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Nintendo reveals Wind Waker HD special edition and console bundle, releases story trailer


Nintendo has put out a bunch of new information for the soon to be released HD re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, along with a story trailer.

The company will be releasing a special edition of the game which features a rather neato Ganondorf figure. On top of that, there will also be a WiiU System Bundle which features a GamePad with a special Zelda themed decal, not unlike the 3DS console released alongside Ocarina of Time 3D.

Unfortunately, neither of these items will be released in Australia, so get your importing hats on.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

Zelda CDI FRA
Here we have two of the three Legend of Zelda games Nintendo would prefer you forgot about: Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon.

The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, and a third game, Zelda’s Adventure, came as a result of Nintendo’s deal with Philips for the SNES CD, which Nintendo decided to abandon. As part of the dissolution of this agreement, Philips was granted rights by Nintnedo to produce games featuring a number of their characters. The results were not pretty.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II The Adventure of Link UK
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is the most divisive game in the Legend of Zelda series, largely thanks to its spirit-breaking difficulty spikes. Seriously – if you can finish this without save states, you are my hero.

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Nintendo announces ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2’

A Link to the Past 2

During the latest Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that they are making a new The Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo 3DS and it is set in the same game world as A Link to the Past. The game currently has no English title, but is generally being referred to as ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2’ – which is in line with the games Japanese title The Legend of Zelda: Kamigami no Triforce 2.

Reggie Fils-Aime said, during the presentation, that the new Zelda game features an original storyline, entirely new dungeons, and uses the system’s 3D capabilities to bring height and volume to the flat 2D world of A Link to the Past. ‘A Link to the Past 2’ also gives Link the ability to turn into a drawing to move along walls – enabling exploration of the world from a different perspective and access to new areas to solve puzzles.
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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages coming to Western 3DS Virtual Console services

Aonuma announcement

Last month, both The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages were released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in Japan. Many were hoping that North America and PAL regions would too see such a release on their respective 3DS eShops forthwith.

The producer of The Legend of Zelda series, Eiji Aonuma, didn’t keep us waiting long. However, rather than confirming the western release via the usual means, Aonuma instead opted to make the announcement on the official The Legend of Zelda series Miiverse community – posting “Our plan is to release these two games in other territories some time before summer!

That’s some happy-making news.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Zelda Starring Zelda brings role reversal to The Legend of Zelda


Inspired by the Pauline and Mario switcheroo in Donkey Kong by Mike Mika, animator Kenna W. and her video game programmer boyfriend decided that a similar thing could be implemented in The Legend of Zelda.

Together they produced a ROM hack they’ve dubbed Zelda Starring Zelda, with Zelda now taking over the role of the main protagonist, complete with new sprites to match.

You can read all about the development of the project and get the ROM from Kenna’s blog.

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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages headed to the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

In their most recent Nintendo Direct event in Japan, Nintendo announced that both The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages are set for release on the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan.

The two Zelda Game Boy Color titles were original released on February 27, 2001 in Japan, and made their way to the west later that year. The 3DS Virtual console versions also release February 27 and are priced at 600 yen a pop. Up until March 20, players can purchase both games for the discounted price of 1,000 yen.

We suspect The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages will too be available in North America and PAL regions in the near future.

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Classic Mario and Link join Medicom Ultra Detail figure range


Medicom are preparing the release of some new Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda figures this year. Rather than basing these new lines purely on modern interpretations of the characters, Medicom will also be releasing classic interpretations of Mario and Zelda based on the art featured in the manuals of the original NES releases.

Included in the range are the classic Link, Wind Waker Link, Tanooki Mario and SMB1 Mario.

Best of all, these figures are dirt cheap at just 730 yen from AmiAmi and will be available in January 2013.

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Legend of Zelda artbook Hyrule Historia coming to Australia


Dark Horse Comics and Nintendo will be teaming up to release an English language version of Hyrule Historia, an artbook released in Japan last year that celebrated 25 years of art from The Legend of Zelda series.

In addition to hundreds of concept images, the book contains the official series timeline, unreleased pages of The Legend of Zelda manga and much more.

The western release of the book will also be a hardcover version.

You can preorder the book now from Amazon for a mere $US21. An Australian release is planned, but a date has not been set.

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First4Figures reveals Ganondorf statue


First4Figures has revealed the latest addition to their range of The Legend of Zelda themed statues – the series’ main antagonist, Ganondorf.

Two editions of the statue are being produced: an exclusive edition for $US479.99 and a standard edition for $US449.95.

Orders for the exclusive edition will close this week, while orders for the standard will close at the end of the month, so get in fast.