HTC Vive, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 64: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed last week’s roundup, catch it below.

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With MWC 2015 and GDC 2015 both taking up too much of our time here at the Gearburn office this week, we haven’t exactly been procrastinating as much as we should’ve been. Nevertheless, we’ve put together a sound and solid batch of flicks to help you get over the final hurdle of the week.

First on the menu is a must-watch if you’re a Zelda fan, and if you’re hoping that the virtual reality space will explode with ingenuity, have a look at Valve and HTC‘s latest swing at the VR cricket ball (we just had to squeeze a Cricket World Cup reference in there somewhere).

Other videos come courtesy of GDC 2015, with the new Zodiac trailer, and a particularly quick speed run through Nintendo‘s Super Mario 64. That’s definitely one not to be missed.

So without much more ado, let’s get into this week’s TGIF Video Roundup.

1. This Legend of Zelda fan video is what we hope the Netflix series will be, and more

Well, that didn’t take long.

With recent word that the world might be getting a live action Legend of Zelda series, fans have crafted a rather fitting The Final Battle trailer for the Ocarina of Time short movie which is a collaboration between the Zelda Project and Player Piano. Although Link doesn’t exactly look too keen, we can’t wait to see the final product, or the Netflix series when it eventually makes an appearance.

Read more: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ live action TV series coming to Netflix, report suggests

2. HTC and Valve partner to craft this — the HTC Vive

Powered by SteamVR and with a partner like Valve, HTC will be making massive waves in the VR market this coming year. Met with quite a rousing reception, the Vive was probably the standout announcement at MWC 2015, although Samsung wouldn’t be too happy with that statement.

While it makes sense for companies to your their feet into the VR door while its open, not many companies partner with gaming instituitions when formulating a product, and this is exactly what HTC has done. Hats off to the partnership, and if you missed the MWC 2015 trailer, here it is.

3. Zodiac is a Japanese-themed game crafted by a French gaming studio

Games in the modern era can get pretty dreary and tiresome, that’s why when a game from a relatively small gaming studio crafts something that looks as good as this, we sit up and take note. Zodiac has an incredibly interesting backstory too, and I’m not just talking about the game itself. It’s French studio Kobojo Games’ take on the Japanese legends of yore, and it looks damn well done.

At least this developer can show its fellow French developers a thing or two.

4. Speedrunner defeats Super Mario 64 absolutely starless, in 6:54

Here’s a gaming lesson you won’t forget in a hurry, kids.

If you’ve ever played Super Mario, you would understand just how important stars are to your success. If you’re a particularly careless chap too, this comes in more useful than not when barreling into enemies, for instance. Well, this speedrunner, playing the epic Super Mario 64, blasted through the entire game in just under seven minutes without any of these shiny wonders in sight.



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