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Pokemon, NES, Legend of Zelda, and Mario Kart Hallmark ornaments releasing as well

A tree full of Nintendo cheer!

Earlier this week, we learned that 8-bit Donkey Kong, Mario, and Luigi Hallmark ornaments are slated to release this year. Turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg, as a whole different wave of ornaments is on the way as well.

First up on July 11th, 2020 are NES and Mario Kart ornaments. The NES ornament lights up and plays sounds from Super Mario Bros., while the Mario Kart ornament features Yoshi. Following those two on Oct. 3rd, 2020 are Pikachu, Poke Ball, and Legend of Zelda ornaments. The Poke Ball ornament is made of metal, and the Pikachu ornament shows of the character in a leaping post. The Legend of Zelda ornament is a replica of the original gold cartridge on the NES. You can check out more details on each ornament in Hallmark's Dreambook 2020 catalog.

Thanks to FangztheWolf for the heads up!

Taking a closer look at the Animal Crossing: New Horizons island that recreates the map from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

A labor of love

There's an incredible recreation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 's overworld in Animal Crossing: New Horizons...and we got to tour it! Join us as we explore Hyrule alongside the island's creator to find out how he designed it!

Fan-made "Paper Zelda" trailer looks good enough to be a real thing

Nintendo, take note!

When it comes to the 'Paper' treatment, Nintendo has gone all-out on Mario. There's been a few Kirby and Yoshi games that dabble in the papercraft genre, but Paper Mario is its own series. The gang over at 64 Bits doesn't think it's fair that Mario gets to hog all the folding fun, so they took a crack at things with The Legend of Zelda.

If you showed me the above trailer and told me it was Nintendo's next game, I would believe you. This is one of the most high-quality fan projects I've ever seen. The attention to detail is top-notch, and the references to the man adventures of Link and Zelda only make it that much better. Just watching the trailer makes me want Nintendo to give this idea crack. It's unbelievably charming, and I would be chomping at the bit to give it a go.

Some of the best Zelda: Breath of the Wild players have come together to create an amazing gameplay montage

Best of the best

Ever since Zelda: Breath of the Wild released, players have been honing their skills and using exploits to create some absolutely insane gameplay videos. We've seen some amazing things over the years, including one-shot kills from virtual miles away, sky high acrobatics that launch Link at warp speeds, and top-tier battles where the enemies don't stand a chance.

Four of the best Breath of the Wild players out there, RinHara5aki, Kleric, CHC Yu-Da, and Peco, have all come together to create one unbelievable video to showcase the best of their skills. This is meant to be a final hurrah for Breath of the Wild from these players, as we're inching ever closer to its sequel.

Do yourself a favor and take 10 minutes to watch the video above. You definitely won't regret it.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past's overworld recreated in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Talk about dedication!

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have been doing amazing things with the game, but this might be the most impressive yet. Redditor VaynMaanen spent 4 long days terraforming his New Horizons island to match the overworld map of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Obviously the scale between the two games is a bit different, but that doesn't make the end result any less impressive. Everything from A Link to the Past's map is there, from the Haunted Grove to Link's House. If you want to see even more examples of how the island turned out, you can check out a gallery from VaynMaanen below.

Animal Crossing Hyrule

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga's 8th volume now available in Japan, series hits 6 million copies printed

A hero of print media

The 8th installment in the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga is now available in Japan, and the cover makes mention of a series milestone. When worldwide figures are tallied, the Twilight Princess manga now has 6 million copies in print altogether! Seems like the manga has remained quite popular with each release!

This 8th installment will eventually make its way to North America and Europe. Expect it to see localization sometime later this year.

Koei Tecmo says their collaborations with Nintendo have been important, and "increased their reputation"

Collab clout

In recent years, Koei Tecmo and Nintendo have teamed up to work on spin-offs for some of Nintendo's biggest brands. The two companies worked together on Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors, which both turned out to be successful endeavors. In an interview with Gamesindustry, Koei Tecmo CEO Hisashi Koinuma explains just how valuable those collaborations were.

Perhaps the most remarkable of the subsequent collaborations were those with Nintendo, which entrusted Koei Tecmo first with the Zelda IP for Hyrule Warriors, and then with the Fire Emblem IP for Fire Emblem Warriors. "Being trusted with these big brands has been important," says Koinuma. "I think we now have a special reputation for working well with other companies... These collaborations have increased our reputation and image, and have given us a chance to establish ourselves as a company that can be trusted with big franchises."

Medicom Toy reveals series of Legend of Zelda "Link Ultra Detail" figures

You, Link, are the heroes!

Medicom Toy has a series of three Legend of Zelda Link figurines in the works, and they'll all release in Japan on Sept. 30th, 2020. The series are called Link Ultra Detail Figures, and include Link from Minish Cap, Ocarina of Time, and Breath of the Wild. Each one is priced at 1,320 yen. You can check out more pics of each figurine here, here, and here.

Son of a Glitch - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Glitch your way to victory

In this episode, we check out a ton of skips and glitches in the 2019 remake of Link's Awakening.

Glitches and Skips

1. Bow Wow Skip - 0:36
2. Villa Skip 2.0 - 2:52
3. Angler Key Skip - 4:43
4. Slime Eel Skip - 8:51
5. Wallriding Glitch - 11:05
6. Air Climbing - 12:48
7. Flame Skip - 14:16
8. Rooster Wall Clipping - 15:46
9. Skew Technique - 17:11
10. Super Hinox Throw Dungeon 8 Skip - 18:31
11. Super Hinox Throw Dungeon 7 Skip - 20:36
12. Zombie Link Glitch - 22:56
13. Invisible Link Glitch - 23:38
14. Raft Glitch - 25:17
15. Power Holding Glitch - 26:12
16. Spinning Link Glitch - 26: 54
17. Nightmare Softlock - 27:55
18. Credits and Patreon - 28:36

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Original Soundtrack gets a new promo video

A fantastic soundtrack

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Original Soundtrack launches in Japan today, and to celebrate the occasion, Nintendo has put out a new promo video to showcase what's in the set. Unfortunately, there are no plans to release this soundtrack outside of Japan, so fans looking to scoop one up will have to import. Thankfully Play-Asia makes that very easy to do!

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