Random Time! - Elon Musk calls Instagram the 'Zelda of social media'

I don't even know what this means. I can't keep up with all the Elon Musk weirdness going on lately. I get what Musk is saying about Twitter and Dark Souls. We all know Dark Souls is referred to when someone is talking about the darkest, most challenging version of something. As far as comparing something like Instagram to Zelda, I'm at a loss!

Miyamoto originally wanted The Legend of Zelda's Triforce to be made of electronic chips, had deeper plans for past/future elements

Zelda: Breath of the Wild dabbled more in the idea of technology than most Zelda games in the series, and it turns out that actually ties into Shigeru Miyamoto's original plans for the franchise. Back with the original Legend of Zelda, Miyamoto imagined the Triforce as being made of electronic chips, and that the game would take place in both the past and future. That's why Link is the name of the hero, as he's the 'link' between both times. Obviously Miyamoto got his wish when it came to time travel in the series, but we haven't quite gotten to the electronic chips idea yet!

What about Link's design itself? That comes from Takashi Tezuka, producer at Nintendo. A lot of things, such as Link’s sword, shield, and color, were all decided upon due to the hardware limitations of the NES. The team wanted to make sure Link and his items stood out clearly to the player. This is why Link ended up having a green outfit, which made Link easily distinguishable from everything else on-screen.

Believe it or not, when the team was considering using green for Link, they took inspiration from classic characters like Peter Pan! This obviously ties in to Link's ears as well, as they are quite long like Peter's.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud devs on bringing the game to Switch, working with Nintendo on Zelda: Breath of the Wild collab content

Nintendo Dream magazine talked to Phantasy Star series producer Satoshi Sakai and director Keisuke Nakamura about bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud to Switch. In the snippets below, read up on why the decision to bring the game to Switch was made, and how the Zelda: Breath of the Wild collab came to be.

Bringing the game to Switch

Sakai: Phantasy Star Online 2 is a boundary breaking RPG so we wanted to expand it to as many platforms as possible. When you expand to a new platform you give many more people the chance to play your game, so we were searching for a solution to include Nintendo’s hardware. However, when you make a complete port, it adds certain hurdles to keeping the server running as well.

During that process we had an opportunity to introduce a cloud service, which is really exciting… on our end, there’s not a lot of extra burden put on the service and people are able to play using the latest updates right away.

Nakamura: Phantasy Star Online 2 has been running for close to six years so the game data itself is close to 60GB. So if a new player decides to join, they have to spend a lot of time on downloading. Compared to that, the cloud version is a mere 40MB. Even with the regular maintenance on Wednesdays, as soon as the maintenance is done, when you open the cloud version you’ll be up to date, so it’s really easy.

Sakai: We were quite interested in ‘cloud gaming’ itself so launching Phantasy Star Online 2 on the Nintendo Switch as a service has significant meaning to us.

Working with Nintendo to bring Zelda: Breath of the Wild content to the game

Sakai: Collaborations in Phantasy Star Online 2 have always been popular and since we were working with Nintendo hardware we wanted to do something special. The latest episode features the middle ages as the main environment and Breath of the Wild is a representative title for the Nintendo Switch so we thought that if we featured Breath of the Wild then all Nintendo Switch users would have motivation to give Phantasy Star Online 2 a go as well, so that’s what we suggested to Nintendo.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild glitch sends Link flying off at ridiculous speeds

Yep, another Zelda: Breath of the Wild glitch. It seems like the most recent Lizalfos glitch has gotten players diving back into the game to see what other weird stuff they can find, which has lead to this 'head stomp' glitch picking up steam. With the right timing and a ragdolled enemy, you can send Link hurdling off into Hyrule at breakneck speeds. This one is currently a game-changer for the speedrunning scene, and players are perfecting their methods to travel insane distances in short amounts of time.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild mod adds in Bowsette

While the Bowsette fad is calming down a bit, there's still a lot of activity going on out there. Some of it takes a bit of time to create, like this mod for Breath of the Wild that adds in Bowsette as a playable character. Looks like she's more than capable of filling Link's shoes!

Three particular Lizalfos in Zelda: Breath of the Wild are the key to glitch insanity

One very specific area in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has three Lizalfos that have some glitched-out physics. It seems Nintendo forgot to apply any gravity to them! Messing with these Lizalfos in a particular way can make the entire game go insane, paving the way for all sorts of insanity!

It's likely Nintendo will patch this out now that footage is making the rounds, so get in the game and enjoy this weirdness while you still can!

Thanks to cm30 for the heads up!

New 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition/New 2DS XL Red X Black Mario Kart 7 Bundle now available in Southeast Asia

Two more 3DS options are now available to fans in Southeast Asia. Both the New 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition and New 2DS XL Red X Black Mario Kart 7 Bundle have been released, courtesy of Active Boeki/Maxsoft. These are the exact same bundles we saw hit stateside awhile back.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition beats sales expectations in the West

Hyrule Warriors sold well on both Wii U and 3DS, but surely people had enough of it by the time it hit Switch, right? That's not the case at all, it seems! Koei Tecmo has stated that Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition ended up selling much more than they projected in the West. That's certainly a great thing to hear! You have to wonder if perhaps those continued good sales will fuel a sequel somewhere down the line.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Card & Candy packs hitting Japan

Some new Zelda merch is releasing in Japan today. Fans can head out and purchase The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Card & Candy packs. These packs include a piece of candy and a card featuring an illustration based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There are 26 different pieces of art for the cards, including 2 secret cards.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time mod adds in Twilight Princess-style Link

This is an interesting idea you don't see too much of. A recent mod for Ocarina of Time aims to take the Twilight Princess Link design and translate it into Ocarina of Time. I'd have to say that the results are pretty impressive! Even if you aren't crazy about the outcome yourself, I think we can all agree that a lot of work went into this.

Thanks to MarioCheated for the heads up!