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Mega64: The Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword

Ever wonder what it’s like to take your video game skills and put them to the test out into the real world? Well, nows your chance to find out. The Mega64 guys are at it again. This time, showing us what it’s like playing Skyward Sword out in the open for random strangers to see…wii-chuks, cosplay, and all. It’s apparent in the video above that these guys are incredibly good at improvising. Enjoy!

Marcus Vega-Eisenhart // Super PolyPixel

Book Author Says Assassin’s Creed Story Was His, Sues Ubisoft
John L. Beiswenger the author of the book “Link” claims Ubisoft heavily lifted elements of his story for the Assassin’s Creed universe. The copyright infringement claims are documented here. Some of the similarities are admittedly quick uncanny. Take this excerpt for instance:

“35. A recurring theme in Link is the battle between good and evil; in Link, Med Diagnostics plans to steal and use the Link technology to its benefit; and governmental entities try to get Search International to use the Link device and process to interrogate “assassins” and their families.  36. A recurring theme in the Assassin’s Creed video games and books is a battle between good and evil; in the Assassin’s Creed video game series, Abstergo Industries uses the Animus technology to interrogate Desmond to try and find other assassins.”

There are many more similarities, some just seem even too uncanny to deny. Assassin’s Creed fans could care less however and are already flocking to Amazon to leave a nasty review. Most claim the book is incredibly bad and practically unreadable. So if that is true, I guess the real question is does a shitty writer with an even shittier book deserve any compensation for a great idea?
Jose Ortiz // Super PolyPixel

Book Author Says Assassin’s Creed Story Was His, Sues Ubisoft

John L. Beiswenger the author of the book “Link” claims Ubisoft heavily lifted elements of his story for the Assassin’s Creed universe. The copyright infringement claims are documented here. Some of the similarities are admittedly quick uncanny. Take this excerpt for instance:

“35. A recurring theme in Link is the battle between good and evil; in Link, Med Diagnostics plans to steal and use the Link technology to its benefit; and governmental entities try to get Search International to use the Link device and
process to interrogate “assassins” and their families.  
36. A recurring theme in the Assassin’s Creed video games and books is a battle between good and evil; in the Assassin’s Creed video game series, Abstergo Industries uses the Animus technology to interrogate Desmond to try and find
other assassins.”

There are many more similarities, some just seem even too uncanny to deny. Assassin’s Creed fans could care less however and are already flocking to Amazon to leave a nasty review. Most claim the book is incredibly bad and practically unreadable. So if that is true, I guess the real question is does a shitty writer with an even shittier book deserve any compensation for a great idea?

Jose Ortiz // Super PolyPixel

The Zelda Musical

A lot of people show their love for a game in different ways. They might make a short fan film, they might dress up as their favorite character, they might make music…als?

Yeah, when you have the talent of a Broadway show, a sick animator, and a comedian wrapped up in a total staff of less than ten, you can pretty much do anything and have it turn out good. That’s what Mitchell Moffit and his band of merry Moffitors have done with this great musical video dedicating their time and talent in the direction of Link and Hyrule.

Keep up the great work guys and we’ll be looking forward to more!

Mark Renna // Super PolyPixel

Classic Games Turn Into Classic Story Books

Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss books? Right, no one. Who doesn’t love Mario? Besides from maybe some parents, and girlfriends - no one. So when a mashup of these just seems so natural I’m left with only question. Why wasn’t this figured out sooner. Like when I was kid.

Thanks to Caldwell Tanner’s imaginary books, we get Mario/Seuss, Link/Numeroff, Starfox/Lobel, and Pokemon/Sendak mashups that are just simply awesome.

Now, it looks as if these are just illustrations of books that don’t exist. All I know is that if they actually get printed I know what my nephew is getting as his next present.

Mark Renna // Super PolyPixel

If Games Had Super Easy Mode

This is a theoretical look at if video games had a super easy mode. There is definitely no challenge but they’re really funny. I like Contra and Pong, but really they were all great. Sometimes you don’t want a challenge, but rather just a good laugh.

Mark Renna // Super PolyPixel

Link And Samus Costumes To Appear In Dynasty Warriors VS

The upcoming title Dynasty Warriors VS for the 3DS will have a couple fun and well known character’s costumes to mow down tons of Samurai in thanks to Nintendo. Samus’ Zero Suit from Metroid: Other M and Link’s tunic from Skyward Sword have been given to/shared with the Tecmo Koei team to be implemented in the upcoming Dynasty Warriors VS.

Are you into the cross-franchise shameless self promotion? Or should we leave our gaming characters in their own games?

Dynasty Warriors VS will be released for the Nintendo 3DS. Release date TBD.

Mark Renna // Super PolyPixel

Full Concept Art Scans - Translated Pages of Hyrule Historia Available

This beautiful little gem of Legend of Zelda lore was released back on December 21st of this past year to the ever so lucky citizens of Japan, as the story goes with most awesome Nintendo swag. This book not only contains more that just the artwork that spans Legend of Zelda’s 25 years of existence. It also contains “A Complete History of Hyrule”, which reviews the storyline of each game, additionally suggesting a complete take on the timeline of games which was touched on by Super PolyPixels own Mark Renna.

Enough time has passed for the book to have finally had a full scan of all of its concept artwork and images ranging from the original Legend of Zelda all the way to the most recent Skyward Sword. These images, neatly organized for our viewing pleasure, have been uploaded to flickr. There are also full page scans and translations. If you fancy yourself a fan of the longstanding Nintendo series, be sure to take some time for yourself to review some of these gems!

Raphael Coury // Super PolyPixel

Freeware Friday: Nintendo’s Finest Return With Style In Super Mario Bros. Crossover v2.0

Freeware Friday is a bi-weekly column dedicated to bringing you the most fun you’ve had without spending a penny since you discovered the hottie next door. Come on by every other week to check out another great free game download, browser game, iphone/android apps or more! 

Just when I was beginning to grow disgusted with myself for not being able to decide which game to cover for the inaugural Freeware Friday, this little gem blind sided me like I was Tom Brady strutting into Indianapolis expecting ring #4. Too soon? *ahem* For those of you that are unaware, Super Mario Bros. Crossover is a browser based game made by the fine people at Exploding Rabbit which completely caters to the retro gamer in you. 

Although this game originated in April 2010, this is the largest patch it has seen since its release. The addition of Luigi and Bass bring the starting line up to a startling 10 characters spanning across 8 franchises. Mario, Link, Samus, Simon Belmont, Mega Man, Bill Rizer, Ryu, Sophia III have all gotten graphical updates from the last patch (1.2.03) that are showcased in the games new ability to play in particular styles. You can alter the games skin and/or sound to reflect Super Mario Bros (Both NES & SNES), Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES), Super Mario Land 2 (GB) and Demon Returns (Retro Game Challenge - DS). If you’ve ever thought of how wonderful it would have been to have your Link jump ship from his golden cartridge to your Mario Bros./Duck Hunt game and help you lay a beating onto the Koopa King then you will find yourself in a little slice of heaven.

Play it here in your browser.

Raphael Coury // Super PolyPixel