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Rumor has it that The Legend of Zelda could be the next major collaboration between Nintendo and LEGO.

A few days ago, JeanGreyForever posted information on the Eurobricks Forums about a potential new set. Promobricks has since received clarification that the details came from images spotted in a paid marketing survey.

Zelda LEGO Ideas banned

The LEGO Ideas platform is no longer accepting submissions for The Legend of Zelda projects due to a “license conflict”.

While Nintendo and LEGO have worked directly over the past few years – primarily when it comes to Mario – we’ve yet to really see anything come to fruition when it comes to LEGO Ideas. This system lets fans send over ideas that could turn into official products down the line.

Several weeks ago, Did You Know Gaming? released a video providing details on a couple of cancelled spin-off games that Retro Studios (of Metroid Prime fame) had pitched to Nintendo for The Legend of Zelda series. Since then, they’ve managed to acquire new information on one of these two projects via an official 22-page document, a strategy game planned for the Nintendo DS titled Heroes of Hyrule.

The game would have featured a plot mostly exempt of Link, in which a young boy named Kori finds a book that, unbeknownst to him, was used to seal away Ganon 100 years ago. He would have gathered pages of the book unaware of its true purpose in order to learn more about the stories held within, which detail the adventures of a Goron, Rito, and Zora hero who venture to Ganon’s Castle in a effort to free Link from his evil clutches.

Heroes of Hyrule

Did You Know Gaming? has secured information about another Zelda spin-off that Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios pitched to Nintendo, which was known as Heroes of Hyrule.

The game would have a story involving three heroes that lived 100 years in the past: a Goron, a Rito, and a Zora. The trio actually went on a mission to save Link. Link himself was actually captured while trying to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon. That’s where the three heroes come in. Eventually 100 years pass, and Link becomes an old man that owns an antiquities shop.

Link Watercolor Switch controller

PowerA isn’t slowing down on releasing new controllers for Switch, and retailer listings have now revealed that a new design is inbound for the Zelda series, with a specific focus on Link.

The “Link Watercolor” controller can be used wirelessly. It features two mappable Advanced Gaming Buttons and up to 30 hours of gameplay on a single charge via “a potent internal lithium-ion rechargeable 900mAh battery.” A 10ft (3m) USB-C charge cable is included, and PowerA says it “backs all products for 2-years to reinforce quality commitment.” Although both docked and undocked play is supported, note that HD Rumble, IR, and amiibo support are note included.

The Mario movie is coming out next year and while very little is known about it, its delay in April hasn’t given Nintendo fans a lot of confidence in the production. Of course, it’s too early to tell if it will be a good movie or not, but what is interesting to discuss is what other Nintendo properties would be good movies.

When we consider this, it’s fair to ask – what makes a “good” movie? Is it the plot, memorable characters, an amazing soundtrack, or lots of Morbin’? I would say all that helps (especially the Morbin’), but when it comes to conceptualizing a movie from a video game, there’s a greater thing to consider: how does the core premise fits into a cinematic wrapper?

Game Watch Zelda trailer

Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda is out around the world today, and Nintendo has gone live with a short, 15-second trailer to promote the news.

Here’s some information about the device:

More info has been released about the clock and timer on the Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda edition. It seems Nintendo has packed many features into the clock and timer interface of the system, meaning there is a lot to explore.

To start: when the clock screen is pulled up, the first Legend of Zelda game will display and change its environments based on the time of day it is. There are several variations of this, such as night and day scenes, but there are also special events that occur at unique times like when all the numbers are the same at “2:22.”

Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda is almost here, and Nintendo has shared a number of different gameplay clips for the product. We’re able to see the different titles included as well as the timer functionality.

For those that missed out on the original announcement, Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda includes The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. These games can be played in English or Japanese. The Game & Watch classic, Vermin, is also included. And finally, you’ll be getting a digital clock and timer, and you can interact with both.

Here’s a look at the gameplay for Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda:

In preparation for the release of the Legend of Zelda-themed Game & Watch system that is coming in November, Nintendo has dropped some new websites for The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening.

These websites have a huge overview of the games, including their history, game story, characters, and items. There are all sorts of new art assets here to explore, and even though each website is set to Japanese language, just the sheer amount of art is worth a look. The three websites can be accessed here for The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II, and Link’s Awakening

All three of these games will be playable on the Game & Watch when it releases, and Nintendo has even detailed in a blog post the differences between the regional versions that will be featured on the devices. This blog post is also in Japanese but it has screenshots that breakdown specific dungeons and levels and their unique differences. 

A few of these differences are included below but for the full list we highly suggest taking a look at Nintendo’s blog post. The Legend of Zelda Game & Watch is releasing on November 12, 2021.

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