Nintendo considered making an older Link for Zelda: Twilight Princess

The following conversation can be found in Zelda: Arts & Artifacts, with includes Nintendo artists Yusuke Nakano and Satoru Takizawa...

AA: So at that point, the story hadn’t been set yet, but you needed to design the face for the new Link. What things did you keep in mind as you worked?

Nakano: For the face, I talked at length with Takizawa-san as I started to sketch. I wanted him to be a little bit older. The Link up till now had been in his teens, but for this one we were talking about making him around twenty-five… maybe even thirty.

Takizawa: Meaning it was an adventure that an adult Link was taking on.

Nakano: He would be well built… A skinny man with a pretty face wouldn’t stand a chance against a large enemy, so we thought about making him quite sturdy. So the first illustrations were, in a way, pretty amazing.

Takizawa: They certainly were. There was even a square-jawed, burly-looking Link too. [laughs]

Nakano: When I showed the sketches to the overseas staff, the response I got back was, “What the fans want is the Link they saw in Ocarina of Time.” So in the end, his face and body type were made similar to that of the adult Link from that game.

AA: One of the most notable aspects of Twilight Princess is that Link can transform into a wolf.

Nakano: Yeah, so I made sure that the look of his eyes matched the eyes of Link as a wolf.

Takizawa: But the detail about him changing into a wolf came after the initial designs. So the sketches of Link later on had him looking much more wolf-like and wilder. At one point, there was talking about giving him a Japanese haircut style called a wolf cut, which would have given him a more wolfish look.

Nakano: I remember that. But the sketches I made for the front, back, and side views didn’t make him look very wild…

Vaccine - another round of footage

This footage comes from the PS4 version, but it should match up just about perfectly with the Wii U version.

Thanks to Barry for the heads up!

Voice of Azura in Fire Emblem talks about the role, her favorite parts of the job

A portion of a ComedyNGaming interview with voice actor, Rena Strober...

CNG: What was it like recording for Fire Emblem Heroes and Republique? Is voice acting for a mobile game any different from lending your talents to a console game or an anime dub?

RS: Every voiceover job is different for me. The roles vary in age, genre and personality. There’s no difference however if I’m recording for a game on a console versus a mobile app. I approach each role with the same amount of enthusiasm and respect. However, doing anime is different because we’re matching the mouth movements from the previously recorded animation. This was really only the case for Sailor Moon when I voiced Esmeraude. Some of the other games have a specific time frame the line needs to be said in, but I’m still able to bring my own voice and creativity to the lines.

CNG: What have been your favorite lines (or songs) to record for Azura in both Fire Emblem: Fates and Fire Emblem Heroes. My personal favorite is the up-tempo version of Lost in Thoughts All Alone from the Conquest path. Were there any lines that you found more emotionally demanding?

RS: I LOVE Lost in Thoughts!! It was so much fun to record and explore the various tempos and versions that the game included. Some were soft and slow and others, like the uptempo versions really allowed me to use my full voice.

I also prefer lines where the character shows vulnerability. This is something you can’t fake in a microphone so it’s more challenging but so much more rewarding when you nail it. When Azura is about to be killed she softly says ‘Kill me if you want, but do it as yourself.” I loved working on that line because Azura had to come to terms with the fact that she might be losing her life.

Thanks to LightChao42 for the heads up!

RUMOR: Switch games - digital file size round-up

If you want to know how much space various Switch eShop games take up, we've got a list for you. This information supposedly comes from the various Japanese pages for these games, so there might be a slight difference when it comes to EU/NA file sizes. There are certain titles on the list that have had confirmed file sizes for awhile now, like Zelda: BotW. If these sizes are legit, you should get a good, rough estimate of how much space you'll need if you're going the digital route.

- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 13.4 GB
- Puyo Puyo Tetris 1.09 GB
- I Am Setsuna 1.40 GB
- Nobunaga’s Ambition 5 GB
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 7 GB
- Snipperclips 1.60 GB
- Dragon Quest Heroes I·II 32 GB

Japan - Nintendo to air special Zelda: Breath of the Wild commercial on Feb. 21st

Here's a really cool thing Nintendo is doing to promote Zelda: Breath of the Wild in Japan. The Big N is going to air a special Breath of the Wild commercial on Feb 21st. This will be in honor of the launch date of The Legend of Zelda, which came out 31 years ago. There are all different air times in Japan, but you can bet the commercial will be uploaded online shortly after hitting the airwaves.

Your Nintendo ASMR for the day - The oh-so satisfying 'click' of connecting a Joy-Con to the Switch screen

That one simple noise is never, ever going to get old. Again, one of the big reasons I love Nintendo is due to all the little touches they add into their systems and games. This right here is a perfect example of that.

Switch - A look at every profile pic we've seen so far

Pretty good selection in there, but I was hoping I could get a Qbby. Let's hope these are updated throughout the Switch's lifetime.

A look at some of Tomy's upcoming girl-centric Pokemon toys

My Friend Eevee

“Tighten your bond with your beloved Eevee. Hug this feature plush Eevee to make its ears move and activate cute sounds. Three modes with 10 sounds and phrases. SRP: $29.99. Ages: 3 years and up.”

- Pokemon miniature playsets and figures for $7
- purse Pokémon
- Pokemon plush ear headbands for $8
- Garden Adventure Playsets with two Pokemon for $12.99
- Escape In The Forest playset is $24.99 and comes with Fennikin and Serena