HEY! LISTEN! – The Zelda Universe World Report. Here to point out interesting stops you might otherwise miss on the information superhighway (and, apparently, to resurrect completely outdated terms like “information superhighway”).
This new Sunday feature will be a weekly round-up of site, community, franchise and console news not covered in the daily updates, as well as anything else we stumble across that you might be interested in.
Wait a darn minute, pip, you might say – how do you know what we’re interested in? Has the staff of ZU been replaced by psychics and soothsayers? BURN THE WITCH!
Here’s the deal: come across an obscure link, operate a fan site, have an idea of what you’d like to see covered in ZUWR drop me a line at email@example.com . ZU is the biggest and best Zelda community on the net, and we want to do you right. Like Kentucky Fried Chicken.
(dead catchphrases revived= 2)
The New ZU News – Zelda Universe would like to formally welcome long-time community members andi, GDwarf, Aex and sadida to the ZU News Team. These four sturdy souls join myself, James, Lem and Scott to beat back the forces of Inactivity and brave the perilous cliffs of Relevancy. They will handle news and content updates, and be awesome.
Feel free to put your hands in the cage and feed often.
Abandon Ship – TSA of thehylia.com definitively states “we are no longer a fan site” in this February 4th update explaining why the Affiliates have disappeared and need to re-apply. Turns out being associated with Zelda is a “stigma” that needs to be overcome. While many applaud his efforts to grow his site, there is increasing skepticism over this new approach. Even still, the Hylia remains one of the most thoroughly updated sites around. Best of luck to the new Hy-GN. Link
lol Link – explodingdekunut.net updates their increasingly amusing “Accidentally Linked” official webcomic. Rare among fan works, this includes both clever writing AND an attractive art style (Hyrularity, RIP). Three installments so far. Link
NINTENDO & FRIENDS
Shiggy’s Army – IGN Gear breaks wind over a Wii Weights prototype. Like an Apple re-imagining of those embarrassingly 80’s workout weights your mama used to wear, this prototype contains four pockets, each capable of carrying 1 pound of sand. All part of Miyamoto’s devious plan to turn Nintendo fans into a race of super-strong arm wrestlers ready to smack down Mircosoft and Sony. Link
Tingled Pink – thehylia.com posts a scan from the latest EGM where they suggest Phantom Hourglass is coming out this summer, and Tingle’s Freshly Picked Rose Coloured Rupee Land RPG is set to bow on North American shores late this year. Earlier reports had PH landing in time for Christmas; there’s been no official word on a stateside release of Tingle’s solo outing. What does EGM know? How do they know it? BURN THE WITCH! Link
Splinter Cinema – Quoth the Globe and Mail, “Paris-based Ubisoft, which now employs about 1,600 people in [Quebec], says it will invest up to $454-million over the next six years and set up a new production centre in Montreal specializing in the creation of digital cinema content.” Yep. Ubi’s in the movies now, and doing it up here in Canada. 500 digital cinema specialists are expected to be hired by 2013, to “produce short films whose inspiration is drawn from games based on Ubisoft brands.” First up is an eight minute short film based on Assassin’s Creed. Link and Link
35.6 – That’s how many millions of units the DS has sold worldwide. They’re making millions each month – but still can’t meet market demand. Remember all those folk saying the PSP would T0t4lly 0WN the DS when they both bowed two years ago? I bet they all own DS. Mercury News chatted up Reggie Fils-Aime on the red carpet outside the 2007 DICE summit where he glowed about his handheld behemoth. He says it’s “not unthinkable” that the DS should surpass the installed user base of 360 in a year’s time. He also mentions how Sony misjudged its market; that Metroid Prime 3 will end the debate about FPS on Wii; offers Zelda up as an example of a deep Wii game… with 90 hours of gameplay? Maybe he’s just not very good at games. In short, the DS is awesome, the Wii is a phenomenon, and if you had the foresight to invest in Nintendo a year ago you’re bloody rich. Link
Killer App – On February 6th Rockstar Games announced a new Manhunt title for the PS2, PSP and Wii.
While the internet took a collective gasp, GamePolitics.com asked Nintendo what the deal was. Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Beth Llewelyn said: “Manhunt 2 is not developed or published by Nintendo. It is one of many titles released by third party publishers for our system that appeal to people of all ages and interests. Just as with movies, television, and books, different video games appeal to – and are appropriate for – different audiences.” Link
That’s it for this week. Enjoy your Sunday.