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Modojo Rewind: Champions' Ballad Edition

It's been a very busy week for the Modojo @ Shacknews crew. The holiday season is in full swing, and we've been gearing up to handle all the best news and guides that players across all walks of gaming demand. We've also had our hands full with Breath of the Wild, mainly toward the effort of tracking down Link's rad new wheels, and we've heard some interesting new developments in the mobile scene along the way.

Before the Blood Moon rises once again, sit down by the fire, relax, and soak in the sights and sound of the Modojo Rewind.

The Champions' Ballad

A big part of the Modojo @ Shacknews experience this week has been a thorough exploration of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 2, the much-anticipated Champions' Ballad expansion. By now we've had time to run through most of what the expansion has on offer, and alongside many fun times and fresh new challenges, we're also proud to announce our now-completed Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad walkthrough and guide.

It's worth noting that this expansion is fairly heavy on content, providing 12 to 20 solid hours of gameplay for Breath of the Wild players who have already completed the game's main campaign. Also, its big reward is one of the coolest items in the game — the Master Cycle Zero motorcycle, what's being touted as Link's own Divine Beast, the inherent fun of which we've managed to condense down into the above video.

No Lack Of Mobile News

Naturally, we did have some curious mobile stories pop up this week. Among other headlines, tech conglomerate Apple scooped up music recognition service Shazam in what amounted to a $400 million acquisition. Most iOS users are likely to assume that the Shazam technology will somehow find its way into Apple's Siri voice-based service, but for now, all is just speculation. As for those who don't care for Siri or Shazam, there's always Google's own music recognition service or the vastly-popular Soundhound app.

Xbox players also have a new mobile app to look forward to — the Xbox Live Party Chat app is currently in beta over on the Android platform, with plans to jump over to iOS sometime soon. The app will focus on the communication features of the Xbox Live service on an actual console, and may prove to be a potent contender to the likes of Discord.

As a final closeout to this week, we have the first of many holiday-themed guides to come — Modojo @ Shacknews' own guide to this holiday season's 12 best iPhone and iPad cases. We've got plans to include everything that mobile and portable gamers will be looking for this holiday season, so be sure to stay tuned as we start cranking out the jams next week.

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