As a longtime fan of the Zelda franchise, I have played through my fair share of Zelda introductions. Some have worked extraordinarily well, throwing you directly into the action while allowing you to learn the ropes. Others haven’t been as successful. I won’t look at each and every introduction to a Zelda game; instead, I will only look at opening acts that I feel are different enough (either in structure or quality) from others in the series to merit a mention.
The marimba guys are back! This time around they have covered Twilight Princess’ “Hyrule Field Theme” and it is a stellar performance once again. Mart0zz uploads videos on his channel—All Legend of Zelda related—on the uncommon instrument marimba, along with other percussion combinations.
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Hey, everyone! The Voidcast is back, and I’ll be talking about how Zelda might or might not benefit from being set in a wild western environment. I’ll look at what ideas for this have already been presented through past games, and what could be done to further push the series towards the world of deserts, saloons and horseback battles.
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Allgamesbeta has posted several dozen high-resolution Hyrule Warriors artwork and screenshots, including some visuals of a newly announced area: the Land of Twilight. Along with that, there are many images of recently revealed characters, enemies, and new attacks.
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In yet another media release about Hyrule Warriors, players get to preview some DLC costumes for Link and Zelda. It seems the features of this new installment are endless with how many we have seen during and since E3. In this instance, Nintendo is sticking to their theme from Bayonetta, and have included outfits from a previous Zelda game. Hit the jump to see which one!
The latest trailer of the upcoming Hyrule Warriors from Techmo Koei has finally surfaced today at E3. This time we get a look at the gameplay of Princess Zelda, Midna, and Impa. We even get a few glimpses at some of the items they get to use in game and a few special moves. Keep watching because near the end we get a chance to see yet another familiar face.
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Ten years ago, the yearly Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) saw one of its most jaw-dropping reveals in a long history of memorable video game announcements. At the tail end of Nintendo’s press conference, the Japanese game company had one last surprise in store. The throng of game enthusiasts crowding the auditorium sat in near-silent anticipation as it set its final trailer in motion.
The lights dimmed as heroic music played over scenes of an unknown hero galloping towards a hostile force gathered on the horizon. As the camera finally panned around the lone horseman, cheers erupted from the audience. There was Link, the timeless hero of Hyrule, seated on his trusty stead, Epona, with his sword raised in triumph. Overwhelming applause and hoots of enthusiasm filled the room as Link dispatched enemies with bow and sword. As the trailer concluded, Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Nintendo’s most popular games, took the stage to bask in the ovation, wielding the Master Sword and displaying his trademark grin. Read more…
The Japanese magazine Famitsu has released another Hyrule Warriors ad, and fans can take more from the image than the publishers likely thought. Twilight Princess enemies appear in the background, letting us know of some more of the monsters we will probably be fighting with.
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Once again, Masahiro Sakurai has posted a Miiverse pic of the day for Super Smash Bros., and this time Midna is stealing the spotlight. At a glance, this picture seems to simply show this assist trophy to those who may not have seen the Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct that was shown a few weeks ago, but he may be hinting at some new actions that the mischievous princess of twilight will be making in the final game.
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It’s no secret that the Zelda universe is filled with many different races, some humanoid, like the Gerudo and the Kokiri, and some with traits from other creatures, like the Zoras and the Mogmas. And while none of the races have any extensive backstory behind their presence in the land of Hyrule, it seems that there could be one for the the Sheikah, also known as the Messengers of the Goddess. Through many subtle clues and much research, one can see the shadow of a story behind the Sheikah race, and it is, unfortunately, not a happy one.
I have mentioned before that we would never be able to write about all of the Zelda fan art in the world. It’s for that reason you can bet that, when we do write about one, it’s going to be good. This time we are turning our attention to deviantART member Zolaida who has created an amazing fan art of Princess Zelda herself.
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The folks over at First 4 Figures have just announced their brand new Princess Zelda Statue. This is the 5th statue in the Twilight Princess Series set, with their previously being statues for Zant, Wolf Link and Midna, Link and Epona, and most recently with Ganondorf. The statue stands at 17 inches in height and is set to retail for $349.99. The statue is limited to a 2500 run, and is set to release during the 4th quarter of this year. make the jump to check out some larger images.
The Zelda series is loved by many for its adventurousness and compelling storylines. I doubt that anyone would argue with the statement that any one of Link’s numerous journeys can be called a quest. But what few know is that the concept of a quest is so prevalent in stories from all around the world that a set structure has been made which outlines the stages of the quest. The majority of the Zelda games fit perfectly into this pattern, but one of the ones which fits the outline most accurately is Twilight Princess. From the calling of the hero to the journey through the underworld, Twilight Princess is a perfect example of the quest as seen in video games. Hit the jump to find out just how precisely this game portrays the concept of the quest.
My 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.
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GameTrailers has released another episode of their Trailer Academy series, and this time around, they analyze what made Twilight Princess‘ debut trailer so awesome. If you have seen the reaction of the crowd at the 2004 E3 Expo after seeing the trailer, you really cannot argue that it was one of Zelda’s biggest reveals, but why? What were people so excited about?
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Welcome back to another issue of Milk Bar Mornings, the weekly article where we analyze various themes from the Zelda series for the story and technicalities. Today we will be looking themes of the many towns and villages present in Twilight Princess. Each town in the game has a very unique style, supporting the history and future if the town. From a cozy village, to a lively town, Twilight Princess‘s composers, Toru Minegishi, Asuka Ota, and Koji Kondo, did an amazing job at creating a track that fully represents the town’s role in the player’s adventure. So hit the jump to see what we have in store!
In both of my last editorals, I mentioned how one of my favorite things about Zelda was how dramatic it can be when it wants to be. So, I decided to make a top five list of my favorite dramatic moments in Zelda’s history. These moments were chosen by me alone, and are among my favorite moments in Zelda all together. But there are also some major spoilers, so keep that in mind. Hit the jump to see my picks!
Ever since I played Twilight Princess, which felt like a massive adventure filled with content to me, I’ve been waiting for the next Zelda game with the same sense of scope. Now, about seven years and two new Zelda games later, I sadly feel that the amount of proper extra content within Zelda games has only been declining. If you want to read more about this development, and why it might be happening, jump in for more.
Last week we had a look at an interesting character, Guru Guru, who was diagnosed with multiple disorders. This week we have another character who is just as, if not more interesting. This character is not as well known as Guru Guru and doesn’t make as many appearances, but they are interesting none the less. This character obsesses over small insects and bases their entire life after them. Hit the jump to see the next patient!
Welcome to another Christmas editorial! This week we will be looking at what Hyrule would look like during Christmas time. More specifically, we’ll be looking at the Twilight Princess version of Hyrule. In part one I’ll go over Ordon Village, Kakariko Village, and Death Mountain.
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Christmas time has officially started! For me at least. To me, Christmas time starts as soon as Thanksgiving is over. So to kick off Christmas time at Zelda Dungeon, I’m gonna tell you my top five snow areas in Zelda!
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Welcome to our second installment of “Would You Rather!” Last week we had a tremendous response to this piece, which is very exciting for everybody. After looking at all the discussion boards it seems like Zelda fandom is pretty split on which ride they’d rather have. If you missed out on last week’s article you can go check it out by clicking here. Otherwise, hit the jump to see this week’s match-up!
Many fans have been waiting for Prima’s Zelda guide box set since the very first reveal of it. The set includes six collector’s edition guides for the six most recently released games, excluding A Link Between Worlds. Also included is a laser etched bookmark, an individually numbered certificate of authenticity, and a treasure chest case to top it all off.
We are getting very close to the release of the set. That being said, more photos have been revealed. Check them out after the jump!
Of all the Links who have donned the green tunic and cap and answered the call to save Hyrule, the Hero of Time stands out as particularly legendary. Not only did this incarnation of Link star in Ocarina of Time, a game many consider to be one of the best ever made, but he went on to save the day again in Majora’s Mask, a cult favorite among hardcore Zelda fans. His influence is keenly felt in The Wind Waker, and again in Twilight Princess, where the Hero’s Shade, a manifestation of the Hero of Time’s past regret, according to Hyrule Historia, teaches his heroic successor the ways of the sword.
Despite his recurring appearances in the series, the Hero of Time’s fate following Majora’s Mask is largely shrouded in mystery. A relatively new fan comic, however, has attempted to fill in the holes and provide an emotional and complete account of this particular Link’s legendary life.
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We recently heard that Nintendo tested out three different Zelda games to use as a HD remake for Wii U; The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword. Of course, we all know which one the gaming giant picked for its struggling console as Zelda fans and Wii U gamers, alike, prepare to embrace for the launch of The Wind Waker HD. Interestingly, in an interview with gaming site Polygon, longtime Zelda director Eiji Aonuma has indicated that HD remakes for Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword have not been ruled out entirely as long as someone else was willing to do it while he’s working on Zelda Wii U.
You can read the full quote from Mr. Aonuma’s interview after the jump!
As one of the oldest, and arguably greatest, video game franchises around, it isn’t uncommon to see Zelda titles make lists of personal favorite games of all time. When famous game designer Peter Molyneux, the man behind the Fable series, was asked to list his top five favorite games recently, one Zelda game made the list. As you already know from reading the title of this article, that game is Twilight Princess.
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With 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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Every game has a glitch or 12 and a lot of people spend hours trying everything they can to find them. They may just have too much free time on their hands but they certainly make for entertaining videos and these glitches is what Eggbusters is all about. I’ve checked out a couple of videos before for other games I like and, seeing as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is my all time favourite game, I was quite glad they decided to do another video on glitches in the game. Rather than spend ages looking for glitches, though, presenter Austin looks for glitches other people have supposedly found and puts them to the test. It may be a game glitch version of Mythbusters but, in this video, there are some surprising result.
All is revealed after the jump!!
Of all Zelda games, Ocarina of Time still takes the cake for having the strongest nostalgia for me. I literally grew up playing this game; any time I started playing other games I’d still find some new way to play this classic again and would end up coming back to it. As a result, almost the entire soundtrack from Ocarina is nostalgic… and consequently, so is most of Twilight Princess‘s soundtrack.
An excellent example of a Nintendo 64-era song that received a new twist in Twilight Princess is the Serenade of Water. A favorite of mine from Ocarina of Time, the Serenade received a gorgeous rework and an entire scene dedicated to it. Jump inside to see both songs and my thoughts about the pair!
The two most recent console Zelda games, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are extremely different stylistically. The former was very dark, creepy and rather realistic in comparison to all of its predecessors. The latter was more of an amalgamation, crossing over a bit of realism with the mystical cartoon graphics from games like The Wind Waker. The games feel different to play, and evoke different feelings while playing them, and truly show the beautiful variety that Zelda games offer. Still, there was someone out there who believed this variety may not be so beautiful, and decided to take the issue into his own hands. Jump in to learn more!
Boss battle music is an excellent place to look if you want to see how diverse Zelda music became over the years. In the original Legend of Zelda, there was no separate track for boss battles until A Link to the Past. Even then, the same track was used for every boss. In Ocarina of Time, some more diversity was added: we had one song for mini-bosses, another for regular bosses, and then a different track for the “dinosaur” bosses, Dodongo and Volvagia. We finally saw a new twist on this in The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess when each separate boss got their own music (for the most part).
This gave the developers plenty of room to work with in making songs. Now, they could tailor each boss’s music to best match both the boss itself and the battle and environment in which you meet them. One of my favorite examples of these songs was the theme of Blizzeta, boss of Snowpeak Ruins. Jump in to hear it!
November is one of those months in which people start purchasing gifts for the holiday season. The perfect gift for any Zelda fan would be the Zelda Guides Box Set, releasing on November 26 of this year. The box set includes six collector’s edition Prima Guides of the six most recent Zelda titles, excluding A Link Between Worlds, and they are presented in a manner to make any Zelda fan perk out of his or her chair.
You can read more about this box set and look at a few images of said product after the jump!
Because Jmisn23 used the magic word, Twilight Princess is up next in this article series. I gotta admit, though I love every Zelda game, it’s nice to get back to the cream of the crop. This game gets a lot of hate, which is something I’ll never understand. Sure, each Zelda game has its flaws, but I feel like the negativity targeted toward this game is generally subjective preferences rather than legitimate complaints. “The atmosphere is so bland and depressing, the music’s not as good as other Zelda games, the overworld was so uninteresting…” Quiet, you. Making every Zelda game feel distinctly different from each other is likely what has kept the series running so strong in the last 26 years. As long as we have the essentials: the characters, dungeons, bosses, items, puzzles, and an overworld to explore, it’s bound to be a stellar game. I’m here to tell you that Twilight Princess is a superb entry to the Zelda franchise, and I have a lot of praising to do, so let’s get into it!
As a lot of you have surely heard, the long awaited Super Smash Bros. games for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have been announced, and official artwork of Link’s appearance in this game has been released. While it is almost completely the design of Twilight Princess‘s Link, there are still minor differences which suggest another connection. Hit the jump to find out more!