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Zelda, F-Zero, Animal Crossing and more to appear in new Mario Kart 8 DLC

Mario Kart 8, Link, Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Wii U

Excuse me, waiter? I think you got some Zelda in my Mario Kart.

Nintendo is set to add characters and courses inspired by several of its popular franchises to Mario Kart 8. The revelation came via a listing that appeared on the Nintendo UK online store today. Two DLC packs will be released featuring characters such as Link from The Legend of Zelda, Isabelle and The Villager from Animal Crossing as well as new courses set in the worlds of F-Zero, Excitebike, Zelda and Animal Crossing.

Check out the full official description of this exciting DLC below.

Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent. The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack.

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 – Released: November 2014

Pack 1 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2 – Released: May 2015

Pack 2 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs – as a bundle or separately – you can get eight different-coloured Yoshis and eight different-coloured Shy Guys that can be used right away.

What do you think of this announcement, are you glad Nintendo is introducing characters from other franchises or would you have preferred Mario Kart to remain exclusive to members of the Mushroom Kingdom?

Is Grezzo Hiring for Majora’s Mask 3D?

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Ever since the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D on the 3DS fans have been clamoring for a similar remake of its N64 sequel Majora’s Mask. Developer Grezzo has now dropped a hint that fans may in fact get their wish as they have posted a job listing which, translated from Japanese, asks applicants “Would you like to make a legend with us?” The word ‘legend’ is highlighted in gold.

Besides Ocarina of Time 3D Grezzo have also worked on Four Swords Anniversary Edition, WiiWare game Line Attack Heroes and Street Pass title Flower Town so it seems plausible that Majora’s Mask could be the project they are hiring for. Time will tell if this is the case.


New More Open World Zelda Coming to Wii U in 2015

The Legend of Zelda Wii U, E3 2014

Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma unveiled a new entry in The Legend of Zelda series at the company’s digital E3 event today. The game will have a more open world style than recent Zelda games, more akin in style to the very first Zelda game on the NES. Areas of the world will feel more connected and places can be visited in any order.

Graphically the game looks very different from the more realistic tech demo that was shown at E3 2011, having more in common with the cel-shaded style of The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword. The world appears much richer in detail and more alive than those games however.

The game, simply being referred to as The Legend of Zelda for now, will launch on the Wii U in 2015.

To see footage of the game in action check out the video below, The Zelda coverage begins at 19:55.

Even More Hyrule Warriors Details

Link, Hyrule Warriors, Wii U

Hyrule Warriors will have a local multiplayer mode according to the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. The article, translated by Siliconera, tells us that one player can play via the TV screen while the second player uses the Wii U Gamepad.

Impa has also now been confirmed as a playable character with others yet to be revealed. Impa will act as leader of the Elite Guard and will fight using a long sword.

There seems to be a decent amount of depth to the combat system, equipping different weapons will alter a character’s fighting style, for example one-handed swords will allow quicker movement but heavier weapons will inflict more damage. Characters and weapons can also be upgraded as you progress through the game.

In addition several classic features of the Zelda series will be prominent, such as the Spin Attack, bombs and Z-targeting which lets you dodge attacks and target enemy weak points.

The game is 70% of the way through development and will be playable at E3. As we revealed yesterday the game will be available in Japan on August 14th.

Check out the screenshot gallery below for several new images courtesy of Famitsu, including what is most likely the villain of the game – the witch Shia.

New Hyrule Warriors Details

Link, Hyrule Warriors, Wii U

New information about Wii U title Hyrule Warriors has surfaced today via a translation of Japanese Famitsu magazine. Amongst the details was the revelation that the game will be released in Japan on 14th August – though no news yet on release dates for other territories.

Zelda Hyrule Warriors, Famitsu

Scan of the Famitsu article, via Zelda Informer

It was also revealed that Team Ninja staff Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayasahi will be assisting Omega Force with development as producers. Eiji Aonuma, famed for working as producer on the Zelda series, will also be serving in a supervisory capacity.

The story will involve Link setting off to rescue Princess Zelda from a new villain, a witch named Shia. Familiar locations from the Zelda series, such as Hyrule Field, will also appear and the game will feature some ‘unexpected’ playable characters.

We will bring you more details as they emerge.

Hints & Tips – The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword




Batreaux’s Rewards

Batreaux's Rewards

Batreaux is a creepy looking bat-demon that lives in Skyloft and asks Link to help him become human because his monstrous appearance scares the other residents of Skyloft. You can help him by collecting gratitude crystals which are earned by doing good deeds for people you meet throughout the game. Batreaux will reward you multiple times for collecting a certain amount of crystals.

Crystals Required                                                 Reward

5                                                              Medium Wallet

10                                                            Piece of Heart

30                                                            Big Wallet, Cursed Medal

40                                                            Gold Rupee

50                                                            Giant Wallet

70                                                            Gold Rupee x 2

80                                                            Tycoon Wallet

A Link Between Worlds New Details and Trailer

TLOZ: A Link Between WorldsNintendo of America has released several new details about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, including previously unknown plot information. From Nintendo’s presentation at New York Comic Con we learned that the ‘dark’ version of Hyrule that Link will travel to throughout the game is known as Lorule and is presided over by Princess Zelda’s counterpart, Hilda (see the image below).Hilda and Zelda

It seems the villain will also be a new character although she resembles a female version of Ganondorf and perhaps has some relation to the Gerudo tribe from past Zelda games. She also seems to have the ability to trap people within paintings.

A Link Between Worlds will be released on November 22nd in the US and Europe, you can view the new trailer as well as more screenshots from the game below.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Looks to Break New Ground

zelda_link_between_worldsIn today’s Nintendo Direct Satoru Iwata revealed some significant new details about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Rather than tackling dungeons in a set order, as with most previous Zelda titles, players will now have the freedom to explore them in any order they choose. This also reveals the previously unknown purpose of the item shop pictured above as rather than discover items in dungeons you will be able to buy them at any time from the shopkeeper, Ravio. This also adds greater importance to the collection of rupees as some of these items are bound to be rather expensive.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is set for release on November 22 in Europe and North America.

New Screenshot Released for Zelda 3DS


Eiji Aounuma has released the above screenshot from upcoming Zelda game A Link Between Worlds via Miiverse. Describing the image Aounuma said:

“This shows the item shop that are common in Zelda games, and the character standing next to Link is looking very suspicious.

We’ll be talking about this character at a later time, but for now take a closer look at the items that are on sale. There’s the bow and arrow, the boomerang and the hookshot that are all familiar to the series.

If you noticed something strange with this picture, you’re quite the Zelda fanatic!

That’s right, shops in the past Zelda games sold things that would run out once you use them like arrows and bombs, items that needed replenishing. They have never sold an item that doesn’t go away after each use like the boomerang or the hookshot.

This shop is a very important place in this game, and we hope to talk more about it soon. Until then, I hope you’ll use your imagination wondering what this shop is all about.”

So it looks like we will have to wait a little while longer to find out more about this new shop as Nintendo builds towards the game’s release in November. Be sure to check back for further details on A Link Between Worlds as they emerge.