Legend of Zelda News

June2010

  • E3 2010 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Link's latest finally unveiled! Updated with trailer!

    All the speculation can finally end: we've seen the new Legend of Zelda game, subtitled Skyward Sword. And it looks good. Taking a graphical style that combines the cartoon palette of Wind Waker and the grown-up visuals of Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword is Nintendo's attempt to make the game...

  • Podcast Episode 16 - Get Ready for E3!

    Corbie talks E3, Zach talks women and James just talks

    Hold onto those hats, folks: E3 is just one week away, so to get you in the mood our own E3 attendee Corbie Dillard sat down with podcast editor James Newton to chat about 3DS, Zelda and some interesting surprises too. We also read your messages detailing your dreams for E3 and Zach Kaplan...

May2010

  • News New Zelda Aims for Easier Controls, Big Surprises

    Miyamoto surprisingly clarifies neither

    There's still a sleepless four weeks between us and the new Zelda game for Wii, set to be unveiled at E3. We don't know what it'll look, sound or play like, but a recent interview with Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed it should control more simply than previous Link outings. For us, it is important to the to...

  • News Mark Ronson Mixes Legend of Zelda with New Video

    Spot the references in this one

    Mark Ronson's made a bit of a name for himself remixing and revamping other artists' tracks, so it's no surprise to see the video for his new track Circuit Breaker take inspiration from other sources. Nobody expected it to borrow so heavily from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, though. With a distinctive-looking overworld, green-capped hero and what looks..

February2010

  • News Nintendo Cereal System Sells For $200

    Indigestion medication not included

    Do you remember the Nintendo Cereal System from 1988? It let people who just couldn't get enough of Mario and Zelda to pour them into a bowl and eat them, keeping their spirits (but, sadly, not powers) with you all throughout the day by way of two different types of cereal: fruit-flavored for Mario, berry for Zelda. It came with some neat collectible cards, and..

January2010

  • News Iwata Asks About Zelda Handheld History

    Ancient documents unearthed, and the US drama that inspired Link's Awakening

    A newly translated Iwata Asks has popped up on the Nintendo Europe site and this time the focus is on past releases rather than a current title. Inspired by the old stories that were recalled in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii edition, Mr Iwata asked Toshihiko Nakago, Takashi Tezuka and Eiji Aonuma about the history of the..

  • News Rumored Zelda Wii Details Spill Online

    Nuggets of rumored goodness hit Japanese forum

    The rumor mill has been cranked to the max as the Nintendo corners of the Internet are abuzz with supposedly leaked details on the next Zelda game. Zelda Informer (via GoNintendo) is reporting a handful of leaks coming out of the Japanese forum site 2chan (of which 4chan is a rough equivalent) regarding...

  • News Near Five Year Development Cycle for Zelda Wii?

    2010's most anticipated game has reportedly been in production since 2006

    According to Zelda Informer, the highly anticipated Zelda Wii has been in production since early 2006, meaning that if released in 2010 as promised it will have had nearly a five year development cycle. The previous record of three years held by

  • News New Zelda for Wii Confirmed for Release in 2010

    Dust off your tunic, you'll be playing a new Zelda game on your Wii before the year is out.

    You are now less than 365 days away from a new console Zelda game. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata confirmed to Japan's Asahi Shimbun daily today that the Wii Zelda sequel, first revealed at last year's E3, will be released this year. Truth be told we weren't sure...

  • News Nintendo Silence Talking Link

    Nintendo issue take down notice for fan-made Zelda film

    A Zelda film created by fans has been removed from the Internet at Nintendo’s request. The film, The Legend of Zelda: Hero of Time, is based loosely on Ocarina of Time, is around two hours long and features a number of Zelda favourites including Gorons, Saria and of course Link. Following the...

December2009

  • News Zelda Reorchestrated's Ocarina of Time Album Cleaned Up and Ready to Go

    Old and improved!

    Soundtracks as good as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's are few and far between. Now over a decade old, those sweeping symphonics sound, on a technical level, a bit aged thanks to the N64's compressed cartridge medium. Good thing the series has a very talented fanbase with groups like ZREO then, who painstakingly reorchestrate the music from all entries. So painstakingly..

  • News David Jaffe Inspired by Zelda

    God of War producer would like to re-design his flagship series with more “Zelda 64” elements

    David Jaffe, producer of the hit PlayStation-exclusive series God of War has revealed on his Twitter account that if he were to remake the series now he would like to include more elements inspired by “Zelda 64.” If I were to do GOW now, I would do GOW meets ZELDA 64 structure. Much more..

  • News Zelda Producer Could Use More Crossbow Training Action

    Wanted to "intensify the multiplayer" in sequel

    One of the upsides of buying a Wii Zapper, besides being a nice +1 to your collection of somewhat useless bits of plastic, was getting your hands on Link's Crossbow Training. We daresay that was the only reason a lot of people bought the peripheral as Link is as powerful an endorsement to Nintendo...

  • News Final Zelda Flipnote Released

    Last, but certainly not least...

    Aardman Animation, the forces behind Wallace & Gromit, have just released the final video in their Zelda: Spirit Tracks series and we've got it for you. This final video has a little bit of a humorous spin to it, and once again is quite an impressive Flipnote feat. And for those of you who haven't yet read our Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks review, don't forget..

  • News Legend Of Zelda TV Series Hits Hulu

    American fans get to stream 80's Zelda straight to their eyeballs

    Remember the Eighties? The delightful era of one-hit wonders, atrociously awesome fashion and reams of bad videogame series? Well, Hulu has seen fit to stream The Legend of Zelda, a 13-part series, back into the 21st century so everyone can enjoy the "brilliance" of the...

  • News Second Zelda Flipnote Pulls Into View

    Der-ner-ner-nerrrr!

    The middle part of Aardman's Spirit Tracks trilogy has just arrived on our desk(top) here at Nintendo Life, and naturally we wanted to share it with you. Don't forget our review of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is already available if you're in any doubt of whether or not you need this latest lovely slice of handheld gaming. Don't forget to check out our YouTube channel for..

  • News Twilight Princess "Starting Point" for New Wii Zelda

    Aonuma continues cryptic discussion of new title

    With all the secrecy surrounding the new Zelda title - for which we still don't have so much as a title or even anything other than a single piece of artwork - it wouldn't be a surprise to see it feature a minigame requiring you to get blood out of a stone. Eiji Aonuma continues to talk in tongues about his upcoming project, with an interview with..

  • News Children's Book Was Inspiration for Spirit Tracks

    Secret influence revealed!

    It's practically raining Spirit Tracks stories today, but this story actually pre-dates Link's latest - it's the children's book that inspired Nintendo to create Spirit Tracks. Called "The Tracks Go On", it's a story where cute kids build the tracks for a train as it explores the land, with cutesy animals and all...

  • News Aardman Create Zelda Flipnote

    "Weatherman is last Aardman Flipnote" statement proves erroneous

    Contrary to our earlier reports that The Weatherman was Aardman's final Flipnote creation, we've just had word about this rather cool Zelda animation from those talented Brits. Obviously a neat way to promote the new Zelda: Spirit Tracks game, it's just as cute as the title itself and...

  • News New Zelda Advert Takes Different Track

    Not what you'd expect from a Spirit Tracks commercial

    Nintendo has just been in touch with a video of the extended version of the Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks commercial being run in the US currently, and it's certainly not your average Zelda commercial. Staying away from the cutesy cartoon characters that typify the game itself, it takes place in...

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    Review The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

    On the right track or running out of steam?

    Link's last outing, 2007's Phantom Hourglass, was a piece of portable paradise, showcasing all the DS's features with some wildly imaginative puzzles and unforgettable moments, and still remains one of the console's best titles. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks takes all that was good about Phantom...

  • News Nintendo: We Don't Want To Remake Past Zelda Games

    Producer Eiji Aonuma doesn't want to break "emotional attachment" to classic titles

    In an excellent interview with IGN, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has explained why Nintendo doesn't follow the lead of other companies and remake vintage entries in the franchise: Whenever we have to think about the remake, we have to also think about the background, especially what kind of situation, what kind of..

November2009

  • News Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Intro Video

    A little insight into the Spirit Tracks.

    The nice folks at Nintendo have just sent over the newest trailer for their upcoming DS release Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. The game is set to hit North American store shelves on December 7th and Europe retail shelves on December 11th. You can check out the new gameplay video that shows off the game's...

  • News Aonuma: Prepare for Zelda Surprise Next Year

    Zelda big boss sets up E3 revelation

    For a few years now, Eiji Aonuma has been promising something of a reimagining of the Legend of Zelda series. Twilight Princess was touted as the last Zelda "as we know it", and now Mr Aonuma has spoken to the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine about some of the developments in the next title. "It is something we used to talk about with Mr Miyamoto,..

  • News Voice of Mario Wanted To Voice Link

    It's-a me, Leenk! Yippieeeee!

    As the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet has been a staple of Nintendo ever since the plumber first showed the industry how 3D gaming is done. But why stop with Mario? Speaking to That Gaming Site (via GoNintendo), Martinet explained how he tried to move his way into Hyrule. I spoke to Mr. Miyamoto and said: “I wanna...

  • News Zelda Tin Switches Tracks to GAME

    Limited preorder bonus still available

    You may remember a few weeks ago we reported that Gamestation was stocking a limited edition figurine and tin set for Zelda: Spirit Tracks, but that they quickly sold out. Well, it seems they sold out because all the rest of the stock went to their parent company GAME. Yes, the pink-hued retailer are offering the figurines of Link and the Phantom as well as..

  • News Miyamoto Talks Zelda With MotionPlus

    Swordplay and targeting get a boost

    Details on the next installment in the Legend of Zelda series have been few and far between since Miyamoto unveiled concept art for the in-development title at E3 in June, depicting a swordless Link back-to-back with a mysterious, sword-like creature. Then we heard that the game wouldn't be radically different from previous entries. Oh, and we heard MotionPlus..

October2009

  • News Zelda Gets a Makeover!

    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks receives Ninty’s tin treatment

    It appears Nintendo have taken a liking to special edition tins; well, in Europe at least. Just after the announcement that New Super Mario Bros. Wii will have a limited edition tin, it's been revealed that Gamestation will stock a special edition of the new Legend of Zelda: Spirit...

  • News Spirit Tracks "Pushes DS Even Further" Than Prequel

    Phantom Hourglass sequel more advanced, says Mr Miyamoto

    Of course, with a release date set for December it's going to be a long time before we can vouch for what Mr Miyamoto says, but in a recent - and very short - interview with MTV he did speak very briefly about Link's upcoming adventures on DS and Wii. Speaking about Spirit Tracks, he says that...

September2009

  • News The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks dated

    Just in time to fill your stocking!

    Pull out your Christmas wish-lists everybody! The latest game in the Legend of Zelda series has been dated by Nintendo of America through their holiday line-up announcement for a December 7 release. There's no word as of yet when it will be out in European/Australasian territories. Though we don’t know a lot about the game, we know it involves a steam train..

August2009

  • News Amazon Leaks Zelda: Spirit Tracks UK Release Date

    British gamers will be having a Zelda-themed Christmas, according to retailer

    Nintendo has yet to confirm the exact release window for its upcoming DS epic The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks but that hasn't stopped online retail giant Amazon from picking the date anyway. The important day for UK gamers is 4th December, with Amazon selling Link's latest caper for £24.95 (down from a RRP of..

July2009

June2009

  • News Tingle Gets a New DS Adventure, and a Surprise DSiWare Game

    The Zelda series's unsung hero gets not one, but two new games!

    The last two editions of weekly Japanese magazine Famitsu had mysterious teasers hinting at a sequel to 2006/2007's Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland for the DS. This week's edition has finally spilled the beans! Today just so happens to be the day of Japan's weekly Wii and DSi update - And from out of nowhere, Nintendo has..

  • News New Wii Zelda May Require MotionPlus To Function

    So says Miyamoto

    Nintendo game design legend Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that the new Wii Zelda - which was announced at this year's E3 - is being built with the intention of exploiting the newly-released Wii MotionPlus accessory. For those of you that don't know, MotionPlus bolts onto the base of the Wii Remote and offers a more accurate detection of movement. Speaking to Wired, Miyamoto said:..

  • News New Wii Zelda Artwork Leaked?

    Is this is image that Miyamoto showed behind closed doors at E3?

    A new Wii Zelda wasn't mentioned during Nintendo's E3 conference - much to the dismay of fanboys the world over. However, Shigeru Miyamoto later held meetings with the press behind closed doors, where he revealed that work is indeed happening on Link's latest adventure. Nothing was shown other than a piece of concept artwork,..

  • News New Wii Zelda Game in the Works

    Famed game designer Shigeru Miyamoto sits down and talks about some of Nintendo's upcoming titles, including a new Wii Zelda title.

    Shigeru Miyamoto has held a roundtable session to speak to the media regarding some of his own personal projects so we thought we'd talk about some of the highlights here. Miyamoto-san is quite excited about New Super...

May2009

  • News Now You Can Have Your Very Own Fairy In A Bottle

    Link cosplay costumes everywhere rejoice!

    It's no wonder Link does the things he does. All he needs is a fairy in a jar and he can go and do whatever stupid thing he wants and the fairy'll just reanimate his corpse. Pretty handy when you're out battling pig demon things and whatnot. Your mortal enemy may not be a Machiavellian tyrant, but that doesn't mean you wouldn't look dashing with the latest..

  • News Zelda: Spirit Tracks To Appeal To a Wider Age Group?

    Will Nintendo dumb down Link's latest adventure?

    As you may have noticed, Nintendo has released its sales figures for the fiscal year end 2009. In the document there's plenty of predictions for the coming year, and one small item that has caught the eye of Nintendo fans worldwide. The report states that: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks...will...

April2009

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    Review The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

    There's no just masking how great it still is

    Ocarina of Time proved that the Zelda series was even more captivating in 3D than it was in 2D. It is still regarded as one of the greatest games ever made, but despite this, at the very end of the N64's life, it got a sequel that quite a few people missed out on – Majora's Mask. Not counting the...

April2008

  • News Is Ocarina Of Time About To Become 2nd Best?

    Since it's launch in 1998, Miyamoto's masterpiece "The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time" has filled the number one spot of many "Best Game Ever" lists. But is it about to give up it's crown?

    Currently ranked at number one on popular video game ratings system GameRankings.com, Ocarina Of Time has a rating average of 97.68%. The rating, which is calculated as an average from a collection of popular..

January2008

  • News Retro Studios Working On New Zelda?

    Rumour mill enters overdrive

    We must stress this is a rumour with a capital ‘R’, but a story has come to our attention that suggests that US development house Retro Studios, better known as the chaps behind the successful Metroid Prime trilogy, is currently working on a new Zelda title that could be announced as early as E3. It’s probably unwise to comment either way at this stage but given..

November2007

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    Review The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

    Join Link on his first DS adventure

    No doubt many of you have already seen the many positive reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass dotted all over the Internet. We realize we're a bit late with our own critique of this highly anticipated videogame, but with a series like Zelda you simply have to take your time. It wouldn't be wise to...

January2007

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    Review The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

    A Link to a Classic

    To put it simply, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the finest RPGs in existence. Everything is perfect - the bold lines and subtle pastel-tones of the graphics, the triumphant rendition of the Zelda theme, the excellent yet simple combat system, the brilliantly conceived logic puzzles. Nintendo left nothing to...