Some ambitious Nintendo fans have recreated the majestic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 2D on the PC. The game is meant to mimic classic games of the past and was built from scratch by just nine people. As you would expect the project isn’t very far along at the moment, but you can check out the website or download it.
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The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has taken to Miiverse to announce that Epona will be a DLC weapon for Link in Hyrule Warriors. Here’s what Aonuma had to say about the inclusion of Epona via the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U social network, Miiverse.
“Beyond that, additional downloadable content will become available in Hyrule Warriors after the game launches. The first DLC pack, Master Quest Pack, will be released on October 16. The details of that pack will be revealed soon, but today, let me give you a sneak peak at an additional weapon. The new weapon added through the Master Quest Pack is…Epona!”
“Some of you may be surprised to hear that Epona is a “weapon”, but in Hyrule Warriors, she can team up with Link to attack enemies! I already had a chance to try out Epona in the game. By riding Epona, I was able to blow heards of enemies away and gallop swiftly through the fields, and I had a lot of fun trying out this re-imagined version of her in Hyrule Warriors.”
“In the Zelda series, players never had a chance to tackle bosses by galloping around them with Epona like in Hyrule Warriors, so I hope fans will enjoy playing as Zelda characters in a game with a different type of action than you typically find in the original series. In addition to Epona, the DLC will include other content as well, like new scenarios and costumes that will further expand your gaming experience. If you’re interested, please check it out in the Nintendo eShop. I hope these download packs will help deepen and expand your adventures in Hyrule Warriors.”
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Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that he wants Zelda Wii U to feature outstanding cut scenes like those found in Hyrule Warriors. Aonuma said this because he’s been hearing lots of praise for the cut scenes featured in the soon to be released Hyrule Warriors.
“Looking at the comments on Miiverse regarding Hyrule Warriors, it’s been great to see a lot of positive feedback. But one of the things that leaves me with rather complicated feelings is that people are saying, “Oh wow, I really love the cutscenes in this game! This is better than the stuff Nintendo does!” Of course, that leaves me a little conflicted, and gives me a mission now to make sure that the new Zelda game that I’m working on can hold its own in that aspect against Hyrule Warriors!”
Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that Koei Tecmo’s Yosuke Hayashi wanted to make Hyrule Warriors closer to a traditional Zelda title rather than a Dynasty Warriors game. However, Aonuma said Miyamoto put a stop to this and said that this shouldn’t be the case.
”At first, when Hayashi-san approached me, he wanted to make this title closer to a Zelda game than a Dynasty Warriors game — that extended to having boss battles in the dungeons and [having] certain characters in the game. However, Mr. Miyamoto came along and up-ended the tea table, saying, “No, that should not be the case. What we’re doing here is grafting Zelda onto the Dynasty Warriors experience.” It was a reversal of the original proposal from Hayashi-san, which was adding elements of Dynasty Warriors onto the Zelda franchise. It ended up being the other way around based on Miyamoto’s direction.”
- Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma
”This relates a bit to when Mr. Miyamoto stepped in to overturn the tea table. It was really trying to strike that balance of making a game that Zelda fans will enjoy that is different from a typical Zelda game, that has enough elements that people will enjoy but also not losing Zelda fans. We ourselves are Zelda fans as well, so we had to ask ourselves the question of what is it that makes a Zelda game, and how many of those elements do we need to include. Up until the very end, we kept adding different elements to the game until we struck a balance that we were happy with.”
- Koei Tecmo’s Yosuke Hayashi
If you’re thinking of picking up one of the gorgeous Zelda themed Nintendo 3DS XL consoles for cheap, then you’re in luck. The official Nintendo of America webstore currently has refurbished Zelda themed Nintendo 3DS XL consoles for sale for $150.
Recent sales numbers from Famitsu state that the recently released Hyrule Warriors had a much better début than The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD in Japan. Famitsu says Hyrule Warriors sold 78,773 units in its opening week and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD only shifted 31,154 units when it was released in September 2013.
Amazon and Best Buy are both offering Hyrule Warriors costumes if you decide to pre-order the forthcoming game with them. If you chose to pre-order with Amazon then you’re entitled to get Twilight Princess costumes for Link and Zelda when the game ships to you. If you decide to pre-order the game from Best Buy then you can get a code to download the Skyward Sword costume set for Link and Zelda upon pick up and purchase of the game.