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A recent Miiverse pic of the day revealed that Skull Kid, wearing Majora’s Mask, will appear in the new Super Smash Bros. game on 3DS and Wii U as an Assist Trophy. Note that this means he will NOT be a new fighter.
It is currently unknown exactly how Skull Kid will behave when summoned into battle, but we will surely find out when the game is released early next year.
Just recently, Mashable.com got the chance to sit down with Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma for an interview. There were many interesting insights revealed, but the most significant came up when Mashable asked Aonuma about the fate of the hypothetical Zelda game on the Wii U. He simply replied:
“I’ll say more at E3 2014.”
This is, quite possibly, the biggest piece of news to break so far having to do with Zelda Wii U. We will keep you updated as the story develops into next year.
The most recent Iwata Asks centered around The Wind Waker development, in honor of the new HD remake coming out this October. When the subject drifted to the design of the new Link, Satoru Takizawa had this to say:
Now that the eyes had gotten much larger, we wanted to make their facial expressions richer by increasing the number of patterns for the eyes and mouth. Partway through, we even talked about having beams come out of those eyes! (laughs)
While it was pretty clear that the prospect of eye-lasers was never taken seriously, I think we can all agree that it would have been pretty cool. Can you think of any ways that the eye-beams could have revolutionized Zelda gameplay? Or, maybe you think it was best left as just a joke.
For those of you wondering if the difference between the original Gamecube version of The Wind Waker and the new HD version is substantial enough in the visual department to warrant a purchase, wonder no more. The official Nintendo of Japan Youtube channel recently posted an HD video showcasing the two versions side-by-side, making the improvements very clear.
The video shows off the vastly improved lighting mechanics, as well as the larger aspect ratio, and greater contrast. What do you think of this comparison? Are the improvements enough to warrant a purchase?
The original 1987 NES version of The Legend of Zelda is now available in its entirety on the Wii U Virtual Console for $4.99. This means that the NES classic can be played on the Wii U gamepad, no TV required. Nintendo announced the new release on August 30, 2013 via Twitter, linking to its page on the official website, which can be viewed here.
For Zelda fans who have never experienced the original, this is another great opportunity to give it a shot, in addition to the 3DS and Wii Virtual Console releases.
Nintendo of America just tweeted new release dates for upcoming Wii U and 3DS games. Included was A Link Between Worlds, with an American release date of November 22, along with its official box art.
You’ll notice below a new release date for Wind Waker HD of September 20. Bear in mind that this is only the digital download release date; the disc version will still be available October 4.
On August 27th, My Nintendo News reported on a press release by Nintendo in which they subtly slipped in the North American release date for The Wind Waker HD, which is October 4th. This puts it on the same day as the European release. The real purpose of the press release was to announce some special, celebratory features that will be coming to the Seattle stop of the Symphony of the Goddesses tour, including playable demos of The Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds, as well as photo opportunities and featured fan art. Read the original article here.
Jose Otero writing for IGN certainly seems to think so. You can read his original article here. This intrepid reporter got a hands-on demo with The Wind Waker HD, and gave a thought as to whether or not this new version completely outshines the original. The conclusion that he came to was “yes.” Keep in mind this is just his opinion and, as usual, your experience may differ.
In this article, Otero discusses many new features for the HD remake, all of which have already been revealed, so I’ll spare you the details. Otero seemed certain that the streamlining efforts used in the games development were universally positive, and that the game looks all around better than the original. What do you think? Do you expect to agree with Otero? This is certainly an interesting and valid question to ask.
Earlier today, My Nintendo News reported on an event at MCM London Comic-Con 2013 at which fans of the Zelda series told Nintendo why they are excited for The Wind Waker HD. In addition to the interesting and insightful responses, many of the respondents came in unique, quality cosplays. Read the original article here.
So what do you think about their reasons? Why are you excited for The Wind Waker HD? Be sure to tell us in the comments below!
On August 7th, GamesHQMedia uploaded a video on YouTube featuring some great Wind Waker HD footage. The video shows off some awesome graphics that are much smoother and more detailed. The changes in lighting are especially notable while Link is on water and at the Forsaken Fortress. The bright sunlight casts an almost angelic glaze over Link and the King of Red Lions, while the Moblins’ lanterns cast an eerie, yet noticeable warmer, glow upon the area. The colors are also more prominent and richer, as can be seen in the small clip where everyone’s favorite (and least favorite) character Tingle greets Link with colorful confetti.
The video also reveals some tweaks to the gameplay. These include an adjustment to the Triforce Shard collection sequence, as well as sped up “Wind Waker actions”. Sailing will also be slightly different, as you will be able to have more control over the speed. From the footage, it can also be noted that items can be equipped to the Y, X, and R buttons, and that the directional pad will most likely be used for the Wind Waker, cannon, and the boat’s grappling hook.
So after viewing the footage, what are your thoughts about this new and updated look? What are you most looking forward to about the game itself?