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!
Posts in category: Majora’s Mask
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!
From the musical goodness of composer and video game arranger that brought us the mini album “King of Light and Shadow” as well as “Fi’s Farewell” and “Midna’s Lament, Rozen releases a new album. This time dedicated Majora’s Mask, called “Time Once Lost”. This album contains a total of ten different tracks such as “In the streets of Clock Town” and “Astral Observatory”, the album is available for purchase right now on Loudr. With over thirty minutes of music to enjoy, its with checking out, click on the link and see what you think? How do you like some of Rozen’s previous music releases? What Zelda title would you like to see him tackle the music for next?
Fallout 4 was one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, and the freedom of its open-world gameplay mechanics surely struck a chord with Zelda fans who are hoping Zelda Wii U will achieve the same level of player-autonomy. Since we’ve got to wait for quite some time before Zelda Wii U’s release, why not modify the Fallout 4 experience to be a little more like Zelda? It is possible to alter the texture of two swords in the game to look like the Master Sword, pimp-out your Pip-Boy to reflect your love of the Zelda series, and give yourself a fright by placing the Majora’s Mask moon in the night sky.
See these mods and find out how to install them after the jump!
Recently returned to the sequel of the series that made him big, the channel Really Freakin’ Clever run by musical afficianado Josh M. With a five month hiatus between the previous episode and this one, he has finally released part 5 of the series. This time he tackles the Great Bay area, alongside the much-maligned Great Bay Temple. Watch the video after the jump!
The timeline for the Zelda series has been under a lot of scrutiny since it was published in the Hyrule Historia. As a result, all sorts of theories have sprung up about how the games are interlinked and, as an extension, how all the incarnations of Zelda, Link and Ganondorf are connected. In Ocarina of Time we hear the tale of how three golden goddesses created the land of Hyrule but what if that wasn’t the only land they created? In a recent video by YouTuber VortexxyGaming, she takes a look at a theory suggesting when Hyrule was created, so were Termina and Lorule. Their pasts were very similar to Hyrule but a few decisions were made differently that caused the worlds to become so different.
See the video after the jump.
A YouTuber by the name of Laura Intravia created a very light hearted Majora’s Mask parody of “Downtown” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It referenced things such as the dance from the old Japanese SNES commercials and Ben drowned which is a cult classic. It was good to see the amount of effort put into the music video and that they put lots of references in. Intravia managed to get a good amount of people to help with the production and used some in game footage which was a very nice touch. The video is done to a high quality and the resources present were used well.
Check out the music video after the jump! Read more…
Since 2012, Lorerunner — formerly Archengeia — has been my favorite YouTube personality. With his minimalist approach to production, he excels through pure commentary. The guy’s insightful interpretations, coupled with his infectious enthusiasm, often have me revisiting particular games with a fresh perspective. Throughout the past several months, he has been exploring the underlying themes of each individual Zelda title. This past week in particular has seen the release of ruminations on both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. Each discussion clocks in at nearly an hour and a half, but they’re definitely worth listening to. Theory crafters and lore aficionados, especially, should find a lot to love. Check out both videos after the jump.
We recently reported on the now available pre-purchases of Eimear Noone’s Celtic-style Zelda album, in digital format. Now, a preview clip of one of the album’s songs has been put up on YouTube. The song is their cover of Majora’s Mask‘s Deku Palace theme, and it is quite easy on the ears.
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With so much amazing music emerging from The Legend of Zelda series, there is no shortage of talented musicians creating beautiful covers to honor songs to emerge from the franchise. One such duo that simply oozes talent is 72HoursRemaining. You might remember the pair from their cover of the end credits from The Wind Waker that we recently featured here at ZD. Now, they are back again and this time with a cover of possibly one of the most heart wrenchingly beautiful songs and places from Majora’s Mask, Astral Observatory.
“This, to us, is the embodiment of Majora’s Mask, and why we love the game. It’s atmospheric, emotional, dark and beautiful. When we played live, we described this song as being about “finding a safe place in a world destined to perish”, and we stand by that.”
Jump on in past the break to check it out!
A very interesting and humorous Zelda comic was created by Nintendo and it is called The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Hijinks. There is now a second part to the comic in which it continues on from when Link obtains the red 3DS. It is quite interesting to see what Nintendo can do to promote their games and this was definitely both a fun and creative way for them to promote Majora’s Mask 3D.
Check the comic out after the jump! Read more…
We have already shared with you that you that in a fantastic little mini-game found in the lobby of Tri Force Heroes you can discover some music from previous titles but in a recent GameXplain video they showed off little more of what they found. When the player uncovers a ball that acts as a music box they can hit it and it will play various tunes, including the Clock Town theme.
Check out the video of the Easter egg after the jump! Read more…
Famitsu Gaming Magazine has a new issue in Japan, and there are a whole lot of cutscene and gameplay shots of the new content coming to Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends. Though the pages are not yet translated, there is a lot to see, including the new fighter, Skull Kid, the new boss, Phantom Ganon, and some new location details!
Check out the scans after the jump! Read more…
Of the Zelda fan base’s many questions regarding the future of the series, one arguably stands above the rest: should Zelda take on a Metroidvania-style system of progression? It’s a question worth pondering; the Zelda series has toed, and occasionally stepped on either side of, the line between linearity and difficulty progression. Transplanting some elements of Samus and Simon’s best adventures could potentially solve both of these problems, right? I couldn’t disagree more. In this article, I outline the many reasons as to why Zelda games shouldn’t take cues from the Metroidvania genre.
This is part one of a two-part exploration of whether or not the Zelda series should adopt the main ideas of Metroidvania games.