Curiosity Shop #119: Zelda Dungeon Mailbag

Axle the BeastApril 25th, 2013 by Axle the Beast

Hey there guys! New mailbag! This time around, there are still plenty of questions about the new A Link to the Past sequel coming out on the 3DS, including questions about Ganon’s potential return in the new game and concerns about the game’s development interfering with Zelda Wii U or Majora’s Mask 3D, but we’ve also got plenty of other questions as well. 12 questions in all. Enjoy! You can watch the video here or check out the embed after the jump.

Questions and timestamps:

(00:21) – What’s your favorite game over screen in the series?
(01:15) – What’s the creepiest moment in Zelda for you?
(02:31) – Have you ever played any Zelda fan games? If so, which is your favorite?
(03:18) – Do you think the villain of Zelda 3DS will be Ganon, or someone new?
(04:09) – Do you think Zelda 3DS is going to have original character designs or reuse A Link to the Past’s artwork?
(05:07) – Do you think the dungeons in A Link to the Past 2 will be harder, easier, or the same as the ones in the original?
(05:59) – If Nintendo is making A Link to the Past 2, does that mean Zelda Wii U is on hold?
(06:41) – Is Nintendo still going to remake Majora’s Mask?
(06:47) – Do you think that Zelda Wii U could be Skyward Sword 2?
(06:54) – Why are so many fans obsessed with Zelda being realistic when it’s a fantasy series?
(08:14) – How come Link can wield the Master Sword as a child in The Wind Waker when Ocarina of Time Link couldn’t?
(09:32) – What would you think of a Zelda game with a story even darker than Twilight Princess or Majora’s Mask?

Be sure to submit your name/username and questions to our contact page, or if that page doesn’t work then email them to [email protected] for next week’s mailbag! You can also use my Twitter or Facebook, or use the Mailbag Thread on the forums!

Can you guess the quote on the paper, the sound at the beginning, or any of the music? Include them all with your question and you might guarantee it gets answered! How about your thoughts about the questions? What’s your favorite game over screen? How about the creepiest Zelda moment for you? Favorite Zelda fan games? How about your thoughts on Ganon being the villain of Zelda 3DS? And how do you feel about realistic graphics in Zelda, or a darker storyline? Tell me your thoughts on these and any other questions you want in the comments!

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  • Plumm

    Skyward Sword 2?
    Yes, please.

    • Axle the Beast

      Eh, I’d rather not see that. There’s not a lot of reason to expand on Skyward Sword’s storyline and, while it is my favorite Zelda game, I think it’s the series should move on; making a sequel to it would be a pointless gesture.

      • Léon Othenin-Girard

        Zelda 2 was my second game, Link’s awakening was my first

  • npatoray24

    my scariest moment…. the wall master in the forest temple scared the doodoo out of me over and over when i was younger. I’d have to agree that it probably will not be ganon as the villain, or at least i hope not. And i have to agree that TP and MM were about as dark as the series should go.

    • Aryn Alexandra Lepsy

      My sentiments exactly about the Forest Temple! The other creepy part was that dude who lived at the entrance of Hyrule Castle Town after Gannon took over, and was buying poes from Link… I’ll never forget the music…

      • Axle the Beast

        You mean the music that plays at the beginning of every mailbag? =P

      • Linkfan99

        It’s Ganon.

        Gannon-banned. :P

  • Common

    In OOT, Link was not too young to wield the Master Sword, he was too young to be the Hero of Time. That stipulation doesn’t affect WW Link since he is not connected to the Hero of Time at all.

    • Axle the Beast

      “The Master Sword is a sacred blade which evil ones may never touch…. Only one worthy of the title of “Hero of Time” can pull it from the Pedestal of Time…. However, you were too young to be the Hero of Time…. Therefore, your spirit was sealed here for seven years.”

      “Your power to fight together with the Sages makes you the Hero of Time! The Hero of Time, chosen by the Master Sword!”

      I guess what you’re saying is sort of accurate. At the same time, it basically says that, in this game’s story in particular, the Hero of Time is the one who is chosen by the Master Sword; it’s safe to say that if the sword chooses you, then being old enough to be worthy of the title is basically the same as being old enough to wield the sword.

      • Nightwing

        Also, in Wind Waker, the sword wasn’t at it’s full power when Link pulled it, which could be a factor to take into consideration.

        • Axle the Beast

          Possibly, but I don’t think that really relates to all the trials Link had to go through to be allowed to find it; honestly those trials would seem to be the key distinguishing factor. The Hero of Winds was never chosen in a prophecy.

          • David Eagle

            Not to mention that he went through the Tower Of The Gods to get there, in addition to earning the pearls from everyone. In addition to that, you would’ve needed to know the secret of the Triangle Islands, whereas the Temple Of Time has a plaque that says “Put the Spiritual Stones here.” The entire first half of Wind Waker is almost a puzzle in and of itself; I’m sure the gods were a bit more forgiving.

      • RandomKakarikoCitizen

        Wasn’t WW Link supposed to be the same age as OoT Adult Link? I mean, his grandma says he is the same age as the hero of the legend, wich would be the Adult version of OoT Link since he’s the one who defeated Ganondorf

        • Linkfan99

          No, she just says he is “of age”. That’s their tradition, to dress them in green when they become a certain age. It doesn’t necessarily mean the same age as OoT Link (10 years old, if you’re going by the manga).

  • mcineri

    You know Axle, instead of talking about fake Zelda games, you could talk about the real ones you haven’t played. Just a suggestion

    • Axle the Beast

      Or… I could talk about both!!!!!!!

      • Link_Jr


      • mcineri

        deflecting is fun!

        • Axle the Beast

          The “suggestion” didn’t make sense enough for me to even attempt to deflect. Just having fun. Try rephrasing.

  • Well,

    Spin attack sound in the beginning and I believe that’s the quote from the Chris Houlihan room?

  • The D

    I think the Zelda Series could benefit for a dark, possibly M rated game.

    • JuicieJ

      Ew, why would you want the series to become part of the generic lineup of games the industry has been disgraced with this last generation?

      • Charles L. Unicorn

        A rated M game doesn’t make for a bad or generic game. As long as the game is good, I would play it. But I agree that the Zelda series isn’t rated M material.

        • JuicieJ

          Maybe not from a gameplay standpoint, but considering how basic Zelda’s storytelling is…

        • ToonZelda

          If there was a rated M zelda, i would be SO….TICKED!!!

      • Guest

        What do you expect. From a guy. With the username. Of “The D”?

    • Username

      Go mod skyrim if you want that. need some inspiration? Go look at some memes.

  • Erik Ingvoldsen

    Honestly, the dungeons were the easiest part in aLttP. The puzzles were almost non-existent and there was little reason to be stuck. The real “challenge” was finding the dungeon.

    • Nevan Lowe

      No, that was Zelda 1.

      • Erik Ingvoldsen

        Yeah Zelda 1 was guilty too, but aLttP was no better at this.

        • JuicieJ

          A Link to the Past’s puzzles were infinitely better than the original Zelda’s. They’re nothing shy of basic by today’s standards, but for God’s sake, the original Zelda had to make due with each room being the exact same size. There were barely even any puzzles, it was mostly just “kill all the enemies to progress” and navigation.

        • Nevan Lowe

          No, you had a map to find the dungeon. The challenge was inside the dungeon.

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  • Link_Jr

    I have a 6th sense for LoZ puzzle solving

  • Nevan Lowe

    Parallel Worlds is a good Fangame.

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      • Linkfan99


        Plus… that’s not even a link…

        • Nevan Lowe

          Good job, man! :)

      • Nevan Lowe

        What does this have to do with anything? Don’t spam.

  • Alan Da Cruz Nascimento

    Do you think Zelda 3DS is going to have original character designs or reuse A Link to the Past’s artwork? ▬ Oh man, they should replace the dwarven smiths for Gorons. ♥

  • Lusty Zebra

    When I was 7 arbiters grounds really creeped me out. but now its one of my favorite dungeons in the zelda series.

  • Phosphorus

    Do you have to give your real name?…or not?

  • Dragon Ball Zelda

    By A Link to the Past style artwork, do you mean the original, or the GBA version’s Anime-like style?

  • Dragon Ball Zelda

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think ALttP was hard at ALL, and I don’t think Zelda 1 was that hard either

  • Luke the Kokiri

    Here’s a darker story: Many eras after the zelda games we currently have Ganon( prince darkness gannon if you will) has completely taken over hyrule, after killing the king and zelda.

    While many have gone to face ganon, none have returned. In a small village in a forest, a boy named link is the only survival of a raid on that village. Seeking revenge he takes his family’s sword and shield and goes to the forest temple to seek guidance from the gods or whatever. Eventually he goes to battle ganon and dies. The many races of hyrule are completely wiped out, and ganon then paves over everything to make his own twisted version of hyrule.

    Another darker story: The king of hyrule wonders what’s for dinner but never finds out, leading to the era where zelda does not excuse link…

  • Nevan Lowe

    11:00. I don’t think he said A Link to the Past enough. Or 3DS.

  • DFM Marlink

    I know EXACTLY what Axle’s talking about with the fear of being out in the open water despite not actually being afraid of water in general. I think it’s a kind of fear of the unknown, at least for me. I go out into the ocean, and I get very nervous when I can’t see what’s in the water with me. Especially since sharp-toothed fish are, like, magnetically attracted to my toes. Sometimes I think I should be wearing full body armour to go swimming instead of a one-piece (don’t trust bikinis). :P~

    So now what I’m wondering is, what did Axle think of the Unagi levels in Mario 64? ‘Cause for me, the first time that giant head shot out, that was the point where I put the controller down and never played again. I’ll pick it back up again. Someday. XD

  • Abdul-Azeez Azeez

    Why are people so resistant to a realistic Zelda i disagree with the notions that it has to be whimsical realistic does not mean necessarily mean COD heck it does not even have to be m rated it could have the recent FFinal fantasy installments art styles (not the godawful game play) with a metroid like atmosphere. TP had elements of realism i don’t see why other Zelda games can’t take this approach although i certainly don’t mind more whimsical Zelda i just don’t understand why realism is so taboo.

  • Christopher Hopper

    The Redeads were definitely my most creepy experiences in a Zelda game. I actually had to put OoT away for a while because of it when I was a kid. The Deadhand wasn’t as creepy for me because I got to it after I got the guts to make it past the Redeads.

  • Nevan Lowe

    I think you should make a video compiling all of your “Well, DUH!”s from all 1 hundred and 19 of your mailbags. It’d be funny.

  • guest

    The darkest Zelda moment for me was Light Spirit Lanaryu vision in TP.

    • Linkfan99

      That was just really creepy.

  • Lupine Hero

    The Legend of Spyro and Kingdom Hearts are both quite dark at times (that was one of the former’s goals, actually), and yet both are below the T rating in every installment. 358/2 Days was one of the darkest storylines I’ve come across- SPOILERS – Roxas had to kill one of his best friends! -SPOILERS END – It is completely possible to make a dark game, yet still retain a low rating. Oh, and Ni No Kuni as well.

  • Lupine Hero

    My creepiest Zelda moment: When I first came across a Poe in Twilight Princess. Why? 1) TP was my first Zelda, so I hadn’t a clue what it was. 2) It was in a dark cave. 3) I didn’t have the Master Sword yet, so I spent several minutes frantically trying to find a way to kill it before running for my life. Which leads to… 4) There was another one outside. I ran straight for the lake.
    Only Okami’s sunken ship scared me more than this (in terms of video games).

    • Lupine Hero

      Unless Ghirahim’s antics count as creepy…

    • ToonZelda

      I was eight when my dad played that game…. ganon scared the putty outta me.

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  • Brian Cardona

    a darker zelda game for me would be a war time game were friends die you defeat certain general to get there items then near the end of the game you figure out the reason for the war is a lie then you have to make a decision of what path to choose giving you multiple endings then a perfect ending raising replay value of the game.

  • Jeshua

    I want to know what happend with Link after MM or what happend in the Sealing War before ALTTP :D I want to see it in a gameee :D

    • Jeshua

      jeje sorry for my english :P is not my natal leguage :D

  • Jeshua

    Axle, do you like to see a game after MM ??maybe something in the middle of MM & TP

  • Weyoun

    Wind Waker Miniboss music rules.

  • ToonZelda

    Who’s excited for WW HD? Anyone? the creepiest moment for me is probably the dark realm from spirit tracks or silent realm from skyward sword OR that one cutscene in TP when Lanayru is explaining what would happen if he misused the fused shadow. it was the music that got me…..grr.