The latest issue of Official Nintendo Magazine (Nintendo's official publication in Australia and the UK) is teasing an in-depth look at Skyward Sword for its next issue in celebration of The Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary. There's no word on what kinda of information we will learn about the game from the next issue of ONM, which goes on sale on August 25th, but hopefully some details of the story and game locations will be revealed. You can check out scans of the teaser over at GoNintendo.
As we reported last week, Ninteno will be dropping the price of the Nintendo 3DS from $249.99 to just $169.99 on August 12th -- a massive cut of $80! As a goodwill gesture towards players who purchased the system prior the price cut, these early adopters will receive 20 free games from the Nintendo eShop on September 1st, as long as they connect to the service once prior to the August price cut. While 10 of these games were revealed (see our original report for the list), the remaining 10 games have not yet been named.
According to Nintendo World Report,Nintendo has since confirmed that Kirby & the Amazing Mirror will be among the free games given out to early adopters, and that the full list of games will be revealed by the price cut date of August 12th.
The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary concerts have had their second location and date announced: London, on October 25th, just four days after the initial performance in Los Angeles. The official Zelda Symphony site states that tickets for the London show will go on sale starting next Monday, August 8th. Be sure to get yours!
I'm happy to announce that we have finally put up the last four of GlitterBerri's interview translations (which she finished at the beginning of the year) from the 22-part series, Ocarina of Time Staff Interviews. These are interviews with the Ocarina of Time development staff from 1998 in which a variety of topics are covered, including details about removed gameplay elements as well as the staff's thoughts on the game and game development in general. It's a rather rare peak into the world of Zelda development, and it's filled with juicy details. For example, did you know that originally the entire game was going to take place in Hyrule Castle? Or that the Lost Woods theme was originally given an orchestral score? Or that you're more likely to catch a fish at the fishing pond when it rains? And how would you like to check out photos of the development staff at Ocarina of Time's launch party? Read all about this and more in the Ocarina of Time Staff Interviews!
With all this talk of a possible Majora's Mask 3D, it might be advantageous for you to take a bit of a refresher on how to get through the game. Our friends over at Zelda Dungeon have you covered with their outstanding series of Majora's Mask video walkthroughs, which they've just recently posted chapters three and four to. These video walkthroughs come with an awesome interactive heads-up display that will help you track your progress through the game's dungeons. Check 'em out on Zelda Dungeon's YouTube channel:
We've also just put up a bunch of helpful Majora's Mask cheat codes for those of you with gamesharks out there. With them you will be able to obtain all the masks, have all quest items, levitate into the sky, pause cutscenes, and more!