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Return of Cartoons
on Monday, July 11, 2005 by Barry
For the past weeks I haven't really been able to access the ftp from my computer. It goes off and on for some reason. Anyways, we should be on that new server I spoke of a while back very soon.

G4TV is showing the trailer of Twilight Princess saying the release date is November 11. No official confirmation yet.

Return of Cartoons
on Saturday, June 19, 2005 by Barry
DVDtoons has the latest on the announcement from Sony Music that DVDs for The Super Mario Brothers Super Show, The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Series, and Heathcliff: Uncut are on the way. The 4-disc Super Mario Brothers Super Show DVD set will arrive in stores on October 25th, while the 3-disc Legend of Zelda: The Complete Series DVD set will be available to own on October 11th. In addition, the 4-disc Heathcliff: Uncut DVD set will be released on September 20th.
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Behind the scenes
on Saturday, June 13, 2005 by Barry
As it may appear that Zelda Central has been dead, it's quite the opposite. Here at ZC we've been working greatly on getting ZC over to another server -- and we're almost done.

Meanwhile, the Forest Haven, Zelda Central's forums, had exceeded the 10,000 members and 100,000 posts marks.

I've been having quite a hard time accessing the ftp from home, so that explains my lack of posts. We should be on the other server very, very soon along with new features, so please be patient with us and hope for a smooth transfer.

New site feature: Monthly comic
on Wednesday, June 1st, 2005, by spit
A fan comic has been added to the "For the fans" section. Thanks to Linkmaster30000 of our very own Forest Haven forums, we bring you this month's comic entitled "Link and the Golden Squirrel". Enjoy!

(Link)


On a side note: Be sure to check out this nice Zelda parody (Link) if you haven't seen it already, thank yous go to Knuxman from the FH forums for the link.

E3 2005: Nintendo roundtable
on Tuesday, May 18, 2005 by spit
During a Nintendo roundtable today more information about the Twilight Princess was revealed:

There will be a kind of light/dark world element in the game. The twilight represents the dark and evil spreading throughout the world of Hyrule. Some puzzles will require you to go back and forth through through the two worlds much like time travelling did in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

Midna, the magical and mystical person/creature seen riding on Link's back while he is in wolf form, was originally an enemy, but teams up with Link to fight a common enemy.

It was confirmed that Link is able to communicate with animals and that they can teach him abilities. The size of the game is said to be much larger than Ocarina of Time, and features more dungeons than Ocarina of Time. The game will feature orchestrated music, but only in places and situations where the directors feel it will enchance the gaming experience.
Source: Cube-Europe.com

Other news:
Two official art images have been added to the Twilight Princess official art gallery. The official logo, and a beautiful image of Link and Zelda. Go to the Twilight Princess official art section by clicking on either of the images below.

E3 2005: Zelda trailer direct download
on Tuesday, May 18, 2005 by spit
The Zelda 2005 E3 trailer is now avaiable for download here at ZC. Link can be found here or through our Twilight Princess section.

Site news : Twilight Section added
on Tuesday, May 18, 2005 by spit
A brand new Twilight Princess section has been added. It can be found under "The Games" on the menu to the left, or directly through this link: Twilight Princess section.

E3 2005: Zelda trailer, screens and info
on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 by spit
A new wave of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess screenshots and official artwork have just surfaced on the internet.
The entrie E3 2005 Zelda trailer is now avaiable to the public! (Quicktime format, Nintendo's official Zelda pages). See links below.

Quoted description of the game from Nintendo's own www.zelda.com:
"When an evil shadow stretches from the heart of Hyrule to its peaceful borderlands, a young farm boy named Link must awaken the hero within and stand tall in defense of his village. Lead Link and his beloved steed into battle against hordes of foul creatures with an incredible horseback combat system, then take on massive bosses that have to be seen to be believed. The last ray of hope for a dying realm, Link finds himself on an epic journey that will challenge him endlessly and transform him in ways unimaginable."

So, it has been confirmed that the story does takes place in Hyrule as expected, Link is now a young farm boy, and sets out to defend his village. He will be transformed (if you have seen the trailer, you might remember Link transforming into a wolf), and the realm is dying, as usual :). Very interesting information indeed.

The release date for the game remains unchanged on the www.zelda.com web pages, quote: "Release Date: Holiday 2005", though there was no word on this during the Nintendo E3 press conference.

-> Official art

-> Fresh screenshots

-> E3 2005 trailer
We apologize for the gallery not working at the moment, therefore, as a temporary solution, I've created separate pages for each set of pictures.
Source: Nintendo/Nintendo's Zelda pages

E3 2005: Zelda named!
on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 by spit
The name of the next Zelda game for the GameCube will be:
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
A new Zelda trailer was shown on the Nintendo E3 press conference today with a darker, more mature setting. More info will follow, stay tuned!

Update:
->
It was mentioned on the press conference that a new Zelda game was in the making for the Nintendo Revolution.
->
In the new trailer shown today, Link transforms into a wolf in one of the sequences, and some mysterious guy was riding on his back.
-> The Nintendo Micro is a new portable console smaller than an iPod mini, capable of playing all GameBoy Advance games.

E3 2005: Welcome to the revolution!
on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 by spit
The frist few images of the Nintendo Revolution have arrived!

There you go! The new home for the Zelda series and future Nintendo gaming. Read more info on it in an USA Today article posted today at: http://www.usatoday.com. The Nintendo Revolution (I assume this is the name of the machine, as this is printed on the side of it) is said to have 2-3 times the power of the Nintendo GameCube, sports DVD playback, wireless compabilities, and backwards compabilities with the GC (plays GC games as well as the new Nintendo revolution DVD format. It is said that online play is for free. Nintendo officials state that their new machine is not all power, what matters is what you do with it. Please do note the very sleek design, and the fact that the machine is no bigger than 3 DVD covers stacked on top of each other. We will have more news and pictures as it breaks, so stay tuned!
Source: http://www.vg.no http://www.usatoday.com

As darkness falls, a hero has risen in the staircase
on Sunday, May 15, 2005 by spit
Possibly the world's coolest staircase? The entrance to the E3 Convention Center has been decorated in the stylish colours of the next Zelda game, including a huge picture of adult Link awaiting anyone who wishes to enter. See for yourself by following this link and clicking on the pictures: jeux-france.com.
Source: http://www.jeux-france.com

IGN and Nintendo
on Friday, May 13, 2005 by Barry
Nintendo has teamed up with IGN to bring online capability via GameSpy.

 

REDMOND, Wash., May 10, 2005 - Nintendo is partnering with IGN Entertainment to create an innovative network for portable video games that is not only expansive but also extremely easy for everyone to use. Set to debut later this year, the wireless service for Nintendo DS™ will use IGN's GameSpy Technology to let people around the world link easily and wirelessly to play games, just as if they were playing face-to-face.

"With minimum setup procedures, Nintendo DS owners will be able to enjoy Wi-Fi gaming just as easily as if they were playing with their friends in the same room," explains Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing. "To realize this simple and seamless transition to Wi-Fi gaming, we're partnering with one of the leaders in the multiplayer gaming world. Accessing the service will require no added Nintendo subscription charges, whether users hook up using a home broadband Wi-Fi connection or access a Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop, library or elsewhere. It doesn't get any easier than that."

The service will be used by a variety of upcoming games, including the previously announced Animal Crossing® DS. Other titles will be revealed in the coming weeks. When using the service, DS owners can choose whether they would like to play with friends or strangers, whether nearby or on the other side of the world.

The service represents the first foray by IGN's GameSpy into portable games.

"We're excited to bring the technology that powers more than 300 PC and console video games to Nintendo's innovative wireless platform. Now developers can easily and confidently add advanced matchmaking, community and other multiplayer services to their Nintendo DS games," says Mark Stieglitz, general manager of IGN Entertainment's GameSpy Technology Group. "We're honored that Nintendo is choosing IGN's GameSpy as their middleware partner, and look forward to a very long relationship."

About IGN Entertainment: IGN Entertainment provides many of the Internet's leading destinations for video gaming, entertainment and community targeted at teens and 18-34 year-old males. The company's properties include IGN.com, GameSpy, Rotten Tomatoes, FilePlanet, GameSpy Arcade, GameSpy Arena, Direct2Drive, TeamXbox , 3D Gamers, more than 70 community sites and a vast array of online forums. IGN Entertainment is also a leading provider of technology under its GameSpy brand for online game play in video games, providing developers and publishers with cost effective solutions for matchmaking, community building, piracy prevention, and in-game marketing. The company's paid content, download and game play services are among the most popular game-related subscriptions available on the Internet. The privately held company has its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S.

G4 and E3
on Sunday, May 8, 2005 by Barry
G4TV is promoting coverage of E3 every night of the event at 7pm, giving everyone a chance to see what's going on.

Up Next
on Friday, May 6, 2005 by Barry
Time to kick it into high gear with Zelda Central. We have started the process of making Zelda Central again your #1 resource for quality zelda information and news. So keep checking back daily for new features and information on what to expect.

Next gen Zelda news!
on Thursday, April 21, 2005 by Barry
I apologise for the lack of updates. My laziness has got the best of me.

Nintendo has closed the Pokemon Center and New York and will replacement with the "Nintendo World Store", which will feature showings of unreleased games and such.

Information is also circulating that Nintendo will not show the "Nintendo Revolution" (next gen console) at E3, unlike the competitors. Perhaps this is to have all the focus on Zelda? Or maybe to keep their plans a secret?

Alot of attention has been focused on the Nintendo DS on the reference to "future software." Right now what is being said about it is pure speculation.

Finally, Spanish magazine scans of the upcoming Zelda game have been circulating. You can view these at the gallery of our affiliate, Zelda Universe.

Next gen Zelda news!
on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 by spit
We've had an official confirmation by Nintendo saying that there actually is a Four Swords game in the making for the Nintendo DS. Although the game has previously been announced by Eji Aonuma, this is the first time we have an official Nintendo statement on this. Expect more FSDS info as soon as E3 kicks off. Source: Gamespot

According to video gaming site spong.com there'll be a bonus pre-order disk which'll come with "The Legend of Zelda". Nintendo are also said to be making three versions of the highly anticipated game, though "only" two versions are going to be released. Hopefully you can make some more sense out of these confusing news than I did. Source: Spong

April Fools!
on Saturday, April 2, 2005 by Barry
That's right! Yesterday was a cruel April Fools joke ;)

Closing ZC
on Friday, April 1, 2005 by Barry
It's time to move on....

IPB 2.0
on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 by Barry
I have upgraded the forums to Invision Power Board 2.0.3, the latest version available. This version has enhanced security, more features, and just plain looks better.

If you haven't already, be sure to register there. Your donations made this upgrade possible, so I'd like to encourage everyone to donate for more features like this one!

LegendOfZelda.net
on Thursday, March 24, 2005 by Barry
Yes, that's right! You can now access ZC from LegendOfZelda.net. Now when you tell your friends about ZC, it's easier for them to remember the address to get here. Thanks goes out to Blackburn, who is our former host and owner of our new affiliate, FFNet.org. The numerous people that donated made this possible. Many thanks to you if you did.

Note: This is NOT a URL change -- just an addition!

E3 2005
on Monday, March 21, 2005 by Barry
Representatives of the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) have announced that the exhibit has been completely sold out of space -- the fastest in 5 years. Could Zelda be responsible for this? probably. :)

Zelda 2005
on Sunday, March 20, 2005 by Barry
IGN offers some of their trailer observations, Vocal Talent Information, and Release Date Rumor Information.

Broadband at last
on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 by Barry
Finally! I have finally got cable all set up -- my step dad recently purchased it, and I have moved my computer over to his house, where I will be staying from now on! Yes, this does mean I've been managing this site on dialup for those of you that didn't know.

I feel that this opens up new windows for ZC. It will let us add more media and allow me to update faster, but I also feel that it will be a bit destracting for me, as I will be able to play (with lack of uberlag) the ever-growing list of great online games.

Hype for Zelda 2005(6) has expanded even more as a result of the extended trailer. It allowed us to observe more gameplay in the game, and of course, allowing us to conclude new facts. Talk about it at the forums!

Special Promotion
on Sunday, March 13, 2005 by Barry
Reggie has stated that there will be a special premium edition promotion of Zelda 2005(6) in a recent interview with GameSpot, as we would expect with any Zelda game.

"We want them to leave feeling that "Wow, Zelda is going to be as huge hit and I want it now. And I'm going to go to my local retailer and put a deposit for the super premium edition of the game," which we'll make available."

Here it is
on Thursday, March 10, 2005 by Barry
Well, the rumor has been confirmed -- here it is, the new trailors (from IGN & Nintendo.com):

To save: Rick Click, "Save Target As.."

Nintendo has also confirmed the Fourth Quarter 2005 release of Zelda 2005 has been confirmed by Nintendo.com's press section and in an interview with Reggie Fils-Aime:

"IGNcube: Nintendo previously stated that Mario 128 could be a GameCube title, and then it suggested that it might instead be for Revolution. Is Mario 128 for GameCube or Revolution?

Reggie: We're going to answer that question at E3. You know, we at Nintendo are probably waffling back and forth on what's the best thing to do. Legend of Zelda is going to be on GameCube. We're going to launch that this holiday. And there's more to come on what happens with Mario 128."

Trailer
on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 by Barry
Rumors are going around stating that we can expect the previously unreleased trailer (that we had heard of during last years E3) will become public tomorrow. Remember, this is a RUMOR.

A tad bit of everything
on Thursday, March 3, 2005 by Barry
Not much has been going on Zelda-wise lately. Minish cap is old news, but there has been some controversy over EGM's April Fools joke, saying that there will be a bonus disk on April 1st for Zelda 2005(6), & a game, Wiki, that is quite similar to the Wind Waker visually.

Be sure to check out HTLOZ II -- it's a remake of the old Hylian Legends of Zelda, which left us a couple of years ago.

Zelda 2005(6) = Sequel to Wind Waker
on Saturday, February 18, 2005 by Barry
Aonuma offers reconfirmation of the upcoming Zelda game being a sequel to the Wind Waker.

February 18, 2005 - In an interview with the French publication Liberation, Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma commented on the next installment in the series for GameCube, and confirmed that a DS Zelda title is underway.

Aonuma, who was the level designer for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and directed the follow-up Majora's Mask, is currently overseeing the new GameCube Legend of Zelda. "I'm two-hundred percent involved in its development," he told the publication.

Shigeru Miyamoto's right-hand man was slim on details about the game. "The next episode in the Zelda series for GameCube is already coming, but I can't say absolutely anything about it," he explained. "You know the deal -- even the title and theme are still secret."

However, he did confirm two never-before-known facts about the project. "The next grand Zelda game, which follows chronologically after the Wind Waker, will be released at the end of 2005 in Japan," Aonuma revealed. The late 2005 release date in Japan would indicate that a simultaneous launch in the US could be planned.

Quizzed for more specifics on the game, Aonuma held firm, but did say: "I can reveal one lone secret: it'll be very, very beautiful."

Aonuma also spoke on a Legend of Zelda title for Nintendo DS. "There's no doubt about a Zelda game for the DS," he said. "In fact, know that our ideas for Four Swords have greatly contributed to the concept behind the DS."

The producer also noted that his work on the GBA-based Four Swords influenced the direction of the DS. "The gameplay ideas we came up with for Four Swords provided examples on what kind of games would be possible on the Nintendo DS and what kind of advantages the double-screen would enable. It was all theoretical, but today we realize it's a pity -- a real shame -- that we haven't created a demonstration of a real, great Zelda game for DS."

In addition, Aonuma spoke briefly about his career. The 40 year-old producer revealed that he had never touched a videogame before he began work at Nintendo as a designer some 17 years ago. "My first experience playing a game was Zelda: A Link to the Past. A great memory that still influences me to this date."

So what does the man who helped shape the Legend of Zelda series think of its faithful hero? "Link reminds me a lot of the little boy I just had: always happy, playful, and talented enough to get himself out of every situation."

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