The Legend of Zelda Series News

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Zelda games have become too 'linear,' producer says

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 13, 2014 1:30pm PDT

"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," Eiji Aonuma said.

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"I don't know if they're going back to doing a keynote or not but either way they've said we're ..."

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

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 30, 2014 12:00pm PST

You know what's better than a Zelda game? A free one.

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"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

By Steve Watts, Jan 21, 2014 2:00pm PST

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds shows Nintendo's understanding of what made the classics so special, paired with a capacity for change and evolution that we haven't seen for years. It's our Shacknews #2 Game of the Year.

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"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

By Steve Watts, Nov 20, 2013 7:15am PST

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds adds a new item rental system that shakes up the formula, and that's partly thanks to one of producer Eiji Aonuma's latest hobbies.

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"My guess is it's something not kid friendly. So maybe Airsoft guns?"

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

By Steve Watts, Nov 14, 2013 10:10am PST

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds tackles a lofty legacy by following in the footsteps of the highly-regarded Link to the Past. Our review.

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"Sega never made good games compared to Nintendo. No argument there."

- TheNiXXeD see all 37 comments

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

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 13, 2013 2:15pm PST

The latest trailer for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds shows off more of the upcoming adventure, but also debuts a new feature that sees players challenge other players' Links via StreetPass.

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"if it's anything like streetpass features in other games, no. usually you tag someone you walk ..."

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

By Steve Watts, Nov 01, 2013 7:30am PDT

Two new trailers for The Legend of Zelda spotlight the weapon upgrades and the music, with a short nod to Majora's Mask to boot.

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"Ditto! (not about the daughter) I was planning on skipping the 3DS generation but games like ..."

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

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 31, 2013 10:55am PDT

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."

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Nintendo confirms Zelda 3DS XL bundle

By Steve Watts, Oct 29, 2013 6:30am PDT

Nintendo has confirmed the Zelda-themed 3DS XL bundle, which includes a download code for A Link Between Worlds.

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"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

By Steve Watts, Oct 18, 2013 11:30am PDT

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was designed for 3D, but producer Eiji Aonuma had to think through how to make it work on the 2DS as well.

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"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

By Steve Watts, Oct 18, 2013 9:00am PDT

An apparently leaked Black Friday circular shows the Zelda-themed 3DS XL that was announced in Europe earlier this week coming to North America for $220.

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"damn it, I really want one of those but definitely won't convince the wife "

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

By Steve Watts, Oct 17, 2013 2:30pm PDT

Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma explains how the ability to choose your dungeon order in A Link Between Worlds makes the challenge rely more on your skill with each item, so the difficulty wouldn't be made easier or harder by going in a particular order.

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"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'

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 16, 2013 12:00pm PDT

We spoke to Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma about his take on annualization.

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"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

By Steve Watts, Oct 15, 2013 10:00am PDT

Nintendo announced two special edition 3DS XLs in Europe today, one themed after Luigi and one after Zelda with an included download code for A Link Between Worlds.

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"diaper, grandma's wallpaper, muumuu, 500 dollar purse knock-off, bape hoodie."

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Zelda producer on why money matters in A Link Between Worlds

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 15, 2013 9:00am PDT

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, you'll be able to buy and rent any weapon you want. So, how did this new direction come about? We asked director Eiji Aonuma.

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"That's how I'm seeing it as well. As long as you don't die your fine but if you die you screwed. ..."

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