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In an impressive display of both technical knowledge and creativity, YouTuber Allen Pan has modified an Amazon Echo to recognize and respond to songs from The Legend of Zelda played on an ocarina as opposed to just voice commands.

While this would be impressive on it’s own, Allen Pan has gone ahead and connected some frequently used devices in his house to the Amazon Echo and attached an appropriate song for each device. For example, playing the Bolero of Fire from Ocarina of time will turn on his heater; the Song of Storms will activate his humidifier and the Song of Healing from Majora’s Mask will reset all connected devices to their previous state, effectively working as an off switch for his entire house.

This impressive display of technical know-how is certainly one of the more unique and creative approaches to Zelda fandom. Check out the entire video below.

Hyrule Encyclopedia, the latest book celebrating Zelda’s 30th anniversary came out in Japan earlier this month. The series’ official Twitter account shared some photos of it yesterday. A few sample pages are posted below.

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The Zelda 30th anniversary concert album recently came out in Japan. We unbox the full contents below (specifically from the Limited Edition).

Earlier today, Nintendo of Europe put up an interview with Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma. The full Q&A has now been published on the company’s website.

One interesting comment came about when Aonuma was asked about his future. That prompted him to say, “I don’t think there’s much point in me making something other than Zelda”.

Aonuma’s full response:

“As I get closer to the retirement age, people ask me if I’m ever going to make anything other than a Zelda game. And so sometimes I think maybe I should. But Zelda games really have everything in them that I would want to make in a game. The way the main character grows and develops. The puzzles and the minigames. I don’t think there’s much point in me making something other than Zelda, if I did it would only end up being something just like it. It’s a problem. So I think I’ll just keep making Zelda games!”

Below are a few other interesting excerpts from the interview:

In conjunction with its month-long coverage on Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Game Informer asked series producer Eiji Aonuma about his three favorite games in the series.

He ranked Twilight Princess third “because I wanted to create something better than Ocarina.” Ocarina of Time was next, which he says “is a game that gave me the opportunity to create a 3D world.” Finally, he picked Phantom Hourglass as his top choice.

Quite a few Zelda figures are slated for the next few months, including Nendoroids and figmas. IGN shows off some of the merchandise on the way in the video below.

One of the more memorable moments in Zelda history was when Nintendo showed a GameCube tech demo at Spaceworld 2000. A brief scene depicted Link and Ganondorf duking it out in a realistic style. But as we later learned, it was just that – a tech demo and nothing more. Nintendo ended up going in a completely opposite direction for the next Zelda game following Ocarina of Time. Around two to three years later, Nintendo released the cartoon-esque, cel-shaded Wind Waker.

So what’s the story behind that tech demo anyway? And why did Nintendo decide against moving forward with it? In the new Zelda: Art & Artifacts book, artists Yoshiki Haruhana and Satoru Takizawa commented on the situation:

The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts arrives next week, but some fans are already receiving the new book from retailers. You can get an in-depth look at it below, courtesy of JSkeleton.

Dark Horse and Barnes & Noble bookstores are teaming up to celebrate the release of The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts. Next week, select stores in the United States will offer a quest. According to Dark Horse, “fans will be given a map of various locations throughout their store, where they must answer a trivia question at each stop. Those who are successful in their quest will be rewarded with an event exclusive Triforce enamel pin and photo opportunity.”

The listing of locations is as follows:

– 2/20 7pm Clackamas Town Center Mall, Portland, OR
– 2/21 7pm Huntington Beach Barnes & Noble, Huntington Beach, CA
– 2/21 7pm Stevens Creek Blvd Barnes & Noble, San Jose, CA
– 2/21 7pm Roseville/Har-Mar Barnes & Noble, Roseville, MN
– 2/22 7pm Lincoln Park Barnes & Noble, Dallas, TX
– 2/23 7pm Temecula Barnes & Noble, Temecula, CA
– 2/24 6pm Warren St (Tribeca) Barnes & Noble, New York, NY
– 2/24 7pm Anchorage Barnes & Noble, Anchorage, AK
– 2/24 7pm Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble, San Diego, CA
– 2/24 7pm Edgewood Barnes & Noble, Atlanta, GA
– 2/24 7pm River Oaks Shopping Center, Houston, TX
– 2/25 1pm Colonial Plaza Market Center, Orlando, FL
– 2/25 1pm Northgate Mall, Seattle, WA
– 2/26 2pm Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, HI
– 2/26 3pm Old Orchard, Chicago, IL

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Dark Horse has come out with a new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts to promote the book’s arrival later this month. Have a look at the video below.

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