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Sonic: Lost World getting 'Legend of Zelda Zone' crossover

Sonic: Lost World getting 'Legend of Zelda Zone' crossover

Sonic Lost World crossing over with Nintendo worlds makes a certain amount of sense. The first crossover, with Yoshi's Island, seemed like a particularly good fit since that series is also about cute anthropomorphic animals. Today Sega announced the second Nintendo crossover, a seemingly more awkward pairing with The Legend of Zelda.

Watch: Rupees and Stalfos in a Sonic game? »

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Zelda games have become too 'linear,' producer says

Zelda games have become too 'linear,' producer says

A Link Between Worlds may have been a sequel to a classic Zelda game, but it did a lot to change up long-held conventions in the series. In a new interview, series producer Eiji Aonuma hints that the Zelda series will continue to shake things up by going against "traditional" approaches.

"The recent Zelda games have been rather linear as I thought players didn't like getting lost, wondering what to do, or where to go," he said.

Read more: 'Question and reconsider' new approaches »

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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for Nintendo 3DS is free until February 2nd

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for Nintendo 3DS is free until February 2nd

You know what's better than a Zelda game? A free one. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is an updated version of the classic Game Boy Advance multiplayer game. You and up to three friends can join together in a co-op adventure as you slash your way through cleverly-designed dungeons.

Read more: Save the princess again »

"It said something like "if you're playing alone you can split into 2, or play with up to 3 ..."
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Best of 2013: #2 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Best of 2013: #2 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Nintendo may be knocked for its reliance on franchises, but games like Super Mario Galaxy show that the company can innovate within such storied series. The Legend of Zelda series, on the other hand, has suffered through good-but-not-great sequels, struggling to resonate with gamers the way Ocarina of Time once did.

A Link Between Worlds shows us that, at long last, Nintendo understands what made the classic top-down Zelda games so special. The end result is a game that's destined to be as revered as its inspiration, A Link to the Past.

Read more: You come at the king, you best not miss »

"I'm rooting for Mario too, but things rarely rarely ever go my way."
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Zelda item rentals came from Aonuma's hobby

Zelda item rentals came from Aonuma's hobby

Nintendo games have a long history of being influenced by the hobbies of Shigeru Miyamoto: gardening for Pikmin, cats added to Nintendogs, and so on. With Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, producer Eiji Aonuma has carried on that tradition, though he's notably more cagey about his own past-times.

Read more: Sprung from Aonuma's obsession »

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review: earning its name

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review: earning its name

If any game this season was going to be unfairly pinned with high expectations, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was it. It's a direct sequel to one of the most revered and elegantly designed games of all time. It seemed almost cruel of Nintendo to put that hefty weight on its shoulders. Imagine my surprise when it actually lived up to the legacy. Simply put, this is the best Zelda game in years.

Most strikingly, it maintains a delicate balance between homage and originality. Nothing feels cloying or overtly fan-service. Instead, it plays like a game that carefully studied its predecessor, kept what still works, and updated what didn't. The result is a game steeped in nostalgia, but nonetheless modern.

Read more: A modern masterpiece »

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Use StreetPass to fight Shadow Link in Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Use StreetPass to fight Shadow Link in Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

This morning's Nintendo Direct debuted a new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Beyond showing some more footage of Link's new abilities and the growing worlds of Hyrule and Lorule, the trailer also debuted a new feature in which players can challenge Shadow Link through StreetPass.

Watch: Dueling Links »

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Zelda: A Link Between Worlds trailers spotlight weapon upgrades and music

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds trailers spotlight weapon upgrades and music

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is letting you buy and rent dungeon items, both to shake up the gameplay and to make rupees actually matter. You'll still be able to improve your items, though, and a new trailer shows off some of the spiffy upgrades.

Watch: Triple arrows, fire vortexes »

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The Legend of Zelda: The Misadventures of Link shows off our hero in 'new and hysterical light'

The Legend of Zelda: The Misadventures of Link shows off our hero in 'new and hysterical light'

Excuse me, princess. Link is coming back in a brand new cartoon, one that promises to show off the star "in a new and hysterical light."

The Legend of Zelda: The Misadventures of Link will debut on the Nintendo Video app for 3DS starting November. It's an "original series of comedic shorts" that are based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. It's also one of five new series that will be hitting the service from now through 2014.

Read more: Pikmin and Bravest Warriors also coming »

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Nintendo confirms Zelda 3DS XL bundle

Nintendo confirms Zelda 3DS XL bundle

This cat has been out of the bag for more than a week, so it's just as well that Nintendo has opted to confirm it. The company announced a special Legend of Zelda gold 3DS XL bundle today, complete with a download code for A Link Between Worlds. As the leaked Black Friday ad suggested, the MSRP will be set at $219.99, and it will release alongside the game on November 22.

Watch: It's a Zelda system »

"I got the OG Zelda 3DS on black friday a couple years back, had to wait in line, it was very ..."
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Zelda: A Link Between Worlds changed to be playable on 2DS

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds changed to be playable on 2DS

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is built to take advantage of the 3DS, especially in how it presents the overhead perspective with real depth. But then Nintendo had to go and think up the 2DS--a 3DS system without a 3D screen--forcing producer Eiji Aonuma figure out how to make it work on the platform.

Read more: Changes to assure 'you could still play and solve the puzzles only with 2D' »

"yah in Pokemon if you have 3D turned on it's cuts the framerate in half... I usually keep 3D ..."
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Zelda 3DS XL spotted in Black Friday ad

Zelda 3DS XL spotted in Black Friday ad

Not surprisingly, it appears the special Zelda-themed 3DS XL that Nintendo announced for Europe the other day is coming to North America as well. An apparently leaked Black Friday advertisement shows the system for sale at $219.99.

Read more: Luigi's Mansion bundle also spotted »

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Zelda: A Link Between Worlds producer on why dungeon order doesn't matter

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds producer on why dungeon order doesn't matter

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds notably lets you play dungeons in any order, thanks to the ability to rent and buy items instead of finding them in dungeons. In case you're worried that will throw off the difficulty ramp, producer Eiji Aonuma has thought through that problem and says it won't be an issue.

Read more: "This is a reflection of your own skills increasing" »

"Look man just say this is the sweetest Zelda since the original. That's all that needs to be said."
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Zelda's Eiji Aonuma on annualization, and why the series needs 'a bit more time'

Zelda's Eiji Aonuma on annualization, and why the series needs 'a bit more time'

Annualization. Activision is able to push out a new Call of Duty game every year. Ubisoft can make a new Assassin's Creed game every year. And lately, Nintendo has been able to get new Mario games out on an annual basis. But what about Zelda? We spoke to series director Eiji Aonuma about his take on annualization.

The Zelda series is actually no stranger to the one year turnaround. Majora's Mask was intended to come out just one year after Ocarina of Time. "This was an idea that came from Mr. Miyamoto," Aonuma explained. "The challenge he gave to me: to try and make a sequel to Ocarina of Time in just one year."

Read more: 'There's so much expected of Zelda titles now' »

"Agreed. I can't think of one instance in which annualization has been broadly seen as a good ..."
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Zelda and Luigi themed 3DS XLs announced for Europe

Zelda and Luigi themed 3DS XLs announced for Europe

Autumn is here, and that means Nintendo is taking a cue from mother nature again and changing its own colors. The company has announced two new 3DS XL special editions in Europe, one of which ties in with the upcoming Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Both are scheduled to hit in November, but North American plans haven't been announced.

Read more: Zelda 3DS includes download code »

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