The Zelda CD-i games get a bad reputation on the internet. Fans and critics alike deride the games for their seemingly poor gameplay, ugly and washed-out graphics, and for poor voice acting. Even Nintendo themselves have tried to forget that the games exist. But the critics of the game are wrong — the games are not terrible by any stretch of the imagination. And I’m not just saying this — many contemporary critics praised the games. Though the games may have issues, they are by no means the horrible mess that many people claim the games to be. Still think I’m nuts? Hit the jump to read more about what critics thought of the games!
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We mentioned back in January that filmmaker Kennedy Baruch is hard at work on “Princess in Another Castle,” a full length adaptation of his 2012 award winning short film, “Escape.” Now that production has hit the halfway mark, with plans on touring various film festivals later this year, Baruch has released the film’s first trailer. ”Princess in Another Castle” tells the story of a young girl who turns to gaming to cope with her struggles.
Producing a quality film isn’t cheap, so Baruch has set up an Indiegogo page to help with his fundraising efforts. The goal is to raise at least $10,000. Perks of backing the project include a copy of the film, a signed script, and an invitation to the wrap party.
Have you been looking for some Majora’s Mask wall art to spruce up your home decor? This large mask wall art by emmadreamstar might be just what you are looking for. The mask is custom made from Perler fuse beads, and measures 12″ in either direction. You can also choose whether you want a magnet or hanger attached to the back for easy mounting on a wall. For $24.50, this mask could be yours!
Fun times ahead: It’s been reported that a Zelda-themed Monopoly game is slated for release in late August/early September of this year, in conjunction with the release of other Nintendo themed board games. This collector’s edition game will include oversize tokens and is priced at $45.00. Also upcoming is Connect 4: Super Mario due out this spring ($24.95), and a Pokemon version of Monopoly featuring the Kanto region. I wonder which properties will be featured in the Zelda game. Can I buy Hyrule Castle for 200 Monopoly rupees?
One year ago, the team here at Zelda Universe decided to spend the month of March celebrating the Zelda CD-i games. As was said at the time, “It is written, the month of March on ZU is also the month of the Zelda CD-i games.” The month of March is upon us once again and since we know how much you guys loved last year’s look back at these so-bad-they’re-hilarious games, we’ve decided that it’s time for mah boi and all of his friends to make a return.
Now that televisions have gone high-definition, next-gen consoles use HDMI for connectivity, rather than the old A/V cables used by systems such as the Nintendo 64. If you want to play the classic consoles and don’t have an older model television, you’re out of luck since previous generation systems are no longer supported on these new-fangled TVs.
In the latest Super Smash Bros. 4 Wii U ‘pic of the day’ posted by Masahiro Sakurai on Miiverse, Pokémon Dedenne is apparently using the move ‘Discharge’ against Marth in the new boxing ring stage that was recently unveiled. Is Dedenne a new playable challenger in the game, or is he merely a Poké Ball or Assist Trophy that appears? Hopefully Sakurai can be a little bit more specific and we can get some clarification soon!
“Pic of the day. Dedenne’s hard at work too.”
Fanart is always awesome, and sometimes it reaches truly epic proportions. This is one of those works of art, created by DeviantArt user imDRUNKonTEA. His username is almost as nifty as this piece of art. I absolutely love this picture, which incorporates the three main characters from Twilight Princess, as well as the Triforce. Probably my favorite aspect of it is the sand dune in the background, which gives it a warlike or gritty feel to the art. Well done!
The year of 2014 will always be the year of Majora’s Mask in my mind, and this nifty piece of graffiti is pretty cool to see. Reported as seen in a local park by a Reddit user, this image of Majora’s Mask seems quite ominous and friendly at the same time. Have you seen any Majora’s Mask or Zelda-themed street art in your home town? Hit the streets and let us know!
The Nintendo Wi-Fi service, which provides online functionality for certain Wii, DS, and DSi software titles, will be terminated May 20, 2014. This includes Wii mode on Wii U and Nintendo DS games played on Nintendo 3DS family systems. There is a silver lining here, as the Wii Shop Channel, Nintendo DSi Shop, and video-on-demand services (i.e. Netflix) are not affected at this time. Also, to be clear, the Wii U and 3DS are NOT affected. A press release from Nintendo provides a complete list of affected titles, and you can also view the complete list after the jump.
We recently reported that Twitch was playing The Legend of Zelda. Well, they’ve managed to beat it (both first and second quest!) in an amazing feat of cooperation. If you haven’t been following along, Twitch Plays Zelda is a live stream gaming event where participants input commands in a live chat to control Link. In order to make beating the game possible, Link was given infinite hearts and bombs. Twitch Plays Zelda is replaying the game, so definitely head over to Twitch TV to watch or participate. Link’s Awakening is next on the list, and should be playable in a week or two. Stay tuned!
Virtual reality and Zelda are two things that are seemingly interconnected lately. Someone has already recreated a portion of the original The Legend of Zelda for the Oculus Rift, and it is quite something to see a classic 8-bit game be realized through virtual reality. Now, a proof of concept of Ocarina of Time has been created for the Oculus Rift, which shows off a faithful recreation of the Kokiri Forest, albeit with a few things noticeably missing. There are no NPCs, and the player cannot interact with a lot of the objects in the forest; the player also cannot leave the forest. You can check out the video after the jump.
Masahiro Sakurai has posted his latest ‘pic of the day’ of Super Smash Bros. 4 for Wii U on Miiverse, revealing that once again Waluigi is returning as an Assist Trophy. This, in turn, means that Waluigi will not be joining as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. Unfortunately, not every character makes the cut and is able to become a challenger, regardless of effort. What could this mean for some Zelda fan favorites, such as Midna and Ghirahim?
“Pic of the day. Once again, Waluigi’s Assist Trophy joins the collection!! …Which also means he’s not a playable character. Just because you try hard doesn’t mean you’ll make it into the battle.”