Posts in category: The Wind Waker

Hyrule Warriors Legends will Include New Wind Waker Story Elements

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As most of us already know, Hyrule Warriors is coming to the 3DS and bringing some new friends along with it. Both Tetra and the King of Hyrule will be joining the roster for Hyrule Warriors Legends, and suitably the game will include somewhat of a Wind Waker style story-arc and new stages, according to this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine. Additionally, Tetra will brandish some unique weapons and both newcomers will of course have their own distinctive movesets.

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Zelda Oil Paintings

hWQt2Vk It takes some talent to paint something Zelda related and make it look as if it could actually be a screenshot from one of the games. That’s basically what reddit user benthunderbolt did with a few of his oil paintings that he shared with fellow Zelda fans over on Imgur. This one here is of the opening screen from Ocarina of Time. It’s so well done, and so identical to the real deal, I can almost see Link and Epona trotting over Hyrule field as if I were about to start playing!

Make the jump to see the other two that benthunderbolt shared!

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Art Styles Over the Ages – an Analysis

Wind Waker LinkThe art style of each Zelda game can turn into a hotly debated topic; while some think that Twilight Princess has a dark and mature visual tone, others see it as dark and drab. I believe that in these debates, the most important aspects of the art are lost, namely how well they mesh with or add to the rest of the game.
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Zelda Inspired Stained Glass Lamp

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 11.31.11 AMI have recently discovered that I apparently have an obsession with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, which is actually pretty humorous as it was probably one of the Zelda titles I was looking forward to playing the least. But for some reason, the moment I entered that cell shaded colorful world I fell in love! I would not say it is my favorite but it is definitely high up on the list, and I am always looking for ways to show my love for one of my favorite video game franchises. That is exactly how I came across an Etsy shop named VGameCraft. The shop is based out of Mexico and creates several different types of items, including customer orders. But what caught my eye was an enchantingly colorful, handmade stained glass lamp depicting Princess Zelda. The detail and the colors used are pretty fantastic and the price is pretty reasonable too!

Update: My obsession with The Wind Waker of late has clearly clouded my vision. Thanks to the commenters that reminded me that although both Zelda’s appear similar, this is in fact from Minish Cap. My excitement to get this out into the world made me have a momentary lapse of insanity! This now makes me feel that although I have fond memories of The Minish Cap and think it is a very underrated title, I am now inspired to play through it again as it has been a long time!

Jump inside to check out more pictures and the link as well.

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Dragon Roost Island Cover Duo

wind-waker-HD1In what has now officially become my weekend of “An ode to The Wind Waker“, we will now see the latest cover from the YouTube channel, SadToyCats. The YouTube channel is a music project based out of New York and has taken on the Dragon Roost Island theme for their latest cover. I love the musical arrangement they created and the fact that you have a little bit of gameplay intermixed to really evoke the feel of your surroundings at Dragon Roost Island.

Head past the jump and hear it for yourselves!

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Unique Outset Island Theme Drum Cover

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 4.00.27 PMContinuing with what apparently has now become my Ode to The Wind Waker that I started yesterday with sharing an Acoustic Cover of the Dragon Roost Island theme, we now go to Outset Island. The home of our green-clad hero, his sister, and Grandma is where we find ourselves beginning our adventure today. Depending on how much time you spend here, this song might have seared itself into your brain with its peppy little tune but I guarantee you have never heard it like this. YouTube Channel Harmon Stager has uploaded a video with a very unique take on the Outset Island theme by recording a Drum Cover.

Head past the jump and see what you think.

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Piece of Heart: Heartaches and Sick Days

hs Welcome to the twelfth and final 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 “It’s Never Just Heart Disease… And Rarely Just Illness.” We’re going to take a step away from the weather in setting, to look at the weather in one’s soul. A disease of the heart is almost always caused by emotional or social decay, and all illnesses in literature harbor underlying meditations on character or society.

Illnesses are rarely named in Zelda, though they’re usually caused by a curse or something of that sort. However, we’ve had antagonists die from shots through the heart, and we’ve even had a case of amnesia. So let’s pick apart the symptoms that our dear characters exhibit, and make informed literary diagnoses!

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Dragon Roost Island Acoustic Cover

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 7.03.27 AMDragon Roost Island is strangely one of my favorite places in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It is home to the Rito tribe and the Sky Spirit Valoo, and because of that I feel it has this majestic and otherworldly presence. When seen from afar, when you first arrive aboard the King of Red Lions it doesn’t look like much as all you can see is a tall mountainous peak. But as you make your way through, you discover that it holds many treasures. Team Players, a YouTube duo who has been featured on ZD in the past, most recently for their Acoustic Cover of the “Milk Bar theme” from Majora’s Mask has now created an acoustic cover of the “Dragon Roost Island theme”, which I think gives a light hearted yet ethereal tone to the song that  I find is quite appropriate.

Head past the jump to listen and decide for yourselves.

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Gossip Stone: The Various Cultural Influences in the Zelda Series

imagesDespite being created by a Japanese company, the Zelda series is predominately influenced by European medieval fantasy. Instead of wooden shogun castles and samurais, Zelda focuses on grand stone castles and knights for their stories. It is interesting that Nintendo chose a more traditional European influence that is more familiar to a Western audience, when they originally were skeptical of bringing the series over-seas. However, after the series was well established as a global success, a few other cultural influences have found their way into the 3D games.

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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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The Wind Waker Gamecube/Wii U Comparison and Framerate Test

2559086-wind+wakerDigital Foundry has put together some videos examining the framerate of The Wind Waker HD, as well as a comparison of the graphics on the HD and original Gamecube versions. There is quite a noticeable difference, and seeing the HD version next to it certainly brings out the… worse points in the Gamecube game’s visuals.

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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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Wind Waker- Grandma’s Theme Clarinet Cover

Grandma Here’s a melody from the Zelda series we don’t find covers of too often. Remember Link’s sweet ol’ grandmother from The Wind Waker? Well, a YouTube channel that normally features brothers Josh and Justin posted a video a few days back covering the theme song of Zelda fans’ favorite grandma. Make the jump to hear for yourself!

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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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