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…

ZD Top 5 – Bosses from Twilight Princess

hqdefaultWith the release of Twilight Princess HD, many of us were able to relive one of the series’ greatest adventures, and that means we got fight through its bosses with new eyes. As one of the Zelda games with the most bosses, there were a lot to choose from when picking favorites, and a number of them are some of the most memorable Zelda has to offer, so this week, the ZD staff has gone through all the main dungeon bosses and chosen those we think are the game’s absolute best.

As usual, we would love to hear from all of you, so make sure to hit up the comments with your own lists of best bosses from Twilight Princess! But first, hit the jump for a look at our own choices! Read more…

Zelda Dungeon Talks: Would You Like To See Zelda Spawn It’s Own Novel Series?

The Legend Of Zelda is a series with a very rich and deep narrative. The story behind each game and how they link together is truly one of the chains that make the series whole. To be completely honest I think a Zelda novel series would be great. I imagine that the best way they could do it would make a book for each game, going chronologically starting from Skyward Sword. If this was the way they decided to go then the timeline split would make the series even more interesting to read. All in all, I honestly think this is a great idea.

In this week’s edition of Zelda Dungeon Talks, various staff members will share with us whether or not they think a Zela novel series is a good idea and why they believe so. As always feel free to share you own opinion in the comments. Read more…

Gossip Stone: What Kinds of New Races Would You Like to See in Zelda Wii U?

RacesZelda Wii U is getting to be a bigger and bigger source of discussion the closer we get to this year’s E3, and for good reason. It stands as a major poont for Nintendo’s presence at the conference, and we can undoubtedly expect trailers, screenshots and game details come the press conference/digital event. We will finally learn the in’s and out’s of this prolific new title, including what kinds of creatures will be seen in it. Many new Zelda games have made a point of adding a new race or two to the already large number of creatures in the series, and Zelda Wii U will likely do the same, so what kinds of creatures/tribe can we expect?

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Revisiting Phantom Hourglass: Prelude to the Temple of Courage

salvage_armWelcome back to Revisiting Phantom Hourglass, the series in which I go through this oft-forgotten DS title with a critical eye, looking for not only why it was forgotten, but why it should be remembered. In this installment, we make another trek through the Temple of the Ocean King, yell at an elderly gentleman, and spin some statues on our way to the Temple of Courage and, with it, the final spirit we need.

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ZD Top 5 – Items from The Minish Cap

legend-of-zelda-minish-cap-link-ezio-gust-jarIt may not be the most popular or well known game in the Zelda canon, but The Minish Cap stands in many gamers’ memories as a unique, worthwhile title that often doesn’t get its due. This week, we decided to reflect on the game by asking Zelda Dungeon staff to rank their Top 5 items from the game.

Which items do you most fondly remember from The Minish Cap? Did you love or loathe kinstones? Where is Vaati these days? As always, leave your own lists in the comments.

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Zelda Dungeon Talks: What Zelda Attractions Would You Want to See At Universal Studios?

roller While we’ve still got quite awhile to wait for Nintendo’s attractions at Universal to be all wrapped up and ready for the public, it’s safe to say that at least one Legend of Zelda themed structure will be included. Being an Action-Adventure series with dungeons, shops, castles, and mini-games galore Universal has quite a bit to work with. Crafting the perfect Legend of Zelda attraction is sure to bring in patrons, so let’s find out just what rides, restaurants, gift-shops, or homages to the series the Zelda fanbase is really clamouring for.

 
In this week’s ZD Talks the staffers provided their dream-Universal-Zelda-attractions. After reading, let us know in the comments what you’re hoping to see brought to life at Universal!

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Gossip Stone: What Do You Expect From the Upcoming Hyrule Warriors DLC?

Hyrule-Warriors-Legends-MedliIn close to two months, we’ll be getting a much-anticipated E3, and boy does Nintendo seem to be leading up to an impressive showing. They appear to be making big plans for Zelda specifically, celebrating the 30th anniversary properly, and talking about all the things we’ve been waiting for – Zelda Wii U, new merchandise, and of course, more Hyrule Warriors DLC. The official Hyrule Warriors site has a full list of upcoming downloadable content packs, as well as hints as to what we will see from them, including new weapons and new characters. It can be assumed that at least one of the new packs will be revealed at E3, so what do you think will be revealed? What new characters will be added, and what kinds of weapons will be wielded?

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ZD Top 5 — Zelda-esque Games

Okami-HD_1Even though currently “retro-style” games are a big deal, developers have been taking notes from their colleagues’ play books for about as long as games have been around. After all, Doki Doki Panic on the Famicom was close enough to Mario to be called Super Mario Bros 2 in the west. This week on ZD Top, we had our staff look through their game catalogue for their favorite Zelda-inspired games.

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Gossip Stone: Will Nintendo Remake Link’s Awakening?

la The same way that Majora’s Mask somewhat lived in the shadow of Ocarina of Time, Link’s Awakening had the task of following up A Link to the Past. On top of that, it was the first game in the series to appear on a handheld gaming console. These conditions made Link’s Awakening a game that slipped through the cracks, in my opinion. It’s one of my favorite Zelda games, and usually I don’t love classic Zelda titles so that’s saying something. Its gameplay was challenging, but not too difficult, and oh its plot, themes, characters, and setting! The Island of Koholint and its songstress Marin made this game an unforgettable and unique experience. So should this diamond in the rough be remade?

With Marin entering the fray in Hyrule Warriors, I’d say it’s about time. But realistically, will we see a Link’s Awakening remake anytime in the foreseeable future? I’m not so sure.

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Zelda Dungeon Talks: Would Different Age Ratings Seriously Affect Your Decision to Play A New Zelda Game?

Generally, the Zelda series keeps a low rating on their games. With the exception of darker games like Twlight Princess and Majoras Mask, the games in the series have a pretty light story with themes suitable to all ages. If a game was released that had a higher rating and some mature themes however, that would cut of a portion of the fan base. To be honest though, I think that most of the fan base is made up of players who would be able to purchase games of higher ESRB ratings so sales wouldn’t be affected that greatly.

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

Gossip Stone: What Are Your Thoughts On the Cave Of Shadows?

WiiU_TLOZTwilightPrincessHD_screen_04Twilight Princess HD has been out for some time now, giving us a chance to go through the game many of us recognize, and to prepare for the biggest new addition to the game: The Cave of Shadows. This new challenge had a lot of fans guessing as to whether they would like it, since it could have ended up being little more than a clone of the already-existing Cave of Ordeals, but with 10 less floors, and with Wolf combat, which many have not enjoyed previously, but now that I have had a chance to run through the whole gauntlet, I think that this place was a worthy challenge to add to the newest Zelda remake. But we want to hear from you, too. Hit the jump for a look at many details that make this cave what it is, both good and bad, and leave your own thoughts in the comments! And if you want to avoid any and all spoilers until playing through it, steer of this article for now.

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ZD Top 5 – Ghosts

Ghost_ZeldaThere have been some dark aspects of the Zelda series that are easily some of the more memorable parts of each game. The eerie, ominous places that Link often travels to are filled to the brim with danger, but what is usually the harbinger of that danger is a whole load of ghosts. From characters to monsters to bosses, ghosts have shown up in Zelda since the first game’s release 30 years ago, and it has not slowed down to this day.

In this week’s Top 5, the ZD staff take a look at their absolute favorite specters from throughout the series. Hit the jump to see their choices, and make sure to leave your own choices in the comments! Read more…