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I’m sorry, dear brothers and sisters, it seems that we’ve been fed a rupee pouch of lies. According to Nintendo, this was never going to actually happen and was built on rumors from untrustworthy sources. Odd, given the high-caliber, trustworthy sources that printed the story, but I guess someone they thought was an insider turned out to be a lying dick. Apologies for the language, friends, but this is upsetting. But what might be even more frustrating is the disjointed, roundabout way Nintendo broke this news. And it leaves us wondering…well, read on.

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Fans have been excited about this series since the news broke. Maybe excited is the wrong word. A strange mix of severe anger, skepticism, and joy is more like it. Fans were largely split on the issue, with some going so far as to say The Legend Of Zelda wouldn’t ever work outside the gaming sphere: after all, it didn’t in the eighties. But it was no doubt an interesting prospect, and one that many wanted to see for themselves, and Nintendo doesn’t seem like the sort of company to ignore pimping out one of its intellectual properties, seeing as it shoves another Mario game out every other week. So what’s going on? Usually, Nintendo flat-out refuses to respond to baseless rumors, and it seems unlikely that The Wall Street Journal would report such a large story so readily without some serious convincing, so what’s happening here? Here’s the quote from Satoru Iwata via TIME Magazine:

“As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.”

It seems a little coy. For all intents and purposes, this is a wise investment for Nintendo, as anything they touch would get lots of attention, provided it wasn’t a console with a screened controller. They would be running the risk of looking like idiots for A.) Not clarifying this sooner, and B.) Not giving it a second thought. It seems, from the ambiguity of the statement, that they may be planning something, but along the telephone game the Wall Street Journal ended up on the receiving end of, someone fucked up the wording. Or, Nintendo could be lying altogether, upset that the secret got out to begin with. It’s also very possible that, upon info being leaked, they pulled the plug. Whatever happens, one thing is definitely certain: the best thing we can do right now is stop worrying about it. If it goes forward it goes forward, and if it doesn’t it doesn’t, but keeping our hopes up can only lead to disappointment in the long run.

Do you like the idea of a Legend of Zelda series, or do you think it’d be a misfire?

Category: Nerd Culture, TV, Videogames

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