophy, as we just found out from the screenshot of the day. Here's the direct quotation in regards to the above image:
"Pic of the day. Here's a new Assist Trophy--the Skull Kid! I repeat, it's an Assist Trophy, not a new fighter. The characters announced on the website are the fighters!"
The fact clarification needed to be made about the Assist Trophy is all you probably need to know about the demand for a playable character donning Majora's Mask. Plus there is that whole Operation Moonfall thing, where folks are trying to get Majora's Mask made in 3D. Hey, lots of hints in A Link Between Worlds, Skull Kid in Smash... signs are looking good!
A Link Between Worlds has been out for almost two weeks now, and while there are still a few detractors I think many of us can agree that the music is simply superb. Filled with some unique tunes combined with remixes of all time classics, it truly provides something for everyone, all blasting out of the tiny speakers held within the 3DS. Thanks to dedicated music rippers on YouTube, we are now able to listen to the full arrangement of A Link Between Worlds music in one place. Head inside to have a listen!
You know that huge fan movement started here at Zelda Informer a few years back? The one that Aonuma has publicly acknowledged several times? Operation Moonfall? Yeah, that one.
Unfortunately, it turns out that Operation Moonfall and related fan ventures, such as our namesake Operation Rainfall, actually don't affect Nintendo in any way. Or so says Reggie.
Going off of that, how much do what fans want or say influence your decisions? [Operation Moonfall and Operation Rainfall are cited as examples here.]
Head inside to hear his response!
During an interview with Siliconera, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime let slip some potentially interesting syntax in one of his answers. When asked what he would do differently given the chance with the Wii U, Reggie started his answer with:
"When we launched the Wii U, we were pointing to Pikmin, we were pointing to Wii Fit U, and we were pointing to Zelda and Mario—so all of these great games that are coming out now? We wanted them to come out by the end of March last year." — Reggie Fils-Aime
The interesting part is the Zelda title that is "coming out now." He could very well be referring to The Wind Waker HD, but Wii Fit U is not slated to release until January. Could this be a telling slip? It is not terribly likely, but keep your eyes peeled for more news.
Well folks, it appears we may have a massive showing on our hands come this weekend. The internet is about to be all in a tizzy over a 3 hour awards show that will be live streamed, known as VGX. Most of the buzz isn't about the awards, but rather about the fact that most of the show will be about new announcements and all new game trailers. Essentially, it's like a massive 3 hour E3 press conference without all the bullshit, just awards and video game announcements. Sounds good no? You know what sounds better? Reggie giving us the world premier for Zelda U
We know Reggie is going to show off something. First he teased it, then it was confirmed via the VGX website. I am here to tell the world that I am firmly predicting Zelda U will be the game shown off. Sounds crazy, right? Eiji Aonuma even said himself he would talk about it at E3 2014. Oh folks, there is some clear teasing going on that we are certainly missing out on. More inside.
Prima's giant, expensive limited edition set of Zelda guides was released recently, and enclosed within is a short message from the current Legend of Zelda producer himself, Eiji Aonuma. Most of it is a communication of gratitude from Aonuma to his fans, but by the end he manages to slip in a little vague quote regarding the "next installment" in the Zelda series, Zelda U, presumably.
The quote is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from something like this, and more specifically it's Aonuma expressing his "desire to create a unique experience that is beyond your expectations." You can head past the jump to check it out if you so desire.
How did your Thanksgiving fair? Mine went pretty well, with plenty of turkey, ham, mash potatoes, and all the rest still lingering in my stomach today. Of course, today also marked the true start of the Holiday shopping season in the United States, kicking off with Black Friday, the day that has the most in-store sales you'll ever see at any point during the year. Of course, I say in-store because Cyber Monday also exists, which brings the best online shopping deals you can find across the board all in one day. That being said, you're here because I mentioned the words Majora's Mask and A Link Between Worlds.
Every person anticipating any sliver of hope for Majora's Mask 3D or Majora's Mask HD have been hanging their hats on words spoken by Eiji Aonuma, saying playing the game to completion is going to please the Majora's Mask fans. Well folks, we all know about the Majora's Mask literally sitting on Link's wall at home, but what many may not be aware of is that there is a little something going on only in Hero Mode. More inside. Warning: Spoilers Ahead
UPDATE: It appears that Target is, in fact, selling the A Link Between Worlds bundle for $150—the same price as the other bundles.
Prepare yourselves. Black Friday is coming!
Nintendo and Target are celebrating the biggest shopping day of the year by offering a special deal on all 3DS XL hardware. Any model of the hardware is $50 off! Normal editions are available for the cost of $150, but special bundles are also eligible for the deal. The Zelda themed 3DS XL bundled with A Link Between Worlds will be available for the cost of only $170. Whether you don't already have a 3DS XL, or you simply want something pretty to stare at, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Will you be participating in the insanity? Sound off in the comments!