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Friday 21 October 2011

Link Makes Unrealistic Dressing Room Demands For 25th Anniversary Concert

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You may be wondering why on earth I just typed that headline. Link is fictional! He won’t be attending any of the the 25th Anniversary Concerts. But that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from having some fun, leading to hilarity in the process.

The first Western date for the Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Tour is tomorrow, in LA, and Nintendo have submitted a “contract rider” to the venue, the Pantages Theatre, letting them know just what the concert’s main star, Link, requires in his dressing room (or rather, dressing rooms - he wants three). This includes fairy fountains, two gallons of Lon Lon Milk, and a secret room, reachable only by bombing a wall. Also, no octoroks, stalfos, moblins or skullturas are allowed anywhere near the venue (aside from golden skullturas - they come in handy). Link sure is a bit of a diva…

The whole thing is hilarious, and a great piece of viral marketing from Nintendo. There are only three concerts scheduled for this year - Japan (in the past), the LA show, and London (on the 25th of October). But Nintendo have promised to put the show on tour next year, so hopefully you will be able to see it at a venue near you.

View (and laugh at) the contract rider here: http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/kotaku/2011/10/308165_229086483819156_170177419710063_610086_1833413079_n.jpg

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Monday 29 August 2011

Golden Zelda Wii Remote Plus, CD, To Be Bundled With Skyward Sword

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Looking forward to Skyward Sword? Aren’t we all. But isn’t there something in the way of you playing it? Say, a Wii Remote? More specifically, a Wii Remote Plus? You need one to play the game, and as there hasn’t really been any great games that use the upgraded controller (which has the same functionality as a Wii Motion Plus extension, only built into the remote), this may finally be the time that you lay down the cash for your own. Well, the money-grabbers at Nintendo are way ahead of you.

Nintendo are releasing a special edition of Skyward Sword, featuring the golden, Zelda-themed Wii Remote Plus we saw at their E3 press conference. It will set you back $70, if you live in the US. Problem solved! Now not only will you be able to experience 1:1 sword motion, you can do it with 100% more Zelda in your right hand. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be an accompanying golden nunchuck, so you’ll have to put up with clashing colours. Sorry, perfectionists.

Also, the first run of both versions of Skyward Sword will contain a CD featuring music from the Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Tour (also mentioned at E3). Certainly a nice, free extra!

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Sunday 21 August 2011

Zelda Symphony Tour London Date Announced

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In news that completely slipped under my radar (sorry), Nintendo recently announced a London date for their 25th Anniversary Symphony Tour. Previously thought to have only one 2011 date (in Los Angeles), Nintendo have confirmed that there will instead be three 2011 dates, with the second in London and the third in a yet-to-be-announced European country, before the show goes on tour properly in 2012.

The London date will be on the 25th of October at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, and prices range from £38.50 to an extortionate £110.50 VIP ticket, which includes a meet-and-greet with the stars of the show (presumably including Zelda composer Koji Kondo?) You can buy tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/36004702D26C5B5D

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Thursday 21 July 2011

Zelda 25th Anniversary Tour: First Date Announced, Then Becomes 26th Anniversary Tour

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Good news! The first date for Zelda’s 25th Anniversary Symphony Tour has been announced, and it’s October 21st, at the Pantages Theatre in L.A. Bad news! The tour is subsequently being postponed until 2012, missing the 25th anniversary entirely. Nintendo didn’t give any reason for the delay of the tour, set to travel through the US, Japan and Europe. So if you were looking forward to some live orchestrated versions of the classic Zelda melodies, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Unless you like in L.A.

If you want to get tickets to the L.A. show, you can buy them here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B0046F3F2235ED2

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