Fan response is crucial to The Legend of Zelda. According to series producer Eiji Aonuma, feedback from those who play Zelda games helps shape future entries. This is one of the reasons why Nintendo showcases Zelda titles at events such as E3, where fans can try out early versions for themselves and voice their opinions in regards to their first-hand experience. You can read what Aonuma had to say on the matter below:
“We’re constantly thinking about how to make it unique compared to other games, both in general as well as to others in the Zelda series. Of course, the response of fans is most important and something we care very much about, which is why recently we have been showing early previews at events like E3. We’re looking to see that there are no problems with the directions we’re taking, and are reflecting the reactions we do get into subsequent development.”
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Official manga featuring The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is on the way. The new manga was confirmed by artist duo Akira Himekawa, who announced the news alongside a picture displaying silhouettes of Link, Wolf Link and Midna. Although a starting date has yet to be revealed, the manga will be serialized in Manga One. On a related note, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is set to launch next month for Wii U.
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If you want Link to be given a voice in The Legend of Zelda, you’re probably not the only one. According to series producer Eiji Aonuma, a lot of fans want that to become a reality. Aonuma, however, isn’t entirely set on the idea because he thinks Link’s silent nature is an integral part of what makes him unique. Here’s what Aonuma had to say on the matter:
“We’ve had a lot of requests from fans to hear [Link’s] voice, and while in some ways I do feel that it could be good to have a game where he speaks, part of me also feels that that air of proud independence he has because he doesn’t speak is a precious part of the individuality of his character. I want to think long and hard about whether changing that would be for the better or not before I make any decision.”
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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD has been given a T (Teen) rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). This may come as to no surprise to Zelda fans, since the original version of the 2006 action-adventure game was also rated T. The rating for the upcoming remaster cites “Animated Blood” and “Fantasy Violence,” among other things; you can read its rating summary in full below. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is scheduled to launch on March 4 for Wii U.
ESRB rating summary: This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Link, a young hero who must save a fantasy kingdom by defeating an evil villain. From a third-person perspective, players explore caves/dungeons, solve puzzles, and use swords, arrows, bombs, and magic to defeat enemy creatures (e.g., skeletons, spiders, dragons, plant creatures). Some sequences allow players to use ranged weapons/abilities from a first-person perspective; one section allows players to engage in a one-on-one sword-fight with a boss character. Cutscenes occasionally depict characters impaled by swords or shot with arrows; one boss creature emits small puffs of purple fluid when stabbed.
A number of Nintendo franchises appear in Tumblr’s list of the most reblogged video games of 2015. Pokemon is at the number-one spot, followed by The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. at numbers four and six, respectively. Splatoon comes in at eight and Animal Crossing: New Leaf is right after that at number nine. Fire Emblem is also on the list, where it sits at the twelfth spot. On a related note, The Pokemon Company recently made an official Tumblr page – where it’s been sharing a bunch of festive pics with none other than Pikachu in them. If you’re curious, you can check out Tumblr’s list below:
- Dragon Age
- The Legend of Zelda
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Super Smash Brothers
- Kingdom Hearts
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Mass Effect
- Life is Strange
- Fire Emblem
- Five Nights at Freddy’s
- Metal Gear Solid
- League of Legends
- Dragon Age II
- Team Fortress 2
- Persona 4
- Until Dawn
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New update date for The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is now available for download. The version 2.0.0 update is required to access the game’s online multiplayer features. Some notable additions include the Den of Trials, two new outfits, a new method for obtaining Friendly Tokens and Miiverse stamps. The full list of update details is as follows:
- Den of Trials will be added.
Over 30 stages will be unlocked in the Den of Trials (each one goes progressively deeper underground).
- 2 new outfits will be added.
These will be unlocked after clearing certain requirements in the game.
- A new method for obtaining Friendly Tokens will be added.
Friendly Tokens can be obtained from the street vendor after Princess Styla’s curse has been lifted.
- Miiverse stamps will be added.
Players with similar styles of play will be matched up (teamed up) more frequently during online play.
Users will be matched up with other players based on their answers to a series of questions prior to being matched up.
- Users will be able to add other users to their blacklist if they exit the game through the pause menu during the game.
After their teammate exits the game, users will be able to add them to their blacklist by tapping the teammate’s Hero Panel and pressing the A (or B) button before saving the game.
- Adjustments will also be made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.
Toon Link is about to get another chance at taking down gigantic monsters, thanks to Monster Hunter X. The title, a few weeks away from release in Japan, will feature a Palico outfit available at 7-Eleven stores. Check out Capcom’s video below showcasing the costume:
Meanwhile, if you are more a fan of anime, there is also this Macross tie-in:
Monster Hunter X will release on Nintendo 3DS in Japan on November 28th, with no sign of a Western release. Are you hoping the game comes to our shores?
Thanks, Flodarien for the edit! (I can’t tell Gundam from Macross)