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The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Arrives On Wii U In North America

The Legend of Zelda underwent an enormous change with the Nintendo 64. Today, you can relive that experience on your Wii U, as Ocarina of Time hits the virtual console.

Because this is virtual console title, it’s the Nintendo 64 original. If you’re looking for something with more recent updates, it’s the 3DS version you want.

Nintendo has priced the title at $ 9.99. You can download it right now.


Our Take
While Ocarina of Time doesn’t hold the same magic for me as it does for others (I’m a Link to the Past guy), this is great news. Many call this the best of the franchise, which means Nintendo is likely to see the money roll in. – The Feed

Link Will Go To Any Length To Collect Rupees In This Legend of Zelda Animated Short

Times are tough in Hyrule. The Hero of Time is in need of a new shield, but he's a little strapped for cash. An animated short by YouTuber Callegos Yavolitak shows exactly how far Link is willing to go to get his hands on a shiny new Hylian Shield. Smashing pots for rupees is only the beginning.

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The short film was made entirely in Source Filmmaker and manages to bring a lot of personality to one of the most famous silent protagonists around. Yavolitak’s YouTube page is packed full of SFM shorts about everything from BioShock to Team Fortress 2, so be sure to check it out as well.

Thanks to Nick for the tip! – The Feed

The Legend of Zelda To Be Played At 2015 Nintendo World Championships

With E3 2015 coming at us fast, Nintendo is continuing to give information about its 2015 Nintendo World Championships, which will be held during the expo. The event, which is happening 25 years after the Nintendo World Championships in 1990, will feature 16 of the best Nintendo players coming together to compete.

Today, Nintendo announced that the original Legend of Zelda will be one of the games that the 16 finalists will be competing in. Nintendo isn't quite ready to reveal how players will be competing in the classic, instead instructing us to stay tuned during the event, but it would make sense for it to be some sort of speed run or off-the-wall challenge like what is present in NES Remix.

The Nintendo World Championships 2015 are set to take place at 3 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, June 14 in Los Angeles. Also that week, Nintendo is hosting its annual Digital Event on Tuesday, June 16, where it is expected to deliver lots of new information about its upcoming titles. To learn more about Nintendo's E3 plans, you can check out the comedic announcement of the 2015 Nintendo World Championships here.

[Source: Nintendo] – The Feed

Revisiting The Legend Of Zelda’s Fairies Big, Small, And Trapped In A Bottle (You Monster)

While Link’s attire hasn’t changed much across three decades of The Legend of Zelda games, other elements have undergone more drastic transformations. In a video from YouTube creator Master0fHyrule (whom we’ve featured before), you can see how these mystical creatures have changed over the years.

The footage below features 25 games, the Super Mario Bros. Super Show cartoon, and the manga. As you’ll see the winged healers have matured through the years, across home and handheld consoles.

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And, in case you were concerned, Tingle has not been forgotten. He may not really be a fairy (or is he?), but the lovable and slightly creepy fairy fan has earned his place among the twinkling creatures. – The Feed

The Legend Of Zelda Collides With Game Of Thrones In Mashup Intro

Mashups have become an artistic genre unto themselves. And, like any style, there are good works and those you might just want to shuffle past. This is one of the better ones.

I’m not just a fan of this because it uses my favorite version of Hyrule (the one from A Link to the Past), but because it also does some smart things with musical flourishes. The video also doesn’t overstay its welcome at just a hair over one minute.

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Game of Hyrule was created by YouTube channel Megasteakman. The team’s videos feature a heavy dose of sketch comedy featuring pop culture, games, and movies.

For more Game of Thrones, check out previous coverage, including the intro sequence created in LittleBigPlanet, an intro based on Skyrim, and the theme song sung by Portal 2's turret chorus. If you’re looking for something a little more authentic, our review of episode 1, episode 2, and episode 3 of Telltale’s Game of Thrones series might fit the bill. – The Feed

Nintendo Delays The Legend Of Zelda For Wii U Out Of 2015, Won’t Be At E3

Bad news for Wii U owners today. The biggest release of 2015 isn’t going to be in 2015 anymore. In a video message, producer Eiji Aonuma says the game will not make its planned release before the end of the year.

In the video statement below, Aonuma says that over the last three months, the development team has come up with new ideas for the game. Rather than cut them or amend them to make deadline, the team will be working without a specific deadline. 

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“So I must apologize to all of you who were expecting the game by year’s end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority,” Aonuma says. “Instead, our priority is to make it the ultimate and most complete Zelda game.”


Update: The Legend of Zelda will not be shown at E3 2015, Aonuma confirmed on Nintendo's Miiverse website

"As I said in the video, we would like to take this time so we can bring you a very special experience, by making the ultimate Zelda game," Aonuma writes. "Since we’d like to focus on developing the game we’ve decided to not show the game at this year’s E3."


Our Take
It’s hard not to wonder if The Legend of Zelda will appear on the Wii U at all. With Nintendo starting to talk about a new console, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if the company eventually pushed this game off to make it a launch title for the system code named “NX.” Either way, this is a devastating blow to Nintendo and the Wii U in 2015. – The Feed

Game Boy Advance’s F-Zero: GP Legend Now Available On Wii U Virtual Console

The F-Zero game with a story that released on Game Boy Advance in 2004, is now available on Wii U Virtual Console.

Based on an anime of the same name, F-Zero: GP Legend gives a few of the game's 34 different playable characters racing-focused missions with story moments. The game also has the standard Grand Prix, Time Trial, and other modes.

Recently, the Virtual Console got a huge influx of games with a full collection with Donkey Kong Country and Land games.

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Our Take
I played a ton of F-Zero X on Nintendo 64, but I never really played much of the other F-Zero titles. While we're waiting for a new entry in the series, whose future is currently ambiguous (Miyamoto talked about the series' future here and here), this might be worth checking out. – The Feed

Don’t Miss: Level design in The Legend of Zelda

Can the original Zelda game still have things to teach designers? Mike Stout (Skylanders) dives back into the 1986 classic to see how Miyamoto handled pathing, challenge ramping, and more. …

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Reader Discussion: What Is Your Favorite Song From The Legend Of Zelda Series?

Last weekend, we ran a poll asking you what game franchise has the best music. While Final Fantasy and Halo racked up a lot of support from our readers, The Legend of Zelda secured nearly 30% of the vote and came away with the victory.

Now, we want to take it a step further. Even if you didn't vote for the Zelda franchise in our poll, it's safe to say that, from day one, Link's many adventures have been accompanied by some pretty excellent music. We want to know what your favorite song from this long-running series is.

Whether you're talking the beloved "Gerudo Valley Theme" from Ocarina of Time, the recent "Lorule Overworld Theme" from A Link Between Worlds, or even the iconic "Overworld Theme" from most games in the series, you're bound to have a favorite. I'm personally a fan of all of the ones I just listed, but I'm also a sucker for "Saria's Song" and "Song of Storms" from Ocarina of Time, as well as many, many songs from Wind Waker. Let us know what your favorite tunes from the Zelda franchise are in the comments below. – The Feed

New Legend of Zelda Live Action Film Will Recreate The Classic Battle

A new Legend of Zelda Fan film looks to recreate the final battle between Link and Ganon from the Ocarina of Time. Based on what we’ve seen so far from an early teaser trailer, we hope this isn’t the last Zelda film they make.

While rumors still circulate that Netflix is eyeing The Legend of Zelda for an original series, the folks from PlayerPiano are trying to beat them to the punch. Watch the teaser below.

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