Some days are sad, some days are happy, and some are just packed full of Zelda for some reason. Today is one of those days and we're not complaining -- Fangamer is selling a pack of Zelda-themed playing cards designed by DeviantArt user Nelde, and they are utterly gorgeous.
The face cards feature famous Zelda characters, including Zelda, Link, Dark Link, Mikau, Darmani and more. The suits have been updated as well, to rupees, swords, heart bits and triforces. Fangamer warns that the decks won't ship until May, but the good people of Zelda Universe say they already received their orders, so go ahead and take a chance on love. Or Zelda cards.
Looks like there's one more thing to be thankful for this year. As expected, the limited edition Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary 3DS we saw announced for Japan recently has finally been confirmed for a U.S. release. It will be bundled with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for $199.99, and will be available for purchase starting November 24...
For a brief amount of time, we thought Nintendo's special Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary 3DS bundle would go the way of Xenoblade and The Last Story, never to see the light of day in North America. That might not be the case after all...
Wondering what The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D managed to sell in the United States for August? We saw the game pop up in the top 10 NPD, but just how many units moved? According to inside sources, the game managed to sell through another 84,000 units. I bet many of those purchases were going hand-in-hand with a brand-new 3DS.
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The NPD suggested that audiences were receptive of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (by which we mean they bought it), but new data from Nintendo reveals just how successful the game was in its debut month.
In its list of million-selling first-party titles for the last quarter (ending June 30), Ocarina of Time is the only 3DS game listed, having sold 1.08 million copies -- approximately 270,000 in Japan, 810,000 elsewhere.
Nintendo's other platforms also feature one lonely million seller each ... well, technically there are two on the DS, combined: Pokemon Black and White sold 1.36 mllion in the quarter, bringing it up to a global life-to-date total of 12.87 million. And Mario Kart Wii repped for the Wii all by itself, selling 1.22 million in the quarter, up to a ridiculous 2.82 million lifetime total.
If you're a gamer, there's a good chance you've heard of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This Nintendo 64 classic is hailed by many as the greatest game of all time, and some recent interviews with Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto, producer Eiji Aonuma and the rest of the Zelda development team has brought forth some astonishing revelations about the making of this legendary title. One of these tidbits is that Ocarina of Time, as it was initially conceived was kind of a terrible idea...
Yes, it's true. A startling (and vaguely insulting) number of American consumers ignored our review and purchased Duke Nukem Forever, rocketing it to the #2 position on the NPD sales charts for the month of June. Perhaps they just didn't want to ask for refunds on those 14-year-old pre-orders. The Duke occupies a position on the charts just under its equally retro (in a different way) Take-Two contemporary, L.A. Noire.
Also notable on the sales charts is the debut of another time-lost title, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. At #5, it is the first 3DS exclusive to chart in the NPD top ten. Find the top ten best-selling games listed after the break.
It's definitely a triumphant month for the past, as total game sales were down from $1.15 billion in June of 2010 to $1.03 billion in June of this year. Once again, however, Microsoft is happy, declaring its Xbox 360 the only console in the US to show year-over-year growth. The Xbox was the top-selling console with 507,000 units which Microsoft claims is "nearly twice as many units as other current-generation platforms" this month.
02. Deku Tree’s Theme
03. Fairy Navi
04. Inside a House
05. Kokiri Forest
08. Inside the Deku Tree
09. Boss Battle
10. Hyrule Field Main Theme
11. Kepora Gebora’s Theme
13. Hyrule Castle Courtyard Game
14. Princess Zelda’s Theme
15. Lon Lon Ranch
16. Kakariko Village
17. Goron City
18. Lost Woods
19. Middle Boss Battle
20. Dodongo Boss Battle
21. Zora’s Domain
22. Great Fairy’s Fountain
Navi in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was annoying in a "fly in your kitchen at dinnertime" way, but the filmmakers at Humble Punch Productions have shown us it could've been worse, like "12 foot radioactive cockroach in your meatloaf as you serve it to the President and First Lady" annoying.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has been in stores for a little over a week. You've no doubt read our Ocarina of Time review and perhaps even participated in our survey asking you why you bought the game. But IGN is made up of more than one editor, and after giving several folks a chance to play the game, we started asking the following question:
Was the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time worth revisiting?
It's a simple question. Read on for our editors' thoughts...
One of the biggest changes in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was the addition of the boss challenge mode. Accessible through Link's house, this mode allows players to relive some of the game's greatest encounters, from the first boss Gohma to the invisible menace of Bongo Bongo.
After playing The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time in both two and three dimensions, you probably think you know everything there is to know about the watershed action-adventure, but how wrong you are! In a recent Iwata Asks, Shigeru Miyamoto and Iwata unearthed even more dirt on the game.
For example, did you know Miyamoto and team didn't think cutting grass was particularly fun, but fans of Link to the Past demanded it? It's true! Did you know it was kind of inspired by Twin Peaks? It's true! Did you know that Navi is the real Keyser Söze? It's true!
As Zelda's creators open up more and more about their development process, new little details and insight into the making of these games keep popping up. We recently outlined 10 things you probably didn't know about Ocarina of Time. But in a recent edition of Iwata asks, Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto opens up about even more of the lesser-known details that went into developing this legendary game. Some of them might surprise you...