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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with 30 different mods is pure insanity

Absolute madness

Stretched-out Link, battling Zant with a Diamond Sword from Minecraft. Welcome to the wild world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild mods.

People have been creating mods for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild pretty much since day one, and there's now a huge amount of strange, weird, and off-the-wall mods now available. In the video above, PointCrow decides to cram a whole bunch of those mods into one gameplay session, and it makes for a Zelda experience unlike any other. Check out the chaos for yourself!

Final Sword's developers say they believed the game's stolen Zelda music was licensed properly

An honest mistake, or a cover-up?

Over the weekend, Switch owners who checked out Final Sword noticed that the game was using Zelda's Lullaby from the Legend of Zelda series. Nintendo obviously doesn't license out these tracks for other developers to use, so players figured the music was stolen. According to HUP Games, they thought they went about music licensing the proper way.

In an interview with Automaton-Media, members of the HUP Games team said they purchased the background music for use in their game. They thought they had the appropriate license to include it, but that obviously wasn't the case. HUP explained the situation to Nintendo, and is planning to swap in new music in order to re-release the game.

If HUP did indeed purchase a license for this music, they obviously made the deal with a shady organization who never really had the rights to begin with. That said, I find it quite surprising that not a single member of the dev team had ever heard that tune before. Do you think HUP made an honest mistake, or they're just covering their tracks?

RUMOR - Spanish voice actors for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 say their work is done (UPDATE)

Could this one be coming sooner than expected?

Nintendo has hardly made a peep about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 since they revealed it, and fans are extremely eager to find out new details. While Nintendo remains quiet, it seems some people involved with the project may have let loose with a juicy tidbit.

The Spanish podcast "A Coffee With Nintendo" recently interviewed Marc Navarro and Nerea Alfonso, the voice actors for Revali and Zelda respectively. During the podcast, it seems that the two make mention of their work on the Spanish dub for the sequel being done. That's quickly followed up with a little clarification, with the duo saying they're not actually sure if they're allowed to share that information.

If that tidbit is indeed true, then Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could be much further along than expected. Let's hope Nintendo comes out and shares an update that gives us firm details on when to expect the game's release.

Thanks to Sergio for the heads up!

UPDATE - Risu64 on Twitter listened to the podcast snippets to give things a little more context. Risu says the duo almost slip on mentioning a story detail about the second game, but then quickly backpedal by saying they're not sure if they worked on the second game or not. After that, we hear one voice actor say, "There's a lot of weird stuff surrounding Zelda in the first game, and also in the second game, which we haven't worked on [laughs]." That second statement makes it very clear that they've at least done some work for the sequel, as you couldn't say there is 'weird stuff' surrounding the second game unless you had some knowledge of it!

Furthermore, Twitter user ReyVGM says the duo stated that there's "a lot of paranoia surrounding the 1st and 2nd Zelda," which the two say they haven't worked on the second one, but in a tongue-in-cheek way. The paranoia the two were referencing pertains to contracts and NDAs.

UPDATE 2 - The team behind the podcast have released a statement on the speculation and discussion that has surfaced around the interview. Their team claims some of the discussion has been taken out of context. You can read their full statement below.

Switch release 'Final Sword' steals music from The Legend of Zelda

That's the final straw!

We've seen Nintendo music pop up in some strange places before. News programs have pilfered songs from Nintendo games, and online ads for mobile games have stolen tunes as well. Now we have the most blatant and bold case yet, as a game on the Switch eShop has used music from The Legend of Zelda!

Final Sword, an action RPG that just released on Switch, has no doubt stolen music from Nintendo. As you can hear in the video above, the game straight-up rips off Zelda's Lullaby for background music. I cannot believe a company would release a game for the Switch and try to sneak in Nintendo's own music while they're at it! Get ready for this one to disappear sometime very soon.

Thanks to Naruki for the heads up!

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's Lon Lon Ranch transported into Breath of the Wild

Looking better than ever

I guess this is the new trend with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! In recent weeks, we've seen modders bring elements from other Zelda games into Breath of the Wild. Just recently, we saw the Sandship from Skyward Sword plopped down into Breath of the Wild, and now we have something even further back in Zelda's history.

The video above showcases Lon Lon Ranch from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, fully transported to Breath of the Wild. The game has a spot called Ranch Ruins, which most likely is a nod to Lon Lon Ranch. Now we can see what the ranch would have looked like in all its Breath of the Wild glory!

Brie Larson shares even more love for Nintendo in an episode of Hot Ones

A true fan!

By now, most Nintendo fans know that Brie Larson is a diehard supporter just like us. Sure, she teamed up with Nintendo to officially promote Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but she was a fan long before that. She's confirmed that tidbit in multiple interviews, and that includes a new discussion in the latest episode of Hot Ones.

In the video above, Larson talks about her fondness for Super Mario 3D Land, Paper Mario, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Nintendo in general. You can hear the discussion at the 6:54 mark.

Thanks to Deux Michaels for the heads up!

GoNintendo Feature: Taking a closer look at Hand-Drawn Game Guides' Legend of Zelda booklet

Ridiculously gorgeous stuff

So happy to share today's feature with you. I talked about it a bit on the podcast, but now you can get a much better look at what this guide has to offer. You'll have a chance to buy your own tomorrow! As always, thanks for reading.

Longtime fans of GoNintendo might recognize the name of Philip Summers, better known to us as Shamazool. Back in the day, GoNintendo teamed up with Shamoozal for a series of animated shorts that both paid tribute to and spoofed classic NES games. The series, known as Read Only Memory, is still one of things I've been most proud of to feature on GoNintendo. If you weren't around back in those days, you can catch up on the entire series here.

Phil's amazing talent with art and animation was instantly recognizable back then, and he's only been getting better since. One of the more recent ventures Phil has had success with is the Hand-Drawn Game Guides series. This series of guides aims to reproduce instruction booklets from the NES days, but with far more detail, both in artwork and information. The series has stunned fans so far with Ninja Gaiden and Contra entries, but Phil has really topped himself with the latest installment; The Legend of Zelda.

Hand-Drawn Game Guides' Legend of Zelda booklet includes 64 pages featuring everything you need to know about the original Legend of Zelda. First up, you'll get all the button prompts, enemy info, item details, and more that the original instruction booklet released. More importantly, the booklet embellishes things with absolutely gorgeous artwork showing Link on his journey, which is accompanied by a new narrative to tie the whole experience together. You can tell it's a real labor of love, and the end result is something to be truly proud of.

Not surprisingly, interest in this guide has been extremely high. The initial plan was to sell 100 physical copies for $25, and those were gobbled up roughly 2 minutes after sales went live. You can still buy the digital version for just a dollar, but there's even better news. Following the huge success so far, Hand-Drawn Game Guides is doing another physical run of 200 units. Those will go up for sale on July 1st, 2020 at 12 PM ET. They're definitely going to go just as quickly, so make sure you're ready to snag yours!

I want to share a special thanks with Phil for sending an early copy of his Legend of Zelda guide with me. It's been absolutely amazing to thumb through, and even more impressive to see just how successful the series has been. Every copy sold, and every bit of support the series sees is well deserved. Phil has been a longtime supporter of GoNintendo, and hugely talented faaaaaar longer than that. It's my honor to share his latest work with you, and I can only hope you find it as interesting as I do.

Hand Drawn Game Guides releasing a gorgeous new booklet for The Legend of Zelda

Talk about beautiful!


Hand Drawn Game Guides Presents: The Legend of Zelda from Travis Huhn on Vimeo.

Hand Drawn Game Guides, a project from long-time friend of the site Philip Summers, is about to release a brand-new booklet, and it could be the best one yet.

Hand Drawn Game Guides previously released custom instruction booklets for both Contra and Ninja Gaiden, and now they've turned their focus to The Legend of Zelda. This booklet includes 64 absolutely gorgeous hand-drawn pages that not only detail how the original Legend of Zelda plays, but also fleshes out the story of Link's first adventure.

If you like what you see, you can snag yourself a copy on June 29th, 2020. There are going to be just 100 physical copies available to snag, which are priced at $25 a piece. You can also go the digital route, which will get you a PDF of the entire booklet for just $1. Depending on demand, another round of printing could happen.

The booklet goes up for order on at noon ET on Monday, so make sure you're ready to secure your copy!

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time mod gives the game a Super Mario 64-style makeover

You got Mario in my Link!

Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are two of the biggest games on the N64. Two titles that fans all over the world hold in high regard. It's pretty hard to improve upon these classics, but that hasn't stopped one modder from trying!

The above video showcases a mod that takes Ocarina of Time and tries to recreate the world map of Super Mario 64 within it. In other words, it's Link running around in a Super Mario 64-style adventure! The end result is damn impressive, and seems to have mashed the two games together quite well!

Thanks to MysteryMan for the heads up!

First 4 Figures hosting a Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask PVC statue live-stream on June 30th, 2020

Just don't wear it!

First 4 Figures is almost ready to give fans a really good look at their Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask PVC statue. The company has announced a special launch live-stream for the statue on June 30th, 2020 at 12 PM EDT. If you wanted another up-close-and-personal look at this statue, this event will be your chance!

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