Posts in category: Ocarina of Time

Unsung Heroes Of The Legend Of Zelda

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 12.52.45 PMThere are many brave souls that we encounter throughout The Legend of Zelda series but only one who gets the most fanfare and appreciation for all his trials and tribulations. What about those other characters, that if not for them our green-clad hero would never have achieved his goals; are they not heroes too? What makes a true hero? If you look up the definition of hero you will find that it says: “a person, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” So would that not mean that there are many heroes in the Zelda series? As for most things within the world of the Zelda franchise, we will all have different characters that tugged on our heart strings most, or some that we might have related to better, and some that brought us the most joy and  even encouraged us to overcome the many obstacles in the games. So who are your unsung heroes of The Legend of Zelda?

Join me as I share with you a few of my favorites past the break!

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ZD Gallery: Music of the Goddesses

Tom WinterWelcome to the ZD Gallery, where each week we feature an artist and their creation(s) in tribute to the Zelda franchise. This week, we’re veering off the path of fan art and tackling a different artistic area that is highly influential in the series. Music. Covers, more specifically, and today I’ve got the perfect candidate.

YouTube user Tom Winter not only plays his own music, but also has a plethora of videogame music videos- played on his acoustic guitar- on his channel, including a few Zelda favorites. Some are done simply by him playing his guitar, but Winter also has a couple covers composed almost a cappella style by overlapping a few tracks of different parts played on the guitar to create one song.

Make the jump to see his videos and to check out our interview with him!

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Bolero Of Fire Music Video By STL Ocarina

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 9.37.28 AMMost fans of The Legend of Zelda series can probably give you at-least one song that they feel is truly their favorite, or if not their favorite, a song which inspired the most emotion in them. For me, one of the songs that to this day speaks to something deep inside me is the “Bolero Of Fire”. Ocarina of Time is one of my favorite Zelda games, and to me one of the most memorable moments in the game is when Sheik appears and teaches Link the song before disappearing again. The melody of this song is subtly haunting and in my mind aids in the mysterious allure of Sheik as a character. I never had an appreciation for the Ocarina before this game either and the tones that this instrument gives to the song make it all the more eerily beautiful. A few months ago STL Ocarina made a music video of the Bolero of Fire which I believe does this beautiful song a fair bit of justice.

Head past the break to check it out!

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Ocarina of Time Any% Speedrun is Once Again Broken

maxresdefaultMany may recall that Cosmo, popular speedrunner of Ocarina of Time with his famous world record of 18:10, once said that “Ocarina of Time is dead”, in terms of new speedrunning tricks being found. Even the now world record holder, 17-year-old skater82297, said in August that the ever-chased-after sub-18-minute run would not happen. Yet, just recently, on his Twitch stream, skater caught a 17:47 world record. This just goes to show that there is almost always room for optimization, and of course for new tricks like the Deku Nut glitch found by Jodenstone.

Be warned of a lot of swearing in the video. It was an insane moment for him, after all.

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Gossip Stone: Was Navi An Annoyance Or A Benefit?

Link_naviMany Zelda fans know the line “Hey, listen!” from Link’s fluttering companion, Navi, in Ocarina of Time. And of course, most fans know that she was one of the most annoying companions in video game history, while I know a few others who would argue against that. So this sparks a debate- during your playthrough(s) of Ocarina of Time, was Navi an utter annoyance, or did you see her as a benefit? Did absolutely any of her phrase loops get to you…? I’m sure all of you have your opinions on this particular fairy, so if you’d like to get a refresher on exactly who Navi is, and comment on what you thought of her, hit the jump to check out more!

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Fan Makes Zelda-Themed Treasure Chest

Pirate_Chest_scAs always, there are tons of Zelda-related projects that have surfaced on the internet.  Previously there was an aquarium, AND a Zelda-themed Keyblade- that’s a lot of work for just one of those projects!  But a new project has surfaced- about 2 weeks ago, a Zelda fan -Imgur user fandango328- found a pirate treasure chest in a garage sale. After a few days of work, it turned into a gorgeous Zelda-themed treasure chest. It looks amazing, and I commend them on their work. There’s a gallery inside, so if you’d like to check it out, hit the jump to see more!

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Ocarina of Time’s Forest Temple Gets The Minecraft Treatment

FTWe’ve had a few locations from the Zelda universe recreated in Minecraft including one that tried to remake the entire map from the original Legend of Zelda. On this occasion, Imgur user democallister has shared some screenshots showing the Minecraft remake of the entire Forest Temple from Ocarina of Time and it’s pretty impressive.

Take the jump to see some of the screenshots.

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ZD Gallery: Reuniting with Mido

Reuniting with Mido Welcome to this week’s ZD Gallery feature! As it is Sunday, it’s time once again to show off an awesome fan and their equally awesome contribution to the Zelda franchise. This time around I thought it would be fun to take a step further than fan art and go with a fan made comic. This comic is titled Reuniting with Mido and was created by DeviantArt user G3no. The comic is so beautiful, both vibrant in color and since it’s based on a rather touching scene from Ocarina of Time. However G3no actually has some pretty mixed feelings about that moment.

Make the jump to check out our interview with him!

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Minuet of Forest Cover on Harp and Piano

downloadEveryone loves to see high-quality covers of famous Zelda songs, but sometimes, we get to hear a great fan cover of one of the songs you actually play in the games. The skilled musicians on the scarcitude . YouTube channel have covered Ocarina of Time‘s Minuet of Forest on Harp and Piano, and they did a beautiful job.

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Ocarina of Time Hyrule Field Theme Acapella

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 10.00.44 PMYouTube user “Mr Dooves” (under the channel name Triforcefilms) has recently collaborated with acapella musician Jaron Davis to cover Ocarina of Time’s iconic “Hyrule Field Theme.” This tune is one of the most memorable and familiar songs from the game, symbolizing adventure as Link steps into that vast overworld hub for the first time.
Hit the jump to hear this multitrack musical arrangement!

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ZD Gallery: Din’s Fire

Din's Fire Happy Sunday, Zelda fans! It is time for this week’s ZD Gallery feature. Just to recap, since this is a new series to Zelda Dungeon, the ZD Gallery is where we pick an artist among us Zelda fans out there that has created something to show their love for the franchise and, not only shine a spotlight on their work, but the artist themselves. For this week’s installment, we were able to chat a little with an artist known on Tumblr as Nox Zaiden, who created this beautiful piece titled Din’s Fire.

Make the jump to read the interview!

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Piece of Heart: Geography Matters…

MMMap Welcome to the tenth 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 “Geography Matters…” The gist of it is that certain environments breed certain types of people– culturally, psychologically, financially, historically, and otherwise. Aside from general settings, specific geographical monuments also have significance.

The effect of geography is easy to see in the Zelda series, one simply has to look at the different races that have developed throughout Hyrule. And hey, if it hadn’t been for the odd customs of the Gerudo Tribe, the Prince of Darkness may not have turned out so dark.

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Gossip Stone: Which Zelda Title Has The Best Soundtrack?

zelda-screenshotOne thing that’s usually accounted for in a game is its soundtrack. Depending on its quality, that may improve thoughts/opinions of the title. It’s a huge part of the game, and will hardly go unnoticed. There are some that are good, and some that are bad- it all depends on the effort given and the composer in-charge. The Legend of Zelda has had quite a few games, and their soundtracks are pretty hard to overlook. That’s why I’m going to talk about the game’s music, and maybe even get opinions on which Zelda title has the best soundtrack. Hit the jump to tune in!

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Gossip Stone: Does the Ocarina’s Power Rival the Triforce?

ocarinaof_time-s400x300-265646 To celebrate our newest series, Tadtone Tuesdays, we look at one of the most powerful items in all of the Zelda canon. Link’s arsenal is made up of many powerful items that he uses throughout his quests, however, one item in particular holds a magical power that goes far beyond the abilities of just causing damage or solving puzzles. Between Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, the Ocarina is possibly the most powerful item in all of Hyrule, second only to the Triforce itself. But depending on the way you look at it, the Ocarina could in fact be seen as the more powerful legendary tool, hit the jump to find out why!

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ZD Top 5 – Playable Songs

Song_of_Storms_(Ocarina_of_Time) In addition to the amazing orchestrated soundtracks and enchanting overworld themes from throughout the Zelda series, come the sometimes under-appreciated playable tunes. These catchy and often short musical quips are played on a multitude of instruments and present themselves as important to players for a multitude of reasons. Some songs are elevated by their musicality, some by their functions in-game, and others by pure nostalgia. Whatever the reason, these little ditties have become the cherries atop an already magical set of games.

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