An extremely dedicated Zelda fan has successfully achieved his ambitious goal to 100% complete every single canon Zelda game in Nintendo's back catalogue - and the entire endeavour took a little over a year.
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Nintendo has sparked a heated debate among the Zelda community after an internet meme was included in the series' latest release.
One of my all-time favourite local multiplayer experiences occurred a little over ten years ago, on the solitary occasion in my life when enough Game Boy Advances and Link Cables had been gathered together with a GameCube for a full four-player session on Nintendo's magnificent co-op romp, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures. Magnificent, but now near-forgotten, because the hardware barrier to entry to experience Four Swords Adventures as it was intended to be played was set so unrealistically high. It was as rarefied a mid-2000s gaming delight as a go on a Samba de Amigo set-up that actually worked.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
3DS adventure The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes will arrive in Europe on 23rd October, Nintendo has announced.
The spin-off allows up to three players to work together to become heroes - with a shared health bar.
Nintendo has also given a date to Wii U-exclusive scarefest Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water, which is due a week later on 30th October.
Nintendo has posted an encouraging profit (8.3bn yen / £43m) for the months April, May and June. Last year it was in the red (-9.9bn yen / -£51m).
The good news is 3DS sales (1m for the quarter), Splatoon sales and amiibo sales. Splatoon has sold 1.62m units since its release at the end of May, helping the Wii U edge over the 10m sales milestone (10.01m specifically) after two-and-a-half years on sale. Considering Splatoon is Wii U exclusive, and it was on sale for two full months, that's a convincing result for the new IP. Then again, Mario Kart 8 is owned by 5.11 million people - more than half of the Wii U audience.
Amiibo sales weren't specified but referred to as "favourable" and, Nintendo promised, "we will continue to expand the lineup". And with an expanded lineup comes potential for plenty more defective models, which have become collector's items and sell for a fortune. Someone has dedicated a Tumblr page to them. "At the same time," the report added, "we aim to stimulate demand for amiibo from owners of the original Nintendo 3DS hardware systems by releasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory (for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS), which will be launched simultaneously with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer [out in Europe 2nd October 2015]."
UPDATE: 17/07/2015 5.15pm: The Zelda anime series Kickstarter has been removed.
According to project lead Michael Patch, Nintendo never sent a cease and desist order, but it was rather backlash from other fans that convinced Patch to pull the plug.
[Editor's note: It appears that the Kickstarter campaign received a copyright strike after all. It came from Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, a firm that's represented Nintendo in the past. This strike and Aeipathy's resignation post both went up on 15th July. We're currently investigating the order in which these went up.]
Three-player dungeon-crawler The legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes now has 15 minutes of gameplay footage taken from E3 via Polygon.
Zelda: Triforce Heroes' main story mode won't support two-player play.
The next Zelda title has been announced as the 3DS exclusive Zelda Triforce Heroes, due this autumn.
While its 3D graphics and top-down view recall that of A Link Between Worlds, Triforce Heroes is a multiplayer-focused adventure with support for up to three players.
Helmed by A Link Between Worlds director, Hiromasa Shikata, Triforce Heroes will be centered around dungeons in which players can stack on top of one another like totems to solve puzzles and tackle bosses.