Link's Hideaway Articles over the Zelda franchise and other Nintendo related stuff. http://www.linkshideaway.com http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:07:24 -0400 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:07:24 -0400 Eiji Aonuma on Why Hero Mode is Locked in A Link Between Worlds

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Many know that A Link Between Worlds features a Hero Mode just like several previous iterations of Zelda games; however, we know now why the Hero Mode is not available from the beginning of the game like The Wind Waker HD. Coming from Eiji Aonuma...

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A Link Between Worlds Poster Set Back in Stock

Club Nintendo A Link Between Worlds Poster Set

Several months ago - Club Nintendo started offering the A Link Between Worlds poster set seen above. It quickly sold out after only a few days. Well, good news has come to those who did not get one - it is now available once more so go on by Club Nintendo and get it. This offer is on the North American Club Nintendo for only 500 coins.

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Zelda Themed Card Case for 3DS Games Sold Out on Club Nintendo

Zelda 3DS Game Card Case

The Zelda 3DS Game case we reported about roughly a month ago has now sold out on Club Nintendo. The card case can hold 18 games and comes with several different box arts that you can switch between - making for a solid collectible and a very handy item for regular use. There is no word on if it will come back in stock any time soon; however, we will be sure to keep you updated.

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Win Some of Fangamers Awesome Zelda-Jewelry in our Giveaway!

Fangamer Giveaway

You may remember our post about Fangamer's new Zelda-themed jewelry. Well, now we have more good news from Fangamer - they have sponsored a giveaway of some of the jewelry as seen in the picture above. We are giving it away across our social media pages. The Skull Earrings are being given away on Facebook. The Trinity Pendant Necklaces are being given away on Twitter as well as on Google Plus. Be sure to enter all 3 for the best chance at winning - so what are you waiting for?

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Fangamer Releases New Zelda-themed Jewelry in Time for Valentine's Day

Fangamer Trinity Necklace

Fangamer has recently released several Zelda-themed pieces of jewelry just in time for Valentine's Day - one piece being the trinity necklace pictured above. It is priced at $24 USD and would make a great present for any Zelda fan. You can check out the other jewelry here and the lapel pins here. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get some of these for your significant others!

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Link's Hideaway Podcast is Back with Season 2! Did You Miss Us?

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Did you miss the Link's Hideaway Podcast when we seeming cancelled it a year or so ago? Well, you are in luck as Chris and Ryan take up the reins for season 2 of the Link's Hideaway Podcast. This time - we have teamed up with our partners at Nintendo Castle to bring you both Zelda and general Nintendo news. Season 2 starts with Episode 45 and all previous released have been disposed of due to quality concerns. As usual, we will have monthly releases so be sure to let us know your comments or questions for the podcast in the comments or on our social networking pages - Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. There are two ways to subscribe to the podcast. You can use our XML feed or subscribe using our iTunes page.

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Four Swords Anniversary Edition Available For 4 Days on 3DS eShop

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Four Swords Anniversary Edition is available once more for a limited time for free on the eShop on 3DS and 2DS to celebrate the praise given to A Link Between Worlds. According to Nintendo - the game will be available for download from Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9 AM (PST) until Sunday, Feb. 2, at 11:59 PM (PST). This also marks the launch of A Link to the Past on the Wii U Virtual Console for a price of $7.99. This appears to be only for the United States - if you live in another area and can get this, let us know!

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Hyrule Warriors Scheduled for 2014, Legend of Zelda Wii U is Still TBD

Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors

In a recent document surfacing from Nintendo's recent financial presentaion - it has been listed that Hyrule Warriors, the game that merges Zelda and Dynasty Warriors, is set for a 2014 release. The game is being published by Nintendo in Europe and the United States and Tecmo Koei Games in Japan. The Legend of Zelda Wii U - listed as The Legend of Zelda (temp) - is still TBD as to when the launch window may be; however, we should find out more information before or during this years E3 this June. We will keep you updated whenever new information comes out about either game.

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Global Legend of Zelda Inspired Art Academy: SketchPad Event Detailed

Art Academy: SketchPad Zelda Drawing Event

A few days ago we reported about Nintendo UK announcing a drawing event inspired by A Link Between Worlds that would take place on the Art Academy: SketchPad Miiverse community; however, we did not have full details. Well, coming from a Miiverse post from Eiji Aonuma - we now have full details and the event is underway. Check after the break for full details...

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Shikata Teases Majora's Mask Remake in Recent Interview

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Skull Kid Appearing in Smash Bros on Wii U

We recently reported on an excerpt from a Game Informer interview that mentioned future Zelda games possibly not running at 60 FPS. Well, we now have another excerpt from the same interview that teases a Majora's Mask remake. Coming from a Game Informer interview with Nintendo's Hiromasa Shikata...

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Future Zelda Games May Not Run at 60 FPS

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Many may remember when it was revealed that A Link Between Worlds ran at 60FPS; however, we now know that future Zelda games may not run at this speed. Coming from a Game Informer interview with director Hiromasa Shikata...

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Nintendo UK Announces A Link Between Worlds Drawing Event

Nintendo UK Art Academy Sketchpad Miiverse Community Drawing Event

Nintendo UK announced that a Drawing Event will be held on the Art Academy SketchPad Miiverse Community on January 24, 2014 with an A Link Between Worlds theme. The event was announced several days ago and we have been forgoing posting it until more information came out; however, it has not yet. We will keep you updated whenever new information comes out so stay tuned!

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A Fan Take on the Flooded Timeline

The Flooded Timeline

Oh no! Hyrule is flooding! Quick, everyone evolve into birds! Yep, the Zora really did evolve into the Rito. This is possibly the best example of Nintendo Logic there ever was and ever will be. We all know what happened on the Wind Waker timeline, with the flooding, then the boating, and three generations later, the new continent was discovered. Obviously, we have the direct connection from Wind Waker HD to Phantom Hourglass, and the somewhat direct connection from Phantom Hourglass to Spirit Tracks, but has Nintendo forgotten all about this part of the timeline, or are they just waiting for the right time to revive it?

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NoA - Legend of Zelda Themed Card Case for 3DS Games Launches on Club Nintendo

Zelda 3DS Game Card Case

Nintendo of America announced a Zeda-themed 3DS Card Case that holds 18 games for Club Nintendo. The reward is up for only 400 coins so head by and grab it today as the last time something similar came available - it sold out really quickly. The case comes with the Zelda-themed covers pictured above and should make for a great addition to anyones Zelda collection or as a gift for any Zelda fan out there.

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Guess What? Saria Will Appear in New Super Smash Bros Game!

Saira Super Smash Bros Trophy

Sakurai - on Miiverse - confirmed that Saria from Ocarina of Time 3D will appear in the new Super Smash Bros game for 3DS as a trophy. He also noted that both the 3DS and Wii U version will have different models for the trophies with the 3DS version being mainly from handhelds with the Wii U version being mainly from home consoles. We also know that Skull Kid will make an appearance as an assist trophy.

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A Link Between Worlds Sells 225,000 in Japan After 4 Days

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A Link BetweenWorlds recently launched in Japan back on December 26th, 2013 and has sense broke into the top selling software for December after only being for sell roughly 4 days. According to early numbers from Media Create - A Link Between Worlds sold 225,000 units in Japan after only 4 days. This should not come as a surprise to you as the game is fantastic. The game has been available in North America and Europe for quite some time and we have a walkthrough for those having troubles.

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An Hyrulian Take on the Ancient Alien Theories

Hyrulian Take on Ancient Aliens

It is stated in Standardized Hylian lore that three divine goddesses descended upon our plane and bestowed upon it Structure, Life, and Wisdom. They came from the heavens and with their respective divine powers, they shaped the land upon which we now find ourselves residing. It's also their belief that when the goddesses left the Earth, they left behind a mystic power known as the triforce. The triforce was proof positive for the people of Hyrule that the goddesses existed, and they deemed each of the pieces of triforce be dedicated to each goddess, though according to this theory, the fact that there are three pieces as well as gods is seen as coincidence in scientific circles.

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Nintendo Life Holding Competition for Prima Zelda Guide Box Set

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Nintendo Life recently announced a competition for the Prima Legend of Zelda box set. They have 2 sets available for prizes - 1 for North America and 1 for the UK. You need to go to the Nintendo Life site to enter by answer a simple question. The box set features several guides for many Zelda games so be sure to enter the competition if you believe there will be future challenges for you that our Zelda walkthroughs fail to be of help.

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Link's Hideaway Version 3 has Launched!

Link's Hideaway Version 2

Many of you may remember our previous layout, which is similar to the image above. Many of you complimented us on it yet we felt it has since been outgrown. Version 3 of our site launched today and features a sleek new look. It is simple yet responsive, unlike our previous design. The navigation menu now resides across the top and features the return of drop down menus for each category for anyone that did not notice. Also, we have more features on the way for this layout. Please let us know if you find any bugs and have a Merry Christmas!

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Hyrule Warriors Teaser Trailer Released following Nintendo Direct

What you see above is the teaser trailer for the newly announced Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors, a Dynasty Warrior game set in the Zelda realm.

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Dynasty Warrior Meets Zelda in the All New Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors for Wii U

Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors

During this mornings Nintendo Direct - Nintendo announced Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warrios for Wii U; however, this will not be Nintendo's new installment in the Zelda franchise. The name of the game is still subject to change. The game will be developed by Tecmo-Koei and will be a Dynasty Warriors game set in the Legend of Zelda realm. They stated that Eiji Aonuma and his team are - however, currently developing the new Zelda game. Check out the full press release after the break...

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The Speed Gamers to Host a 72 Hour Zelda Marathon for Mercy Corps

Update 12/17/2013: The stream is now over and was a stunning success. Thank you for tuning in!

Update: The stream is live an can be viewed below. Have fun watching!

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The Speed Gamers are hosting a 72 hour live-stream Zelda marathon that starts in a few hours. I have embedded the feed above - it should update when the stream goes live - and you can also see a small except from a message we got from them after the break and be sure to visit them here if you are interested in giving a donation for charity...

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Skull Kid is an Assist Trophy in New Smash Bros Games

Skull Kid Assist Trophy Smash Bros Game

Sakurai recently posted the screenshot above to the Super Smash Bros Series community on Miiverse. The screenshot shows off Skull Kid - most famous for his appearance in Majora's Mask - but does not announce him as a new character. Instead, Skull Kid is a new Assist Trophy in the new Super Smash Bros game. The new Super Smash Bros game will launch with Wii U and 3DS versions; however, Skull Kid has only been mentioned for the Wii U version.

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A Link Between Worlds is $35 at Amazon and WalMart Online

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A Link Between Worlds is on-sale over at Amazon and WalMart online for $34.96. If you are still on the fence about the game, check out our review and be sure to check out our walkthrough if you ned any help with the game.

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[UPDATED] A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL $150 at Target on Black Friday

Updated 5:52 PM ET Target has now confirmed to us that the offer is both online and in-stores. Check the Tweets from their official account after the break.

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Target is notorious for great Black Friday deals and this year will bring us the A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL for only $150. This is a whoping saving of $70 off the MSRP of $219.99. For those holding out on a 3DS XL - this is the time to grab one! Be sure to call your local store to make sure they will be carrying this. For those who already have A Link Between Worlds, be sure to check out our walkthrough if you need any help.

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[UPDATED] Club Nintendo Launches A Link Between Worlds Poster Set

Update 11/26/2013: The poster set has now sold out on Club Nintendo. It appears it will be restocked in the future but no official word yet. We will keep you updated.

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Club Nintendo A Link Between Worlds Poster Set

Club Nintendo has recently started offering the A Link Between Worlds poster set seen above for 500 coins. It includes the three posters with feature artwork from the game. Also, are you looking for help in A Link Between Words? Well, our A Link Between Worlds walkthrough is now live!

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A Fan Project for the Revival of the Midna Character

Want Midna Back

Want Midna Back - an affiliate of ours - is a project dedicated to the Twilight Princess character Midna. The project seeks to revive the Midna character in a future Zelda game. Be sure to check them out and our short Q&A with them after the break...

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Red Bull Features the History of Handheld Zelda Games

The Legend of Zelda Watch

The Legend of Zelda Game Watch pictured above was released by Nelsonic in the US during the year of 1989 and Europe around 1992. The watch has been featured in a Red Bull article regarding the history of Zelda. The watch looks pretty cool in my opinion - let us know yours after the break...

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Our A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough Has Gone Live

A Link Between World Screenshots

Have you been on the lookout for A Link Between Worlds help? Well, we have an A Link Between Worlds walkthrough that will surely help you out! It went live when the game did around Midnight but we decided to let everyone know about it. Check it out and keep in mind it will be continually updated over the cover weeks to help with formatting and stuff. So what are you waiting for? Get back to conquering the foes in what we deemed an excellent game!

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Looking for A Link Between Worlds Help?

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Are you looking for help with Link's newest adventure - A LInk Between Worlds? Well, we have you covered! We have recently launched various guides with more on the way. We will also have our A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough live shortly so be on the lookout! A list of our guides can be found below.

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Nintendo Released Two More Mini-Trailers For A Link Between Worlds on Instagram

A Link Between World Screenshots

Nintendo has released 2 more mini-trailers for A Link Between Worlds on their Instagram. You can see the trailers after the break and don't forget to bookmark our A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough as it will launch alongside the game as well as our empty bottle guide, Lost Maiamai locations, and gear guide.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - what more can I say? It is a great game that everyone should play but just how good is it? For starters - the game takes place in a map reminiscent of A Link to the Past and feels like a great throwback to yesteryear with the returning elements; however, do they appear too frequently? We will let you know in our review after the break...

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Spoiler: A Link Between Worlds Octoball Derby Footage

Spoiler: Octoball Derby is a new mini-game featured in A Link Between Worlds that allows the player to play a baseball-like game for rupees. The video above is footage of the mini-game. Be sure to bookmark our A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough page as it will launch alongside the game on November 22, 2013. We will also have our usual guides such as heart pieces and bosses.

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A Link Between Worlds Launches Early at Nintendo World in NYC

A Link Between World Screenshots

Nintendo recently announced an event for the launch of A Link Between Worlds at Nintendo World in New York City. Fans are able to purchase the game a day early - November 21 at 8PM until Midnight - and enjoy a wonderful experience. Our review for A Link Between Worlds will go live in the near future so be on the lookout for that and be sure to bookmark our A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough as it will be launching alongside the game on November 22, 2013. You can check out the full press release of the event after the break...

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New A Link Between Worlds Screenshots Show Off Skull Woods, Turtle Rock, and More

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We have a host of new screenshots for A Link Between Worlds for you to check out today. We also recently got our review copy so ask away - we can not answer every question, however. Also, be sure to bookmark our A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough page as it will be launching on November 22 once the embargo lifts. The screenshots can be seen after the break...

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Nintendo Offering Zelda Virtual Console Games at Reduced Price for a Week

Nintendo eShop Deals

Nintendo will begin offering deals on select Zelda games - Legend of Zelda (3DS and Wii U), Zelda II (3DS and Wii U), and Link's Awakening DX (3DS) - on the Nintendo eShop starting on November 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM PT until November 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM PT. Legend of Zelda and Zelda II will both be priced at $3.49 while Link's Awakening DX will be priced at $3.99.

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[UPDATED] A Link Between Worlds StreetPass Function Detailed

A Link Between Worlds Shadow Link StreetPass

In the latest Nintendo Direct it was announced that A Link Between Worlds will have a StreetPass function that when activated will allow you to play other playerswho you StreetPass. You must create you own Shadow Link and give them 2 items for use during battles. After doing so the player can find others Shadow Links and choose to fight them. You will pick 2 items to go into battle with and upon winning - Link will recieve a Bounty full of rupees and even an occasional reward with the new award system depending on the items used during battle. So what do you think about the latest feature in A Link Between Worlds?

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The Forgotten Pixels - An Animated Adventure

The Forgotten Pixels - An Animated Adventure

Our friend Hombre De Mundo has recently launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for an animated series entitled The Forgotten Pixels. They are trying to raise $60,000 in order to cover the cost of production such as music, animation, and various other things. They are offering several incentives of which many can be seen above. So why not go by Kickstarter and help out a wonderful project?

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A Link Between Worlds Mini-Trailers Announced for Nintendo's Instagram

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Reggie announced earlier this morning that several 15-second mini-trailers for A Link Between Worlds will be released on the Nintend Instagram over the comings days building up to the games release. Well, the first mini-trailer has been published and can be viewed in its entirety after the break...

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Spoiler: New Video Shows off Fiery Mini-Boss From A Link Between Worlds

Spoiler: TheBitBlock has released the video above showing off a new Fiery Mini-Boss from A Link Between Worlds. It shows off usage of the Tornado Rod during battle and how it can be used to defeat enemies. Check it out above.

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New A Link Between Worlds Artwork Shows Off Witch Irene

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Spoilers: Nintendo has released some new artwork for A Link Between Worlds following the news from earlier that show off new characters from the game including the Witch Irene. Check out the artwork after the break...

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North American A Link Between Worlds Launch Trailer

We posted the Nintendo UK version of this trailer recently and we now have the Nintendo of America version that can be seen above. This is the Launch trailer for A Link Between Worlds, which launches on November 22. One thing we would like to point out is (possible spoiler) that what appears to be Ganon shows up near the end of the trailer.

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New A Link Between Worlds Trailer Shows Off StreetPass, Witch Irene, and More

Nintendo UK recently showed off the trailer above in the latest Nintendo Direct. Other then showing off the StreetPass in A Link Between Worlds - it also shows that Witch Irene and how she can be called to transport Link around both Lorule and Hyrule (her Broom is used in Lorule from what we can see). The Zora's Flippers were also showed off and allows Link to swim just like in other Zelda games.

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Spoiler: Lost Woods Footage Shows Off "Follow Me" Puzzle in A Link Between Worlds

Spoiler: The video embedded above shows off the Lost Woods in A Link Between Worlds as well as one of the puzzles included in the area - a "Follow Me" type. Shortly after entering the Lost Woods - Link will encounter a gang of ghost with one of them telling him to follow him for the correct path through the woods. The gang wil then shuffle around trying to make you loose sight of the leader and then all go down different paths. Link must follow the leader in order to not get "lost" in the woods.

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How Hints Work in A Link Between Worlds

Spoiler: Are you wondering how hints work in A Link Between Worlds? Well, we now how a video from TheBitBlock that shows off just that. Once you "summon" the Hint Ghost - item needed is still unkown to us but you can see Link put on some glasses - then you simply have to pay him 1 Play Coin or however much is required in order to recieve the hint for the area where you are stuck. Using Play Coins as currency is a smart move as this limits the amount of hints one can use in a single day and makes the game unable to hold your hand as many people wanted. You can see a full resolution artwork of the Hint Ghost after the break...

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Game Informer Hands Out First A Link Between Worlds Review

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Game Informer has released the first review for A Link Between Worlds giving it a 10 out of 10. They praised the dungeons, item rental system, and other areas of the game. A quote can be found below...

I want to let the experience roll around in my brain for a while before I decide where it ranks among the best entries in the franchise, but I can say with confidence that it should be spoken in the same breath as A Link to the Past. In every way, A Link Between Worlds is exactly what you want out of a Zelda game.

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A Link Between Worlds Gets to the Fun More Quickly

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You may remember when Miyamoto spoke about "getting to the point of fun more quickly" and how they wanted to make newer Zelda games like the old ones. Well, in A Link Between Worlds it only takes around 5 minutes to reach the first dungeon in the game, which is much faster then the long time it takes to do so in Skyward Sword. Reaching the first dungeon faster should be good news to many people so be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

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Nintendo UK Releases New A Link Between Worlds Commercial

Nintendo UK has recently released a new commercial for A Link Between Worlds. In case you missed it - Nintendo of America also released a new trailer. Be sure to check out the new Nintendo UK one above.

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A Link Between Worlds Dungeon Theme

GameXplain has recently uploaded the Dungeon Theme from A Link Between Worlds to YouTube for the world to hear. It is a remix of a tune from A Link to the Past and can be checked out via the video embedded above.

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Spoiler: Details Surface Regarding Witch's Potion Shop in A Link Between Worlds

Spoiler: As seen in the video above - the Witch in A Link Between Worlds can make 4 types of potions for Link using various items found across the game. There are Red, Yellow, Blue, and Purple potions that can be made available at the Witch's Potion Shop this way. Read after the break for some details on what items are needed for each potion...

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Spoiler: Some Details for Rumor Guy from A Link Between Worlds

Rumor Guy from A Link Between Worlds

Spoiler: As seen in the screenshot above - Rumor Guy from the upcoming A Link Between Worlds likes to spread all of the latest gossip around town. One piece of gossip being spread is that "someone" is following the "princess" around every night. Could this person be Yuga or maybe it is someone else? Well, come November 22nd - the launch date in Europe and North America - we will find out the answer to this question.

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New A Link Between Worlds Commercial Shows What Appears to be Blind the Thief

In the new commercial for A Link Between Worlds seen above - there is what appears to be Blind the Thief from A Link to the Past at the very end. So does this new Blind the Thief have new abilities? Well, he is holding a sword and shield or so it appears. What do you think about this observation?

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Smooth McGroove Performs A Link to the Past Overworld Theme Acapella

Smooth McGroove is back once again and this time - he performs the Overworld Theme from A Link to the Past. As usual - it is acapella and his cat makes an appearance. You can view it via the video embedded above.

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Some A Link Between Worlds Hero Mode Details Surface

A Link Between Worlds Screenshot

We are now learning details about the Hero Mode in A Link Between Worlds such as enemies now doing quadruple (4x) the amount of damage they normally do. Hero Mode also features "something new" that we do not know about and it is said to take a good amount of time to complete. We will keep you updated as new details are available.

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The Wind Waker HD Among First Games Scheduled for Nintendo's Wii U Partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line and Nintendo Expand Partnership to Bring Wii U Gaming Fun to Ships

Nintendo has recently expanded their partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line to bring Wii U consoles to ships. Among the first games scheduled to roll out are The Wind Waker HD alongside Super Mario 3D World, New Super Luigi U, Pikmin 3, and The Wonderful 101. I do not personally take cruises but this is sure create a fun atmosphere for those who do. Be sure to read the full press release after the break...

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Zelda Team Does Not Suffer from Budget Constraints

Zelda Team Does Not Suffer frorm Budget Constraints

In a recent interview with GameSpot - Eiji Aonuma stated that the Zelda team "don't often experience budget constraints" and that it's "more that we need to negotiate how much budget and stuff we need in order to create the game" they are "aiming to achieve." You can read full quotes after the break...

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Latest GT.TV Episode Features New A Link Between Worlds Details

Spoiler: The latest episode of GT.TV features Nintendo's Bill Trinen as he shows off some new aspects of a A Link Between Worlds such as the Fire Rod and the Ice Ruins. Upon upgrading the Fire Rod - you can "shoot" out larger and larger "Fire Tornadoes" toward the enemies that will "mow them down." The Fire Rod is used in the Ice Ruins to melt ice and unlock new areas. The Ice Ruins features elevators that the player uses to travel up and down between the floors. Bill Trinen also states that items can be upgraded more then once.

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Estimated A Link Between Worlds Completion Time

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N1ntendo.nl has recently stated they have completed their review copy of A Link Between Worlds 100% in roughly 18.5 hours. This seems like a good amount of play time in my opinion; however, I am sure others will disagree. Let us know what you think below in the comments.

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Spoiler: More Detail Surface for Renting Items in A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds Hammer Rental

Spoiler: Something we already knew about A Link Between Worlds was the fact you can rent items; however, we did not have much information about how the buying of items would work. Well, according to Kotaku an item that cost 50 rupees to rent will cost 400 to buy - a price that is 8 times the rental price. So will each item follow the same ratio? We don't know for sure yet...

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Video: A Link Between Worlds Eastern Hyrule Fields Footage

Being very reminiscent of A Link to the Past - the video above shows off Eastern Hyrule Fields from the upcoming A Link Between Worlds. It shows off very familiar territory to those who have played A Link to the Past.

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Spoiler: A Link Between Worlds Tornado Rod Gameplay

Spoiler: As seen in the video above - the Tornado Rod is used in the House of Gales and makes Link hover into the air temporarily. This item is new to Zelda and unique to A Link Between Worlds so far. What are your opinions of the new item?

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Technical Difficulties Don't Stop Aonuma From Adding New Elements in Zelda Games

Skyward Sword Screenshot

In a recent interview with GamesTM we got an interesting piece of information concerning the development of Zelda Games and how "technical difficulties" were "rarely" a "reason to avoid adding things to the game." Aonuma mentions the motion controls from Skyward Sword as an example saying he was originally "a little worried" about the "users" being upset with the innovation. Be sure to check out full quotes after the break...

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Spoiler: Meeting Yuga in A Link Between Worlds

Spoiler: TheBitBlock has recently got their hands on some footage of a meeting with Yuga from A Link Between Worlds. Yuga is capturing who appears to be Hilda stating that "her grace" will by happy with the painting of Hilda. Just who is "her grace" is anyones guess - but with A Link Between Worlds just around the corner only time will tell.

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A Link Between Worlds Sanctuary Sewers Footage

GameXplain recently had a chance to go hands-on with A Link Between Worlds and was able to show off some footage from the Sanctuary Sewers. The video could contain spoilers but is embedded above for your convenience. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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A Link Between Worlds to Have Extensive Advertising Campaign According to Nintendo UK

A Link Between Worlds Screenshot

The new Zelda game - A Link Between Worlds - launches on November 22 for the 3DS and coming along with it will be an extensive advertising campaign. Nintendo UK Product Manager Roger Langford told MCVUK, "To herald the Launch of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds we will have a substantial marketing campaign both pre and post launch." Be sure to check out the full quotes after the break...

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Aonuma's Quest for Perfection Keeps Him Making More Zelda Games

A Link Between Worlds Screenshot

Eiji Aonuma - in a recent interview with GamesTM - stated (in reference to Zelda Games) that he "always make these games with the thought that this is going to be my last." Aonuma goes on to say that, "every time we finish work on it, I always still have regrets." It is these "regrets" about not being able to do certain things that make Aonuma "end up wanting to make another Zelda game." Be sure to check out full quotes after the break...

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Call of Duty Ghost Features Zelda Easter Egg

Call of Rupees

The recently released FPS Call of Duty Ghost features a Zelda easter egg as seen in the screenshot above. As you can - or maybe can't - tell, the Rupee Award in the center reads, "Awarded For Most Bushes Cut and Pots Smashed." The world is just taming with Easter Eggs this time of year for some reason. Have you found any others recently?

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New A Link Between Worlds Artwork Shows Off New Characters

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Nintendo has recently released several pieces of new artwork for A Link Between Worlds that show off new characters and potentially spoilers. The artwork looks really good and can be seen after the break.

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Zelda LEGO Set Enters Review Stage After Reaching Supporter Goal

Lego Zelda Iron Knuckle Encounter

We reported about a Zelda LEGO set called "Iron Knuckle Encounter" that was close to reaching the 10,000 supporters needed on LEGO Cuusoo - well, that set has now reached over 10,000 supporters and entered the review stage of production. LEGO will now review the set and determine if it is feasible for production and - if so - it will release the set to the general public in the future. Are you interested in this set

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Octoball Derby is a New Mini-Game in A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds Screenshot - Octoball Derby

Nintendo recently released screenshots depicting a new mini-game in A Link Between Worlds called Octoball Derby. The mini-game is inspired by baseball an takes place in Lorule. One of the objectives in the game is to hit the ball in order to knock down Octoroc's. Link can win rupees and also pieces of heart from the Octoball Derby. While all the details are not known - what do you think of the mini-game from what we know?

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A Link Between Worlds Trailer Features Music Easter Egg When Played in Reverse

You may have watched the recent gameplay trailer for A Link Between Worlds but did you notice that when you play a portion of the trailer in reverse the music becomes Hyrule Castle theme from A Link to the Past? We saw this happen with Skyward Sword and now with A Link Between Worlds.

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The Making of the Wind Waker HD Sandcastle

Nintendo recently released the video you see above depicting the process behind making a sand castle that resembles Windfall Island from The Wind Waker HD. Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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[UPDATED] New Screenshots for A Link Between Worlds Show Off New Areas and Mini-Game

Update 10/31/2013: North American assets have been added that included 10 more screenshots.

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New screenshots for A Link Between Worlds have been released showing off a lot of previous unkown areas and stuff such as Octoball, a new mini-game. Check them out after the break...

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New A Link Between Worlds Gameplay Trailer Shows Off Trinexx

Nintendo showed off the music from A Link Between Worlds earlier and we also got a new gameplay trailer that can be watched above. It shows off new dungeon footage as well as several new puzzles. It also appears that Trinexx from A Link to the Past will be making an appearance in the upcoming game. Be sure to watch it above...

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The Music of A Link Between Worlds Trailer Shows off Yuga Fight Footage

Nintendo recently released the Music of Te Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds trailer that you can watch above. It includes severals themes such as Hilda's, Ravio's, and Yuga's. One thing you will notice is that there is gameplay footage of a battle with Yuga in the trailer. Check it out above.

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Nintendo Video to have New Legend of Zelda Show: The Misadventures of Link

Misadventures of Link

Nintendo recently announced a new series on Nintendo Video featuring our favorite hero - Link. The show is called The Legend of Zelda: The Misadventures of Link and is an original series of comedic shorts based around The Wind Waker HD. The videos debut on November 1, 2013 and will continue into 2014. Check after the break for the full press release...

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Best Buy Canada Offering A Link Between Worlds Chest Preorder Bonus Online Only

Best Buy Canada Offering A Link Between Worlds Preorder Chest Online Only

Best Buy Canada is offering the A Link Between Worlds Treasure Chest as a preorder bonus when you purchase the game from their online site. The preorder is online only so be sure to purchase it at their website if you want the chest.

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Aonuma to be More Careful When Choosing Zelda Art Styles in the Future

Zelda Wii U

In a recent GamesTM interview - Aonuma spoke about the art styles in future Zelda games saying, "we will be bit more careful in the future" and that "if [they] find a new aproach" that both developers and users would enjoy that they "will want to break new ground again." It was also mentioned that "such an approach" hasn't been found yet. Check out the full quotes after the break...

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Preorders Open for A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL at GameStop

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Earlier we reported that the A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL would be launching on November 22 in North America. Well, preorders have opened at GameStop so head by and confirm you order today as who knows just how fast it can sell out. The bundle is launching at a suggested retail price of $219.99 and includes a digital copy of A Link Between Worlds. Happy shopping!

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A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Launches November 22 in North America

The A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL was officially announced for North America today in the video you see above. The system will launch alongside A Link Between Worlds on November 22 for the retail price of $219.99. The full press release can be seen after the break.

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Spoiler: New Mystery Item in A Link Between Worlds is a Sand Rod

A Link Between Worlds Sand Rod

The new mystery item in A Link Between Worlds that is pictured above has been revealed as a "Sand Rod" according to the file properties of the official picture from the European Press assets. Similar file properties for other items reveal their usage such as the Sword, Shield, and both the Fire and Ice Rods. Seeing as the properties properly name and depict the other items then that leads us to believe the same is true for the Sand Rod as well. You can see a screen cap of the file properties after the break...

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Aonuma on the Sapce World 2000 Zelda Demo - "This isn't Zelda at all."

The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

We recently reported about Aonuma's statement regarding cut dungeons from The Wind Waker and now we have another statement from the IGN interview regarding the Space World 2000 Zelda GCN trailer that revealed an Ocarina of Time inspired art style and Aonuma's opinion on it. He said, "No, this isn't Zelda," and that he thought it "was more like a continuation of the previous version." Eiji Aonuma did not like it at all and wanted to make something entirely new, which later became Toon Link. You can check out full quotes after the break...

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Aonuma on The Wind Wakers Cut Dungeons Being Implemented in Other Zelda Games

Link on Windfall

IGN recently sat down with Eiji Aonuma to discuss The Wind Waker HD and the changes they made compared to the original. One of the questions that got asked was about the dungeons that got cut from the Wind Waker and why they were not included in the remake as many fans wanted - Aonuma stated, "we've already use those two dungeos for other titles after Wind Wake already" and that they "didn't exactly use them as-is" but added "some [of their] features to other dungeons." You can check out the full quote after the break...

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World of Warcraft Composers Cover Bands Debut Album Features Zelda's Lullaby

Critical Hit - World of Warcraft Composer Cover Band - Debut Album Features Zelda's Lullaby

World of Warcraft Composer leads A-list game cover band, Critical Hit, and their debut album - Critical Hit: Volume One - has an interesting Zelda piece from Ocarina of Time 3D that you probably have heard: Zelda's Lullaby. While we don't have the song itself for you to hear - we do have their first music video and it is a delight to the ears. Be sure to check it and the full press release after the break.

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[UPDATED] GAME Resumes A Link Between Worlds Collectors Edition Preorders

Update 10/24/2013: It appears GAME is now offering the collectors edition for preorder once more so hop on over and grab it!

GAME Exclusive A Link Between Worlds Collectors Edition

The GAME Exclusive A Link Between Worlds Collectors Edition has been halted due to a fault with the Link's Awakening download code that was to be included in the bundle according to a recent e-mail from GAME to customers who have preordered the bundle. Check out the full e-mail after the break...

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A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Sells Out on Amazon Japan in 5 Minutes

A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Confirmed for Japan

The recently confirmed arrival of the A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL in Japan has come and gone on Amazon Japan as the reported allotment of only 700 units sells out in roughly 5 minutes according to NintendoTweet on Twitter who rported the whole sellout from start to finish. It will be exciting to see how events play out once preorders go live in North America so be sure to check back as we will keep you updated.

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Zelda Symphony Hiatus Coming Next Year with Something Special Planned for 2015

Symphony of the Goddesses Quest 2

In a recent interview with Jason Micheal Paul - people who are behind Symphony of the Goddesses - it was revealed that the concert series will be put on "hiatus" but there will be "something special special for Zelda fans in 2015." Be sure to check out the full quotes after the break...

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A Link Between Worlds to Take Up 685MB

A Link Between Worlds Screenshots Show Off Mother Maimai

Have you been wondering how large the A Link Between Worlds digital version will be? Well, we now have word that it will take up roughly 685MB (5482 blocks) on you 3DS or SD card. The game is set to launch on November 22 in both Europe and North America so be sure to check back for our A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough.

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A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Confirmed for Japan

A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Confirmed for Japan

It has now been confirmed that the Limited Edition A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL will be heading to Japan just like the UK, Australia, Greece, and likely North America as well. The bundle features a download code for A Link Between Worlds, a 4GB SD card, stylus, AR card, and - of course - the 3DS XL. The bundle launches December 26, 20124 for 22,800 yen. Are you excited about the bundle?

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The Wind Waker Considered Most Underrated Zelda Game Says Eiji Aonuma

The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

Eiji Aonuma recently sat down with CVG to talk about A Link Between Worlds and the evolution of Zelda over time. One question Aonuma got asked was what he thought was the most underrated of the Zelda games - his answer, "that would be the original Wind Waker." Eiji Aonuma went on to say that he "personally didn't feel that the changes" they made were "especially dramatic" but that fans reaction was that it wasn't a "Zelda game." Be sure to check out the full quotes after the break...

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Official Eiji Aonuma Comic Con Panel Summary

You may remember when we posted Eiji Aonuma's full panel at New York Comic Con 2013 that discussed such things as the name of the villain in A Link Betwee Worlds, the returning item upgrades, and a connection with Majora's Mask. Well, we now have an official video summary of the event that can be seen above.

Editor Pick: New Trailer for A Link Between Worlds Introduces Lorule and Hilda

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A Look at the European Reversible A Link Between Worlds Box Art

A Look at the European Reversible A Link Between Worlds Box Art

Nintendo UK recently posted to Twitter a look at the reversible cover for the packaged version of A Link Between Worlds that will launch in Europe. The reversible covers for Nintendo games usually do not appear on games released in North America so we can only assume A Link Between Worlds will be the same - no reversible cover for those in the states.

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A Link Between Worlds Timeline Placement

A Link Between Worlds Screenshots Show Off Mother Maiamai

Spike was recently able to speak to Eiji Aonuma regarding A Link Between Worlds placement in the Zelda timeline. According to Aonuma - the game goes after Link's Awakening and before The Legend of Zelda. You can check out full quotes after the break.

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No Consideration for A Link Between Worlds for Wii U During Development

A Link Between Worlds Logo

During a recent Spike interview with Eiji Aonuma - it was mentioned if the idea of bringing A Link Between Worlds to the Wii U. Eiji Aonuma state that "it definitely started out with being able to include the 3D effects as being really key to our whole idea of the game" so that would have ruled out the Wii U from the start. Be sure to check out full quotes after the break...

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Zelda Wii U to Fully Utilize the GamePad

Toon Link from Super Smash Bros

Eiji Anouma recently sat down with 4Gamer to discuss the Zelda series and spoke about the next console version releasing on the Wii U. Zelda Wii U information is being announced at E3 2014; however, we have a small bit of information for you right now - Aonuma mentioned that the Wii U title will "utilize" the GamePad to the "fullest" - the develop team was limited with The Wind Waker HD due to it being a "remake" but that limit does not exist for a new title. Check out full quotes after the break...

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Greece Gets A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL and Treasure Chest

A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL

Nintendo Greece has now confirmed that the A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL will be coming as well as the treasure chest. Those interested in getting the chest should preorder from nortec.gr. The game launches on November 22, 2013 and the package version will feature a double-sided cover.

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[UPDATED] Limited Edition A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Coming to North America

Update 10/19/2013 12:57 AM EST: It has since been confirmed by GameStop that the ad is real yet Nintendo still is silent on the bundle. We will keep you updated as we find out more.

GameStop Black Friday Ad

As you can see in the leaked GameStop Black Friday 2013 ad excerpt above - the Limited Edition A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL is coming to North America. It will be priced at $219.99 and like its counterparts in the UK and Australia - it will include a download code for A Link Between Worlds. Check out the full GameStop Ad - actually, it's only page 8 - after the break.

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Legend of Zelda is Not Annual Due to Keeping the Quality High

Zelda Wii U

Shacknews recently reported an interview they had with Zelda game producer Eiji Aonuma - they spoke about releasing Zelda games on a more frequent level. According to Aonuma - Zelda isn't an annual release due to keeping the quality of the game high. Make sure to check out the full quotes after the break...

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A Link Between Worlds Changed Due to 2DS

GameSpot Aonuma

GameSpot recently spoke with Eiji Aonuma regarding A Link Between Worlds and if the game is fully enjoyable in 2D. Aonuma stated, "It's not that you can't play it with 2D, it's just that it becomes clearer when you have the 3D effect on." The development "found out about the 2DS during development, not before" so that had to make "sure that you could still play and solve the puzzles only with 2D." You can check out full quotes after the break.

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UK: Play Offering Zelda Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle At Steep Discount

Zelda Wii U

The Zelda Wii U has received a steep discount in the UK from online retailer Play when you order from them and live in the UK. The system is now on sale for £199.99 and includes free delivery. This price is only available for those living in the UK.

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GAME Offering Exclusive A Link Between Worlds Collectors Edition with Chest

GAME Exclusive A Link Between Worlds Collectors Edition

GAME has now clarified the situation around the preorder bonus chest for A Link Between Worlds by announcing the bundle you see pictured above. The GAME exclusive A Link Between Worlds Collectors Edition will include - you guessed it - the music chest as well as a download code for Link's Awakening, a boxed copy of A Link Between Worlds, and a glossy poster. As you can tell from the artwork above - it is subject to change.

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Twilight Princess Gets First Price Drop in 7 Years in Australia

Twilight Princess Box Art

For those unaware - Twilight Princess has not received a price drop in Australia in 7 years until now that is - because the Nintendo Selects range of games are now coming down under. The new price will be $49.95 (NZ $59.95) and before you say that it is not cheaper - it used to be $89 or even $99 before that. So have you been holding out on Twilight Princess? Well, now is a great time to purchase it!

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Aonuma Not Sure About More Zelda Game Remakes

The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

N4Gamer recently sat down with Eiji Aonuma to talk about the Zelda franchise and if any remakes may happen in the future. Aonuma stated they "need to see how well Wind Waker HD does" before they decide on the next title and that new hardware may be around before the next remake. Check after the break for full quotes...

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A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Sells Out on Amazon Germany

German A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL

The Limited Edition A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL has sold out on Amazon Germany. The console is set for release in Europe as well as Australia so far. It is likely to come to North America as well but we have no official confirmation at this time.

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A Link Between Worlds Preorder Bonus Chest Coming to Australia Via EB Games

A Link Between Worlds Treasure Chest

It is now know that the A Link Between Worlds Chest will be coming to Australia via EB Games. The chest plays the iconic chest music from the Zelda games. Word on an American version has not been given. We will keep you updated about it.

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A More Detailed Look at the UK A Link Between Worlds Preorder Bonus Chest

A Link Between Worlds Preorder Bonus Chest

Nintendo UK recently announced that A Link Between Worlds will be receiving the Treasure Chest pictured above as a preorder bonus in the UK at participating retailers. We now have images showing more details of the chest - which is now known to be a storage container for 3DS game cartridges. You can see the images after the break.

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Limited Edition A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Coming to Australia

Limited Edition A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Coming to Australia

The A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL - a Limited Edition - will be heading to Australia on November 23rd for the retail price of $269.95. The console will be available exclusively through EB Games and will come with a download code for A Link Between Worlds. Check out more images after the break.

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Eiji Aonuma Answers Fans Questions Via Facebook Q and A

Eiji Aonuma Q and A About A Link Between Worlds

Eiji Aonuma recently answer fans questions through a Facebook Q&A. Aonuma answers such questions as the origins of Mother Maiamai, which Item Upgrade he prefers, and returning elements from A Link to the Past. You can view all of the questions and answers after the break.

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Aonuma Explains the Importance of Collecting Rupees in A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds

Shacknews recently sat down with Eiji Aonuma - the Zelda producer - to discuss A Link Between Worlds and one of the questions that asked was how important collecting rupees would be in the new 3DS installment. "Collecting rupees have always been a big part of Zelda games," explains Aonuma - "but there was always a point in Zelda games where even if you collect rupees, there wasn't that much left to do with them." Aonuma explained that "one idea there was to make you purchase all your items, and obviously that would give you a reason to collect rupees." Be sure to check out full quotes after the break.

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[UPDATED] GAME A Link Between Worlds Chest Included Collectors Edition

Update 10/18/2014: GAME has now announced a collectors edition that includes the bonus chest.

Update 10/16/2014: GAME has now stated they are not offering the preorder bonus that Nintendo UK announced; however, they are in discussions about offering something but nothing is final yet. The bonus is being offered by GAME's Spanish branch as well as Xtra Life. We will keep you updated if anything changes.

A Link Between Worlds Logo

It was announced earlier that if you preorder A Link Between Worlds at GAME - you will receive a small musical chest that plays the iconic Item obtained tune from the Zelda games. The game launches on November 22 in both America and UK and this just may be my most anticipated game. You can view a short introduction to the musical box after the break.

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New A Link Between Worlds Screenshots Show Off Mother Maiamai

Update: We noticed many people coming to this page for Maiamai locations. Check out our Lost Maiamai Locations guide for that information.

A Link Between Worlds Screenshots Show Off Mother Maiamai

Nintendo has released a new set of screenshots for A Link Between Worlds that show off the item upgrade items the Maiamai as well as Mother Maiamai. Several screenshots also show off the Bow upgrade. Be sure to check them out after the break.

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Aonuma: If a Zelda Movie Were to be Made, You Might Need Your 3DS to View it

Aonuma on Changing What a Move Is

Kotaku recently spoke with Eiji Aonuma and asked about the possibility of a Legend of Zelda movie. What Aonuma said may surprise you - he state that it "would be most important to us ... to be able to play with the format of a movie," that is to "make it more interactive." Eiji Aonuma wants to change what a movie is and allow the viewers to interact possibly using their 3DS. Check out full quotes after the break.

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UK Getting A Link Between Worlds Special Edition 3DS XL

A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL

What you see above is the special edition A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL console that will be launching on November 22 alongside the game in the UK. The console costs £199.99 from Nintendo's online store and comes with a download code for A Link Between Worlds. No word on if North America will be getting the special edition console yet but if it is anything like the Ocarina of Time 3DS console - then us in North America will surely get a chance to grab it. Check out more pictures after the break.

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Aonuma Explains Why Fans Now Accept The Wind Wakers Art Style

The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

In a recent Shacknews interview - Eiji Aonuma discusses how fans initially had negative opinions about the art style of The Wind Waker and how that turned into a positive opinion over the years. Aonuma explains how using the art style in both Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks helped get people more "used to" the cell shading style. Be sure to check out more quotes and information after the break.

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Zelda Wii U Information Teased for E3 2014

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Mashable recently asked Eiji Aonuma for information regarding Zelda Wii U and was given a generic answer, "I'll say more at E3 2014." So this likely confirms that the new Zelda for Wii U will be shown off at E3 2014; however, we have no details regarding any hands-on demos that may be available since the event is far off. Check after the break for full quotes.

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Aonuma Wants to Change a Lot of Zelda Conventions with Zelda Wii U

Zelda Wii U

Kotaku recently spoke with Eiji Aonuma after his New York Comic Con panel about changes to the Zelda series. Aonuma mentioned that he is "hoping to change a lot of things and show a lot of new ideas is in this next console Zelda," which is Zelda Wii U. You can read his full quotes after the break.

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Eiji Aonuma Panel at New York Comic Con - Full Presentation

Embedded above is the full presentation with Eiji Aonuma concerning A Link Between Worlds at New York Comic Con 2013. The presentation covers a lot of the recent news that we have posted including the name of the villain, a connection with Majora's Mask, item upgrades returning, and also a brand new trailer. Eiji Aonuma also mentioned that Link can rent items from the beginning of the game.

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The Wind Waker HD Content Update

The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

With the recent release of The Wind Waker HD, we have been fleshing out our walkthrough as well as creating updated guides for things such as bosses, bottles, and Tingle statues. All of the above have been updated and our walkthrough will now - actually since over a week ago - guide the player through the entirety of the main story. So are you in need of help? Well, then check out our guides and walkthrough to find what you need!

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Wondering How Selfies Came to be Included in Zelda: The Wind Waker HD?

Selfies in The Wind Waker HD

Selfies have become as mainstream as the smart phone so there is no wonder they got included in The Wind Waker HD, right? Well, IGN got to ask Eiji Aonuma just that - how did selfies come to be in The Wind Waker HD - and his answer was that "it would be weird to not have that in the game" and that "it's such a normal part of our culture." Be sure to check out the full quotes from Aonuma after the break.

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Australian Made Zelda Webseries Hylian Heroics Updated

Hylian Heroics - an Australian made Zelda webseries - has been finally seen an update, which can be viewed above. The webseries features a lot of well made costumes and sound effects. The part above - entitled Lost Woods - follows a female Link through a walk in the woods and a battle with Skull Kid. The video is an enjoyable watch as I'm sure you will agree.

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Aonuma on Not Hand-Holding in A Link Between Worlds

Aonuma at New York Comic Con

Polygon recently sat down with Eiji Aonuma to discuss A Link Between Worlds and they were able to get the answer to a question a lot of fans wanted to know: what difficulty level will the game be, that is - how much hand-holding is going to take place? Eiji Aonuma stated, "we wanted to make it a game where it would be fun to get stuck and be lost." Be sure to check after the break for full quotes from Aonuma.

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The Villain in A Link Between Worlds Gets Named

A Link Between Worlds Artwork

Earlier during Eiji Aonuma's panel at the New York Comic Con we found out a lot of interesting information about Zelda: A Link Between Worlds including a connection to Majora's Mask, the return of Item Upgrades, and even got acquainted with Hilda in a brand new trailer; however, one thing we really wanted to know was who the new villain for A Link Between Worlds was and Aonuma pleased us with just that - the name of the new villain. Check out full details after the break unless - of course - you do not want to see spoilers.

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A Link Between Worlds Has a Connection to Majora's Mask Says Aonuma

A Link Between Worlds Screenshot

Earlier we reported how Item Upgrades appear in A Link Between Worlds and even posted up a new trailer and new artwork; however, we did not mention an interesting bit of information about Majora's Mask and the connection it has to A Link Between Worlds. According to Eiji Aonuma during today's panel at the New York Comic Con - the two games do have a connection but the player will need to finish A Link Between Worlds before finding out all the answers concerning the connection between both games.

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Item Upgrades Return for A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds Screenshot

Item Upgrades - first seen in Skyward Sword with regards to the Zelda Games - returns for A Link Between Worlds according to a recent panel with Eiji Aonuma at New York Comic Con. While details are few and far between - what we do know is that you can upgrade the bow. Check after the break for more details but beware of possible spoilers.

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New Trailer for A Link Between Worlds Introduces Lorule and Hilda

A Link Between Worlds Artwork Lorule

A new trailer for A Link Between Worlds introduces Lorule and a character named Hilda. The trailer also shows off some features of the game including the Merge ability and a new way that Link can use it to solve problems. Be sure to check out the trailer and some new artwork after the break.

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Japanese A Link Between Worlds Site Opens Releasing New Screenshots

Japanese A Link Between Worlds Site

The Japanese site for A Link Between Worlds has officially opened. According to the site - the Japanese launch date appears to be on December 26th, 2013 and several new screenshots have been released. Check them out after the break.

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Club Nintendo October Rewards Include Legend of Zelda

Club Nintendo October Rewards

Club Nintendo recently got updated with several new games - one being the Legend of Zelda. This offer will last until November 3, 2013. The full list of games can be found below.

  • Legend of Zelda (3DS): 150 Coins
  • Touch Solitaire (3DS): 100 Coins
  • ThruSpace (Wii): 150 Coins
  • Super Mario Kart (Wii): 150 Coins

Thank you goes out to our friends over at VideoTime Honduras for pointing out this news.

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A Link Between Worlds E3 2013 and October Screenshot Comparison

A Link Between Worlds Screenshot Comparison

Nintendo recently released new A Link Between Worlds screenshots after the most recent Nintendo Direct. The screenshots included one that looked so very similar to the E3 2013 screenshot that many may have overlooked the differences. As you can see in the screenshot dated for October 1 above - there are several changes that have been made in just a few months including the addition of the Bird statue, the scarecrow, and the removal of several pots. Do you see anything else different? Let us know in the comments.

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The Wind Waker HD Took 6 Months to Develop

Wind Waker HD Screenshot

In a recent interview with 4Gamer, Eiji Aonuma answered several questions including how long the Wind Waker HD took to develop. According to Aonuma - The Wind Waker HD only took 6 months to develop but was still "difficult" during times. The full quotes can be found after the break.

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The Wind Waker HD Packaged Version Launched Today in America

Wind Waker Box Art

Were you waiting for the Packaged version of The Wind Waker HD? Well, then you are in luck because launching today is none other then - you guessed it - The Wind Waker HD Packaged version for the suggested retail price of $49.99 in North America - the same as the download that launched September 20, 2013. For those of you living in Europe; however, both the Digital and Packaged versions launch today October 4, 2013 and the game launches in Australia October 5, 2013. Check after the break for the North American press release.

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Aonuma on the Importance of A Link to the Past

In a recent interview, Eiji Aonuma explained the importance of A Link to the Past for him and its influence on the sequel - A Link Between Worlds. You can read the full quotes from Aonuma below.

"A Link To The Past was the game that taught me the vast potential of games during the time I was still new to Nintendo...so this game has a rather special place in my heart and I was never able to imagine that I would be working on a sequel for it now.

We will be using arrangements of music from A Link To The Past, since this is a sequel to that game, and we are also trying to make the music sound like it's played on real instruments. People who know the original will definitely be able to tell and be happy about it, while newcomers will also be able to enjoy it."

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Renting Items in A Link Between Worlds Detailed by Aonuma on Miiverse

A Link Between Worlds Screenshot

Earlier we reported that you can rent items in A Link Between Worlds but no details were provided; however, we now have word from Aonuma on Miiverse with a few more details. Eiji Aonuma has stated that Ravio - the Shop Keeper - only has 1 of each item in stock and that by selling them he will go bust. Well, Ravio priced the items very high and Link can not afford them and continue his quest so Ravio starts renting items at a more affordable price. The rental period for each item is unlimited but if Link dies - then the items are taken back to the Item Shop where you have to rent them again. Later in the game you will eventually be able to purchase the items and will no longer run the risk of loosing them.

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A Plethora of A Link Between Worlds Screenshots Released

A Link Between Worlds Screenshot

Nintendo recently released 22 screenshots for A Link Between Worlds including the one seen above - Princess Zelda - and several that show off a new dungeon from the game as well as the overworld map. Please check after the break to view all of the new A Link Between Worlds screenshots.

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New Screenshot Reveals A Link Between Worlds Overworld Map

A Link Between Worlds Overworld Map Screenshot

Nintendo released new screenshots for A Link Between Worlds today that included the one seen above - which just so happens to be the Overworld Map. Now we have known that the overworld map is very similar to that of A Link to the Past but we are still unsure how much has changed. A Link Between Worlds releases this November 22 and then we will know for sure just how much has changed from one game to the other.

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A Link Between Worlds to Have Non-linear Dungeon Order

A Link Between Worlds logo

In the latest Nintendo Direct, we learned more about the Item Shop from A Link Between Worlds. The player is able to purchase most of the essential items in the game at the Item Shop early in the game which will allow for the order one enters the dungeons to become non-linear depending on which items the player purchases or rents. Nintendo also sent out a PR e-mail that contained a few details such as the character that runs the Item Shop being named Ravio.

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The Wind Waker HD Limited Edition Sold Out in North America

Update 9/29: The game is sold out once more online.

Update 9/27: The game became available once more online.

The Wind Waker HD Limited Edition with the Ganondorf figurine - a GameStop exclusive - appears to be sold out online and in-store according a recent trip I took down to my local GameStop. This report is for North America - United States primarily - as we have no word from Europe regarding the situation over there; however, the game appears to still be available at GAME, who has exclusivity in Europe. The Limited Edition bundle seems to have become quite a collectors item already and I can not wait to get mine when the game launches on October 4.

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Updates to our The Wind Waker HD Walkthrough

Wind Waker HD Site

We recently launched our Wind Waker HD walkthrough with parts for Outset Island and Forsaken Fortress and have now added parts for Windfall Island and Dragoon Roost Island. The walkthrough will be text only at first with screenshots to follow promptly. If you find any problems be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Help Make a Zelda LEGO Set a Reality

Lego Zelda Iron Knuckle Encounter

A project on LEGO Cuusoo was inspired by the Legend of Zelda as seen in the image above. The project needs 10,000 supporters to have a chance to become an official LEGO product and this Zelda set - Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter - is sitting at 8,612 supporters as of the time of writing. As you can tell - the quality of the proposed Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter set is really good and many would love to add it to their collection if one were to be manufactured. Are you interested in the set? Well, then head over to LEGO Cuusoo to show your support and it may just become an official LEGO product!

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GameStop Exclusive Limited Edition The Wind Waker HD Available Again

As reported earlier this month - the GameStop Exclusive Limited Edition The Wind Waker HD with the Ganondorf figurine was sold out online and at stores. Just today - however, they have become available once more to preorder for those who did not get the chance the first go around. The game appears available online only for the time being as our local GameStops were no longer taking preorders.

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Toon Link Confirmed for the New Super Smash Bros Game

Toon Link from Super Smash Bros

Earlier today it was confirmed that Toon Link from The Wind Waker HD would be appearing in the new Super Smash Bros games for the Wii U and 3DS. The official Super Smash Bros site is host to several screenshots of Toon Link from the games. Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS are due out in 2014.

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The Wind Waker HD Walkthrough Launched

Wind Waker HD Site

We have launched our Wind Waker HD walkthrough with parts for Outset Island and Forsaken Fortress with the others to come in the near future. The walkthrough will be text only at first with screenshots to follow promptly. So if you need any help with early parts of the game head over to our Wind Waker HD walkthrough.

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North American Wind Waker HD Art Contest Winners Announced

Many people entered the Wind Waker HD Art Contest but only a select amount - 50 finalist - were picked. Nintendo recently released the video embedded above showing off all of the winners from the art contest.

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The Wind Waker HD Epic Boss Fights Trailer

The Wind Waker Bosses are perhaps some of my favorite ones in the series and I'm sure some of you agree as well. Nintendo has recently released a new trailer for The Wind Waker HD titled "Epic Boss Fights" and it has been embedded above for you convenience.

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Nintendo says The Wind Waker HD is a Wii U Console Seller

Wind Waker LE

MCVUK recently got word from Nintendo that they believe the Zelda Wii U along with The Wind Waker HD will be a console seller just like Ocarina of Time 3D was for the 3DS. Check out full quotes after the break...

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Unboxing the Zelda Wii U Bundle

In the latest Nintendo Minute - embedded above - they unbox the Zelda Wii U that launched in America on Sept 20 for $299.99. This bundle is not selling out as fast as the Wind Waker Limited Edition did likely due to several retailers limiting customers to only purchasing one. So do you plan on or have you purchased the Zelda Wii U?

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A Look at the Hyrule Historia App from the Zelda Wii U Bundle

For those of you unable to acquire the sought after Zelda Wii U for some time but wanting to check out the Hyrule Historia App - look no further as we have embedded a video above that shows off the app, which is exactly like the printed counterpart.

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The Wind Waker HD Live on eShop in America

The Wind Waker HD North American Box Art

Finally - in all its glory - The Wind Waker HD is live on the Nintendo Wii U eShop for $49.99 in America. The game features revamped graphics amongst various other updates that will surely make the game a more enjoyable experience for new comes and veterans alike. So are you going for the Digital or the Packaged version of the game or maybe the Wii U Bundle?

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CD-i Zelda Games not Part of Zelda Canon According to Aonuma

Zelda CD-I

MTV recently interviewed Eiji Aonuma concerning the CD-i Zelda games. When questioned where they fit into the Zelda timeline, Aonuma replied by saying, "I don't know that those really fit in the 'Zelda' franchise." So now we know that Nintendo likely will not mention the CD-i games again as even the developers do not think they fit into the Zelda history.

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The Wind Waker HD Launch Trailer and Press Release

Nintendo has release the launch trailer for The Wind Waker HD - launching digitally tomorrow in America - and it shows off the brilliant updated graphics amongst other things. A press release containing information about the release and different versions available can be seen after the break.

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The Zelda Cycle - Iwata Asks

The Wind Waker HD Iwata Asks

Have you heard of the Zelda cycle? Well, in a recent Iwata Asks we learned about the "Zelda cycle". The Zelda Cycle is defined as negative opinions during the announcement of new Zelda games turning into positive opinions a year or several years later after the product has been released. Be sure to check out full quotes after the break...

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ShopTo Offering Keyring for The Wind Waker HD Preorder Bonus

The Wind Waker HD Keyring

UK retailer ShopTo is offering the keyring pictured above as a preorder bonus for The Wind Waker HD. The keyring features the Wind Waker HD boxart with the Nintendo logo on the back. For those in the UK - the game is set to launch Oct 4 and for all those in America - you can get the Digital version Sept 20 or the Packaged version Oct 4.

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Nintendo World Store to Release The Wind Waker HD Oct 3 - 200 Limited Editions

The Wind Waker HD Limited Edition

The Nintendo World Store in New York announced earlier they will begin selling The Wind Waker HD on October 3 at 8PM. They are even going to have 200 Limited Edition bundles that include the Ganondorf figurine up for sell. This is happening mere hours before the official street date for the packaged version that is October 4.

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How Toon Link Was Born - Iwata Asks

How Toon Link Was Born

In a recent Iwata Asks interview we learned how Toon Link was born. Back before The Wind Waker's art-style was shown off the team was trying to come up with a way to make the art-style so that they could come up with new ideas because creating another game in the style of Ocarina of Time would have limited them due to having the same staff members working on the title. Then one day Haruhana-san showed the team the Toon Link sketch seen above and the other members started working on sketches on the same style, which went on to be the art-style for The Wind Waker. Be sure to check after the break for full quotes from the Iwata Asks interview...

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Various Retailers Breaking Zelda Wii U Street Date

Zelda Wii U

According to various sources such as GoNintendo - the Limited Edition Zelda Wii U Bundle has seen release earlier then the street date of September 20 at several retailers across America. Upon hearing the news I went down to my local Wal-Mart but no luck was to be had as they did not break the street date. Are retailers near you releasing the bundle early?

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A Link Between Worlds Has Gameplay Never Seen in Other Zelda Games Says Aonuma

A Link Between Worlds logo

Eiji Aonuma, in a recent interview with ONM, has let everyone know that Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has "introduced gameplay that never existed on previous Zelda games" and this is what he hopes will make even longtime Zelda fans "look forward to this." With A Link Between Worlds launching this Nov 22 in North America - we here at Link's Hideaway are very excited. Be sure to check out full quotes from Eiji Aonuma after the break.

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The Wind Waker HD Swift Sail VS Original Comparison Video

A new video - embedded above - has surfaced comparing the Swift Sail speed to that of the original from The Wind Waker HD. As you can tell from the video above - the Swift Sail makes traverse the seas in The Wind Waker HD much quicker.

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Aonuma Wants to Create a Game With a Player Driven Story

The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma said in a recent MTV interview that one of his goals as a game creator is to "create a game without a story" that is "defined by the player." No specific mentions of any future Zelda games taking this approach but with Aonuma being the Zelda producer - it just could happen. Check after the break for full quotes from Eiji Aonuma.

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Zelda Producer Laughs When Asked About a Majora's Mask Remake

Originally Posted on 9/12/2013

Eiji Aonuma

IGN recently interviewed Zelda Producer Eiji Anouma about a Majora's Mask remake for the 3DS and he simply laughed - not due to being "troubled or inconvenienced or put out" but simply because he wanted to leave his laughter open to interpretation by fans. Be sure to check out full details after the break.

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New Trailer for The Wind Waker HD - Gameplay and New Features

On the Nintendo UK YouTube channel is a new trailer for The Wind Waker HD titled Gameplay and New Features that details some of the updates that have been made to the game. We have a list of everything mentioned in the video after the break.

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Wii U Virtual Console Trailer for Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link launches today on the Wii U Virtual Console for the price of $4.99. The game is available on the eShop today - September 12 - for all of those who want to go ahead and download it and play through an outlier in the Zelda series. The game features many traditional RPG elements such as a leveling system and mini-quests.

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Aonuma on A Link Between Worlds Artwork Change, Cinematic Scenes, and Bracelet

A Link Between Worlds Artwork

In a recent IGN interview, Eiji Aonuma mentioned three things about A Link Between Worlds including why the E3 artwork - seen above - changed, what the Bracelet seen on Link's arm does, and about cinematic scenes in the game. The artwork change stems from creating art that better portrayed the look and feel of the game. Read on to find out the full details...

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Symphony of the Goddesses Season 1 Poster

Symphony of the Goddesses Poser

Do you like the poster you see above? Of course you do - you're a Zelda fan! Well, the poster is from Season 1 of Symphony of the Goddesses from the same showing LH attended during E3 2012. The show is certainly a favorite of mine and many other fans of the Zelda games but why this article over a year after the show? Well, we are giving away the poster on our Facebook page once we reach 1,000 likes. All you have to do is like and share the picture on Facebook to enter for a chance to win. The winner will be chosen randomly from the list of people who both like and share the poster. So what are you waiting for? Get over to the post and start sharing and liking it!

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Nintendo Tested Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword in HD

Skyward Sword Screenshot

In a recent Polygon interview with Eiji Aonuma - it was said that the team test out 3 games in HD. The games that got tested were The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword.

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Club Nintendo Japan - Register The Wind Waker HD to Get Sound Selections Free

The Wind Waker HD Sound Selections

Club Nintendo Japan is having a promotion for The Wind Waker HD where if you register the game between 9/26/2013 and 11/4/2013 you will be eligible to get The Wind Waker HD Sound Selections for free. The promotional disk includes 50 tracks from the game. Will this get announced for the other territories? I hope so as one would surely enjoy listening to the music from The Wind Waker HD.

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GamePad to be Used for Transportation in Zelda Wii U

Screenshot of The Wind Waker HD

In a recent interview with IGN - we learned about a feature in Zelda Wii U being the use of the Wii U GamePad for the means of transportation similar to The Wind Waker HD where the GamePad acts like a GPS for the player to know where they are going. Details are slowly leaking out about Zelda Wii U and we will be sure to bring them to you whenever they surface. Check out full quotes from Aonuma after the break.

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Aonuma Kept Wind Wakers Art Style Secret from Miyamoto Initially

The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

In a recent MTV interview, Eiji Aonuma said that the art style - cell shading - of The Wind Waker was kept a secret from Shigeru Miyamoto during initial stages of development because it was such a different approach then what was shown off, which was a style similar to Ocarina of Time. You can view full quotes after the break.

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Wind Waker HD Development to Influence Zelda Wii U with Open World Environments

Zelda Wii U

In a recent interview with IGN, Eiji Aonuma mentioned how The Wind Waker HD's open-world environment gave the player the ability to explore and enjoy the game at their own pace and how he would enjoy putting such a world into future Zelda games such as Zelda Wii U. Full quotes from Aonuma after the break...

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The Wind Waker HD Swift Sail Footage Shows How to Obtain Item

New footage from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - launching digitally September 20th in North America and October 4th in Europe - details how to obtain the Swift Sail - which allows for the propulsion of the ship in the game at a higher speed then the original and makes sure the wind is always going with you - to be at the Auction House on Windfall Island after completion of the first dungeon.

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The Wind Waker HD Commercial Video

Nintendo has released a new video for The Wind Waker HD that shows off what the commercials for the game may be on the TV. With the game right around the corner - we can be sure to see the marketing really pick up. You can view the new video above.

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The Legend of Zelda Fans at PAX Prime 2013

Nintendo recently released the video above showing off Legend of Zelda fans reaction to The Wind Waker HD at PAX Prime 2013.

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GameStop Responds to Over-Priced Wind Waker HD Limited Edition

The Wind Waker HD Limited Edition

Back on August 28, 2013 - Nintendo announced a limited edition GameStop exclusive bundle for The Wind Waker HD that included the Ganondorf figurine in North America. In the press release - Nintendo stated that the retail price would be $54.99 yet GameStop was selling it for $59.99. GameStop told Nintendo News the bundles pricing was due to their evaluation of the demand, features, and availability. Read the full GameStop response after the break.

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More Footage Surfaces as The Wind Waker HD Japanese Site Opens

The Japanese site for The Wind Waker HD has opened and shows off new footage from the game, which has been included after the break. Nintendo of Japan also recently posted a video on their YouTube channel showing off the updated graphics of the game compared to the original in case you missed it the other day.

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New Wind Waker HD Video Shows Difference in the Updated Graphics

Nintendo of Japan recently uploaded the video above on their YouTube channel showing off the differences between the graphics of the original The Wind Waker and the new The Wind Waker HD. As you can see - the new graphics are much smoother and show more detail then the original.

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More Screenshots of The Wind Waker HD

The Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle Leaked

Some screenshots for The Wind Waker HD have appeared and show off several areas of the game including an enemy or two. North America gets the Digital version September 20, packaged version October 4, and Europe gets both Digital and Download October 4 for those unaware - are you excited? You can view the new screenshots after the break.

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Zelda Symphony Returns to Toronto on September 7

Zelda Symphony Logo

Symphony of the Goddesses is heading back to Toronto on September 7th, 2013 at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts. The allure of the show is enough to get fans excited and those unable to attend in Toronto will have several other chances to view the show.

Season One Arriving in:

  • Edmonton, AB; Jubilee Auditorium; October 12

Season Two Arriving in:

  • Calgary, AB; Jubilee Auditorium; October 11
  • Vancouver, BC; Orpheum Theatre; October 16

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The Wind Waker HD Story Trailer

With The Wind Waker HD launch around the corner we are finding out more and more about the game through trailers. We now have a new trailer titled "Story Trailer" that can be viewed above. Check it out and let us know what you are most excited for in the comments.

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The Wind Waker HD Limited Edition and Wii U Bundle Not Heading to Australia

Wii U Wind Waker HD Bundle

According to a post on Vooks - Nintendo Australia has no plans to release either the Wind Waker Wii U Bundle or the Wind Waker Limited Edition in Australia and New Zealand. On the other hand - Australia will get the regular edition on October 5. For those unaware - The Wind Waker HD features revamped graphics and a Hero Mode amongst other things.

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No Early Download for The Wind Waker HD in Europe

The Wind Waker HD Europe Box Art

It has been confirmed to VideoGamer that The Wind Waker HD will not receive the early download that North America will get in Europe. Nintendo had this to say:

"The US launch date is September 20th," read the statement. "The EU launch date is the 4th October."

The Wind Waker HD will be receiving the Wii U bundle in Europe just like in North America but will Nintendo decide to give an early access via download in the near future? One can only hope...

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The Wind Waker HD Limited Edition Bundle Includes Ganondorf Figurine

The Wind Waker HD is getting a limited edition that launches on October 4 in both Europe and North America. The Wind Waker HD limited edition includes a Ganondorf figurine that can be seen in the trailer above. This edition is available at GameStop in North America and GAME in Europe. So with a downloadable option, a packaged option, the limited edition, and the Wii U bundle - which will you pick?

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A Link Between Worlds Launches November 22 in North America

A Link Between Worlds Box Art

From the press release earlier announcing The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle came another interesting piece of news - A Link Between Worlds will be launching on November 22 in North America at a retail price of $39.99. The box art was also revealed and can be seen above. Be sure to bookmark our our walkthrough page for our full walkthrough when the game releases.

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The Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle Launches September 20

Wii U Wind Waker HD Bundle

As seen in the press release below - The Wind Waker HD has received a release date for the download version being September 20 with the packaged version launching October 4 in North America. The Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle was also announced and will launch alongside the Wind Waker HD downloadable version on September 20 for $299.99 and will include a download code for the game as well as a download code for the digital version of Hyrule Historia. Check out full details after the break.

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The Wind Waker HD Launches October 4 in North America

The Wind Waker HD US Boxart

In a recent release - found after the break - it was stated that the launch date for The Wind Waker HD will be October 4 for North America, which is the same as the European launch date. The press release also announced that the Seattle showing of Symphony of the Goddesses would have demo stations for both The Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds. Be sure to check after the break for the full press release.

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Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Wins Best Handheld Game of Gamescom 2013

A Link Between Worlds Logo

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - being a fantastic addition to the Zelda franchise so far with what our hands-on experience was at E3 2013 - recently won Best Handheld Game during Gamescom 2013. While we usually only cover Zelda aspects of news you can find the full list of Gamescom awards here.

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The Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle Leaked?

Update 8/28/2013: The bundle has been Confirmed and Launching Sept 20 and the trailer has been put back online - see below.

The Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle Leaked

In a trailer that leaked earlier - supposedly - it was revealed at the end the image above that is The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle that has been rumored to exist. The trailer - which can be seen below unless taken down by Nintendo - was said to have been uploaded to the Nintendo channel but taken down promptly; however, as you can see on the GamePad in the image above - the Wii U appears to be a limited edition and not the normal GamePad. Check after the break for the trailer.

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Footage of Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest

Symphony of the Goddesses

Our friends over at Video Time Honduras has graciously provided us with 3 videos captured during the E3 2013 performance of Symphony of the Goddesses at The Greek Theatre The videos include parts from the first part of the Zelda Symphony and can be see after the break.

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New Details Surface for The Wind Waker HD Include Updated Hero Mode Experience

GameSpot got their hands on The Wind Waker HD and was able to show off some new gameplay as well as gather some new information about the game. The game has Hero Mode which an be triggered at any time from the title screen. It can be accessed without the entire playthough being Hero Mode - as in, you can now start in Normal Mode and switch to and from Hero Mode whenever you feel the urge. A breakdown of all of the new features or changes can be seen after the break.

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Nintendo Invites Fans to be a Part of The Legend of Zelda Concert

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

In a recent press release, Nintendo has announced a contest on Facebook allowing fans to submit art inspired by our favorite franchise - The Legend of Zelda - for a chance to win a Wii U 32 GB Deluxe console with The Wind Waker HD included. The 50 finalists will have their artwork shown during the Seattle performance of Symphony of the Goddesses. For more details please read the full press release after the break.

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The Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle Sighted in Target Inventory System

The Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle Sight in Target Inventory System

A Target employee reported to Destructoid an image of the inventory tracking system where a bundle for The Wind Waker HD and the Wii U Deluxe 32 GB console were present as seen in the shot above. The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle will retail for $349.99 and no launch date has been released or official word of the bundles existence. With The Wind Waker HD set for an October launch we can only assume it will be out near that date.

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The Wind Waker HD Filesize, Pro Controller Support, and More

The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

A few details for The Wind Waker HD have been released on the Nintendo Japan Wind Waker HD page regarding functionality of the game. You can find the details below.

  • supports Pro Controller
  • download version takes up 2.6GB of space
  • save data takes up at least 31MB
  • three save slots are offered
  • Linear PCM 5.1ch surround sound
  • 1080p functionality

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Cory Schmitz Shows Shadow Triforce Shirt Idea

Cory Schmitz Shadow Triforce Shirt Idea

Cory Schmitz - the creator of the Wisdom, Courage, Power Shirt - has created the mockup above for a shirt based on the Shadow Triforce that was recently confirmed to exist. While there does not appear to be a method for purchasing the shirt yet - we will notify you when that time comes.

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Community Partner Forums Launched

Community Forums Launched

We have recently partnered with Nintendo Castle in order to help bring better value to our readers through a community partner forum. The forums - located here - will serve users of both Link's Hideaway and Nintendo Castle. The forums are ready to go and we hope you all will register and enjoy yourself.

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North American Teaser Site for The Wind Waker HD Launched

The Wind Waker HD North America Teaser Site

The site for The Wind Waker HD has launched and includes a wealth of content including high quality screenshots, the E3 trailer, and the Nintendo Developer Direct video. While none of the information is exactly new - the site is a good source for all things Wind Waker HD in a single spot. Check it out here.

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The Minish Cap

Our Minish Cap Walkthrough has been updated and will take the player to the end of the game including the last boss. Screenshots and 100% completion guides are coming next to our Minish Cap section so check back for those in the coming future.

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Why Zelda Fans are Looking Forward to The Wind Waker HD

The official Nintendo UK Wii U channel on YouTube has released the video above detailing reasons why Zelda fans are looking forward to The Wind Waker HD. Check out some new screenshots and lets us know why you are looking forward to The Wind Waker HD in the comments.

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Week Long Zelda Marathon for Child's Play

Week Long Zelda Marathon for Child's Play

The people over at TripleSpeedRunners are putting on a week long Zelda marathon to raise funds for Child's Play. The marathon starts this Saturday at 7 PM EST and runs for around a week. Check after the break for the full press release.

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European The Wind Waker HD Box Art and Release Date Revealed

The Wind Waker HD Europe Box Art

Nintendo has recently released the European box art for The Wind Waker HD following the Nintendo Direct earlier. The European release date was also revealed to be October 4th, 2013 with the Japanese date set for September 26th, 2013 and the North American date still a vague October, 2013. We now have the box art for the Japanese version and the North American version which rounds out the major territories. So which box art do you like the best?

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New A Link Between Worlds Screenshots Show off Other World

A Link Between Worlds Logo

Nintendo has recently released 5 new screenshots for A Link Between Worlds following the Nintendo Direct that was broadcasted earlier in which we learned of the existence of another triforce. Be sure to check out the screenshots after the break as they show off the "Other World" amongst other things.

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The Wind Waker HD North American Box Art

The Wind Waker HD US Boxart

Nintendo of America has released the image above recently and it just so happens to be the North American (USA) box art for The Wind Waker HD. The Japanese boxart was already shown off but now we get to look at what we all will be getting our hands on here in America.

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A Link Between Worlds Features Triforce in Another World

A Link Between Worlds Logo

In a recent Nintendo Direct - Iwata mentioned that in A Link Between Worlds there will be crevices on walls that Link uses to travel between the "other world" and that there may be a Dark Triforce - called a Shadow Triforce in the stream - that belongs to said "other world." The game itself is set many years after A Link to the Past and Ganon has long been sealed away. View full footage from the Nintendo Direct after the break.

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New Wind Waker Screenshots Show off Tingle Bottle Amongst Other Things

The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

Amazon Japan has featured 11 new screenshots from The Wind Waker HD on their product detail page. Among the new screenshots are the new Tingle Bottle, some sword play, sailing, and various other things. Check out the screenshots after the break.

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Man At Arms Presents the Creation of a Master Sword Reproduction

Man At Arms created a video depiction of the creation of a real-life Master Sword albeit without the magical powers as the one in the Zelda games. Check out the video embedded above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Legend of Zelda CGI Movie Trailer from 2007 Emerges

Imagi Animation Studios created the fan made CGI trailer above for a Legend of Zelda movie back in 2007; however, the project appears to have been cancelled. The trailer does not particularly feature any specific Zelda games one can imagine it to be Twilight Princess inspired. So what do you think about this concept for a CGI Zelda movie?

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The Wind Waker HD Launches September 26 in Japan

The Wind Waker HD

While we know that The Wind Waker HD is due out in October for North America, our Japanese equivalent did not have a release window - that is until now as The Wind Waker HD is set to release on September 26, 2013 in Japan. We also have the Japanese boxart, which can be seen after the break.

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The Minish Cap Walkthrough Update - Part 3

The Minish Cap

We have recently updated our The Minish Cap Walkthrough to include Part 3 which covers the journey up Mt. Crenel. Several more parts will be added over the coming days to finish out the walkthrough so be sure to check back if you need any help with The Minish Cap.

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What are The Legend of Zelda's best ever games?

Legend of Zelda

It began way back in 1986 with the release of The Legend of Zelda in Japan. Since then, people from around the globe have enjoyed Link's adventures across a number of Nintendo consoles. But while there's no title available for Wii U just yet, all this is about to change as a high-definition remake of the classic Wind Waker hits shelves later this year. The anticipation for its arrival got us thinking of some of the best offerings from a consistently impressive franchise.

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The Minish Cap Section Launched

The Minish Cap

It has been a long time coming but we have finally launched a section dedicated to The Minish Cap that includes our work-in-progress Minish Cap Walkthrough and our Heart Pieces guide. Over the coming weeks we plan to flesh out the section to include a range of guides for the game as well as completing our walkthrough. Go check it out and let us know what you think so far.

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Comic-Con: A Link Between Worlds Demo Footage

The footage above comes from GameSpot and shows off A Link Between Worlds. The footage is direct feed so provides good quality. The demo being shown off is pretty much the same one we got to play at E3 2013. We have another video you can see after the break along with a break down of any new details from the game.

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Dark Horse Shows Off New Zelda Statues at Comic-Con

Pending Dark Horse Zelda Statues

During this years Comic-Con, Dark Horse - publisher of Hyrule Historia - showed off 4 Zelda inspired statues. Three of the 4 statues are pictured above. Pictured are Skyward Sword Link, Twilight Princess Link, and Twilight Princess Ganondorf. A statue of the Scervo mini-boss from Skyward Sword was also presented but we have no image of it yet. Dark Horse did not give any details about the statues - no price point, release window, and even said the license has not been approved yet so the statues may never actually end up being produced. Check after the break for more pictures.

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The Legend of Zelda Box Set - Limited Edition Prima Official Game Guides

The Legend of Zelda Box Set

An item recently surfaced over on Amazon that reveals what could be a must have for any Zelda fan. The item is a limited edition Legend of Zelda Box Set that includes 6 hardcover Prima game guides. The set includes guides for Ocarina of Time 3D, Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword (revised and expanded by over 100 pages) but this isn't all that makes this box set special. The more interesting part of the box set is the inclusion of an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by Eiji Aonuma and a laser etched metallic bookmark with a protective cover. The Legend of Zelda box set is available for preorder over on Amazon for $152.99, which is $27 off retail price and is set to release in November.

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2013 Club Nintendo Elite Status Gifts Include Majora's Mask OST

2013 Club Nintendo Elite Status Gifts Include Majora's Mask OST

Did you get to Platinum Status on Club Nintendo this year? Well, you will be delighted to know that this year they have the Majora's Mask Soundtrack as a gift. Platinum Status is given by obtaining 600 coin during the year. Gold Status is given by obtaining 300 coins. Check after the break for the full set of prizes, which include more Zelda games related gifts.

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Radio Hyrule iOS App Now Available Radio Hyrule iOS App

Our friends over at Radio Hyrule have launched their new Radio Hyrule iOS App for all those who always wanted to take their lovely music stream with them on the go or simply use it on their phone. The app is available on the iTunes store for $0.99, which helps fund future app development.

Radio Hyrule has been on the web for many years and various people have asked for the app and now they got it. Some features include: track info, wireless Air Play streaming, quality selection, stream continues in background mode, and various others. Check out the official page for more information.

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In Need of Zelda Ocarina Tabs?

Zelda Ocarina

Are you in need of Ocarina Tabs for some of your favorite Zelda songs? Well, we recently launched an initiative in order to help out fellow Ocarina players learn how to play some of the Zelda songs they enjoy. Our Ocarina Tabs section hosts several songs such as Song of Time, Great Fairy Song, The Minish Woods, and several others. We have plans to expand the section further so check back for updates periodically.

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A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough Index Live

A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds - formerly A Link to the Past 2 for those unaware - releases this coming November for the Nintendo 3DS and we will have our usual guides and informational pages to go along with the release. This time around we are aiming to have an A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough to accompany our guides. The walkthrough will cover everything in the game from items, bosses, dungeons, and more. For more information on the game check out our A Link Between Worlds section.

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Miyamoto Talks Zelda U and Wind Waker HD - Crane Chain Shortened

Wind Waker HD Crane Chain Shortened

Shigeru Miyamoto was recently interviewed by Game Informer and talked some about Zelda U and The Wind Waker HD. One new detail we learned about Wind Waker HD is that the chain on the crane has been shortened to help "speed up gameplay." You can see full excerpts and anymore details after the break.

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Symphony of the Goddesses in Baltimore

Symphony of the Goddesses in Baltimore

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has contacted us regarding the June 27 showing of the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - which will be the season 1 show and not the updated quest 2. Tickets are available here. Symphony of the Goddesses is a fantastic show so if you are near the Baltimore area be sure to check it out. You can find our full season 1 review here as well as both of our season 2 reviews here and here. Are you attending? Let us know in the comments as we would love to hear from fans who have seen the show before and those who are noobies so-to-say.

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Aonuma: Multiplayer in Zelda Games a High Hurdle

Aonuma: Multiplayer in Zelda Games a High Hurdle

In a recent interview with Wired, Eiji Aonuma talked about how multiplayer in Zelda games is a "high hurdle" for him and that they - the Zelda team - are still working on ideas for the new Wii U Zelda game that is still in development. You can read the full quote from him after the break.

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Fan Story: The Legend of Terra - Chapter 6

The Legend of Terra Chapter 6 by Mr. Watch

Chapter 6 of the Legend of Terra has been posted. The story takes place after the events in Majora's Mask and is authored by Mr. Watch. Check out an excerpt from Part 6 after the break.

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The Minish Cap: Part 2 - The Winter Cap

Part 2 of The Winter Cap - our Zelda: The Minish Cap video series - has been released and can be viewed via the video embedded above or here. It features both Ryan and Winter as they journey through the Minish Woods.

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Fan Story: The Story of Ganondorf Part 11

The Story of Ganondorf

LH exclusive fan work - The Story of Ganondorf - has been updated with Part 11, which picks up where Part 10 ended. The story is written by staff member Wolf and takes the reader through the life of Ganondorf. Check out an excerpt from Part 11 after the break.

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The Legend of Zelda Part 8 - Two Idiots are Better than One

Part 8 of our Legend of Zelda video series entitled Two Idiots are Better than One has recently been released. You can check it via the video embedded above or on our YouTube channel here.

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The Dark Triforce - A Fan Theory

The Dark Triforce

As a rebuttal to an article I read - I am writing about an idea that one of my staff members gave me, The Dark Triforce. The Dark Triforce may or may not exist but the theory stems from the A Link Between Worlds logo, you know, the piece where the dark triforce appears underneath the normal one. So just what could this other triforce be and how could it change the future of Zelda?

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The Minish Cap: Part 1 - The Winter Cap

We bring you our new video series for The Minish Cap entitled The Winter Cap for you to take a look at today. The video is embedded above for your convenience and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

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Symphony of the Goddesses Quest 2 Rekindles the Spirit of the Original!

Symphony of the Goddesses Quest 2

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses recently entered into its second season, which debuted in Atlanta, and I was able to view the show at the same venue as I saw it last year - the Greek Theatre. The show took place on June 12th, 2013 and was once again during my trip out to E3 to cover all the Zelda news for the site. After all the walking and reporting as usual during E3 I welcomed the idea of being able to finally relax and listen to some of my favorite Zelda tunes. So how did Season 2 of Symphony of the Goddesses fair against the first outing? Well - let me tell you a little story...

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Shigeru Miyamoto Disappointed with Zelda II

Shigeru Miyamoto Disappointed with Zelda II

In a recent interview with Kotaku, Shigeru Miyamoto talks about the disappointments he had with Zelda II and what he would have liked to further expand upon to make the game better. While a lot of Zelda fans agree that Zelda II was not what they expected, what do you think Miyamoto thought was wrong?

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DLC May be Coming to Zelda Series Says Aonuma

DLC May be Coming to Zelda Series Says Aonuma

Many people love DLC - otherwise Downloadable Content - because it further enriches many aspect of their favorite game but Nintendo seems to finally be providing this to some of their games. Mario has gotten DLC in the past and more are scheduled for the future. So will Zelda receive the same attention? Check out what Aonuma had to say after the break.

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Tezuka Confirmed There Was No Timeline At Zelda Series Start

No Zelda Timeline At Series Start

Coming from a Tweet by Michael Damiani - Takashi Tezuka has confirmed there was no timeline at the beginning of the Zelda series but really - why would there be? The timeline was confirmed to have been created later. What does this mean to all you timeline diehards?

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Eiji Aonuma on The Wind Waker HD Message in a Bottle Concept

Eiji Aonuma on The Wind Waker HD

During Tuesdays media event I was able to speak with Eiji Aonuma briefly. The topic of choice was The Wind Waker HD and he was nice enough to provide a good answer. Check out what was said after the break.

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Sanctuary Dungeon by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra

Blake Robinson has released a nice rendition of the new Sanctuary Dungeon theme from the upcoming A Link Between Worlds. The game itself will boast new arrangements of the original music from A Link to the Past. Are there any songs that you are looking forward to hearing? I'd have to say the Dark Forest Theme would sound awesome redone. I have not heard the song from in-game, but I'm sure it is close to this arrangement.

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A Link Between Worlds Release Month Announced

A Link Between Worlds

During an analyst presentation earlier today, Nintendo announced that the release month for A Link Between Worlds will be November 2013. No further information has been given for the European release.

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The Wind Waker HD Screenshots and Illustration

Wind Waker HD Link

Little is known how different The Wind Waker HD is from the original version, but the graphics are amazing and will be in 1080p! Check out more screens below!

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New Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Screenshots and Art

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

As Nintendo does every year, some new screens and artwork have been released! Let's take a look at them, shall we? The main logo looks very nice, showing off a hint of what the Dark World may contain.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Trailer

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Zelda 3DS - formerly referred to as A Link to the Past 2 - has been revealed as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. You Can watch the new trailer after the break.

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New Zelda Themed Stages Included in Next Smash Brothers

New Logo

Coming from today's Nintendo E3 Direct it was confirmed that several Zelda inspired stages will be included. The stages include the train from Spirit Tracks, Skyloft from Skyward Sword, and Kakariko Village from Twilight Princess.

Spirit Tracks Stage

Spirit Tracks Stage

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The Wind Waker HD Due Out in October for North America

In today's Nintendo E3 Direct we learned that The Wind Waker HD is due out in North America this coming October. Also check out the other details here.

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The Wind Waker HD Includes Boat Speed-up Button

The Wind Waker HD Includes Boat Speed-up Button

Coming from the Nintendo E3 Direct - The Wind Waker HD contains a boat speed-run button for making traveling quicker. The game also includes a Tingle Bottle - the original had the Tingle Tuner - for posting to Miiverse. The notes that players post to Miiverse will wash up on shore as messages in a bottle. The game runs in 1080p.

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Season 2 of Zelda Symphony Reviewed

Zelda Symphony Season 2

As some of you may know, the Symphony of the Goddesses has officially entered its second season for touring. They kicked off the season in Atlanta, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend. If you want to find out how it was, and what to expect, please read on, but be warned, the review contains a few spoilers.

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A Link to the Past 2 Runs at 60FPS

A Link to the Past Runs at 60 FPS

In the latest issue of EDGE, they released some details about A Link to the Past 2. The game runs at 60FPS and that helps make the 3D effect more stable. Check out more details after the break.

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Evolution of Control

Picture of Link

When you consider how Nintendo tries to make Zelda more realistic, they always turn to revolutionizing the control system. Sometimes it's as simple as pressing a button, or as complicated as 1:1 motion controls. Nintendo, though, doesn't really go to make the graphics perfectly realistic, because they feel that they can show more expression with a slightly animated face, than with a realistic human-type face. Throughout this article, I hope to cover some of the evolutions of the control schemes, and suggest what could be done for future control schemes.

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Zelda Stop Motion - Stage 1: The Knife Lord

The people over at the Happy Hour YouTube channel have released the video above depicting our favorite hero Link fighting with several creatures. Here is what the description said:

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Zelda Team Played Around With Mii's In Hyrule

Mii's in Hyrule

Official Nintendo Magazine recently release a feature containing 8 facts about Nintendo that many may not know. One of the facts was that the Zelda team played around with Mii's in Hyrule after the completion of Twilight Princess. Check out the quote from ONM after the break.

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Making A More Challenging Game

Navi is annoying (via deviantArt)

"Hey! Listen! Look--" Shut up! Ever had that moment? If not, you should try it sometime! It makes for some great memories. This applies to all video games. I will put the video where I got the idea for this article at the very end (it is hilarious, and explicit). So if you want to hear my thoughts on how game developers should start tackling games, read more after the jump!

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Link Figma Figure Headed to North America in Q4 2013

Link Figma Figure Headed to North America

It has been confirmed that the Link Figma Figure will be heading to North America in Q4 of 2013. The confirmation comes from preorders opening up on both Big Bad Toy Store and GameStop. The Link Figma costs $49.99 at both sites.

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Zelda Reorchestrated

Twilight Symphony

Zelda Reorchestrated. I don't know where to begin! In case I go off on a long story about ZREO, here are some solid facts you should know. On June 12, 2013, the Zelda Reorchestrated site will be closing down. That site alone will be closing its doors, for-(the foreseeable future)-ever. Some good news, Radio Hyrule will be an independent project and will in effect cut all ties to ZREO. The music will still be available for download (Twilight Symphony not withstanding) for as long as my friend who owns it can keep it running. If you would like to download all, some, or any of the music available from ZREO, you can do so from the mirror site right here, for free. The music is in MP3 form (some in FLAC), and re-tagged compared to ZREO's original release. There are also ZIP files available for download (torrent-free). The ZREO YouTube channel will still be around, if you prefer to stream over downloading. If you were wondering why we haven't posted about their Twilight Symphony music videos, it is because of this article being held up. Two videos are after the jump, including the most recent one, so be sure to check them out along with the full album as it is released!

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Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons to Launch on 3DS eShop for $4.99 Each

Oracle Games Launch At $4.99 Each Oracle Games Launch At $4.99 Each May 30th

In a Nintendo Direct presentation earlier, Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons will launch on May 30th for the Nintendo 3DS eShop for just $4.99 each for the first three weeks. After this promotional period ends, both games will increase to $5.99 each. Read the full press release, which includes other Nintendo related news, after the break.

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Legend of Zelda Items Via 3D Printer

Legend of Zelda Items Via 3D Printer

What you see above is nearly every item from the original Legend of Zelda printed using the modern technology known as a 3D printer. The blog Hyrule Foundry - the creator of the items pictured above - is selling the pieces in different sets for those interested. You can find full details and more after the break.

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Fan Story: Ember Part 3 by Starr

Ember Part 3 by Starr

Today we bring you Part 3 of Ember written by guest author Starr. Check it our via the link above and an excerpt is included after the break.

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Fan Art: Link by Andras

Link by Andras

Staff member Andras, author of Shadows of Kakariko and Deal with the King of Evil, has decided to submit some fan art for us to show off to everyone and that is what you see above - Link by Andras.

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The Legend of Zelda Part 7 - Two Idiots are Better than One

Part 7 of the Legend of Zelda video series Two Idiots are Better than One has been released. This part - as always - features both Chris and Ryan from staff playing through Legend of Zelda.

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Shadows of Kakariko

Shadows of Kakariko

It was a much more stern time in the history of Hyrule; a time when a younger form of the kingdom regarded offenders of the law as refuse to be cast aside. Not a century after the formation of Hyrule, the Shiekah - the guardians of the royal family - were to be given permissions in the realm of punishment and imprisonment. They would be granted authority to deal with criminals under the spoken (and highly open for speculation) constitution of Hylian law. In these Hyrulian dark ages, those who would violate the laws of the land were handled abruptly and harshly, as the Shiekah were, at the time, an entitled and highly powerful extension of the Royal family's sword.

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Dark and Light Worlds Return in A Link to the Past 2 Says Aonuma

Dark and Light Worlds Return in A Link to the Past 2 Says Aonuma

In a CNET interview, Eiji Aonuma confirmed that both the Dark and Light Worlds from A Link to the Past would return for the sequel that was announced recently. More information can be found after the jump.

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Fan Story: Ember Part 2 by Starr

Ember Part 2 by Starr

Today we bring you Part 2 of Ember written by guest author Starr. Check it our via the link above and an excerpt is included after the break.

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A Link to the Past Sequel Announced

Update: Screenshot and Full Press Release below.

A Link to the Past Sequel Announced

This is some amazing news! Announced only moments ago (more so "confirmed"), a sequel to A Link to the Past will be released this Holiday season in North America! It will feature a new storyline and new dungeons that incorporate the features of the 3DS. Read more after the jump!

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The Legend of Zelda Part 6 - Two Idiots are Better than One

Part 6 of the Legend of Zelda video series Two Idiots are Better than One has been released. This part - as always - features both Chris and Ryan from staff playing through Legend of Zelda.

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Fan Story: The Legend of Terra - Chapter 5

The Legend of Terra Chapter 5 by Mr. Watch

Chapter 5 of the Legend of Terra has been posted. The story takes place after the events in Majora's Mask and is authored by Mr. Watch. Check out an excerpt from Part 5 after the break.

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Fan Story: Ember by Starr

Fan Story: Ember by Starr

Today we bring you a new fan story submitted to us by a reader name Starr. The story is entitled Ember and we have part 1 for you to read today. Check out an excerpt after the break.

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Conventional Changes in Zelda

Conventional Changes in Zelda

Did Aonuma just say the Zelda team were rethinking the traditional conventions in the Zelda formula? Yep. Well, this article is done, have a nice day... And I've been told I need to write a longer article than that, so let's try to talk about those changes. Aonuma said they were going to rethink the ideas of Zelda always being single player, and also change the linear dungeon design. So what could this mean for the Zelda franchise? Does this mean the next game will be a Zelda 1 crossover with Four Swords? Probably not, although it would be an interesting concept. Basically, over the next few paragraphs, what will be discussed is how I think these changes could be implemented and what might result from them. Be sure to leave a comment about what you think about the changes!

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Fan Art: Project Dolphin by E-Man

Project Dolphin by E-Man

One of our readers by the name of E-Man created the art above to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of The Wind Waker and is entitled Project Dolphin. The feature was originally created for Zelda Eternity's Wind Waker month; however, the artist wanted to gain a little more exposure for his work.

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The Legend of Zelda Part 5 - Two Idiots are Better than One

Part 5 of the Legend of Zelda video series Two Idiots are Better than One has been released. This part - as always - features both Chris and Ryan from staff playing through Legend of Zelda.

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Fan Story: The Story of Ganondorf Part 10

The Story of Ganondorf

LH exclusive fan work - The Story of Ganondorf - has been updated with Part 10, which picks up where Part 9 ended. The story is written by staff member Wolf and takes the reader through the life of Ganondorf. Check out an excerpt from Part 10 after the break.

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Fan Story: The Legend of Terra - Chapter 4

Legend of Terra Chapter 4

A fan of the Legend of Terra? Well, you are in luck because today we bring you Chapter 4. Check out an excerpt below:

Hyrule Castle

Alec rolled over in the soft castle bed, his brown hair laid spread about the pillow from his head digging itself into its feathery softness. Rays of summer sunlight traveled through the open balcony doors colliding with the bed in which the ranch boy lay. The light reflected off the pearly white sheets of the Hylian bed, filling the stone castle room with a bright ambience. Alec made no sound; he simply lay tucked tightly under the warm blankets.

The sound of the large wooden door closing caused Alec's eyes to snap open. Yawning, the young man sat himself up in the large soft bed. He stretched the morning stiffness out of his limbs by reaching his arms and legs out from his body. Looking around the room the ranch boy at first seemed surprised on where he was. He sat in a large wooden framed bed with a feathery soft mattress and white sheets. Light shown through the open balcony doors, and a cool morning breeze flowed gently into the room, the blue curtains moved like waves in the wind. The scents that traveled on the air of the Hylian countryside filled Alec's nose awakening him even more.

Getting up out of the comfortable bed Alec stretched his arms above his head. Looking over his body he noticed that all the wounds he had received the previous night had disappeared, each was completely gone from his body. The headache from the massive blow to the skull was gone entirely. Surprised and rubbing his head he attempted to remember what had happen last night when he returned to the castle.

From what he could piece together form his scattered thoughts and memories he knew that he was taken to Hyrule Castle for treatment of his wounds. He remembered being separated from Link and Princess Terra and taken to the room where he stood now. They made him drink an odd tasting red liquid, and after that...nothing...just blackness...

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The Legend of Zelda Part 4 - Two Idiots are Better than One

Today we bring you Part 4 of our video series for Legend of Zelda entitled Two idiots are Better than One featuring staff members Ryan and Chris. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons Releasing Before Summer on 3DS eShop

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons Hitting Before Summer

You may remember our article about Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons heading to the 3DS eShop and how we did not have any real information about release outside of Japan. Well, Eiji Aonuma posted on the Zelda Miiverse community stating:

Our plan is to release these two games in other territories some time before summer!

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It's the End of the World as You Know it

It's the End of the World as You Know it

One of the biggest challenges for me playing Majora's Mask was the desire to make a lasting impact on the citizens of Terminia. As you constantly integrate yourself into even the smallest details of their lives, you can't help but feel a personal relationship from every single person you meet. As the game fleshes out and detracts you from your main quest of stopping the moon, the literal weight of the world grows in relation to just how little time you have left. The beautiful thing about Majora's Mask is that it forces you to make choices... choices that ultimately mean nothing.

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Zelda II Medley by On Being Human - MAGfest 11

The Zelda II Medley above is performed by the group On Being Human during MAGfest 11. The group routinely performs covers of video game music. You can check them out on YouTube here.

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Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons Coming to Virtual Console

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons Coming to Virtual Console

During today's Nintendo Direct, it was announced that Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons would be coming to the Virtual Console in Japan for 600 Yen each (around $6.50) on February 27 and later as a bundled deal for 1000 Yen (around $10.50); however, on the Zelda Miiverse board, Eiji Aonuma confirmed that both will see release in the other Virtual Console territories. See his full message after the break.

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Fan Story: He Took Her Away By LinkxZelda

He Took Her Away By LinkxZelda

We have recovered a long lost fan poem called He Took Her Away that was written by past staff member LinkxZelda. The poem was originally posted several years ago but had been lost to the obscurity that is the internet; however, you can now read it in it's original glory again. Check out an excerpt after the break.

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Fan Story: The Story of Ganondorf Part 9

The Story of Ganondorf

LH exclusive fan work - The Story of Ganondorf - has been updated with Part 9. The story is written by staff member Wolf and takes the reader through the life of Ganondorf. Check out an excerpt from Part 9 after the break.

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Zelda Miiverse Community Opens Today

Zelda Miiverse Community Opens Today

During a Nintendo Direct earlier today, a Zelda Miiverse Community was announced and has gone live for all those with interest in discussing the series as a whole amongst fellow Miiverse friends. The full release can be found after the break and contains more then just the Zelda Miiverse Community announcement.

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Renewing the Old and Redoing the New

Renewing the Old and Redoing the New

Over time, a lot of games lose their target audience and the developers either stop making the games, or they just shelve their ideas for a while. There are a lot of different series and franchises that have withstood countless years of being on the market, but there have been others that have dwindled over the years, with some seeing short but definite comebacks. However, one of the dominating franchises that has never dwindled is The Legend of Zelda. This franchise has been around for over 25 years and is one of the most well known franchises in video-game history. Nintendo has been really careful to make sure that this series didn't dwindle, so read on to explore a few points as to why I think Zelda has been able to make a lasting impression. Also, it would be superb if you could comment as to why you think the series has been able to stay so current for so long.

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The Wind Waker HD Screenshots

Nintendo revealed The Wind Waker HD for Wii U during a Nintendo Direct earlier. On top of the reveal - we also got 9 high resolution screenshots from the game. You can see them below.

The Wind Waker HD

The Wind Waker HD

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The Wind Waker HD Heading to Wii U

The Wind Waker HD Heading to Wii U

Just moments ago during the latest Nintendo Direct, Eiji Aonuma revealed an HD remake for Wind Waker coming to the Nintendo Wii U. According to the video - the game is coming out in the fall.

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Theophany Launches Disk 1 of Time's End - A Majora's Mask Album

Time's End - A Majora's Mask Album

Many of you may have recently visited the site http://www.terriblefate.com/ only to find a countdown to the end of Mayan calendar - otherwise known as the End of the World. Well, the countdown is finished but the world is still here, Link saved the day, and best of all - Theophany has launched disk 1 to their album Time's End. Check out after the break for a few more details.

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Zelda Live Stream For Charity - The Marathon Man

Zelda Live Stream For Charity

The good people behind The Marathon Man are holding a Live Stream on December 27th through December 31st to raise funds for the Autism Research Institute. The stream will focus on several Zelda games such as Skyward Sword. Check after the break for more details from them.

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The Legend of Zelda Part 3 - Two Idiots are Better than One

Today we bring you Part 3 of our video series for Legend of Zelda entitled Two idiots are Better than One featuring staff members Ryan and Chris. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Original Article Writers Needed

I Want You!

Us at Link's Hideaway are always looking for talented people to join our team and help us expand our audience as well as provide some of the best articles on the Zelda franchise on the web. We are currently seeking people who are able to analyze our favorite series in ways no-other is able. As an original article writer you will be responsible for writing articles in an editorial capacity and staying on-top of the latest trends in order to provide relevant information to our readers. Check after the jump for more information.

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Future Plans for the 3DS Zelda Release Date

Ocarina of Time 3D

In a recent interview with Satoru Iwata, IGN got to ask the tough questions about the Wii U's reception, among other topics. Here is a quote from Iwata,

We will announce the launch schedules for new 3D Zelda and Mario games in the future, but this is not the right opportunity for me to indicate when we will make such announcements.

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One Way Trip To Paradise

Don't you wish you lived in Hyrule? Of course you did! Is that even a question? Of course it isn't! Silly businesses aside, would you risk it all to start again? To live in the ancient world of Hyrule? You get one choice and one choice only. That is the Hyrule of Ocarina of Time, well before the flood. At least, let us hope so. The means of getting there are, well, untested. Journey aside, you get to take one lucky person with you. A total of 500 people are going, and the land of Hyrule is large and lacking polygonal walls. More after the jump!

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How Has Each Zelda Game Held Up Over the Years

How Has Zelda Held Up Over the Years

The Legend of Zelda is a long running series. 26 years to be exact, and it's definitely changed a lot since the very first release back on the NES. If we were to look at how the different games have been regarded by critics, there wouldn't be any noticeable trend, because Nintendo has always done their best to take what worked well, and implement it with some new stuff to make it fell like a newer experience, while still holding true to the core mechanics. After the break, we'll explore how each game has held up against critics, and more importantly, the test of time.

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New Skyward Sword Link Figma

Front View

Max Factory has a new figma in stock, and it's none other than Link! The new figma is brilliantly colores, and features multiple gestures and poses. Do you collect the Zelda figmas that appear? If you do, you can snag this one from Amazon Japan for a mere 3800 yen

Rear View

Not your type of collecting? Feel free to browse more photos here!

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ZI Interview with Jeron Moore

Symphony of the Goddesses Heading to Australia

Zelda Informer recently had an interview with the creator of the Symphony of the Godesses, Jeron Moore, about Zelda and the concert itself. Check out a snippet after the break!

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Limited Copies of Hyrule Historia Collectors Edition

New Hyrule Historia Cover

If you haven't picked up your copy of Hyrule Historia yet, for some strange reason, you may want to wait! It seems that there will be limited edition copies! Read the full story after the jump!

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New Hyrule Historia English Cover and Trailer

What you see above is the new trailer for the English release of Hyrule Historia published by Dark Horse. A new cover for the English version has been release as well and can be seen after the break.

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The Legend of Digital Zelda

YouTuber Final Cut King has released the video above entitled The Legend of Digital Zelda. The description of the video says:

The Legend of Zelda comes to the digital world in this short film. Link battles various enemies and travels through a digital world as he tried to find his lost love....the princess Zelda!

So what do you think of the video? Do you enjoy these kind of things? Let us know in the comment section.

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Recurring Relationships of the Zelda Franchise

Recurring Relationships in Legend of Zelda

Possible Spoilers: Before I just dive right into what relationships actually are recurring, and other stuff about the relationships, let's discuss what relationships there are and how they've been created or evolved over the years. Obviously, we'd go back to the same format as the Link's Looks article, and start from the first game and continue from there, but not spending as much time on each game and probably not getting to every game, just a brief sentence or two or so on the game of interest. I'll try to make it as exciting as possible for those who aren't into romances that much...but not that kind of excitement. This isn't 50 Shades of Gray, after all, but read on anyway.

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New Fan Story: Lost King by Ryan Hammett

Lost King - Forest Sonata

Staff member Ryan Hammett has released Part 1 of Lost King, which is a fan story. Check out the excerpt below.

Many decades have passed, and Hyrule is well. Ganon had not appeared since he was defeated, and the lands were prosperous. Everything was as the Hero of Time had hoped, but trouble within the hierarchy was about to end it all...

Forest Sonata – Legend of the Skull Kids

Torn was sprinting for the entrance to Kokiri Forest as the castle guards were trailing behind him. The entrance to the forest was blocked off due to the thought of the impending wars (or so any outsiders thought), and Torn jumped the bridge to enter the Lost Woods. Torn stopped running and heard no sounds of the soldiers approaching. Torn thought to himself how he would escape the Lost Woods, as no one had ever escaped after the Hero of Time vanished. Torn had left his enchanted fairy ocarina in the well at Kakariko Village, and without it had no way to escape the Lost Woods. Torn began to walk deeper into the Lost Woods, with every turn leading to a new path.

Like the excerpt? Well, click here for the full part 1.

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Legend of Zelda Part 2 - Two Idiots are Better than One

Chris and Ryan are at it again in Part 2 of their Legend of Zelda video series. They take on Dungeon 2 in this episode and it has the usual commentary from both of them. Check it out below.

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Music: Its Meaningful Marvels in Zelda

Music: Its Meaningful Marvels in Zelda

Zelda, the game is full of life, love, and story. Everything is drawn beautifully and majestically. There's only one thing that could help this game be any better - music. Music is definitely the single most important part of a Zelda game. Don't believe me? Then read this article to find out, and if you do believe me, well then read this article for fun!

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New Fan Story: Memoirs of Hyrule By Fidel

Memoirs of Hyrule

We have a brand new fan story for you to enjoy today named Memoirs of Hyrule. The story was submitted by author Fidel Rangel. Here is their description:

It's pretty much random letters from different characters based off of all the Zelda games I played and doesn't stray too far away from storyline except for some perks I've added to try to piece a lot the series together.

You can check out Memoirs of Hyrule here or read an excerpt after the break.

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Twilight Symphony, Giga-Update!

Update: 290 copies remain! SOLD OUT! Digital release is upon us.

Physical Album set at 2,000 copies!

If you haven't heard the news, Zelda Reorchestrated finally opened their site for Twilight Symphony on the first of November! Along with the site opening, they uploaded a 45 minute preview of the album. That's not even close to half of the album (which is composed of 51 brilliant tracks), but check it out after the jump!

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Legend of Zelda Part 1 - Two Idiots are Better than One

Staff members, Chris and Ryan, have begun a new video series called "Two Idiots are Better than One" and the first game in their catalog is the Legend of Zelda. They play through the First Dungeon of LoZ in this episode. Take a peek below for the video and let them know what you think in the comments.

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Link's Looks and Other Artistic Anomalies

(Please note that this article contains some jokes that may be considered offensive depending on how well tuned your sense of humor is.)

Link's Looks and Other Artistic Anomalies

Now as The Legend of Zelda has been around for over 25 years, Link has gotten a few makeovers along with Zelda and the rest of Hyrule. With new looks, you have new opinions, and different sales numbers. As we go across the time-line of Zelda games, let's take a look at how the art style has changed as well as how the look of Link himself has changed. Full article after the break...

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Skyward Swords music is not as Skyward as we had hoped

When you listen to some tunes from the old Zelda games, you hear a distinct and loveable tune. You find yourself humming along to the songs later on, and then whistling them. Some of the most memorable parts of the game come from the music alone. The End Credits themes are always fantastic and memorable, and the over-world themes are always full of life, and buzzing with excitement. However, not all of this is true in Skyward Sword. The over-world theme from Skyward Sword sounded like it should have been some kind of opening to a Star Trek movie, or some other movie about space. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice tune, it's just not fit to be the grand over-world theme. Just take the Stalfos min-boss theme. It sounds like a waltz more than a boss theme. It clearly doesn't fit being a battle song. This was true with a lot of other songs as well, just not the fact that they sounded like waltzes.

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is Heading to Australia in 2013!

Symphony of the Goddesses Heading to Australia

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses has been primarily a North American event throughout the majority of the tour; however, this is about to change. Symphony of the Goddesses is heading to Australia in 2013 with two shows slated for the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Friday February 1st and Saturday the 2nd. Ticket's start at roughly AU $42 and go up to around AU $102 depending on the seat location. Check out Ticketmaster's site to check for yourself.

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Termina Field Orchestration - Bongo Bongo Day

Termina Field Orchestration

Majora's Mask is one of the games that takes such dedication, that it always earns a place in the heart of anyone who plays through to the end. You don't play through it because you want to finish it, or you're bored; you play it because the game is breathtaking. After the break is a fascinating mix of the Termina Field theme.

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Legend of Zelda Medley on STL Ocarina - Lena Leclaire

Lena Leclaire has recently released a video of her Legend of Zelda Medley performed on a STL Ocarina. The video features various songs from Ocarina of Time 3D and perhaps some others. Check it out below.

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North America: Skyward Sword Bundle in Stock at Wal-Mart?

Skyward Sword Bundle in Stock at Wal-Mart?

I was recently at my local Wal-Mart and to my suprise - the Skyward Sword Bundle was in stock. Does this mean you have another chance to secure this wonderful bundle for the original price instead of the overly inflated $100+ one on Amazon? Perhaps - just get out to your local Wal-Mart and you may be in luck.

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NoA: Ocarina of Time 3D Hits eShop October 18th for $39.99

Ocarina of Time 3D Hits eShop October 18th

Ocarina of Time 3D hits the Nintendo eShop on October 18th for $39.99 according to a recent press release from Nintendo of America. This is the full retail price, which many may not like to pay. Let us know in the comments. Hit the jump to see the full release.

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Contest: Create the best Fan Works to Win Hearts of Iron III Collection

Today we announce a contest for a chance to win Hearts of Iron III Collection. We have been given 5 Steam codes from Paradox Interactive in order to giveaway to several lucky winners. All you need to do is create a piece of fan works and have us pick your piece. Fan works can be art, music, poem, or anything else creative. Just submit it to us by October 19th, 2012 by e-mailing it to us at contest@linkshideaway.com. *Note* Submission deadline will be pushed back if needed at a later date. Check after the break for the release trailer for Hearts of Iron III Collection.

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Link Vs. Peter Pan in Real Life - Ultimate Fan Fights Ep. 3

 Link Vs. Peter Pan in Real Life - Ultimate Fan Fights Ep. 3

The fine folks over at IGN recently e-mailed us their latest episode in their Ultimate Fan Fights series which pits Link against Peter Pan. You can watch the match after the break.

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New Abridged Version of Ocarina of Time Manga

New Ocarina of Time Manga

Recently we discovered a new abridged version of the Ocarina of Time manga on the Nintendo of Taiwan website that was created to celebrate the release of Ocarina of Time for the first time in those territories of the world. While the manga is written in what we believe to be Mandarin Chinese, the artwork is fascinating. The original PDF of the Ocarina of Time managa is here but brace yourself for a rather large file.

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Fractured Soul Review

Fractured Soul Review

Fractured Soul is a game where you have the power to jump between alternate realities and shoot robots. Sounds pretty generic, right? That's exactly what it should be! This game takes place on a space station, half of which is full of water, high winds, and scorching heat in one reality, and enough floating platforms to shake a stick at all around. It's a simple side scrolling shooter, where your goal is to get to the end of the level as fast as you can while collecting the optional bonus emblems, called "secrets". These "secrets" are used to unlock the extra 10 bonus levels with added difficulty and layouts to contribute to the main games 30 levels. The main game itself contains 5 different areas, each with its own twist on physics and dynamics.

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Fan Story: The Story of Ganondorf (Revised) By Wolf

UPDATE: Story of Ganondorf

Our exclusive fan work - The Story of Ganondorf - has received revisions from part 1 up to part 8. The revisions include a new plot that consists of new parts as well as other parts being removed. Updates to the story will come in the very near future so check back often. Catch an excerpt after the break.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fractured Soul Developer Interviewed

Fractured Soul recently released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop and we managed to snag an interview with the games developer - Endgame Studios. While we do not usually post about non-Zelda topics here on Link's Hideaway, we have recently decided to delve into this realm due to the recent lack of Zelda news. For those unaware of what Fractured Soul consists of - take a peak at the official trailer below.

Does it have you interested? Do you want to know where the screen swapping concept came from? Well just take a peak at our developer Q & A after the break.

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Legend of Zelda painting time-lapse by Shanna May

Fan-Art: The Legend of Zelda time-lapse painting

A fantastic Legend of Zelda inspired painting has surfaced from the artist Shanna May, who can be seen above. She has created a time-lapse video for the painting that can be viewed after the break.

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Legend of Zelda Percussion Ensemble - Bongo Bongo Day

This is the kind of stuff I imagined Bongo Bongo day would be about.

Played by a group from Dieverbrug (A town in the Dutch province of Drenthe), they do a custom medley of all sorts of Zelda songs. Can't believe it doesn't have more views.

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Song of Healing on Guitar - Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask plays host to a plethora of quality music tracks with the Song of Healing being one of them. The video above is a good rendition of this song. Enjoy!

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New Tour Dates for "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses"

Symphony of the Goddesses

Nintendo has released several more dates for the Symphony of the Goddesses. Click read more for the full PR e-mail.

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Pre-order Hyrule Historia for 40% Off

Hyrule Historia English

Amazon is currently offering the recently announced Hyrule Historia for only $20.99, which is a 40% discount! Head over here to grab a pre-order.

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Dark World by Blake Robinson - Bongo Bongo Day

Blake Robinson uses many samples and high-quality synthetic instruments to bring life to all sorts of music. He has a number of Zelda themes, all of which are fantastic. This Dark World theme is an excellent teaser as to his expertise, listen and hear for yourself.

Starting off epic and loud, there's a seamless transition to his middle section, with is filled with sweet harmonies and some epic percussion that would hold its own on any stage. My only complaint is that it's too short, but just by listening to some more of his music I felt very satisfied and impressed.

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Hyrule Historia To Be Released In English

UPDATE 8/17/2012: Pre-order for 40% off!

Hyrule Historia

Earlier today some eager Zelda fans awoke to find that Dark Horse Books will be publishing The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia for North America. It ships January 29, 2013 at the insanely low price (compared to current import prices) $34.99 ($38.99 Canada). Read more for the excerpt!

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Zelda II Q4 Release

Zelda II

Nintendo recently released in an email that Zelda II: The Adventure of Link will be released for the 3DS this coming fall in the eShop. Currently the only other Zelda games in the eShop available to all users are The Legend of Zelda and Link's Awakening DX.

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Nintendo Castle Metroid Marathon

Metroid Marathon 2012

The folks over at Nintendo Castle are doing a Metroid themed marathon for Child's Play to raise, at the very least, $100 by August 15. This goal can easily be achieved, and we would like anyone who goes there to donate to this charity! For the list of games that are scheduled to be played and the time it begins, read more!

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Fistful of Rupees - The Zelda Western Mini Series Launches

Fistful of Rupees recently launched on TGS. As you can see in part 1 above, the series is a Zelda Western mash-up. Parts 2 and 3 can be viewed after the break.

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Twilight Symphony - Behind The Scenes

Twilight Princess Symphony

Zelda Reorchestrated has released some amazing new details on the current state of Twilight Symphony, check out this video they posted on their YouTube channel that shows some amazing footage of the choir recording.

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Olympic Gymnast from Mexico Uses Zelda Medley

Olympic gymnast, Garcia Rodriguez, performed to a familiar tune during her performance for the Woman's Qualification, Subdivision 1 and 2 events. Check out the original medley after the jump!

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Fistful of Rupees Trailer - Zelda / Western Mash-Up - NOW LIVE!

Fistful of Rupees

A new live action Zelda-inspired project named "Fistful of Rupees" has come to tuition by the people of TGS and Maker Studios. They have sent us a trailer which can be viewed after the break.

"FISTFUL OF RUPEES" will be released in its entirety as a Three-Part Web Mini-Series on Tuesday, August 7th. It is to be the first of the new "Mash-Up" format from TGS, which combines our favorite video games with a distinct film genre for a unique and epic re-imagining.

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Exclusive: Ebuch Interviewed on Twilight Symphony and Symphony of the Goddesses

Ebuch Interview

We have recently interviewed Eric Buchholz from ZREO about Twilight Princess Symphony and their involvement with Symphony of the Goddesses during our latest weekly podcast recording. We have typed out the more interesting bits and pieces for you after the break.

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Hyrule Historia: Skyward Sword Concept Art

Skyward Sword Concept Art

GlitterBerri has release several new pages from Hyrule Historia that include Skyward Sword Concept Art. Check out more art after the break.

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3DS Buzz: Win A 3DS XL Via Gaming Quiz

Update - 7/20/2012: The quiz is now less then 24 hours away. It starts at roughly 12:00 PDT and 3:00 EDT on July 21, 2012.

Win A 3DS XL

The people over at 3DS Buzz are holding a video game quiz and the person with the highest score will get a free 3DS XL. The quiz begins on July 21st, 2012.

There will be 30 questions about the world's most loved video games from the 1970s up until 2012. We aren't focusing on just Nintendo games either, we'll be giving every dedicated gamer the opportunity to show off their knowledge.

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Link's Day Off

Our favorite silent protagonist has no problem finding dangerous tasks to complete in the ever in peril kingdom of Hyrule, but what does Link do when he's not saving Princess Zelda, or dueling with Ganondorf? Find out after the break.

Link's Day Off

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Death Battle: Link VS Cloud

Link VS Cloud

Screw Attack has released a new Death Battle pitting Link against Cloud Strife from the Final Fantasy series. They have removed any magical powers, revivals, and all other disadvantages. Check out the video after the break to find out who wins.

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NES Zelda Theme - Bongo Bongo Day

I found this piece after much searching, and fell in love. It's very simplistic, and plays with dynamics a lot.

I'd love to hear the entire soundtrack from the original Legend of Zelda redone like this, I feel like though it's a different style from the 8 bit NES music it would fit perfectly with the old game play. What do you think?

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Majora's Mask Opera Creator Interviewed by Radio Hyrule

Majora's Mask Opera Interview

Our friends over at Radio Hyrule have interviewed Miguel Bulteau, the creator of the Majora's Mask opera, and brings to surface several interesting facts from the game such as "hidden" melodies in certain songs that originally come from the Majora theme. Check out quotes from the interview below.

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Club Nintendo's 2012 Platinum and Gold Prizes

Club Nintendo's 2012 Platinum status members will have the option between two rewards this year. The first being a 3 poster set featuring various franchises including Zelda. There is a Skyward Sword themed poster out of the three. The second Platinum reward is a set of Mario themed playing cards.

Club Nintendo 2012 Platinum posters

Gold status will net you a calendar that should feature artwork from various franchises. People who obtained either status will also have the option to refuse the other rewards in exchange for a digital download of Super Mario Kart or Majora's Mask on the Wii Virtual console, Metroid II: Return of Samus from the 3DS VC and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! from DSiWare (only redeemable on a 3DS). You can only pick one game from the list above.

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New Majora's Mask 100% Speedrun World Record - 6:06:26

Update: The final part has been added to the list below.

ZeldaFreakGlitcha has recently broken the Majora's Mask 100% speedrun time. The new record is 6:06:26 (6 hours 6 mins 26 secs). You can watch the speedrun in full after the break.

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Symphony of the Goddesses: Simply Magical!

Symphony of the Goddesses

Symphony of the Goddesses is a concert series based on the Legend of Zelda games. Being beautifully arranged classic Zelda tunes brought into an orchestrated environment created a unique experience for all that gathered at the Greek Theatre on June 7th, 2012 during the week of E3 2012 as well as likely every other venue the series has been brought. What made Symphony of the Goddesses just so magical? Well, let me tell you my experience...

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Best Nintendo Land Attractions of E3 2012

Best Nintendo Land E3 2012 Attractions

Many will remember when Nintendo Land was first introduced at the Nintendo E3 2012 Press Conference and how dissatisfied they felt at first; however, with hands-on with all 5 Nintendo Land E3 2012 attractions that distaste has irrevocably changed into major interest in the title. Nintendo Land will feature 12 attractions or mini-games in total upon release for the Nintendo Wii U later this year but which ones were the best of show at E3 2012?

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Luigi's Ghost Mansion Impressions - Nintendo Land

Luigi's Ghost Mansion Impressions

Being based on Luigi's Mansion – Luigi's Ghost Mansion for Nintendo Land was quite an enjoyable experience.  Players engaged in one of two ways – with the Wii Remote Plus in order to play as the ones trying to find the ghost or with the Wii U GamePad in order to play as the ghost trying to capture the others.

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Animal Crossing: Sweet Day Impressions - Nintendo Land

Animal Crossing: Sweet Day Impressions

Nintendo Land featured various attractions at E3 2012 this year with Animal Crossing: Sweet Day being one of the more group oriented demos alongside Luigi's Ghost MansionSweet Day features up to four candy-loving animals – controlled using Wii Remotes – trying to steal 50 pieces of candy from a candy orchard being protected by two guards – controlled using the Wii U GamePad.

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Episode 16 - Link's Hideaway Podcast

Episode 16 of the Link's Hideaway podcast has been released and you can listen to it via the video above. This will be the last podcast made available on YouTube and all subsequent podcasts will be available via iTunes store or you can even use our podcast RSS feed. A new format will come to our YouTube page sometime in the future.

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Donkey Kong's Crash Course Impressions - Nintendo Land

Donkey Kong's Crash Course Impressions

Donkey Kong's Crash Course from Nintendo Land was featured on the E3 2012 floor. The game is only one of many attractions for Nintendo Land on the Nintendo Wii U platform. The basic premise of the game requires the player to navigate a maze-like structure in order to get to the bottom of each stage.

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Takamaru's Ninja Castle Impressions - Nintendo Land

Takamaru's Ninja Castle Impressions

The Takamaru's Ninja Castle attraction in Nintendo Land for the Nintendo Wii U was shown on the E3 2012 show floor. The attraction features characters from an early Famicom game available only in Japan called Nazo no Murasame-jō and allows the player to use the Wii U GamePad as a launcher for ninja stars in order to take out various hoards of enemy ninja's but does it impress?

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The Great Fairy Fountain Percussion Ensemble - Bongo Bongo Day

As Bongo Bongo day is about heavily percussive pieces, we'll be seeing a lot of mallet instruments. This week is a short Latin-style groove, with The Ocarina of Time Great Fairy Fountain theme on top with marimbas and vibraphones.

Notice the arpeggiated chords throughout the piece... What did you all think of the conga pattern and trilled marimba patterns? What other styles have you heard the Great Fairy theme played in? What instruments do you think would sound cool with it?

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Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest Impressions - Nintendo Land

Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest Impressions

One of many Nintendo Land attractions – Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest was demoed at E3 2012 in the Nintendo booth and first introduced during the Nintendo E3 2012 Press Conference. For starters, the demo featured three players - two using Wii remotes with the third using the Wii U GamePad. While many of the Nintendo Land attractions will support 5 players, Battle Quest only supports 4 players.

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Miyamoto: Get to the Point of Fun More Quickly

Miyamoto on doing away with length tutorials

Recently, Shigeru Miyamato was questioned about the long tutorial times in the Zelda series as well as some Mario titles. His reply:

This is actually a topic that has been a big discussion internally for us lately. I think there a couple of things going on. One is that, often times we're creating games where you're doing a lot of different actions. Zelda is an example of one of those. And, particularly with these types of games, you have to first learn the action and then you have to master the action and then you have to have more actions added in and master those. Then, when you have a lot of actions you can do all at once is when the game really becomes fun. And with a game like Zelda, on top of that, you have the story elements that also take additional time to tell.

So one of the things we're talking about internally is how can we get people to that point of fun more quickly, and 'How do we balance the need to teach them how to do something with the need for them to be able to master it and feel they can do it well?'—and also tell the story—and 'What is that overall balance and how we approach it?' That's one of the key things we're talking about with Zelda right now. It used to be that actions [in older games] were very simple and you could do them very quickly and easily. Now we're making games that have so many more actions that you have to learn how to do them.

I think back and actually was discussing Super Mario World with Tezuka-san and how that was a game where, for the first time, you would run along and hit blocks and these text messages would pop up and they would have a little bit of tutorial information in them. That worked very well for that game and we thought that was a great idea, and then, gradually, that type of tutorial sort of became rather commonplace and now we're starting to have these games where it is taking longer and longer to sort of get to that core fun. So that's precisely what we've been having discussions about.

Having a Zelda game without a lengthy tutorial sounds like an amazing idea - I always loved figuring things out on my own. What about you?

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Pikmin 3: A new Approach to core Gameplay

Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 was one of the more anticipated games for Nintendo's E3 2012 showing. This franchise has not had a new entry, excluding Wii ports, since the GameCube era. Fans may remember all the good times sitting in front of their TV sets playing the first in the series – at least I can, listening to music and playing the original Pikmin game for hours on end.

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Zelda 3DS: A Link to the Past VS Majora's Mask

A Link to the Past VS Majora's Mask

Coming from an IGN interview, Miyamoto has stated they are choosing between A Link to the Past or Majora's Mask for use in a Zelda 3DS project.

We haven't quite decided yet, whether we're going to do A Link to the Past, because there's also the possibility of doing a remake of Majora's Mask. This is something we've certainly been talking about and doing a little bit of experimenting with, to figure out which way we're going to go.

While a remake of either would be fascinating, a sequel to A Link to the Past would make a lot of people happy. Shigeru Miyamoto went on to discus how the 3DS could be used in combination with the Wii U:

We have so many goals right now. We're always looking at expanding our audience and giving people the opportunity to get their hands on 3DS and see what kind of fun gaming experiences they can have. And now, we're also tasked with pushing the Wii U. So we have lots of good opportunities in terms of thinking about which Zelda game is going to be best for which purpose.

So which would you choose: A Link to the Past Remake, Majora's Mask Remake, or A Link to the Past Sequel?

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Retro Not Working On Zelda

Retro Not Working on Zelda

In a recent IGN interview, Shigeru Miyamoto was questioned about if Nintendo would "actually allow Retro to work directly and fully on a Zelda game" and he replied with:

In terms of them working on a Zelda, it's not out of the question, certainly, for them to work on an entire Zelda game amongst themselves. Traditionally I think that the Zelda team has always had a close contact with anyone who's working on a Zelda game. If you were going to have that happen in the US at Retro, that would be kind of difficult for them to be able to coordinate. Certainly they're too busy for that sort of thing right now. It would probably require me to be involved to a great extent as well, so I would have to get over quite a bit too. I'd probably have to live in Texas... [laughs]

So while Retro could potentially work on a Zelda title - they are not currently involved with one.

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Wii U Panorama View Impressions

Where do I begin – Panorama View for Nintendo Wii U is a fascinating innovation that will bring many new game play elements to game's. Just a quick overview about what Wii U's Panorama View actually does – it allows the player to use the Wii U GamePad screen like a camera into the game. The player can then move the GamePad in all directions and the screen will display content as if they are really in the game – so if you turn around, the GamePad screen will show you what is behind you in real time.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Impressions

New Super Mario Bros. U Impressions

New Super Mario Bros. U was one of the main games that Nintendo showed off at E3 2012. They had several different demo modes that showed off two new game play features: Tiny Balloon Yoshi and Flying Squirrel Mario. The first, which can be viewed in the video below, allows the player to shake the Wii remote to cause Yoshi to inflate lifting the player into the air instead of potentially falling to a sudden death.

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LH on YouTube - E3 demo videos

Full Nintendo E3 Coverage

Link's Hideaway has provided several pieces covering Nintendo's at E3 2012 and we have several more in-depth articles planned including impressions and video footage. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be updated quicker about our E3 footage. Video's will be uploaded to the YouTube channel likely a day or two in advance of the main site's article covering the demo.

We have several more videos of Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest not including the boss fight above coming over the next several days including our full hands-on impressions and an in-depth guide on how the mini-game works. So be sure to stay tuned to Link's Hideaway over the coming days and weeks for all your Nintendo E3 2012 news.

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Intermezzo Sneak Peek (feat. Hero's Theme) from Twilight Symphony Choir Recordin

The guys over at ZREO have release a sneak peek of Intermezzo feat Hero's Theme from the choir recording for their Twilight Princess Symphony album. Check out their preview in the video above.

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Choral Shouts and Booth Chatter from Twilight Symphony Choir Recording Session

The guys over at ZREO have release a sneak peek of the Choral Shouts and Booth Chatter from the choir recording for their Twilight Princess Symphony album. Check out their preview in the video above.

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Midna's Theme Sneak Peek from Twilight Symphony Choir Session

The guys over at ZREO have release a sneak peek of the Midna's Theme choir recording for their Twilight Princess Symphony album. Check out their preview in the video above.

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Overture Sneak Peek from Twilight Symphony Choir Session

The guys over at ZREO have release a sneak peek of the Overture choir recording for their Twilight Princess Symphony album. Check out their preview in the video above.

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Best of E3 2012 via Live Streams

Full Nintendo E3 Coverage

E3 2012, where do we begin? Some of the biggest titles this year aren't even for a Nintendo console. I'll save those for the end of this article though, in case you like some of the pure adrenaline filled games that were announced at Ubisoft and Sony's press conference. My last article was very blah, and it was due to the rush I had to get it out. Stop reading now if you don't care for opinions that aren't your own, I'm not sure how else to do it! I'll bold the titles of the games for you.

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Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest E3 2012 Boss Battle - Nintendo Land

Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest boss battle from Nintendo Land E3 2012 preview. The footage above shows the boss fight in full. This is not our final video or hand-on impression for Battle Quest so look forward to those over the next days.

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Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest E3 2012 Footage

Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest was shown on the E3 2012 and we have some exclusive footage for you to see in the video above or on the YouTube page. This is only a small snippet of footage we have captured. We will be releasing more within a few days to go along with our hands-on impressions. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our Twitter account for up to the minute coverage of E3 2012.

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Summary of Games Announced at Nintendo's E3 Conference

Nintendo began with Pikmin 3 being announced for the WiiU which will use the GamePad as well as the Wiimote and Nunchuck. New Super Mario Bros.U looks just as good, with speed runs and up to 5 players can join in thanks to the GamePad! A special edition of Batman as well as Tekken, Alien, Ninja Gaiden, and Mass Effect were announced for the WiiU.

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Nintendo Direct - Pre-E3 WiiU Presentation

Update: The live feed has ended but can be viewed in it's entirety below.

You can watch the Nintendo Direct presentation concerning the WiiU hardware above starting in about 10 minutes -June 3rd at 3PM PT / 6PM ET.

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Full Nintendo E3 Coverage - LH @ E3 2012

Full Nintendo E3 Coverage

Link's Hideaway will be covering all Nintendo E3 announcements that are first party. There are several different presentations that will be spread over the week. We have the Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct concerning the WiiU hardware today, June 3rd at 3PM PT / 6PM ET. We will be providing live updates throughout.

Next will be Nintendo's official press conference on June 5th at 9AM PT / 12PM ET. We will be providing live updates via our Facebook page and on our Twitter account from the conference floor. Pictures, video, or other media will be provided throughout pending availability.


Nintendo E3 Press Conference live stream

Later in the day will be a WiiU developer roundtable that will be held on June 5th at 6PM PT / 9PM ET. This one will be behind closed doors but we will provide coverage to the best of our abilities if anything interesting comes from the meeting.

Last but not least comes a software showcase on Wednesday, June 6th at 6PM PT / 9PM ET. Once again, we will be providing coverage of this event as information becomes available to us. Be sure to follow us on Facebook or on Twitter for live updates, photos, video, and more.

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Episode 14: I Love you Chris! - Link's Hideaway Podcast

Check out our newest podcast above and let us know what you think below.

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Legend of Zelda Theme by BijmanPL - Arrangement Wednesdays

Legend of Zelda Theme by BijmanPL

Arrangement Wednesdays is here with something that may or may not surprise you...

Yep, it's that kind of day around Link's Hideaway. Even I don't understand that last sentence, it's okay. Maybe this next one will cheer you up? Annotations may or may not help. May or may not is the phrase of the day, so I depart here with this mess.

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Link and Navi - Fan Art

Link and Navi Fan Art

We have some Link and Navi fan art for you to check out today. You can see it above. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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ZREO Live Presentation via Vokle

Update: This is no longer live, but you can watch the show in its entirety below.

ZREO has begun streaming their live Q&A session! Watch below or join here

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Episode 13: Missing-no - Link's Hideaway Podcast

We are sorry, but this week's episode of the Link's Hideaway Podcast has been lost due to a Dropbox error. All we have are link's which Austin will gladly post below. Again, we are sorry for this loss. It was definitely a great chat with Austin, myself, and Chris. Join us next week! We will be double sure! ~Ryan "Larke"

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Grand Dreams (A Hero's Legacy) by Evan Pattison - Arrangement Wednesdays

Grand Dreams (A Hero's Legacy) by Evan Pattison

Arrangement Wednesdays brings you a remix of the Ending theme fromA Link to the Past by Evan Pattison. This song gives you that breath taking feeling that something epic has just ended, doesn't it? Obviously OCRemix has sub-par videos, so the music must really stand out! The ambiance hidden in this music adds to that breath taking feel, so check it out!

As all OCR songs go, feel free to download the song by going to this link!. Anyone familiar with the movie this song references?

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Twilight Princess Stallord - Fan Art

Twilight Princess Stallord Fan Art

Instead of Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal, we have some fan art of Stallord from Twilight Princess for you to enjoy. Take a look at it above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Episode 12 - Link's Hideaway Podcast

Episode 12 of the Link's Hideaway Podcast has been released. You can view it above and take into consideration that a few vulgar words may appear. This podcast features a few guests from other sites.

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3DS Game Card Case Back In Stock

3DS Game Card Case In Stock

The 3DS Game Card Case that features the Zelda cover above is now back in stock over at the North American Club Nintendo. The case costs 250 coins and features many different covers other then the Zelda one above.

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Gerudo Valley Marimba Theme by Mart0zz - Bongo Bongo Day

Welcome to Bongo Bongo Day! Bongo Bongo Day is presented by Goron__Elder and shows off songs featuring percussion in some way. Bongo Bongo Day posts once a month (the 16th of every month) and will replace Weekly Dose of Metal and Arrangement Wednesday's if it falls on one of those days. Podcasts are not affected, so be sure to look for these posts on early Friday mornings if that is Bongo Bongo Day.

Today we present Gerudo Valley from Ocarina of Time 3D by Mart0zz and company.

This marimba theme is an excellent example of how beautiful percussion instruments are, and how though often used as a backdrop for other music, they can be wonderful solo instruments themselves. The part at 2:15 is just absolutely amazing. Let us know what you think of our first Bongo Bongo Day in the comments below!

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Ordon Village Theme by Jim Cook - Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Ordon Village Theme

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents Ordon Village from Twilight Princess performed by Jim Cook.

Jim Cook is a fantastic guitar player and has made many other Zelda metal songs. What do you think about this rendition?

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Episode 11 - Link's Hideaway Podcast

Episode 11 of the Link's Hideaway Podcast has been released. We talk about a lot of random Zelda topics as well as other general topics as well.

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Ocarina of Time Walkthrough - Content Update

Ocarina of Time Walkthrough

Staff member MultiLeafe has been working on an Ocarina of Time Walkthrough that will guide players through the entire game. It only has 5 parts currently in text-form but the rest will be up eventually. If you are in need of help from the beginning of Ocarina of Time up to Dodongo's Cavern, then check out our work-in-progess walkthrough.

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iNintendo: Zelda Needs to go Retro

Zelda Needs to go Retro

Our affiliate iNintendo has written an article talking about how the Zelda franchise needs to be handed over to Retro Studios. Check out an excerpt below.

If there's one studio that can milk hardware for all its worth, it's Texas-based developer Retro Studios, the geniuses behind the Metroid Prime trilogy and Donkey Kong Country Returns. The original Metroid Prime is easily one of the best looking games on GameCube, and it still holds up pretty well today. Metroid Prime's world is so deep and so detailed – it's a thing of beauty. With the power of Wii U – and I don't mean overwhelming power because, again, the hardware will likely be out of date in a few years – Retro Studios will be able to construct a huge and highly detailed game world. It would be Hyrule like we've never seen it before.

So we beg to ask - do you believe that Retro Studios would be able to provide a quality Zelda experience?

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Outset Island Theme by David Crandall - Arrangement Wednesdays

Outset Island Theme by David Crandall

Arrangement Wednesdays proudly presents Outset Island Theme from Wind Waker by David Crandall. Like last week we have a song that is near ZREO quality, albeit this song seems to have a much different feel. Check it out below!

This song sounds wonderful, one of the better Outset orchestrations I've heard in a while, any suggestions on a song for next week? I'm thinking of making monthly themes, so any ideas there? May is Wind Waker! Unless no one agrees, but who doesn't love the Wind Waker soundtrack?

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Dodongo/Volvagia Theme by ArtificialFear - Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Dodongo Metal Cover

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents Dodongo/Volvagia Theme by ArtificialFear from Ocarina of Time 3D. Check out the video below.

So what do you think? I felt it was a wonderful rendition of the theme and would have been awesome in the game.

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Episode 10: Noah - Link's Hideaway Podcast

Note from Ryan "Larke" ~ Due to the explicit content in this episode, we were forced to heavily edit the podcast. Most podcast's nowadays are deemed "explicit" and top the charts in iTunes (thus explicit content can be a professional show in today's age), and because Navi gets very annoying, we are releasing a "raw" version of this episode. To receive the episode, subscribe to our iTunes page here or email us at podcast[at]linkshideaway[dot]com for the full MP3. Thanks for your support!

Vote on our podcast name poll!

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Song of Healing by violinmerchant - Arrangement Wednesdays

Song of Healing by violinmerchant

Arrangement Wednesdays is proud to bring you an "epic" (so the video states) Song of Healing from Majora's Mask by violinmerchant. This rendition is quite lengthy, playing past 6 full minutes of a glorious orchestral sound.

I would not go so far as to say it is an epic, but it is a must listen!

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Horse Race Theme by Jim Cook - Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Horse Race Theme Metal Cover - Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents the Horse Race theme from Ocarina of Time 3D performed by Jim Cook. Check out the video below.

So what did you think? Do you like Zelda Metal? What do you want us to feature next time?

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Death in the Legend of Zelda

Death in the Legend of Zelda - Grave

Death is an event that every person will eventually have in common - an inescapable fate that we must all succumb to. We, as gamers, might possibly understand death in a different way from other people. We play video games where beings are being shot, sliced, burned, etc. Literally all of the above. It may not be as present in our lives as, say, a soldier, but it is definitely present in our obvious hobby, be it merely a fantasy. Different kinds of games express death in different ways. You play a cliche war game and gain a headshot, BAM, no big deal. Just more points. You play an emotional RPG, and sometimes both you and your character go through a sequence of grief after what they've just done. There are mature expressions of death and, not necessarily the opposite, nonchalant expressions of death. I'd say that The Legend of Zelda definitely falls into the former.

Death in the Legend of Zelda - Flute Boy

In my opinion, The Legend of Zelda has always had a mature take on death, be it a young depressed man heeding no warnings and entering a forbidden forest, or a wooden butler holding his petrified son while game credits roll. Younger kids playing a Zelda game will almost definitely be introduced to death in some way. Take my own personal experience: 6 years old and playing my very first Zelda game, A Link to the Past. Throughout the game, walk by the young man playing a flute countless times, occasionally stopping to listen for a few minutes; as Zelda music tends to enthrall you. Longing to make contact, knowing that this boy has SOMETHING to do with the game. Why does he keep disappearing when I run to meet him as the animals run away? Fast forward to obtaining his flute for him, only to play him one last song before his existence fades into nothingness and his body into wood. I remember sitting for a second, thinking about what had happened. It was sad. I knew what death was, but the way it happened was very emotional and new to me. Wishing that there was something I could have done for him, I carried on with my adventure.

Death in the Legend of Zelda - Grog

I'm sure many of the readers had a similar experience with death in The Legend of Zelda. The way death is presented in no way glorifies it, like video games are accused of nowadays. It offers a perspective on death that enables a player to appreciate what is happening and the concept itself. It makes you care. Presented to you is a character. One you have essentially no ties with, save their current situation, and yet somehow within that short period of time you are emotionally impacted by what they are going through. Take Grog, for example, the depressed antisocial punk with a love of cuccoos seen hidden amongst the darkness in Ocarina of Time. By the time his life comes to an end, you've probably familiarized yourself with him. "People are disgusting." Presented initially as a jerk, you come to realize he's merely a sad soul (or angsty). He asks you to do a simple task, but when you return, all that awaits you is a young Kokiri girl expressing that he had turned into a Stalfos. For some reason, the instant I read that, it sent a jolt through me. "Wow, that's really messed up."

Death in the Legend of Zelda - Gibdo

While many of the Zelda games offer perspectives on death, none do more so than Majora's Mask, often considered the darkest of all Zelda games. There is death left and right in that game, and each time is more emotional than the last. The sea-side musician expressing his final words to you through song; The great Goron Hero Darmani, a lost soul longing only to save the day one last time. A young girl whose father has been transformed into a Gibdo, a mindless undead mummy. The latter being arguably not exactly "death," but I find that it fits. Almost every person you meet in Majora's Mask is truly suffering in some way, whether it be based on death or merely situational debts. It is not the simple situation involving death that makes Zelda express it so perfectly. Topically, "lost spirit of dead soldier" isn't very emotional. It is the presentation that makes the experience so deeply moving, and we all know that Zelda is a god amongst games when it comes to presentation.

Death in the Legend of Zelda - Ganondorf

The death of one particular character within the Zelda universe holds equal impact for all of us...The death of Ganondorf. Everyone wants to see Ganondorf bow-out after a glorious battle; the ultimate evil and the essence of all that is wrong. The feeling you get knowing you have ended this great threat is comparable to no other. Avoiding a giant paragraph expressing all of the ways Ganondorf has met his demise, I'll simply use my pick of Ganondorf's most fitting end as an example. This takes place in Twilight Princess.

The battle has finally come to an end, as you have struck the final blow against the world's ultimate evil. Holding strong, he doesn't falter even a little. Drawing his final breath, the tall godlike man doesn't so much as drop to his knees. Against the twilight, Ganondorf's silhouette is seen standing on the top of the hill, his cape continuing to flap against the wind. In death, he is still standing his ground in all of his magnificence - a fitting final performance for the evil king of thieves.

Death in the Legend of Zelda - RIP

My underlying idea is this: like most things in Zelda, the presentation of a concept as dark as death is nearly perfect. When a character has lost their lives, it sticks with you. No game has more appropriately approached the topic of death. As a game that children and adults alike play, it crosses no boundaries and maturely depicts such a concept in a manner so that everyone can be equally affected, regardless of who they are, in an emotional way. Zelda is in no way a "children's game," as I've heard it being accused of, but it is also not a game that younger kids can't handle. Zelda is for everyone, and I feel like it helped me, when I was younger, understand death more. It taught me that death isn't something that should stop you in your tracks, unable to continue. Your goals are still there, and the memories of those lost will stay with you. If you've done all that you can for someone in their time of need that is all that matters.

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 9: Winters Rant

Episode 9 of our podcast has been released. You can view it above. I may be missing some details from this description and I apologize. Enjoy the podcast everyone.

EDIT: Here are a few of the mentioned links! ~Larke

NinSheetMusic

LegendZelda.net "My Pink Hair"

Cucco Shield!

View at your own risk, we spent some time on it.

Our Facebook Page!

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Molgera Battle by ShadowtheAntiHero - Arrangement Wednesdays

Molgera Battle by ShadowtheAntiHero

Arrangement Wednesdays presents Molgera Battle from Wind Waker by ShadowtheAntiHero. This orchestral song is arguably the best version I've heard yet! It rivals that of the infamous ZREO Team. Check out this masterpiece below.

Is this song amazing or what? Wind Waker arguably has the best soundtrack out there, so what is your favorite Wind Waker boss music?

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The Legend Of Zelda Metal Covers by Davish G. Alvarez

Legend of Zelda Metal Covers

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents Legend of Zelda Metal Covers by Davish G. Alvarez. The videos presents several covers with the originals shown first and Alvarez's next.

Here you found several metal mixes. Which was your favorite and why?

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Majora's Mask Now A Movement!

UPDATE: Majora's Mask did in fact debut at Vancouver, so what game are you looking forward to hearing?

Symphony of the Goddesses

It's official! Majora's Mask is a movement in the Symphony of the Goddesses concert! It was first played at the concert in Phoneix, Arizona, and was highly anticipated at the Vancouver, BC concert. Many fans were awaiting this movement and it was definitely a welcome surprise, makes me want to go even more! Anyone going to see it again just for the Majora's Mask movement? Anyone enjoying the concerts so far?

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 8: Nova Alamak

We have released Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 8: Nova Alamak, which can be viewed above. In this episode we speak with Nova Alamak from The Spinning Stream about the history of his site and various other topics. You will find several e-mail addresses below if you would like to contact the Spinning Stream staff.

  • shofrachan@gmail.com for Shofra and site suggestions
  • nova.alamak@gmail.com for general site

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The Legend of Zelda Storyline - Anything but Bland

A few weeks or so ago, I was lucky enough to chance upon a very well-written article on the Legend of Zelda. The article included, essentially, the great things about Zelda, and the things in Zelda that aren't that big of a deal. I highly disagreed with one of the article points: the Legend of Zelda has an okay story, not a great one. This really didn't sit well with me. I'm a bit of an obsessive person, so when something like that really irks me, I can't get it out of my head. So, I concluded that the most logical course of action for my mental health would be to write a counter-article to that one point, along with any other Zelda story naysayers out there.

Zelda News
Can you feel the magic?

The general consensus of arguments against the Zelda storyline are: cliché "save the princess" plot and the complex timeline. I'll begin with the former. First off, let's get something out of the way. Since when are there enough Zelda games where you save a princess to generalize it as such? Granted, you do save Zelda as a plot definer in the original few, but that hasn't been the plot staple for years. For example:

  • Majora's Mask: Use the power of masks and time to stop the moon from smashing into the land of Termina.

  • Link's Awakening: Collect the sacred instruments so as to awaken the sleeping Wind Fish from its slumber.

  • Wind Waker: Sail the seas and control the wind so as to bring peace to 2 worlds, above and below the ocean.

  • Twilight Princess: Stop a recently-corrupt world of darkness from overtaking your own alongside a companion from said world.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Granted, the princess may be in danger in some instances, but that is not the underlying idea behind the story. There is so much more to it that completely dwarfs those instances. Now that is out of the way, shall we move on?

How many videogames, books, movies, anime, etc. can you think of with a generally predictable underlying plot -- most of them? Now, I'm not talking about the story as a whole; I'm talking about the plot. The plot of something can usually be expressed in less than a paragraph. Zelda's plot tends to be as follows: a boy garbed in green, along with a trusty companion, sets off on an adventure to save his land from evil (also, he might meet a princess once or twice). On paper, it seems generally...done before; but let me ask you this. Would you read the plot on the back of a book and rate its story by that? No, you wouldn't. The story of something is far more than the simplified plot. What does this boy in green do in order to achieve his goal? What are the settings where all of the events take place? What hardships must he overcome? Who does he meet? What conversations does our hero overhear or take part in? THAT is what defines the story of a piece of entertainment. Not the general idea written on the back of the box.

That in mind, can you honestly say that the Zelda series holds generic story structure? Not if you've played them, that's for sure. The characters you meet throughout the game, from the malevolent oppressor Ganondorf, to the insignificant townsfolk, each unforgettable, all add to the story of the game. Link meets them in his quest for a reason, however insignificant. They are each unique in their own way, and impact you as the recipient of a story. The simple side-quests, as well, offer more depth into the idea that is Zelda. They present the kind of person that Link is; going out of his way to help all who need him, regardless of how trivial their personal debts may seem. It's not always "defeat the giant." Sometimes a woman just needs someone to find her chickens...Or, cuckoos, if you will.

Zelda Story - Anything But Bland
Ganon! Everybody run...

The multiple races of beings in the Zelda series, from the mountain-dwelling Gorons to the sea faring Zoras, always bring a new race to learn about, each with their own customs and way of living. Of course, it's all subject to a person's preferences, but one cannot deny the complexity and depth of the inhabitants of the Zelda world.

Consider Ganondorf, who I mentioned earlier -- the general antagonist of the Zelda series. He is the perfect "bad guy." Sure, there are plenty of memorable evil lords from countless movies, books, and games, but Ganondorf was the first one that I personally, as a person, had a slight fear and respect of. He is a diamond in the rough of countless extremely corny evil characters going on pointless monologues, predictable actions and simply being overhyped. His ever-present existence in the land of Hyrule is a true testament to ultimate evil. A force that can never truly be annihilated; which leads me on to my next point.

The timeline -- I would go into a detailed breakdown of the timeline and why each part is significant, but if you're on a Zelda website, and have read this far into an article like this, then I'm sure you at least have some kind of an idea of how and why everything happens in the timeline; or at least some idea. That's not the point. Since when has something complex been such a sin? There's substance and depth in a story that isn't instantly obvious. Are we so lazy that we can't take a moment to decipher and simply try to understand something, rather than have it spelled out for us? The ultimate evil that forever casts a shadow over the land of Hyrule, the constant need for a tunic-clad time-traveling hero, the presence of the goddesses and the multiple dimensions crafted from their golden hands; these are all variables in an equation that has become the beautifully orchestrated world of The Legend of Zelda that we know and love.


Such a random video -- why?

If it was anything less than this, Zelda would not be as mesmerizing. It wouldn't move fans to tears when everything comes together. You are emotionally involved when experiencing The Legend of Zelda, and that's something not a lot of games can do. Years after each one, they will never leave your mind. You carry Zelda as a badge, forever willing to take up arms to help Hyrule any time it needs you; not because it's an addictive game, but because it is an engaging game with an engaging story. I know an article like this is all based on opinions, but at least take the time to consider my logic. I feel wholeheartedly sorry for anyone unable to experience the story of The Legend of Zelda the way I (and I know many of you as well) do.

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Ballad of the Goddess by Advait Nemlekar - Arrangement Wednesdays

Ballad of the Goddess by Advait Nemlekar

Arrangement Wednesdays presents a beautiful rendition of the Ballad of the Goddess from Skyward Sword by Advait Nemlekar. This song has limited instruments, but it somehow rivals the orchestration with its soothing melody. With wonderful vocals, glimmering piano, and a good old acoustic guitar, it's a must listen. Check it out below!

This song was available for download, but it has sadly reached its limit. I've heard Google knows a site which allows you to download this song. It is free media.

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Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask Replica

Update: The price has been lowered to $250 USD.

Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask Replica

A recent Etsy listing shows the Majora's Mask replica you see in the picture above. The price is set at $300 USD. Here is the description from the listing:

This listing is for a wearable, hand-painted Majora's Mask Replica! This mask has been cast in fiberglass resin, filled with a polyurethane foam and painted with acrylics. To protect the paint, several layers of acrylic lacquer were applied. The mask looks great displayed on the wall or worn at conventions to show that you're a true Zelda fan!

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Deal with the King of Evil

Poe Collector

Such a shining paragon of hope and order is Hyrule. You'd find many beings from many races who would gladly claim their steadfast adhesion to such ideals, and one would think no further into the matter, and it would be safe to assume that such an untouchable bastion of good could harbor no ill thoughts. The town marketplace could easily be referred to as the hub of true true, jovial Hyrulian good nature; what harm could possibly befall a place so utopian and secure?

On the contrary, however, anybody who enters any degree of existential quandary while charged with the task of defending such an untouchable place as Hyrule Castle could become wary of the nearly oxymoronic occupation which said person might hold. One might start to long for some salt to the boring "boiled potato" lifestyle presented by this career, and the aspect of any amount of conflict or discord might become oddly intriguing, and if allowed, unchecked, to dwell on thoughts such as these, ideals might form in one's mind, and favoring a more bleak world ever becomes more possible. Turmoil, chaos, possibly even terror would all seem just a small degree more attractive. Terror. That becomes most interesting indeed, anything that could send a more sane man reeling in the bowls of a red nightmare; perhaps something more than natural, past natural, perhaps even having become ethereal.

Deal with the King of Evil

Imagine, if you will, that the scenario explained above describes you. Take your mind into the words written for you to process, and apply them to your innermost imaginative workings and make the feelings your own. Boredom and a constant questioning of all you've come to know begin to nag at you incessantly and once "dark clouds" start to gather, and a "cold wind" blows in from the southern lands, you are in no way dissuaded from your interest in this odd change of events. You are, in essence, seeing your desires realized before your eyes.

As a man on a black horse and his personal guard are allowed on royal decree to ride through the marketplace, past your pathetic storage room of a post, you see his intent in his eyes, and you know that perhaps there is hope that your dull and meaningless life may in fact soon gather an amount of interest great enough to distract you. In his dealings with the king, you see him and his woman warriors more often and in greater number until one day, with fire and rain the city falls in an ambush that all but completely wipes your race from the map.

You are able to escape, and after some months the castle is torn asunder and a new, higher, sharper tower is erected, and you know that if you are to truly follow your desires, you need look no further than this new fortress. After a harrowing and truly terrifying witnessing of the annexation of Kakariko Village, you muster the courage to approach this great and terrible new King, and you pledge yourself to him, and like a rich man who pities the beggar, he offers you a duty; one that, after explaining your ideals to your new lord, would indeed keep your bleak interests entertained, and his soldiers safe from attack that may or may not have a matched defense. You are essentially conscripted as the soul member of a task force dedicated to the control of Poes, who greatly terrify your new allies. Before, however, he allows you to go about your business, he places a curse on you. He robs you of your mortal soul, thus granting you necromancy for leverage with your new undead enemies, and in doing so disfigures you past human tolerance, forcing you to conceal yourself beneath a shroud.

Poe Collector

With a new purpose in life, you take it upon yourself to track and enslave Poes throughout Hyrule, but at no small cost. The task is a bleak one, and in no small part is nothing short of horrendously physically demanding. Poor diet and a lack of medical attention leaves you to age at the furious mercy of nature, and in a few short years, your body is nigh broken. Perhaps doing your job, and possibly staying alive, may in fact become quite the challenge.

Soon you feel that you may abandon hope, and that maybe your life was as empty as you once thought, but such imaginings are trounced with the arrival of a strong young warrior who, without notice enters your chamber asking about the lost princess. After some trivial conversation, you find that perhaps this young one may be of use. In your years of searching and investigating, you have amassed a hoard of wealth that you may or may not have been entitled to in the first place and your decision is finalized. You realize that given an agreement of payment, that you could enlist the help of this young man, and that he would indeed be able to keep your collection of rogue souls well fed, and in turn keep the King happy and thus preserve your own life.

This made clear, a new day has dawned for you, or more accurately, a new day is now possible. Your ability to keep and imprison the dead won't be spoiled, and you can finally be at peace in your new world, a world with troubles, and you hope against hope...that it can only get worse.

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Gerudo Valley by THEoneNILS - Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

ZELDA Gerudo Valley by THEoneNILS

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents a rather newly recorded video by THEoneNILS of the Gerudo Valley theme from Ocarina of Time 3D. You may remember we posted Zelda Metal Medley by THEoneNILS several weeks back. Well, if you liked that medley -- then check out his Gerudo Valley below.

So what did you think? Personally, I preferred his medley but only because there were some sound quality issues with his Gerudo Valley theme.

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LegendZelda.net: Zelda and Pink Hair For Breast Cancer Awareness

LegendZelda.net: Zelda and Pink Hair For Breast Cancer AwarenessOur affiliate LegendZelda.net is holding a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of $100 in mind. The last we checked -- they were already close to the goal but why stop at just $100? If you have a few dollars to spare or even $1, head over to LegendZelda.net and help out this worthy cause. The fundraiser does not stop here though, check below for more information about what you can win by donating.

If we manage to reach our goal of 100 a couple of things will happen. First off, I will dye my hair pink to represent and symbolize the pink ribbons that are associated with the cause. I will then post this picture on the site here and across all my social media platforms. Next, one random donatee will get themselves one of the Legend of Zelda Club Nintendo Poster sets for free.

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Zelda: The Musical by Mitchell Moffit


The video above contains a little strong language.

Zelda: The Musical, which is embedded above, was created by YouTuber Mitchell Moffit. The video features scenes and scenarios from Ocarina of Time 3D. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 7: Wind Waker Remix

Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 7: Wind Waker Remix has been release and can be listened to via the video above. We talk about some The Wind Waker music pieces from OCRemix during part of the podcast. Link's are provided below.

Rime of the Wanderin' Seafarer http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02100/
Her Smile in Every Summer http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02412/

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A Link to the Past Sequel: Are You Ready For It?

A Link to the Past Sequel

Earlier we posted a quote from Shigeru Miyamoto concerning a sequel to Zelda: A Link to the Past, which would be one of my most sought after games of all time; however, no concrete confirmation of the game has been given. This is not the first time Miyamoto has commented on an A Link to the Past remake or sequel so this leads us to believe that one may be announced in the near future.

I think the answer would be the same if we're talking about just porting, but I think I'd be even more interested in creating something new maybe based on, or starting from, A Link to the Past. I think it's important to bring some really new software.

A Link to the Past was released way back in the early 1990s and was a smash hit. A sequel was never announced, which has become somewhat customary for the Legend of Zelda franchise – that is until Miyamoto just mentioned he would like to work on one. This is no announcement; however, but simply his most inward thoughts coming to the surface during an interview.

A Link to the Past Sequel

A Link to the Past thrived with an amazing story, gameplay mechanics, and new features that previous games had never been graced with – so a sequel would have to push the boundaries of the franchise in new ways that have never before seen the light of day, just like A Link to the Past did when it debuted. We have no information about this unannounced game or what console it could potentially be created for but either the 3DS or WiiU platforms would bring a plethora of new hardware elements that would inherently show via the game.

Nintendo 3DS Version

A 3DS version of the sequel would be able to utilize the 3D aspects of the console in ways which have never been done before – such as Super Mario 3D Land did when it launched. 3D, in my opinion, can create some stunning environments due to the added depth of the view; however, 3D would only take second priority over some of the other features of the console such as the power, dual screen capability, and online infrastructure amongst some other things.

The power of the Nintendo 3DS would allow Nintendo to create more sophisticated programming. What does this mean in laymen terms? Simple – more sophisticated programming equals more gameplay mechanics, more advance AI, and more terrifying obstacles and enemies. What about a non-linear storyline that is seemingly changed depending on what the player does in-game? Think about how evolutionary that would be for the Legend of Zelda franchise.

The dual screens of the 3DS is nothing new to the videogame realm or to the Zelda realm for that matter as can be seen in both Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks; however, those games never really fleshed out all the possibilities of the dual screen setup. Combine 3D with the dual screens and there become many new possibilities through the use of flying items such as the Beetle from Skyward Sword or the Gale Boomerang from Twilight Princess.

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Now on to online infrastructure – the Nintendo 3DS has received several updates and changes to its online capabilities through software updates since it launched a little over a year ago. We have seen the introduction of the eShop, new friends list features, and some other additions – but you may be wondering how a Zelda game could take full advantage of this feature. Well, Nintendo could introduce new downloadable content for the game to create new side-quests or a slightly different story scenario. This could open up the A Link to the Past sequel to a whole new style of gaming – one where the game seemingly evolves as time progresses like the real world does. New items can be introduced to the players, new dungeons can appear – the possibilities will only be limited to the space of the players SD cards.

Nintendo WiiU Version

The Nintendo 3DS would be an excellent platform for an A Link to the Past sequel but what could become an even better platform would be the Nintendo WiiU due to the hardware being more powerful amongst other obvious reasons such as the tablet controller. The WiiU has not been given a release date other than the broad range of 2012; however, many rumors have surfaced pointing towards a November release. While some of the game elements of the Nintendo 3DS version would hold true if a WiiU version surfaced – there are several more features that the WiiU could bring to the game through the use of the 360-degree camera, the tablet controller, and other controller combinations.

A rumor surfaced some months back about a 360-degree camera feature for the WiiU. Footage of the feature confirmed its existence – but what exactly is the 360-degree camera? Well, simply put – the camera would be shown on the tablet controller just like you television; however, when you move the tablet around or even face backwards away from the television – the view on the tablet controller will move as if you are in the game in-person. This feature would allow for the player to quickly check for surprise attacks from behind as well as fighting several enemies at a time. The player could quickly spin around to check behind them and just as quickly resume progressing forwards.

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On to the tablet controller – which was the main piece of hardware shown off for the WiiU during E3 2011; the tablet controller opens up a lot of possibilities for a Zelda game. One that has been shown off before is moving the HUD, item screens, ect to the tablets screen to allow for an open view for the action of the game; however, this appears to not be the best use of the tablets screen in my opinion.  One option for a tablets screen would be allowing the player to search the ground for objects such as looking for certain rocks or other items – but a more elaborate and interesting variation on that idea would surface if the player was riding in a boat similar to the one seen in The Wind Waker.

The player would be able to use the tablet controller to look over the side of the boat in order to locate an object they are looking for – or maybe even control an underwater item of some sort – and after locating the object, the player simply puts the tablet (if it is not already) on the floor so not to lose sight of what they are aiming to obtain. The player would then use the Wii-mote and nunchuck similar to a fishing pole and cast out a line and catch the object. They would then simply reel in the line. This would be a very interesting concept that could surely be elaborated upon and could add lots of enjoyment to a future Zelda title.

Conclusion

While no concrete evidence has surfaced regarding the existence of an A Link to the Past sequel, one can imagine such a game to push the boundaries of the Legend of Zelda franchise in ways that the original did way back when it launched on the Super Nintendo. A sequel created for either the Nintendo 3DS or WiiU would both have a lot of unique and innovative possibilities that would make for a masterpiece of a game. What we would like to know is -- are you interested in a sequel, and if so, would you rather see it on the 3DS or the WiiU?

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Miyamoto on A Link to the Past Sequel

A Link to the Past Sequel

In a recent interview with Edge, Legend of Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto commented on an A Link to the Past sequel. Check out the quotes below for the whole scoop:

"I think the answer would be the same if we're talking about just porting, but I think I'd be even more interested in creating something new maybe based on, or starting from, A Link To The Past. I think it's important to bring some really new software.

"To be very honest and open, it really depends on the directors that have time at the moment as well. Some directors, I can give them the title and I know they will do something great with it.

Other directors I'm not so 100 per cent confident [in], so they're the ones I'd rather take a more remake approach to the title. It really depends on that as well."

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Sacred Grove Beta Arrangement by ebuch

Arrangement Wednesdays

Arrangement Wednesday presents a special arrangement from Eric Buchholz (ebuch/buchholzeric) from Twilight Princess. This song was created in a short period of time and is not exactly finished according to Eric. Here is the description for the video.

This is an old track I made a long time ago as a mini-contest some of my friends had a while back. We had TWO HOURS to ARRANGE and MIX a song from start to finish, and we were only given the source material right before starting. This is what I came up with! It's a mix between ALttP's Mysterious Woods theme and TP's Sacred Grove.

I caught this little treasure on Twitter and for a song in "beta" it is quite good. Does it need work or is it amazing as is? Let us know in the comments below!

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Zelda Informer Interview With Eric Buchholz

Zelda Reorchestrated

Zelda Informer recently had an interview with the one and only Eric Buchholz of Zelda Reorchestrated (ZREO) and Radio Hyrule about Symphony of the Goddesses, Twilight Symphony, and the ZREO Team in general. Here's a quick excerpt:

ZI: Recently, you (along with other members of the extended ZREO team) have actually helped Nintendo out with the Symphony of the Goddesses concert series. Can you tell us what you did and what it was like?

EB: It's been incredible! We're still working in a supportive capacity with the guys responsible for creating the show itself, Jeron Moore and Chad Seiter. The opportunity they've given us has allowed us the unusual privilege of digging deep into almost all aspects of the production, helping with anything from transcriptions and score editing, to merchandise sales and even some of the video sequencing (you can imagine how tickled I was to help Jeron edit the visuals for the Wind Waker movement).

To read the full interview visit Zelda Informer here,! I'm sure everyone can respect that Eric and the ZREO Team have a lot on their to-do list, so let's just wait and see what they have in store for us! You can follow Eric on Twitter here! Are you excited for Twilight Symphony?

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Hyrule Historia Localization: No Information Yet

Hyrule Historia

A lot of you will remember when we posted the Official Zelda Timeline from Hyrule Historia a few months back and were wondering about a North American localization. Well, we have word that Nintendo of America has "no information about this book" and have "no announcements regarding its release in the Americas," so does this mean that a localization will not happen? Of course not...but why would Nintendo of America have no information about the book?

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Gerudo Valley by sbeast64 - Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Gerudo Valley by sbeast64

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal present the Gerudo Valley theme from Ocarina of Time 3D performed by sbeast64.The performers puts his own spin on the song, which really made the remix stand out. It has been embedded below for your convenience.

So what did you think? Sbeast64 really made a classic Zelda song more unique and enjoyable -- do you agree?

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 6: iNintendo

Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 6: iNintendo has been released. You can view it view the video above or click the link at the start of the article. This week we brought on special guests Carl and Joey from iNintendo and talk about some of the history behind iNintendo amongst many other topics.

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Nothing Set In Stone by Second Chance

Arrangement Wednesdays

Arrangement Wednesday presents Nothing Set In Stone which is a remix of Stone Tower Temple from Majora's Mask by Second Chance. If you listen to Radio Hyrule often, you will hear this song many many times. It's a fan favorite and one of the most intricate songs to date. Do you have a favorite remix that plays on Radio Hyrule? Let us know!

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That Proud Moment When...

Many times I found myself neck deep in a situation I could easily identify as being 'really really stumped” in any Zelda title. I'm pretty sure this feeling is mutual between most Zelda fans; you're lying if you disagree. I know that it's particularly difficult or intimidating to people who don't know good games from bad games, or the close cousin to such gamers: kids. Take a second, if you will, and try to remember your single most rage-quit inducing Zelda moment. I guarantee you that you thought about the Water Temple from Ocarina of Time for a split second, if not going with it outright. Well I have information that may astonish you, or restore just a small glimmer of hope for humanity in your eyes.

Proud Brother - Rage

The time is Christmas, and my younger brother had just obtained a shiny new 3DS along with a copy of the legendary Ocarina of Time 3D. Now, I know my brother pretty well, and it's not much of a stretch to say he isn't much of a gamer. He plays it sparingly and in reality, I become green with jealous rage on the rare occasion that I see him with his face buried in it. He hasn't gotten very far in any Zelda title, but I think that's just because he suffers from 'neglectful gamer syndrome”, like me, but his is more tragic. Anyway, you can imagine how a delicious new system like the 3DS would start to look mighty tasty to hungry onlookers; well this is where the story gets very inspiring.

Proud Brother - Red 3DS

Another brother of mine, younger than the last, had been introduced to Zelda a few years earlier, and needless to say, he was stunned by it. He hadn't gotten very far in any of the installations, but he wasn't bad at it either. The only games he'd beaten were Diablo II and games like Spyro and other kid stuff. Well, this boy mustered the courage to ask for a file on Ocarina of Time 3D, and luckily for him, his request was approved and he got to work immediately.

Proud Brother - Spyro

Whenever I'd see him playing it, it reminded me of a cross between the days when I'd sit like an old southern man on a porch and play Pokemon for hours, and the days when I'd gawk up at my TV and slice at chickens with a three pronged controller. I guess you could say I was just extremely proud. Eventually I became curious and approached him. I'd watch him play, after a day or two, astonished to see that this ten-year-old was already exploring Zora's Domain. He'd ask for help here and there, but like a true mentor, I'd tell him only this: 'Nope. Figure it out yourself, you'll feel even more bad-a** when you finally get it.”

Proud Brother - Cuccoo

After a few days, the calls for assistance would come less and less, until, eventually, they stopped. Not more than two weeks later did this kid come up to me and demand that I watch him play. He was in Ganon's Castle...inside the main pillar, walking up those ominous red carpeted stairs in that dark spiral upward to that final battle that we all look back on. My ten-year-old brother...a so called 'fad gamer” had just beaten Ocarina of Time on his own, with absolutely zero assistance. I think we should all take a moment of silence to salute this brave young boy, because let's face it, there's at least one Zelda title that took us more than two weeks, and chances are, Ocarina of Time was one of them.

Proud Brother - Ganon

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Twinrova Theme by ArtificialFear - Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Twinrova Theme by ArtificialFear

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents the Twinrova Theme from Ocarina of Time performed by ArtificialFear. The theme has been redone and was a joy to listen to, so check it out in the embedded video below.

ArtificialFear has several other Zelda metal covers, so if you enjoyed this one -- go check out the others!

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 5: Doctor Austin

Episode 5: Doctor Austin of the Link's Hideaway Podcast has been released. Check it out via the link above or the embedded video above. We welcome a few staff members to the staff and talk about a lot of random Zelda topics. We also introduce our A Link to the Past Walkthrough, which is very much a work-in-progress currently. Check out the podcast and let us know what you think.

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Hilarious Skyward Sword Let's Play

We do not usually post about Let's Play videos; however, the one embedded above was so funny that I had to put it up for everyone to see. It was created by a guy of the name Tobuscus. Check it out above and let us know what you think.

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Choir Performs Gerudo Valley

A video game choir dubbed the song of Gerudo Valley from Ocarina of Time. Don't you wish every choir could sing a song like this? Take a listen and let us know what you think!

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Boss Battle by ZREO Team

Arrangement Wednesdays

Arrangement Wednesday presents Boss Battle from A Link to the Past by Zelda Reorchestrated. This is personally one of my favorite tracks from ZREO and has a nice arrangement from the original song. Fast paced, nicely arranged, great take, on this one of a kind reorchestration. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Twilight Princess Symphony anyone?

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Skyward Sword Price Drop

Skyward Sword

Everyone knows Skyward Sword first came out November 20th of last year, and a little more than four months later we have a price drop! Skyward Sword is now only $30 at Toy's R Us and many fans are surprised by this amazing news. Not too many games get a price drop after being on the shelves for four months, but I highly suggest you find a Toy's R Us near you as soon as possible if you have not gotten this amazing game yet. Even if you do own it, buy another one! I would, but I rarely collect more than one Zelda game.

Surprised? Happy? Could care less? Let us know in the comments below!

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Zelda Metal Medley by THEoneNILS

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents a Zelda Metal Medley performed by THEoneNILS. The mix features many great riffs from classics such as A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time 3D. Check out the video below.

What do you think of this mix? Did you like it? Was it too distorted? Let us know all your opinions in the comments.

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Ocarina of Time During the Good Times

There's a pivotal time in everybody's life where they happen to encounter something so game-changing and thrillingly new, that it seems to literally change one's life for the better. We all know this feeling, or so I would assume! It could be said that these events would tend to take place a little later in life, but for me, it happened a little earlier. That completely unrivaled moment we've come to love; to cherish, to look back on and one day pass on to our children...that moment...when you first experienced the magic of the Legend of Zelda.

Ocarina of Time During the Good Times
Can you feel the magic?

Any kid who'd been a fan of Nintendo their whole life could tell you that Mario, Pokemon, Kirby, and (at least for me) Super Godzilla offered hours of fun, laughs, broken controllers, or a way to enter another world altogether, however, no first gaming experience is more highly lauded than when a person first assumes the role of the Hero of Time.  You're both surprised, and enlightened.

Being nine years old and having nothing to play but Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Goldeneye could probably get old, am I right? It did for me. I beat the two games, and was forced to play Gold version repeatedly, adding to an agonizing boredom that could only be sated by that old standby: playing outside. Well, luckily for me, my Mom had some pretty interesting friends who lived across the street.

Rockabilly
We are all kids at heart!

They were basically kids at heart, and were the rockabilly type, which was big in San Francisco during the late 90s and early 00s (relevance pending). That said; they were in possession of the stuff that mattered. Video games. When I went over there for the first time, I was introduced to Brandon, my Mother's friend's husband, who just so happened to be playing Ocarina of Time. I was instantly hypnotized as anybody could guess.

I plopped down on the couch next to him, ignoring my trademark shyness, and began to fire away with the questions. "What's this? WOAH! What's that? This game is huge!!!" You know, typical excited kid stuff. I remember watching him fight Bongo Bongo. That was what sold me completely. After a few more visits and some discussions about which system I had and what games I had with it, a trade was agreed upon, and there...standing before everybody...was a changed boy, NEI...a changed man!

Ocarina of Time Bongo Bongo
WOAH! I'm Sold!

I took that game home and conquered it. I conquered it as a king conquers a foreign land! After the day I defeated Ganon and bid Navi a very reluctant farewell, I was forever in the service of the Goddesses, and my Zelda fandom had forever been cemented. All was well, and all was just.

It's enough to know that I'm newly appointed staff on a respectable Zelda site, but my excitement is easily matched by the feeling I felt on that fateful day. You aren't reading an article, you're reading a tribute. I love Zelda like a parent. It's probably the best babysitter of all time, even for adults like me. So if you know somebody who hasn't played the game, make it your duty to be the one to change their life forever.

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Link's Hideaway Podcast: Now in iTunes Store!

Link's Hideaway Podcast

If you have not already, please check out Episode 4 of the Link's Hideaway Podcast below and enjoy! I'm proud to announce that after a few weeks of difficulty we have finally gotten our podcast into the iTunes Store! Din would be so proud if she was here right now. So please go check it out, subscribe, like, rate, comment, enjoy the Zelda goodness in portable MP3 form! You can still view the podcast online on our YouTube Channel every Friday. iTunes "should" update every Thursday night, so if you want to listen to our podcast as early as possible subscribe in iTunes! If you need any help or have questions email us at podcast[at]linkshideaway[dot]com.

Not a fan of iTunes? You can still subscribe via our special RSS feed which is promptly below this text! You can also manually subscribe in iTunes by using the link below (for the advanced users).

Link's Hideaway Podcast RSS Feed

So now that that is settled, we STILL need a podcast name. Anything Zelda will do, just leave a quick comment below with any name you think would be great for our podcast! We could also use more staff members as well to help out with the site. We need: Content Writers, Original Article Writers, Programmers, and a plethora of other positions. Email Autydi (webmaster[at]linkshideaway[dot]com) for more information or to apply.

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 4: I Don't Know University

Episode 4: I Don't Know University of the Link's Hideaway podcast has been released. We talk about what we want in Zelda 3DS and Zelda WiiU. You can listen to it via the video embedded above. Please beware that part of the recording was cut out to keep from leaking any of our affiliates information or behind-the-scene plans. Austin's headset tries to join in as the third guest every so often so please bear with any random noises.

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LegendZelda.net: STL Ocarina Giveaway

STL Ocarina Giveaway

Our affiliate LegendZelda.net has teamed up with STL Ocarina to have a free ocarina giveaway. The ocarina you see above is the one being given away. In order to enter for the drawing, simply click here and follow the simple instructions. The deadline to enter is the last day of March.

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Fi's Theme by docjazz4

Arrangement Wednesdays

Arrangement Wednesday has an acoustic song for you all today. Fi's Theme from Skyward Sword by docjazz4 has a sweet melodic tone to it. There are a handful of melodies hidden in this song, can you guess them all? Let us know your thoughts of this weeks acoustic song in the comments below!

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Zelda Medley by DeansGuitarTV

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents DeansGuitarTV's Zelda Medley. It features several songs from various games such as: Ocarina of Time 3D, A Link to the Past, and Legend of Zelda. Check out the video below.

Did you enjoy it? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tune in next Monday for the next Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal.

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 3

Welcome to episode 3 of the Link's Hideaway podcast. We talk about A Link to the Past as well as several other random topics. Check it out via the video embedded above.

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Link's Awakening Title Theme by rainydayman

Arrangement Wednesdays

Arrangement Wednesday has a slight touch of Rock for Pi Day. Title Theme from Link's Awakening is by rainydayman and has no description. A good song doesn't need a description, right? Right. I like the strings that acompany the song. They add a nice feel to the song. Let us know your thoughts of this weeks remix in the comments below!

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Nintendo Castle 3.0 Has Arrived

Nintendo Castle Version 3.0

Our affiliate Nintendo Castle has recently launched version 3.0 of their website. They have completely redone the layout and reworked the content. They have thrown out several third party franchises to focus more on the core Nintendo franchises. Go on by and let them know what you think about their new site.

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Zelda Symphony Team Interview

Symphony of the Goddesses

The Vancouver Observer recently posted their interview with the Zelda Symphony Team. Jeron Moore and Chad Seiter had the pleasure to answer some much wanted questions that many fans wanted to know the answer to. Here is a small excerpt below.

What types of technologies have been used to develop this tour?

Chad Seiter: Well, first off, I have to thank good old manpower! I have a wonderful team -- my wife and orchestrator, Susie Seiter, Wayne Strange, Eric Buchholz, and Tim Stoney. They sat there tirelessly and figured out all the music by ear for me as I was doing the arranging.

They also transferred it into the computer so I could make a synthesized digital mock-up of the orchestra to show to original Zelda composer and Nintendo Sound Director Koji Kondo for his direct approval. It was wonderful working with him, and he would scan sheet music and PDF it to me to make sure I had all the melodies 100% accurate.

There is MUCH more to this interview, as well as more Zelda series based questions. You might also point out a few of the names mentioned in this interview. Eric Buchholz, Wayne Strange, and Tim Stoney of the Twilight Symphony team have been behind the scenes hard at work on Symphony of the Goddesses as well.

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Hyrule Castle by JonnyDeath

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents the Hyrule Castle theme from Zelda: A Link to the Past performed by JonnyDeath whose metal Dark World theme was featured a few weeks back. Check out the Hyrule Castle theme below.

JonnyDeath is a great musician who produces many good metal tracks other then the ones we feature. Head by his site jonnydeath.com to check them out.

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 2: Hunter Plays Battlefield

Welcome to Episode 2 of Link's Hideaway podcast. You can listen to it via the video embedded above. We answer a viewer question this week as well as talk about Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. We have fellow staff member Kyle joining us this time. Are you wondering about the title of the episode -- Hunter Plays Battlefield? Well, you will just have to listen to find out!

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Link's Hideaway and Mphoria Brings You Deals

UPDATE: It appears the storefront is experiencing technical difficulties and we are working to resolve them as soon as possible. The store appears to be available again.

Zelda Merchandise

Link's Hideaway has recently teamed up with Mphoria to bring you the latest deals on Zelda merchandise as well as other items such as: games, electronics, mobile accessories, and more. The storefront can be accessed here on the site or under the Zelda / MISC Store tab on our Facebook page. If you are looking for Zelda: Skyward Sword, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, or other great deals, just head over to the new Link's Hideaway Storefront and check out the latest deals such as Ocarina of Time 3D for only $29.99!

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Zelda Reorchestrated March Update

ZREO has recently put up their March and final update until the project is finished! This means Twilight Princess Symphony (TPS) is going to be released sometime this year! I've been told by members of ZREO that this is a strong possibility. Keep an eye out on their site for any new updates!

We now have ten instrumental and vocal soloists using their talents to bring life into our arrangements. We said in our Kickstarter announcement the album would have "upwards of 40 tracks". Make that upwards of 50 tracks. The Kickstarter page said 2 ½ hours of music, which we later said was upped to 3 hours. Well, now we're proud to say we've upped that to 3 ½ hours of arranged music from Twilight Princess.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Gate of Time Remix by thesupercode

Arrangement Wednesdays

Arrangement Wednesday has a simple remix of Gate of Time from Skyward Sword by thesupercode. As simple as it may seem, it adds that deep feeling for which the song seems to be wanting. I think it would have been a little better if they reorchestrated the whole song instead of just adding the bass and drums, but this will do! Let us know what you think of this weeks arrangement in the comments below!

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Content Update: A Link to the Past Boss Guide - Videos

A Link to the Past Boss Guide

We have recently added several boss videos to our A Link to the Past Boss guide. They include: Ball & Chain Trooper, Armos Knights, Lanmolas, and Moldorm. We plan to bring you the rest of the boss fights in time but in case your stuck on one of those -- go check out our videos on how to defeat them and we have text strategies for all of the bosses.

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Gerudo Valley by Serraphas3

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents the Gerudo Valley theme from Ocarina of Time 3D performed by Serraphas3. This version is more upbeat in my opinion then the original due to the fast paced drumming. The sound effects are a nice touch as well. Even with a slightly low sound quality; overall, Serraphas3 did an excellent job. Please enjoy listening via the embedded video below.

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 1: Austin's Headset

What you see above is Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 1: Austin's Headset. This is the second run of our podcast and we hope you enjoy it. The name comes from a noise I (Austin) made a couple times throughout the podcast by spinning the clip for my headset. I had no clue it was so loud. Well, check out the podcast above and let us know what you think about it in the comments.

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North America: Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Poster Set Back

Club Nintendo Zelda Posters

Club Nintendo has recently brought back the sold out and delayed Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary poster set for 400 coins. If you were not able to snatch it up before it sold out last time then you better hurry and go order it now before it sells out once more. We have no information on how limited this run will be or if there will be more runs after this one.

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Song of Time by OminousVoice

Arrangement Wednesdays

Arrangement Wednesday brings you an arrangement of the Song of Storms from Ocarina of Time 3D by OminousVoice. It is a beautiul song, and feels to me to be very ambient at times. I often forgot I was listening to it (which was good because I was looking for background music). Let us know what you think of this weeks arrangement in the comments below!

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Fan Story: The Legend of Terra - Chapter 3

Legend of Terra Chapter 3

We have Chapter 3 of Legend of Terra for you to enjoy today. This story is written by Mr Watch. Check out an excerpt of Chapter 3 below:

Kokiri Forest, a few minutes before nightfall.

Terra let out deep breath as she finished the last notes of The Song of Healing. The Kokiri children began to clap wildly, and cheer for the Hylian princess, who humbly smiled and bowed for the audience of children. The kids started to dance around attempting to sing The Song of Healing just as Terra did; sadly most of them were off pitch or not even singing the correct song.

Saria smiled up at the Hylian girl who sat above her. "That's really a beautiful song." Saria chirped "Did your father say exactly where he learned it?"

"Sadly no, I would've liked to meet the person who created it; it's by far my favorite piece or music to sing. It just...Makes me feel...Well...It makes me feel whole. It's like a new life swells up inside me whenever I sing it." Terra replied gleefully look down to the Green haired Kokiri girl with a wide grin.

"That's great!" Saria replied. "But hey, I think your dad wants us to get a move on; I think we may have stayed just a bit too long." She pointed up to the sky which was already going dark orange, showing signs of the fast approaching night.

Terra looked up at the sky; the sun was already beginning to set, and sighed. "I guess...Come on, let's go Saria." She got up, followed closely by her forest companion, the Kokiri Saria.

Did you enjoy the excerpt? Now, check out the full Chapter 3 here.

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Dark World Theme by TheJonnyDeath

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents the Dark World theme from Zelda: A Link to the Past performed by TheJonnyDeath. This artist has created his own website dedicated to his music and other works located at jonnydeath.com. His Dark World theme can be seen in the video embedded below.

TheJonnyDeath has several other Zelda metal mixes that we are sure to cover in future Weekly Doses of Zelda Metal so be sure to check back every Monday to see what we have dug up for you to enjoy!

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Episode 0 with Austin and Ryan

Welcome to the first ever Link's Hideaway podcast, which is embedded above for your convenience. The podcast features myself, Austin (Autydi), and Ryan (Larke12). It is roughly 40 minutes long. Please take a listen to it and give us all your feedback and suggestions in the comments. Enjoy!

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Zelda: Skyward Sword - Epic Trailer

Nintendo of Europe has released the Epic Trailer for Skyward Sword as seen above. It may contain spoilers for those who have yet to play or beat the game.

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Skyward Sword Theme by Blake Robinson

Arrangement Wednesdays

This week for Arrangement Wednesday, we present the Skyward Sword Theme by Blake Robinson. Robinson has some amazing reorchestrations and I highly suggest you check them all out. Listen to his version of the theme below.

I find this piece to be an excellent piece of craftsmanship, considering he recreated it from scratch. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Lately I have been told of Blake Robinson's work with Sonic orchestrations, and seeing as I started SCORCH (Sonic Completely Orchestrated), hopefully I can get him to collaborate with me and my fellow collaborators. (Just a quick plug.)

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Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - New Tour Dates Revealed

Symphony of the Goddess

Nintendo has announced more tour dates for the Symphony of the Goddesses. Check them out below.

Los Angeles, CA - June 6 (E3)
Houston, TX - July 7
San Diego, CA - July 12 (Comic-Con)
Philadelphia, PA - July 25
Vienna, VA - July 26
Minneapolis, MN - September 22

So are you pleased with the new dates? The other Symphony of the Goddesses Dates are here.

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Last Chance: Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition

Have not downloaded your free Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition from the eShop or DSi Shop? Well, you better hurry up as today is the last day for the free download. After today, the game will either be taken down forever or become a paid download -- which information has yet to be released. So have you still not downloaded Four Swords Anniversary Edition?

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Deku Palace by Jim Cook

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal

Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents Deku Palace by Jim Cook. The song is from Zelda: Majora's Mask and Cook plays it very nicely. Check it out below.

So did you like it? Do you dislike this style of music? Let us know in the comments.

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Link's Hideaway Podcast Announcement

Hey! Listen! We have a podcast! At least we think we have a podcast, anyone can have a conversation. Anyhow, Link's Hideaway's FIRST podcast! Every Friday we will post a new episode which will also be available on iTunes (we hope), but first we need your opinion! What will we call this podcast? Please leave us a comment either here, or on Facebook, or Tweet to us @LinksHideaway about a podcast name and ideas. Email me at larke12(at)linkshideaway(dot)com as well! Check the site next Friday for our "Trial Episode" with the most recent Zelda news and random chit-chat (very random).

PS~ We are still looking for new staff. We need content writers, news posters, original article writers, and many more! Please email Autydi at webmaster(at)linkshideaway(dot)com to apply or to get more info.

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Nintendo Castle Mario Marathon

Nintendo Castle

Nintendo Castle will be hosting a live stream 7:00 PM on Friday full of Mario goodness! Tune in and celebrate the sites one year anniversary! Details are below.

The stream will begin at approximately 7:00 PM on Friday, eastern time. Pocodudeface will be streaming through the night until Saturday morning, where I, Fused, will take over and stream until late Saturday night. Emhave will then end the stream when he finishes his respective game.

Here are the games we will DEFINITELY be playing (In chronological order):

Super Paper Mario - Pocodudeface (Friday night) New Super Mario Bros Wii - Iamthefusedshadows (All of Saturday) Super Mario Sunshine - Emhave (Sunday night and morning)

In addition to these, if we do not fill our respective time slots we have two extra games planned (Once again, in chronological order):

Super Mario Galaxy - Pocodudeface Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Iamthefusedshadows Super Mario 64 - Emhave

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL FOLKS! During the stream, we will also be playing Mario Kart Wii with each other, and with you, the wonderful wonderful person who will watch us play video games for several days straight for your amusement.

Be sure to be there with your favorite Mario character and vehicle!

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Bolero of Fire by Bak.R

This week for Arrangement Wednesday we have a nice re-arrangement of Bolero of Fire from Ocarina of Time 3D by Bak.R. I feel as if if it starts off a bit slow, but it has a nice take on this infamous melody. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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LegendZelda.net: Three Things We Want in Zelda Wii U

Zelda Wii U

Our affiliate and friend over a LegendZelda.net have created an article covering three things we want in Zelda Wii U. Check out a short excerpt of the article below:

The Wii U is of course Nintendo�s first HD console which brings out tons of visual possibilities. One of my biggest complaints with Skyward Sword is how dated the game looked. Graphics normally play a minute role in my reviews, but with Skyward Sword I could not help but feel that the Wii did not give the game what it truly deserved. In Skyward Sword edges were rough, scenery from afar blurry, and textures were all over the place. For a game in which Nintendo touted graphics as being a major role in the game-play, it was sort of a letdown.

However, with a HD console Zelda can finally get the visuals it deserves. At CES of this year, the Zelda tech demo made another appearance. This time however the presenter had much more control over what was happening as it was more than just a prerecorded video. Using the Wii U controller he was able to change the scenery from night to day, change angles, and switch the view from television to tablet. During the demo every aspect of the environment stood out in some way. The lighting and attention to detail was by far one of the most impressive bits I have ever seen on any console.

So what do you think? Let us know what you want in Zelda Wii U in the comments and be sure to check out the full LegendZelda.net article here.

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Song of Storms by Thundertoaster

The Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents the Song of Storms from Ocarina of Time 3D redone as Metal and performed by Thundertoaster. The song features some great riffs. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Wondering Where Your Zelda 25th Poster Set Is?

Club Nintendo Zelda Posters

Are you wondering just where your Club Nintendo Zelda 25th Anniversary Poster Set is? Has it been lost in the mail? The answer is that there was a delay in the shipment. Read full details from Club Nintendo below.

Unfortunately, our shipment of posters was delayed. We expect to begin shipping back ordered posters the 3rd week of February. Thank you for your patience.

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Dark World Theme by Br0k3nG0dd3zz

This weeks Arrangement Wednesday is beautiful rendition of the Dark World theme from A Link to the Past by Br0k3nG0dd3zz. Two Dark World themes in one week! I found this song on Sunday, so what an ironic happening. Let us know what you think about this song in the comments below! Sorry about the late post!

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Nintendo Power Past Promo - Zelda: Oracles Shirt

Zelda Oracles Shirt

Update: We now have confirmation that the shirt is from a Nintendo Power promotion from years ago. Thank you to everyone who commented. This very shirt is on auction over at eBay for $100 or best offer.

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Recently a viewer of Link's Hideaway sent me an e-mail regarding the shirt you see above. They obtained it unopened from a yard sell. They are looking for any information that can find about the shirt and have come up empty handed so far. It is not the same shirt from the Limited Edition box set of the Oracle games. Check out more pictures of the shirt below and please comment if you know any information about it.

Zelda Oracles Shirt

Zelda Oracles Shirt

Zelda Oracles Shirt

So has anyone ever seen this shirt before? Do you know the origins of the shirt? Let us know in the comments below.

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Dark World Theme by LennartAlsing

Today on Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal, we bring you the Dark World theme from A Link to the Past performed by LennartAlsing. Please take a listen to the video above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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ZREO Team at the Symphony of the Goddess Premiere


Last month Zelda Reorchestrated visited Dallas, Texas for the Symphony of the Goddess world premiere. The above is a video containing highlights from the event. Is the Symphony coming to a city near you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Club Nintendo: 3DS Game Case Zelda Cover - North America

Zelda 3DS Case Cover

What you see above is a picture of the Zelda cover for the new Club Nintendo reward, a 3DS game case that can hold up to 18 DS or 3DS game cartridges. You can acquire the case for a mere 250 Coins. The case comes with several different covers. Check out some larger shots of the inside and outside of the Zelda cover below.

Zelda 3DS Case Cover

Zelda 3DS Case Cover

Zelda 3DS Case Cover

So what do you think about the new Club Nintendo reward? What about the Zelda cover?

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Arrangement Wednesdays: Lake Hylia by Craig Amromin


Today's song is an orchestral arrangement of Lake Hylia from Twilight Princess. This song is short and sweet, a great song to end the day. Do you want to see some slightly more remixed songs on arrangement days? Let us know in the comments below!

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Songbird Ocarina With Docjazz4

Learn how to play your Songbird Ocarina with Docjazz4 today at 4PM PST or 7PM EST. Check back to watch the stream above.

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Fan Made Zelda Zine On Sale Now

Zelda Zine 1

A fan made Zelda Zine is now available for sell over at GameCity for £3.00. Here's the description from their site:

Volume 1 of 3: Wisdom

32 pages of fan-submitted art, design, illustration, and literature. Featuring contributions by Rexbox, Zac Gorman, Madéleine Flores, Maré Odomo, Mathew Kumar, and many more.

So who is interested in this? Let us know in the comments.

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Club Nintendo Sending Out Replacement Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Poster

Skyward Sword Poster

An error on the Skyward Sword poster from the Club Nintendo Zelda 25th Anniversary Poster Set has been informed to Nintendo. They are going to send out replacements. Check out their response below.

Dear Club Nintendo Member,

As you may have noticed, 1 of the posters in the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Poster Set that we sent to you contained a minor flaw. On The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword poster, there is a design flaw on the outline of the loft wing, to the right of the sword.

We apologize for the mistake and will be shipping a replacement poster to you the first week of February. You can expect to receive a confirmation email when the package is shipped.

Again, we apologize for this error and we hope that you enjoy your new poster.

Thanks again for your membership and loyalty.

Sincerely,

Club Nintendo

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Legend of Zelda Theme By VideoGameGuitarist7

This time on Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal, we bring you the Legend of Zelda theme song by VideoGameGuitarist7. As always, the song is performed in the style of metal and was a blast listening to, so check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Side Mission Interview: Legend of Zelda Concert Series

Zelda Concert Series

Side Mission has recently released an interview concerning the Legend of Zelda Concert Series. They interviewed one of the concert's producers, Jeron Moore. Check out an excerpt below.

Some people have expressed displeasure with the video portion of the concerts. Have you made any changes to the video component for the 2012 tour dates?

JM: We've continued to develop and tighten the video portion of the show. I'm really passionate about the visual component and how, combined with the music, the entire experience stirs the emotions. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, but I am keeping a watchful eye on criticism.

There were a lot of songs covered in the concert, but there were noticeable omissions like anything from Link's Awakening. Will the upcoming 2012 tour cover a wider range of songs?

JM: Absolutely. Expect to hear music from Majora's Mask, Link's Awakening and more as the show continues to evolve. It's been designed to offer something new to repeat patrons... for instance, we'll be in Vancouver on March 14th. The next time we're in town, there will be marked differences in the program, so if you liked the show the first time, you won't want to miss out on coming again. It's important for us to keep fans engaged and surprised. I'm constantly browsing the forums, too – so keep shouting out your favorites. We're listening!

Will there be a CD of the concerts on sale anytime in the future?

JM: This is something we'd like to do, but no definite plans have been made. We are absolutely aware of the demand.

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Arrangement Wednesdays ~ Spirit Tracks Title Theme by ZREO


Welcome to the first week of Arrangement Wednesdays! These days will consist of orchestral themed songs from The Legend of Zelda. This is similar to Metal Mondays, but with a less attractive name (and a different genre). Today is one of my favorite tracks from Spirit Tracks by Zelda Reorchestrated, Title Theme. Enjoy!

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Chicken Armor

Chicken Armor

Oh, NO! Link has found some Chicken Armor! Ganondorf better run away!

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Gerudo Desert By Jimmeh02

This person has been featured several times on Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal and as always -- he provides a great rendition for all of our favorite Zelda music. This time we got the Gerudo Desert theme from Twilight Princess. Check it out above.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Faron Woods Silent Realm Speed Run

Finally! Our YouTube upload worked flawlessly and we bring you our Skyward Sword Faron Woods Silent Realm speed run that was actually planned for yesterday. We outran the Guardians and were able to complete the Silent Realm in a mere 2 minutes and 39 seconds! Can you do better? Prove it!

Create a video of your fastest time and upload it to YouTube. Then share it with us in the comments below or send them in to news@linkshideaway.com and we will update everybody about your feat! So which Silent Realm do you want us to speed run through next time?

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Ocarina of Time Shooting Gallery Theme

Today we planned on bringing you a video of a speed run for the Skyward Sword Faron Woods Silent Realm but an error occurred during the upload to YouTube. We plan to bring that to you tomorrow pending the upload works correctly this time. Until then, check out the Shooting Gallery Theme from Ocarina of Time played on the Ocarina and backed by several other instruments.

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North America: Club Nintendo Zelda 25th Anniversary Poster Set Sold Out

Club Nintendo Zelda 25 Posters

The Club Nintendo Zelda 25th Anniversary Poster Set has recently sold out. Nintendo had the following to say:

Thank you for your interest but this limited edition reward has been sold out. If you placed an order and it is on back order, we expect to fulfill your order by late January.

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Skyward Sword Theme by metalreda01

We are a few days late this week but here is the Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal with the Skyward Sword theme song performed by metalreda01. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Nintendo Castle: Zelda 3D Dungeon Tournament

The guys over at Nintendo Castle are hosting a contest to see which 3D Zelda Dungeon will be voted the best. Here are the details from their site.

Hey guys! Rare to see a post other than the Content Update around here, eh? Well, I've got a surprise for you guys. This morning, I decided to start a tournament: The best of the 32 3D Zelda dungeons. (Not counting dungeons without bosses or final dungeons.) I originally had this on a Freewebs site, but Poco gave me an offer to have Nintendo Castle host it. So, as of now, there are 32 dungeons in the running. Click read more to get to the polls. You have until this Wednesday to vote, and then the 16 winners will move on to Round Two. To link to every poll would be insane, so here's a page with all the matches in Round One. Just click on each link to go to a new poll. Happy voting!

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Stone Tower Temple - Kalimba and Guitar

You may remember when we posted Stone Tower Temple on Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal and we have another version (not metal) for you to enjoy today. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Dorkly Bits: Link Finds Ganon's Weakness

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Club Nintendo: Majora's Mask Download

Majora's Mask

Club Nintendo has update with 4 new game downloads that can be purchased with coins. Majora's Mask is on the list alongside Dr Mario Online Rx, Kirby's Dreamland, and Dr. Mario Express. You will need a Wii in order to redeem your Majora's Mask download, which is 150 coins.

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Zelda: On The Set (Animation)

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Zelda Metal Medley by sbeast64

The Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal presents sbeast64's Zelda Metal Medley. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Awesome Skyward Sword Fanart

Skyward Sword Art
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deviantART user L-DAWB has created a splendid piece of Zelda: Skyward Sword artwork, which can be seen above. It is a fantastic piece of work and I am sure everyone will agree. Let us know in the comments.

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Robin and Zelda Williams's reaction to the Smosh Zelda video

Some time back, SMOSH released a Legend of Zelda rap video that gained much success. Check out Robin and Zelda Williams's reaction to said video in the interview above.

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The Nerd Gamers' Zelda Marathon for Child's Play

We're a group of gamers who run game marathons to raise money for charity. We are going to be streaming a 48 Hour Zelda Marathon starting January 6th at 12PM, and we'll be raising money for Child's Play. These donations will be going straight to the charity's Paypal. We are going to be playing all of the 3D Zelda games, and will be providing consistent (and hopefully entertaining) commentary throughout.

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Symphony of the Goddesses Tour Dates

Zelda Symphony

Zelda Symphonies Symphony of the Goddesses tour dates have been announced. Check them out below.

DateCityStateVenueTickets
Jan 10, 2012 7:30 PMDallasTXMeyerson Symphony CenterSold Out
Mar 14, 2012 8:00 PMVancouverBCOrpheumBuy Now
Mar 26, 2012 7:30 PMSeattleWABenaroyaBuy Now
Mar 28, 2012 8:00 PMSan FranciscoCADaviesBuy Now
Apr 07, 2012 8:00 PMDenverCOBoettcher HallBuy Now
Apr 20, 2012 8:00 PMPhoenixAZOrpheumBuy Now
Apr 21, 2012 8:00 PMPhoenixAZOrpheumBuy Now
May 12, 2012 8:00 PMAtlantaGACobb Energy Performing Arts CentreBuy Now
May 31, 2012 8:00 PMMontrealQBSalle Wilfrid-PelletierBuy Now
Jun 22, 2012 8:00 PMAustinTXLong Center for the Performing ArtsBuy Now
Jul 14, 2012 8:00 PMOrlandoFLBob Carr Performing Arts CentreBuy Now
Sep 29, 2012 8:00 PMTorontoONSony Centre (on sale 3/31)

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Toon Link 3D Model

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Make You Own Zelda Flipnote - NoA Staff Flipnotes

What you see above are several NoA staff Zelda flipnotes. They are pretty good so give them a glance over.

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Zelda Meets Metal By 331Erock

It is now time for the Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal and we have someone never before featured this time. It's a YouTuber by the name of 331Erock and he provides a fantastic rendition of Zelda music. Check it out above and be sure to let us know what you think!

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Zelda Figurine's

Zelda Figurine's

Hobby Fan is releasing the Zelda figurine's you see in the image above. They are currently priced at $34.99 and are available for pre-order. According to Hobby Fan, they will arrive June 29, 2012. So what do you think about the figurine's?

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Fan Story: The Legend of Terra - Chapter 2

Legend of Terra Chapter 2

We have Chapter 2 of the Legend of Terra for you to enjoy today. The story is written by Mr. Watch and is a great read. Check out an excerpt of Chapter 2 below.

Hyrule Field

The sun was high in the blue sky as Terra made her way along the beaten and dusty dirt path that led to the Kokiri Forest. She could feel the warmth of the glowing orb above her touching the dark cloak. The entire field around her appeared to be in full bloom. Flowers and other plants were bursting with reds, yellows, purples, too many other colors for Terra to count.

She walked on the path for some time eventually arriving to the edge of the great forest. Traveling on the earthen path on the edge of the tree line Terra stopped for a moment to observe and take in her beautiful surroundings. Turning to look behind her, she saw on the horizon the great grey stone outer walls of Hyrule Castle, her home, the place she grew up, and really the only place she really knew. And when she looked forward in front of her was the vast Kokiri Forest, home of the forest children and the Great Deku Tree, the forest protective spirit.

Staring on into the field she saw the great plain the Hylian people called Hyrule Field. It was an enormous grassy expanse, lush and green and full of life. Terra could see the grass sway back and forth, pushed by the gentle breeze at rolled across the plain, almost like waves of an ocean. The breeze carried with it a familiar smell, one of summer flowers, fresh air, and vigorous life. The scent could be smelled all the way across Hyrule, and it was something Terra enjoyed, especially in the summer when the smell was at its peak.

Liked that excerpt? Then check out the full Chapter 2 here.

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[UPDATE] The 2nd Annual Nintendo Castle New Years Stream

Nintendo Castle New Years Stream

[UPDATE] The stream has been postponed until sometime in January.

Original Story

The guys over at Nintendo Castle are holding their second annual New Years stream. Check below for full details.

The stream will be starting at 12:00 EST on the 30th of December, and will be ending whenever we complete all of the games, which we have planned for the 2nd of January. We will playing between three and five Mario games to celebrate the end of 2011, including...

New Super Mario Bros Wii - Iamthefusedshadows
Super Mario Sunshine - Emhave
Super Mario Galaxy - Pocodudeface

Our plan is to finish these games at around the 2nd, but just in case these three games do not fill our time slot, we have two back-up games planned.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Iamthefusedshadows
Paper Mario - Pocodudeface

So make sure to come on down and join us for laughs and fun times all around! (The site will be updated with the stream page at the time of the stream)

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The Marathon Man: Zelda Live Stream

The Marathon Man is hosting a live stream of Zelda games, which is under way as we speak. Here are some brief details from an e-mail from them.

My name is Will O'Brien, and I am planning to host a 96-hour Zelda marathon this December from the 27th to the 31st for the Humane Society of the United States. I was hoping that your site would be willing to endorse us by making a post about it when the event becomes closer. In return, of course, I would link back to link's hideaway. My website has already been launched, it is marathonman.net; I hope you'll check us out and decide to help us.

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The Legend of Zelda's 12 Days of Christmas!

ChrisCrossMedia has created a video for the Legend of Zelda's 12 Days of Christmas. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Fan Art: Fi Comic Strip

Fi Comic Strip

We stumbled upon the image you see above the other day and thought it was perfect for our site. It is a comic strip about Fi and Link. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Fan Art: Agahnim VS Link

Agahnim VS Link
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Today we have a picture that staff members Ruto and Larke have been working on for some time. We have come to call it Agahnim VS Link. It is a picture of various characters from A Link to the Past such as Agahnim and the Seven Maidens. Check out the image above, have a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and please be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

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Hyrule Historia: Zelda Timeline Page

Hyrule Historia: Zelda Timeline Page

Look at what we found! It's the official page from Hyrule Historia that details the Zelda Timeline. While it is in Japanese, we can tell from the screens which game goes where on the timeline. It appears that the version of the timeline floating around recently is the correct one; however, until an English version of Hyrule Historia (which potentially could never take shape) comes out, we can not be 100% sure of the recent translations but they appear to be very accurate.

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Legend of Zelda : Skyward Sword Theme Cover (Advait Nemlekar)

A YouTuber has created a wonderful rendition of the Skyward Sword theme song. He used several different instruments throughout to create a splendid performance. Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Club Nintendo Zelda 25th Poster Set Video

You may remember when we post about the Zelda 25th Anniversary Poster Set on Club Nintendo. Well, we have a video showcasing them embedded above. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Zelda Timeline Translated

Zelda Timeline

GlitterBerri, a site that translates all types of documents, has released the image above from their translation of Hyrule Historia. The image provides us with much more information then we reported earlier and should clear up some of your pending questions. Click on the image to enlarge it and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Zelda Timeline Revealed - More Details

Zelda Timeline Revealed

As reported earlier, the Zelda timeline appears to have been published in Hyrule Historia. You will find some more details of the timeline below which should clear up some confusion.

Ancient Tales: Skyward Sword → The Minish Cap → Four Swords → Ocarina of Time
Classic Tales: A Link to the Past → Oracles → Link's Awakening → The Legend of Zelda → The Adventure of Link
Child Tales: Majora's Mask → Twilight Princess → Four Swords Adventures
Adult Tales: The Wind Waker → Phantom Hourglass → Spirit Tracks

Classic timeline further explained...

Branch 1: Link is defeated by Ganon in OoT.
Branch 2: Link comes back from the future in OoT and tells Zelda what's going to happen, she sends him away.
Branch 3: There is no longer a hero in the future of OoT since Link was sent back.

After Link dies in Ocarina of Time, Ganon obtains the entire Triforce. The Seven Sages seal away Ganon and the whole Triforce as a last resort, but villains with their eyes on the Triforce make for the Sacred Realm, which eventually turns into the Dark World and is filled with evil power. The Seven Sages then try to seal away the Sacred Realm itself, but end up fighting with monsters. This is the Imprisoning War of A Link to the Past.

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Eiji Aonuma's Favorite Skyward Sword Dungeon

Eiji Aonuma has decided that Lanayru Mining Facility is his favorite dungeon in Skyward Sword because of the use of Timeshift Stones.

There is a part where you use an item called the Timeshift Stone that enables you to switch between the past and present. I think that this is something that can only be done in games and I believe it utilises the interactive quality of games brilliantly.

In other news -- check out the supposed Zelda timeline here.

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Hyrule Historia: Zelda Timeline Revealed [RUMOR]

Zelda Timeline Revealed

Hyrule Historia revealed the Zelda timeline after many years of waiting. This book is published by Nintendo themselves. This is marked as rumor for now because the book is in Japanese and the following order is said to come from the book. Confirmation will be made once an official translation of the book comes state-side or to another English region such as Europe. The supposed timeline is below:

Skyward Sword
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Minish Cap
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Four Swords
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Ocarina of Time (Split in to three time lines)

A: Where the Hero of Time fails

B: Where the Hero of Time Wins (sent back 7 years)

C: Where the Hero of Time Wins (present)


A

Link to the Past
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Oracle of Seasons / Oracle of Ages
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Link's Awakening
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The Legend of Zelda
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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

B

Majora's Mask
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Twilight Princess
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Four Swords Adventures

C

The Wind Waker
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Phantom Hourglass
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Spirit Tracks

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Power, Wisdom, Courage by Powerglove

This week on Weekly Does of Zelda Metal, we have Power, Wisdom, Courage by Powerglove. You may remember when we posted Power, Wisdom, Courage by Powerglove over a year ago, but in case you missed that article, we have it for your enjoyment today. It features a tune or two from Ocarina of Time 3D but mainly focuses on A Link to the Past. It is a great song and I highly suggest you take a listen to it if your a fan of Metal by clicking play on the video above or at the source link. Check it out and be sure to let us know what you think or what you want us to feature next week on the Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal.

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The Speed Gamers Marathon For Charity [UPDATE]

The Speed Gamers are currently holding a Zelda marathon and are taking donations for Rocking H Ranch, which supports several charities. They are performing pranks every so often to the player when they reach a certain amount of donations. Check out the live feed above and click here for more details.

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NoE: See some more great entries in our Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote contest

Nintendo of Europe (NoE) has recently released some more entries from their Zelda Flipnote contest. Those can be seen here. Check out the full PR below for more details.

The Make Your Own Zelda Flipnote contest was held from August 8th to September 9th, 2011, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series. In this worldwide contest we asked Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners to choose one of three soundtracks and create their own Flipnotes to go with the music, featuring characters, locations and themes from the Legend of Zelda series.

All of the winners have been chosen and can be viewed right now via Flipnote Hatena on Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL, on the Zelda 25th Anniversary website, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and even on Nintendo Channel on Wii too!

On top of all these wonderful winners, we'd also like to showcase some of the great Flipnotes that we think really deserve honourable mentions – ones that didn't quite grab the top spot, but impressed the judging panel nonetheless – as well as some very special Flipnotes made by well-known Japanese artists Kiyokazu Arai and Isami Nakagawa! If you'd like to see this new collection of Zelda-themed Flipnotes, then make your way to Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL straight away!

For more information about the software used to create these Flipnotes, head on over to our page for Flipnote Studio for Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL.

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Great Fairy's Fountain Theme - Special 3DS Recording

This is a special recording of the Great Fairy's Theme from the Zelda 25th Anniversary Orchestral CD that was included in the first round of Skyward Sword copies. The recording above is special because if viewed on the Nintendo 3DS, it is displayed in full 3D.

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Fan-Made Link Statue

Some people have created a great looking Link statue similar to the First4Figure ones. Check out the video above for some footage of how it was made and what it looks like. The final product can be seen below and please note that these are not for sell.

Link Statue

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North America - GBA 3DS Ambassador Games Live

Minish Cap

All of the GBA 3DS Ambassador Games are now live in North America as well as Australia and most likely many other regions so do not forget to go download those if you are an Ambassador. In order to download the games you must follow these steps:

  • Open eShop
  • Go to Settings / Other
  • Tap 'Your Downloads'
  • Scroll through the list and you should see the games and be able to download them.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is one of our most sought after games on the list and we will be providing some type of content or guides for it in the near the future. Until then, enjoy your gift for being an early Nintendo 3DS adopter!

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Australia: 3DS Ambassador GBA Games Now Live

3DS Ambassador

Reports are coming in that the GBA Ambassador games are live in Australia. This is much earlier then the official date but this same thing happened with the NES Ambassador games. In order to download the games you must follow these steps:

  • Open eShop
  • Go to Settings / Other
  • Tap 'Your Downloads' or maybe 'Account Activity'
  • Scroll through the list and you should see the games and be able to download them.

The games are not live in North America yet but we will be sure to keep you updated whenever they are available so stay tuned.

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3DS Ambassador Games Revealed - Minish Cap Confirmed

Minish Cap

The full list of GBA games for the 3DS Ambassador's has been released. Zelda: The Minish Cap has been confirmed. The full list of titles included are:

  • F-Zero for Game Boy Advance (aka, Maximum Velocity)
  • Super Mario Advance 3
  • Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Fire Emblem Seima no Kouseki
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
  • Mario Kart Advance
  • Mario vs Donkey Kong
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Wario Land Advance
  • Made in Wario

The games are set to be available on the eShop exclusively to 3DS Ambassadors this Friday. If they go live before that date, we will be sure to let you know.

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North America: Club Nintendo Zelda 25th Anniversary Poster Set

Club Nintendo Zelda 25 Posters

Club Nintendo is now back with a brand new interface along with several new prizes including the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary poster set above. They are available for only 400 coins. All you have to do to get them is be a Club Nintendo member and have acquired 400 coins. Another nice addition to the rewards program is the addition of 'Featured Games.'

These are select games that will be made available for a certain period of time for purchase using your Coins. Every so often the list will get updated with a new set of games. So what do you think about this news? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to Link's Hideaway for any future Zelda additions to Club Nintendo.

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Weekly Dose of Zelda Metal: Midna's Lament by Jim Cook

We have another Jim Cook mix for you to listen to this week. It is Midna's Lament off of his Zelda Metal Vol. II album. The song is from Twilight Princess and really puts the player in the mood during the part of the game which it appears. Just like Jim Cook's Kaepora Gaebora theme, this one is very nicely done. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Shigeru Miyamoto Speaks About Possible Zelda Collaboration With Retro

Zelda and Retro Studios

In a recent Wired interview, Shigeru Miyamoto stated that the Zelda franchise would be a possible choice for a collaboration with Retro Studios.

Shigeru Miyamoto: As you know, we have already collaborated with Retro for the Metroid Prime series in the past. And I think when we talk about any other franchise, Zelda might be a possible franchise for that collaboration.

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TriForce Details All of This Years Zelda Merchandise

TriForce has created a video detailing all of the Legend of Zelda merchandise that came out this year. Check it out above!

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Fan Story: The Legend of Terra - Chapter 1

The Legend of Terra

We have chapter 1 of The Legend of Terra for you all to enjoy and check out today. Check out an excerpt from Chapter 1 below:

Terra's eyes snapped open. Her room was already full of light flowing in from one of the open windows of her chamber in the castle. She knew what today was, the first day of summer. Leaping out of her bed she quickly drew back the balcony curtains to her room, letting the golden afternoon light fill her once shadowed chamber. The warm and bright rays reflected off the mirrors and the royal purple tapestries that adorned her room in Hyrule Castle, creating a comforting ambience which Terra enjoyed.

Check out the full Legend of Terra Chapter 1 here and remember to check back for more parts soon!

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Announcing The Zelda Marathon 3 in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Zelda Marathon 3

Penguins in the Desert will be hosting its third annual Zelda Marathon soon. They are trying to reach the goal of $4,000.00 in donations to give to the Big Brothers Big Sisters in order to aid in mentorship programs. The marathon is set to start on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 7 PM ET. They will be holding auctions for various Zelda themed prizes including the chair featured above. They will be holding a raffle for a Wii, Skyward Sword, and New Super Mario Bros Wii.

Zelda Marathon 3

You can check out their full press release below and you can view the full list of prizes / auction here.

PRLog (Press Release) - Dec 10, 2011 -
The Penguins in The Desert Productions team will be holding "The Zelda Marathon 3" to support Big Brothers Big Sisters St.Catharines - Thorold & District. The event is a third party fundraising effort that is being put together to aid in mentorship programs, future fundraising efforts and making successful matches for children.

The event will begin Friday, Dec. 16th at 7 p.m. ET at www.penguinsmarathons.com. The Penguins Productions team will be playing 8 Zelda games for 24 hours a day. The marathon will not conclude until all 8 games have been completed.

They will be playing : The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link , A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword.

Headlining their amazing prizes is a BRAND NEW Nintendo Wii with Skyward Sword and New Super Mario Bros. Details on how to win that prize can be found on their website at: http://penguinsmarathons.com/Media.html

The team is raising the bar high, and aiming for a $4,000.00 goal. Donations can be made at the time of the event  via a "Chipin" widget on their website. For more information contact Penguins in The Desert Productions at penguinsproductions@gmail.com.

The team has created 4 miniature promo videos to get word on on The Zelda Marathon 3. One is listed below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkMFkrwE2NE

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Retro: A Link to the Past Video Walkthrough - Third Dungeon

Here is Part 6 of our A Link to the Past video walkthrough. It picks up directly where Part 5 ended and takes the player through the Third Dungeon. Please keep in mind that this is not a full walkthrough -- as in, not every heart piece and other collectible will be acquired. This is simply to help those who have problems beating the main story of the game.

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Fan Story: The Legend of Terra

The Legend of Terra

We have a new fan story for you all to enjoy to check out today. It is written by Mr. Watch and is called The Legend of Terra. Check out an excerpt from the Prologue below:

Terra has been here before. She knew that she was having a nightmare. It was the same hellish nightmare that she has been having for years, but no matter how hard she tried she couldn't wake up from her slumber. What she saw was always a blur, almost indiscernible.

What stood before her was the grand hall of Hyrule Castle. But it wasn't the hall she's come to know. It was in ruin, the great stone columns that once held up the giant painted ceilings were fallen over, the colorful banners that once adorned the walls were burned, tattered, and ripped, and holes in the ceiling from where the columns once stood let in hazy red-orange rays of light.

We only have the prologue today but many parts will be posted for the story. Check out the full Legend of Terra Prologue here.

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Shigeru Miyamoto Not Stepping Down

Shigeru Miyamoto is Retiring

[UPDATE 2] The following is Nintendo's official statement about Shigeru Miyamoto's earlier retirement headlines:

"Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo is not changing. He will continue to be a driving force in Nintendo's development efforts. In discussing his priorities at Nintendo in a media interview, Mr. Miyamoto explained how he is encouraging the younger developers at the company to take more initiative and responsibility for developing software. He attempted to convey his priorities moving forward, inclusive of overseeing all video game development and ensuring the quality of all products. Mr. Miyamoto also discussed his desire to pursue fresh ideas and experiences of the kind that sparked his initial interest in video games."

So there we have it from Nintendo themselves, Shigeru Miyamoto is not stepping down from his current position.

[UPDATE] A Nintendo of Japan spokeswoman told Reuters:

"This is absolutely not true. There seems to have been a misunderstanding. [Miyamoto] has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation. He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned."

It now appears that Shigeru Miyamoto is not retiring from his current position at Nintendo but will be reducing his roles in certain titles some in order to train a younger generation of developers and designers.

Original Story

This just in from Wired, Shigeru Miyamoto is retiring from his current position at Nintendo and looking to take charge of a smaller development team instead of the large ones such as those for Zelda and Mario. Check out the quotes below.

"Inside our office, I've been recently declaring, 'I'm going to retire, I'm going to retire,'" Miyamoto said through his interpreter. "I'm not saying that I'm going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position."

"What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself," Miyamoto said. "Probably working on a smaller project with even younger developers. Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small."

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Link to the Future

While this is not new, it is certainly entertaining. What we have here is a short fan film that mixes the Legend of Zelda with Back to the Future. Check it out above.

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G4tv: Skyward Sword vs Assassin's Creed: Revelations

G4tv: Skyward Sword vs Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Skyward Sword has recently moved on to the Final Match in G4tv's Videogame Deathmatch beating out Skyrim in the last round. It is now up against Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Go show Zelda some love and vote here.

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Content Update: Skyward Sword Gratitude Crystals Guide and Quests

Content Update: Skyward Sword Gratitude Crystals Guide

Having played through the game much more and using our Skyward Sword Gratitude Crystals Guide to check for accuracy, we have made several updates for some of the Random Skyloft Gratitude Crystal Locations and they are much clearer and accurate now. We have also updated many of our Side Quest guides including:

While some of these guides only received minor updates, quite a few received major updates detailing quest requirements and new methods of completion. So go by and check them out if you need help with any of these quests.

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