How Link From ‘Legend of Zelda’ Got His Name

Link legend of zelda stillEver wonder why the character in one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time is called “Link”? Well, a video posted to YouTube channel Did You Know Gaming? has the answer.

While many fans speculated for years that it’s simply because he’s the “bridge between the player and the game,” that’s not entirely correct. Turns out, Link is named “Link” due to an element from the early conception of Zelda that creator Shigeru Miyamoto never ended up actually incorporating in the final product.  Continue reading “How Link From ‘Legend of Zelda’ Got His Name”

R.I.P. Nintendo Pioneer Hiroshi Yamauchi

The president of Nintendo passed away on Thursday of pneumonia at the age of 85, leaving my fellow nerds and I to mourn by the light of LED controllers.

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the grandson of Fusajiro Yamauchi, who started Nintendo as a playing card manufacturer, ran the company during its heyday in the mid ’80s all the way until 2002.

I’ll still never forget renting consoles (that was a thing when I was young, don’t laugh) and dying by mine cart jump fail in Donkey Kong with my brother, then getting a Game Boy for Christmas and searching for coins in bushes with Link and quitting Mega Man after two minutes in favor of Mario.

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Stories I’m Too Lazy To Write About [9-14-12]

Nintendo’s Wii U titles will cost the same as Xbox and PS – $59.99. (Kotaku)

Britney Spears not allowed near alcohol or hot ladies? (Evil Beet)

Woman finds ex, who she broke up with 12 years prior, in her attic. (Jezebel)

Zachary Quinto talks coming out, to Out Magazine. (ohmyGAHH!)

Smart guy Mitt Romney thinks middle class Americans make $250,000 a year. (Gawker)

Adele is sort of a bond girl, sings Skyfall theme. (Collider)

Nighttime informercial queen Sally Struthers arrested for DUI in Maine. (People)

McKayla Maroney injured her leg during Kellog’s Tour of Champions. (Examiner)

New characters on Glee are actually just recycled versions of Rachel, Puck, and Quinn. (Celebuzz)

Real-Life Mario Karts, By West Coast Customs

Too many things to ask for as a Christmas present. First I wanted a white Nicki Minaj barbie, then a Shakira Live In Paris concert DVD, now I know for sure that I actually want a life-sized Mario Kart.

There are actually two, one modeled after Luigi’s bee car and one after Mario’s more traditional kart. Of course I want Mario’s, Luigi was never anyone’s first choice. These working models were built by West Coast Customs, displayed at the LA Auto Show in late November.

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The 20th Anniversary of Super Nintendo (Best of SNES)

Everybody’s favorite classic gaming console is the Super Nintendo, originally released in North America on August 23, 1991. The “Super Nintendo Entertainment System” abbreviated “SNES,” had/has the widest assortment of iconic games of any system to date not to mention evolutionary graphics for their time, plus catchier songs than anything on Top 40 radio. It was a lucky thing to own a SNES in the 90’s, they originally went for around $200 but lowered to $99 in their later years.

SNES is the 7th bestselling console of all time (2nd best of the 90’s after Playstation) and that includes all recent consoles, not to mention inflation. I actually remember renting a SN and a few games (usually Donkey Kong) at the video store in the early 90’s. Nowadays, it’s practically unheard of to walk into a video store let alone rent a game AND an entire console. Now we have Redbox…

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