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Gossip Stone: How Should Non-linearity be Handled in a Zelda game?

ALttP OverworldIn the last few years in gaming, linearity has become something of an ugly word: it is considered bad design to have a linear game and players absolutely need freedom because it is thought to be better than a linear experience by its very nature. Given the immense success of linear games such as The Last of Us this is proven to be incorrect, yet the call for nonlinear games exists. In games such as the Zelda series exploration is an important part, with plenty of hidden treasure, items and Pieces of Heart strewn about. During your explorations you run into dungeons and temples in some of the games, but if the dungeon either has an obstacle in front of it barring entry or even worse, you discover halfway into the dungeon that you lack the item you need to complete it. So how should the series handle linearity? Read more on this after the break!
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Gossip Stone: How Involved Should the Monarchy be in a Zelda Game?

Portrait_chateau_hyrule_tww In most Legend of Zelda games, it’s given that Zelda is a princess and therefore a member of the ruling family. However, the rest of her lineage is rarely spoken of and almost never has a profound impact on the course of Link’s adventure. Sometimes Zelda has a brother, or the King makes an appearance, but usually the government just gets brushed under the rug. What if the monarchy had more of a hand in the direction of the games? What if laws were in place, orders were being given by the King, or the main conflict was a result of warring governments? More of a focus on the monarchy may be a nice change, a way to make Link’s plight less of a secret and more of a harrowing public ordeal.

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Zelda Dungeon Talks: Should Link Have A Companion In Zelda Wii U?

In most Zelda games, Link has a companion that accompanies him throughout the journey. These characters provide more characterization for our hero, usually doing all the talking for him and most closely interacting with him. These characters all play an important role in their respective games; whether it be Fi delivering messages, Navi and Tatl giving advice, or Proxi somewhat giving voice to Link in Hyrule Warriors. It’s generally known that some people despise Navi and Fi, but with that being said, do we want someone alongside Link in the upcoming Zelda Wii U title?

In this week’s Zelda Dungeon Talks, various staff members give their opinions on this topic, and elaborate on their reasoning.

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Temple of Time Recreation in Wildstar

photo (12) Legend of Zelda fans love to mark their territory in different areas of gaming whenever possible; whether this serves as a mating call to alert fellow fans of their presence, or simply as homage to the series that nurtured them is up for interpretation. We recently reported on the recreation of the original Legend of Zelda’s map in Minecraft, yet another recreation has been spotted in a PC game. The MMORPG WildStar gives players a lot of freedom in Housing customization, so one devoted Zelda fan took advantage of this to build a beautiful and pristinely accurate recreation of the Temple of Time from Ocarina of Time.

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David Sims: “Could The Legend of Zelda Really Work on Television?”

Live Action LinkTwo weeks ago the people over at Netflix kicked the beehive of Zelda rumors by announcing that they are in the early stage of developing a live-action adaptation of The Legend of Zelda. Many people saw this as something amazing, others were more cautious, a third group began to recite the cartoon while others pointed out that this possible just meant that Netflix is merely working on a pitch for Nintendo. Many people began to theorize on how to make The Legend of Zelda work on TV. Is it possible, or will it end in a flop? David Sims, writer with The Atlantic took a look at how it could be pulled off. Read an analysis of the article after the break!
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Piece of Heart: Lost Boys and Evil Ploys

ftale Welcome to the sixth 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 “Hanseldee and Greteldum” so we’ll scour the Zelda series in search of parallels to fairy tales (oddly enough I found none alluding to Hansel and Gretel, nor Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, so I changed the title rather than be misleading).

The land of Hyrule connects with the real world when it takes a page from our favorite bedtime stories. A young boy clad in green with an unruly shadow and fairy companion, a girl who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to protect her family and homeland, fairies who aid a hero on his way to slay a dragon and wake a sleeping princess– The Legend of Zelda sounds like something straight out of Disney!

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The Back Cover: Dragons and Bongos

Hello and welcome back to The Back Cover, the series that brings you all some insight to The Legend of Zelda franchise’s manga counterpart. For those of you who don’t know, there are ten manga books for the Zelda franchise, written by Akira Himekawa, covering eight of the main series titles. Reading about Link solve endless puzzles in various dungeons probably wouldn’t sell well, so the stories told in the manga series tend to differ from the video games, but still keep the plot of their respective game. With the release of Majora’s Mask 3D coming up very soon,  this is the perfect time to look at what the manga has to say about the origins of the haunted mask. Obviously, this article contains spoilers for the manga (though none for the game this time). Jump the link if you’d like to read more! Read more…

Piece of Heart: Marked for Greatness

Triforce-Hands Welcome to the fifth 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 weeks lesson is titled “Marked for Greatness” and we’ll be analyzing how distinctive markings, scars, deformities, and other oddities stand as indicators of a character’s importance.

One of the most obvious indicators would be the appearance of the triforce on a character’s hand, but any other quality that sets a character apart qualifies; If you’re a rare crimson Loftwing, the only male Gerudo, or a Kokiri missing a fairy then you’re marked for greatness, and I’ll tell you why that’s significant.

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Compiled Reviews of Majora’s Mask 3D

fairy-and-skull-kid-background-for-majora's-mask-2015 The reviews are finally in and Majora’s Mask 3D has not met with a terrible fate! Though the game releases next Friday in most countries, critics were able to get their hands on advanced copies and they were not disappointed, well most weren’t. Metacritic compiled a list of the reviews done thus far, and out of more than thirty reviews only eight gave the game a rating of less than 90 out of 100. Some of the most reputable review sites had nothing but positive things to say about this 3DS remake of an N64 cult classic.

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Gossip Stone: Should the Four Sword Return?

Four-Swords-Adventures-Artwork As most Zelda fans know, Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures are not typical Zelda games. Neither contain an overworld, both are multiplayer, and wouldn’t you know Link splits into four. The emphasis on multiplayer mechanics in these games shifted focus away from compelling story lines which made them feel less welcome in the series. But, technology has come a long way since 2004 and we’ve yet to see another multiplayer Zelda. With the recent outcry for Vaati to return to the series, there is reason to cry for a return of the Four Sword.

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Gossip Stone: Is the Struggle Worth It?

photo (8)We are less than two weeks removed from the announcement of the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL(MM 3DS XL), yet the hype has not subsided. Stores coming onto the market with pre-orders are constantly topping news feeds, as well as news of stores biting off more than they can chew. While so many of us are running to our nearest gaming store to try and secure our own of copy of a precious legacy, we need to ask ourselves: “Is this worth it to me?” Of course, the answer is going to be different for everyone, as it should. Let’s take a look at five criteria to be considered when deciding if the MM 3DS XL is worth it. Hit the jump and join in on the discussion!

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‘Ocarina of Time Stands in Majora’s Mask’s Shadow’ According to IGN Editor

IGN-LogoIGN Editor and UK podcast regular Alex Simmons has posted an article discussing how the new Majora’s Mask remake has swayed his opinion on his favourite Zelda game! Previously an Ocarina of Time fanatic, Simmons explains how Majora’s Mask 3D has become his favourite Zelda game of all time. Make the jump for this promising opinion on the upcoming 3DS Zelda title!

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The Warp Zone Releases Satirical Video of “Link on a Plane”

photo (9) The YouTube personalities over at The Warp Zone have once again created a hilarious parody of The Legend of Zelda in “Link on a Plane”. This time around the video focuses on a rather explosive situation that occurs when one of Link’s items falls out of his carry-on. A stereotypical cop-drama negotiator gets called in to handle it, and in the end there’s a cheeky plot twist that should not to be missed.

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The Back Cover: A Tale of Lineage

Hello and welcome back to The Back Cover, the series that brings you all some insight to The Legend of Zelda franchise’s manga counterpart. For those of you who don’t know, there are ten manga books for the Zelda franchise, written by Akira Himekawa, covering eight of the main series titles. Reading about Link solve endless puzzles in various dungeons probably wouldn’t sell well, so the stories told in the manga series tend to differ from the video games, but still keep the plot of their respective game. Today’s topic is Raven from Oracle of Ages. Obviously, this article contains spoilers for the manga. Jump the link if you’d like to read more!

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Intro Comparison Video: Majora’s Mask N64 vs. 3D

3DS_LegendofZeldaMajorsMask3D_011415_Scrn01 A video comparing the intros of Majora’s Mask on the N64 and Majora’s Mask 3D has been uploaded to Youtube by user Master0fHyrule. The video shows scenes from the title sequences and the games’ introductions– taking us around Clock Town and then into the Forest for that fateful altercation with Skull Kid. The graphics are greatly improved, and few things have been drastically altered. You can judge for yourself whether the 3D intro imparts the same tone as the original.

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