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 at 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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Ganondorf Amiibo Functionality Revealed

gndwzQCThis September, we will finally be seeing the release of the final Zelda character Amiibo from Super Smash Bros.: Ganondorf. While the pretty little figures are great fun to collect, it is nice to have some actual use for them, especially beyond just Smash. Gamespot has detailed the games Ganondorf, and all other Amiibos in fact, work with, and what they do in those games.

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Brendan Milos Majora’s Mask Artwork – Big Poe

Big-PoeBrendan 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 a Big Poe, one of the most requested enemies for him to draw. Big Poe’s are not too common in Majora’s Mask, appearing exclusive Beneath the Well, and within the Ikana Graveyard. When defeated, Link is able to capture their souls into an empty bottle and then sell them at the Curiosity Shop for 200 rupees.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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Jeron Moore Explains the Differences Between the Pokemon and Zelda Symphonies

The Legend of Zelda  Symphony of the GoddessesSince the successful tour of Symphony of the Goddesses back in 2013, the demand of symphonic video game music has begun to take flight. Both Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions and Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest are touring this year, and although they may share similar elements, both tours are organized in a different fashion. In a recent interview with Gamerz Unite, producer and creative director of both tours, Jeron Moore, explains how the atmospheres of both tours differ. Hit the jump to hear what Moore had to say!

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Hylian Crest stamp added for Miiverse posting in latest update

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 11.07.44 AMAlong with the latest update that went live today for Mario Kart 8, we now have ten new stamps that can be used when posting on Miiverse. For all the Zelda fans out there, our beloved franchise has been nicely represented by the addition of the Hylian Crest stamp. The stamps are all available as soon as the update is complete, so for those of you that frequent the Miiverse communities, get to updating!

 

The Hylian Crest was one of ten stamps that were added, hit jump if you want to see what else will be available.

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ZD Top 5 – Optional Islands in The Wind Waker

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 6.32.54 AMOf the many things that people remember about The Wind Waker, the great sea may be the most unique. Its sheer size is unrivaled in the Zelda series and, as such, there are a number of interesting islands that are off the beaten path. This week, ZeldaDungeon staff members ranked their favorites.

 

 

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Masahiro Sakurai talks about DLC in Super Smash Bros.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 6.57.09 AMWith Nintendo’s desire to keep certain titles alive long after release, it seems that we have been seeing quite a bit of downloadable content lately. In the past six months we have had numerous amounts of DLC released for several key titles like Super Smash Bros., Hyrule Warriors, and Mario Kart 8. With some of the content being offered as bonuses or rewards from pre-orders as well as Club Nintendo, even those that haven’t wanted to pay for more content have been able to benefit. In his recent column with Famitsu, Masahiro Sakurai shares his thoughts on DLC.

Hit jump to see what he had to say.

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Every Weapon in Hyrule Warriors – GameXplain

hw_update03_01Hyrule Warriors has been out for over half a year now, and finally all of its DLC has been released to the public. This not only allows us to make sure we get full value in our investment towards said DLC, but it also allows people to show off their collection in Hyrule Warriors. And of course, we can always rely on GameXplain to give us the full rundown. GameXplain recently uploaded a video of all weapons in Hyrule Warriors, and if you were ever curious about one, you can check it out after the jump!

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Graphic Designer Creates A Zelda-Themed Aquarium

9kkfRStAlright, we’ve all seen a thing or two when it comes to fans making cool Zelda items. There are tons of things, like lamps, pillows, replica swords and shields, custom consoles, or even masks.  But, have you ever seen a Zelda-themed aquarium…? If not, you have to check this out. It’s one of the coolest Zelda-themed fanmade projects I’ve seen a very long time. Oh, how I’d krill to see tons of fish in this… an infinite scale of them would be dolphinitely nice.  Anyways, if you want to sea what this aquarium is all about, hit the jump to dive in (don’t dive into an aquarium, that’s nuts)!

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Gossip Stone: Which Zelda Title Has The Best Soundtrack?

zelda-screenshotOne thing that’s usually accounted for in a game is its soundtrack. Depending on its quality, that may improve thoughts/opinions of the title. It’s a huge part of the game, and will hardly go unnoticed. There are some that are good, and some that are bad- it all depends on the effort given and the composer in-charge. The Legend of Zelda has had quite a few games, and their soundtracks are pretty hard to overlook. That’s why I’m going to talk about the game’s music, and maybe even get opinions on which Zelda title has the best soundtrack. Hit the jump to tune in!

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Nintendo on Their Evolving Approach to HD Development

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After the announcement of Zelda WiiU’s delay, there have been many different reactions. No matter what your reaction, it’s hard not to appreciate the sheer honesty from Nintendo about why they felt they needed more time with the first true HD Zelda title. With Nintendo being a company that has historically focused on gameplay first, story second, and graphics last, it’s not hard to imagine the growing pains they must be experiencing during this process. Nintendo EAD general manager Katsuya Eguchi has given us some insight on what those growing pains actually look like and how their focus is still on providing top quality games upon release.

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Exclusive: Preview of Scarlet Moon Record’s “Prescription For Sleep” Vol. II Album

UntitledNotable game-based record company Scarlet Moon Records will soon be releasing their newest album, Prescription For Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II, a sequel to their popular album released about a year ago of the same name. There will be several remixed versions of the relaxing tunes from many classic games, including Majora’s Mask‘s Oath to Order, which we now have a short snippet of!

Hit the jump for the music preview, as well as some bits from the album’s press release. Read more…