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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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Legend of Zelda Bathrobe

LoZ Bathrobe To be honest, I’ve never really considered purchasing a bathrobe. Well, not until now! Coming soon thanks to Gamerabilia, the home of video game memorabilia, is the official Legend of Zelda bathrobe!

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Fan Made ChuChus

Chu Chus ChuChus are probably the most annoying nuisances throughout the Zelda series. I don’t know about any of you, but I try to avoid them at all costs. However, Etsy shop owner Sarah Whitlock has created a fun little collectable that’s making me reconsider the little monsters.

Go ahead and make the jump to check out these hand made ChuChus and find out where you can get one of your own!

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Life-Sized Ocarina of Time Hookshot Replica for Sale

hook Have you ever had the urge to scale a building, but lacked the tools to do so? Well fret no more because Roxanne Barrett of Etsy’s AmphigoryDesign has got just the thing for you– a life sized Ocarina of Time Hookshot replica! You can purchase a complete hookshot in a single chain or double chain design for $74.95 plus shipping, as well as an unpainted and unassembled version for $44.95 plus shipping. There are a limited quantity of these beauties available, so order yours before it’s too late (Disclaimer: Do not attempt to climb a building using this, it does not function as an actual hookshot)!

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A Link to the Past Comic Photo Gallery

Viz-Media-A-Link-to-the-Past In case some of you Zelda fans weren’t aware, earlier this week Viz Media released the new publication of  A Link to the Past comic that had originally appeared in Nintendo Power, over the span of a few month back in 1992. A few of us crazed fans here on the ZD staff already have our hands on it, and soon we’ll be discussing our opinions on the comic during one of our future ZD Talks. To gear up for that- and to make up for the absence of this week’s ZD Gallery piece- I’m going to take you through some of my favorite panels from the comic.

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Majora’s Mask Collector’s Puzzle Preorder on EBGames.ca

MM3D Puzzle If you’ve got your hands on the Wind Waker Collector’s Puzzle from USAopoly, then this is the next item to put on your list to add to your collection of Zelda merchandise! USAopoly has been rolling out the Zelda themed knick knacks left and right, from the upcoming Collector’s Edition Yahtzee game to this seemingly continuous series of collectable puzzles.

Make the jump for more information and to find out where you can order yours!

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Zelda Wii U’s Release Date Remains Unconfirmed

Wii U Link Zelda fans everywhere suffered from the disappointing news of Zelda Wii U’s not all that surprising delay. However, it seemed that it was a collective understanding throughout the fandom that instead of a 2015 release, the game would be out next year instead. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a 2016 release date doesn’t seem to be the case either.

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Piece of Heart: …So Does Season

11165827_1075087582519354_144673436_n Welcome to the eleventh 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 “…So Does Season.” Similar to geography, the season during which a game takes place has a profound affect on the overall theme of the adventure. For instance, Winter usually denotes death and hopelessness, so the despair surrounding Queen Rutela’s death and the disappearance of her only heir was elevated in Twilight Princess by the temporary winter of the then-frozen Zora’s Domain (here we can see how geography and season act hand-in-hand).

 
Of course Spring, Summer, and Autumn are also host to their own emotional and physical associations. The season in a Zelda title can greatly reflect the mood of the game, and knowing how to spot these seasonal patterns will further aggrandize the game’s plot.

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2016 Zelda Wall Calendar

2016 Calendar Who’s ready to add to their collection of Zelda wall calendars? It’s not even half way through this year and I already know that I am. Well, the wait for the 2016 calendar isn’t much longer, as amazon and other retailers are offering preorders for the product to be released in August! Make the jump for more information, and to see some of the month’s pictures we’ll have to look forward to.

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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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Zelda Dungeon Talks: Important Features of a Zelda Game

bit There has been a lot of talk about whether or not the Zelda formula is helping or hindering the growth of the series, but it’s indisputable that certain aspects are absolutely necessary for a game to be considered a Zelda game. Does the hero have to be part of a legendary prophesy? Would the games be the same if they were bereft of dungeons to explore and temples to overcome? How would the ambiance suffer if the games’ soundtracks weren’t as magnificent as they are? So many different things come together to create a Legend of Zelda game, it’s hard to pinpoint which exactly make the frame for one.

In this week’s Zelda Dungeon Talks various staff members will share their thoughts on the most important features of a Zelda game.

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Zelda Music Played During Hockey Game

GV I’m a fan of hockey, and a fan of Zelda. So when those two entirely different worlds collide, I can’t help feeling like my birthday has come several months early. And it just so happens that this collision took place just a few weeks ago when the Calgary Flames organist played the theme for Gerudo Valley during a game. If that’s not cool enough, later during that same game, the main Zelda theme itself was played. Clearly the organist is also a Zelda fan.

Go ahead and make the jump to see it for yourself!

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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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Adorable Skull Kid Created for Microsoft Paint Challenge

maxresdefault (2) Artists are always trying to find inventive new mediums in which to create their art, but some prefer to use rather old and sometimes mocked modes of creation. One such artist is YouTube user StevRayBro; he was challenged to draw Skull Kid is Microsoft Paint– and he accepted that challenge! He shows his whole process in a fast-motion video, and it’s really interesting to see the start-to-finish. Somehow this talented artist managed to create a detailed and adorable Skull Kid portrait in this primitive art program, check out his work after the jump.

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Gossip Stone: Should There Be More Story Content Between Dungeons?

Nayru's PearlWhen playing a Zelda game, they (typically) consist with the same formula- some story and/or side-quests, and then the dungeon. However, others have pointed out an excellent question. Would it be preferred that we have more story content in between dungeons? Or maybe, more quests leading up to a dungeon? Anything to fill in the time, so to speak. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see a small change in the formula like that? One Zelda game (I can think of) has done something similar. Let’s take a look at that. An example will be shown beyond this point, so if you’d like to read into this, hit the jump to check it out!

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