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  • Legend of Zelda's Timeline Finally Explained Officially

    Nintendo Releases the Official Zelda Timeline to Stop all the Debating of the Timeline

    Kotaku got their hands on the newest art book for the Legend of Zelda and to everyone's surprise, it contained a Japanese layout of the series ever-so confusing timeline. The book has been out now for sometime, giving plenty of time for proofreads and translations. And now, finally, Nintendo can end all of the internet debates on exactly how the timeline of Zelda is really played out.

    And while there are some doubters out there about the entire timeline, it should be noted that the book's "supervising editor" is none other than Eiji Aonuma of Nintendo. And if one of Nintendo's biggest designers is looking over the book, then this timeline is as official as its going to get.

    For the Complete Timeline, click here:


  • Game Remakes and Favorite Moments

    There is a trend in 2011 game releases that has us very excited. This being the debut of refurbished classic gaming titles, which feature updated graphics, and improved game play that is consistent with the original titles. Two of the most prominent remakes are Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time 3D, both of which are poised to be excellent new additions to the already highly popular originals.

    In light of these classic remakes, I have been going back over the original titles and I have been reminded of some amazing gameplay moments that deserveto be recognized. Starting with my favorite game of all time, Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time is an instant classic in its entirety, but there are some moments in the game that stand above the rest. Firstly, attaining the Master Sword for the first time in the game is not only a confidence boost to the player, but it completely changes the fighting strategy as you move forward in the game. More damage quicker, and somewhere deep inside you know that wielding the Master Sword means you are definitely on the path to completing the game. Another awesome moment from Ocarina of Time is the first time you travel through time and emerge as adult Link. The idea alone is progressive, and the time travel aspect of OoT gave the gamer a completely different interaction with the games world.

    Moving on to one of the most popular titles in Xbox history, Halo: Combat Evolved changed the way we view first-person shooters, and subsequently isriddled with awesome gaming moments. For myself, the final sequence in which you are escaping The Pillar of Autumn by way of Warthog is the most epic gameplay Ihave ever experienced. You are dodging the flood and covenant troops alike in a lastditch effort to escape the Halo ring; not to mention the fact the ship happens to beself destructing all around you, making this more a special effects scene from a Michael Bay movie than a scene from a video game.

    With the release of these updated classic titles I hope you are inspired to go back and play some of your favorite gaming classics. When you do, let us know what some of your favorite gaming moments are, and we can all share in the nostalgia together. Game on, and remember the roots that allowed us to play the awesome titles of today.

    By Andrew Waterhouse

  • Wii U

    Wii U

    There are lots of reasons to be excited with all of the new games, and technology being released at the 2011 E3 convention. Personally, I am extremely amped about the new Nintendo products that have made their debut at E3, continuing along line of great products and games. The biggest release for Nintendo has been the Wii U, which from demo trailers looks to be very enticing.

    The Wii U utilizes both your television screen and a streamline touch screen remote to offer a unique gaming experience. It is set to be released in 2012,and I cannot wait to get my hands on the new console. The controller not only allows you to interact with the game environment in a new manner, but it also serves as a sort of Nintendo tablet device.Video chat, access to the Wii network, and touch screen capabilities are just a few of the Wii Us perks.

    As well as debuting the new Wii Uconsole, Nintendo previewed a lot of their new games, which are due out Holiday season 2011. The game I am most excited to play is the new addition to the Legend of Zelda series. The Legend of Zelda:Skyward Sword is set chronologically before the time of Ocarina of Time, providing a little back-story to my favorite of the Zelda games. Skyward Sword features stunning graphics, uses the Wii MotionPlus, and offers a whole new realm of game play to feast on. There is also a re-mastered version of Ocarina of Time coming out for the Nintendo 3DS, so it appears to be a big year for the Legend of Zelda franchise, and Nintendo as well.

    -Andrew Waterhouse

  • Nintendo 3DS first-day break and make a record

    As of this Tuesday, Nintendo confirmed that the first-day 3DS sales in the United States were the highest ever for any Nintendo hand-held system. Unfortunately, however, no exact numbers were released and wont be released until early to mid April (which, I guess isnt that far away, even though it sure feels like it), when they announce the first-week US sales.

    The 3DS, which launched on the 27th in the United States, sold a hefty amount through preorders, which apparently doubled the amount of preorders for the Wii on Amazon. The 3DS also came with about 30 new titles released as well, including:

    Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)

    Bust-a-Move Universe (Square Enix)

    Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)

    Crush 3D (Sega)

    Dead or Alive Dimensions (Tecmo Koei)

    Dual Pen Sport (Namco Bandai)

    Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)

    Madden NFL Football (EA Sports)

    Nintendogs & Cats (Nintendo)

    Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo)

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)

    Rabbids Travel in Time (Ubisoft)

    Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)

    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom)

    Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)

    Samurai Warriors Chronicles (Tecmo Koei)

    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus)

    Steel Diver (Nintendo)

    Super Street Fighter IV 3D (Capcom)

    The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)

    Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)

    Super Street Fighter IV 3D (Capcom)

    Thor: God of Thunder (Sega)

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft)

    What about you, readers? Bought your 3DS yet? Or waiting for Ocarina of Time to come out first?

  • The Blind are Able to Game as Well.

    Terry Proves Gaming While Blind is Possible.

    Terry Garrett, a mechanical engineering student from Colorado is able to play an almost perfect game of Abes Exoddus. Not impressed? When if I told you this player was not only an excellent gamer but that he is also blind.

    Having lost his first eye at the age of five and his second eye at the age of 10, Terry relies upon sounds, learning limitations of the world through trial and error, and quick-save convenience.

    2D games, which are easier to navigate and those that pack great sounds, making it less of a challenge to track his progress are ideal for Terry. His titles of choice include, Zelda, Mario, Metal Gear, and Metroid.

    After finding out they are either 2D scrollers or 3D worlds I first have a sighted person describe the menus to me, so I can get the game started on my own. Then I go to the internet and seek a walkthrough (especially for 3d games). If it becomes to difficult, I will also watch walk through videos on youtube.

    However, I did not need a walk through or video walk through for Abe. When I start playing I track sound landmarks (foot steps, objects, sound of running or pushing against walls). After this, I start exploring to see what does what. Always looking for land mark sounds to get my orientation down (sound of water, sound of footsteps changing from grass to dirt).

    Finally, I have a great sense of the minds eye. Once I know what is in an area and how they are laid out, I can make a real time picture of what is going on in front of me just through sound. even in 3D. If this is hard to picture I know, I can't explain it better than that.- Terry (Kotaku)

    Garrett should be such an inspiration to all of us, while he has a disability that could being him down, instead he has found such an optimistic view point on life.

    Terry Garrett

    Terry Garrett

  • Apparently Legend of Zelda is ALSO turning 25

    Zelda Series celebrates 25th Anniversary

    Legend of Zelda turns 25.Happy birthday Link!

    Apparently everyones been turning 25 lately (except me – Im currently dreading the 22nd birthday myself). This Monday of Presidents Day, Link, Zelda, Ganon(dorf) and co. turned 25, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of February 21, 1986 when Link first held a sword. And whats amazing to see is not what has changed, but what hasnt.

    The beloved series has kept to its roots better than most franchises, bringing the heroes and villains to return in almost all installments. While its obvious that Link and Zelda remain in the newest episodes, it is interesting to notice the recurrence even of characters like Impa (who got much more attractive with time, contrary to the actual human race). Furthermore, fairies have taken a major spot in all of the games, although, luckily, you only had to Hey!!!!JFKSLJFSL!!!!FJKSL!!! LISTEN! to Navi in one.

    Heroes arent just the only recurring characters, however, as Ganon has remained the symbol of evil throughout all 25 years, and lesser baddies like Octoroks, Tektites, Peahats, Keese, and Stalfos have been stalking Link for what feels like forever. Bosses like Gohma (who will join Skyward Sword in a new scorpion form) and Dodongo have been terrorizing for years.

    Likewise, items, weapons, and sheer gameplay havent changed much beyond improvement for better graphics and exploration. All games have included non-linear worlds with more enclosed towns and visible or hidden dungeons to conquest, and Link has always moved through the use of his bows, boomerangs, bombs, and of course, sword, in each game.

    This will be a great 25th year for the Legend of Zelda franchise with Skyward Sword coming out as well as the Nintendo DS update of Ocarina of Time.

    For more reading, check out Top 20 Weirdest Zelda Characters or read a History of ZeldaIGN. on

  • Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, New Nintendo Toys

    Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, New Nintendo Toys

    Global Holdings, a company that works with Nintendo to get their items on the shelves of our local Wal-Mart, GameStop, ect., have produced a line of Nintendo toys that were released at the 2011 Toy Fair!!! They offer many different shades of Yoshi, a Mario figure who holds your DS, a Dark Link, with red glazed eyes, and of course they didnt forget about Daisy Donkey Kong and Kirby! Also many characters from the Mario and Zelda games are featured. Personally I would love to add the Dark Link to my collection of figurines, what would you add to yours?

  • Girl Gamer's Pick: Princess Peach vs. Princess Zelda

    Two of the most quintessential females in gaming history (namely, Nintendos history) have only been matched up to fight each other before in games drastically affected by a gamers skill, and not their inherent character traits or abilities. So, because games like Super Smash Brothers dont truly justify who would win in some sort of fighting pageant between the two without the overwhelming differences of skill between varying gamers, I decided to measure up the two based on a variety of different factors.

    Best hair: Peach

    I have to give this one to Peach, because, frankly, it looks like she spends a lot more time on it (and I always appreciate someone who takes their time to look good, as I tend to spend no more than 5-10 minutes on my own hair), and, she just never has one blonde curl out of place. No matter how many times she just happens to be in a different castle, her locks stay in tact, something I think all girls secretly envy.

    Best outfit: Zelda

    Im a pink girl, but Im way more of a purple girl. And Zeldas dress, shoulder pads, corset thing shes got going on….its just cool. On top of it, Zelda gets two outfits, the second being that of when she transforms into the mobile and tough Sheik. Sure, Peach can float at heights that even Mario would envy with that Marie Antoinette dress of hers, but shes stuck with the one.

    Best Costume to Wear at Home: Peach

    I just think its way too tough to Cosplay any Zelda character, especially Link or Zelda, without looking creepy and old (no matter what the players age). Peach, on the other hand, comes in a variety of different Halloween costumes available for women of all ages.

    Best Fighting Move: Zelda

    This ones easy. Zelda can transform back and forth into two different personas, completely surprising the enemy at any moment while displaying a variety of different battle moves per form. All Peach really has is a parasol. Also, Zelda is more useful because she provides Link with hints and goodies instead of waiting to be saved by her boyfriend. You go girl!

    Most intelligent: Zelda

    Again, Zelda provides Link with tips, letters marking him as a VIP, as well as cool goodies like light arrows. She also actually helps in the battles against Ganondorf with her magical powers, and certainly gives you better hints than Navi, without telling you to LISTEN! Peach sits around on top of the castle eating crumpets with Bowser probably, until she pretends she needs rescuing when Mario approachesthen again, maybe Peach really does have it all thought out in that case….

    Winner: Zelda

    I dont think anyone can be surprised with this one. Zelda would kick Peachs poofy pink butt out of the castle in an instant, and then ride off into the distance playing the Ocarina and showing why she doesnt always need a man.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is "over half complete"

    Nintendo Game only Half Done

    At E3 2010, announcements of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword had critics and gamers alike swooning over the newest installment in the popular franchise. According to sources then, the game would not take an extraordinarily long time to finish and would arrive fairly soon. It was stated then that production was running smoothly and it could be expected shortly.

    However, Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendos head honcho, recently stated Skyward Sword was over half complete, leading people to believe that it wont be coming as soon as hoped. Miyamoto said nothing further on the subject, a total shock compared to all of the messages of the past several months, and especially statements from July 2010 saying Skyward Sword would be released in early 2011. Furthermore, Miyamoto said the game was in the final stages at E3, with a few more dungeons and final touches to add, but apparently, what pushed it back was a new graphical style that will be more colorful and exaggerated.

    Lets hope it comes out soon!

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