Zelda Dungeon Talks: Should Zelda U/NX Have A New Kind Of Magical Instrument, And If So, Of What Kind?

The whole idea of instruments in the Zelda series has been around since the early games but it really became popular with Ocarina of Time. The ocarina in this game allowed players to do so many different things, such as solving puzzles, fast travelling, changing the weather and changing the time. These sorts of things were carried over into games like Majora’s Mask, The Wink Waker and Twilight Princess. Other games in the series have used musical instruments too, just not to the extent of these games. Should the upcoming game in the series include some form of magical instrument? Personally I think it’s alright if they find way to make it fresh and if they can’t do that, tone it down and don’t use it as heavily as Ocarina of Time or Majora’s Mask.

In this week’s edition of Zelda Dungeon Talks various staff members will share with us their opinion on the topic. As always feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments section.  Read more…

Gossip Stone: What Can Be Done to Improve Overworlds?

twilight-princess-fieldZelda Wii U/NX is well on its way to release (I am being generous with that statement, I believe), and we are all gearing up for a sweet new open-world title with a massive land full of life and intrigue. …Hopefully. To be honest, there are certain major aspects of Zelda’s various overworlds that could use a little work, and I hope that these aspects are cleaned up in the new game. Twilight Princess HD, for example, was fantastic, but reminded us all that the huge, impressive sandbox areas was sadly lacking in any sort of challenge or interest. What can be done? What sort of things can be added to these areas to keep players interested while travelling?

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What The Last Five Years Can Teach Zelda WiiU/NX

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My, that’s a lackluster game name, isn’t it? E3 cannot come fast enough, so that we can finally learn the actual title of “The Legend of Zelda: Forever Delayed” (Thanks to KittyKyomi for the rather appropriate pending title). But until then, and until it finally releases on both systems in March 2017 (or maybe even later – who even knows at this point?), there is a lot to think about. Eight Zelda games – EIGHT – have been release since they began programming this monolith of a game back in 2011, so in that time, they have likely learned a few things. Whether it was a brand new title, a remake, or a spin-off, there is a lot to see when it comes to fans’ reactions to new releases. Trying new things and correcting old mistakes has naturally taught Nintendo a lot, but what can we expect them to implement into their new title? What lessons have they learned, and what elements of recent releases have effected the development of Zelda Wii U/NX?

And of course, no rumour talk here. Only my own theories. Make sure to join in the discussion, and let us know your own theories in the comments! Read more…

Gossip Stone: What’s the Deal with Zelda Wii U Link’s Mysterious Book?

midBOOK Nintendo hasn’t given us much in the way of new Zelda Wii U content aside from some promotional art and short clips we’ve all no doubt watched a hundred times over; we’ll have to wait until E3 before we get much of anything else. Those of us who’ve hungrily scrutinized the little we’ve been given probably noticed the curious notebook Link has on his person in a number of these promotions. With the mysterious book displayed so prominently in the most recently released artwork, and the Sheikah symbol that dons its cover appearing on Nintendo’s E3 website, I figure it’s about time for a little speculation.

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ZD Top 5 – Mother/Father Figures

grandmaMothers day was just last week, and who knows? Perhaps Hyrule also celebrates days of the year in honor of the mothers and fathers across the kingdom. Link certainly could, as well as a number of other characters, have a fair few parental figures (actual parents or otherwise) that work hard everyday for the benefit of their kids. This week, the ZD staff takes a look at their favorite parents, guardians, mentors and other parental figures across the series. Don’t forget! We always love hearing from you, so leave your own lists in the comments!

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Zelda Dungeon Talks: What Kind of Things Would You Like the E3 Demos of Zelda Wii U/NX to Feature?

2557861-zelda_001With E3 being literally right around the corner, I say let the speculation begin! In all honesty I am not even sure that I would call it speculation but more like a wish list if you will from all of us faithful Zelda fans across the world. So far, we know that the next edition to the Zelda franchise will be the main attraction for Nintendo at this years E3, but what does that mean exactly? What types of goodies does Nintendo have in store for us, will we be seeing just one demo, two, will we see more of a story focused event, or will it be more action based? So many questions to answer, and don’t even get me started on the absolute need for a proper name.

For today, our team at Zelda Dungeon has focused its attention on answering this weeks Zelda Dungeon Talks question; What kind of things would you like the E3 demos of Zelda Wii U/NX to feature? Head in past the jump to see what they want and feel free to add your opinions in the comments.

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Gossip Stone: Is Zelda Wii U/NX Worth Taking Up All of Nintendo’s Time at E3?

e3-header-overlay-latestWell, this is certainly going to be a hard piece to write. It seems that Nintendo is gearing up to have a seriously Zelda-centric E3 presence, by which I mean you should only expect Zelda this year. No Digital Event. No NX. Just the new Zelda. As a Zelda fan – a hardcore fan for my whole life – is truly pains me to say this: it is far too likely that Nintendo is making one seriously bad decision, and as much as I wish to get hyped for Zelda, there are far too many reasons to have other things there, too.

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Zelda Dungeon Talks: Are You More Likely To Buy The New Zelda On Wii U, Or NX?

With Nintendo recently revealing some information on the NX and what was long called Zelda U, there have been many mixed reactions from fans. Basically Zelda U won’t be Wii U exclusive, it will also be releasing on the NX. For me personally I don’t really care as I will be without a doubt purchasing both day one but for the fans out there who bought a Wii U mainly for the new Zelda game, then they may feel slightly betrayed. We don’t have any information on what the NX version of the game will be like but it will most likely just end up being a slightly enhanced port of the Wii U version. If they completely improve the textures and overall beauty of the game for NX then that would be awesome but I really don’t see that happening. So what system will you be getting the new Zelda on? Wii U or NX?

In this week’s edition of Zelda Dungeon Talks, various staff members will tell us which console they will be buying the upcoming Zelda on. Feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments.  Read more…

Gossip Stone: What Does Zelda Wii U’s 2017 Delay and Dual Release Mean for Nintendo?

ChCD3IuWIAA9pjjThat’s right, everybody. The salt is real. With a single destructive Tweet from Nintendo , the internet has once again been smashed to bits by Nintendo’s rather questionable development practices. Last week’s reveal that Zelda Wii U will not be out until at least the NX’s March 2017 release, and that it will be dual-releasing on it and the Wii U, hit fans hard, and unlike the previous delays and such, this news seems to say a lot more than usual about the state of the Wii U, and about Nintendo’s current decision-making. Zelda Wii U’s development timeline has been an active one, for sure, but this latest news, as well as past ones, are raising some questions. How must they view the Wii U after making these choices, and what should we, the buyers, think of them for it?

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My Zelda Story: Kevin O’Rourke, The Real Legend

IMG_0595What is the Legend of Zelda to you? Is it simply a game that you enjoy to pass the time with, or is it something more meaningful? Have you been enjoying journeys through Hyrule for most of your life, or have you only recently tried you hand at your first adventure as Link, the hero in green? We all have our stories, playing these games, finding inspiration from them and always wishing for more adventures to enjoy on the latest Nintendo hardware.

The Legend of Zelda series is such a staple in Nintendo’s history and has had a long run of unique games across all of Nintendo’s consoles. Everyone who has played a Zelda game has a different opinion, whether they enjoy 3D or 2D, handheld or console. These reflective articles aim to offer gamers from different paths, ages and backgrounds opinions on the series and their own memories with the series. My Zelda career started with Ocarina of Time and before the dawn of the Internet as we know it. My Zelda Story transforms from a player with minimal investment into one of the casual speedrunners for the Zelda Dungeon Marathon team.

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ZD Top 5 – Methods of Fast Travel

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No matter how lovely a game world can be, sometimes you just need to get somewhere and need to do it fast. In this week’s ZD Top 5, there is no time for sight-seeing. We need to save Hyrule and we haven’t a moment to lose! Join us as our staff rattles off their lists of top five methods of fast travel throughout the Zelda series. Read more…

Zelda Dungeon Talks: Should a Zelda Title Implement an Online Time-Based Event System?

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Though it isn’t territory that the Zelda series has deeply explored, online and time-based multiplayer events have been seen in a number of successful games of late. Some of the more popular titles that have utilized this mechanic are Bloodborne and Destiny, but could the Legend of Zelda capitalize on this new trend? It’s expected the series would likely have new dungeons, battles, or other events that would be scheduled to occur worldwide at specific times and dates. This isn’t the norm for a Zelda game so whether it would be too out of place or if implemented correclty be a success is up for interpretation.

For this reason, the Zelda Dungeon Staff this week was asked to weigh in on the subject, should a Zelda title implement an online time-based event system? Don’t forget to give us your take on the idea in the comments!

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Gossip Stone: What Could Nintendo Use As Their Big Zelda Wii U Marketing Platform?

E3-Analysis-Nintendo-5Zelda Wii U is almost guaranteed to be releasing this year, what with Nintendo’s latest – and rather adamant – clip of the game, with a big ol’ “2016” plastered in front of Link. That basically means that we can expect Nintendo reveal a metric ton of info on the game this coming E3, followed by a bunch of advertising and marketing for the game. After all, as Nintendo’s biggest franchise, beyond Mario, Zelda deserves no less. That being said, what will they do? How will they let the world know that this is the game that will “change the conventions of Zelda”, and bring the series to new and amazing places?

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Imagining the Legend of Zelda as a Real Time Strategy Game

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The Legend of Zelda series has recently expanded into other genres and Nintendo has been more open with their prized intellectual property in terms of who can work on their storied franchise. Hyrule Warriors takes The Legend of Zelda into the gametype of Dynasty Warriors. While not a true ‘Legend of Zelda’ title, it features a huge cast of characters from The Legend of Zelda series and could be the stepping stone for Nintendo to create a new game in a vastly different genre.

This article can be considered a companion piece to the previous ZD Talks which asked our news staff which asked which game genres could The Legend of Zelda series follow. Hit the jump for more on how Zelda could expand into the RTS genre. Read more…