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Zelda Breath of the Wild - Countdown to DLC Pack 1, Midna's design origin

The following information comes from Zelda.com:

Hello. I'm Takizawa, Art Director of The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild.

In DLC Pack 1: The Master Trials, players can find Midna's Helmet in one of the chests hidden in the world (this DLC is only available through the purchase of the Expansion Pass).


Midna appeared in the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game for Wii™ and Nintendo GameCube™, and she played an important role as Link's partner. On the Wolf Link amiibo™ figure (which was released alongside the Wii U remake of the game, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD), she's perching on Wolf Link.

  

Creating a "buddy" character who would stay next to Link at all times and battle in tandem with him was a first for a Legend of Zelda game. The challenge started with brainstorming among designers for ideas, and we eventually finalized this character through a trial-and-error process for her shape, facial expressions, actions, etc.

In early prototypes, as a placeholder for Midna, Tetra from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was riding on Wolf Link as he ran around Hyrule.

There was a secret project we were considering working on before The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for Wii, and Midna inherited the character profile for the "goblin/devilkin" character that would have been featured in that project. Looking back at the development notes from that time, there are some descriptions left on the notes clearly reminiscent of Midna, including "the appearance looks like a monster or a child," "can't tell if she's enemy or ally," "can't really tell what she's thinking," "sometimes selfish, but sometimes cute and naïve." That's why initial design sketches for Midna looked a lot like this "goblin" character.

Initial design still a lot of that "goblin" feel.

The actual Midna's Helmet was the physical manifestation of extremely powerful shadow magic passed onto the royal family of an alternate world, but when Link equips it in the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, it will add "Guardian Resist Up" to Link's defense. This will give Link more armor options when facing Guardians, so I hope you will utilize it well. My recommendation is to use this Helmet while exploring the world with Wolf Link!

Tomorrow, Ms. Shirakawa who worked on the game design will passionately talk about the outfit of 35-year-old man who wanted to be a fairy.


Famitsu - This week's review scores (6/27/17)


The following review scores come from this week's issue of Famitsu:

De Mambo (NSW) – 7/7/7/9 [30/40]
Minna de Nanpure (3DS) – 7/7/7/6 [27/40]

Pokemon Sun/Moon - Win More against the Elite Four in the “Defend Your Champion Title!” Global Mission

Show your mettle by taking on the Elite Four in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon with a new global mission at the PGL! In the “Defend Your Champion Title!” global mission, participants have a goal to collectively earn the title of League Champion 100,000 times between June 27 at 00:00 UTC and July 10 at 23:59 UTC. Everyone who becomes Champion for this global mission at least once will earn Festival Coins, and Pokémon Global Link members can earn even more rewards!

To earn the title of League Champion, not only will you have to take on the Elite Four, you’ll also have to defeat the current League Champion. Prepare your best team and figure out your best strategies. Remember that you can battle the Elite Four in any order, but your Pokémon won’t be healed automatically and you won’t be able to leave until you become Champion (or are defeated), so be prepared before you enter!

To join a global mission, first head to the Festival Plaza in your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game. Enter the castle and speak to the receptionist on the right. She’ll let you join the global mission and guarantee that every trip to the top will count toward this global mission. Then start battling for the title of League Champion.

If the goal of 100,000 Championship titles is reached, PGL members will earn 4,000 Festival Coins, while Trainers who haven’t joined the PGL will earn 2,000 Festival Coins. If the goal is not reached, the participation prize will be 400 FC for PGL members, and 200 FC for Trainers not registered at the PGL.

Pokémon Global Link members are also eligible to receive a Moon Ball—a Poké Ball that has better odds of catching a Pokémon that can evolve using a Moon Stone—if a bonus goal of 200,000 League Champion titles is reached. Plus, regardless of the success of the global mission, any PGL member who contributes at least one League Champion title to the tally will earn five Rare Candies!

Remember that a PGL account is free, and you have until the end of the global mission time period to create an account and sync your game to earn the bigger bonus. You can sign up for a PGL account today.

Check out “How to Participate in Global Missions” if you’d like a more detailed walkthrough on how to join the fun.

Good luck in the “Defend Your Champion Title!” global mission! Remember to use Game Sync by July 10 at 23:59 UTC to get your Elite Four victories counted toward the grand total.

StarFox 2 - Japanese box

I mean...what world am I in? How is this not the Twilight Zone?! I'm posting the official StarFox 2 box for Japan, and the game is seeing release in all regions this year. In all my years of GN, this is the most surreal moment I've ever had.

Super Famicom Classic Edition - AC Adapter box

I always loved the Super Famicom box, and I'm glad to see Nintendo kept that style for the Classic Edition in Japan. It's just colorful, retro and fun.

Shakedown Hawaii - new info on story and gameplay mechanics

- play as an aging Legitimate Businessman and D-list celebrity
- this character comes out of retirement when finding out via a news report that his old business is struggling to stay afloat
-.the business is on the verge of being taken over by a rival organized crime syndicate
- gameplay consists of shaking down local businesses for protection money with the threat (or actual use of) violence
- you then use that money to keep your business going
- you have mostly free reign to steal cars, run over pedestrians, and run amok
- wear disguises
- there is a police force and they will hunt you down if you aren’t careful
- one mission has you torching a collection of businesses
- the game's writing features observational humor and parodies of exploitative business practices
- you can have incidental conversations with denizens
- there are descriptions of locations on the map

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