February 7th, 2018
Zelda fans thought that they were getting a glimpse of the next Zelda installment when they saw a 3D-rendered battle between Link and Ganon at Spaceworld 2000. It looked to be the next natural step in the progression of graphics for the series and fans watching instantly yelled out in excitement upon seeing Link appear on-screen. One year later, Nintendo revealed the first main Zelda game since Majora's Mask would be a cel-shaded adorable nautical adventure, and fans were shocked by the change in art style. In retrospect, Wind Waker is a beloved part of the Zelda franchise, but in August 2001, the internet went completely insane with hatred towards the game. I unearthed an old IGN thread that was created shortly after Wind Waker's reveal at Spaceworld 2001. Here are the worst comments:
“I can't believe what they did to that Zelda game, just when I was saying that nintendo caters to old school gamers, they go and make zelda look like a frigging puppet show for 5 year olds.”
“what have they done i feel so sad now thats not the joy i was wanting why why why. where is the game that i think is a real world where is my mature zelda this just not right *crawls under a rock and dies*”
“It sucks guys. It purely sucks. I don't normally assume, but well some things in this world just suck, and this is one of em.”
“how can you people like the pictures... its like they scraped the game together using crayons.... the cube has all this power and they go and make a stupid looking Zelda game.....”
“FOR GOD'S SAKE PEOPLE HE LOOKS LIKE A REJECT FROM HEY ARNOLD OR A SIMILARLY BADLY ANIMATED PROGRAM. I WANTED MATURE, I GOT 5 YEAR OLD!”
“This games suck. God damn! I hate to u nintendo whores that say u like when inside you crying”
“OMG!!!! WTF HAPPENED?!?!?!?! Zelda looks like a little weak sissy bitch!! I just saw the movie/pics like 2 mins ago and what a pile of stinking crap! Fvck this.”
“They took Link, the flagship of the Nintendo world (Mario has long been dead from pasta overload) and turned him into a childlike girl.”
“The 2 Zelda games on the N64 were great now we get this cartoony POS!!! I wept when I saw the mutant 4yr old Link tip toeing it was straight out of as Bugs Bunny cartoon.”
“I hope that someone informs Shigeru Miyamoto about our complaints. I just hope he did this as a cruel joke and has the true Link we all know and love in development.”
“This is disgusting. I have never seen a game whose target audience is 3. Oh wait I forgot about Elmo's magic numbers game. Nintendo has become Disney. I hate Disney, and now I hate Nintendo.”
The comments go on and on like this, but I think you get the idea. A lot of people vocally hated Toon Link and felt that they had been duped by Nintendo. What was your reaction when you first saw footage of Wind Waker?
Nintendo has included backgrounds and calendars as MyNintendo rewards for some time now, but the latest offering on their site appears to have been sabotaged by King Dedede (or it might just be the result of pure laziness). For 50 platinum points, you can get a Kirby calendar for the month of February. The only problem is that is shows the month having 31 days instead of 28 and the days of the week are all incorrect (partial credit for at least spelling February correctly and putting a heart on Valentines Day). The most likely explanation is that Nintendo lazily used the exact same template for a previous month and slapped Kirby on top of it. I'm sure Nintendo will eventually realize their error, but it's hard to believe that they could have made such an obvious mistake without anyone noticing.
The discontinuation of the NES Mini console earlier this month was likely due to the fact that Nintendo is in the process of developing a similar plug-and-play system for the Super Nintendo. The Super Nintendo mini is still in the process of being designed and will be ready for purchase in December in the US.
Its prececessor, the NES Classic Edition (commonly referred to as the NES Mini) sold over 1.5 Million worldwide and became nearly impossible to find at most retailers in North America due to short supplies and opportunistic scalpers, some of whom went on to list the $60 console online for up to 10 times its original value.
The NES Classic came with 30 built-in games, so it would be fair to assume that the SNES Classic would have a similar number of Super Nintendo titles. Sadly, some excellent Super Nintendo games have emulation issues that have led to their omission from the Virtual Console (Yoshi’s Island) and others have copyright issues that would require Nintendo to jump some legal hurdles (Final Fantasy II & III).
What games would you like to see on the SNES Classic?
The Strong Museum has inducted 15 more games into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
The titles are: Tomb Raider, Street Fighter II, Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Sims, Civilization, Pokemon Red and Green, The Oregon Trail, Nürburgring, Minecraft, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, John Madden Football, Elite, and Grand Theft Auto III
These creepy portraits are actually of some of the members of the Gameboy Camera's development team. They can be accessed by selecting the "run" option, but also appear sometimes when an error occurs (usually when the Gameboy Printer isn't hooked up correctly). At the time of its release in 1998, the Gameboy Camera was the worlds' smallest digital camera.
The limited time "Pikachu Cafe" at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo served a wide variety of Pokemon themed dishes including Pikachu burgers, parfaits, and even a bun made to resemble Pikachu's derriere.