Man stabs girlfriend's ex with Zelda replica sword

A replica Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda was involved in a very real fight in the Houston area over the weekend. According to a report from KPRC Local 2 television news, Eugene Thompson got into a scrap with his girlfriend's estranged husband and reached for the sword in order to defend himself.

Thompson told KPRC that he attends anime conventions in costume, which is why he owns the sword. "It's a good replica and it looks nice, and it just so happens to be pointed and bladed," he told reporter Gianna Caserta.… Read more

'Star Wars,' Nintendo collide: 'Super Smash Wars 2: The Empire Smashes Back'

Luke Skywalker isn't the only one who knows how to wave around a lightsaber. Link, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, Toad, Yoshi, and more beloved Nintendo video game characters are transformed as "Star Wars" characters in "Super Smash Wars 2: The Empire Smashes Back" Part 1 and Part 2 by Oklahoma-based animator and director James Farr.

"'Star Wars' and Nintendo are both incredibly dear to my heart and have always had some interesting narrative overlap," Farr told Crave. "Eventually, I knew, somebody would think to do this. And I wanted to be the one to do it first -- and (do it) right."

There's something rather charming in seeing AT-AT walkers driven by Super Stars. Plus, Donkey Kong plays Chewbacca; Yoshi is a tauntaun (that luckily does not die); Pikachu is the patient Yoda; and Sonic the Hedgehog is a suave Lando Calrissian. … Read more

Oceanhorn: A loving tribute to The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo has stated, firmly and more than once, that it won't be bringing its proprietary titles to mobile formats. If The Legend of Zelda were to come to mobile, though, we don't think it could do a better job than the newly released Oceanhorn.

After being in the works from the Finnish developer behind Death Rally since 2011 (and promised for a 2012 release), it's landed for iPhone and iPad -- and the time in development shows. … Read more

Nintendo cracks open door to smartphones, tablets -- sort of

The latest "Super Mario" or "Zelda" title may never end up on a smartphone or a tablet, but that doesn't mean Nintendo isn't thinking about ways to extend its presence to mobile devices.

"We're constantly thinking about how to leverage mobile as a marketing vehicle," Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime said on Tuesday during a meeting with CNET editors. "How do I give little tastes of content, little experiences that then drive the consumer back to my hardware environment?"

Despite the tease of bringing "experiences" to mobile devices, … Read more

Aussie-made Zelda fan film is a slice of genius

There are fan films by the hundreds out there, but our favorites are those that do something different -- that show a new side to our favorite characters and worlds, that tell new stories (without, preferably, trampling on the canon too hard while they do so).

A group of Australian fans teamed up a couple of years ago to make "Hylian Heroics," a short film made partially so creator Ken Abbott could muck about with some blood effects and partially because who wouldn't want to dress up like a Hylian and swing some weapons around?

Now the second video in the series has been released, made by Abbott and his troupe of acrobatic martial artist/circus performer friends, and it's sort of amazing. … Read more

Master swordsmith forges Zelda's Master Sword

Whether you know it or not, you've probably seen Tony Swatton's work.

The smith's swords, arms, and armor have appeared in more than 200 films and television shows, including "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Hunger Games," "Hellboy," "Constantine," "Mystery Men," "Blade," and a whole massive bunch more.

He also likes to make replicas of famous fictional weapons for his Web series "Man at Arms." He made an "Adventure Time" sword! And a "He-Man" sword! Even a real Minecraft Diamond Sword!

His most recent piece is one that is very dear to our hearts: the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda. … Read more

Nintendo: Our 'powerhouse' franchises will ignite holiday sales

LOS ANGELES -- Nintendo isn't fazed by disappointing sales of its Wii U system, and expects a sharp rebound for the holidays.

"We know the power of great software driving hardware," Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America, said in an interview with CNET on Wednesday. "We have powerhouse titles that will drive hardware sales this holiday season."

Moffitt is referring to Tuesday's unveiling of several new Wii U games, including Super Mario 3D World, two Zelda games in Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds and an HD … Read more

Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, new Donkey Kong Country coming to Wii U

LOS ANGELES -- This isn't a normal E3 for Nintendo. For the first time in recent memory, the company has decided to forgo a traditional press conference in lieu of a more intimate experience.

While Microsoft and Sony continue to exchange unpleasantries, Nintendo is using the opportunity to give the media a behind-closed-doors look at some of its upcoming Wii U titles, some of which are completely unannounced.

I got to sit down with these games and get some hands-on time to see what Nintendo has planned for the Wii U, a console that has undoubtedly stumbled out of … Read more

Exclusive: Zelda 3DS 'feels totally different,' needs to be played in 3D

The Nintendo 3DS has already been through a lot. The first-ever glasses-less 3D portable console didn't have the most glamorous of launches when it hit the market more than two years ago. Tainted by an underwhelming batch of debut software, controversial 3D effect, and a disappointing battery life, the 3DS didn't have a whole lot going for it out of the gate.

If that wasn't enough of a burden, the 3DS was also forced to follow up the original DS, a predecessor that is approaching worldwide sales of 154 million units combined. It's the best-selling portable console of all time.

But in the 25 months since its release, the 3DS has made significant strides. A focus on the platform's online store and a hardware refresh with a much bigger screen and better battery have begun to right the ship. Most importantly, a bevy of compelling software has been made available -- though some have criticized the company's continual recycling of classic games. … Read more

Nintendo releases a bevy of new and old games on its 3DS

Nintendo announced Wednesday that it will be releasing a boatload of new games on its 3DS handheld console.

Not only will there be a host of Super Mario Bros spinoffs, but the game maker also is launching Yoshi's Island, Donkey Kong Country, and The Legend of Zelda series. Based on the games Nintendo is choosing to release, it seems the company is tipping its hat to the Game Boy days of the '90s but tossing in a modern 3D twist. … Read more