We’ve all thought at least once, some time or another, about “Why isn’t The Legend of Zelda actually ABOUT Zelda? Where’d Link come into the name?” Well, this Bit from Dorkly will show you exactly what it would be be like if The Legend of Zelda, was actually all about Zelda. See it after the jump!
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A Link Between Worlds is a game that’s equal parts entertaining and fascinating. Nintendo said they were trying to rewrite the so-called “Zelda Formula” with ALBW, but that begs the question: what exactly IS the Zelda Formula? Moreover, did the development team succeed in breaking it? Reviewers certainly thought so. However, when you take a closer look at both the game and the Zelda Formula, it becomes apparent that it is far more complicated than that.
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Our A Link to the Past Walkthrough has received another upgrade, with both the Misery Mire and Turtle Rock chapters being completely redone with all new screenshots. With this update, it leaves just Ganon’s Tower and the final battle to complete, which I will be working on over the next few days. I wanted to knock out the A Link to the Past guide before I dive deep into our Hyrule Warriors Walkthrough. As always your thoughts and criticisms are much appreciated.
As a longtime fan of the Zelda franchise, I have played through my fair share of Zelda introductions. Some have worked extraordinarily well, throwing you directly into the action while allowing you to learn the ropes. Others haven’t been as successful. I won’t look at each and every introduction to a Zelda game; instead, I will only look at opening acts that I feel are different enough (either in structure or quality) from others in the series to merit a mention.
While we are preparing for the release of Hyrule Warriors, we’ve had a renewed invigoration to help improve some of the game guides for the older Zelda games. In particular our A Link to the Past Walkthrough has long been in disarray, with half the guide being in an updated format, and the later chapters being in an archaic format that I wrote all the way back in 2003. This is the oldest piece of content from the website still remaining and it’s about to be completely updated.
Could it possibly be true that Link had almost killed Zelda? Well not too recently, an old Nintendo character guide had been dug-up, and under Zelda, it directly states that Link almost killed Zelda. On top of that, it was for one of the most idiotic reasons possible. It is for reasons like this that Link hadn’t been blessed with the Triforce of Wisdom, although courage didn’t suit him either in this situation.
Hit the jump below to see the scan of the page that answers the question; why did Link almost kill Zelda?
Gaijin Gomba, host of the YouTube show Game Exchange: Culture Shock, has released a new episode about the catfish from A Link to the Past‘s Dark World. GG delves into the surprisingly deep roots of the real-life legends the catfish is based on.
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Egoraptor, popular online animator, has made a new episode of his Sequelitis series, comparing A Link to the Past with Ocarina of Time. He examines many of the things that many Zelda fans never do. Honestly, he has probably signed himself up for some major backlash, since any argument against Ocarina of Time can be a dangerous venture, which he admits in the video itself, but he certainly makes some interesting arguments that one should hear before making any judgments.
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SpeedDemosArchive and SpeedRunsLive are now live on Twitch.tv for their joint effort to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. For the next full week, 24 hours a day, speedrunners will play games from loads of different series, and giving out awesome prizes to people donating for the cause. Make sure to look out for the Zelda games coming up throughout the marathon!
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The Pixel Kingdom, a YouTube channel that makes high-quality animations and video game crossovers, has made a Zelda-themed parody of Game of Thrones’ intro animation. The pixelated music and pop-up visuals are very well-made, and the video is quickly getting quite popular.
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This June, from the 22nd to the 28th, the speedrunning community is once again coming together to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. The popular Summer Games Done Quick live marathon, hosted by Speed Demos Archive, is bringing together the best speedrunners of dozens of games, including five Zelda games, keeping people up all night to see their favorite games glitched, exploited and pushed to their limits. But the runners never stop there. Memes, races, donation incentives, prizes, and more will return for a whole week of literally non-stop entertainment.
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This is a comparison of every main-line Zelda game on how they performed, how well they sold, and how long it took to complete. These are nobody’s opinions or arguments about these result- just straight down to the numbers.This table was put together by a site called ScoreGods and have really outdone themselves with the statistics.
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Welcome back to another issue of Milk Bar Mornings! For this issue, we will be looking at songs from the various Zelda commercials that have been broadcasted. These songs have always been quirky, upbeat, and usually feature a rap or chant. We will be looking at commercials from both the United States and Japan. Like always, we will be looking at the technicalities as well as the story behind the song. So hit the jump to see what we have in store!
Welcome back to Milk Bar Mornings for part three and the conclusion to our Serenity of the Guitar mini-series. To finish off Serenity of the Guitar we will be looking at pieces from the first three Zelda games, The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and lastly A Link to the Past. These three games fully introduced the series and all of its potential, leading to the masterpiece of a series we have today. So to honor what these three games have done, we will be looking at the title theme from each of the three games. For those just coming into Serenity of the Guitar, we are looking at covers of songs from the Zelda Series for the Guitar sheet music book, which contains various themes from the series. Like always, we will be looking at various technicalities from the songs as well as the story. With that in mind, hit the jump to see what we have in store!
Is the continued success of the series due to exploitation of nostalgia? This is the question that Jamin Warren of PBS Game Show has asked to the audience and he takes a look at the series as a whole and discusses what exactly keeps fans coming back.
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Fan art based on the Legend of Zelda series appear quite regularly. There are far too many pieces created too often for us to be able to talk about all of them. Every once in a while something comes along that is not only an amazing piece of art, but it also shows the creator has dedicated a lot of time to the project. One such piece is a cross-stitch depicting the overworld map from A Link to the Past.
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As of February 2, 2014, A Link to the Past is at the top of this week’s Wii U eShop charts as the most downloaded game software. This doesn’t really come as too much of a surprise because the game is considered by many to be one of the best games of all time and it’s definitely getting some new attention from its new sequel, A Link Between Worlds.
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Zeldamotion is an ongoing effort to convert the Akira Himekawa Legend of Zelda manga books into an animated series. The final release will be professionally voiced and scored. It’s being created with the utmost love and respect for Nintendo and the Zelda franchise – by fans, for fans.
This is the description from the website of the upcoming animated series currently in production by Aeipathy Industries, based upon the manga books by Akira Himekawa. The series is known as “Zeldamotion”, the first of which will be based on A Link to the Past. After the company’s Kickstarter campaign was unsuccessful, many thought the project had come to an end. It was later revealed that the project was still alive and well. Aeipathy Industries has just revealed the release date for the first episode.
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A popular comedy channel on YouTube by the name of Mars Rising recently released a fantastic live-action Zelda fan film, called The Dark Mask. It has some great fighting choreography, a decent bit of humor, and great special effects, and could satisfy any Zelda fan with its references to multiple games in the series.
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In both of my last editorals, I mentioned how one of my favorite things about Zelda was how dramatic it can be when it wants to be. So, I decided to make a top five list of my favorite dramatic moments in Zelda’s history. These moments were chosen by me alone, and are among my favorite moments in Zelda all together. But there are also some major spoilers, so keep that in mind. Hit the jump to see my picks!
A Link Between Worlds, as the proclaimed sequel of A Link to the Past, reuses a lot of elements in order to evoke a sense of nostalgia in Zelda fans who played through the 1992 classic. The newest Zelda installment on the 3DS even borrows the entire overworld from A Link to the Past, albeit in both polygonal and stereoscopic 3D this time around. Did Nintendo made the right decision to lift huge chunks of content from A Link Between Worlds predecessor, or did they go a little bit overboard?
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Following some gameplay video, NiNTENDOMiNATiON tweeted about the Wii U Virtual Console version of A Link to the Past. Apparently the game plays at 50Hz, which is a bit strange. It probably has something to do with the fact that this is the PAL version of A Link to the Past and because A Link to the Past came out in 1992.
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Nintendo recently released the popular title, A Link to the Past, for the Wii U Virtual Console in the European region, so the YouTube channel NiNTENDOMiNATi0N uploaded a video of the first 25 minutes of the game. Most of us will be familiar with A Link to the Past already, but it’s cool to see the Wii U menu for those of us who don’t have a Wii U yet. Plus the game is in German, which will certainly be different for most of us. Hit the jump to watch the video!
For a long time people have been emulating and hacking their favorite games. And I would not be surprised if some time in the near future someone, somewhere created a hacked version of A Link to the Past and made it so you could become a painting such as that of A Link Between Worlds. This would be quite the undertaking but would be intersting to see new game elements in an older game, but since A Link Between Worlds and A Link to the Past are sequels, it would make sense. But for now all we can do is wait and enjoy gifs people have made of the idea. Hit the jump to see the gif.
Ever since the Wii U Virtual Console was opened and retro games started becoming available for download, Zelda fans have been waiting for and speculating about the rerelease of A Link to the Past on Wii U Virtual Console. The wait is over! Well, for Europe at least.
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Christmas time has officially started! For me at least. To me, Christmas time starts as soon as Thanksgiving is over. So to kick off Christmas time at Zelda Dungeon, I’m gonna tell you my top five snow areas in Zelda!
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Ocarina of Time shares many similarities with A Link to the Past. I am here to show you that they are in fact the same story, after all, they are just legends. Many have claimed that Nintendo had tried to replicate A Link to the Past when creating Ocarina of Time, but yet still in the December of 2011, Nintendo created an official timeline, clearly showing that A Link to the Past is a sequel to Ocarina of Time. But could the timeline be false? Could the games be the same story just told differently, similar to how legends change as they are passed down? Lets dig deeper into the games and see how Ocarina of Time is just a 3D remake of A Link to the Past! Read more…
Before the release of A Link Between Worlds, everybody was speculating where it took place on the official timeline. We knew from the fact that it was a sequel to A Link to the Past that it was set after it on the Downfall Timeline, and when we were told that it was a new generation of Link and Zelda and that the game was set centuries after A Link to the Past we all assumed that it must therefore be set after Link’s Awakening but before The Legend of Zelda. But according to some fans, A Link Between Worlds messes a few things up with this assumed placement. Now, Nintendo of America has released a Tweet that confirms A Link Between Worlds‘ timeline placement. Hit the jump to find out!
Even though A Link to the Past was released in the early 1990s and was the third Zelda game released, it has a huge fan base and a lot of people still claim it to be the greatest Zelda game ever released. I’ve only played the game once on the Game Boy Advanced and that was several years ago. I was playing it while visiting a friend and needed to complete it before I left as it was his game so had to rush through it a bit but I just about managed it and, although I certainly wouldn’t say ‘best Zelda game we ever’, it was really good and was in my top 5 Zelda games until I played The Minish Cap. However, after spending hours struggling through it, it turns out there is a way to complete the game within 3 minutes!
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In an age where information spreads like wildfire on the internet, it’s easier than ever to keep up to date on the latest news related to unreleased games; for example, all the information on A Link Between Worlds! But is there a point where you can know too much about a game before it’s released? When does it start to actually affect your experience when you actually get to play it? Click the jump to find out!
Quite a few videos showing off some of the gameplay from A Link Between Worlds have been appearing online over the last few weeks. The latest one brought to you by NiNTENDOMiNATiON shows a meeting between Link and one of the sages he has rescued from a boss. A few fans might recognize some of the visuals and sounds if they look closely. It appears to be the little witch commonly seen in early titles in the sage room from Ocarina of Time commenting on Link’s punctuality in rescuing her.
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