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Today, November 20th, 2009
We just added another new affiliate to our "Fan-site Friends" list, Zelda Informer.
Unlike most other Zelda fan-sites, Zelda Informer focuses on posting articles that are quite interesting to read. For example, they recently posted a Zelda article about the 5 worst boss fights. I recommend to give the article a proper read if you're at all interested.
Yesterday, November 19th, 2009
A few days ago I stumbled upon the idea of creating a page on our site that had a collection of Zelda twitter updates throughout the Zelda community, and had an easy to remember URL. What I came up with was our Zelda Tweets page.
Our Zelda Tweets page (with the easy-to-remember URL: http://www.destinationzelda.net/tweets/)contains several widgets for up-to-date updates from different Zelda fan-site Twitter accounts. At the top of the page is a collection of our "ZeldaSites" list from Twitter. Beneath that are seven different Twitter account widgets that show individual site updates.
I didn't want to add too many individual widgets; every widget creates a separate request to Twitter, and too many of them will slow the page's load-time down. Speaking of which, when viewing the page, you'll have to wait a little longer than normal since it has to load eight different Twitter widgets.
What's the point of this update? With an easy-to-remember URL, you can visit the page whenever you're interested in seeing what a selection of Zelda fan-site sites are updating about. This means that you're not required to have a Twitter account or anything like that - just check the page and you'll see the updates.
As of yesterday, we've been added another Zelda fan-site to our list of "Fan-site Friends". This time, it's Zelda Chronicles, a site that mostly covers Zelda news, but I personally prefer its "Zelda Development" page.
Although not a new concept, the Zelda Development page from Zelda Chronicles is a nice collection of screenshots and YouTube videos about beta stages of Zelda games. Personally, I'm interested in seeing how much they can expand this page's coverage with more videos.
November 16th, 2009
Zelda and timelines are two topics that go together on every Zelda site, yet they're so far apart in their goal of being close to canon. Some theories have better support with in-game evidence than others, and this is no exception.
Source: Zelda Universe
The Missing Link was the webmaster of Zelda Blog when it was still around (Zelda Blog was a site dedicated to the different theories concerning Zelda games). He has spent some time writing a lengthy article for our affiliate, Zelda Universe, and it's an article that I recommend reading if you're interested in seeing how the Zelda games might correlate with each other.
It's about time we have a new look for the news updates. What we've been using looked generic and old, so I decided to try and update DZ's home page with a new, unique look. Let us know what you think.
It's going to take some getting use to, but I think this style is a bit better at separating updates by the day they're posted.
If you've visited our site before, chances are that your internet browser saved a cache of our CSS file which needs updated to show the new look properly. To do that, clear your cache (if you don't know how, just do a Google search).
Oh, and if you've cleared your cache and refreshed our website, and it still looks weird or not aligned correctly, send us an e-mail with a screenshot of what you're seeing. Make sure to let us know your computer's operating system, which browser you're using, and your browser's version. I want to make sure that as many people can correctly see this new updating layout as possible (remember that older versions of Internet Explorer are outdated and don't support transparent PNG images).
November 13th, 2009
Not a whole lot of news has been posted here lately, and our Destination Zelda forums seem to be past the stage of tumbleweeds randomly blowing by. Find out what I've been up to in the rest of the update.
First and foremost, I'd like to do a self-advertisement for our Zelda forums. It's been becoming a desolate place lately, which is very odd as we had insanely active boards when we first re-opened the site. So if you have some time on your hands and appreciate our site, share some of that time on our message boards with us.
Anyway, onto the meat of this update: yes, there have been several new things happening with the upcoming Zelda: Spirit Tracks game, such as the recently revealed musical flute that Link uses. I realize that we haven't updated about these findings, but there's other things that I've been busy with.
Of course, I'm still working on the Hylian Avatars system, and there's still much to do with it. I want it to turn out as a fun thing for fans to actually use, not just something slopped together that no one cares about.
However, lately, I've been messing with the underlying code to our site. Since the content pages are written in a custom code that I wrote, changing things around is nice and clean (not to mention easy ... well, mostly). I've been messing with the way our content pages render their image alignments.
Confused? Here's what I mean:
Notice our Items page for Spirit Tracks? See how all of the main images are aligned on the left (it's like this on most Zelda fan-sites)? There's also an area above some items that is an interactive AJAX feature I that spent a week writing. Well, I'm removing and revamping those content areas, as well as every other content page.
Instead of being cliché with the pages, we're going to make them appear within the content itself. It's not a new idea, in fact, our great affiliate, Zelda Dungeon, has been doing this for quite some time.
I just thought we could improve on our concept, and you guys should be able to see the result sometime soon.
November 6th, 2009
I've been gathering information about the upcoming Zelda game, Spirit Tracks, and have put together a Characters page. There are spoilers, so be cautious.
Although Spirit Tracks isn't out until December 7th (at least, here in the US), videos, screenshots, and information for it have finally been seeing the light of day. Based around the information I've been finding, the Characters page is an up-to-date Spirit Tracks section.
Note that some of the information is still speculation, but will be changed when the game gets released (or when the correct details have been revealed).
The US, European, and Japanese official Spirit Tracks sites have all been opened and updated. If you're at all interested in the upcoming Zelda game for the Nintendo DS, I suggest you check out each site - especially the information on the European one.
GameTrailers released a video that's over two and a half minutes in length of the upcoming Zelda: Spirit Tracks game. To see the video, read the rest of the update.
Here's a YouTube clip, if clicking the GameTrailers link would take too much effort.
I have to say that this video has hyped the game up even more for me. Once December 7th rolls around, I'll be sure to start writing up some guides for Destination Zelda as I go about playing the game - provided that I can put Spirit Tracks down long enough to access my laptop.
October 21st, 2009
If you purchased the Internet Browser on your Wii before it became free, you can now redeem a free NES game. To do so, go to the shop channel, update your system, and get that free game.
You have until December 31st to get your free game, if eligible, so don't wait too long to make your decision.
Personally, I ended up getting Zelda: Adventure of Link. What about you guys? Go ahead and share which free NES game you're getting.
October 19th, 2009
Today, the last episode of Legend of Neil was released, and leaves Neil in an interesting situation. If you've been paying attention to this series, this is definitely an episode you shouldn't miss.
You can view the episode at EffinFunny, but as always, it's for mature audiences. If you're having trouble viewing the video, just try checking it again a bit later. It took me a while to be able to view the video, but it's one any Legend of Neil fan will have to watch.
Also, in case you haven't heard, our affiliate, Zelda Universe, recently had an interview with Sandeep Parikh and Tony Janning. Sandeep is the creater of Legend of Neil and EffinFunny.com, and Tony plays Neil. Personally, I thought it was awesome that they were able to get an interview.
October 12th, 2009
Not much has been going on lately, but I decided to make a new wallpaper for the site. Calling it "Supressed in Twilight", it's a mixture of the Destination Zelda theme and Midna.
The wallpaper has a dark theme, as I was getting tired of the brighter wallpaper that I was using. I used the leaves that you see on our site (and on our Twitter account), to give it our custom look. In the design, Midna was meant to look like she's up to something - that she isn't as innocent as she's portrayed.
October 7th, 2009
We've been hard at work trying to get the Hylian Avatars system up-and-running, but it's still going to be some time. You can check out its page to see the current progress of this future feature.
First off, this was something that we wanted to release with the site when we opened Destination Zelda, but if we had done so, we still wouldn't be open. However, it's been in the making this whole time. What is it, exactly? Well, it's a custom Zelda-based avatar system where you can add clothing, items, and more to characters to be viewed on our forums (and of course, posting them on other places, too, if you'd like). If you're a member on our forums, chances are you've heard Lanayru or I talking about the Hylian Avatars, and asking what you thought about them.
Instead of me writing up some long paragraphs about this, I'll just link you over to our Hylian Avatars information page. If you're at least a little bit curious about the project, go take a look at it. Realize that it's still in the early stages, but rest assured, we are working on it.
As always, feedback and comments are always appreciated.
October 6th, 2009
Two of our affiliates are having contests allowing you to snag a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.
One of our foreign affiliates, Z-ELDA, released a flash widget that counts down the release date for Spirit Tracks. It tracks the US release date, as well as the European one (the Japanese and Australian ones haven't been defined yet).
We'd like to add the widget to the right-side of our site, but unfortunately, we don't have room to do so. If you own a site, you're more than welcome to put the widget on it. If a smaller version comes out, we'll try putting it on Destination Zelda. You can see the countdown app on Z-ELDA's widgets page (realize that it's not in English, but the instructions are more than obvious enough to use).
This actually came out yesterday, but I didn't get around to updating about it. The new Legend of Neil video was released, and after the last few videos were alright, this one has some better laughs later in the video (or at least, I thought so).
You can check out the new video by visiting one of the sites Legend of Neil is hosted on, such as Atom.com. As we always mention with these videos, be warned: this is for mature audiences only.
October 2nd, 2009
After noticing that there's a new Zelda fan-site in the community, we had to try and affiliate with them. Hyrule Central recently opened, but they look like they'll be having a great future.
Personally, I really like the look of their site - not just the layout, but the overall uniqueness it presents. I'm a fan of new, unique things, or twists on current trends within the Zelda community, and Hyrule Central looks like they've spiced up the cliched Zelda fan-site look. I'm interested in seeing how their site turns out later down the road.
When you go to one of our guide pages, or click on a dynamic game list from the right side of the page, the guides that you see won't be as randomly ordered.
I edited the script for our Zelda guide list so that they can be categorized. Now, instead of the guides being listed alphabetically, they'll be listed by categories. When I get around to it, I'll be separating our current Zelda guides into their own pages. What I mean by this is the "mini-bosses" that are currently stuffed into the Boss Strategies sections will get their own page, as will different items (such as bottles officially having their own page).
The point of this is to make things a little more uniform, as well as making it easier to find what you're looking for. A good example of this is the Twilight Princess: Items page - everything is listed on one page at the moment, and it seems randomly thrown together.
These changes will come when I get around to them; they're not a huge priority as there are other things I'm currently more concerned with. It was just that today's update was something I had wanted to get a start on before the site was even released, but we didn't have the time for it.
September 26th, 2009
If you visit Club Nintendo, you'll notice that there's three new posters you can obtain related to Zelda. Anyone who likes collecting Zelda things should definitely check this out ASAP, as supplies are limited.
Source: Zelda Universe
Thankfully, I noticed this news from visiting our affiliate, Zelda Universe. So thanks for updating about this, ZU.
What is Club Nintendo? It's basically Nintendo's official site for registering your products - except, you can actually get real-life merchandise for them.
All three Zelda posters will come bundled together, and cost 350 "coins". They'll start shipping the first week of October, and will take "4 to 6 weeks for delivery". The "Game & Watch Collection" reward currently says "Sold Out", so it's safe to assume that the Zelda posters don't have an infinite supply. You can earn coins by registering Nintendo games, systems, and filling out surveys for those items.
If you're at all interested in this, I suggest checking it out.
With the Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PS3 recently being dropped in price, Nintendo's Wii is finally following the trend. Tomorrow, September 27th, the Nintendo Wii will cost $200 - $50 less than it costs at this exact minute.
Nothing will be taken out of the Wii package; Wii Sports will still be bundled with the system. With this price drop, it means that the Wii (a full console game system) will cost $30 more than the much smaller (and far less useful) Nintendo DSi. Personally, I'd expect to see the DSi drop in price before "Black Friday", but we'll have to see what Nintendo does. If it does lower in price, maybe I'll see about upgrading to the DSi, finally.
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