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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Nintendo has uploaded a new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD highlighting amiibo functionality.

For the most part, the video recaps what we already knew. Using the Wolf Link amiibo unlocks the Cave of Shadows (final name), which has players taking on waves of enemies. We also have clarification on saving with the figure. Today’s trailer mentions: “You can save a record of your remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo and attempt to beat your score whenever you want.” I suppose our theory from earlier today about checkpoints was too ambitious, and this does make the most sense!

Link and Toon Link amiibo restore arrows, as was mentioned in Famitsu’s report. The Zelda figure restores hearts, and Ganondorf provides a challenge with extra damage (this lasts until your session ends or are defeated). Oh, and we still don’t know how the Wolf Link amiibo ties into Zelda Wii U.

Thanks to shinun and Mucrush for the tip.

In addition to new amiibo information, this week’s Famitsu article on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD contains another set of screenshots. We’re able to see the inventory screen for the first time (shown above, blurry after making it bigger), and it contains an interesting secret.

The very last box has an icon… but not an ordinary icon. This is actually the very same image used for Miiverse stamps. So while not officially announced by Nintendo, Twilight Princess HD should make use of those. Listings for the collector’s edition guide have also teased Miiverse functionality.

The inventory screen itself has seen a revision since the original release of Twilight Princess. Here’s what it looks like on GameCube (image via Zelda Wiki):


Thanks to Jake for the tip.

The latest details about amiibo support in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD leaked out of Famitsu yesterday. Now that we have the issue for ourselves, we have even more information about how different figures work in the game.

First, we have additional news about the Ganondorf amiibo in Twilight Princess HD. After scanning it, you’ll receive twice the amount of damage as you normally would. You’ll know the effect has taken place when Link’s hearts bar changes from red to blue. Also, unlike other amiibo which can be only used once per day, it looks like Ganondorf can be scanned as many times as you like. This is partially speculation, but this might be because the effect has a time limit and wears off after awhile.


Yesterday, the Japanese Zelda Twitter account began sending out new messages to promote Twilight Princess HD. There’s another post today, though this time it’s more about the series in general. Along with the timeline image above “Malo” wrote the following:

“…it’s Malo. This is a rare article brought by the pops with mustache… (note: likely Aonuma) So according to this, this story is the era of victory of the Hero of Time. The Hero of Time? …I don’t know the details, but why is everyone wearing green clothes? …if they’re of the same brand. That’s gotta be really good product appeal.”


Update (1/19): Bumped to the top. This is now at a bigger discount – $16 instead of $7.

Original (1/16): Prima’s guide for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD can now be pre-ordered on Amazon. You can reserve the collector’s edition here, and standard version here. If you pre-order the first one, you can save $7.

Our Canadian friends can pre-order here. If you’re in the UK, visit this link. There don’t appear to be any savings, however.

Here’s a look at the standard guide’s cover by the way:


The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD appears to be in this week’s Famitsu once again. While last week’s article was only a recap of the game as a whole, the latest issue touches on some new features. Leaks stemming from Famitsu talk about amiibo functionality.

Using the Wolf Link amiibo at a certain place will allow you to play “Thorough Battle: Trial of the Beast” (perhaps this is the Twilight Cave we heard about last week). If you clear this while owning the “Giant Wallet”, you’ll earn the “Bottomless Wallet”. This lets you hold up to 9,999 Rupees, compared to Giant Wallet’s maximum of 1,000. The leak also mentions something about how Link’s health inside normal dungeons can be recovered by the amount of hearts you preserved in the exclusive dungeon (which I assume is this one).

Nintendo is finally ready to talk about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD again in an official capacity. The series’ Japanese Twitter account was updated today with a brief introduction from Eiji Aonuma… as well as Malo, a character in the game.

Nintendo didn’t touch on new features just yet. However, some art was posted (pictured above). We also have this translation of the various tweets:

“Hello, this is Aonuma. This year the world of Twilight returns in HD after 10 years. From today we’d like to introduce information on Twilight Princess for a while.

Twilight Princess is a story about the 2 worlds of ‘Light’ and ‘Darkness’. The game’s scale was getting bigger, and at the early stages of the original [GameCube version], we drew a lot of setting scenes. We also plan to publish [things like] discussions and [hidden] treasured images at times, so please look forward to them!

The introductions from now on will be brought by Malo who appears in this game. Malo, I’m leaving it to you!


…I’m Malo. I may look like this, but I’m the owner of ‘Malo Mart’, the hero of prices. …I won’t forgive you if you think I’m a child and ridicule me [because of that]…”

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is going for $60 at retail. At the moment, the only way to pick up the game physically is by snagging the amiibo bundle. If you opt for the digital release though, you can save a little bit of cash.

Amazon just recently opened up pre-orders for the digital version of Twilight Princess HD. If you choose this option, it’ll only cost $50. You’ll miss out on the Wolf Link amiibo of course, but I do know that some of you aren’t interested in the figure. It’s almost certain that purchasing the game directly from the eShop will also cost $50.


By pre-ordering The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, consumers will receive a special bonus. Nintendo is including a sound selecting CD with reservations. GameStop posted a photo of the pre-order bonus, which we have above.

Nintendo and GameStop are actually calling this an “exclusive”. But as far as I’m aware, this should be available at multiple stores. Nintendo said in its original announcement: “The game’s iconic soundtrack will be offered as a bonus for fans who pre-order the game from select retailers.” So… I’m not quite sure why GameStop has this labeled as an exclusive. Maybe something has changed. If you really want the CD and live in North America, you should maybe go ahead and reserve the title at GameStop just to be safe.


The Nintendo UK store is now taking pre-orders for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Reserve the game here. Various options are available, including the standalone game, bundle with the amiibo/T-shirt, and more.


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