Midna’s Helmet is Coming to Breath of the Wild

Nintendo just unveiled the specifics of Breath of the Wild’s first DLC pack. Set to release this summer, this initial wave of content includes a Cave of Ordeals-inspired trial, Hard Mode, and eight pieces of armor inspired by previous Zelda titles.

Majora’s Mask and a Tingle outfit are enticing enough, but the inclusion of Midna’s helmet — hair and all! — just has me over the moon. Honestly, when the Twilight Princess Link amiibo was revealed, this armor piece was exactly what I was hoping we’d get. Of course, that ended up not being the case, but at least DLC Pack 1 came through!

Head over to Nintendo’s official site for the full details, and be sure to share your thoughts on this announcement in the comments below!

Twitter Giveaway: Get a Chance to Win a Copy of the Twilight Princess Manga

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally out in the open and it’s every bit as addicting as I hoped it would be. Seriously, it’s been a long time since I’ve played a game almost 10 hours straight. I need help!

Link’s long-awaited adventure isn’t the only piece of Zelda content this month, though. On March 14, the first volume of Akira Himekawa’s manga adaptation of Twilight Princess releases in English.

Based on what I’ve seen of the book so far, it looks like a refreshing take on a familiar story — one with its fair share of entertaining character moments. Midna’s introduction in particular is something that I would’ve loved to have seen in the game itself — you’ll know what I mean when you see it.

In any case, what better way to celebrate the manga’s release than with a Twitter giveaway!

It’s pretty straightforward: follow us at @WantMidnaBack and tweet to us your favorite moment from the Zelda series. This can be just about anything — a particular cutscene, a boss fight, a dungeon, simply walking out onto Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time for the first time. Whichever moment from the series is the most powerful to you, let us know! Lastly, be sure to include the hashtag #ZeldaMemories at the end of your tweet. Three people will be picked at random and sent a copy of the Twilight Princess manga. The deadline for submitting a tweet is March 12 at 7 p.m. CST.

Looking forward to hearing everyone’s responses!

Smooth McGroove Performs A-Cappella Arrangement of Lake Hylia from Twilight Princess

With Breath of the Wild a mere month away, I figured there’s no better way for me to emotionally prepare myself than by revisiting Link and Midna’s seminal journey. I popped in Twilight Princess HD yesterday and began the refreshingly grueling Hero-Mode-Plus-Ganondorf-Amiibo Challenge.

Coincidentally, YouTuber Smooth McGroove had a somewhat similar idea, albeit one steeped more in artistic expression and effort — y’know, beyond trying to beat a video game. Known for his a-cappella arrangements of classic video game music — including Midna’s Lament — he’s produced some of my favorite fan renditions out there.

His latest piece is none other than the Lake Hylia theme from Twilight Princess. Perfectly capturing the “nostalgic fantasy feeling” that McGroove references in the video description, this is an arrangement that I could listen to on loop for hours. Head past the jump and give it a listen!

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Nintendo Discusses How Wind Waker 2 Became Twilight Princess

Before the likes of Midna and Wolf Link were even ideas, Nintendo had planned on following The Wind Waker up with a direct sequel. Even as late as GDC 2004 — just a few months before Twilight Princess’s famous E3 2004 reveal trailer — Wind Waker 2 was still planned as the next major Zelda installment.

Although the Legend of Zelda: Arts and Artifacts art book won’t release stateside until Feb. 21, it’s been available in Japan as Hyrule Graphics for several months. Thanks to the folks over at Nintendo Everything, the section regarding Wind Waker 2’s short-lived development has been translated. Head past the jump to read the full details from artist Satoru Takizawa.

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Check out Zelda Universe’s Twilight Princess: English Dub

Last month, fellow fan site Zelda Universe launched one of its most ambitious projects to date on its YouTube channel: a cinematic re-editing of Twilight Princess that features full-fledged English voiceovers. The overall presentation showcases a deep reverence for the source material, with the performances in the first chapter alone being top-notch.

That said, the most recent entry, which released just yesterday, is particularly noteworthy for its introduction of Midna. Based on the handful of fan-dubs I’ve watched throughout the years, this actress’s performance offers the most convincing portrayal of the mischievous imp yet. Her tone is often condescending enough to sympathize with the perpetual snarl on Link’s face, yet playful enough to remain endearing.

Hit the jump to check out the first two chapters of Twilight Princess: English Dub, and definitely share your thoughts in the comments below!

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