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Thursday 26 May 2011

Another Ocarina of Time 3D Trailer

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Nintendo released a new, short trailer for Ocarina of Time 3D today, showing of three of the remake’s new features. You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H-D0zsttCA

The first new feature showed off in the trailer is the inclusion of hint movies. These are movies similar to the Super Guide seen in recent Mario and Donkey Kong games, and essentially show stuck players how to proceed. This wisdom is imparted by Sheikah Stones scattered throughout the world.

The trailer also shows off the new touch screen item menu, which allows for quick and easy swapping of items, such as swapping boots when underwater (which Nintendo assumably included in the trailer to scream “LOOK! WE’VE MADE THE WATER TEMPLE EASIER, ALRIGHT?!”).

The final new feature included in the trailer is the “Boss Challenge” mode. This allows players to fight against previously beaten bosses once more. There was previously no way to do this, so it will be doubt be a welcome addition for fans who enjoy the boss battles.

And that wraps up the trailer. Will there be more new features revealed throughout the weeks in the run up to its release, or will there be some surprises left unannounced for the fans to discover? Will there be some new challenges in the game, such as bonus dungeons or mini-games? Nintendo are keeping tight-lipped, so we’ll need to wait and see.

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Wednesday 25 May 2011

It’s Alive!

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Hello there. I suppose you’re wonder what happened to the site over the last three or four months. Well, it’s not actually that exciting. I had to take some time out to finish my fourth year of uni - when you get to such an important time, something has to give, and unfortunately this was one of those things. I’m just a volunteer writer, and the only active newswriter, so when I left things kind of ground to a halt.

But the good news? We are now back in business. The exams are done, the presentations are finished and I have a summer where I desperately need things to do! So you can stay tuned to ZE for your latest Zelda news and rumours over this Zelda-dense period of E3 2011 and the release of Ocarina of Time 3D. By the way, did you see the box art for that game? It looks great!

Speaking of which, here is a hype-inducing new trailer for the game: http://uk.kotaku.com/5805332/would-you-like-a-new-zelda-3ds-trailer

And did you know that if you’re Australian, you can get a special edition with an actual ocarina? Madness! http://uk.kotaku.com/5805347/this-version-of-ocarina-of-time-comes-with-an-actual-ocarina

So please excuse the blip, and let us continue as normal. Regular news articles will get proper write-ups as of this point.

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Tuesday 01 February 2011

New F4F Statuette (Again) - Dark Link!

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Expensive video game statuette makers First4Figures never seem to cease announcing new entries into their numerous collections, and today they have released shots of their most recent Zelda item, again a fan favourite - Dark Link. Their fifth variation on Link (excluding Wolf Link), you know the drill by now - the attention to detail is almost as large as the price, it comes in limited quantities, has an even more limited online exclusive with glowing eyes, and it won’t be out for ages.

The regular version, limited to 2,500 pieces, will set you back $169.99, and can be viewed and pre-ordered here: https://www.first4figures.com/component/option,com_myphp/Itemid,3/product,86/

The exclusive version is limited to 500 and will cost $20 more at $189.99. Get it here: https://www.first4figures.com/component/option,com_myphp/Itemid,3/product,87/

Both will be available in Q3 of this year. So, has the coolness-factor of Dark Link finally won you over to buy one of these?

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Friday 26 November 2010

Another New F4F Statuette - Wolf Link and Midna!

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First 4 Figures have announced their latest Zelda statette, more specifically in their Twilight Princess Master Arts range - Wolf Link and Midna! The Master Arts series - which Zant is already a member of - are 1/4 scale. That means two things. One: they are huge. Two: they will burn an even huger hole in your pocket (and probably singe some of your leg hair in the process). But if you have the cash, it’ll definitely be worth it, as F4F are well known for the amazing quality of their products. And it’ll definitely be a conversation-starter sitting on your coffee table!

Pre-orders launch this coming Tuesday (30th of November), at their website, www.first4figures.com

Do you have any of their figures? I was lucky enough to have a brother who bought me the (comparitively small) Skull Kid model, and I also have their (even smaller) Sonic the Hedgehog vinyl figures sitting on my desk. The detail is fantastic.

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Thursday 28 October 2010

New Ocarina of Time 3D Footage

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The first footage of Ocarina of Time 3D has hit the web. Youtube user LOGICTOILET (I don’t know either) brings us this footage of the game. Unfortunately, it’s a “shakycam” recording (and thus has 3D blurring), and takes place while a Japanese man and woman (I don’t know who they are) at a Japanese place (I don’t know where they are) talk about the game (I don’t know what they’re saying). But it’s the first proper footage, so who’s complaining?

The woman has a run around Kokiri Forest as Young Link - the start of the game. At the times when the footage is not blurry, it looks very good. The game has had a major graphical polish, with the polygonal graphics and low frame rate of the original game gone. The game looks surprisingly smooth, and Link’s character model is impressive.

The game is out… oh, we don’t know yet. But I’m putting money on it launching alongside the 3DS next March.

View the footage here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W68CPInmYc

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Monday 11 October 2010

Alundra Hits the Playstation Network Tomorrow

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Word has just hit the street that two great PSOne RPGs from the legendary, but bust, RPG producer Working Designs will appear, as if by magic, for you to buy WITHOUT GOING TO A SHOP on the Playstation Network tomorrow - Alundra and Arc the Lad.

“But Espy,” you ask, “Why are you posting this on a Zelda site?” Well, my friends, Alundra has an awful lot to do with Zelda. In fact, it’s a blatant rip off. But you know what? It’s an amazing game. The game is about ten times harder than your average Zelda game, has great-looking 2D graphics, a memorable soundtrack and has a very dark, twisted plot with huge, atmospheric, engrossing world to match. And the best part? Its only $5.99!

If have a Zelda-shaped itch to scratch, or just want a retro RPG blast from the early Playstation era, definitely give this game a try.

It looks like this is US-only for now, but I may be wrong. Let me know if you see it appear on the PSN in Europe.

P.S. Try to beat it without GameFAQs. I dare you!

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Thursday 30 September 2010

Sweet! Some Skyward Sword Screenshots

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While Nintendo’s next big Zelda game, Skyward Sword, was absent from their press conference yesterday, they have made up for it by releasing a handful of new screenshots of the 2011 game.

Unfortunately, they don’t really show anything new. The same environments and enemies are featured. But something has changed. While the Skyward Sword we saw at E3 was bursting with colour, this one seems a little bit more subdued. Just a little bit, but it gives the screenshots a very different feel. Are Nintendo trying to appease the fans that prefer a darker atmosphere in their Zelda? Or maybe it’s just the way the specific screenshots came out? We only have five, so it’s hard to tell for sure. We’ll keep you updated.

View the screenshots here: http://kotaku.com/5651661/zelda-skyward-sword-is-looking-a-little-different/gallery/

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Wednesday 29 September 2010

Link’s Awakening Confirmed for New 3DS Virtual Console

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It seems that Ocarina of Time isn’t the only Zelda game getting a new life on the 3DS - Nintendo announced at their press conference today that the new console will feature a Virtual Console for portable games. Game Boy and Game Boy Colour games were the first batch announced (though you can bet on games for the Game Gear and other lesser-known consoles appearing eventually).

The first two games were announced were the classic Super Mario Land (which I think is one of those games that EVERYONE must have played at some point), and Link’s Awakening DX - an enhanced, Game Boy Colour port of the very first portable Zelda game.

No prices announced yet, but we’ll keep you up-to-date.

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First Ocarina of Time 3DS Footage Unveiled UPDATED: Screenshots

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Nintendo held their annual press conference in Japan today, and it came with lots of information about the 3DS (though, sadly, none about Skyward Sword that has been reported).

So, the 3DS. When is it coming out? February 26 2011 for Japan, and the less specific “March” for the west. How much will it cost? ¥25,000 in Japan (which equates to $300 or £190, though the western prices are always more expensive in practice). What games are coming out on it? Do I have a trailer for you.

The 3DS games montage trailer (which can be viewed at Kotaku here: http://kotaku.com/5650702/watch-almost-every-3ds-game-in-action) shows off the impressive range of games available, and their impressive graphics (but not their impressive 3D, for obvious reasons). One of the games shown is, yep, Ocarina of Time 3D.

Some footage from early in the game is included (Kokiri Forest and the first dungeon), which shows the game’s vastly improved graphics and character models, which we can only assume will look even cooler in 3D.

No word on whether the game will be launched alongside the console, or if we’ll have to wait a bit longer for it, but hopefully we’ll find out soon.

*UPDATE* Four new screenshots of the game have been released by Nintendo, giving a closer look at the updated Young Link, and more importantly, a look at the new touch-screen menu. Have a look here: http://kotaku.com/5650816/four-new-screens-from-ocarina-of-time-3ds/gallery/

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Tuesday 31 August 2010

Zelda Referenced on US TV Show

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I’m not one for watching serial dramas or thrillers, and I’ll admit I’ve never heard of Rubicon (aside from it being a range of fruity drinks), but this clip has been making the rounds on the internet recently, so I’ll post it here for you to devour.

So basically, there’s this clip from this American drama called Rubicon. In the clip, which is taken completely out of context so I really have no idea what anyone’s talking about, a woman and a man clutch pairs of headphones to their ears while the woman says some stuff and cries a little bit. There is then what I assume is an awkward hint at an unrequited romance between the two characters, then the dude points out that she has a Triforce tattooed to her wrist. The following AMAZING CONVERSATION ensues.

“Triforce?”

“I like Zelda.”

VIDEO GAME REFERENCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP9BxOWXDqI&feature=player_embedded

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