Here it is, another wonderful edition of the Zelda mailbag. I just have one piece of info, and you can be sent off to your questions.

I mentioned this at the beginning of the video (when I said “For the third time”) and here is the explanation: This was my third attempt at recording this week because my camera decided to drain my batteries quickly and be stupid and die twice while I was recording.

Anyway, if you have a question that you would like answered for next week’s mailbag, feel free to send it in by visiting our wonderful “Send in to the Mailbag” page located at the link provided. Enjoy, and see you next week.

{{bubble}{Question 1: War and Peace}{}{}{

Adam writes:

Hey guys, I was wondering if you guys think that nintendo will ever make a zelda game that includes a war scene or maybe multiple battles. I think that would be awesome, wheather they’ll do it or not I don’t know. Would something like that even be achievable with a Wii motion plus attatchment? Thanks

James writes:

I think that would be awesome to include in a Zelda game, but it does seem like more of a RTS thing than a Zelda thing. When I think war scenes, I think scenes that involve me looking after a lot of characters at the same time (like Starcraft). I think Zelda has had games in the past where you had to go through multiple battles at the same time, but it was only Link running a gauntlet of some sort. Like the Cave of Ordeals in Twilight Princess. Granted, that is not what you’re thinking of, but I just don’t think Zelda is designed to be like that. Of course, they are changing the scheme a little (or at least that is what’s rumored), so we might.
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{{bubble}{Question 2: Midna’s Close Call}{}{}{

John writes:

In twilight princess, when Midna seems to be dying, what is really happening? What does Zelda do to Midna afterwards? Did she die? because if she did, how does she come back in the fight with Ganondorf?

James writes:

Twilight beings are just that, Twilight. They are meant to live in the Twilight Realm and not in our world of the Light. So, when Zant sends her to the Light world, she is slowly being cursed because she is not immune to our world like we are. Zelda senses that when you bring Midna to her, and she sacrifices her Light to let Midna travel on with out the rest of the game. She feels that Midna is more of a help than Zelda could be, so that’s why she sacrifices herself. She doesn’t kill herself, which allows for her to come back later in the game to fight alongside you. In a sense, she loses her physical form, and becomes a spirit similar to that of Spirit Tracks. The only difference is you don’t see her. Very confusing, I know.
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{{bubble}{Question 3: Jolene and an Easy Death}{}{}{

Ibrahim writes:

I would like to know the easiest way to eliminate Jolene in Phantom Hourglass in less then 5 shots

James writes:

There is no real easy way to kill her. The game decides when she wants to lock up with you, and it usually is under five shots. You can’t kill her, she will only retreat every time.
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{{bubble}{Question 4: The Trouble with Spinoffs}{}{}{

Dylan writes:

Why does Nintendo keep America from receiving nearly all of the Zelda spinoffs. All we have gotten was crossbow training.

HyruleMonk writes

I remember hearing about some Zelda spin off games like “Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland “, “Tetra Trackers”, and I was wondering why they haven’t come state-side yet? For me, they would be day-one purchases! You wouldn’t happen to know how I could get my hands on copies for their respective systems, do you?

Also, wasn’t there an “online” Zelda game in Japan? I wonder if Nintendo would consider releasing that on the VC.

James writes:

They have something against us, I guess. It seems to be a long standing feud between NoJ and NoA, where Japan seems to think we can’t handle a challenge or handle something different. Tingle’s game is not over here, because Americans (as a majority) can’t seem to stand him as a character. Tetra’s Trackers (or Navi’s Trackers in FSA) never made it over here as well, but I can’t seem to find a reason for that. Those are really the only two spinoff games I can think of that haven’t made it over here. Unless you can show me a few more that I have missed, I will be glad to research and find out why they never made it over here.
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{{bubble}{Question 5: Speed, the iPod, and an Unknown Symbol}{}{}{

ChainofTermina writes:

1) so you accept any videogame quetions, even if they don’t have to do with Zelda, huh? okay here’s an idea I had; why don’t they make a game like Super Smash bros, only not fighting but racing. The could call it Super Speed Bros, or something. They have MarioKart, why not one with other games in it? Link could have Epona, Samus has her ship, Kirby has a warp star, etc. Sega kind of has a game like that, only half of those characters nobody knows about. Nintendo has a lot more famous classic characters, and I think a Smash-Bros-like Racing game would be cool. what do you think?

oh, and people complimented me on my WW shirt too. its a shame it doesn’t fit me any more.

2) okay, sorry I have an extremely irrelevant question. but this is driving me crazy and I have to ask SOMEONE. just what the hell exactly IS an ipod touch?people say they count it as a gameing console! I heard about the ipad and thought “huh, Apple has a portable tough screen computer. not really surprising.” but now everyone keeps calling it a large ipod touch. is an ipod touch REALLY just a small computer? the worlds smallest laptop? can it really do ANYTHING a computer can do? can I get to this site on an IPOD? WHAT THE HELL IS THAT THING? and for that matter, what is an iPhone!? I thought I new what these things were, but eversince the iPad came out, i don’t know anymore….

3) okay, I’m not trying to one up you or anything, its just a coincidence that I’m suddenly thinking of all these questions.

this one is actually site related. what’s with the poem? scroll down the bottom of the temple on the main site, there’s an upside down Triforce with the the Sheikah eye in it click on it and there’s this poem with out any sort of explanation or way to comment or even a “guess what it means” thing. it’s just there. wtf?

James writes:

1) You just had to send me a question, didn’t you? The only problem that I see off the bat is Link has a distinct disadvantage having a horse and everyone having a kart. But the idea is unique. I think you have an idea on your hands that you should definitely promote, even if you were just sending it to me, to send a question. That is definitely a game that I would play.

It’s also funny that the shirt still fits me. Granted, it is a 3XL and that is the perfect size that doesn’t shrink on me, but I would never give that shirt up for anything.

2) The iPod touch is an iPod. Have you ever seen the iPhone? Well, the iPod touch is the none-phone version of it, that is essentially an iPod with a touch screen. They are saying the iPad, which is Apple’s new tablet, is an oversized iPhone or iTouch because it seems to run the same way as both. They also say they are gaming machines because you can play some games on both, even if they are just simple ones. Go to google and type in iTouch or iPhone games and you will see some games that are on them both.

3) Sure you aren’t trying to one up me.

I have actually answered this in the past. This mailbag, the first question actually asks the same thing. I told them then and I still have the same answer now: I don’t know. There was actually a thread posted in the forums for it here, and the same conclusion was drawn there. If we ever find out, I don’t know.
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{{bubble}{Question 6: Dramatics: The Zelda Story}{}{}{

Izzi writes:

do you think that in the sense of storyline the legend of zelda needs to take a more dramatic take on storyline and dramatics? althogh i am not a fan of the final fantasy series(dont really like the gameplay) the way they cultivate there story,s tend to be far more emersive and impresive than in LOZ they have high action cutscenes, and people put into dire situations such as dying or facing real world issues,cause if you havent noticed nintendo dose have a sort of soft spot for all there characters and doesnt actually kill any character.

i guess what iam trying to say is dont you think that there aproach in storyline, and the way they show there cutscenes should be more dramatic and realistic than people in trouble,save everyone,happy ending? its really a matter of opinion but i just wanna know if i am the only one who notices this^^;

James responds:

Nintendo has a way of showcasing themselves as family friendly. That is why you don’t see many M rated games on their consoles. Madworld is a very rare exception and I am kind of amazed that game exists in its Wii form.

That is why when you play a Nintendo game, it is usually very watered down and not very violent. However, I do recall watching a couple of cutscenes in Twilight Princess that were kinda edgy in terms of them being in a Zelda game. That scene where Link is running towards the Triforce with those weird eyes, that was kinda dramatic. Also, I am pretty sure you can’t get anymore dramatic than the ending of that game as well, when you see another character (Zant) take his own life to take away the threat that was Ganondorf. But I digress.
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  • Leon J. Fletcher

    The only time I remember any kind of gore in Zelda is in the 1.0 OoT cartridge when Gannondorf vomits a bit of blood, but even then it wasn't that much

    • Yeah, and when Link cuts Ganon's face up too. I can't recall any gore being in any of the other games either, but I feel that's a good thing. You really don't need a lot of blood and guts to tell a good story.

      • Guess it depends on what kind of story it is, too (felt I should correct myself a bit). If there is violence in a good story, then it must be there for a reason.

  • Leon J. Fletcher

    You got that right. I think if they add any more violence to the games then it would just ruin the games. So far I have enjoyed ST's story so far, it would be better if you could use the spirit pipes on the train to warp to different places rather than just the A to B warp gates

  • Leon J. Fletcher

    You got that right. I think if they add any more violence to the games then it would just ruin the games. So far I have enjoyed ST's story so far, it would be better if you could use the spirit pipes on the train to warp to different places rather than just the A to B warp gates

    • James

      Still gotta love that green blood on some cartridges…

  • awwww comeone you guys your making this zelda fangirl sound like a total caniball ^^; what i really ment was when you compare a final fantasy cutscene a living brething world compared to a zelda cutscene the zelda cutscene seems kinda worn and lifeless compared to the hustle and bustle to a final fantasy city or town i didnt mean: yeah go nintendo kill off link zelda and all there animal frends!!! i just ment i kinda want the world of loz to have a more life like world maybe instead of fighting an evil badguy we can fight a corrupt official you know just changing it up a little^^

    well anyway thanks james for answering my out of aparant wack question and giving your opinion on it^^

    HEY GUYS GO ON AND VISIT my deviant art page…wait on second thoght with my loz art you might not want too^^;…

    • Leon J. Fletcher

      I'm just stating my opinion, that's all. I just feel that if they do that it may be a bit weird and not that good to loads of Zelda fans around the world, it my be fine for you (not saying you aren't a Zelda fan) but not for others. Wow, I'm typing really slow today lol

    • ChainofTermina

      I kinda agree with you. Zelda has some great stories, but if they were stronger, that'd be awesome.

      • thats what i ment^^ a mature story will defenetly make this ol gamer happy 😀

  • awwww comeone you guys your making this zelda fangirl sound like a total caniball ^^; what i really ment was when you compare a final fantasy cutscene a living brething world compared to a zelda cutscene the zelda cutscene seems kinda worn and lifeless compared to the hustle and bustle to a final fantasy city or town i didnt mean: yeah go nintendo kill off link zelda and all there animal frends!!! i just ment i kinda want the world of loz to have a more life like world maybe instead of fighting an evil badguy we can fight a corrupt official you know just changing it up a little^^

    well anyway thanks james for answering my out of aparant wack question and giving your opinion on it^^

    HEY GUYS GO ON AND VISIT my deviant art page…wait on second thoght with my loz art you might not want too^^;…

    • Leon J. Fletcher

      I'm just stating my opinion, that's all. I just feel that if they do that it may be a bit weird and not that good to loads of Zelda fans around the world, it my be fine for you (not saying you aren't a Zelda fan) but not for others. Wow, I'm typing really slow today lol

      • i understand ^^ but people do eventually get older is all i am saying but the new one seems to be taking a turn for what i expect out of zelda(hopefully) so when that comes out i doubt nintendo will not dissapoint and all and give the people what they want. they do read peoples comments about games…..they could be reading this right now…XD

    • ChainofTermina

      I kinda agree with you. Zelda has some great stories, but if they were stronger, that'd be awesome.

      • thats what i ment^^ a mature story will defenetly make this ol gamer happy 😀

  • scottwalker

    Yea and the pirates in termina bled pretty bad, i dont know about all of you but i would like to see ganon return maybe to show how he rose to power in the gerudo lands, as regards to the battles that would be AWESOME! i would love to see Hyrule vs a different country or the Hyrulean Civil War

  • scottwalker

    Yea and the pirates in termina bled pretty bad, i dont know about all of you but i would like to see ganon return maybe to show how he rose to power in the gerudo lands, as regards to the battles that would be AWESOME! i would love to see Hyrule vs a different country or the Hyrulean Civil War

  • ChainofTermina

    okay, what the hell was that!? Cody! did you put that into James's video? or was that you, James? and are we EVER gonna get some sort of explanation? what's going on!? I'M SO CONFUSED!!

    and I think it's only on the "bottom" of the main page. anywhere else it's directly under the "friends" side menu

  • ChainofTermina

    okay, what the hell was that!? Cody! did you put that into James's video? or was that you, James? and are we EVER gonna get some sort of explanation? what's going on!? I'M SO CONFUSED!!

    and I think it's only on the "bottom" of the main page. anywhere else it's directly under the "friends" side menu

    • James

      Well technically, that is the "end" of any page. It's just that most pages are extended beyond the template…

      • James

        Oh and btw ChainofTermina…

        The impostor sent me an email saying he was sorry for stealing your screenname… Thought you should know.

        • ChainofTermina

          oh, really? good. he is forgiven. I already got into an issue regarding my name with someone. So, I'm a little touchy about it.

  • jack

    well, i have to say, nintendo may be a familly friendly company, but that doesn't mean it can have mature games, nintendo is a company for everyone and that include mature people, not just kids and stuff, i don't know why people think just because nintendo is a family friendly company they can have mature game, and well, to me, it doesn't surprise that madworld is on the wii, and you are forgetting about no more heroes

  • jack

    well, i have to say, nintendo may be a familly friendly company, but that doesn't mean it can have mature games, nintendo is a company for everyone and that include mature people, not just kids and stuff, i don't know why people think just because nintendo is a family friendly company they can have mature game, and well, to me, it doesn't surprise that madworld is on the wii, and you are forgetting about no more heroes

    • James

      I know. I didn't mention all the games because I couldn't think of them all.

      But when most people think Nintendo, they think Mario and that series. The more family friendly games. I am not saying that Nintendo is just family friendly, that is just how they portray themselves nowadays.

  • Aniday

    Whoa… that symbol thing in the middle of the video was creepy. wtf

    • James

      You're a riot 🙂

  • RevTheMoronOfTime

    Wow. I want your t-shirt ^^'.

  • RevTheMoronOfTime

    Wow. I want your t-shirt ^^'.

    • James

      Buy your own! Hot topic or an authorized Nintendo retailer.

      Or maybe even our store, I don't know.

  • John

    Wow, thanks for answering my question. ! have been wondering that for like, a year. And that symbol thing Scared when it showed up on the video.

  • John

    Wow, thanks for answering my question. ! have been wondering that for like, a year. And that symbol thing Scared when it showed up on the video.

  • John

    I mean the symbol scared ME. sorry, didnt put it in there.

    • James

      Indeed. I am not going to lie and say I edit my own videos. I am not that advanced yet. So when I saw it, it was really cool.

      And no, I won't say who edits them. You can figure that out on your own. MUHAHAHAHA 🙂

  • John

    ITS A SECRET TO EVERYBODY

  • John

    ITS A SECRET TO EVERYBODY

  • I wish Zelda games could have just a little more hardcore scenes. I mean, sure, Nintendo wants to keep their family-friendly thing going around, but why not make family-friendly games and NON family-friendly games, and so fit the gentle and the hardcore sides of every single dedicated Nintendo fan out there? I mean, I always get some kind of disappointment when I play Zelda games, and see that nothing much has changed. I mean, Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia rack up millions for Ubisoft, and are rated M, so why can't Nintendo make T13+ Zeldas, with more hardcore scenes, battles, and storyline? I mean, at this rate, Zelda fan fictions are gonna get fans more thrills than the actual game O_o