Legend of Zelda News

May2013

  • Weirdness Legend of Zelda's Triforce Gets Carved Into A Japanese Tombstone

    A Link to the Afterlife

    It's not uncommon for people to have poignant messages carved into their headstones when they eventually shake off their mortal coil, but you've got to go a long way to beat the legendary Triforce when it comes to tributes to the dead. According to Twitter user mahosyouzyo, when a relative passed away she was asked to create...

  • Video The Super Piano Brothers Recreate Skyward Sword's Main Theme

    Gorgeous and epic

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was one of the last great Wii titles, earning a rare 10/10 in our review. Like any Zelda title there are some that don't like its changes, or the move to full-on motion controls, bit we'd wager that most at least like it a lot. One feature of the title that we feel stands up well for the vast...

  • Feature Celebrating Ten Years of The Wind Waker

    A decade under the ocean

    This week marked the 10th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’s European release, a title that’s equally one of the most beloved and controversial titles in the entire Zelda franchise. Launched on the GameCube between 2002 and 2003 worldwide, The Wind Waker had a troubled launch, due largely to a backlash...

  • News First 4 Figures Shows Off Its Mighty Ganondorf Army

    So many Ganondorfs, so little money

    First 4 Figures is known for its fantastic selection of figurines, which include various Nintendo characters with great attention to detail. The site has seen wonderful success with figures such as Link on Epona, Dark Link, Zero Suit Samus and the chief Goron, Darunia. There are plenty more to choose from, just...

  • News Rex Rocket Developer Keen To Bring Zelda-Style Blossom Tales To Nintendo Systems

    Inspired by Zelda: A Link to the Past

    Rex Rocket developer Rob Maher has exclusively revealed to us that his team plans to bring Zelda-style adventure Blossom Tales to either the 3DS or Wii U. Speaking in an interview which is due to go live on Nintendo Life tomorrow, Maher had this to say: Depending on the success of Rex Rocket, we have big...

  • News Fan-Made Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker Remix Album Coming Soon

    "On the Breath of the Wind" releasing later this year

    It's amazing to think that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is ten years old — here at Nintendo Life Towers we still vividly recall seeing those lush cel-shaded visuals for the first time and being totally enraptured by the gameplay. To mark the occasion, a fan album is being produced which...

  • News Eiji Aonuma: Zelda 3DS Will Feature a Light and Dark World

    Also explains the paper Link feature

    In a recent interview with CNET, The Legend of Zelda series producer, Eiji Aonuma, shed some light on the highly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the 3DS. The original game for the SNES featured two worlds, Light and Dark, in which Link had to alternate between both. According to...

April2013

March2013

  • Video Zelda: A Link To The Past Gets Condensed Into Just Four Minutes

    One of the best games ever in less time than it takes to eat a burger

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is unquestionably one of the best Zelda instalments, and quite possibly one of the greatest video games ever made. The games offers hours of top-notch entertainment, but YouTube user vgcuts has managed to cram all of that awesomeness into...

  • Video Someone Has Hacked Nic Cage's Face Into Zelda, Just Because They Can

    "We had no goal, only Cage"

    Oh boy. Some things in life simply defy explanation, so we won't even bother, but merely offer this befuddling video and allow you to draw your own conclusions. YouTube user Criken has created a texture mod for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask which liberally coats various surfaces in the game with the face of...

  • News Legend Of Zelda Hacked To Make Zelda The Hero

    Well her name is in the title, after all

    Recently, we saw Pauline switch roles with one-time romantic attachment Mario, and now it's the turn of Hyrule's most celebrated couple to change places. Animator Kenna W. decided to mod The Legend of Zelda to realise one of her childhood dreams — to get to play as the titular princess: For me, I played...

  • News Zelda Game Boy Color Oracle Duo Heading To Western 3DS eShops Before Summer

    Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma gives us new hope

    During last month's Japanese Nintendo Direct, it was announced that Japanese gamers would be able to purchase both The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Seasons on the 3DS eShop from the 27th February — so it was only a matter of time before the classic Game Boy Color...

  • Video Possibly the Most Legendary Zelda Cake Ever

    Seriously, this is ridiculous

    Some video game fans, particularly those in the Nintendo camp, sure go to a lot of trouble to demonstrate just how much they love their chosen games or franchises. It also seems that there's no better combination than big gaming fans doing something for their own little gamers, as this cake based on The Legend of Zelda:...

February2013

  • News Zelda Miiverse Community Launches Today For Wii U

    Finally, for all us fanboys and fangirls

    It's been announced during today's Nintendo Direct presentations that a special Legend of Zelda Miiverse community will be launching today for the Wii U. While we still have some time before The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and the Wii U Legend of Zelda games release, fans of the series will be able to...

  • News Zelda-Inspired Action RPG Cryamore Could Be Coming To Wii U

    Kickstarter stretch goal added

    Kickstarter-funded action RPG Cryamore could be coming to the Wii U according to its development team. The title has already smashed through its initial goal of $60,000 and currently sits at $142,673 with twelve days to go. If it reaches $250,000 by that point, ports to the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3 will be secure...

  • News Castlevania Producer Would Love To Work With Nintendo On Zelda

    Dave Cox wants a link to the future

    Nintendo's stance on collaborating with other developers is resulting in some interesting new titles, and rightly so — given the highly-esteemed nature of the company's portfolio, it's no surprise that other devs are falling over themselves to join forces with the Kyoto-based veteran. Speaking to Dutch site...

  • News Amazon Lists The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD For $59.99

    Nintendo taking the full-price route?

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is an updated version of the GameCube classic, which may lead you to assume that Nintendo will follow the example set by HD remakes on other consoles and give the game a lower-than-usual retail price. Of course, that isn't how Nintendo works - recent 3DS remakes for The...

  • Hardware Classics The Legend Of Zelda Game Boy Advance SP

    The Triforce is strong in this one

    Nintendo's Game Boy Advance is one of the company's most beloved handhelds. It had a hard act to follow, coming after the blockbuster successes of the original monochrome Game Boy and the Game Boy Color, but it managed to shift almost 90 million units globally. However, in typical Nintendo fashion, it took a major...

  • Ninterview Phil "Shamoozal" Summers

    Animaniac

    Shamoozal.com has a pretty straightforward objective: to create "Flash Cartoons and Animation about Nintendo, Rabbits, Ninjas, Monsters and More". It's the brainchild of Phil Summers, a rabid Nintendo fan whose unique sense of humour has resulted in a series of incredibly amusing animations based on famous video games from the past few...

January2013

  • Talking Point The Legend of Zelda: Remakes of the Past

    Majora's Mask 3D, anyone?

    The recent announcement of The Wind Waker HD for Wii U was met with a great deal of excitement not just here on Nintendo Life, but across social networks and other websites. It's a title that has a passionate, loyal following, and the prospect of an enhanced version prompted plenty of conversations about just what...

  • Book Review The Legend Of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

    Consulting the legendary tome

    It’s amazing to think that a game which started out as a very basic action RPG on the NES has morphed into one of gaming’s most enduring and famous properties, sparking everything from emotional debate to hushed reverence whenever its name is uttered. The Legend of Zelda series - apparently inspired by creator...

  • Feature Reimagining The Wind Waker on Wii U

    The possibilities are exciting

    Leaving Nintendo’s Space World presentation in 2001, few would have imagined that of all the games shown, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker would become a watershed moment for the company. Panned by some fans and critics alike for its cel-shaded look, the game has since arguably become a symbol of how to create a...

  • News Hyrule Historia Is The Number One Best Selling Book In The US

    Beating all the fad diet books

    Throughout the day we have noticed that many of you have been receiving your precious copies of Hyrule Historia, the fantastic art book dedicated to The Legend of Zelda franchise. We've been swooning over it here at NLife towers the moment it arrived, and we're sure you have been too. It comes as no surprise that the...

  • News Aonuma: Wii U Zelda Is All About "Rethinking Series Conventions"

    Nintendo has something new planned for Link

    Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma has given a few tantalising details regarding the all-new Wii U Legend of Zelda title during today's Wii U Direct. The game will be the second Zelda release for the new console, with an updated version of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker coming later this year. No footage or screens...

  • Ninterview Cosplayer Regina "RikkuGrape" Marie

    We speak to a seriously talented Zelda cosplayer

    It's been a while since we ran a Ninterview, but we're back with our first of 2013. This time, we're speaking to cosplayer Regina Marie, better known as RikkuGrape. She's dressed up as a wide variety of different characters, but we're most interested in her amazing replications of individuals from The...

  • News Zelda Symphony of the Goddess coming to the UK this year

    Have your big pouch ready!

    On 25th October 2011, Zelda fans across the UK - and from further afield too - flocked to the Hammersmith Apollo for a once in a lifetime experience. The Legend of Zelda series celebrated its 25th anniversary in style - and featured Eiji Aonuma, Zelda Williams and legendary Zelda theme composer Koji Kondo. And now, that...

December2012

  • News Legend of Zelda LEGO Project Falls At The Final Hurdle

    Back to the Future wins instead

    Everyone has cool ideas for custom LEGO sets, and thankfully since 2008 these concepts have had a chance of becoming reality thanks to LEGO CUUSOO. An official partner of The LEGO Group, CUUSOO's objective is to produce community-supported LEGO sets. Ideas are submitted via a website and members of the public vote...

  • News Amazing Fan-Made Video Explores Link's Obsession With Smashing Pots

    We just feel sorry for the guard

    When you really think about it, Link is a bit of nuisance. Throughout the The Legend of Zelda series he may have rescued princesses and saved entire worlds from destruction, but he's also broken a heck of a lot of pots in the process - sometimes for no other reason than to let off some steam. This worrying habit is...

  • News Zelda Swap Is Collaborative Art Genius, With Added Link

    Art attack

    Ten Paces and Draw is a site with a unique aim: each week it presents a challenge in which sketches are made and swapped between artists, with one providing an rough idea and the recipient finishing it in their own style. Projects cover all kinds of topics, including The Hobbit and the work of famed anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, but the...

  • News Nintendo Now Involved With Twilight Symphony

    Set to be released before Christmas

    Twilight Symphony, the epic 3-disc orchestral rearrangement of music from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, was set to be released mid-November but never actually made it through the letterboxes of those who placed an order. The box-set, made by the extremely talented Zelda Reorchestrated and distributed...

  • News You Need This Legend Of Zelda Figure In Your Life

    We go hands-on with Max Factory's amazing Figma Link action figure

    As much as it pains us to admit it, you never really grow out of toys. And it's pretty much official that toys based on popular video games are the bomb. Don't believe us? Then check out the photos below of the amazing Figma Link action figure from Japanese manufacturer Max Factory...

  • News If Nintendo Ever Made A Mature Zelda, This Is What It Would Look Like

    Fantasy artist Dave Palumbo has created the ultimate Dark Link

    The release of the Wii U and the advent of HD gaming in the world of Nintendo has led many fans to speculate what the next Zelda game will look like. The opportunity for realistic visuals could tempt Nintendo to create a grittier, darker version of its fantasy series, but chances are it...

November2012

  • News Limited Edition Hyrule Historia Restricted To Just 4000 Copies

    Save your Rupees for this one!

    The Legend of Zelda fans will surely be eagerly awaiting Hyrule Historia, the gorgeous 272-page art book which will feature the official timeline and concept art from the famous series. Its publisher, Dark Horse Books, has now announced that it will be producing 4000 limited edition copies of the book; this edition...

  • News This Zelda Video is Truly Epic

    One of the best you'll see

    We've seen some creative and clever videos over the years, with no shortage of film-making skill, that celebrate Nintendo franchises or characters. One of our favourites is this post-it Mario sequence, which used stop-motion video techniques and 7000 post-it notes — all in the name of entertainment. The talented people...

  • News Link And Mario Have Gate-Crashed These Scribblenauts Unlimited Trailers

    Crossover chaos

    The amazing news that Scribblenauts Unlimited would feature famous Nintendo characters was met with a fair degree of excitement, and thanks to two new trailers released by Warner Bros. Interactive, we can now see this magical crossover in motion. The videos detail the kind of things you can do with the classic Legend of Zelda and...

  • News Hyrule Historia Picks Up New Cover and Trailer

    Da-da-da-daaaaaaa!

    In case you don't know, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is a rather lovely-looking 272-page hardcover art book that celebrates the series, containing words from Shigeru Miyamoto, lots of concept art, a history of Hyrule and an officially sanctioned timeline. After envious glances towards the release in Japan earlier this...

  • News Father Gender-Bends Link For The Benefit of His Zelda-Loving Daughter

    Now that's fatherly devotion

    It can't be easy for young female gamers growing up in a world dominated by men. When you're still searching for your own identity and place in the world, it must be confusing to be forced to adopt so many male personalities in the games you play. Doting father Mike Hoye didn't want his daughter Maya to face this...

  • News The Legend of Zelda's Link Was Inspired By Walt Disney's Peter Pan

    From one green hero to another

    Clad in green garments, sporting a pointy hat and defined by elf-like ears, you'd think we were talking about Hyrule's hero - Link. Wrong. We have Peter Pan in mind, the protagonist from one of Walt Disney's most famous animated productions, who became an inspiration for the The Legend of Zelda's main character. In an...

  • News Zelda: Twilight Symphony Soundtrack Available For Pre-Order

    Over 3 hours of glorious music

    Zelda Orchestrated, the dedicated team behind Twilight Symphony, has finally unveiled that its most ambitious project is now available for pre-order with a price tag of $49.99. The 3-disc soundtrack, which is an orchestral arrangement of music from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, is only available in limited

October2012

  • News Award Winning Short Film Shows the Power of Zelda and Escapism

    Sad but brilliant

    If there's one thing that video games very rarely do, if ever, it's to remind us of our everyday lives. While reading books, watching TV and more serve as a source of rest from our day-to-day existence, one of the game medium's strengths, that makes gamers love their hobby with such a passion, is the ability of some titles to truly...

  • News Zelda Symphony Heading To Australia

    A Link To The South

    Amazing news, Zelda fans: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will be heading to Australia next year to continue its world tour. You can purchase the tickets from Ticketmaster, which are available to buy from October 20th. Both shows are set to take place at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Friday February 1st...

  • News The Harp Twins Are Back With Another Musical Video

    Music to our ears

    Camille and Kennerly, known as The Harp Twins, are back with another game-themed arrangement, this time with a rather soothing Final Fantasy medley. The twins’ unique take on the harp involves new arrangements of well-known music pieces; it's certainly worked quite well in their favour, with a worldwide following and over 4...

  • News The Best Damn Half Time Entertainment You'll Ever See

    Ohio State University Marching Band plays Zelda, Mario, Tetris and more

    The Ohio State University Marching Band is a pretty big deal. It's one of the largest groups of its type in the world, and is regularly referred to by admirers as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" (TBDBITL for short). Famed for its stunningly complex half time performances, the...

  • News This Custom Zelda Shield Is Possibly The Best Use of Lego Yet

    Block buster

    When we were kids, we tried to create all manner of things out of Lego, most of which turned out to be disappointingly dissimilar from the intended design. That's clearly not something that Reddit user remig ever has to worry about - as this amazing Hylian Shield attests. Constructed from Lego parts costing around $1500, this amazing...

September2012

August2012

  • News GAME: Zelda Majora’s Mask Listing Was Fabricated

    Bring on the disappointment

    Yesterday, we reported that GAME had listed The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask on its site, before hastily removing it moments later. The story triggered mixed reactions - some readers were happy about the news, while others bemoaned Nintendo's insistence on recycling pas

  • Rumour Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask Coming To 3DS

    UPDATED: It was a fake

    UPDATE: GAME has confirmed that the screen-grab was a hoax. Read the full story here. Nintendo could be prepping a 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, if a listing on UK retailer GAME is to be believed. Spotted by an eagle-eyed shopper, the listing - which has since been removed - went live around 10:00AM...

  • News The Legend of Zelda is Now 25 in The U.S.

    Celebrate with a fake 3DS Zelda image

    Yesterday brought a major anniversary for The Legend of Zelda, as it was released in the U.S. on 22nd August 1987, making it another 25th anniversary. Of course, Nintendo has already celebrated the series a great deal with orchestral concerts, a free download of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary...

  • News Take a Sneaky Look at The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

    In English, hurrah!

    It's been a good month so far for Zelda fans. Not only has the monumental book, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, been translated and confirmed for the West next January, but this week we also had the smug satisfaction of knocking off E. L. James' infamous Fifty Shades of Grey from the top spot on amazon.com's best-sellers...

  • News The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Tops Amazon Book Charts

    Now that's epic

    Last week we were rather delighted to share the news that The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is on the way to the West, with all 272 pages of its Zelda goodness making its way out of Japan early next year. We know enthusiasts will be interested in this, but the question is whether there'll be enough demand to make it worth the...

  • News The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is Coming to the West

    Link to the past

    Good news — that lovely looking Zelda book that came to Japan earlier this year, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, is being released in North America at the start of 2013. Dark Horse Books will be publishing the 272-page hardcover art book, which contains bundles of concept art, the complete history of Hyrule and, of course,...

  • News The Wild West Meets Zelda In A Fist Full of Rupees

    Amazing Hyrule and Spaghetti Western Mash-Up Hits YouTube

    There was a time when YouTube was the sole preserve of low-grade amateur videos and footage of amusing pets performing inane stunts, but with millions of dollars being pumped into original programming on the service, we're starting to see the kind of content which rivals what we're viewing on...

  • Talking Point Another Look at the News - 3rd August

    We're on our soapbox

    It's been a relatively busy week of Nintendo news, culminating in the EA Summer Showcase that was more of a polite presentation, in terms of Wii U at least. Once again we take a look at some of the news of the past week and give a personal spin, ranging from optimism to shouting from on top of our soapbox, depending on the...

  • News The Legend of Zelda Prototype Cart Sells For $55,000

    One third of the Triforce price

    Earlier this week we told you about a The Legend of Zelda prototype cart for sale on eBay, with the seller establishing a target price of $150,000. A sale has now been made for a handsome sum, but it's ultimately just over a third of that target price. According to examiner.com, $55,000 is a record total for a...

  • News The Legend of Zelda Music Makes Olympics Appearance

    The Games feature a game

    The Legend of Zelda franchise may not have the same raw selling power reserved almost exclusively for Mario, but it still has a significant and passionate worldwide fanbase. One of the defining and iconic parts of the series is its music, and it seems that a Mexican gymnast called Elsa Garcia Rodriguez Blancas is a fan, as...

July2012

  • News Live Action Zelda Video Has Poe Trouble

    A moody adventure

    After showing you a rather quirky take on finding a real life Master Sword yesterday, today brings another live action Zelda production onto our radar. In terms of approach, it's a very different proposition, with a very literal and moody representation of Link, Epona and accompanying fairy — Navi, it seems. This one is from...

June2012

  • News This Zelda Nursery Sets the Scene for a Life of Adventure

    Highly decorated

    So many Legend of Zelda games open with Link waking up in bed that a Zelda-decorated nursery makes perfect sense. Cole Bradburn and friend Wes spent three months decorating a nursery to greet Bradburn's newborn son, taking the cel-shaded adventures of Link as their inspiration. The hand-painted room features art from The Legend of...

  • News Zelda Remakes Still Part of Nintendo's Quest

    Miyamoto weighing up two distinct options

    Ever since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D arrived on 3DS, fans of the series have been eager to see what's next. Our team had hopes, before they were cruelly dashed, that an all-new Zelda entry would be teased for 3DS at E3. Judging on comments made by Shigeru Miyamoto to IGN, however, it seems that...

  • News Japan Gets New Skyward Sword Link Figure in October

    Go Figma

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's interpretation of Link gets immortalised in resin later this year, when Japanese manufacturer Max Factory puts out its Master Sword Link figurine. The ¥3,800 statue — that's about £30 or $47 — comes with Link, a Master Sword and Hylian Shield (of course), as well as an effects piece for his sword...

  • E3 2012 Miyamoto Talks Zelda Wii U Experiments

    Several in the works

    Last year's Zelda HD experience was certainly graphically impressive, but as always Nintendo was keen to stress it was just an example of what's possible; we know from past experience Zelda tech demos often vastly differ from the finished product. Nintendo's main man Shigeru Miyamoto told Entertainment Weekly there are various...

  • E3 2012 Nintendo Land's Zelda Game Has Us in Stitches

    Link's never looked cuter

    Nintendo Land combines several key Nintendo franchises — Zelda, Animal Crossing and more — into a theme park-style minigame compilation. Each title has its own new graphical style, and the super-cutesy hand-stitched Zelda game certainly tickles our fancy. The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest game features archery and...

May2012

  • Talking Point Should Zelda Go Episodic?

    "Next time on The Legend of Zelda..."

    For more than 25 years, The Legend of Zelda series has grapple-hooked the hearts of gamers across the globe. Thanks to the consistent quality of its library of titles, the Zelda brand has generated a worldwide recognition that few games achieve and has become the standard by which all other action-adventure...

  • News Zelda Rock Album Available Now

    Suitably epic

    The Legend of Zelda is a franchise with immediately recognisable themes and soundtracks, which naturally prompts fans to produce their own arrangements and covers of the iconic music. In an interesting approach, one musician has opted to, in his words, produce a 'post-rock inspired rearrangement of Koji Kondo's music', giving it a new...

  • Interview Michael Inglis - Building LEGO Zelda

    Legendary LEGO

    Recently we found out that a project to make LEGO Zelda a reality, via the CUUSOO platform, had reached 10,000 supporters and, as a result, has gone forward for consideration by The LEGO Group. There are still hurdles to get over, including the small matter of Nintendo agreeing to license the brand, but it's an achievement to...