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Top 10 Legend of Zelda games of All-Time

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We are a little late to the party here, but with Mario’s 35th anniversary finally coming to an end this month, it is now time to give some focus to Zelda and the little guy in the green hat – Without further ado…Here are the top 10 Legend of Zelda games of all-time.

10. The Legend Of Zelda:

Sometimes you just have to give credit to the OG. The first in the series debuted in 1986 on the NES. No one knew what impact this game would have for the future of gaming, but with the debut of Zelda, Link and Ganon – Well you just have to give respect here. It started the tale of one of the most iconic games in gaming history, and despite it’s dated graphics and gameplay, there is some beauty and fun in playing the original game in the longstanding series.

9. Skyward Sword:

I know I may catch some flak for this one, but hear me out. This title in the series did not truly move the series forward. The story was a bit bare bones, but even worse than any of that – was the use of the motion controls on the Wii system. Playing this game was a chore and the controls made the game not very responsive. Nintendo releasing a new HD version on the Switch, will look to right their wrongs, and with improved controls this game could move up on the list. You may not like it, but you agree.

 

8. Links Awakening (GB Edition):

This game could truly be described as one of the most mesmerizing or puzzling games in the series. Here we see Link partake on a voyage unlike any seen in the series. This was no run of the mill save the princess story. Here we saw Link collecting musical instruments to wake a sleeping Fish to get off a strange island. Part Mario – Part Zelda, this title was unlike any seen before and was a fascinating and thrilling ride for the series in it’s portable debut on the GameBoy.

7. Twilight Princess:

This game which was originally released on the GameCube and Wii system’s in one that is of the darker tales of Link and Zelda. This title is basically the “My Chemical Romance” of the Zelda series. Yes the emo equivalent. This game brought a different style and formula to the Zelda series and saw half the game played as the green capped crusader vs another half playing as the cursed wolf. It was an interesting format that has divided fans of the series for years. Deciding where to put it in lists is rather confusing. Here at seven I think is a good spot for the controversial title.

6. A Link Between Worlds:

I wrestled like Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock with where to put this entry. The 3ds exclusive saw the return of Link and Zelda to a portable system in very impressive fashion. The sequel to the SNES classic “A Link to the Past”, did a fine job of not only recreating that world, but in many ways improving upon it. This game pushed the boundaries of what a Zelda title can accomplish in a portable world and gave us one of the most impressive titles to date.

5. Majora’s Mask:

We are now in the elusive top five territory. Here we see the finale of Link and Zelda on the Nintendo 64. Since the game was released near the end of the system’s life cycle, it may have not gotten the love it deserved back in 2000. The game was released right after one of the all-time greats in “Ocarina of Time”, and told a tale that remains in Zelda folklore as being one of the most heartbreaking. The game delves into a story told in a way that differentiates it from the rest of the Zelda series, and could be one of it’s finest.

4. The Wind Waker:

This title really separates itself from the rest of the series. Escaping Hyrule, this cel-shading adventure shows Link traveling by boat in what one could describe as the ‘Pirate’ game of the series. An adventure that hopefully we get to see re-released sometime on the Nintendo Switch, it’s graphics make the game timeless and never outdated and tales a tale more swashbuckling than any game seen in the series.

3. A Link to the Past:

What is there to say that has already not been said about this game. Released in 1992 (at least in North America), the game is still considered by many to be one of the finest in the series. There is something just so darn astounding about this title, and will remain in Zelda folklore forever as the first title that really moved the series forward.

2. Ocarina of Time:

Wherever you want to put this title is up to you. Honestly if someone told me it should be number one; Well I would not disagree. This title really set the bar for the series and delivered such an impact, that it was one of the titles that truly helped sell the Nintendo 64 system. The storytelling, graphics and gameplay really set a standard for the series. No matter where you put this game, it’s almost video game blasphemy to not call it a pure classic.

1. Breath of The Wild:

What has been said about this title that has not already been said? This title released in 2017 for both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch – is gaming at it’s best. The first open world Zelda game is also it’s finest. the amount of activities you can accomplish here, with the introduction of shrines and a wonderfully woven story make this game a delight for newcomers and veterans to the series. Now Nintendo give us the sequel!

 

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Manchester Comic Con Returns! With A Star Studded Lineup And More

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With the summer Movie, Comic Book & TV season in full swing with the likes of Stranger Things: Season 4 & Obi-Wan Kenobi currently airing to their respective streaming services and Jurassic World: Dominion amongst other anticipated projects on the horizon, There’s certainly a lot to look forward too over the coming months, And one of those is the return of Monopoly Event’s Manchester Comic Con, the event which promises to bring all the love of Pop Culture & More into one place! Here’s just a small sneak peak at what you can expect below…

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The next Comic Con Manchester in the summer of 2022 promises to be an event to remember for comic, tv, and film culture fans across the globe as we bring you a phenomenal guest line-up including Star Trek‘ and Heroes legend Zachary Quinto, Teen Wolf stars Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig, Dylan Sprayberry, and Linden Ashby, Superman and Lois stars Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Jordan Elsass, and Alex Garfin, the LEGENDS that are Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner. Lesley Ann Brandt, D.B. Woodside, and Aimee Garcia from Lucifer, The Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs, Cobra Kai stars Martin Kove, Jesse Kove, Ron Thomas, and Tony O’Dell, Little Mermaid voice actor Jodi Benson, Supernatural‘s Emily Swallow, Bai Ling from The Crow, Police Academy‘s Lance Kinsey, and the sweetest of all reunions as we welcome Peter Ostrum, Paris Themmen, Julie Dawn Cole, Michael Bollner and Rusty Goffe from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

A guest line-up that already is truly unimaginable – and as always – it’s all by the fans for the fans.

Let us not forget our epic Traders Hall as well! Where you could buy everything from a dancing Gizmo plushie to a Baywatch lifebuoy! Finally, our league of loyal cosplayers were all in attendance with their amazing costumes and make up ready and willing to get in a selfie or 100!

The Star Studded Guest Line-up Provided By Monopoly Events

This is sure to be the pop culture event of the summer & one both you & I surely wont want to miss. Am I right?

To buy your tickets and find out more information, head over to the official Manchester Comic Con site before it returns to the BEC Centre, July 30-31.

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PARAMOUNT+ Reveals UK Launch Date, Pricing, Distribution Partners & More

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Paramount+, the global streaming service from Paramount Global, will launch in the UK and Ireland on 22 June 2022. After countless months of waiting It was announced by the company reporting their first-quarter earnings call on 3 of May, during which Paramount’s President and CEO, Bob Bakish, outlines global expansion plans for the streaming service. 

The ongoing momentum of Paramount+ will also see the service launch in South Korea in June, with further launches planned in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria in the second half of the year. Additionally, in 2023, Paramount+ will launch in India in partnership with Viacom 18, as part of a recently announced agreement, and is poised to participate in this fast-growing market. 

“Paramount is known for its leading portfolio of premium entertainment brands and a robust content engine that fuels our rapidly expanding streaming service, Paramount+. This year will be monumental for our streaming strategy as we accelerate our global ambitions, rapidly expanding Paramount+ in Europe beginning with the UK, Italy, Germany, France and more by the end of this year and debut in Asia with South Korea in June, followed by India in 2023,” said Raffaele Annecchino, President and CEO, International Networks, Studios and Streaming, Paramount Global.  “With an already expansive global footprint and a strong, long-term market-by-market strategy, we are well-poised to continue our positive momentum.” 

Maria Kyriacou, President, Australia, Canada, Israel and UK, Paramount, said, “The addition of Paramount+ to our strong portfolio of free-to-air, pay-TV and streaming services will broaden the range of choice available to our audiences in the UK and Ireland. Paramount+ will be a one-stop destination for Paramount’s biggest brands, where fans of all ages can find exclusive original premium content, global hits, and discover a world of favourites from Paramount’s vast catalogue.” 

PRICING AND DISTRIBUTION

In the UK, Paramount+ will be available online at

https://www.paramountplus.com/

and on mobile and a wide range of connected TV devices via the Paramount+ app, via broad direct-to-consumer distribution through Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku® and Samsung, with more platforms to be announced in the coming months. Users will be able to sign up to the service for £6.99 per month/£69.90 per annum in the UK, after a free seven-day trial*.   

Paramount+ will launch on Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2022 as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of Paramount’s leading portfolio of pay TV channels. Sky Cinema subscribers will get the bonus of Paramount+ included at no extra cost. 

ROBUST CONTENT SLATE

Paramount+ will launch in the UK with a broad content slate of more than 8,000 hours of content for the whole family, spanning new and exclusive Paramount+ originals, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from Paramount’s world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.  

In addition, Paramount+ is home to some of the world’s most beloved franchises in the world. Audiences in the UK will have access to the Star Trek universe; and the library and new seasons of Taylor Sheridan’s critically acclaimed Yellowstone series. South Park and the MTV Shores 

will also be available, and kids and families franchises, this include SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Rugrats plus new originals based on Nickelodeon’s most beloved characters such as Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.   

PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINALS

Some of the most anticipated Paramount+ and SHOWTIME® originals from the US, UK and other international markets will be available in the UK and Ireland when the service launches, including HALO, 1883, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Offer, Mayor of Kingstown, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The First Lady, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Queen of the Universe and Jerry & Marge Go Large. 

These will join premium international scripted Paramount+ originals produced by VIS – the international studio division of Paramount Global – in association with independent production companies in the UK and around the world. Previously announced original UK dramas heading to Paramount+ include Sexy Beast, A Gentleman in Moscow, Flatshare, The Burning Girls, The Ex-Wife and The Blue. 

Scripted originals from around the world include

Los Enviados (The Envoys) (Mexico) and Cecilia (Mexico) – both of which have been renewed for a second season; Simon Beckett’s Chemistry of Death (Germany); The Signal (France); Bosé (Spain); Fallaci (Italy); At Midnight (Mexico); and more.   

Hours of original factual titles from the UK production community will also be available, including Haunted, The Box, Rise of the Tech Titans, MH370: The Lost Flight, Chalet Girls, LA Hairdressers, Fashion House, Pervert: Catching the Strip Search Caller and Girl Taken. 

KIDS AND FAMILY

Thousands of hours of Kids and Family content on the service will include Paramount+ Original series Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder, iCarly S1 & S2, the reimagined Rumble and Big Nate. They will join original TV movies, including Honour Society, Promposal, Little Wing, Snow Day, Nicole From Last Night and Blue’s Big City Adventure. 

BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES

Paramount+ will offer unlimited access to blockbuster movies with new releases like

Scream 5, time-proven classics such as Grease and Star Trek, and family-friendly selections like PAW Patrol: The Movie, Clifford The Big Red Dog and more. 

EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Also coming to the UK service this year are Paramount+ exclusives The Thing About Pam and Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons. They join other exclusive titles including South Park: Post Covid and South Park: Post Covid: The Return to Covid, as well as Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The First Lady and The Man Who Fell to Earth.  


Paramount+ is a global digital subscription video streaming service from Paramount that features a mountain of premium entertainment for audiences of all ages. Internationally, the streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel™, in addition to a robust offering of premier local content. The service is currently live in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Nordics, and Australia.   

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Angela Bassett Says Black Panther 2 Will Surpass The First

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Recently actress and Black Panther star Angela Bassett who plays Ramonda (mother of Shuri and T’Challa) reflected on filming Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman’s impact on the upcoming sequel and a tidbit as to what we can expect going forward. Marvel has remained tight lipped after Boseman’s tragic passing as to how the events of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ will play out, without its main star.

Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett – Black Panther [photo credit: Marvel Studios]

The set of Black Panther 2 has already experienced its share of set backs, via Covid-19 and a stunt injury to lead actress Letitia Wright who plays Shuri, the sister of T’Challa.

Recently on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Angela Bassett praised Director Ryan Coogler for his work on Black Panther 2 saying it will “Top” the first film. She also went on to praise Chadwick Boseman saying he was inspiration in “Raising the standard.” while adding:

“He was such an example, such a leader. Amazing talent, we all know that; big heart, great intellect. And we just hope to raise the standard, you know.”

Black Panther 2 does not plan to replace Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa), instead, Ryan Coogler and Marvel  plan to move forward in a way that honors Boseman’s legacy while pushing forward with a new inspiring cinematic story, set in Wakanda.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit theaters in November. 

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