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This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, one of the most memorable and beloved series in all of gaming. To celebrate the occasion, we've devoted 24 pages of our October issue to honoring Zelda's past and looking forward to its future.
Beginning with a look back, we have a 14-page run-down of every major Zelda release up to this point. We've split this retrospective into a series of personal essays explaining why each of these legendary games mattered to us. After this history lesson, you can dig in to a 10-page exclusive hands-on with Skyward Sword, Nintendo's upcoming Wii swan song. We spent six hours playing portions of the game that have never been seen such as the mysterious Silent Realm, experienced brand new gameplay mechanics including flying and dowsing, and spoke with long-time series creator Eiji Aonuma about how Zelda is evolving for the future. All of this info and more awaits in the new issue, and we'll have a whole month of online coverage to back it up, including exclusive videos of Skyward Sword and a ton of fun features paying homage to 25 years of Zelda adventures.
Beyond the Zelda coverage, the October issue is packed with lots more content. Jeff Cork helps you find the right co-op game for almost any situation. We detail Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer and go in-depth on Quantum Conundrum, the exciting new project from Portal designer Kim Swift. We've also got new previews for Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and an intriguing new game from EA. You can also find out how Sony's PS2 classics hold up in HD with our review of the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection.
Check out the full-size images of our Zelda cover below and be sure to keep an eye on our Zelda hub page -- we'll begin stuffing it full of content this week.
Issues will begin arriving in subscriber's homes next week, and Game Informer Digital will go live on Tuesday, September 13th.
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Radical! I'm really looking forward to the historical look at the series... I love that kinda stuff. And hey: I'm always interested in details on the latest Zelda. Can't wait!
meh mixed feelings
This looks awesome :D
Oh. My. Gosh. I want it. Now.
Wow. That's some amazing art. But I'm really surprised. This game's coming out in a couple of months. Most games featured on GI's cover don't get released until many more months later.
thats an awesome cover. personally this new zelda looks like the best 3d zelda to me. a lot of people dont like the style. i love it. its got fully orchestrated music. the 1:1 sword controls make fighting more involving. they added dash. the story looks more interesting than any other zeldas thus far. if they nail the puzzles and exploration and dont hold your hand too much this could be my favorite zelda.
ZEEEEEEEEEEEELLLDAAAAAA!! I'm pretty excited. And nice cover art!
Zelda!!!!!! (Fan freakout begins... NOW!)
Not what I expected at all, but this is an awesome cover. I was hoping for a reveal of something though. What, exactly? I don't really know, but I was hoping lol.
Again, the cover is great, but I've already decided to get this so I was hoping for something else. Ah well. Still love it.
Awesome...Its been a long time since a Legend of Zelda game has been on the cover of your mag. You guys must be really excited! =P