October 23, 2013 - New Template Editing Feature - Thanks to another newly installed extension, a new "preview page with this template" option will now appear when editing templates. This feature allows editors to preview a page as it would appear if the current edit to the template was saved. In addition, there is now a special page for testing sandboxed templates.
October 23, 2013 - Speed Runs - When updating records on the Speed Run page, the corresponding game articles will now update automatically, without needing to be edited. This is possible thanks to a newly installed MediaWiki extension. Also, we'd like to thank all the editors who have been keeping the speedrun records up to date. We hope you enjoy this new timesaver!
In strange legal news, James Burt, an Austrailian gamer who was sued by Nintendo in 2010, has received a limited-edition Ganon figure directly from Nintendo. James was guilty of illegally copying New Super Mario Bros. Wii and making it available for download online. He was sued by Nintendo to the tune of $1.5M AUD, which is about 1.3 million U.S. dollars. With no explanation, James was summoned to his local EBGames and was given the Wind Waker HD Ganon figure in a brown box. It’s important to note that this figure is not available in Australia.
James had the following to say about his situation:
“James Burt from Australia here, just saying I think it’s ironic that out of everyone in Australia they could have chosen, I get given a Ganon statue for being a good customer of Nintendo.
This was the same statue given out in the UK for Wind Waker HD pre-orders, however was not here in Aus. I was told I was chosen from Nintendo and received it today. I’m very grateful they chose me, don’t get me wrong and I do still love Nintendo even after being sued.
UPDATE: I was given a phone call from my local EBGames saying Nintendo chose me and to come pick it up. No actual reason for winning and EBGames had no info on it just that I won. No papers came with it just the figure in a Nintendo brown box.”
James admits he was wrong, and states he is still a Nintendo fan. So, what do you think? Strange coincidence, or peace offering?
Nintendo has released the official trailer for A Link to the Past for its European release on the Wii U Virtual Console. The trailer shows off the gameplay well, and serves as a great sample of things to come for players who haven’t had the chance to experience this classic Zelda game yet. There is some bad news though: NiNTENDOMiNATiON confirmed on his Twitter that the game runs at 50Hz, which means that the game will be noticeably slower than versions of the game released in North America and Japan. This is due to the fact that older TVs in Europe ran on a 50Hz standard, while TVs in North America and Japan run at 60Hz . This results in the European version of the game running approximately 16.67% slower. It’s unfortunate that Nintendo didn’t fix this, since HDTVs eliminate this sort of problem. Regardless, at least European fans get the chance to play the game on the Wii U, even if it does run noticeably slower than its counterparts. You can check out the full trailer after the jump.
The eShop charts for the last week have been released. Zelda holds a commanding presence among both the Wii U and 3DS eShop charts! The Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds are both number one on the Wii U and 3DS eShop charts, respectively. This is particularly impressive for The Wind Waker HD, as it managed to top the recently Super Mario 3D World, which is quite a feat! The Oracle of Seasons also managed to snag the number 2 spot on the 3DS eShop charts, likely due to the game being offered as a pre-order bonus in some regions of the world. Other Zelda games also made their way into the top 20, and you can check out where they stand on the full eShop charts for the 3DS and Wii U, linked here and here. Good job Zelda! If this is any indication of things to come, I’m sure that the Zelda games well sell well into the holidays and beyond.
The Symphony of the Goddesses tour has been very successful, and has brought many wonderful and memorable Zelda tunes to life through a full orchestra. Now, Nintendo are introducing an all-new yet similar experience for fans in the UK. Nintendo UK has announced “Symphonic Legends”, a performance of Zelda music in London. Hit the jump to learn more about this event!
The Symphonic Legends concert is a one-off performance which will be held at London’s Barbican Centre on July 13, 2014 at 7:30pm GMT. Tickets will go on sale starting December 13, 2013, with ticket prices ranging from £30 to £85. The highly prestigious London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus will be performing at the event. Nintendo’s official press release goes into detail about the event:
“Featuring music performed courtesy of Nintendo, Symphonic Legends London takes concertgoers on an unforgettable journey through some of The Legend of Zelda’s best-loved themes. With new and revised scores by renowned video game arrangers, Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo, Symphonic Legends London squeezes every last musical drop of action, adventure, romance, heartbreak and heroics from soundtracks to games such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The concert also features the world premiere of a brand new Overture of music from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, sending listeners’ imagination soaring to the skies and beyond.
…Symphonic Legends London is being developed by the award winning Merregnon Studios, the world’s leading video game concert production company. With over 10 years of experience in the genre, Merregnon Studios helped debut the first ever orchestral performance of music from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in Germany in 2003, as well as being the first company ever to work with the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra on a video game concert.”
It’s really wonderful that Nintendo UK is doing something like this. The music of the Zelda series holds a special place in my heart, and I’m sure that the music has had a powerful impact many other people as well. Just being able to hear classic Zelda tunes performed by a full orchestra and choir in a live, concert setting is a testament to not only the relevance of music from the Zelda series, but to the growing relevance of video game music in general.
You can check out the Symphonic Legends website tomorrow to order tickets. What are your thoughts on this concert, and Zelda music in general? Will you be attending it? Do you think Nintendo should add more Zelda concerts to their repertoire? Let us know in the comments!
Here’s a cool giveaway going on right now; The Legend of Zelda UK page is giving away the recently released Prima The Legend of Zelda Box Set on their Facebook page! To be entered in for a chance to win, simply send an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org” before 14:00 (2:00pm) GMT on Thursday, December 12 with the heading titled, “Zelda Box Set prize draw.” They will then select one winner, who will not only win the Zelda Box Set, but the winner will also be given the A Link Between Worlds collector’s edition guide. 5 runners-up will also be selected, and they will win the A Link Between Worlds standard edition guide. The winners will be informed before 18:00 (6:00pm) GMT on the same day. It should be noted that only residents of the United Kingdom are eligible, and residents must be 13 years or older to enter. The full terms and conditions can be read here. It’s a cool giveaway, so if you live in the United Kingdom definitely check it out!
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.
Since the beginning of The Legend of Zelda, the playable character has been Link, a young boy who seems to be different than whomever he is living with. He has no experience in fighting, and this begs the question: Why would the Goddess always choose a young male to go on a seemingly impossible journey? If she wanted to have the evil that corrupted the lands defeated faster and more effectively, the Goddess surely could have found someone more suited for the task. Link’s age may have a big part to play in this; he is able to be molded by his trials, and grow more than a fully-grown adult could.
The biggest part of why Link is chosen is that he holds the Triforce of Courage, which allows him to take on more daunting challenges, and in some cases, be protected from danger. There seems to some negative emotions stirred up by the fact that the player always controls a male. The reason that this is constant is to adhere to the archetypical male hero rescuing the helpless female, usually of some royal blood. The assumption that Zelda is a helpless, girly princess is easily erased through, in part, her extremely capable counter-part, Sheik. There is much speculation as to the actual identity and gender of Sheik, but no one can deny that Sheik is incredibly talented and smart.
To speak of Link’s abilities, he has virtually none outside of those specialized to the area in which he is living. However, these may tie into his journey along the way, such as his ability to catch goats twisting into battling Gorons in Twilight Princess. Other than these uncannily useful skills, he is completely inept at everything the Goddess needs him to do. Despite this glaring opposition, he sets out on his journey with courage that could only come from a mystical, three-pronged symbol. The Goddesses must have perfect faith in this easily corruptible, simply destroyable lad, or else they would have picked a more suitable candidate for ridding the known world of a perfect and total evil.
Now to look at the match-ups; Link, a young boy, adequately trained at best. Zelda, who is useful on a good day. Ganondorf, a man who has had a lifetime of experience and looks intimidating enough to scare away the biggest of foes. These odds seem quite unfair, not to mention impractical. One, maybe two young adults against a highly trained and ferocious foe, not looking good for the heroes. Now, Ganondorf is not the only villain, so maybe Link will have a better chance against someone else. Since Dark Link knows everything regular Link does, he is an extremely difficult adversary. Demon King Demise and the self-titled Demon Lord Ghirahim are both very over-powered, and should have easily killed Link when they first met. In all honesty, Link has a better shot at defeating the Deku Tree than he does any of the enemies he actually does. In fact, the Deku Tree might be a challenge; Link can take on the Postman!
All in all, Link does grow considerably throughout his adventure, and with the help and support of all the friends he makes along his journey, is able to defeat even the greatest of adversaries, and return peace to the land. He lives up to the responsibility of carrying the Triforce of Courage, all without saying a word. This brings up a good point, and a few questions: Why haven’t we heard Link say anything in all his years of adventuring?
You have all read my observations, so now I ask you, Why do you think it is Link that always gets chosen, and if you could choose a different character, who would it be and why?
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.
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.
Ghirahim (Pronounced /gɪər rɑː ˈhiːm/, geer-rah-HEEM) is one of two primary antagonists featured in Skyward Sword. He is a figure of authority in the land below Skyloft, and he thinks quite highly of himself, preferring to be called Lord Ghirahim. His main objective is continuously hunting for Zelda, in order to use her spirit as a goddess for his plan to resurrect his master, Demise. Although at first Ghirahim thinks little of Link and his presence, the Demon Lord grows frustrated and erratic as he realizes the young hero is an obstacle to his plans.
This masterpiece is a wonderful throwback to the original Ocarina of Time's poster-esque artwork. This style is reminiscent of the scenes for other OoT, which away with the hard-edged black lines in favor of the crisp, natural colors that make the artwork look more alive. This picture is the epitome of that style.