Protecting the mortal incarnation of the Goddess Hylia is a pretty big job, but one handled with the utmost grace in the capable hands of the very first Sheikah warrior– Impa, from Skyward Sword. Though she initially had a stern exterior and was very critical of Link, Impa turned out to be an extremely loyal and trusting individual with a heart of gold. It’s no secret that Impa is a flawed character, if she was perfect she wouldn’t be interesting, but the beauty of her appearance in Skyward Sword is that the players get to see her character develop over thousands of years. A selfless servant of the Goddess, Impa will do anything to make sure that Zelda stays safe and Demise stays sealed away. After the jump, get a glimpse at the motivations and carefully calculated actions that lead Impa to become the legendary Sheikah icon she is!
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Hyrule has provided refuge for a plethora of unique and important races throughout its history. We’ve met with Zoras, Gorons, Kokiri, Hylians, Deku, Picori, Koroks, Rito, Kikwi, Gerudo, Twili, and Sheikahs– just to name a few. No matter how long the list of races, each manages to be important to the game or games it appears in and fully developed both visually and culturally. Just when I think the Zelda series can’t possibly create another distinctly memorable race, one appears for me to marvel at. So at this point, it’s likely that we’ll meet more new races in future, perhaps even in Zelda Wii U.
But what other races could the Zelda series incorporate? The writing staff here at Zelda Dungeon was asked to consider if Zelda Wii U introduced a new race, what they would want that race, its culture, and its function to be like. They came up with a range of answers that focused on the new race’s purpose in-game, its appearance and traits, and what its history may contain. Hit the jump to read the staff’s thoughts, and feel free to join the discussion in the comments!
Every Zelda game has its own interesting way of progressing through the journey- be it obtaining Spiritual Stones, obtaining instruments, and so forth. For Skyward Sword, it became an extremely nerve-wracking experience due to the trials known as the Silent Realm. There were a few in there, but even though it may only be a few, that doesn’t make them any less terrifying (if you don’t know what you’re doing from the get-go). It makes me wonder; would Nintendo ever think of implementing a similar trial series into future Zelda games, possibly even Zelda U? I’ll explain how it goes further on, so be sure to hit the jump for more info!
Zelda Theorist RMFH decided to dig into the history of Sun’s Song to find out why its composers, Sharp and Flat, were able to create such a powerful set of notes. He found that the brothers were meant to study the powers of the Royal Family, and might’ve been given access to the Song of Time in order to further their research thus making the Sun’s Song a relative of the Song of Time, with one added bonus– the power of light. Watch RMFH’s video on the significance of the Sun’s Song after the jump!
There are an almost endless number of factors that contribute to the commercial appeal of a videogame– gameplay, functionality, developer, rating– but a game isn’t going to sell if it isn’t pleasing to the eye, at least in some capacity. We can judge by the turbulent behavior following the reveal of Wind Waker’s art style or Skyward Swords’ downgraded graphics that appearance does matter within the Zelda series. So let’s take a look at some of the varied Zelda visual styles and how they affected the games’ initial and later receptions after the jump!
What if instead of a fairy, Link had a Pip-Boy? Or if, rather than hearing Koji Kondo’s arrangements, players were treated to Three Dogs’ Galaxy News Radio? The comedic minds over at Dorkly asked themselves the same questions and have turned their answers into a hilarious fifty second parody of A Link to the Past intertwined with Fallout tropes. With a little bit of lock-picking, targeted combat, and a classic Fallout drink, life in Hyrule sure has changed for Link.
Watch Dorkly’s video after the jump to see the Legend of Zelda’s Hyrule meet Fallout’s Wasteland!
With just a few months left until its March 25th release, we’re beginning to see more Hyrule Warriors Legends fanfair hit the gaming scene. One gaming retailer in the UK, GAME, opened pre-orders for a Hyrule Warriors Legends Limited Edition bundle that contains both a copy of the game and a golden Compass watch. The bundle is set at £49.99 and is said to be exclusive to GAME retailers, though it’s likely the bundle will also make its way to Nintendo UK’s online store.
The bundle is expected to release along with the game in March.
For more details and pictures of the Compass watch, hit the jump!
A typical standard for a Zelda game is having some form of collectibles- just as Ocarina of Time had Gold Skulltula Tokens, Minish Cap had Kinstones, and so forth. With this idea in mind, Gratitude Crystals were born and introduced as the collectibles of Skyward Sword. They’re collected by doing good deeds for people in Skyloft, and the other many places he happens to journey to throughout his adventure. I’ll be explaining a bit more about Gratitude Crystals further on, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to hit the jump!
On January 19th, the Nintendo World Store located in Rockefeller Plaza in New York will temporarily close its doors, and will reopen once again with a celebratory weekend on February 19th. During the one month time period that the store will be closed it will undergo a complete makeover. The remodel will feature an all new look and feel for fans to enjoy with “an updated interior design, new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS demo units, a 15-foot gaming screen and more fun elements and surprises.” During the weekend of the grand reopening the store will host several fun activities, including giveaways, appearances by Nintendo characters, and offer exclusive merchandise that will only be available that weekend. One of the exclusive items to be sold is a limited edition T-shirt featuring none other than Link — a Mario T-shirt honoring the weekend will also be sold. Scott Moffit, Executive Vice President of Sales and marketing for Nintendo of America said:
“Nintendo is constantly evolving its experiences for fans,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “The new Nintendo NY store is a must-see location for anyone that has a memory of Nintendo, or who wants to see what Nintendo has in store for the future.”
Check out the full press release for the upcoming remodel past the break.
The North American Nintendo Badge Arcade has been updated with some new classic Zelda badges! Currently available for your crane catching addiction, you can secure some classic The Legend of Zelda badges featuring all the retro goodness you love from the series. You can get your hands on several versions of Link, hearts, rupees, fairies, and much more. With a total of six different panels to choose from, you will quickly exhaust the single free play that is being offered for the day. Jump in past the break to check out all the new classic Zelda badges available for a limited time.
With pre-orders for the Majora’s Mask Link Nendoroid figures popping up across the online shopping world, GameStop has decided to throw its hat into the ring as well. The figures are now available for pre-order on GameStop’s website at the price of $46.99, plus shipping. Another exciting bit of news is, according to GameStop’s website, the figures will be released on March 15th. For more details about the pre-order listing and pictures of the Nendoroid figure, hit the jump!
Though the true nature of Zelda Wii U is still shrouded in mystery, we devout Hylians have been promised an open-world game with an enormous map. Many fans are more than ready to embrace an expansive and uninterrupted landscape in the upcoming title, but some have logical doubts as to whether the world map will truly enhance the gaming experience. The upside is of course, exploration. But at what point does exploration become tedious? And how can Nintendo make sure that this over-sized land doesn’t become a burden to traverse?
The game that started it all, the reason why we all had the opportunity to become Zelda fanatics, The Legend of Zelda was a deliberately crafted masterpiece from the beginning of its production. The game was meant to counterbalance Mario’s gameplay style by being open-ended, story-focused, and require players to think critically. It was the first home console game to save players’ progress, it took inspiration from Miyamoto’s childhood as well as high fantasy novels, and it contained only six musical tracks (all now iconic).
Suffice to say, The Legend of Zelda’s gameplay and golden cartridge bewitched gamers the world over. Watch The Game Theorists’ Furst delve into the rich history of the highest rated game of all time, The Legend of Zelda, after the jump!
To top off his 2015 year of covers, Youtube’s Banjo Guy Ollie produced a cover of Mabe Village from Link’s Awakening on– you guessed it– a banjo. He also employed a host of other instruments including a U-Bass, Bouzouki/Mandola, and Mandolin. The cover really does this great tune justice, and the banjo gives it a unique and rather cozy tone that fits the song’s role in the game perfectly. Banjo Guy Ollie’s version of Mabe Village is not to be missed, so take a listen after the jump!
In most games of the franchise, Link is always found rescuing Princess Zelda (in one way or another). But in Spirit Tracks, Zelda is known to be your companion- in spiritual form. With Princess Zelda as your ghostly companion, making your way through the Tower of Spirits is possible due to her ability to possess Phantom’s patrolling each floor. But other than her main mechanics, the fact she’s your companion throughout the game was something that had never been done before- but if there was a chance, would you like to see it happen again? I’ll be talking a bit more about this further on, so don’t hesitate to hit the jump!