Want Midna Back A Zelda News Website Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:52:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 41658389 TheSpeedGamers to Host Zelda Marathon for its Ten-Year Anniversary /2018/03/08/thespeedgamers-to-host-zelda-marathon-for-its-ten-year-anniversary/ /2018/03/08/thespeedgamers-to-host-zelda-marathon-for-its-ten-year-anniversary/#respond Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:24:01 +0000 /?p=6565 Read more...]]> Watch live video from TheSpeedGamers on www.twitch.tv

It’s kind of hard to believe that TheSpeedGamers is coming up on its tenth anniversary. Even now, one of my favorite memories from within the Zelda fan community was when I watched that 2008 marathon stream of theirs. It was one of the first times I’d seen such a large group of people channel their love for gaming into such positive, real-world change.

It’s fitting, then, that the gang over at TSG celebrate its tenth anniversary with another Legend of Zelda marathon. From March 9 to March 13, this 96-hour stream of the series will be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Be sure to tune in!

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Nintendo Discusses Inspiration Behind Midna’s Design /2017/06/27/nintendo-discusses-inspiration-behind-midnas-design/ /2017/06/27/nintendo-discusses-inspiration-behind-midnas-design/#comments Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:38:32 +0000 /?p=6555 Read more...]]> With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 1: The Master Trials a mere three days away, Nintendo has begun a series of blog posts highlighting the latest additions to Link’s equipment. Today’s entry should be of particular interest to anyone visiting this site, as it’s all about you-know-who.

Art Director Satoru Takizawa not only discusses the function of Midna’s helmet in Breath of the Wild, but he also sheds more light on the process of designing the Twilight Princess herself. Seriously, it’s brief, but fascinating stuff. Give it a read after the jump!

Hello. I’m Takizawa, Art Director of The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild.

In DLC Pack 1: The Master Trials, players can find Midna’s Helmet in one of the chests hidden in the world (this DLC is only available through the purchase of the Expansion Pass).

Midna appeared in the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game for Wii™ and Nintendo GameCube™, and she played an important role as Link’s partner. On the Wolf Link amiibo™ figure (which was released alongside the Wii U remake of the game, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD), she’s perching on Wolf Link.

Creating a “buddy” character who would stay next to Link at all times and battle in tandem with him was a first for a Legend of Zelda game. The challenge started with brainstorming among designers for ideas, and we eventually finalized this character through a trial-and-error process for her shape, facial expressions, actions, etc.

In early prototypes, as a placeholder for Midna, Tetra from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was riding on Wolf Link as he ran around Hyrule.

How does Midna show emotion? We fine-tuned her facial expressions over and over

There was a secret project we were considering working on before The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for Wii, and Midna inherited the character profile for the “goblin/devilkin” character that would have been featured in that project. Looking back at the development notes from that time, there are some descriptions left on the notes clearly reminiscent of Midna, including “the appearance looks like a monster or a child,” “can’t tell if she’s enemy or ally,” “can’t really tell what she’s thinking,” “sometimes selfish, but sometimes cute and naïve.” That’s why initial design sketches for Midna looked a lot like this “goblin” character.

Initial design still a lot of that “goblin” feel.

The actual Midna’s Helmet was the physical manifestation of extremely powerful shadow magic passed onto the royal family of an alternate world, but when Link equips it in the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, it will add “Guardian Resist Up” to Link’s defense. This will give Link more armor options when facing Guardians, so I hope you will utilize it well. My recommendation is to use this Helmet while exploring the world with Wolf Link!

Tomorrow, Ms. Shirakawa who worked on the game design will passionately talk about the outfit of 35-year-old man who wanted to be a fairy.

The most meaningful revelation among this is something I’d wondered about for years — the fact that Midna’s earliest designs were carried over from a secret, non-Zelda game. Given how alien she looks compared to the rest of the series’ inhabitants — not to mention how she took top billing from Link — you’ve got to wonder: was she originally intended to have her own solo game? You know, it’s not too late, Nintendo!


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Nintendo Treehouse Plays Breath of the Wild’s Master Trials DLC /2017/06/14/nintendo-treehouse-plays-breath-of-the-wilds-master-trials-dlc/ /2017/06/14/nintendo-treehouse-plays-breath-of-the-wilds-master-trials-dlc/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:09:03 +0000 /?p=6546 Read more...]]> Nintendo Treehouse spent virtually the entire afternoon today playing upcoming Switch and 3DS content, including Breath of the Wild’s first DLC pack.

Throughout the stream, they show off the latest additions to Link’s wardrobe — from Midna’s Helmet to Majora’s Mask — as well as a closer look at the Cave of Ordeals-inspired Trial of the Sword. Of course, it’s all punctuated by some infectiously enthusiastic commentary from the Treehouse team. Check it out after the jump!

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Breath of the Wild Champions Amiibo Unveiled /2017/06/13/breath-of-the-wild-champions-amiibo-unveiled/ /2017/06/13/breath-of-the-wild-champions-amiibo-unveiled/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:54:45 +0000 /?p=6543 Read more...]]> It was only a matter of time, you know? This morning’s Nintendo Spotlight saw the curtain lift off of a few Zelda items, including amiibo based on Breath of the Wild’s four Champions. We’ll let you know what each of these bad boys do in-game — as well as when they’re set for release — as soon as we find out.

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Breath of the Wild DLC Details Revealed /2017/06/13/breath-of-the-wild-dlc-details-revealed/ /2017/06/13/breath-of-the-wild-dlc-details-revealed/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:44:55 +0000 /?p=6539 Read more...]]> E3 2017 is finally upon us! During this morning’s Nintendo Spotlight, the big N shed more light on the two DLC packs heading to Breath of the Wild. Although it was revealed more than a month ago, the first pack — The Master Trials — now has a firm release date of June 30. Additionally, this holiday’s story DLC was unveiled as The Champions’ Ballad. Head past the jump for the full announcement!

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