Zelda-Themed WWII Propaganda Posters

LA graphic artist/web designer Fro, aka Fernando Reza, has created 17 awesome Zelda-themed WWII propaganda posters, see them all on the Fro Design Company website.

Princess Zelda Needs You

Dark Link

Song of Time

The Deku Tree

Lady in the Fountain

The Moon

Source: Fro Design Company via Laughing Squid
Images: Fro Design Company

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Zelda Ocarina Controlled Home Automation

Allen from Sufficiently Advanced has cleverly automated his home in the best way possible…

‘With Zelda: Breath of the Wild out on the Nintendo Switch, I made a home automation system based off the Zelda series using the ocarina from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.’

Source: Sufficiently Advanced via Gizmodo

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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‘Majora’s Mask – Terrible Fate’

majoras-mask-featured‘Majora’s Mask – Terrible Fate’ by EmberLab.

‘A tribute to the legendary game, this short showcases Skull Kid’s dark origin story. Our take on how the Zelda Universe could be realized in film. A labor of love for all those involved, this is a gift to the fans.’

Source: EmberLab via Cheezburger

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Real-Life ‘Legend Of Zelda’ Escape Game

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‘Defenders of the Triforce’ is a REAL-LIFE puzzle escape game based on ‘The Legend of Zelda’ – thanks to a partnership between SCRAP Entertainment and Nintendo.

‘It is a fully hosted, story-based escape event designed for puzzle fans and fans of the Zelda franchise. There will be multiple teams in the event space all participating at the same time, and each team will have their own table to work at when not exploring.’

‘Defenders of the Triforce’ is touring eight American cities in 2017 – San Francisco, LA, Phoenix and San Diego seem to be sold out, but Seattle, Houston, Chicago and New York tickets are yet to go on sale. We’re just wondering when the Melbourne dates will be announced, lol!

city-listVisit ScrapZelda.com for more information.


source: SCRAP and Nintendo on YouTube via Technabob

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Interview With Justin Hickman: Linking With The Past

Justin_HDRAfter our recent interview with Retro Rich, we go in contact with lifetime gamer Justin Hickman to have a chat about gaming and collecting in general. Once we got a whiff of the gaming awesomeness that Justin had in his possession, we knew we had to arrange an interview and have him share his love of video games and also his very impressive room of collectibles. So brace your jaw, because it will drop to the floor. Here we go!

AUSRETROGAMER [ARG]: So Justin, tell us a bit about yourself – how did you get into gaming?
Justin Hickman [JH]: Hey! I’m 33 years old and have been in to gaming all my life. I started with a hand-me-down Atari 2600, C64 and NES system. I spent countless hours playing Mario, Mega Man, Spy vs Spy, Space Invaders and loved it! At school my friends were really into it too, so this helped fuel my passion for gaming as it was absolutely the norm for me growing up.

ARG: Are you equally into retro and modern/current gaming (or do you have a strong preference for one)?
JH: Being honest, I am a huge fan of both. Retro gaming is of course heavily peppered with nostalgia, however when I played them they weren’t retro! I was just really into gaming as a medium, This mindset has stayed with me so by proxy I am just as happy playing either The Witcher III or A Link to the Past.

The great wall of gaming!
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ARG: What is it about old school gaming that you enjoy most?
JH: The obvious one is nostalgia (simple times, happy days), However as with anyone who has a passion for film, music and gaming, I appreciate retro games as an art form. I love modern gaming too but retro gaming (specifically 2D) has more soul – I love the hand drawn sprites and animations that developers managed to squeeze out of restricted hardware with huge limitations. This all adds to the charm and experience that has not been replicated – they also, for the most part, still stand up today (as an example, Super Mario World looks and plays just as well now as it did 24 years ago!).

ARG: You have owned your collection from new (which is amazing!), what inspired you to collect? Did you have foresight or a plan to collect?
JH: I never planned to collect. In fact, I used to trade in (albeit a select few) games when I was younger in order to get other games that I wanted, as this was really the only way to get a game in between birthdays and Christmas. I did however keep certain games as they meant so much to me, especially the Mario and Zelda games. But as a whole, gaming was never a ‘flash in the pan’ for me – I was and still am passionate about it, so I held onto as much as I could! I always wanted to have the option to go back and play my old games. So there was no foresight or planning – It was by pure chance that the games I was into also became some of the most rare/sought after titles.

ARG: We are drooling over your very impressive collection – what are your most prized systems and games?
JH: I’m particularly proud of my Zelda collection, Console wise I have most of them but as a conversation starter the Virtual Boy and PC Engine get the most attention, They both look cool and have much trivia!

You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you? Well, Justin certainly hasn’t!
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ARG: Are there any other specific systems and/or games you are still hunting down?
JH: Yes, very much so! Right now, I am still hunting for a boxed Neo-Geo AES, but I don’t want to pay premium for it. Having said that, I probably should, as prices have been steady for a few years now and they won’t get cheaper! Also, I’m still hunting for Zelda Four Swords big box and Earthbound. My biggest problem is that I don’t like paying top dollar – I much prefer to wait and take my time. It makes it even more special when you do pick something up at a reasonable price, even if it took a couple of years to hunt down!

ARG: What is your gaming room (and/or collection) setup like?
JH: I have an room dedicated to it,  and it needs to be as collection is huge! The rest of the house is unassuming, so keeps the missus happy *winks*

ARG: Do you have unopened systems/games? If so, will you ever open them to play?
JH: Yes to both – system and games. I did intend on playing them but as time goes by, I become more hesitant and usually just find loose copies out in the wild. I want to preserve as much gaming history as I can.

The perfect office space!
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ARG: We hear that the SNES is your favorite retro console – so which retro console is your second fave?
JH: Either the NES or (Japanese) Mega Drive – both were fantastic. The NES brought so many legendary (Nintendo) first party IPs to the table, genre defining with iconic characters and mascots that are still going strong to this day! The Mega Drive had some fantastic arcade conversions and was home to some great shooters. Additionally, the Japanese version (which was superior to the PAL one) had truly stunning artwork on the game cases and they look great on any shelf!

ARG: Do you have a favorite game of all time or a gaming genre you cannot go without?
JH: My favourite games of all time are Super Mario World, Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Final Fantasy 7. Sorry, I know you asked for one! As for a gaming genre I couldn’t live without, it would have to be RPGs. I love a story, character progression and immersion – a good RPG covers all of these quite nicely.

ARG: We cheated in this interview by adding one final question – where can folks get in touch with you?
JH: Yep, sure thing, folks can reach me on Twitter.

Whoa, that was another great chat with a great collector. As we thank Justin for sharing in his gaming past and his vast collection, we walk away thoroughly impressed and can’t wait to see what else Justin adds to his already awesome gaming collection!

 

Pixel Hearts At Gallery 1988

featured 3Gallery 1988 is a pop-culture inspired art gallery with two locations (East and West) in Los Angeles, we simply love their latest West exhibit: Pixel Hearts.

Over 100 artists created video game inspired art on 12 inch wooden pixel heart canvases. See a few below – but be sure to check out the whole gorgeous collection.

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majora

mushroom cup

duckhunt pacman samus blow cartridge journey

Source: Gallery 1988

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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NES Subway Maps

featuredWe love graphic designer Matthew Stevenson’s old-school videogame subway maps. Each beautiful map depicts a detailed walkthrough of a different game and is based on a different metro system.

Metroid as DC Metro
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DC

The Legend of Zelda as the London Underground
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london

Maniac Mansion as the Moscow Transit System
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Dragon Warrior as the Lisbon Subway
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Zelda II as the Tokyo Transit System
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Tokyo

Final Fantasy as the NY Subway
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NY

Maps are available to buy at RedBubble and Etsy.

Source: Via Technabob
Image sources: Via Technabob and DCMJS

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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