4 Legend of Zelda’s 30th Anniversary Games to Get Excited For

Nothing says the best video game franchise (in this writer’s opinion) like a 30th Anniversary celebration. In case you haven’t set out to explore the world of Hyrule, there is no better time to start than now.

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on Wii U

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Another big console re-release, Twilight Princess is out now on the Wii U almost 10 years after its initial release. Back when it was being launched, it was the insane time during the Gamecube/Wii transition. No one knew what to expect from the new console and Twilight Princess emerged as a progression from the base Ocarina of Time/Majora’s Mask had established (as opposed to Wind Waker’s focus on naval exploration and cel-shaded graphics.

Legend of Zelda: A Link to a Past on New 3DS

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Hands down my favorite Zelda and possibly favorite game of all time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to a Past is an overhaul to the original Legend of Zelda on NES, but also established a mythos, introduced new weapons, made a quest staple that many games (including Ocarina of Time) have developed upon, and really brought Hyrule to life. Whether you’ve played it on SNES, GBA, or are getting a shot at it now, there’s no better way to experience Zelda than by playing this classic.

Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS)

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The Zelda spinoff you never expected but glad it exists, Hyrule Warriors initially released on Wii U back in 2014. The 3DS is getting its own version in March with new characters such as Tetra, Linkle, Skull Kid and more. The Dynasty Warriors gameplay may be hit-or-miss for some, but you can’t help but awe at the power of Link, Darunia, Zelda, and many beloved character being able to let loose on countless enemies.

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Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

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Obviously, the most anticipated title is the next entry in the series. Promises of a grandiose game that utilizes an open world, Hyrule will has never seemed so big. Not much more to say at the moment, but no doubt we will see something great at E3 this summer.

All in all, this year looks to be a good year for the Wii U. The wait is rough but the rewards for a Zelda fan like myself are great.

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COOL STUFF: NFL / Nerd Mashups

Super Bowl 50 is set to go on Sunday February 7th, and it’s hard not to get excited for the biggest sporting event of the year. We’re getting excited here at Nerdswole and have found some of our favorite NFL mashups.

First off, the preview for this year’s Conference Finals, presented in classic Star Wars format.

Pokemon seems to go well with just about everything, so with over 700 Pokemon in the Poke-world, there’s plenty to match every team in the NFL. Follow this link to check out the whole NFL with Poke mascots byBKD2674!

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The Washington Blazikens

On the same note, Disney is equally as diverse with character, leading to some amazing humorous mashups by AK47 Studios!

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The Carolina Stitch (or Carolina Experiments)

It wouldn’t be Nerdswole if we didn’t mention the Marvel crossover, with logos fitting perfectly with their team counterparts. For more, click here, courtesy of JustCozy.

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Finally, to bring Balance to this list, here’s a Star Wars/NFL helmet mashup, with locations tied to the new mascots.

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TOP 5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE WATCHING STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

We’re all just waiting for Friday, aren’t we?

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres this Friday and if you haven’t already been psyched for the film, here’s a few things that you can squeeze in this week to get you excited for the latest movie!

1. Play Star Wars games

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The release of Star Wars Battlefront could not have come at a better time. Easily one of the most graphically impressive games right now, the latest from the Battlefront series does not disappoint. However, there’s also a rich history of games from LucasArts that have been in the works as long as the movies have.

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2. Read the new Star Wars Comics
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While the revival of Marvel’s comic line came at the cost of the rest of the extended universe, it’s hard to ignore how well done all of new Star Wars comics are. Alongside a main Star Wars title, there’s ongoing series for Darth Vader and Kanaan, while there’s plenty of limited series for Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Lando. There’s also upcoming titles like Obi-Wan & Anakin and a C-3PO special! It’s a good jumping on point for people looking to get more out of the original trilogy.

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3. Geek Out With Toys

Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard to ignore the excessive volume of merchandise that Star Wars has encompassed. Among the hordes of toys, the BB-8 Sphero Droid, the awesome LEGO sets, and the Kotobukiya Black Collection Figures.

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4. Check Out The Clone Wars

The Clone Wars TV series bridges Episodes II & III. Both Cartoon Network series work to fill in the gaps and show the struggles of what’s going on in the extended prequel universe. From beautiful animation to excellent storytelling, the series does a great job at capturing the spirit of the movies.

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5. Rewatch The Entire Series

There’s still plenty of time to sit down and watch everything that has led up to this moment. You could watch them in release order or in chronological order, or even just watch the ones you want. It’s never too late to see what all the hype is about when you think about how much this one franchise has done for pop culture, touching the lives of millions.

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Roundtable: Star Wars Franchise

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Marvel’s Star Wars – 3 months Later…

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3 Things That Still Bother Me About The Star Wars Franchise

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Movie Scores to Love

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If you’re just as excited as we are about Star Wars, let us know your ways of coping until the weekend in the comments below, or via our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Hype Thrusters Engage!

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Thoughts About Stuff: Things Doomsday Looks Like

I’m sure we’ve all seen the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer by now. Whether or not you like the trailer, you’ll have to have noticed when Doomsday appeared. If you haven’t here it is.

While I’m not worried about Doomsday, as I’m 85% sure that isn’t his final form, I couldn’t help but to think of the funny images he brought up in my head. I of course proceeded to read some YouTube comments, and then thought about it a bit myself, and the comparisons were pretty hilarious. So let’s talk about what Doomsday looks like.

Doomsday looks like a grey version of Michael Bay’s TMNT turtles.

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Yup, if you just grey him up a bit and turn that smile upside down, you pretty much have Doomsday.

Doomsday looks like Abomination from The Incredible Hulk

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I’m thinking this kind of speaks for itself.

Doomsday looks like a hardened Muk from Pokemon

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On the one hand, it might be kind of a stretch, but on the other, can you really unsee it now?

Doomsday looks like Putty from Power Rangers

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Come on man! Looking like some punk ass footsoldiers?

As I’ve mentioned, I’m pretty certain this isn’t the final look of Doomsday, and there isn’t any glaring reason to think that this movie will be bad, but it’s good to have some fun with the first image of Doomsday we’ve seen.

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News Roundup: Jessica Jones, Daredevil, The Flash, Smash 4, and More!

Sometimes there are just too many awesome and interesting things going on during the week, and we can’t comment on all of them. This is one of those times, and we have to hit you with a barrage of links to get ourselves and you all caught up.

A new Jessica Jones trailer that’s been pretty in line with everything else we’ve seen. This girl is a badass.

/Film has a story about how when Daredevil first came back to Marvel, Drew Goddard really wanted to do a movie.

Smash 4 had a pretty game changing patch, Gamenesia has all of the notes.

Genndy Tartakovsky is still trying to make a Samurai Jack movie happen.

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How about that first look at Jay Garrick on The Flash?

Some very interesting answers from Kevin Feige and Jeremy Latchem about Avengers: Age of Ultron and the future of the MCU.

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News Roundup: Cancelled Justice League Game, Agents of SHIELD, Star Wars, and More!

Sometimes there are just too many awesome and interesting things going on during the week, and we can’t comment on all of them. This is one of those times, and we have to hit you with a barrage of links to get ourselves and you all caught up.

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ComicBook.com has some images from a never released Justice League game for the Xbox 360. It’s hard to say what the game could have become, but the art looked pretty good.

At some point, I honestly think Arrow is totally leaning into this John Diggle looking like Magneto thing. Here are some pics of the new suit/helmet.

Need a recap for Season 2 of AGENTS of SHIELD before the new season? I don’t blame you, A LOT happened.

The Force Awakens might be a ways away, but that shouldn’t stop you from brushing up on what has been going on post-Return of the Jedi, io9 has a great write up.

/Film has the scoop on some possible plot points for Transformers 5, after Age of Extinction it’s hard to imagine it getting worse, but honestly I would not be surprised.

The new promo for Supergirl promises a new kind of hero.

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3 Hardships for Modern Comic Book Readers

When you pick up a hobby (read: undertaking) like reading current comic books, you are immediately engaged in a medium so separate from television, from movies, and from the norm. Discovering new genres, new characters and worlds, and finding tastes among writers and artists is akin to experiencing new music and reaching deeper into your own soul. As with most hobbies, however, there are shortcomings of the business, the medium, and the nature of the readers that culminate into tragedies only comic book readers can understand.

Realizing the Universe is too big to comprehend

One of the great things about DC’s relaunch with The New52 back in 2011 was the immediacy and ease of access for readers who lack familiarity with the characters. Characters with extensive history such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, alongside lesser-known heroes such as Aquaman, Catwoman, and Batgirl, were given new titles with new writers and artists to take them to a new audience. However, once universe-wide events began, there were a lot of new factors that made understanding your new book just that much more difficult. Events like Trinity War, Forever Evil, and The Culling can work against the reader; instead of being intrigued by the introduction of too many characters, you are overwhelmed with the lack of diversity or importance of all the characters. It becomes off-putting when a book you enjoy becomes dependent on you understanding every character the company has ever made. Sure, you could just be up to date and read every title in existence, every week, on time, but does that give you the opportunity enjoy a universe more or does it simply become a chore just to understand what’s going on with the characters you have invested in?

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Can you name everyone here? If not, then you may not know what was going on for DC in 2013. Image from Forever Evil #1

Understanding what creative differences mean

There are so many great comic book teams at work creating your favorite stories right this moment. Occasionally, they will jump together to new projects. Teams like Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, Scott Snyder and Jock, and Rick Remender and Greg Toccini have taken their success from Marvel and/or DC to smaller publications to tell new and engaging stories outside of the superhero genre. However, some teams don’t match up or, more often, teams disagree with publishers on where the books should be heading.. This can lead to books ending prematurely, or one person leaving the team, leaving someone to jump in and scramble to make a finished product (read: meet deadlines). This can severely hurt a book that is wavering and the readers will take not. A book like 2014’s She-Hulk suffered from a shift in artist change, while the Marvel event AXIS, which was the finale of Uncanny Avengers, failed to hit well with readers because of Marvel’s upcoming company-wide relaunch. Books can be considered successful or not based on a multitude of reasons, but when the forces behind the project are not on the same page, it hurts everyone.

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A bit ambitious and unfortunately, the achilles heel of Uncanny Avengers. Cover to AXIS #2

Series take hiatus/are suspect to bizarre scheduling

This is what can truly can a reader’s soul. Let’s look at Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja. An Eisner award-winning, witty, simple, yet powerful book that helped shine a spotlight on the Avengers’ least powerful teammate. Here’s a panel from the first page.

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Fantastic writing, great coloring, unique style in art, and an accessible introduction, Hawkeye was set to break new ground every issue. And it did until it didn’t. Here’s a look at Hawkeye’s release schedule from start to finish.

 

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  20. September 10, 2014
  21. February 04, 2015
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Hawkeye, a monthly released book, just finished its 22 issue run last month, meaning it took the book an extra year to do what every other book in Marvel’s publication line has done. What this tells the readers of the book is that the writer and artist have not been able to complete the project. The gaps dishearten readers who worry about the book’s longevity as a whole. It disheartens people who pick up the books as trade paperback collections, because they wait even longer for these books to release as a whole. Don’t think I am solely picking on Marvel; this happens on multiple books across publishers, big and small. While there are numerous factors that cause these delays, the readers ultimately suffer and this is never good. The equivalent of this situation is having a television show airing once a week and then shifting the show to premiere new episodes once every 3 months. It is unheard of and ultimately leads to cancellation.

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News Roundup: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Wolverine, Marvel Comics, Ant-Man, Man of Steel 2, and More!

Sometimes there are just too many awesome and interesting things going on during the week, and we can’t comment on all of them. This is one of those times, and we have to hit you with a barrage of links to get ourselves and you all caught up.

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EMPIRE previewed their Star Wars: The Force Awakens cover. This one focuses on the dark side, which is a very cool contrast of the featured image.

Hugh Jackman continues to drop hints about what will happen in The Wolverine 3, and this time he discusses Berserker Rage. via Slashfilm.

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Marvel is releasing some Manga variants, and you can see them here!

Evangeline Lilly did a Facebook Q&A where she discussed how she has been fitted for The Wasp outfit and is hoping to debut her soon.

Could George Miller be directing Man of Steel 2? Tricky situation since the movie isn’t officially on the slate, but interesting to speculate. via i09

BMD has a story of what Fant4stic was like before Simon Kinberg came along. Hard to say it would’ve been better or worse, but it certainly seems like it had a little more heart, which the film was severely lacking in.

Not news, but Jurassic World in lego form is pretty awesome.

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9 Practical and Impractical Spider-Man Suits

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has had many a suit, but not all of them were friendly. The original suit has stood the test of time, but like anyone’s fashion sense, it changes from time to time. Here are 5 practical and 4 impractical Spider-Man suits, in no particular order.

Practical: Original Suit

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It’s hard to ignore the iconography of the red and blue, rivaling even Superman’s classic look. Many heroes have taken inspiration from the classic garb, as the bright colors show off the friendliness during the day. Conversely, the suit sinks into the night when necessary, especially for Spidey’s detective and interrogation needs.

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The original suit featured a belt and additional compartments for web-shooters and other important items. An additional feature that has seen less and less spotlight is the pair of wings under the suits arms, which were a tad impractical, especially when the strength of the webbing has led to interesting constructs that work better than glider wings.

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Impractical: Wrestling Suit

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Before we got the classic, we had the makeshift costume. When Peter first got his powers, he tried his hand at showbiz and tried wrestling to earn some money. While we all know how badly that turned out, we also took a first glimpse of Peter’s imagination (or occasional lack thereof). Not only is it out of style after Labor Day, the shoes do not stick to walls, the clothes can be easily be damaged, and what is that mask all about? Ski-masks aren’t simple enough? C’mon, Pete.

Practical: Future Foundation Suit

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I’m a sucker for dynamic, contrasting, and vibrant art, so to feature this suit is an absolute joy. The reason Peter donned this suit was to fill in for Johnny Storm, who sacrificed himself on a mission with the Fantastic Four Fortunately, Peter’s return to the Fantastic Four and new suit come with ingenious design. First off, it matches the look of his fellow Future Foundation members.

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Secondly, the suit is active, adapting into whatever outfit Peter needs. This is always of the utmost importance, as Peter’s identity and his role on other teams require snappy outfit changes.

Impractical: Bombastic Bag Man

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What do you do when you’re given a suit from the most public superhero team on Earth? Put a bag over your head and hope that smell goes away. Peter’s spare suit was not only baggy, but how easily can someone just take that off his head or have it fly off when he’s slinging? The Kick-Me sign on his back just adds insult to injury.

Practical: Iron Spider Suit

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When Iron Man designs you a suit, you know it’s going to look good, and everyone can agree: the Iron Spider is what fans would want to see in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. During the Civil War storyline in the comics, Spider-Man is inducted into the Avengers and Tony Stark watches over Peter, housing him, keeping him under his employ, and guiding him as an Avenger. However, Tony is always 5 steps ahead of most people; the suit’s enhanced infrastructure, reactive spider-arms, and intuitive display came at a cost. Tony was studying Peter’s biology through the suit in an attempt to harness the “Spider-Sense” that gives Peter such an advantage in many scenarios. Say what you will about Tony Stark, but the man is thorough, as you can tell from the detailed breakdown below.


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Impractical: Armored Suit MK I

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While any superhero would be happy to have a bullet-proof suit, the shiny piece of armor featured in this issue of Web of Spider-Man would be its first and last appearance. Classic 90s design fails to stand the test of time and this eye-sore was luckily never seen again. Future armored suits fared better, especially with a little less chrome.

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The MKII Armor does it right.

Practical: Stealth Suit

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A current modern arc in the Spider-Man story is BIG TIME, an era when Spider-Man was all over the place with a new job, many teams, and a revised creative team backing him after the end of the “Brand New Day” era. Every new era calls for some changes, and Spider-Man’s new suit was a welcome change. The neon lines are a highlight, but the suit’s primary function was to blend Spidey into his environment.

Impractical: Spider-Man 1602

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This is a bit of a cop-out because it is out of continuity, but the suit has to be criticized for making little effort. It seems to blend it more with dinner ware than strike fear into his foes. The mask’s reveal of his eyes is a disappointment, as the spider-lenses are so iconic for the character. Peter Parquagh is a tough cookie, but a new costume is needed.

Practical: Superior Spider-Man

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While I wasn’t a fan of Dan Slott’s take on Doctor Octopus’s Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man had an interesting course for the look of Spider-Man. The first suit took small but key changes to the overall design; the addition of lenses, claws, and the change from blue to black made the adjustment to ‘Superior’ a bit clearer.

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However, around issue #14, Spider-Man went after ShadowLand and dove headfirst with him new look. Taking cues from Ben Reiley’s suit and the Iron Spider’s arms, the new Superior Spider-Man stuck well with fans and writers. The suit was a hybrid of the Octopus functionality and the Spider’s desire for mobility. The addition of stronger lenses for surveillance around the city and more prominent claws made this incarnation of Spider-man one to look out for.

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News Roundup: Space Jam 2, Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, Heroes of the Storm, and More!

Sometimes there are just too many awesome and interesting things going on during the week, and we can’t comment on all of them. This is one of those times, and we have to hit you with a barrage of links to get ourselves and you all caught up.

One of our writers has already discussed his lack of interest in making a Space Jam 2. And there is no guarantee that this is WB testing the waters, but it certainly seems that way.

Fantastic Four is getting absolutely trashed, and director Josh Trank didn’t really back it up, and instead actually piled some on. Slashfilm has the story.

Ever wonder what it might be like if an auteur director decided to take his extremely serious approach to a movie like Ant-Man? This Youtube user did, and it’s pretty funny if you’re familiar with Warner Herzog’s work.

Fan favorite, Fenix, may be on his way to Heroes of the Storm, via a fan interview posted on Reddit. But the Medic from Starcraft: Brood War definitely is according to Kotaku.

I’m not huge on Brian Michael Bendis writing Iron Man, because I’ve always felt like he hated the character, but Bendis will be writing The Invincible Iron Man coming out soon, and CBR has the preview. 

Ever wonder what Skyrim might look like if it were more Pixar-esque? There’s a mod for that.

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