Posts in category: Oracle of Ages

Gossip Stone: Should Animal Companions Return In New Zelda Games?

OoX_Link_and_DimitriIn Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, there was a strange item that -depending on where Link obtained it- would give him a different companion for the rest of his journey.  This item was the Strange Flute.  The item gives Link the ability to meet one of three animal companions, which help you throughout the game (you actually need them to complete it, anyways).  Each animal has a different ability than the other, so they all have their uses depending on which Link receives.  So I’d like to ask the question: Would you like to see animal companions return in future Zelda games?  Beyond this point I’ll be talking a little more about what animal companions are, and what they do.  So if you’d like to give it a look, hit the jump to check it out!

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The Man, The Myth, The… Fairy Wannabe: Tingle’s Origins

tingle2057020x20428 If you love the Legend of Zelda series, then you know who Tingle is. The middle-aged man whose vehicle of choice is a balloon attached to his back. Tingle first appeared in Majora’s Mask on the N64 and appeared in quite a few Zelda games proceeding that; specifically Oracle of Ages, The Wind Waker, Four Swords Adventures, The Minish Cap, and he is part of the Majora’s Mask DLC of Hyrule Warriors. Tingle also makes minor appearances in Phantom Hourglass as a poster on the wall of Mercay Island’s bar, in Spirit Tracks as statues in both Hyrule Castle Town’s shop and Linebeck III’s shop, and in Skyward Sword as a doll in Zelda’s room at the Knight Academy. Kotaku recently had an interview with Eiji Aonuma on how Tingle ever came to be. Check out what Nintendo’s top Zelda creator said, after the jump!

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A Princess and her Knight, or more than just that? Looking at Zelda/Link

No excuse neededStories of valiant knights, princes and other heroes who fight for their beloved ladies are some of the oldest and most beloved stories in human history. Perhaps even THE oldest, depending on your interpretation of the Epic of Gilgamesh. So it was to be expected that a concept as basic as fighting for those you care about eventually ended up in The Legend of Zelda, or at least have fans ascribe it to individual games. But is there any truth to this? Has anything been confirmed, implied, can things be extrapolated or is it just a bunch of hot air? Note that this contains spoilers for Hyrule Warriors, so be careful in case you have not yet finished the game. Read a game-by-game analysis after the break!

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Gossip Stone: Are Cuccos Interesting, or Pointless Additions to the Series?

157nb7a “Don’t be such a Cucco!” You’d probably be offended to be accused of acting like a Cucco, wouldn’t you? But perhaps you shouldn’t be. Cucco are incredibly strong creatures that are loyal and protect their own from harm; these are endearing qualities, so why the negative connotation on the name? Well, aside from the Cucco being the Zelda form of a chicken, and the phrase “Don’t be such a chicken!” being an insult in reality, Cucco can be seen as unimportant to the series. What should be thought of these small creatures?

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Gossip Stone: Should the Magic Rings make a return to the series?

Red RingRings make for handy magic items: they’re small, lightweight and are easy to carry in addition to your other magical gear. Finding magic rings in the Zelda games is always useful to either continue in the game, make Link tough enough to more easily survive the later dungeons or even give him a variety of bonuses. But they have only appeared in 2D games, with the last time being The Minish Cap. Perhaps it is time for them to make their return? Read more after the break!

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Gossip Stone: Is there a place for the Slingshot alongside the Bow?

SS SlingshotOne of the recurring items in the Zelda series is the Slingshot: a handheld device Link often obtains early in the games it is in. Unfortunately for every game it appears in, it’s typically obtained before the Bow; the Bow greatly outshines the Slingshot with improved range, damage and projectiles it could carry. Is there a place for the Slingshot alongside the bow, or is it an outdated piece of equipment that should be retired in favor of the bow? Read more after the break!
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Gossip Stone: Should animal companions from the Oracle games return?

Link and DimitriHaving an animal companion with Link is a rather common theme in the Zelda games: while Epona is by far the most used and beloved of them all Link has had some different animals with him on his quest. In Skyward Sword he had his Loftwing, but in the Oracle games he was accompanied by three animal companions. These were met during the course of the games to traverse certain obstacles, and one of them could be recruited to become a full-on companion and accompany Link all over Labrynna and Holodrum. Dimitri, Ricky and Moosh all have their own special abilities and weaknesses, and whoever became your companion even changed how the world looked. But could they still work in a modern Zelda game? Read more after the break!
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Summer Games Done Quick Is Now Live! (Schedule and Prize Updates)

1SpeedDemosArchive 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!

Hit the jump for an update on the scheduled Zelda games, and the prizes going with them. Read more…

Get Set for Summer Games Done Quick 2014 This June

Untitled 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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Dr. Link: Diagnosis of Characters #6

drlinkMy previous patient was a lesser known character from The Wind Waker, Gossack, who had an inconclusive diagnosis. This week, by popular demand, I am going to take a look at a well known character who makes an appearance throughout many games in the Zelda series. His name is never given, and is on most occasions seen out and about, worrying about his task at hand. He is constantly running from place to place, but seems happy where he is.

Hit the jump to see the latest diagnosis!

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A Link Between Worlds Pre-Order Bonuses from GameStop and Best Buy

ALBW GameStop Pre-Order Bonus 2Have you pre-ordered your copy of A Link Between Worlds yet? Are you still on the fence of whether or not you even want to pre-order? Trying to decide whether to get the game by itself or the special 3DS package? Well, both GameStop and Best Buy have incentives as to why you should pre-order the game from them. Hit the jump to see what they’re offering!! Read more…

What do you Love about Oracle of Ages?

Oracle of Ages logoAs this article series continues, we examine yet another handheld title. One of a pair, actually. Many people like to classify the Oracle games as one large game, which is understandable, but I prefer to think of them as separate adventures that happen to link together. One is a sequel to the other, and it is up to the player to choose which comes first, sort of like a “Create your own adventure” book. For the purposes of this series, we are going to examine these Oracle games as separate adventures. Oracle of Ages is commonly considered to be the more difficult of the duo, involving more puzzle-oriented challenges that require you to use your wisdom (fitting for a game that stars Nayru, huh?). I wholeheartedly agree; this game contains two of the most mentally draining dungeons in Zelda history: Mermaid’s Cave and Jabu Jabu’s Belly. But I’ll get more into the details of this game’s challenges below, so let’s just jump right into it!

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Fans Want Dark Link… As a Playable Character?

Dark linkWith The Wind Waker HD quickly approaching and a mysterious Zelda Wii U title lurking on the horizon, this summer has seen its fair share of fan speculation.  This got me thinking; what surprises or major changes would the fans like to see in future Zelda titles?  You may remember a fan campaign on Facebook asking Nintendo to give Princess Zelda a stronger role in response to Aonuma’s statement at E3, saying he would entertain the idea of a playable Princess Zelda “if enough people had strong feelings about it.” This is encouraging news to fans, as it tells us our voices are being heard. So if Zelda developers would consider giving Zelda her own game,  what about other memorable characters from the series, say… Dark Link? Personally, the idea of playing as Dark Link sounds… just so…cool! But how could Nintendo possibly pull this off?

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Oracle of Ages guide gets another update

We’ve continued to work on upgrading our Oracle of Ages Walkthrough and today we have completed chapter 7. This takes you through Jabu-Jabu’s Belly, one of the most confusing dungeons in the entire Zelda franchise. We already have a full text guide for the remainder of the game, but we should be decorating that with images in the coming days.

We’re steadily working to improve all our guides here at the website, including the upcoming A Link Between Worlds Walkthrough and The Wind Waker HD Walkthrough, which both will be updated when they release later this year. Be sure to check back for all your latest guide needs!

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