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Wednesday 09 November 2011

Zelda-Themed 3DS For Release In Europe

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In what is (I think) the first themed 3DS, Nintendo of Europe are releasing a stylish black, Zelda-themed 3DS. It has the famous Triforce logo on the centre, and a golden pattern around the edges, with ocarinas and harps at the corners. It will be bundled with, what else, Ocarina of Time 3D, and will be out on the 25th of November. Unfortunately, it seems that it will only be released in Europe for the time being, but it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world gets some form of Zelda 3DS, if not exactly the same design.

View images of the new model at Kotaku here: http://kotaku.com/5857367/check-out-this-stunning-black-zelda+themed-3ds/gallery/1

P.S. Remember to keep up-to-date with the Iwata Asks: Skyward Sword interview series. Read the latest volumes here: http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/news/iwata/iwata_asks_the_legend_of_zelda_skyward_sword_45404_45405.html

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Friday 04 November 2011

New Skyward Sword Trailer Shows Off Lanaryu Desert

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Nintendo are really building up the hype for the release of the newest Zelda game, and have released yet another trailer. This time the trailer focusses on a new area: the Lanaryu Desert. I would tell you more, but I’m personally avoiding any more trailers to avoid spoiling the game for myself. This doesn’t mean you can’t watch the trailer, though. It’s here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkpq7kJRiQ8

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Monday 31 October 2011

Robin and Zelda Williams Return For Skyward Sword

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I was right! I predicted the future! I don’t care if it was painfully obvious, I was right! Nintendo have continued their stream of TV Zelda adverts, featuring Robin Williams, and his daughter, Zelda. This time it’s for the upcoming Skyward Sword. Here at Zelda Elements we tell you the FUTURE.

As always, you will either love it or hate it. Right now, the only version that exists online is subtitled in a language I don’t recognise, so you’ll have to make do with it for now (not that it detracts much). Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZWzq1nX1iI

What’s next for Zelda, you ask us, having proved our fortune-telling abilities? Well, faithful readers, the next, currently unannounced Zelda game will be on a NINTENDO console. Fancy that!

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Friday 28 October 2011

New Skyward Sword Trailer Actually Shows New Stuff

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As we edge ever closer to the release of Skyward Sword, Nintendo have released another trailer for the game. Unlike the previous trailer, it actually shows new footage, and isn’t just a re-edited version of things we’ve largely seen before. Like the previous trailer (in fact, like ALL trailers), it has exactly the same music, the Zelda’s-Lullaby-in-reverse Skyward Sword theme. I suppose for some reason, Nintendo want us to be sick of it before it releases…

The “Origins” trailer is largely cutscene-based, and shows lots of new environments, characters, and creatures. View it exclusively at GameTrailers here: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/exclusive-origins-zelda-skyward/723205

Skyward Sword releases in just three weeks time. Are you excited? I will be, but I need to stop being excited for Sonic Generations first (which is out in under a week, just sayin’, folks. What do you mean I should write for a Sonic site instead?)

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Thursday 27 October 2011

Zelda Manga Box Set Available

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As Viz Media have finally finished the English translation of all current volumes of the Zelda manga, they’ve released a box set of the series. All ten volumes are included, which cover a large number of games: Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, Four Swords Adventures, A Link To The Past, The Minish Cap and Phantom Hourglass. Also included is a free poster.

I spotted the set in town today for a whopping £60, but online prices seem to be around half that. At £3 a volume, that’s a great deal!

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Wednesday 26 October 2011

Iwata Asks About Skyward Sword *UPDATED…AGAIN*

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Proving once again that he is a very curious chappie, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is once again interviewing Nintendo employees about the games wot they made. And this time, it’s Skyward Sword.

The five-page interview with the creators of the game, including producer Eiji Aonuma, is full of insight into the creative process behind the game, and of course, features Iwata finding things very amusing (laughs).

Read it here: http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/wii/zelda-skyward-sword/0/0

*UPDATE* The second part is now out: http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/wii/zelda-skyward-sword/1/0

*UPDATE 2.0* Report from the Sponge: Volume 3 is out: http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/wii/zelda-skyward-sword/2/0.  Hmmm…I previously hi-jacked the news job and now a whole story.  What’s next?!?!?!

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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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Mario to Use Zelda Weapon in Super Mario 3D Land

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Let’s talk about Mario for a few minutes. No, we’re not becoming Mario Elements, but Mario seems just as keen to celebrate Link’s 25th as much as we are. Nintendo already announced at E3 that a level in the upcoming 3DS game, Super Mario 3D Land, would feature a top-down dungeon level to honour Zelda, but it seems it doesn’t end there. Mario is getting a Zelda-inspired powerup!

Alongside Mario’s famous standard powerups, Mario is getting a Boomerang powerup, where he has the ability to, wait for it, throw a boomerang! Nintendo claims this is another nod to Zelda.

Sounds like Mario and Link are pals after all, despite punching the crap out of each other in Smash Bros. Who knows - will there be more Zelda nods in the final game? We’ll have to wait and see. My brother will be buying it and stealing my 3DS to play it - the cheek - so maybe I’ll have a shot to find out.

View a screenshot of the boomerang powerup here: http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/kotaku/2011/10/mariotop_01.jpg

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Friday 14 October 2011

Fan-Made 25th Anniversary Cartoons

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For Zelda’s 25th anniversary, Nintendo asked DSi and DSiXL owners to create their own Zelda cartoons using the in-built Flipnote Studio software. For cartoons designed on a DS touch screen, you may expect them to be quite static or not so detailed. You would be wrong! The fans have made some quite impressive shorts, and you can view the best of them at Kotaku: http://kotaku.com/5849773/zelda-fans-made-these-incredible-cartoons-on-a-ds/gallery/1

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Wednesday 05 October 2011

Four Swords Anniversary Edition TV Stop Features More Robin Williams

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It seems like Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda (who was named after… actually, you work it out) have signed a long-term marketing deal with Nintendo for the Zelda franchise. After starring in adverts for Ocarina of Time 3D a few months ago, they’re back to promote the newest title, Four Swords Anniversary Edition. Interesting to see Nintendo actually pay to promote something they’re giving away for free!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXbpkQHTMsc

And the moral of the story is: don’t bet your beard on a match of Four Swords. Who’s going to bet we’ll see these two charmers again in a month when Skyward Sword comes around?

(Footage does not show Robin Williams throwing his 3DS out of the window in a fit of rage after attempting the Hero Trials.)

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