The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Impressions
Hey gang.
Just picked up my copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds the other day and I’ve been managing time between crazy holiday hours at my day job and sleep to play this title. Not much time to write a full review, and I’m not too sure if I will since everyone else in the gaming world already has, but here are my impressions of the title.
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Off the bat, it’s weird seeing Link not in Wind Waker form. Maybe it’s just me, but it took a bit of getting used to seeing our hero back in a smoother 3D form.
Definitely gives off a nostalgic trip by revisiting the old land of Hyrule that existed in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but it has enough new spark to it to give the old land an amazing fresh breath of air.
I’m really loving how the puzzles in A Link Between Worlds are actually making me feel somewhat dumb in some parts of the game. The nostalgia aspect makes me believe I was a smarter child than I am an adult gamer, being I can’t figure out half of any dungeons out without looking a guide up on Game FAQs.
The graphics are awesome and the 3D looks pretty great. It’s terrific to see an updated/old school Hyrule.
Tons of new characters and the ability to visit dungeons in any order at all makes this title a huge expansion from previous reiterations. Definitely loving this new range provided by producer Eiji Aonuma.
The 2D Link/merge mechanism works well in this title. Innovative, though Nintendo seems to love making a bunch of their older characters flat pieces of paper. The ability to merge into walls as a flat Link doesn’t feel off from the game at all and makes me hopeful for a 2D Link addition to future Smash Bros. games.
This is 1992 in 2013 and it feels as great as it sounds.
Looking to finish this title in the next two weeks. Super happy with this newest addition to the 3DS' awesome catalog.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Impressions

Hey gang.

Just picked up my copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds the other day and I’ve been managing time between crazy holiday hours at my day job and sleep to play this title. Not much time to write a full review, and I’m not too sure if I will since everyone else in the gaming world already has, but here are my impressions of the title.

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Wind Waker HD: Phil Collins Edition

I honestly can’t get enough of these videos taken from Wind Waker HD's selfie feature. From Kanye to Jay Rock, Link’s priceless facial expressions can be used to rap or sing it all. This video has Link syncing up to Phil Collins’ ”In the Air Tonight,” by Kryptick Bidoof.

Europe Gets A Shiny Gold Triforce 3DS XL, Gamers In Other Territories Weep

Dang, Europe! They are CRUSHING it with these limited edition systems. I’m totally happy with my Pikachu XL though. This snazzy The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds limited edition bundle comes with a digital version of the game will be scoopable starting November 29 for £199.99 ($319)

(via Tiny Cartridge)

PRE-ORDER: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
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'The Legend of Zelda' Limited Edition Strategy Guide Boxed Set
This is quite possibly the most ballin’ limited edition Zelda shwag of all time. The set includes Prima game guides for Ocarina of Tim 3D, Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and a a revised guide for Skyward Sword with 100 extra pages. Oh, and the books have gilded page edges - just like the Bible!!!
Each set comes with a gold bookmark, certificate of authenticity signed by Zelda series director Eiji Aounuma, and comes encased in a treasure chest box with magnetic clasp. No word on whether or not it plays the classic “da-na-na-naaa” sound when you open it, but we can only hope.
The Legend of Zelda Box Set: Prima Official Game Guide drops November 26, 2013 for $179.99. Pre-order from Amazon for $152.99.
Related: AlbotasTV: A Look Inside Hyrule Historia

'The Legend of Zelda' Limited Edition Strategy Guide Boxed Set

This is quite possibly the most ballin’ limited edition Zelda shwag of all time. The set includes Prima game guides for Ocarina of Tim 3D, Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and a a revised guide for Skyward Sword with 100 extra pages. Oh, and the books have gilded page edges - just like the Bible!!!

Each set comes with a gold bookmark, certificate of authenticity signed by Zelda series director Eiji Aounuma, and comes encased in a treasure chest box with magnetic clasp. No word on whether or not it plays the classic “da-na-na-naaa” sound when you open it, but we can only hope.

The Legend of Zelda Box Set: Prima Official Game Guide drops November 26, 2013 for $179.99. Pre-order from Amazon for $152.99.

Related: AlbotasTV: A Look Inside Hyrule Historia

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Samus and Link Figmas Get Rereleases
I got royally screwed by Entertainment Earth when they couldn’t fulfill my pre-order of the Samus Figma and decided not to tell me until months after the figure was out of production. Same for many of our readers who pre-ordered the Samus and Link figures through our links.
But it’s time to suit up for redemption. Both toys are getting rereleased this fall. They’ll run about $60 each after shipping from Japan is factored in. (The Play-Asia price for the Link figure says $140 but I’m assuming that’s a typo because the Samus and Link figures are the same price on Yes Asia.)
Hit the links below to pre-order - supplies are allegedly pretty limited.
Pre-Order: Samus Aran Figma (Re-run) or Link Figma (Re-run)

Samus and Link Figmas Get Rereleases

I got royally screwed by Entertainment Earth when they couldn’t fulfill my pre-order of the Samus Figma and decided not to tell me until months after the figure was out of production. Same for many of our readers who pre-ordered the Samus and Link figures through our links.

But it’s time to suit up for redemption. Both toys are getting rereleased this fall. They’ll run about $60 each after shipping from Japan is factored in. (The Play-Asia price for the Link figure says $140 but I’m assuming that’s a typo because the Samus and Link figures are the same price on Yes Asia.)

Hit the links below to pre-order - supplies are allegedly pretty limited.

Pre-Order: Samus Aran Figma (Re-run) or Link Figma (Re-run)

Nintendo Starts Doing It Right

It’s a degree or so chillier in hell today. Nintendo finally got their shit together and made tons of awesome announcements on this week’s Nintendo Direct.

First, that awesome looking Animal Crossing themed 3DS XL is coming to North America this summer. It will cost about $220 and will come with the new Animal Crossing game pre-installed.

Next - and this is the biggest shocker - Earthbound is coming out for Virtual Console. I never thought this would happen. Unfortunately, this will only be available to Wii U owners and won’t be on the Wii’s VC lineup, as far as I know.

A sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was also announced. The game looks like it plays like earlier top-down Zelda games as opposed to something like Phantom Hourglass, which is a good thing in my opinion.

The world of Mario is getting two new additions, too. A third Yoshi’s Island game is coming out. This one’s got some really weird art direction, but I’m excited to see how it turns out. The other game is a new entry into the Mario & Luigi RPG series where Mario has to enter Luigi’s dreams. How Freudian.

Last but not least, Nintendo and Square-Enix will be publishing Bravely Default next year in the US.

That’s a lot of great news for one day. It’s about time, though. When the Animal Crossing 3DS launches, I might just have to pick one up. I’m still jonsing for the mint flavored one though.

Check it: More Nintendo on Albotas
Pre-Order: Shin Megami Tensei IV
Zelda Rupees Re-imagined as Paper Banknotes
Here’s a clever series of paper banknotes that were created to represent Hyrulian currency from the Legend of Zelda series. The rupee bills were imagined by Deviant Artist g33k1nd159153 (really dude?) and show each value in writing, as well as color, true to to the series.
Check it: More Zelda on AlbotasBuy it: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

Zelda Rupees Re-imagined as Paper Banknotes

Here’s a clever series of paper banknotes that were created to represent Hyrulian currency from the Legend of Zelda series. The rupee bills were imagined by Deviant Artist g33k1nd159153 (really dude?) and show each value in writing, as well as color, true to to the series.

Check it: More Zelda on Albotas
Buy it: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

The Legend of Cage: You’ve Met with a Terrible Face, Haven’t You?

From easily one of my favorite Youtubers Criken comes a modded version of Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask in which multiple textures in the game have been replaced with Nicolas Cage’s face. I’m not sure I’ve seen anything as terrifying as the traveling mask salesman with Cage’s face. Truly disturbing.

Criken continuously puts out hilarious videos. If you aren’t following him on Twitter and Youtube, you should be.

Who could not like a guy that puts out this type of great content? Apparently the mod will be released at some point.

Check it: More gaming on Albotas
Buy it: Nicolas Cage Pillow Case (lolwut?)
Life-Size Princess Zelda Papercraft
This is a real life-size Princess Zelda papercraft that stands at 170cm (around 67 inches (5’6” ish)), built by a DeviantART user who devoted a lot of time, minidelirium. The original craft was created by PaperJuke here. Feel free to download it if you want to spend a lifetime trying to impress your other gamer friends.
According to minidelirium’s DA post:

the cutting took 88h and the folding and building took 138h. I made a big mistake in the beginning and printed her on 120g paper, so I had to do it all over again in 160g and 200g paper. I’m very satisfied with the result and look forward to giving her to a distant friend. she is about 170cm tall.

That’s a lot of paper and a lot of time.
Check it: Our quick look at The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule HistoriaBuy it: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Hardcover ($20!)

Life-Size Princess Zelda Papercraft

This is a real life-size Princess Zelda papercraft that stands at 170cm (around 67 inches (5’6” ish)), built by a DeviantART user who devoted a lot of time, minidelirium. The original craft was created by PaperJuke here. Feel free to download it if you want to spend a lifetime trying to impress your other gamer friends.

According to minidelirium’s DA post:

the cutting took 88h and the folding and building took 138h. I made a big mistake in the beginning and printed her on 120g paper, so I had to do it all over again in 160g and 200g paper. I’m very satisfied with the result and look forward to giving her to a distant friend. she is about 170cm tall.

That’s a lot of paper and a lot of time.

Check it: Our quick look at The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Buy it: 
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Hardcover ($20!)
Cute Legend of Zelda and Adventure Time Crochet Dolls
From Beauty in the Geek shop owner Amanda Laven, these great dolls of Finn and Link would be a fantastic addition to any Adventure Time or Legend of Zelda fans’ collection.
Also, I absolutely love Link’s face. It is quite adorable and brings him into the Adventure Time universe. I’d love to see a crossover episode.
Beauty in the Geek also has a few other adorable pieces including LSP, a Creeper and Pikmin.
Check It: Exclusive Sneak Peak of the New Adventure Time SeasonBuy It: Knits for Nerds

Cute Legend of Zelda and Adventure Time Crochet Dolls

From Beauty in the Geek shop owner Amanda Laven, these great dolls of Finn and Link would be a fantastic addition to any Adventure Time or Legend of Zelda fans’ collection.

Also, I absolutely love Link’s face. It is quite adorable and brings him into the Adventure Time universe. I’d love to see a crossover episode.

Beauty in the Geek also has a few other adorable pieces including LSP, a Creeper and Pikmin.

Check It: Exclusive Sneak Peak of the New Adventure Time Season
Buy It: Knits for Nerds
How About a Wind Waker Demake?
I know that this would never happen, but I’d much rather have a Wind Waker demake instead of the recently announced HD upgrade. A reimagined Wind Waker with SNES-style sprites and scaling would be pretty cool. And navigating the ocean using Mode 7 would be amazing (think Final Fantasy VI’s airship gameplay). I wouldn’t say Nintendo are averse to taking risks, but they’d never do something like this. And they’d probably squash any homebrew that popped up. Oh well.
Check it: More Zelda posts from Albotas
Buy:  The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

How About a Wind Waker Demake?

I know that this would never happen, but I’d much rather have a Wind Waker demake instead of the recently announced HD upgrade. A reimagined Wind Waker with SNES-style sprites and scaling would be pretty cool. And navigating the ocean using Mode 7 would be amazing (think Final Fantasy VI’s airship gameplay). I wouldn’t say Nintendo are averse to taking risks, but they’d never do something like this. And they’d probably squash any homebrew that popped up. Oh well.

Check it: More Zelda posts from Albotas
Buy:  The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

Wind Waker Is Getting An HD Upgrade For WiiU

And it looks gorgeous! It almost has a claymation look to it. Better yet, Nintendo is finishing it up so we have a Zelda game to play while they work on an all new Zelda adventure just for WiiU!

Check out a bunch of other big announcements below in the latest Nintento Direct vdeo like Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, new Virtual Console stuff like Game Boy Advance games, and an untitled Yoshi game that I’m calling Yoshi’s Epic Yarn.

(via Tiny Cartridge)

Check it: More Nintendo posts on Albotas
Buy: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

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Ohio State University Video Game Halftime Show

A Buckeyes vs. Huskers football game is probably the last place I’d expect to see a halftime show tribute to video games. Ohio State University Marching Band’s musical medley is pretty ace on its own. But then you factor in the amount of choreography needed to create all those moving images and you’ve got yourself one hypnotizing halftime show, putting Ohio over Nebraska in more ways than one.

(Via Uproxx)

(Source: youtu.be)

A Little Bit On The Golden Side: JSalvador's latest Super Emo Friend is none other than Zelda Link. You can buy one of these limited golden prints HERE.

A Little Bit On The Golden Side: JSalvador's latest Super Emo Friend is none other than Zelda Link. You can buy one of these limited golden prints HERE.

A Little Bit On The Retro Video Game Poster Side: Creative studio Robotandspark made these Super Mario Land, Legend of Zelda, and Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition posters for the first ever Middle East Comic convention.

We sold quite a few of the prints, but the M. Bison Street Fighter 2 was probably the most popular and we had many requests for other characters from the series, so definitely watch out for the complete line-up featuring messieurs Zangief, Ken, Ryu, Dhalsim, Blanka, E. Honda, Guile, Chun Li, Balrog, Vega and Sagat.

There is a still a small amount of these limited edition prints available, so drop us an email or head to our online store to see if you can pick up a piece of retro inspired video game folklore!

Those Super Mario Land and SF2:CE jumpoffs need to be mine NOW.

Check out Robotandspark to peep the prints in higher resolution.

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