Ganon the Animation

95956Animator Alexis Morand recently posted an amazing new video featuring animated adventures of the Gerudo king titled Ganon. In the video we see some popular scenes from various parts of the series such as Koholint Island, Lost Woods, and Death Mountain only from the perspective of Ganondorf in the place of Link. He wanders from familiar scene to familiar scene to a musical score from James O’Connor Moneley.

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amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits launches April 30

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 11.10.51 AMFor those of you that are unfamiliar with amiibo Tap, it is a Wii U app that gives you access to thirty different Virtual Console games with just the “Tap” of an amiibo. Each amiibo will unlock three minute snippets of  random NES or SNES games, and The Legend of Zelda is nicely represented in this fun little app with three different titles being featured! amiibo Tap launches as a free download on April 30th.

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16 things wrong with A Link to the Past

Angry CuccosJosh M, owner of the channel Really Freakin’ Clever is taking a look at yet another Zelda game and the things he calls tongue-in-cheek “wrong” with it. Starting way back in april of 2013 with the video 64 Things Wrong with Ocarina of Time, he turned the affectionate parody into an entire series. Normally the channel does longer videos, but because Josh will be moving soon he could not make the full 64 things wrong with A Link to the Past. So instead he cut it down to a quarter of the normal length,  also because ALttP is a 16-bit game.

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ZD Gallery: Din’s Fire

Din's Fire Happy Sunday, Zelda fans! It is time for this week’s ZD Gallery feature. Just to recap, since this is a new series to Zelda Dungeon, the ZD Gallery is where we pick an artist among us Zelda fans out there that has created something to show their love for the franchise and, not only shine a spotlight on their work, but the artist themselves. For this week’s installment, we were able to chat a little with an artist known on Tumblr as Nox Zaiden, who created this beautiful piece titled Din’s Fire.

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Phantom Hourglass Style Game “Oceanhorn” Moves to PC

Oceanhorn-wallpaper-GOTY In 2012 the heavily Zelda-inspired game Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas released in the app store, but now its adventure and JRPG elements have made it popular enough to be picked up by Steam. It is available for purchase in the Steam Store for $14.99 and has received very positive reviews. Oceanhorn is an adventure game set in a world that blends fantasy and technology, its story surrounds an ancient sea monster that tirelessly tries to hunt down the player; Siliconera spoke with the game’s Creative Director, Heikki Repo about his inspiration, the move to PC, and the chance for a console release of the game.

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Brendan Milos Majora’s Mask Artwork – Green ChuChu

ZeldaMajorasMask_EnemyGreenChuChuBrendan Milos has continued his journey of creating artwork for many of the enemies of Majora’s Mask. This is part of a fan project to create artwork for all of the Majora’s Mask Enemies that appear in the game.

This time around he tackles an enemy Green ChuChu. The Green ChuChu is quite similar to the Red ChuChu, except this time it holds a magic jar inside and usually appears in places where magic is in high demand. They are found throughout Termina Field, but also appear in the Great Bay Temple and the Stone Tower Temple. You can see a thumbnail version of the image to the left, but go ahead and make the jump to see the full sized image, along with where you can find some of Brendan’s other pieces of enemy artwork. Additionally, after the jump you’ll find a Let’s Paint time lapse video of Brendan creating this piece of artwork.

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Dark World Theme Played on Unconventional Instruments

Dark World We’ve been featuring a lot of different musical covers here on Zelda Dungeon, but I don’t think we’ve ever heard anything quite like this before. Imagine what the Dark World theme from A Link to the Past would sound like played on instruments that you may not have considered instruments before. Like maybe a 3D printer, or what about an old floppy drive? I know, some of you guys are wondering what the heck a floppy drive is, or wondering how it’s possible to play music on machinery that is used for something entirely different. Trust me, you just have to hear it to understand.

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Brendan Milos Majora’s Mask Artwork – Octorok

OctorokBrendan Milos has continued his journey of creating artwork for many of the enemies of Majora’s Mask. This is part of a fan project to create artwork for all of the Majora’s Mask Enemies that appear in the game.

This time around he tackles an enemy Octorok, a creature that has appeared in almost every single Legend of Zelda to date. While the Octorok was a land enemy in the first four titles, it transitioned to being a water-based enemy in both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. It’s not all-to-common in Majora’s Mask, but it does appear in several of the different regions, including within the Great Bay Temple and at Ikana Canyon. They are often frozen with an Ice Arrow, creating a platform to jump onto. You can see a thumbnail version of the image to the left, but go ahead and make the jump to see the full sized image, along with where you can find some of Brendan’s other pieces of enemy artwork. Additionally, after the jump you’ll find a Let’s Paint time lapse video of Brendan creating this piece of artwork.

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Masahiro Sakurai shares his thoughts on what he calls the “DLC scam”

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 11.59.20 AMEarlier this week we shared with you some of Masahiro Sakurai’s thoughts on DLC in relation to Super Smash Bros., these thoughts came from his most recent column in Famitsu. Now Source Gaming has provided a completed translation of Sakurai’s latest column. The translation really helps to give us a better idea of where Sakurai is coming from with the upcoming DLC as well as his personal thoughts on what he  calls the “DLC scam” and how the gaming industry in general deals with it.

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Best Buy has Majora’s Mask 3DS XL currently in stock

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 11.14.40 AMFor those of you that have not been able to get your hands on it, Best Buy currently has the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask 3DS XL available to order! Make sure that you get to this quickly because if any other time this Limited Edition has been available to order is any indication, it will definitely sell out fast!

 

 

 

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YuriofWind’s Obscure Gaming: The Minish Cap NES Bootleg

MCThere was only one Legend of Zelda game developed specifically for the Game Boy Advance: The Minish Cap. Unfortunately, due to A Link to the Past being ported to the GBA from the SNES, it seems as though The Minish Cap went mostly under the radar which is a huge shame as it’s a great game. YouTuber YuriofWind’s Obscure Gaming series has recently looked into a Chinese bootleg Zelda game that was released for the NES which seems to be a very simplified version of The Minish Cap.

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New Graphic Novel Puts a Twist on The Legend of Zelda

sq Tevis Thompson and artist David Hellman came together to create the graphic-novel “Second Quest” that is heavily based on The Legend of Zelda series, only its protagonist is a curious young girl who refuses to accept her world the way it is. “Second Quest” is a meditation on the culture of videogames, the importance of courage, and the beauty of adventure. The story went on sale on April 22nd, it can be bought as an e-book or hard copy. Twenty pages are available for free online and a poster is available for purchase as well. To read more about pricing and see excerpts from the novel, hit the jump!

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Gossip Stone: Should the Zelda Series Go Back to Its Roots?

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While I consider myself a life-long Zelda fan, I’m ashamed that at the age of 27 I have yet to completely finish the first game in the series. Thankfully, in the last few weeks I have changed that, and can now say that I completed the entire Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was a long and arduous journey but it was one well worth my time; there were a few gameplay mechanics that really stuck to me and got me thinking. Mainly those that had me asking myself, “Why aren’t these still in the games today?”

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Piece of Heart: Geography Matters…

MMMap Welcome to the tenth installment of Piece of Heart, where we look at The Legend of Zelda series through the eyes of a literary professor and examine how its literary elements enhance the gaming experience. This week’s lesson is titled “Geography Matters…” The gist of it is that certain environments breed certain types of people– culturally, psychologically, financially, historically, and otherwise. Aside from general settings, specific geographical monuments also have significance.

The effect of geography is easy to see in the Zelda series, one simply has to look at the different races that have developed throughout Hyrule. And hey, if it hadn’t been for the odd customs of the Gerudo Tribe, the Prince of Darkness may not have turned out so dark.

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Wind Waker- Grandma’s Theme Clarinet Cover

Grandma Here’s a melody from the Zelda series we don’t find covers of too often. Remember Link’s sweet ol’ grandmother from The Wind Waker? Well, a YouTube channel that normally features brothers Josh and Justin posted a video a few days back covering the theme song of Zelda fans’ favorite grandma. Make the jump to hear for yourself!

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