Nintendo considered over 100 redesigns of Link before settling on his appearance in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, wanted to go with a neutral approach

Nintendo ditched a bunch of traditions and norms from the Zelda series when they created Zelda: Breath of the Wild. One of the most challenging changes came from Link's redesign. While you can get Link's classic tunic/hat in Breath of the Wild, the character starts out looking quite different. In the Zelda: Breath of the Wild art book, various devs on the project explain their new approach to Link.

Eiji Aonuma

“Link is the game’s protagonist, so I’ve always thought we need him to look cool. Yet, if we overdo it, the people playing the game might feel like they’re controlling an already accomplished hero, which I felt could get in the way of the players immersing themselves in the game. For that reason, this time I decided we should make Link a more neutral character in a variety of ways.

We thought that the iconic green tunic and hat had become expected, so we wanted to mix things up and update his look. Interestingly, though, nobody on the team said, ‘Let’s make him blue!’ It just organically ended up that way.”

Satoru Takizawa

“Producer Aonuma-san declared that we would be revising expectations by updating Link for this game. He wanted Link to be a more neutral character that players could see themselves as. You can feel how energized and excited the artists were about this idea from the really interesting modern concepts they drew. There were close to one hundred designs presented within the team for Link, and the number of sketches was too great to count.”

Yoshiyuki Oyama

“The Link of this game was to be a traveler from the frontier who exudes a sense of adventure, which is why there are a lot of designs that feature capes and bags.

At the beginning of development we drew a lot of landscape concepts. Link wearing blue clothes appeared pretty early on because the blue stood out against the backgrounds we were producing.

Did you notice that the Champion’s Tunic that appears on page 60 (see below) has a different pattern on the chest than the one from the start of development? Since the tunic is unique to Link, it ultimately ended up being a symbolic representation of the Master Sword. The story behind the Champion’s Tunic is touched upon in the second DLC, ‘The Champions’ Ballad.'””

Nintendo working with ISPs to send out copyright strikes to those pirating games

For years and years now, publishers/distributors for movies, TV shows, and music have been working with internet service providers to send out copyright strikers to users illegally downloading content. While each ISP is different, most will allow a certain number of 'strikes' before they remove service from the user. Now Nintendo is getting in on that action.

A Spectrum user who decided to illegally download The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been sent a copyright strike notice. Spectrum is working on behalf of Nintendo in this instance, who appears to be working with ISPs to try and squash illegal downloads of their games. While Spectrum is the only company we have info for right now, it's very likely Nintendo has teamed up with a number of companies to takes the same precautions.

Nippon Columbia reveals new details about the upcoming The Legend Of Zelda Concert 2018 album

Nippon Columbia is releasing their The Legend Of Zelda Concert 2018 in March 2019, and we have some new details on the album to share.

- will be a recording of the concert performed on Dec. 14th, 2018 at the Tokyo Bunkamura Orchard Hall
- performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
- spotlight on the ocarina, harp, and accordion
- standard two disc edition and limited three disc edition with bonus Blu-ray featuring concert footage

Part 1

01 - Main Theme from Breath of the Wild
02 - Breath of the Wild: World Medley -The Land of Hyrule-
03 - Princess Zelda’s Theme
04 - Ocarina Melodies Suite 2018
05 - Boss Battle Theme Medley 2018
06 - A Link Between Worlds & Tri Force Heroes Medley
07 - Breath of the Wild: Champion Medley

Part 2

08 - Link’s Awakening Medley
09 - Breath of the Wild: Kass Medley
10 - Horse Race
11 - The Legend of Zelda ~Harp Solo~
12 - Breath of the Wild: World Medley -Final Battle-
13 - The Legend of Zelda Main Theme

Dragon Quest creator laments the series' popularity in the West, praises Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and talks about the series' future

Yuji Horii recently held a keynote speech at the Cedec+Kyushu 2018 event, and he talked about all sorts of things Dragon Quest related. Check out some of the more interesting tidbits below.

- Horii would like the series to be more popular in the West
- he regrets that they didn't release the older games in the series outside Japan sooner
- he believes this resulted in the situation now, where most non-Japanese people are unfamiliar with Dragon Quest
- one of the reasons why the games didn’t release is due to the scripts taking too long to translate
- Dragon Quest games were made in a way so players never think “I don’t know what to do”
- Horii also says letting players do whatever they want can be a good choice as well
- he cited The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild as an example of how going off the game’s rails can be a lot of fun

At the end of the event, Horii was also asked when people can expect to learn about Dragon Quest XII. Here's exactly what Horii said in response.

I already thought up some of the keywords the game will be about, but I can’t reveal anything for now. I know XI is particularly appreciated for its scenario, so for the next game I might include tricks related to the game system instead. People striving to make their dreams come true will probably be one of the themes in the game. But XII is still many years ahead, so, for now, you should play Dragon Quest Builders 2 which is coming out soon.

The Legend of Zelda Concert 2018 album announced

Nintendo has been running a Legend of Zelda 2018 Concert series in Japan, with more events set to take place before the year closes out. While most of us haven't been able to attend these events, there's some good news. Nippon Columbia will be releasing an album version of this concert series in Japan. The album is due out March 6th, 2019, and the following details were shared.

- will include two CDs
- regular edition (3,000 Yen + taxes) includes the two CDs
- Limited Edition (5,500 Yen + taxes): includes two CDs and one Blu-ray disc
- Blu-ray includes the recording of the Tokyo performance

Smash Bros. Ultimate - Day 4 countdown images

Day 4 is upon us, and it's time for another round of countdown images from various official Twitter accounts. Today kicks things off with a Legend of Zelda tribute from Nintendo themselves!

Eurogamer says they believe 'Nintendo is keen' on having a new Zelda title for Switch every year

We don't think of the Legend of Zelda series as being yearly. We usually wait anywhere from 4-7 years for a new, mainline installment in the franchise. There are some spin-off titles here and there, but nothing too major. Could Nintendo be looking to keep the Zelda series a bit more fresh in the minds of fans? According to Eurogamer's Tom Phillips, that's indeed the case. Here's what Phillips had to say in a recent feature.

As I understand it, Nintendo is keen to have a Zelda game launch on Switch every year.

I guess when you look at Switch so far, that's technically been true. We had Breath of the Wild at launch back in March 2017, and then we got Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition in May of 2018. I guess we'll have to see what happens in 2019 to know if this rumor has some truth to it!

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Majora's Mask Album Children of Termina Now Available

SEATTLE - November 30, 2018 - Materia Collective is excited to release Children of Termina, an in-depth musical exploration of the lore behind The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask by arranger Rozen. It follows the hugely-successful Sins of Hyrule and Ballads of Hyrule with powerful orchestral arrangements that revisit key moments and mysteries of Termina. Several live performers are featured including the Sofia Session Orchestra, Julie Elven (Horizon Zero Dawn) and Celica Soldream (World of Warcraft). Children of Termina is licensed and available in digital and CD formats as well as limited edition vinyl.

Children of Termina is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Spotify.

"For the next installment in my Hyrule series, I wanted to explore the parallel world of Termina and its lore," explains Rozen. "There's so much beauty found in darkness and mystery, even at the final moments of one's existence. I wanted to capture all the feelings in the hearts of the people of Termina when they're looking up at the falling moon, one last time, before facing extinction: love, solitude, despair, acceptance. It is my wish that you join me in this unsettling but emotional journey in the lands below Hyrule, and feel the same desperate need to heal the world as Link did."

The full track list for Children of Termina is as follows:

01. The World That Ends in Three Days
02. Majora's Mask
03. Down the Rabbit Hole
04. Termina Field
05. The Four Regions
06. Deku Palace
07. A Moment's Peace
08. Stone Tower
09. Masked Monsters
10. Moon's Tears (Astral Observatory)
11. Clock Town
12. Final Hours
13. March of the Giants
14. I Shall Consume Everything
15. Inside the Moon
16. Song of Healing
17. Children of Termina

Children of Termina will also ship on a limited deluxe edition 2xLP vinyl that will include alternate artwork with purple foil, foil-stamped numbering, a sheet music memento, an autograph by Rozen, and more (limited to 200 units). The CD is planned to ship December 2018 with the vinyl planned for February 2019.

Nintendo says they have 'no plans' to release The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Switch 'at this time'

Eiji Aonuma made an off-hand comment at the Legend of Zelda 2018 Concert event in Japan about fans waiting for Skyward Sword to come to Switch, and the internet ran with it. Why would Aonuma make a comment like this, unless he was teasing a project in the works? Turns out it was all just wishful thinking on the part of fans. Here's what a Nintendo spokesperson had to say when asked about the potential for a Switch port of the game.

"At this time we have no plans to release The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Nintendo Switch."