The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that the upcoming Zelda for Wii U looks even “more amazing” now compared to when it was unveiled earlier this year. The Wii U console’s first original Zelda title was revealed at E3 2014, when Aonuma talked about his desire to create an open-world installment in Nintendo’s action-adventure series. In addition, Aonuma hinted that Zelda for Wii U may make another appearance at E3 2015.
“Now it looks more amazing than what was shown at E3,” said Aonuma.
Several people have contacted us to say that the Nintendo UK Store currently has The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D listed with a February 15th release date. When the game was announced yesterday, Nintendo simply said they were targeting a spring 2015 release. This specific date on the store could be an error, but let’s hope someone slipped up and that we will get the game in February.
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Update: The date has been changed on the Nintendo UK Store and now says it will be released on June 30th 2015.
Nintendo of Europe are set to hold a special Zelda-themed sale throughout September in celebration of Hyrule Warriors’ release later this month. Between September 4 and September 26, a selection of The Legend of Zelda titles will be discounted in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and 3DS, so if you’ve yet to experience some of the classic adventure titles, now’s your chance.
As a special offer to Zelda fans, Nintendo of Europe is currently offering those who have previously downloaded Zelda titles to their Wii U or 3DS consoles a 10 per cent discount – €44.99/£35.99 instead of the regular price of €49.99/£39.99 – on Hyrule Warriors from September 19 through to September 26.
Similar to the Super Smash Bros veteran and newcomer flash sales, Nintendo of Europe are keen to drive digital sales on the eShop. The selection of Zelda games will change each week, but for now you can check out which titles – including Wind Waker HD and Ocarina of Time – are discounted this week in the list below.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Nintendo) – €39.99/£32.99 (Ends September 11, normally €59.99/£49.99)
- The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£3.49)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£3.49)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo) – €29.99/£25.99 (Ends September 11, normally €44.99/£39.99)
- The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£4.49)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.44 (Ends September 11, normally €4.99/£4.49)
A recently-launched online petition is requesting that Nintendo names a non-player character (NPC) in the next The Legend of Zelda title after Robin Williams. The petition has already garnered 50,000 signatures and is asking supporters to push for a Robin character to appear in the upcoming Zelda game for Wii U. Williams, who passed away earlier this week, was deemed a long-time, avid fan of the long-running action-adventure series. He also appeared in several Nintendo promos and even named his daughter after the franchise’s titular heroine.
Nintendo UK has added new Zelda goodies to their official online store. As can be seen in the embedded tweet, a range of new merchandise for men, women and children are now offered within the store, including the following:
- Small messenger bag
- Girls’ Wind Waker stained glass wallet/purse
- The Legend of Zelda golden-plated cap
- Girls’ Zelda Hoodie – Green/Black
- The Legend of Zelda Men’s T-Shirt – Black
You can view all the Zelda merchandise in the “Cool Stuff” section of the online store, alternatively you can just click the link here to go directly to the section. Remember that the online store only ships physical products to residencies within the UK.
Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that he doesn’t solely look at sales numbers when creating new installments in The Legend of Zelda series. According to Aonuma, rather than prioritizing the potential financial success of a Zelda title, Nintendo first focuses on how it can develop a compelling package that provides players with memorable and pleasurable experiences.
“I always want to create something unique, and the reason for that is not just because it makes for a more fun game experience once the game is completed,” Aonuma said. “But as a creator it also makes things more interesting for my team and myself. Images and expressions and all of those things, in order to make those unique, we don’t start with a plan that is set in stone from the beginning, it’s definitely an evolution. We may have a basic concept in the beginning, but as we are working through those concepts, they are going to evolve, they are going to change. So that’s how that particular tech demo you saw early on has evolved to what you saw in the trailer.”
Nintendo has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap will arrive soon on the Wii U Virtual Console service. Originally released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, the title is the only entry in the Zelda series in which Link explores the tiny, mysterious land of the Minish. It introduces several new items, such as the Mole Mitts and Gust Jar, which Link must use to save Hyrule and the miniature land of the Minish. The game is also among the 20 featured titles on the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program.