Legend of Zelda - News

September2011

  • News GameCity to Transform Nottingham into Hyrule Town

    Only with more shambling undead

    UK event GameCity has established itself as one of the most notable events in the gaming calendar: kicking off five years ago with a celebration of SEGA music from maestro Richard Jacques, it's since taken in Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi, zombie world record attempts and everything in between. This year it's teaming up with Nintendo as part of the ongoing..

  • News A New Zelda Figurine is Available for Pre-Order

    Link rides into view

    Some of you may already be aware of the Twilight Princess "Master Arts" series of figurines from First 4 Figures. There have been two models up to now, the first represents Zant, the villain from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, while the second portrays Midna and Wolf Link. The third figure is now confirmed,...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess Now Cheap in Europe

    Available right now

    Missed out on Super Mario Galaxy and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in their original versions? Frustrated at the relative lack of reprints and subsequently inflated price? Like the colour red? If you can answer yes to all these questions, you'll be pleased to know that Nintendo just rereleased the two games in Europe as part...

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Video is a Real Treasure

    You'll see

    Arguably one of the best bits of Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was the treasure-hunting sections that made a thrill out of exploring the expansive ocean, and the idea returned again in Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Even without so much water everywhere, treasure is just as important in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, as the video...

  • News This Is How You Upgrade Items in Skyward Sword

    Pay attention

    It's a generally accepted fact that if you're off on a long adventure, the things you find at the start won't be as good as the things you find at the end. If only the shopkeepers realised this and relocated to the smallest town possible, they could make a killing from young adventurers. Anyway, that aside, this new trailer for Legend...

  • News Four Swords Anniversary Edition Details Announced

    Multiplayer Zelda isn't far away

    As part of today's media blitz from Nintendo, a press release has confirmed the release date of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition as 28th September in the EU and North America. For those of you who haven't heard, this title was originally released on the Game Boy Advance and will be completely free...

  • News You're Not Alone in Finding the First Zelda So Hard

    So does Eiji Aonuma

    The re-release of Legend of Zelda as part of the 3DS Ambassador program has reminded gamers just how hard Link's first outing is. If you haven't finished it yet, don't give yourself a hard time about it: neither has series producer Eiji Aonuma. In a recent interview with Game Informer, Aonuma revealed to this day he has never...

August2011

  • News Europe Gets Zelda: Skyward Sword CD and Bundle Too

    All inside

    Nintendo Europe has reassured customers across the continent that the snazzy Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword special edition bundle with the gold Wii Remote Plus and music CD will make it to those shores in November. You'll need to pre-order at a participating retailer to secure yourself one of the limited edition controller packs, though the music CD and game will be available to early..

  • News Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Limited Edition Details

    The music, the controller, the lot

    Can't wait for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword but want to know more about the limited edition gold Wii Remote Plus? Today is your lucky day. Nintendo has announced that the game and gold controller will be available in North America from 20th November, retailing at $69.99. The game will be available on its own for...

  • News What Are Aonuma's Controller Ideas for Wii U Zelda?

    The controller is U

    The demo of Zelda HD at this year's E3 was stunning, and showed the Wii U controller used as a virtual rucksack for Link, but Zelda boss Eiji Aonuma has bigger ambitions for the touch screen controller than just holding bombs and Deku sticks. Aonuma spoke to Nintendo Power about potential uses for the controller, though nothing...

  • News Japan Gets Cool Zelda-Themed Prepaid Cards

    Grab the Skyward Sword

    Over in Japan, Nintendo releases all kinds of themed cards for its digital stores, from Mario and Link eShop cards to a new range of Zelda 25th Anniversary eShop cards. The cards each focus on a different game, from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to the latest design promoting Skyward Sword. Each costs 1,000 Yen. There's a third, mystery card still to be revealed next month..

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Soars to North America 20th November

    Your next epic Wii game lands in just over three months

    Hot on the heels of Nintendo's 18th November announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's European release comes the North American date: just two days later on 20th November. You can now pre-order the game and read more about it below in the full press release. Nintendo’s...

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Hits Europe on 18th November

    Date finally announced

    The wait is nearly over: European Wii owners will be able to play Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in just over three months' time. It's out on 18th November Nintendo Europe just sent over its latest release schedule and Link's latest sits pretty at the top, due out across Europe just over a month before Christmas. Before that,...

  • Competition This Zelda Drawing Video Will Help With Your Flipnote

    More than that, we can't say

    Yesterday we told you about the Legend of Zelda Flipnote Studio competition, and if you're struggling to get a grasp on sketching the Hero of Time this instructional video might help you out. The video shows how to draw Link in his classic adult look as well as the more divisive Toon Link style, and should help improve...

  • Competition Zelda Developers Want to Judge Your Zelda Flipnotes

    So make 'em good

    Last year Nintendo celebrated Mario's 25th anniversary with a Flipnote Studio competition. This year it's celebrating Zelda's 25th anniversary with a Flipnote Studio competition. It's nothing if not consistent. As with last year's effort, Nintendo wants you to use its DSiWare animation tool Flipnote Studio to create a short skit...

  • News Zelda Anniversary Site Launches, Has Awesome Wallpaper

    Pick your favourite

    The Zelda 25th anniversary celebrations are in full swing now, what with the Zelda symphony London tickets on sale now, and Nintendo has just launched an official website for the shindig too. There's a graphical depiction of how Link's design has changed over the years, along with links to all his main-series appearances to date:...

  • News Zelda Symphony Concert Hits London on 25th October

    Europe's only show

    Nintendo's Legend of Zelda anniversary celebrations reach Europe with a symphony concert in London on 25th October. This is the only Zelda concert that will reach Europe, so if you want to see Zelda music played live, you need to get to London in October. Tickets start from £33.75 (plus booking fees) and will be available from 8th August. Will you be attending? NINTENDO..

  • News You Can Buy Your Zelda Symphony Tickets Today

    You know, if you want to

    The Zelda 25th Anniversary tribute concerts kick off in Los Angeles later this year, and tickets for the LA show are on sale today. There are three tiers of tickets: the bog-standard ticket at $35, the next level at $125 and a set of 200 VIP packages at $128.50. It's worth pointing out that none of these include booking...

July2011

  • News If Fans Speak Up, Majora's Mask 3DS Might Happen

    Straight from the top

    The 3DS remake of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has gone down pretty well, but there are plenty of gamers for whom Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is the superior game and more deserving of a 3D update. Perhaps if those people are vocal enough, their wish may come true. That's the vibe from Zelda supremo Eiji Aonuma anyway,...

  • News Aonuma Opens a Treasure Chest of Skyward Sword Details

    Dun-dun-dun-dunnnn!

    In a recent interview, veteran Nintendo developer Eiji Aonuma revealed some interesting details about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, on which he's currently working. If you're not a fan of spoilers stop reading now! Ganon, Link's adversary since the early days, will not appear in the game. In fact, the odd-looking Lord...

  • Preview The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Hands-on once more with the Hero of Time

    In all the Wii U commotion at E3 this year, Link's next and final outing on Wii was rather lost, but we were able to reconnect with the Hero of Time at a recent preview event in the UK. Three levels in total were playable: an aerial bird race, a dungeon and a face-off against Lord Ghirahim. With Wii Remote...

  • News First Zelda Concert Takes LA in October, Tour Starts in 2012

    Ticket prices inside

    Nintendo's orchestral tribute to the Legend of Zelda series will kick off on 21st October at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, ahead of a full tour in 2012. The 70-piece orchestra and choir will play pieces picked by Koji Kondo and the Nintendo sound team and will be produced by the team behind the PLAY! A Video Game Symphony series of concerts. Tickets for the LA event go..

  • News New Zelda: Skyward Sword Trailer is Right on Target

    The strongest Link?

    While we anxiously await a release date for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, have a new trailer for the game straight from San Diego Comic-Con. The trailer is 1:45 of pure gameplay footage and shows the return of the Gorons, the evil (and goth-tastic) Lord Ghirahim and plenty more aspects of the game we haven't seen yet. We got to...

  • News Ocarina of Time 3D was Second Best-Selling Game of June

    United States figures are in

    Although The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launched in the middle of the month, 11 days was all it took for the Zelda remake to establish itself as the second best-selling single-format game for the month of June. According to independent market research company NPD Group, more than 283,000 copies of the game were...

  • News Eiji Aonuma Talks Zelda Ideas and Development

    Pace of Zelda development "in some ways a problem"

    Having been an integral part of the Zelda series since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Eiji Aonuma was naturally one of the key people Nintendo turned to in order to visualise how a Zelda "experience" might look on the Wii U. Speaking to IndustryGamers, Aonuma recalled being involved...

June2011

  • News Zelda is No Longer Royalty in Skyward Sword

    Bombshell

    It's only fitting for a legend to be based on a princess, but one of the most famous faces in Nintendo royalty is about to lose her crown, as Eiji Aonuma has revealed that Zelda is no longer a princess in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. So what is Link's relationship with his long time collaborative partner? Aonuma says: She's a childhood...

  • News Ocarina of Time at One Point Confined Within Ganon's Castle

    Could have turned out very different yet still familiar

    One of the things that we love about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is how easy it is to just take Epona out for a ride; whether it's a quick boost from point A to B, or just making prints in Hyrule Field to past the time, horse riding has now become a staple of main Zelda games. As the...

  • News Ocarina of Time 3D Soundtrack Coming to Australasia

    Club Nintendo members get ready

    Not to miss out on the soundtrack promotion for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, gamers down under will also be able to register the 3DS title and get their hands on that special CD. The remake of Link's classic Nintendo 64 adventure is scheduled for release in Australia and New Zealand on 30th June. Club Nintendo members who register their copy of the game..

  • News European Ocarina of Time Soundtrack Offer Extended

    You have until 30th June

    The weekend rush of Club Nintendo members registering their copies of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D resulted in errors for many, denying Zelda fans the limited edition orchestral soundtrack CD. Now Nintendo Europe has responded, and it's good news. Some members who registered their game between Friday 17th June and...

  • News Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Reaches Second Place in UK Charts

    Link's latest legend a sales success

    The Hero of Time returned to the sales charts this week as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D reached second place in the UK All-Formats Chart. Only dance party sensation Zumba Fitness on Kinect and Wii sold more copies, with Link's adventure comfortably outselling new multi-format releases including EA's Alice:...

  • News This GameStop Really, Really Loves Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    The best merchandising ever?

    In recent years, midnight launches have become the preserve of the "mature" gamer, which the likes of Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War and more packing in crowds desperate to get their hands on the latest shooters; with the exception of hardware, it's rare to hear of a midnight launch for a Nintendo game, but...

  • News There Will Be No Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection

    Good news, bad news?

    Nintendo is celebrating 25 years since the very first Legend of Zelda, but whereas last year the company celebrated Mario's quarter-century with the much-maligned Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, the Hero of Time will receive no such compendium. According to the latest Japanese Iwata Asks article (via Nintendo...

  • News Check Out This Awesome Promotional Zelda Hat

    It's dangerous to go alone, wear this

    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is available in Europe today, and Nintendo is going all-out to promote the return of a gaming classic. Select retailers in the UK received limited edition promotional Link hats, and we've got our hands on one. The hats — which are not available for sale — let you look like...

  • News Nintendo Nearly Dropped MotionPlus from Skyward Sword

    Tea table nearly toppled

    Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is one of a handful of Wii MotionPlus-exclusive games for Wii, but series leader Eiji Aonuma revealed in a recent interview that it nearly panned out very differently. Aonuma explained that after several years of development time with MotionPlus, he questioned whether the accessory was a good...

  • News Ocarina of Time 3D Advert Features Zelda and Her Father

    Might not be what you were expecting

    As if gamers needed more incentive to make a purchase of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D than our The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D review, perhaps an advert featuring an actress of the same name might help. Let's start off with a bit of trivia: actor Robin Williams named his daughter ― who is...

  • Features A View from Hyrule Field

    We remember why Ocarina of Time is more than just a game

    As we move through life, we will at times look back fondly at memories that we hold dear. And, as gamers, many of us merge recollections of the virtual world with those of reality. Some titles simply bring the right elements together in the perfect way, making this feel natural, normal,...

  • News Super Mario 3DS Has a Zelda-Style Dungeon Level

    Two legends collide

    You've hopefully watched the trailer for Super Mario on 3DS, but one thing you won't have seen is a level created in honour of The Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary this year. During the developer roundtable, Super Mario producer Yoshiaki Koizumi revealed a top-down stage that mimics the dungeon layout from Link's first outing...

  • News New Trailer for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Lies In Wait

    Link's inside

    Nintendo started its E3 2011 show with a thank you to Zelda fans for supporting the series for 25 years, and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the company's Christmas gift to gamers this year. The brand new trailer shows off more of the game's MotionPlus-powered action, but you've probably already stopped reading and have clicked Play...

  • News Zelda: Four Swords to Be a Free DSiWare Game in September

    Rejoice!

    Nintendo just announced as part of its Zelda: 25th Anniversary package the release of Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for DSiWare in September this year. The four-player game will be a free download to all DSiWare users, presumably meaning it'll be available for nothing in the 3DS eShop too. Are you excited about playing more Zelda: Four Swords on DSiWare?

  • Rumour Nintendo to Reveal New Zelda Game at E3

    Will it be for Café?

    Plenty of things in life get lost in translation, but hopefully this isn't one of them. French website Power-Nintendo has a correspondent in Japan, who recently attended a live event for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. According to the website, Zelda overlord Eiji Aonuma let slip a big secret slip: we'll see a new Zelda at...

May2011

  • News Nintendo UK Launches Official Zelda Portal

    Ready for Ocarina

    This is a big year for Zelda fans: not only does the series celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, we'll also receive Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword both out before the 2012 calendars go up. With that in mind, Nintendo UK has wisely launched its official Zelda portal, covering all things Hyrule. The site links to Link's outings on Virtual..

  • News A Closer Look at UK's Pre-Order Ocarina 3D Bonus Gift

    Gold and shiny video

    Readers who follow our own James Newton on Twitter may have seen this Tweet last weekend, which implied our hard-working and handsome News Editor (Okay, that's enough — Ed) was already in possession of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. As it happens, the mystery box in his hand was not Link's upcoming four-dimensional...

  • News Zelda's Timeline is Simple In the Hands of Dr Emmett Brown

    No more confusion!

    Yes, there is a Zelda master timeline document, but members of Nintendo's inner sanctum will ever likely be able to see it. That hasn't stopped fans from trying to make sense of it themselves, but they were all missing the right tools: a DeLorean, a flux capacitor and a healthy love of all things Back to the Future. Of course,...

  • News This Zelda: Ocarina 3D Trailer Would Make a Great Advert

    Husky voiceover? Check

    Do you know what The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has been missing all this time? A raspy voiceover. Now the final piece of the puzzle slots into place with this short but sweet trailer for the game. Nintendo UK has released the following 30 second spot which would work perfectly as a TV advertisement or cinema trailer...

  • News Here's a Video of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D's New Features

    Not just a port

    As you'll know if you read our The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D preview, the upcoming 3DS release isn't just a simple port of its N64 forefather, with several new additions intended to improve the game. In case you didn't believe us, Nintendo has sent over a new trailer to show you exactly what these improvements are...

  • News Ocarina of Time 3D is a Smoother Experience than Before

    Both visually and control-wise

    Zelda fans worldwide are surely counting down the days until the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D; with just just three days separating the game's release in Japan, North America and Europe, adventure fans will do well to dust off their shields and sharpen their wooden swords in anticipation of Link's...

  • News Two Beautiful Minutes of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Footage

    Sit back and relax

    We know you're excited about Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, from its newly remastered graphics to the inclusion of Master Quest mode, but if you can put your delirious jigging on hold for a little while — 2:23 to be precise — you can watch this Japanese video of the game. The video runs like an Ocarina "best...

  • News Feast Your Eyes on Zelda: Ocarina of Time Artwork

    Link's never looked better

    As you'll have read in our Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D preview, Link's rarely looked better than in his next appearance. It's not just the 3DS's advanced graphics technology making the game look so good, though: it all goes back to the original artwork, as Nintendo has released a series of images showing how Link's...

  • Hands On The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    Link's past and future in one evening

    Last year's E3 conference was full of 3DS announcements, but one moment that still sticks in the memory after a year is the revelation of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for the console. With less than a month until the game hits shelves worldwide, Nintendo UK invited Nintendo Life to a special preview event...

  • News UK Pre-Orders Bag a Gold Sleeve and Poster for Ocarina 3D

    Shiny

    North American 3DS owners may be frustrated by the lack of pre-order bonuses for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, but fans in the UK will be able to pick up a limited edition golden sleeve and double-sided A2 poster when they pre-order and purchase Link's 3D adventure. GAME and Gamestation stores are both offering the bonuses to early birds, with the poster depicting Link in battle on one..

  • Features Re-Examining Zelda: Twilight Princess

    Playing it safe, or changing the game?

    You can tell a lot about a game from its opening scene. In the first few minutes of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time we're shown a sweeping, first-person view of the Kokiri Forest, as Navi flies frantically to awake a hero-to-be. In Zelda: The Wind Waker we're shown, in a beautifully minimalist art style, an...

  • News You Must Finish Ocarina of Time 3D to Take On the Master Quest

    Locked in the box

    Expecting to pick up Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and rush straight into the Master Quest mode? Hold your horses, as the harder difficulty won't be available from the start. Players must finish the regular quest before being able to take on the tougher enemies, dungeons and puzzles of the Master Quest mode, which will either...

  • News Get Another Taste of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D with This Video

    Like Young Link, it's only short

    This game needs no introduction, and it's unlikely many are on the fence about it: you've either already pre-ordered it and put aside the funds, or aren't buying it on principle. Whichever way you swing, the video below shows how the game's shaping up now it's just over a month away. The video shows Sheik, Ganondorf,...

  • News Miyamoto: A Link to the Past Could be Reworked for the 3DS

    Hyrule just looks too good in 3D

    Deciding which old classics get the 3DS treatment is probably a more difficult task than we as consumers can imagine. Luckily, we have designers like Shigeru Miyamoto who seem to have a pretty clear idea on what might and might not work. Speaking to the Guardian newspaper, Miyamoto explained why The Legend of Zelda:...

April2011

  • News Come On In for Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D's Intro Movie

    Welcome back, old friend

    As the saying goes, "if it's not broken, don't fix it", which seems to be the thinking at Grezzo Co. judging from the introductory video to Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, embedded below. Complete with the original music, direction and pretty much everything from the N64 original, the video nicely sets up...

  • News Another Zelda Remake for 3DS?

    Miyamoto's 3DS Zelda kick continues

    It seems that the upcoming release of Ocarina of Time might not be the only Legend of Zelda remake we see appearing on 3DS, at least not if Nintendo's head game guru has anything to do with it. In a recent conversation with Edge magazine, Miyamoto talked about Nintendo finally getting back to game development...

  • News Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D's European Box Art is Simply Beautiful

    Beats the gold standard

    We thought the golden cover art for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D in North America was good, but this artwork for the European version trumps it. Showing Link and Epona on one of many gallops across Hyrule, it may not be quite as classy as North America's cover but it's certainly more colourful. Check out that attention...

  • News Ocarina of Time 3D Gets Boss Rush Mode and Helpful Videos

    Take on the baddest of the bad

    We already know that Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will feature the revamped Master Quest too, but gamers who want more action can check out the new Boss Challenge mode, likely to the the new content Satoru Iwata mentioned recently. The new feature is unlocked at a certain point during Link's adventures in Hyrule...

  • News Hey, Listen, We Have 19 New Ocarina of Time Screenshots

    Hey, listen!

    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is ready to eat up your every waking hour after its release in mid-June, so Nintendo has released a stack of new screens to get you in the mood for Hyrule. The stills show Saria, Link, Ganondorf and the Princess herself in all their high resolution glory, but don't forget the 3D effect of the...

  • News Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Launches on 19th June

    Rejoice!

    Iwata said it would happen, and he was right: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will reach stores across North America before June is out. Nintendo has announced the game will see release on 19th June, less than two weeks after E3. The company also reconfirmed the inclusion of Zelda: Master Quest, a harder version of the original Ocarina,...

March2011

  • News Iwata: Ocarina of Time 3D "Crammed with New Content"

    But keeps quiet on just what

    While plenty of gamers are looking forward to revisiting Link's first 64-bit outing when it comes to 3DS in the form of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has hinted the title will still have plenty of new and interesting things to offer gamers this year. Speaking to Nintendo legend...

  • News Zelda Music Project Raises $19,000 for Twilight Princess Album

    More than a few rupees

    Last year saw the release of Zelda Reorchestrated's Ocarina of Time album, and now the pioneering group has moved onto the most recent home console Link adventure: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The project has so far raised over $19,000, which will be used to record the game's soundtrack with a live Hollywood-calibre choir. The Zelda Reo

  • News Take On the Master Quest in Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    3D 2-4-1

    As if getting to play one of the greatest games ever in the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time wasn't enough for you, the 3DS cartridge will also come with the harder Zelda: Ocarina of Time: Master Quest included, according to Nintendo of America's David Young. The Master Quest version of the classic game is essentially a remix, with...

  • News Skyward Sword Combat Trailer Shows Plenty of MotionPlus

    It's not just for combat, you know

    This year's Game Developers Conference might yield some tasty pieces of information about the 3DS, but let's not forget about the titles that are bound for our home consoles. One prime example is the upcoming and anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. A combat trailer was showcased at GDC 2011 and it shows...

  • News Iwata: Ocarina of Time 3D Will Release in June 2011

    New screenshots look stunning

    Excited about Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo 3DS? Of course you are. Would you like to know when you can play it? According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's keynote speech at this year's Game Developers' Conference, you can get your Hylian fingers on Link's adventure in June this year. Iwata didn't...

February2011

  • News The Legend of Zelda is 25 Years Old Today

    Hard to believe

    25 years ago this very day, the very first Legend of Zelda game on NES hit Japan, starting one of the most-loved gaming series of all time. Recently, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed the possibility of a Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary collection, though there have been no announced plans to celebrate Link's special day in...

  • News This Zelda GameCube Controller is Awesome in an Ugly Way

    An acquired taste

    Way back when Nintendo was putting the finishing touches to Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on GameCube, there were plans for a limited edition controller to accompany the little box's swansong. While the pad never hit the shelves, photos of its prototype design and packaging have hit the net for your eyes to behold. Coming from...

January2011

  • News Will We See a Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection this Year?

    Link reaches a quarter-century old

    Last year, Nintendo's tubby mascot celebrated his 25th anniversary in the form of Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, a collection that disappointed some in its paucity of interesting content. This year Nintendo will get a chance to wipe the slate clean and try harder, as its other ageless hero – Link...

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Getting "Finishing Touches"

    Link's latest looks locked for later this...year

    It's been a while since we heard anything concrete about the highly awaited The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Revealed at E3 2010 with nary a peep afterward, until one day last December, out of nowhere, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto poked his head out to say "it's half-finished, y'all."...

  • Talking Point Zelda: Skyward Sword is 2011's Biggest Game

    Link to the future

    Earlier today we brought you a list of five Nintendo games to thrill you in 2011, but one big name was absent: Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, as it wasn't really fair to put arguably this year's biggest title against anything else. Link's previous adventure on Wii, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, was never developed with Wii...

December2010

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword is Half Finished, says Miyamoto

    So expect it next Christmas

    We got out first look at Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword at E3 this year with Shigeru Miyamoto's admittedly disappointing onstage demonstration, but more disappointing was the announcement the game would land in 2011. Early 2011, we dared to hope; hopes that have now been broken in two. Gaming website Pocket Lint recently...

November2010

September2010

  • News Japan's Limited Edition Wii Points Cards are Enviably Cool

    Zelda and Mario branded cards in stores

    Ever get bored of seeing the same old designs on the Nintendo Points cards you buy? Wouldn't it be nice to see a little more artistry on the packaging? As usual, Japan has you covered. Japanese branches of 7-11 carry the Mario and Zelda branded cards for 1000 or 2000 Nintendo Points, each of which contains a...

  • News It's Dangerous to Go Alone, But the Zeldathon Raises Rupees Regardless

    Take this press release

    Nintendo charity marathons are all the rage these days: Mother/Earthbound and Mario have both had successful marathons, with Zelda set to join the titles from December 27th. The team at Zeldathon got in touch to spread the word about its upcoming money-raising efforts. The press release below contains all the information you need. Pennsylvania Teens to use Video Games to..

August2010

  • News Twilight Princess with High Res Textures Looks Fantastic

    Fan project shines the game up

    Zelda: Twilight Princess is knocking on four years old now: a venerable granddaddy in the Zelda line, it's only natural it's starting to show its age. Talented chap AaronLite has injected the game with some virtual Botox in the form of high resolution textures that turn the blurry bridges, grass and rocks of Hyrule into sharp detail. Sadly as the project uses the..

  • News Fan-Made Zelda MMO in Early Stages of Development

    Zelda World to offer what Nintendo hasn't?

    Most of the games in The Legend of Zelda series stay fairly rooted in the action-RPG genre and whilst that hasn't been detrimental to its overall quality and reputation, it does leave room for those wanting a deviation from the somewhat limited offline play for some wishful thinking. It seems a group of...

  • News Aonuma Confirms Zelda is Not the Skyward Sword

    Princess present but not in weapon form

    Ever since the very first piece of teaser artwork was produced for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – long before it was even known as Skyward Sword, even – there's been discussion of who or what the sword would be. Eiji Aonuma has confirmed the sword does have a personality but you can rule out one possibility: it's not Princess Zelda. Stating that the..

  • News Link and Ganondorf Combine to Win World Cosplay Championship

    Not sure where this fits in the Zelda timeline, though

    We love people who dress up as Nintendo characters, and we love them even more when they get up on stage in Japan to have a pretend fight in the final of the World Cosplay Championships. Our love for this video cannot be put into words. Taking place in Nagoya, the Italian team of Link, Luca Buzzi, and Ganondorf, Giancarlo Di Pierro, took home..

July2010

  • News Yes, There Really Is a Zelda Master Timeline Document

    No, you cannot see it

    There's been plenty of speculation over the years about how all the different Legend of Zelda games fit together: is Link to the Past before Ocarina of Time? Which came first, Minish Cap or Majora's Mask? Despite some outstanding efforts regrettably Nintendo has n

  • News Skyward Sword Swinging For Early 2011 Release

    At least it's not late 2011

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's release being pushed back to 2011 might have been a disappointing pill to swallow, but soldier on we must. Whilst not making it in-time for this year's Christmas wish list, the release window for Link's latest adventure is materializing. Speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine UK,...

  • News This Zelda Paper Animation is Awesome, Hilarious, Frightening

    Run the gamut of emotions

    A slice of Zelda humour that doesn't play on the well-trodden "it's dangerous to go alone" joke is worth a hundred Rupees, so this series of paper animations that portray Link as an unruly creep is worth about ten times that amount. From smashing up a man's house to exacting his revenge on Navi at last, Link's adventures in 2D are well worth watching right..

June2010

  • News Nintendo Considering Online Play and DLC for Future Zeldas

    Eiji Aonuma talks extra content and multiplayer

    Zelda games are single-player epics: one elf questing to prevent the resurrection of a giant evil and destruction of the world. But if Eiji Aonuma can make it work, we may one day see a Zelda game with online functions. Speaking to GameInformer, Mr Aonuma said he's constantly thinking about how people...

  • News Don't Expect Lefty Link in Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Southpaw control method "not currently planned"

    When Zelda: Twilight Princess made the jump from GameCube to Wii, some fans of the green-clad hero were unhappy that the game was completely flipped from left to right to accommodate many players being right-handed. With the unveiling of Zelda: Skyward Sword only one week old – doesn't time fly? – those old wounds may be reopened as a recent..

  • News Scott Pilgrim Movie Features Zelda Music, Gets Miyamoto's Thumbs-Up

    Upcoming film to include iconic tune

    Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim comic book series is receiving the cinematic treatment and is due to launch in the next few months. Full of video game references – here's a complete list just for fun – it looks as though that gaming spirit will transfer over to the big screen adaptation, as an interview...

  • E3 2010 First Impressions: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    We got hands on with Nintendo's flagship E3 title.

    If there's one first-party game that's getting most of the attention at Nintendo's E3 booth, it's got to be Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword with the line to play it snaking around the entire Nintendo booth several times. So you can imagine the dirty looks I received when I was whisked up to the VIP...

  • E3 2010 Ocarina of Time for 3DS

    Breaking news: classic title on the way to 3DS

    StarFox 64, Kid Icarus, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart and Resident Evil for the 3DS might sound like an impressive line-up, but do you know what it's missing? A splash of Zelda. Well, here comes a little-known title called Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, heading to your 3DS. That's right: one of Link's...

  • 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...

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