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Before Breath of the Wild was released, you may remember Eiji Aonuma mentioning he had been spending some time playing Skyrim.  While Breath of the Wild is certainly in a league of its own, it would be difficult to say there aren’t any parallels between it and Skyrim.

In fact, a recent interview with Eiji Aonuma and Hidemaro Fujibayashi confirms Skyrim’s influence on the latest Zelda title, with both developers explaining what they took from the game and what they hoped to accomplish with Breath of the Wild. 

Hidemaro Fujibayashi admits in the interview that he doesn’t play many other games, but he does make himself aware of what they are doing. While in the prototype stages for Breath of the Wild, the developers knew they needed an expansive open world to do what they wanted. However, as time went on, they realized they had to make the world even bigger to accommodate everything included within the game.

Eiji Aonuma goes on to say that while he does play other games, he doesn’t do so with the mentality of trying to take aspects from them to apply to his own games. His mindset is more focused on preparing for other games and asking what gamers expect from them. Along those lines, he looks at how to improve upon concepts introduced by other games and the kind of manpower he would need to make something like it. Aonuma also mentions collecting data about other games concerning what worked and what didn’t.

In short, it seems as if the developers for Breath of the Wild looked to Skyrim to see what it did correctly and...

The Zelda series is known for its vibrant and fun environments and towns. From Castle Town to Zora’s Domain, each location within Hyrule is full of life. However, for one of the most iconic Zelda experiences, you may have to travel out of Hyrule — to Termina’s Clock Town.

There’s so much to do in this town that you’ll wish you had more than just three days! Luckily a fan-made tourism site has been created for Clock Town, and it looks completely authentic and throws in some fun easter eggs too.

Within this guide there’s information on things to do, shopping, fun and games, special offers, amenities, the Carnival of Time and even a message from the Mayor. All of this information is presented in a realistic way and ties into the game perfectly.

This website is the perfect companion piece to Majora’s Mask and is a great read for anyone who ever enjoyed just taking in the pleasures that Clock Town has to offer. And if this has made you reminiscent for Majora’s Mask then it’s worth checking out First 4 Figures life-size mask too!

Prototype versions of games are typically kept secret and not released. However, a game collector known as Bowser22 on the Assembler Games forums has recently suggested that he may have discovered the prototype version of Wind Waker through an eBay purchase!

Bowser22 has released two screenshots of this version. The title page for the game clearly shows how the name is in a different color and also has “confidential” included. Apparently this version also came with the debug console enabled.

It’s still unclear as to whether this is a real prototype or not. Bowser22 claims that he received this game through an eBay transition in which they not only used money, but traded some other items too. The transaction also included four NPDP carts, as well as an NR reader and memory card emulator.

Hopefully more details will emerge on this supposed prototype soon. We will be sure to cover any new information so keep tuned to Zelda Universe!

Nintendo recently provided an update on what the 20 most played Switch games have been since launch. Unsurprisingly to most, Breath of the Wild ranks as the most played.

Here’s the full list:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. Super Mario Odyssey
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  6. Stardew Valley
  7. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  8. ARMS
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  10. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
  11. NBA 2K18
  12. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  13. Fire Emblem Warriors
  14. LEGO City Undercover
  15. Sonic Mania
  16. Pokken Tournament DX
  17. 1-2 Switch
  18. FIFA 18
  19. Disgaea 5 Complete
  20. Rocket League

To be clear, the metric isn’t clear if “most played” means “the number of people that have played it on Switch,” or “the number of hours played,” but either way is fairly impressive.

I doubt there’s any surprise of the top few games, but I’m happy to see some third-party games rounding out the overall list. Considering how many ways and places there are to play Skyrim, seeing it in...

Whether you’re looking for new Zelda-themed threads, or a couple of cool shelf decorations, ThinkGeek has you covered — at a discount!

There’s some great Breath of the Wild merchandise on sale right now, discounting upwards of 67 percent. If you need a new backpack to show everyone at your school/office/public transit just how cool you are, then this is the place you’d want to go to save some money.

The store includes some other Zelda goods that are not on sale, but are pretty cool all the same.

During today’s surprise Nintendo Direct Mini, it was announced that there will be a new version of Hyrule Warriors heading to the Nintendo Switch in Spring of 2018. This new Definitive Edition brings every map, character, and mission from both Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U and 3DS systems. Plus it will bring together all the DLC from both versions.

There will also be new outfits based on Link and Zelda’s costumes in Breath of the Wild. But the main selling point for the Definitive Edition will be the opportunity to play on the go, which Nintendo have made a big selling point for the Switch.

Twenty-nine characters will be playable within the game, which will be displayed in 1080p HD graphics in TV mode. Will you be getting this new Definitive Version?

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People who’ve played Majora’s Mask (and even many who haven’t) know the bittersweet story of Anju and Kafei. Their relationship is so genuine and heartwarming, and their struggles are truly saddening. It’s compelling from a player’s perspective — you want to help them because you want to see them happy, whether you receive a reward or not. This is a motivation that many games — past and present — often struggle to achieve, because they are driven by reward seeking instead of emotionally evocative storytelling.

When you fail to help Kafei recover the Sun’s Mask from Sakon’s Hideout, it’s crushing. You feel responsible for preventing them reunite, and desperately want to try again once you go back in time. You aspire to see Kafei and Anju together before the world ends, no matter what it takes — even if it means foregoing all your other responsibilities.

However, there’s a moment in the game — one involving Anju — that I think even exceeds the heart-wrenching sight of Kafei stood silently, defeated, in Sakon’s Hideout. It’s a moment I always remember from my first playthrough of Majora’s Mask because of how moving it is, and it’s a standout example of what makes the game’s writing so emotionally investing.

It was the second day in Clock Town. The grey sky drizzled, mimicking the melancholy mood of the town, and I saw Anju leave the Stock Pot Inn, carrying an umbrella that shaded her sunken face. I was curious...

If recent reports are anything to go by, A Link Between Worlds, the best-selling 3DS entry in the Zelda series may be resurfacing soon in some form. According to, outlets such as EGM and Pixelpar have reported that Nintendo of America PR representatives have been “reaching out to journalists, asking for permission to re-quote reviews of the game for promotional purposes.”

Before you get too excited, there are a few possibilities for why this might be happening. Of course, a ported version of A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo Switch wouldn’t be out of the question, especially considering that the Nintendo 3DS is likely on its last legs. This could potentially open a gateway for additional upgraded ports of 3DS titles to the Switch, which could introduce a whole new audience to the 3DS’ already well-established library of outstanding titles.

It is entirely possible, however, that this might simply be a signal of a release for the title under the Nintendo Selects line of value-priced titles in North America. A Link Between Worlds was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013 and received a Nintendo Selects release from Nintendo UK in 2015.

Would an HD version of A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo Switch persuade you to part with your rupees again, or for the first time?

The week of spectacular video games performed with great speed is upon us once more! Awesome Games Done Quick is back to help raise money to fight cancer, and we’re highlighting all the places to be for your favorite Zelda games.

If you’re unaware of this whole phenomenon, Awesome Games Done Quick is an annual show where people come together to perform amazing video game feats on display for a world-wide internet audience. During this week, you can watch the shows and donate to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Games done so quick that they might be wearing Pegasus Boots.

Below are all of the relevant games included this year, and the time they start (in Central Standard Time).The show has already started with a bunch of other games that will continue through the week. You can watch it all on Twitch here.

  • Friday January 12 at 8:47pm – Ocarina of Time by ZFG in a 100% run on N64
  • Saturday, January 13 at 7:47am – The Legend of Zelda by JSR2gamers, BT, RandomEffekt in a 100% No Up+A 3-Way Race on NES
  • Saturday, January 12 at 6:48pm – A Link to the Past by Andy and...

Perhaps one of the most iconic songs from Ocarina of Time is Zelda’s Lullaby. It’s a beautiful and melancholy song which might as well be Princess Zelda’s theme song. Not only was this song used to help Zelda sleep at night, but it was also used to prove Link’s connection to the Royal Family. It also causes a giant grave to explode. And can cause water levels to raise and drop. It could even part waterfalls! It was quite a useful song in Link’s adventure, to say the least.

The Japanese alternative pop band Meine Meinung, also known as their YouTube channel name moonbowmusicmovie, not only do their own music but also covers of various games. As you may have guessed, they have covered Zelda’s Lullaby. The cover itself is wonderful, featuring the talents of Milt, a guest ocarina player. Meine Meinung’s instrumentation prowess comes to life with the strings and the expertly played ocarina. In all of their covers, you can feel all the emotion and love put behind each song and this one is no different. The inclusion of an ocarina is a wonderful touch to the song, and it shows the level of dedication and love this band has for the music they create.

I’ve always been a fan of alternative styles of music and Meine Meniung makes some of my favorite covers or remixes. In addition to that, it’s great to see how much fun the band has, as at the end of the song they joke around and have fun. This is a...

A beautiful Breath of the Wild multi-phone folio case has been announced — for Japan only, unfortunately. The case features beautifully embossed iconography including silhouettes of the Divine Beasts and a gold foil Sheikah Eye on the interior, with a golden snap adorned with an engraving of the Triforce. Sporting a subtle design, this case screams: “I adore Zelda, but I’m also highly fashionable.”

Purchases from the My Nintendo Store require a Japanese shipping address, meaning you won’t be able to get your hands on one so easily if you’re located outside the country. Those of us not currently living in Japan will just have to hold out hope for a Western release for this, and other items exclusively sold through the My Nintendo Store.

This case will be available to order until January 9, at a price of ¥2,980, or roughly $26 (USD), and is set for an April 2018 release. A discount is also available for those with a Japanese My Nintendo account, which requires 50 gold coins and will award a 30 percent discount.

Would you like to see products like this made available through Nintendo’s online store outside of Japan?

In the ten months since launch, the Nintendo Switch has quickly become an indispensable part of the gaming landscape. From seemingly constant media attention to ever-increasing sales figures and a stellar lineup of games being released regularly, the Switch overcame all doubts and has now become the all-time fastest-selling home video console in the United States, with over 4.8 million consoles sold.

Previously this honor was held by Nintendo’s supremely popular Wii console, which moved around 4 million systems over the same ten-month period. The success of the Switch should come as no surprise as Nintendo’s hybrid system has gained popularity around the world. It outpaced the PlayStation 2’s first-year sales in Japan, has sold over 55 thousand consoles in only three days after launching in South Korea and has already exceeded global sales expectations with a massive 10 million consoles sold worldwide.

Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima is also setting the bar high for Nintendo’s 2018 fiscal year, which begins in April, saying that the company has increased its expected console sales to exceed 20 million units globally. Nintendo cites the reception of both Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, among others, as motivating factors for Switch sales. In addition to being system sellers, these games are also two of the highest rated games of all time, with official reports indicating that more than 55 percent of Switch owners purchased Breath of the Wild since launch.

The coming year promises to be another phenomenal outing for Nintendo, with plenty of surprises in store....

[Yuga’s Art Gallery is a series in which we highlight our favourite artwork and crafts from the Zelda community, as well as some official artwork from the franchise from time to time. Zelda is a series that is constantly changing its style, and after over 30 years of evolving and shifting its visuals, it continues to inspire endless ways for artists to interpret their favourite characters and moments.]

A Link to the Past was the first Zelda game I owned, the first one I fell in love with, the first one that made me realize what a great franchise it was, and the first one I finished. As such, it was my first encounter with Ganon; and while it was challenging at first, I triumphed over him while always keeping in mind what I first though when I saw him: “It’s just a blue pig”.

For the intimidating and powerful overlord he claims to be, I sure wasn’t very overwhelmed, not by his looks nor his power; as portrayed by Lobo Borges here, attacking young and small Link, who isn’t scared by the rain of fire bats being flung at him. This encounter set the tone for all of my upcoming encounters with Ganon, and gave me the confidence to always be sure I would be victorious. Because I ain’t scared of no blue pig!

Of course, until I met Calamity Ganon… But, oh well.

As a child, I was very impressionable and gullible. I had that sadly typical childhood of being an outcast with no friends, and as a result grew up awkward and terrified of many things. Since I spent most of my time playing video games I naturally grew attached to the characters and the worlds I explored. As with many kids of the 90’s era, Ocarina of Time was a very impressionable Zelda game, and many would argue it was my true first since I had only played Zelda II up to this point.

Playing the game more and more, I connected with Link since I was projecting myself onto him. One thing that I spent time thinking about was how brave Link was. He would face all of these trials and tribulations even though he was just a child like myself. Sure, I knew I was never going to explore the insides of an ancient tree or a giant whale, but I thought more and more about his courage and strength. It was then that I decided that I strove to be more like Link with each passing day!

Time passed and life changed. Suddenly I was an adult who was still terrified of things that he shouldn’t be. I had lost all of that youthful vim and vigor. I had gained things and lost many others, as is the natural path of adulthood. I still loved video games and Zelda, but it wasn’t with the same kind of passion that I had as a child. Getting...

The Zelda timeline has been debated and disputed by fans since its introduction in 2011. Since then, some fans have been curious about the placement of newer titles in the timeline. While games like A Link Between Worlds hold a more obvious place in the list, Breath of the Wild has continually kept fans theorizing about the game’s chronological placement.

During a recent interview with GamesRadar, Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma spoke about the timeline, stating that it’s something in which they are still interested. Speaking about the timeline, Mr. Fujibayashi said, “I wouldn’t say that we’re not concerned with the timeline. It’s obviously something that we know is very important to people, and they do a lot of research on. But I think at this point, we’re not really at the stage where we want to talk about where Breath of the Wild is in the timeline. I think, as with the pixelated food, it’s something that at this point we want to leave up to people’s imaginations.”

Mr. Aonuma said that he thinks there should be some room for speculation regarding the timeline, rather than asserting it as an outright fact. In total, he said, “We published a book with the timeline, but we definitely got comments from users saying, ‘Is this really accurate? I think this should be this way. It’s different.’ And history is always kind of imaginative. It’s left to the person who writes the book. So that’s...

The final “Tips from the Wild” update for 2017 is here! This update is all about Guardians, specifically how to differentiate between them. While there are different types of Guardians scattered around Hyrule, there are also some differences which can be gleaned based on their coloration.

Typically when you think of Guardians, you might imagine the red lights beaming from their Jōmon pottery-inspired exteriors. The Guardians which glow red are corrupted by Ganon — which is why they start hurling laser blasts when Link gets too close — but did you notice the coloration of the Guardians found in various trials and shrines? These Guardians emit an orange glow, which means that they haven’t been corrupted by Ganon’s power. While they will still attack Link, these Guardians were put in place specifically for the trials, and are carrying out the orders assigned to them by the Sheikah Monks all those years ago.

If you’d like some help taking down Guardians, this update has some helpful items for you! Launching Breath of the Wild from the News channel will gift you with two Ancient Screws, an Ancient Shaft, and an Arrow. Using these items, you can craft an Ancient Arrow, which can destroy Guardians of all sizes if fired directly into their eye — just be sure not to miss!

Catch up on our previous “Tips from the Wild” updates, and head forth into the coming year with the confidence to overcome anything. Good luck on your adventures, and here’s to plenty more...

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but our princess is so delightful. Bundled up head to toe, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

As seen in the The Champions’ Ballad trailers, Princess Zelda gets an additional outfit to her wardrobe and she looks absolutely precious! By the time you are reading this, the DLC has probably been out for quite some time, but fan art for her new look has been popping up since the day of release — and just in time for the holidays!

Bellhenge, a wonderful artist who has done many gorgeous interpretations of The Legend of Zelda, has drawn a lovely piece of work of the princess adorned in her beautiful new clothes. She looks like a delicate doll in the artwork with gleaming eyes. Her hair whisks like the cold, winter breeze is raring up. Her accessories glimmer, and the texture of the caplet looks absolutely cozy! Brilliant artistry all around!

In the winter time, I always wear fuzzy socks to keep myself warm. I can only imagine how cozy Zelda’s new outfit must be, or what kind of adventures she even needs them for! I, myself, have not yet played the DLC, but I’m hoping to soon, and I hope that you and your loved ones can gather around the Switch and enjoy it as a family this holiday season!

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition was announced during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini, and while the presentation told us to expect the game to launch in North America and Europe in “Spring 2018”, Japan has been assigned a more specific date.

The game will hit Japanese shelves on March 22, 2018, under the title Zelda Musou Hyrule All Stars DX.

This date technically falls into Spring as well, so there’s no ruling out the possibility that the game may release in other territories in the same week. However, the vague release window outside of Japan would certainly suggest that we’ll be seeing the game a bit later than Japan. Nintendo releases are usually worldwide launches these days, but given the collaboration with publisher Koei Tecmo for this particular title, it makes sense that localization may take longer. Let’s not forget that the previous two iterations of Hyrule Warriors (on Wii U and 3DS) both took longer to arrive in other regions.

Still, with Nintendo Switch consoles being region free, importing a Japanese copy or downloading from the Japanese eShop may be tempting options for those eager to delve into the latest version of Nintendo’s hack-and-slash spin-off.

You can watch the Nintendo Direct Mini below (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is shown at the 3:36 mark). For the Japanese dates of other games announced in the presentation, check out Japanese Nintendo‘s post.

Will you be importing or pre-ordering the game, or will you pass on a third release of Hyrule Warriors?

Although they have both been out for nearly a year, the Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild have maintained a steady, strong number of sales every week. This seems especially true for the UK, where Breath of the Wild has not only retained a prominent position in entertainment software sales, but actually increased its rank last week.

While it was previously in the tenth position for sales, last week, Breath of the Wild jumped to ninth place. Considering the Switch is the fastest selling console in the US, I suppose this news isn’t very surprising.

Hopefully Breath of the Wild can keep up the momentum as the year goes on!

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To me, one of the most memorable parts of The Wind Waker was entering the Forest Haven for the first time. It was fun grappling up the river and making my way inside the ginormous tree in the middle of the ocean. Upon entering, you are greeted with a quirky tune as you make your way up to the Great Deku Tree.

Z.R.E.O. has taken this piece of the soundtrack and reimagined it as something truly wondrous.

Not satisfied with just the marimba, Z.R.E.O. mixes in bells in this otherwise repetitious track throughout the song. This, to me, coincides perfectly with the children of the forest, the Koroks. The sitar comes in, stronger than the original, but nothing compared to when the powerful drums are introduced. All of these grand instruments together are accompanied by a slight echo, which alone makes the enormous tree hollow feel that much bigger. You then get not just a bassoon, but an entire wind section playing pieces of the Kokiri Forest and Saria’s Song.

The memories always fill my thoughts whenever I listen to this piece. I always felt like Link when I entered the haven, just a little kid in a big, awe-inspiring new world, and this re-orchestration conveys just that feeling.

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