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A while back, we reported on the European Wii U eShop finally making the Super Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past available for download. Well just recently, this game, the prequel to A Link Between Worlds, at long last became available on the North American eShop!
The download costs only $7.99, and features the full game playable on the Wii U gamepad. This is a must buy for any Wii U owning Zelda fans, particularly those who haven’t yet gotten to play it. Check out the eShop listing here.
The official The Legend of Zelda Facebook page recently posted that between January 30th and February 2nd Four Swords Anniversary Edition can be downloaded for free from the 3DS eShop. This is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t yet played this oft-forgotten multiplayer Zelda game, and who owns a 3DS.
For those of you with a Wii U and the app Art Academy Sketchpad, Eiji Aonuma, producer of A Link Between Worlds and many other Zelda games, is currently holding a Miiverse art contest.
The objective is to draw your favorite character from A Link Between Worlds in your own “original situations.” Entries can be submitted by commenting on Aonuma’s Miiverse post, which can be found here. The contest will run until February 16 or until the post reaches 1000 comments, whichever comes first.
Keep in mind that to enter you must produce your artwork in Art Academy Sketchpad, which is available for $3.99 in the Wii U eShop here.
The folks at the India-based website Game Guru released a list of games that they feel are the best GameCube multiplayers. Among a wide variety of games such as Mario Party 5 and Pikmin 2, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures was featured. The 2004 game was lauded for it’s noteworthy gameplay and overall usage of the multiplayer system in the traditional Zelda format. The game, ranked at number five, was also joined by two other games that featured Zelda characters: Super Smash Bros. Melee (which had several Zelda characters) and Soulcaliber II, in which Link was a playable character.
Check out the rest of the list and see if any of your favorite GameCube games were listed, and be sure to give us your opinion. And if you like the list, share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!
I’m sure many of our readers are already familiar with the Game Theorists YouTube channel and one of their 3 main shows, Game Exchange. For the uninitiated, Game Exchange is a show about cultural references and influences in video games. This episode, the second related to Zelda, covers the more controversial cultural elements of the series, including the infamous Manji dungeon from the original game, and the most in-depth explanation of the Fire Temple chants that I’ve ever seen. Be sure to give it a watch if you’ve ever wondered about those things.
If you liked it, be sure to subscribe to the Game Theorists channel for more videos like that one.
Youtube musical sensation Taylor Davis just recently posted a video of her interpretation of the fan-favorite Gerudo Valley theme from Ocarina of Time on violin. Davis is already famous for her work in video game music, Zelda in particular, but this project shows a new level of production value, effort, and skill unparalleled across much of the internet.
If you liked the video, be sure to check out Davis’s Youtube channel, as well as the video description, where there are a number of links related to her music (far too many to list here).
In the January 2014 issue of Game Informer, the magazine featured an interview with the director of A Link Between Worlds, Hiromasa Shikata. The interview hit many popular points of discussion. For example, Shikata was able to confirm that future Zelda games won’t necessarily run at 60 fps like A Link Between Worlds did. He also stated his hopes that fans will accept further changes to the Zelda formula similar to A Link Between Worlds’ item rental system.
The most notable question, however, was regarding the references to Majora’s Mask in the 3DS game, to which Shikata responded,
[Having Majora's Mask in Link's house] was a special request from Aonuma’s production team. Now why would they ask us to do that?
This statement naturally caught the attention of Majora’s Mask’s fanbase, as it seemed to tease that Aonuma’s team is working on something Majora’s Mask related.
I’ll leave the speculation to you guys.
As initially reported by Kotaku.com, artist Nate Hallinan has created incredible artwork based off of several characters from The Legend of Zelda. The pieces include the Skullatula, a few sketches of Dekus, and a Goron. Created with Photoshop, the art, especially the Skullatula, are extraordinarily detailed and shows us what these characters may look like if they were “real life”. Check out Hallinan’s DeviantART page for more of his incredible work.
This work of musical art by Joshua Kershaw, also known as “Jeesh,” isn’t really a remix in the traditional sense. Titled “Hero of Time,” its more of an audio tribute to the whole series, rather than a reworking of one particular song. In fact, this original production seems to be made almost entirely out of sound effects and audio samples from nearly every game in the series.
Give it a watch, and then be sure to check out Kershaw’s YouTube channel for more unique musical artwork.
The folks over at the LORE Youtube channel, famous for their Lore in a Minute series, have recently made a short video covering the history of the Zelda universe in just over 1 minute. The video is less an explanation of the Zelda timeline, of which we have many, and more an exploration of the world outside the games, although it does discuss the newest Zelda games in significant detail.
Be warned, as the video contains significant plot spoilers.
Be sure to check out their Youtube channel for more videos in this style centering around other gaming franchises, as well as two other Zelda related videos, neither of which are over 2 minutes.