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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]

Dragon Quest XI - 3DS-exclusive features revealed, new details


The following information comes from the recent Dragon Quest XI Direct and was translated courtesy of Gematsu:

  • The Nintendo Switch version has yet to have a specific release date.
  • You'll be able to travel to previous Dragon Quest worlds.
  • In 2D mode, there are secret locations called “Hidden Spots” that you can find.
  • In 3D mode, there are symbol-based encounters. By using the A button, you can perform a preemptive attack.
  • 2D mode uses random encounters.
  • The bottom screen displays the map. You can switch between the full map and the area map.
  • There is a “Travel Memories” feature that lets you look back on events in 2D and 3D modes.
  • The circle pad is used for 3D screen movement, while the d-pad is used for 2D screen movement.
  • The 3DS version uses “StreetPass” functionality.
  • The main element of StreetPass sees players interacting with a race known as the Yocchi.
  • The Yocchi will request that you rescue the Yocchi in critical situations that you encounter along your journey.
  • The key to rescuing Yocchi is a dungeon called the “Labyrinth Beyond Time.”
  • You can form a party of up to eight Yocchi from among the Yocchi you gather, and send them off into the dungeon.
  • In the dungeon, you can choose whether to control the Yocchi directly or proceed automatically. Choosing the latter means both movement and battles are automatic.
  • There are treasure chests and you can obtain items in the dungeon.
  • The abilities of each Yocchi differ, and various types exist from weak to strong. They will not return if they’re killed by the enemy. You can gather Yocchi in the field or from other players through StreetPass.
  • By defeating the “Gate Keeper” awaiting at the end of the dungeon, you will obtain an “Adventure Log Password.”
  • By giving the Adventure Log Password to the Yocchi elder, you can go the worlds of past Dragon Quest games.(In the Nintendo Direct, we see the player visit the worlds of Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest V.)
  • There are problems occurring in the worlds of past Dragon Quest games, and resolving them has something to do with saving the Yocchi.

NPD Report - Gamers spent $542 million on video games in May, best-selling 3DS/Switch games


According to a recent NPD report, the total amount of money that was spent in May 2017 on video game-related hardware, software, and accessories was approximately $542 million. This is down 11% since May 2016, which was due to the fact that there were not as many significant game releases during the May 2017 period. Here's the breakdown:

  • Total: $542 million (down 11 percent from $610 million in May 2017)
  • Hardware: $147 million (up 7 percent from $138 million)
  • Console software: $271 million (down 20 percent from $339 million)
  • PC software: $12 million (down 48 percent from $23 million)
  • Accessories: $112 million (up 1 percent from $111 million)

Software for Nintendo Switch (digital sales not included):

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
  4. Disgaea 5 Complete
  5. 1-2 Switch
  6. Lego City: Undercover
  7. Puyo Puyo Tetris
  8. Super Bomberman R
  9. Just Dance 2017
  10. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
Software for Nintendo 3DS/Vita
  1. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
  2. Pokemon Sun
  3. Pokemon Moon
  4. Super Mario Maker
  5. Mario Kart 7
  6. Mario Sports Superstars
  7. Super Smash Bros.
  8. Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  10. Super Mario 3D Land
The best-selling games of 2017 so far:
  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. For Honor
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  7. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Injustice 2
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
In terms of console sales, the PlayStation 4 was the #1 console of the month, but Nintendo's sales have soared throughout each of the other months. Hardware sales have increased by 7% since 2016, mainly due to the Switch.