The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword file select theme leaked
November 9, 2011

Continuing the barrage of Zelda news, it has come to my attention that the Main Menu/File Select/Fairy Fountain (yadda, yadda, yadda) theme that will be featured in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been leaked, and it’s positively beautiful.

As many of you undoubtedly know, Skyward Sword’s soundtrack is largely orchestrated – a first for the series – and we’ll be hoping that the rest of the score lives up to this cracker. Interestingly, it’s the only piece of music in the game actually composed by Koji Kondo – the man famed for his involvement in the series’ magical tunes. Give it a listen here.

 – Rory

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The Legend of Zelda symphony extends into 2012
November 8, 2011

Following the overwhelming success of the live Zelda orchestra performances across the globe, Nintendo have announced that they will be extending the show into the new year. Grandly titled The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, the tour will travel across the United States, with the first date being held in Dallas on January 10th, 2012. Tickets range from $19 to $115 and are available to purchase here. Members of Club Nintendo will be eligible for 15% discount until November 30th.

Additionally, a 3D video performance of the Legend of Zelda Main Theme will be made available via SpotPass to Nintendo 3DS owners this week. Similar videos are planned for the near future.

Press release.

– Rory

Nintendo announces new Zelda-themed 3DS
November 8, 2011

Ah, Nintendo. Forever amused, it seems, by toying with our flawless and discerning sense of style. No other company pumps out products in so many different colour variations quite like they do, and, seemingly unsatisfied with last month’s announcement of Coral Pink and Ice White 3DS systems, they’ve been at it again.

In their insatiable quest for variety, Nintendo announced today that they will be launching a new, Zelda-themed 3DS system to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of that most heralded of franchises. Adorned with the same black plastic as the Cosmos Black model, the Limited Edition bundle also sports a number of aesthetic changes.

The most obvious one can be seen on the front of the console: a pretty, gold decal print which features the Winged Triforce, Link’s ocarina and what appears to be Sheik’s harp. The visual feast continues when the console is opened up; a gold 3D Slider and a gold trim on the A, B, X and Y buttons, as well as the D-Pad, round off a rather tasty looking SKU. The Circle Pad, however, remains gray.

Details are scarce as of now, but the Limited Edition console will release on November 25th in Europe, and will come bundled with a copy of  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

– Rory

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword features RPG-like upgrade system
July 23, 2011

After the release of Twilight Princess in 2006, famed videogame designer and Pope of Nintendo – Shigeru Miyamoto – famously said that it would be the last Zelda of its kind. At a time when people were unsure of the seemingly ‘new’ direction Nintendo were heading in, and of the consequent audiences they were attracting, many took the quote as a doomsday declaration for the series, speculating that Hyrule would be forever consigned to the history books, or to crappy spin-offs and peripheral pack-ins like Link’s Crossbow Training.

Other, more level-headed and less melodramatic fans took it to mean something altogether more positive in that Miyamoto was recognising something that Zelda fans had recognised years ago – Zelda needed to change. Wind Waker was, visually, a pleasant change from the usual greens and browns of Hyrule, but structurally it remained virtually identical to its predecessors. Skyward Sword  has promised to offer a somewhat different approach to overworld exploration and progression, with a central hub-world, somewhat akin to its DS brethren – Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

Those games were certainly a departure from traditional Zelda fare, but the design choices inherent in these pocket-sized outings were likely made in the name of file size conservation and, primarily, tailoring the titles to the handheld experience. With Skyward Sword already offering a teen drama storyline, an orchestrated soundtrack and a brand new villain, what else does a console Zelda have to do to shake things up? Voice acting? Blood and gore? Multiplayer?

Nope, nuh-uh and not a chance; what Zelda has apparently been missing these past couple of years is an RPG-esque equipment upgrading system. In a recent hands-on demo with Gamespot, Bill Trinen of Nintendo of America let slip a few details about a leveling-up system that the game features.

They’ve built an entire upgrade system into the game. So for example, right now you can see that Link has his traditional shield, but he actually will get a lot of different shields in the game.

He will start off with a very basic one, and then as you fight enemies, you will recover kind of these treasures or artifacts that you can then use as resources to upgrade your items. And you can do that with your shield, you can do that with the beetle, and some of the other items that you have where you’re able to kind of combine your collection of rupees and your collection of resources and improve the items that you have.

Whether or not one of those ‘other items’ is Link’s sword is both unknown and doubtful. Additionally, whether this will be a somewhat pointless pursuit or an integral point of the game remains to be seen, but this, coupled with all the other innovations that Skyward Sword is bringing to the table keeps it at the tippety-top of gamers’ most anticipated releases of 2011.

– Rory

Aonuma – new Zelda title to be shown at E3
June 1, 2011

Eiji Aonuma – known for his extensive involvement in the Zelda series – has said that a new title in the flagship franchise will be announced next week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Calm down, calm down. It’s not going to be a console game; Nintendo surely wouldn’t show off a new console Zelda game before Skyward Sword even hits shelves, so I think we can confidently rule out a Zelda HD reveal for Project Café. Apparently, the game is related to the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, and as such, it’s likely to be some sort of collection or ROM dump.

We heard inklings of a new Zelda game when Nintendo renewed their copyright for ‘Zelda Universe’ – many were hoping for a Zelda MMO, but it turned out to be the unofficial title of the franchise’s web portal.

A Link to the Past 3Danyone?

Source via GoNintendo

Nintendo UK announce pre-order bonuses for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
May 16, 2011

2011 marks The Legend of Zelda series’ 25th Anniversary, and, as such, you’d expect Nintendo to have something pretty big up their sleeve to celebrate it. You might want to check if they’ve got anything tucked into their socks, because there’s certainly nothing here.

If you pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for the Nintendo 3DS system at GAME or Gamestation, you will receive…wait for it…a poster. Oh, and a golden box. Sure, it’s better than a swift kick to the gonads, but it still seems a bit underwhelming, especially compared to the awesome swag that Nintendo of Greece is throwing in with the game, including a real Ocarina and a canister of Deku Nuts.

Of course, Skyward Sword will also release later this year on Wii, so it’s by no means a bad year for Zelda fans, but it just feels as if Nintendo isn’t really pushing this like they should be. I wonder what will accompany the launch of the first new Zelda game in 5 years this Holiday. I’m betting on a ROM dump of the original NES game…

– Rory

Sonic Generations coming to 3DS, and more
May 9, 2011

It’s been leaks galore recently, and Gamestop are making sure there’s no let up. A leaked release schedule had been holding a few interesting secrets with regards to certain games coming to certain platforms. Arguably the most interesting news to come from the list is that Sonic Generations will be dashing onto the 3DS. The game promises to offer mechanics from both the old-school Sonic platformers, and the newer 3D offerings. Such as werewolves.

Also on the list is a new title from Namco – Time Crisis 3DS. It appears that the arcade classic will be making an appearance on Nintendo’s handheld, but whether this will be a port of an existing title or a brand new entry is yet to be seen. Literally no information is available about the game as of yet, but it’s probably safe to assume that the game will feature either a control scheme akin to Point Blank DS – that is, you tap to shoot – or, more likely, that the game will make use of the 3DS’ gyro-sensors and/or cameras.

And last but by no means least, it looks like the gorgeous Rayman Origins will also be making its way onto the Wii and the Nintendo DS in some form before the year’s out. Thumbs up!

A ‘release date’ for Skyward Sword was also on the list – 1st November, 2011 – but it’s almost certainly the case that this is simply a placeholder date until retailers get official word from Nintendo.

– Rory

Skyward Sword’s GDC trailer music holds a little surprise
May 4, 2011

The Easter festivities may well be over, and the chocolate eggs all but devoured, but that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from extending their Lent loveliness for another couple of weeks; they’ve given us all another Easter Egg to feast on.

For us, The Legend of Zelda music always manages to strike home that buried sense of nostalgia with its beautiful arrangements and triumphant melodies. The Twilight Princess trailer music in particular pulled at the heartstrings, conjuring up long-buried memories of playing Ocarina of Time as a child. Skyward Sword’s GDC trailer music reminded me of that long-treasured game as well, but for a reason I couldn’t quite put my finger on, until now.

Kevin Cassidy of GoNintendo found time out in his busy blogging schedule and realised something astonishing; we’d all heard the music before. Played backwards, the trailer’s music sounds very familiar. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, but rest assured, it will send you skyward. Sorry.

– Rory

Zelda and Mario countdowns…aren’t Zelda and Mario countdowns
January 22, 2009

poles-big-adventureA few days ago, we made a post about that mysterious teaser site from Marvelous, speculating whether or not it would be a new Zelda game.

We can tell you now though that it’s not. The game in question was actually a new PSP game known as Yuusha 30, or Heroes 30, roughly. It’s essentially five or six games in one; a dungeon-crawling-side-scrolling-top-down-action-shooter-strategy-RPG. Seriously. The game will vary depending on which character you choose, but it’s certainly a unique and compelling concept.

And as for that SEGA game, touted to be a new Mario title, that turned out to be a bit closer to the truth. The game announced, Pole’s Big Adventure, is a new WiiWare game developed by the brainchild of Phantasy Star Universe, and clearly draws inspiration from the 8-bit Mario games of yore. It’ll be available soon for a mere 500 Wii Points. Nice!

Apparently, the game will be ‘full of gags’; eat enough mushrooms and your character will grow larger than the screen. Quick, someone get me my inhaler; I can’t breathe…

It’s kind of a weird feeling; we’re disappointed and relieved at the same time! Probably because the games could’ve gone either way.

Pole’s Big Adventure – Joystiq
Yuusha 30 – VG Chartz Forum

–Rory–

Marvelous Entertainment countdown – Zelda?
January 15, 2009

 

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A mysterious countdown has appeared on the internet. The site contains an image of a Triangular shaped keyring with a feather attached to the bottom of it.

Perhaps more interesting though, is the patterns within the Triangle, which explicitly represent the Triforce.

However, perhaps the oddest thing of all is the owner of this countdown; Marvelous Entertainment, the creators of No More Heroes.

What could this mean? We doubt highly that Nintendo would lend one of their most cherished IPs out to anyone, especially an obscure team like Marvelous. Perhaps this is a WiiWare game?

According to a translator, the title of the page reads “Will sue you”, but there is probably a deeper meaning to this that has been lost in translation.

The countdown ends in little under 7 days, so stay tuned.

Link (sorry)

–Rory–