Thursday 27 October 2011
In Zelda news
As Viz Media have finally finished the English translation of all current volumes of the Zelda manga, they’ve released a box set of the series. All ten volumes are included, which cover a large number of games: Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, Four Swords Adventures, A Link To The Past, The Minish Cap and Phantom Hourglass. Also included is a free poster.
I spotted the set in town today for a whopping £60, but online prices seem to be around half that. At £3 a volume, that’s a great deal!
Tuesday 27 September 2011
In Zelda news
Zelda fans in NY may want to take note that Nintendo have set up a Zelda 25th Anniversary merchandise display in their Nintendo World Store. It’s located on the second floor, and features merchandise from the beginning of the series right up to the upcoming Skyward Sword. It will be around until February 2012, so there’s no rush in seeing it straight away.
If you’re not in NY, you can at least take a look at the pictures of the display that Kotaku took, here: http://kotaku.com/5843947/25-years-of-zelda-on-display-at-nintendo-world/gallery/1 It certainly looks impressive!
Wednesday 21 September 2011
In Zelda news
Remember the Link on Epona statue that was teased by First4Figures a few days ago? Well, it has now been officially announced, and pre-orders are up.
As part of First4Figures’ “Twilight Princess Master Arts” range, the huge statue is based on the pose seen in the famous Drew Struzan-styled montage art, with Epona reared up on his two back legs (a self-professed feat of engineering). It is 17 inches tall and 16 inches from front to back, so don’t go placing it on some rickety old shelf! And as with the majority of their statues, comes in a regular flavour and an exclusive edition, which this time has a completely different, bronze-themed paint job. This version can only be bought straight from F4F, via their website.
“Aimed for the serious collector”, don’t expect to be able to afford these with your pocket money. The regular edition will cost you $424.99, and the exclusive edition, $449.99 (and let’s not forget postage). They will be limited, too, with 1500 of the regular edition being made, and 500 of the exclusive edition. But you can be sure that they will be worth every penny - First4Figures have a very high reputation for quality and attention-to-detail, and looking at the images of this statue, it is clear that they have another success on their hands.
Anyone here “serious” enough to buy one? Anyone super serious enough to buy both? Really? Listen, I could use some cash just now…
See pictures and pre-order the regular edition here: https://www.first4figures.com/component/option,com_myphp/Itemid,3/product,92/
See pictures and pre-order the exclusive edition here: https://www.first4figures.com/component/option,com_myphp/Itemid,3/product,93/
Friday 16 September 2011
In Zelda news
If you are a Zelda fan and you are rich, chances are you have at least one First4Figures Zelda statue standing on your desk. If you are a Zelda fan and you are very rich, chances are you have a glass display cabinet filled with the First4Figures Twilight Princess 1/4 scale Master Arts range in your luxury villa. A collection of huge, 1/4 scale replicas of characters from the game, the series is about to meet its third addition, Link on Epona.
First4Figures teased the latest addition with an image posted on Facebook (seen here: https://www.first4figures.com/images/stories/newsicons/loeteaser.jpg ). Not much is known about it, but the statue creators revealed it isn’t actually 1/4 scale (1/4 of a horse is still a pretty huge horse!), but is around the same scale as their previous Link statue, from Ocarina of Time. It’s apparently the heaviest statue they’ve ever made.
You can pre-order the statue at their website starting this Tuesday (September 20th). No word on price or numbering, or if there will be a special edition as with their previous two Twilight Princess statues, but judging from the previous releases, you can expect 750-1000 to be made, priced somewhere in the region of $300-400. Not for every Zelda fan, but you can be guaranteed that the quality will be unbeatable. I’m a sucker for F4F’s Sonic statues, and the attention to detail is so good that sometimes I wonder if they come alive and jump around my room when I’m not looking…
Tuesday 13 September 2011
In Zelda news
It’s that time of year again, where “Japan’s E3”, the Tokyo Game Show, kicks into gear, and we get the usual slew of press conferences and game demos on the show floor. And kicking the thing off this year was Nintendo’s press conference.
First off, some news about Skyward Sword. Miyamoto took to the stage and claimed that the game would take 50-100 hours to complete. That’s huge! I’m inclined to believe he may be slightly exaggerating here, but we can rest assured that Skyward Sword will certainly be a meaty adventure. The game will also feature a helper mode, as seen in recent Mario and Donkey Kong games, and the recent Ocarina of Time 3D, which will give you hints in beating a puzzle if you get stuck. Saves the trips to GameFAQs, I suppose!
Miyamoto also showed off a demo of the game, but not much has been reported about that. Let us know if you find some sources that explain what was shown. In the meantime, there has been some new gameplay footage released to tide you over. Check out the footage towards the end of this new Zelda history video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulaSHjVxfuU) and this exclusive skydiving clip revealed by GameInformer (http://www.gameinformer.com/games/the_legend_of_zelda_skyward_sword/b/wii/archive/2011/09/12/exclusive-video-flying-to-eldin-volcano.aspx). *UPDATE* Here is video footage of the whole Zelda segment of the conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StXfwq4GU3g The Skyward Sword stuff starts at around six minutes. We see countless new environments, bosses, and… the return of Beedle.
Secondly, more information about this new Four Swords was revealed, which will be given away for free download for the DSi/3DS, starting September 28 to February 20. The game, titled “Four Swords: Anniversary Edition”, appears to be an upgraded version of the GBA game (NOT the completely separate Gamecube game, as many are reporting), and has new features such as a new single player mode (the original was multiplayer only), and stages in the visual styles of the original NES Zelda, and the Gameboy game, Link’s Awakening. For a free gift, this is pretty cool! Now all I need to do is find three DSi/3DS owning friends, pronto! View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iX7B6WnS4w
One final piece of information, between October 3 and February 20, select retailers will be seling prepaid 3DS cards with an image Link fighting Ganon. No news if these are Japan-only or will have a wider release.
Nintendo are certainly going all-out for Zelda’s birthday. The first main new game in five years, a free game for all DSi/3DS owners, a symphony tour, and even small things like Zelda-themed 3DS cards. It’s a busy year for Zelda!
Monday 12 September 2011
In Zelda news
UK Zelda fans are going to have some very pretty walls by the end of this month. On top of the great free posters that the Official Nintendo Magazine are giving away (see below), GamesMaster also have some nice Zelda artwork free with their current issue.
But this isn’t any old artwork. GamesMaster have put to print the fantastic, vertical scrolling anniversary fanart by Ag+ (seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1mhfHklIRQ ). The whole thing is split into two pieces, and is a fraction under eight landscape A4 sheets tall, making a very long poster. Not for those with small walls (me). The artwork generated a lot of positive feedback when it was first revealed, and it’s really cool that GamesMaster has made it available in a wall-mountable form. The reverse side of one half of the poster features a numbered list of all the characters on the poster.
The other side of the other half features a Skyward Sword image of Link riding his bird, similar to the one given away in ONM, but with a different background and orientation (horizontally longer). I think I prefer this version, personally. More sky.
I know that this poster will make a lot of fans excited, so what are you waiting for? Get ahold of one while you can!
Monday 05 September 2011
In Zelda news
At the newsagent today, I spotted the latest Official Nintendo Magazine. Now I don’t know if it’s just me, but ONM has become the kind of magazine that you buy, remove the free gift, and throw away the magazine. Their freebies seem to be much cooler that the magazine itself, what with its overly-generous review scores. Regardless, I couldn’t resist buying this month’s issue - the free gift is too good for Zelda fans to ignore!
Four Zelda posters are included, dating from Ocarina of Time right up to Skyward Sword! They are all A3-sized (think four A4 sheets of paper) portrait posters, and you get the following:
* The iconic image of Link fighting Ganondorf from Ocarina of Time (used quite prominently in the recent marketing for OoT3D).
* One of the stained-glass window images from The Wind Waker (the one featuring the purple bird).
* The well-known movie-poster-montage-style image from Twilight Princess featuring Link, Epona, Wolf Link, Midna, Zant, Zelda, shadow creatures etc.
* A new piece of artwork from Skyward Sword, showing Link flying over the lush countryside on his feathery steed.
I was quite blown away by this freebie. Each of these pieces of art make excellent posters - there are no lazy “character art on a plain background” posters included, which is often the case with magazine poster sets. They aren’t full-sized posters, but certainly big enough to look great and be appreciated from a distance. I think ONM need a pat on the back with this one. The only problem is, as with all free posters from magazines, they are double-sided. So you’ll have to choose between OoT or Skyward Sword, and Wind Waker or Twilight Princess (I went with Skyward Sword and Wind Waker). Unless you buy two copies… £8 for four great posters? not too bad a deal, really. Are you obsessed enough?
Tuesday 01 February 2011
In Zelda news
Expensive video game statuette makers First4Figures never seem to cease announcing new entries into their numerous collections, and today they have released shots of their most recent Zelda item, again a fan favourite - Dark Link. Their fifth variation on Link (excluding Wolf Link), you know the drill by now - the attention to detail is almost as large as the price, it comes in limited quantities, has an even more limited online exclusive with glowing eyes, and it won’t be out for ages.
The regular version, limited to 2,500 pieces, will set you back $169.99, and can be viewed and pre-ordered here: https://www.first4figures.com/component/option,com_myphp/Itemid,3/product,86/
The exclusive version is limited to 500 and will cost $20 more at $189.99. Get it here: https://www.first4figures.com/component/option,com_myphp/Itemid,3/product,87/
Both will be available in Q3 of this year. So, has the coolness-factor of Dark Link finally won you over to buy one of these?
Friday 26 November 2010
In Zelda news
First 4 Figures have announced their latest Zelda statette, more specifically in their Twilight Princess Master Arts range - Wolf Link and Midna! The Master Arts series - which Zant is already a member of - are 1/4 scale. That means two things. One: they are huge. Two: they will burn an even huger hole in your pocket (and probably singe some of your leg hair in the process). But if you have the cash, it’ll definitely be worth it, as F4F are well known for the amazing quality of their products. And it’ll definitely be a conversation-starter sitting on your coffee table!
Pre-orders launch this coming Tuesday (30th of November), at their website, www.first4figures.com
Do you have any of their figures? I was lucky enough to have a brother who bought me the (comparitively small) Skull Kid model, and I also have their (even smaller) Sonic the Hedgehog vinyl figures sitting on my desk. The detail is fantastic.