Next month, Nintendo is due to release new downloadable content for Mario Kart 8 featuring the main protagonist of the Zelda series, Link! You’ll be able to play as Link driving the ‘Master Cycle’, a motorbike designed in the style of the Master Sword. No gameplay footage of Link exists yet, but a piece of official artwork has been released showing Link and his vehicle drawn in the style of Skyward Sword. As you can see below, a Hylian Shield is attached to the bike, and its wheels have triforce symbols painted on.
The DLC also features two new characters aside from Link, Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach. There are also three new vehicles aside from the Master Cycle: the Blue Falcon from the F-Zero series, the B Dasher (a vehicle that has appeared in past Mario Kart games), and the Tanooki Buggy, a jeep coloured to look like a Tanooki tail.
ZeldaCraft, our Zelda-themed MineCraft server, is now accepting 1.8 clients! You’ll be able to connect with Minecraft version 1.7 too, if you are still using that game version. Note that 1.8 features, such as rabbits, will not be available on the server as of yet – this update simply allows users running Minecraft 1.8 to connect too a server which is still running on 1.7.
Due to the recent issues with the CraftBukkit project, we have no idea when we will be able to have 1.8 features on the server. The halt on CraftBukkit development leaves us and many servers across the world without the ability to support 1.8, but hopefully either CraftBukkit will eventually continue or a spin-off project being developed by many ex-bukkit developers (Sponge) gets going quickly!
Hyrule Warriors is due for release in a few days, and Koie Tecmo, the company developing the game, recently announced they will be releasing a series of DLC expansions for it. Features include new characters, new maps, and more. The first pack is out on October 16th, with four packs due for release in total. If you pre-order every pack for $20, you get an additional new character, Dark Link, for no extra cost. In addition to the paid packs, you’ll be able to download a free one when the game is released that unlocks three characters: Cia, Volga, and Wizzro.
The first pack is called the ‘Master Quest’ pack, and the second is themed around Twilight Princess. The third pack will contain content relating to Majora’s Mask, whilst the final one centers around Ganon. Have a look at the list below for more details about the packs.
Master Quest Pack (October)
New weapon, new scenario, new adventure map, 2x new costumes
Twilight Princess Pack (November)
New weapon, new character, new adventure map, 2x new costumes
Majora’s Mask Pack (January)
2x new characters, new adventure map, 3x new costumes
Ganon Pack (February)
Two new game modes
In case you don’t know what a blind run of a game is, it’s exactly what it sounds like – playing through a game without using your sense of sight! As you may imagine, it takes lots of skill and practice to know enough about a game to play it blindly.
The guy playing Ocarina of Time blind in the video below has gotten to the Spirit Temple, and everything is going fine until he stumbles on a glitch that pushes link out of the dungeon’s boundaries. Of course, he has no idea what is going on, and becomes completely confused whilst everyone has a laugh in his stream’s chat. Eventually he is forced to reset the game, clueless as to why he got so lost! You can check out the video below.
There seems to be a Monopoly set for just about anything, so why not The Legend of Zelda? This edition is due for release on September 15, and you are able to preorder it now. The game’s money is of course rupees, and all the usual Monopoly locations are replaced with Zelda ones, including Clock Town, Gerudo Desert, and Skyloft. Treasure chests are in place of community chests, while chance spaces are occupied by empty bottles. The game will also have a set of specific Zelda-themed rules, such as the addition of six ‘item power cards’ (not certain yet what they do).
The tokens that come with the game are: a bow, hookshot, boomerang, Hylian shield, and a Triforce. Also, you’ll get an Ocarina token if you preorder the game from Gamestop.
You can have a look at what the board looks like by clicking here.
Tecmo released a new character trailer for the upcoming Hyrule Warriors game, this time showing the Skyward Sword character Fi. Fi has some pretty interesting abilities, including a special power that turns herself into a master sword that takes a huge slice at all nearby enemies. The general characteristic of her combat skills is based on dance moves.
Fi is not the only feature from Skyward Sword available in the game – Ghirahim will be making an appearance and Skyloft will be available as a map to fight on!
Traditionally, Princess Zelda has been a supporting character in the Legend of Zelda games but things are different in the series’ newest spin-off, Hyrule Warriors.
Link is nowhere to be seen in the gameplay footage in the trailer below, instead you’ll see Zelda showing off her fighting skills! She wields a rapier as her primary physical weapon, but we also see her firing a bow with light arrows and blasting enemies away with magical abilities.
I’m not sure if Hyrule Warriors will be received with absolute critical acclaim – can hacking away at constant waves of enemies really entertain you for hours on end? Nonetheless I expect the game will be good fun and by far the best Zelda spin-off yet.
Years after Skyward Sword was released, Nintendo have finally announced a new Zelda game! The game is due for release sometime in 2015. In case you missed E3, you can watch the first gameplay video of the game by clicking the video below.
The graphics look excellent, and the game looks very promising if you go by the words of Eiji Aonuma. In a surprising break with past Zelda tradition, Aonuma says the new Wii U Zelda will feature a massive overworld which players will explore freely. He talked about how players will no longer follow a set path like in past Zelda games but instead play the game their own way.
Towards the end of the video Aonuma finishes talking and you can watch a brief trailer for the game. Perhaps the trailer’s most interesting feature is the main character featured fighting a monster. Aonuma told one reporter at E3 that this character, who sports a ponytail and a blue outfit, may not necessarily be Link. Could this game be the first official Zelda title to feature a main character that isn’t Link? Have a look for yourself by watching Aonuma’s talk and the trailer below:
Nintendo finally announced the release date of Hyrule Warriors during E3. They have confirmed that the game will be released this year on September 26th.
The Dynasty Warriors-based spin-off will probably be all the new content Zelda fans will get until the new Wii U Zelda is out next year!
Nintendo recently announced that Hyrule Warriors will feature traditional Zelda-style voice acting. Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma recently said that he wanted Hyrule Warriors to break from Zelda traditions, but it looks like this game will feature the same voice style of the other Zelda games, with characters uttering a sound rather than actually speaking. Expect to hear plenty of Link’s battle cries, though I’m not sure if Navi’s incessant pestering will feature in the game.
This announcement will disappoint fans who want to see voice acting in Zelda games, but perhaps Nintendo felt the series still isn’t ideal for it – or maybe, if they do want to introduce voice acting some time in the future, they felt it would be wrong to first introduce it in a spin-off game. Hyrule Warriors has already broken with the traditions of Zelda through its genre alone, but it will be interesting to see how else Nintendo steers Zelda in a new direction with it.