Scarlet Moon, the music company that specializes in rearranged albums of familiar video game tunes, has a new one out timed for Halloween. Shadows of Hyrule is a celebration of the spookier side of the Legend of Zelda series.
This morning, at a time when most of us were asleep ( 7 AM Pacific), Nintendo streamed out their latest Direct, detailing everything they have planned for the 2022 holiday season and beyond. As we usually do, we’ve taken notes on the entire video and created this list, in chronological order, of the Switch lineup revealed. (There were an unusually large number of farming sims this year.)
For several years now it’s been a traded factoid that Texas-based Retro Studios, most famous for the Metroid Prime trilogy and a pair of Donkey Kong Country sequels, once made an attempt at a different franchise. There’s been scattered evidence that at one point, they were developing a spinoff game for the Zelda series starring Sheik from Ocarina of Time. All that remained of that project was a series of lavish, gothic illustrations carelessly left on somebody’s Artstation profile (before getting hastily yanked).
First off, let’s just get this out of the way: The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 has been delayed. However, there is no Zelda fan on Earth who did not see this coming. In the last 25 years, the only mainline Zelda game that has met its original targeted release date is Majora’s Mask, which used mostly recycled assets. Other than that, delays on Zelda games are inevitable.
Nearly ten years ago, the Zelda symphonic arrangement project ZREO was founded: a team dedicated to producing the highest-quality orchestral covers possible for tunes from the Zelda series. It’s been a while, but they’re coming back…and to prove it, they’ve just released a sneak peek single from their upcoming second album.
Though Nintendo is usually stingy about who gets to play with their IP, holding tight controls over what Mario does and says outside of a game, the one area they’ve always been lax about is the manga industry. In the right-to-left paper universe, Nintendo characters are allowed to have non-canon adventures, they can look different, and they can have different personalities — all things verboten everywhere else. Viz has the rights to publish Nintendo manga in the US, and here are some of the weird tales coming our way, including the debut of the Animal Crossing manga…
After what’s been a lackluster E3 even by post-COVID limited-resources no-time-to-prepare-anything standards, everyone was looking to Nintendo to save the day. Did they do it? Well…their Direct this morning wasn’t a series of slam dunks, but they scored enough times to leave us pleased. Here are the things that intrigue us most:
Today was the day Nintendo hosted their first full-fledged, hour-long Nintendo Direct in months. Those who hung around the rumor mills expecting Bayonetta 3, Breath of the Wild 2, and Sora in Smash likely left bitter. But the rest of us found plenty to occupy our Switches for the next half-year, as well as some forecasts for beyond.
Last year’s Nintendo Gigaleak brought forth a treasure trove of secret insider content from the company’s long history. It turns out they never throw anything away, and the average unworthy N-fan got to see beta content, internal documents, and even source code in some cases. There was one thing, however, people hoped to find but didn’t: the beta areas of Zelda 64 (aka would would be released as Ocarina of Time).
When you have to build a game as huge as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it might be tempting to take shortcuts. But if you do, you might get caught…so the secret is to disguise them cleverly enough so that no one would suspect something in your new game is based on the framework of a previous project.
Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the Zelda fan in your life? Din rest ye merry Deku Scrubs, let nothing you dismay…Materia Collective has arrived in their sleigh of eight flying Eponas with A Merry Hyrule Christmas. This special album rearranges eight classic tracks from the Zelda series with a festive theme. You get the following:
The original Hyrule Warriors was an interesting experiment, blending the formula of Dynasty Warriors with the most fanservice-y tribute to the Zelda series imaginable. Wanna play as Tingle? Knock yourself out. Wanna play as a genderswapped version of Link? We won’t stand in your way. The mashup of characters from across the fractured timeline, however, meant you could never claim it was canon.