Even in the middle of a weekday, Cobra hums with activity. Metz emphasizes quality, even if the clientele is young. Found: Plot of Soft Earth Behind Kokiri Shop Time Period: Young Link ONLY Time of Day: Daytime OR Nighttime Requires: Bottled Bug Drop a Bottled Bug into the Patch of Soft Earth behind the Kokiri Shop. This makes it a worthy replacement for Young Link when in fire-based environments (such as Dodongo’s Cavern), but the shield is so large that Link can’t wield it normally. Wearing a piece or two will give Link heat resistance but locking down the whole set also gives him Shock Resistance. Barcade in Brooklyn — both set up shop around 2003. From opposite sides of the country, these two establishments busted down the doors for other entrepreneurs, and there are now easily more than 100 arcade bars in the States alone, Paredes estimates. Organizers from a nearby business set up shop on the front patio, preparing for a company event.
Wednesday afternoon sunlight spills through two massive open windows at the front of the bar, illuminating silver tap handles, neon-splattered paintings from local artists and shiny black booths. It’s springtime in downtown Phoenix, and Cobra Arcade Bar is open for business. Now that it’s May, the initial rush has settled down but the bar remains packed with dancing queens and button mashers every weekend. Plus, every security guard knows how to handle simple fixes like unjamming a token, and a tech walks the bar on weekend nights to handle any larger issues. That’s part of the secret to running a successful arcade bar in 2016 — start with a solid foundation.
Arcade- and e-sports-themed bars are hot tickets, popping up at an increasing rate since the early 2000s. Two of the first arcade bars in the United States — Ground Kontrol in Portland. Super Mario 3D has a stage that emulates the room-to-room design, top-down perspective, and basic room layout of a dungeon from the first Legend of Zelda. Twili Midna is partnered with her weapon of choice, the Mirror of Twilight as also seen in the 2006 Zelda game. Zelda series producer Eiji Anouma explained on Miiverse why the Twilight Princess returns in Hyrule Warriors as Twili Midna rather than her more familiar form. Hyrule Warriors’ next DLC delves into the Legend of Zelda’s past.
Donning Link’s tunic adds the Master Sword to Bayonetta’s arsenal, but it also recalls iconic audio samples from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. While arm cannon-oriented details weren’t offered, players will be able to toggle Samus’ visor up or down, which Negishi adds is surprisingly amusing when “endlessly going up-down-up-down during the game’s more serious moments.” Considering Bayonetta’s one-liners and the new portal-punching Bowser, it’s tough to remember serious moments even exist in this universe.