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The Legend of Zelda is Delayed til 2017

I’m afraid so, the game is now due to be released in 2017 rather than at the end of this year. Still, there’s some good news in it too, as the game is now heading to the Nintendo NX! Yep, just like Twilight Princess before it, Zelda U is now being released on both the Wii U and Nintendo NX systems. This should give early adopters for the latter a Zelda game to play on launch day, assuming it comes out around that time.

It’s also going to be playable at E3 2016, so hey, guess that’s something.

Nintendo have also released a ‘new’ piece of artwork for the game. Well, they say it’s new, it’s really just the same version of Link from the screenshots but in better quality. Here it is:

Zelda Wii U Link Artwork

Here’s a tweet from Nintendo backing up the delayed release date and Nintendo NX release:

So what do you think about this? Are you happy the game is also being released on the Nintendo NX? Or do you wish it had stayed a Wii U only game and been released this year? Post your thoughts in the forums here or on our social media channels now!

Nintendo’s Next Splatfest Vote; Spongebob or Patrick?

Yes, they really do mean the characters from Spongebob Squarepants. That’s really Nintendo’s next Splatfest theme in America and Europe, with the company teaming up with Nickelodeon to present the next Splatoon poll.

Here are the official tweets about it, if you need proof that I’m not actually joking:

So what can I say about this? Well to be honest, quite a bit actually. I’m rather pleased that for once in their life, Nintendo’s crossover stuff involves an American franchise rather than a Japanese manga or anime series (like in say, Super Mario Maker). Shows that the company is at least somewhat willing to try and appeal to kids outside of Japan with their crossovers and product tie ins and stuff.

But what do you think about this Splatfest? And who you supporting, Spongebob or Patrick?

Star Fox Zero Credits Contain Satoru Iwata Tribute

Last year, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata died from a tumour connected to complications involving a tumour related to his bile duct. But while it was perhaps a bit late for 2015’s Nintendo games to pay the man tribute, it seems Star Fox Zero has done just that. Note this screenshot, showing part of the game’s ending:

star fox iwata tribute

The text is as follows:

This game is dedicated to our wingman who fell in battle.

As you can probably guess, it’s a pretty clear reference to Iwata and his untimely demise, and is a really sweet way of paying him tribute in a game he sadly couldn’t see get released. Thanks Platinum Games (and Nintendo), for honouring Iwata’s memory in this game. And also for doing it in such an amazing way, with the tribute feeling like part of the game’s universe.

But what do you think? Are you happy with this tribute to Satoru Iwata in Star Fox Zero? And do you think we might see something similar in some other games Nintendo is going to be releasing soon?


Star Fox Zero Credits Pay Tribute to Satoru Iwata – Nintendo Everything

Nintendo Explains Why Super Mario Maker Courses Are Removed

Ever since Super Mario Maker was released, there has been talk of levels being suddenly removed out of nowhere. The user isn’t breaking any rules, the level doesn’t use any glitches and nothing untoward is going on… it’s just yanked from the server. Guesses have included Nintendo removing levels by banned Miiverse users and said levels being removed due to poor design.

But now, Nintendo has finally released on a statement on the matter. The reason?

Because they apparently break some rules for the game. Here’s their point in full:

A Course I Uploaded Seems to Have Disappeared. Where Did it Go? (Super Mario Maker)

Answer: Unfortunately, we sometimes have to delete courses from Course World. Below are cases where courses can be removed from the server:

Low stars/plays

After a fixed period of time, courses with low stars/plays will be automatically deleted from the server.


Courses that include bugs that were unintended by either the course creator or the developers will be deleted. It’s important that we remove levels with bugs quickly, because letting these levels remain in Course World can lead to negative outcomes for many players such as players experiencing levels in unfair ways that the original course creator did not intend, or re-writing “World Record” times.

Requesting stars from other users

Courses that are explicitly asking for stars from other players will be deleted. For example, users are unable to use words “Like”, “Yeah!”, and the “★” symbol in their course names. Please change the course name when saving a course that includes these words.

Inappropriate Content

Courses that contain something inappropriate, such as offensive language or phrases will be deleted.
Other behavior in violation of the Nintendo Network Code of Conduct. Please note that repeated violations can result in additional penalties

But does this make sense? Does this clear up any questions about removed courses?

Well to be honest, no it doesn’t. Okay, courses removed for being rarely played/liked, that makes some sense. As does ones removed for bugs, and the (likely very few) removed for like farming.

But can someone seriously tell me how a level can have inappropriate content?

This ain’t Lunar Magic or Super Mario Bros X. You can’t import content into the game, at least as far as graphics, music or sprite behaviour goes. And with your limited options… well, you’re not gonna be competing with Super Mario World Dark Horizon or Panic in the Mushroom Kingdom any time soon:

So you have to wonder don’t you? How can people add ‘offensive phrases’ in? Do they write six screens of giant block text say ‘fuck you’? Either way, you’d have a lot of trouble trying to attack ideas or individuals in a level editor with no text functionality and no way to add custom graphics or sounds in.

I think something else has to be going on here. These answers given can’t explain everything.


Nintendo of America Support Page for Super Mario Maker

Zelda U Rumoured to Have Gender Options and Voice Acting

It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen anything of the Legend of Zelda for Wii U, hasn’t it? Indeed, with the game’s release date scheduled for this year and barely thirty seconds of footage having been seen since its announcement, the game’s got people varied for a variety of reasons.

But now, an interesting rumour has come out. Brought to us by Emily Rogers on Twitter (she’s previously known for writing articles about Nintendo’s strategies and business practices), they hint at all kinds of new additions to the series. Like voice acting (for everyone except Link). Or the player choosing what gender he/she is. Here are the tweets mentioning these rumoured new additions to the series:

As well as one additional one, telling people to look forward to more unique features:

So what do I think here? Well to be honest, I’m fine with most of them. The game being on Wii U and NX? Fine. Remember, the Wii U is basically dead at this point, best to let Zelda U do well on NX (like Twilight Princess) rather than die unloved on a dead system (like Skyward Sword). As long as the game is mostly identical on both consoles, Zelda U on Wii U and NX is the best thing for it.

The gender options? Don’t really give a toss. It’s not my preferrence (I prefer adding a badass female character alongside the male one, with their own designs and personalities), but I don’t dislike it either. More choices is good, right?

Above: It begun a while back anyway. Hopefully a female Link is closer to this than just a carbon clone of male Link with feminine clothing.

And the voice acting… well that’s what I’m arguably least interested in. Always found voices in any form of media kind of annoying if not done well (hence why I avoid Let’s Play videos in articles here), but I’ll give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt here. Supposedly Xenoblade had decent voice acting, as did Kid Icarus Uprising. Let’s just hope there’s an off switch for the future.

Above: What I hope Zelda U’s voice acting isn’t like.

On another note, the internet seems to have leapt on ‘gender options’ and gone all ‘OMG GamerGate is going to be so annoyed LOL’ (or something similar). Quick hint here.

They don’t give a toss.

GamerGate doesn’t give a flying [BEEP] if a game lets you choose a character’s gender.

Seriously, they never did. The whole ‘GamerGate hates women in games’ thing came from the media attacking a strawman due to not doing any research and not wanting to criticise their own friends. Unless the game features a ton of overly positive comments related to safe spaces, ‘privilege shaming’, and maybe a ton of internet memes, it won’t be criticised at all by these people.

Back to the story now. Are the rumours true?

Well, I’d like to think they are, because Ms Rogers has been a reliable source for some things before, and does have some contacts in the industry. But there are also a lot of rather massive additions that might go a tad far for Nintendo. And hey, even ‘official’ sources can be very much wrong about stuff, especially if they’re lower ranked employees. So consider the rumours, just don’t think they have to necessarily be true.

What do you think about these Zelda U rumours?