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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Review

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Screenshot

HIGH Holy crap, this game still looks good.

LOW The Triforce hunt, and being fooled into believing that it'd been severely overhauled.

WTF That kid with the massive, dangling booger.

Pikmin 3, Army of Two, Super Mario 3D Land, Castles in the Sky & Tinman Games

Pikmin 3 Screenshot

Anyway, 2013 is a strange year. It's now October, and ordinarily I'd be up to my neck in review games at this time, but I'm actually drifting between assignments with nothing really due… I'm never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, though, so I decided to jump into a few things that have been lingering on the backlog.

Video: Zelda mash-up puts Link in the Old West

Saw the promotional trailer for this mash-up called Fistful of Rupees and I thought that while it looked interesting, it would be as forgettable as The Legend of Zelda fan-made video tribute things tend to be. However, having seen all three parts to the "film" I have to say this effort is surprisingly good on many levels—the acting is surprisingly good, the action is surprisingly good and the production quality is surprisingly good as well. Never thought I'd want a Zelda game based on a Spaghetti Western until now.

Video: Zelda mash-up puts Link in the Old West

Video: Link finds Ganon's weakness

You probably never thought about it this way, but while playing The Legend of Zelda, you were going into boss fights at a severe disadvantage. Not only were you probably low on health, but you had to deal with that incessant chiming. Dorkly shows us how Link should have used it to turn the tables.

Video: Regular Guiseppe, The Third Mario Brother

Mario and Luigi have been busy the last couple of years. The 3DS has been crammed with all sorts of Mario-themed adventures from Mario Kart 7 to Super Mario 3D Land to Mario Tennis: Open—Luigi has even gotten his own sequel this year. Needless to say, the Mario Brothers are busy. But even so, does that make it okay to leave their other less-talented brother behind to man the shop. Doesn't he deserve some of the glory?

Video: Regular Guiseppe, The Third Mario Brother

The Ocarina of Time's Hyrule recreated in Minecraft

Going by the reception of Nintendo's 3D update of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, there is much love for the Nintendo 64 classic even today. So it's not surprising that a group of very dedicated and talented fans got together to recreate that world in Minecraft.

The Ocarina of Time's Hyrule recreated in Minecraft

Majora's Mask, American McGee's Alice and Darksiders

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Screenshot

I did play the game back in the day when it was new, but it's been so long (released in 2000) that I couldn't remember much about it except that I had an intense dislike for it.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 65: Batman Arkham City, Zelda Skyward Sword, More Skyrim, Corpse Party, Fate/Extra

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Cosplay: Akuriko as Legend of Zelda's Princess Zelda

Cosplay: Akuriko as Twilight Princess' Zelda

In honor of the launch of what is probably the last must-have Nintendo Wii title we'll ever see, and is surely the final Legend of Zelda game to launch on a Wii—The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword—here is a Zelda cosplayer that is hard to beat.

Nintendo partners with West Coast Customs for Mario Kart 7

Nintendo partners with West Coast Customs for Mario Kart 7

You can usually count on Nintendo to do something unique to get the word out on a key franchise and tapping West Coast Customs to create two vehicles from Mario Kart 7 is just that. At the L.A. Auto Show, Nintendo will have an exhibit showing off both the game and two in-game vehicles.

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