Posts in category: The Wind Waker

Piece of Heart: It’s Baptism… or Drowning

maxresdefault Welcome to the seventh 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 “If She Comes Up… It’s Baptism”. Basically, being submerged in water can represent a character’s rebirth. The Wind Waker in its entirety comes immediately to mind, leading into the lands that emerge to make up new Hyrule in Spirit Tracks.

 
Characters being dipped in water, getting soaked, or drowning also have significance. There’s a shocking amount of water in Zelda if you really think about it; there are lakes, bays, temples, oceans, fountains! A drenching or two is inevitable, so I’m going to take the plunge and analyze a few.

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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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Piece of Heart: Lost Boys and Evil Ploys

ftale Welcome to the sixth 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 “Hanseldee and Greteldum” so we’ll scour the Zelda series in search of parallels to fairy tales (oddly enough I found none alluding to Hansel and Gretel, nor Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, so I changed the title rather than be misleading).

The land of Hyrule connects with the real world when it takes a page from our favorite bedtime stories. A young boy clad in green with an unruly shadow and fairy companion, a girl who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to protect her family and homeland, fairies who aid a hero on his way to slay a dragon and wake a sleeping princess– The Legend of Zelda sounds like something straight out of Disney!

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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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How Could There Be An Entire Seven-Game Timeline Based on Ganon Killing Link?! Maybe Link was TriForced to Lose!

350px-Ganon_Battle_ALTTPThe true timeline of the Legend of Zelda games is a debate as ancient as the games themselves.  The actual order of the games has been on many fans’ minds over the years. I myself am guilty of heavily mulling over the history of Hyrule, searching through the internet and the games themselves for answers.  Things were further complicated when Ocarina of Time was released and time travel was introduced.  It was not until the Wind Waker that we fully realized the effects of our time-traveling hero. Fortunately, Nintendo released Hyrule Historia to give us the definitive canonical version of the timeline of Hyrule. However, when I got my hands on Hyrule Historia for the first time, I did not get the answers I was expecting. To my surprise, and to the surprise of many other fans, the chronology was split into not two, but three timelines.  Even more surprising was that a large chunk of the timeline was based on an alternate reality where Ganon kills Link. Yet this was a fact I had a hard time coming to grips with.

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The Wind Waker: Legend of the Fairy

tingle_hwOver at GameTrailers, they have continued their series of Pop Facts relating to the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. In this latest episode they dig into the Zelda timeline and talk about how some inconsistencies are found with our good friend Tingle, as well as few various quotes throughout the game. They seem to indicate there is some connection between Majora’s Mask and The Wind Waker, despite the two games being in completely separate timelines. It is well put together video and I highly suggest you take a look.

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Why Link Cannot Draw His Sword From His Back: An Illustrated Guide

Sword on Back OpeningFor anyone who has played a 3D Zelda game it is a familiar sight: as you watch Link run around you see his shield on his back, and his sword hilt sticking out on one side. If you have to haul a sword around on long trips it is a good way to carry one, but is it the best way to use it on the battlefield? A number of inventive people have managed to rip the models from various Zelda games and put them into Garry’s Mod, a physics sandbox that runs on Valve’s Source Engine. By messing with the models I have managed to make a demonstration just how difficult drawing a sword from his back would be for Link. Watch my findings after the break!
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First 4 Figures Ganondorf Collectible Now Available for Pre-Order

ganondorf standardFirst 4 Figures has revealed the first in their line of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker resin collectables- Ganondorf. This sweet 15in statue boasts two designs- a standard version that will sell for $249.99 and an exclusive figure with pulsing LEDs that mimic the flow of water for $269.99. Each figure needs an initial payment of $20.00 for pre-order. This is a first come, first serve so make sure to pre-order your Ganondorf statue here. Hit the jump for pictures.

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Oath To Order Remix By dj-Jo Is Spectacular

maxresdefault (1)There are many remixes of various Zelda songs on the internet, ranging from good, and bad; each one made with lots of hard work and dedication. And Music Creator dj-Jo sets the record for some of the coolest remixes out there. This isn’t what you’d typically find on Zelda Dungeon, but this YouTuber definitely deserves attention for his astonishing remixes. Hit the jump to listen for yourself!

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How to Make Your Own Wooden Master Sword

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YouTuber and craftsman HappyAtom is at it again with another Legend of Zelda tutorial. Previously on his channel he has made wood craft tutorials for other Legend of Zelda items such as Link’s Bombs (Ocarina of Time model), a Wooden Shield (inspired by the Hylian Shield), and Link’s Wooden Sword along with a scabbard (inspired by The Wind Waker). This time around, HappyAtom has made a very detailed video for how to recreate the Master Sword. Take a look at the video after the jump! Read more…

Game Trailers Pop Facts: Secrets of the Wind Waker

wind-waker-HD1It’s no secret that Zelda games frequently reference their predecessors, and finding these easter eggs is just one aspect that makes adventuring in a Zelda game so rewarding. The latest episode of Pop Fiction, a weekly show about game facts, takes to the Wind Waker to find some hidden references you might not know existed. Take a look at the video after the jump.

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First 4 Figures Teases Ganondorf Wind Waker Statue

524167_10152582223016732_4287017555628945456_nFirst 4 Figures, the company we all know well for making extremely highly detailed Zelda statues for us collectors, have teased via their facebook page a brand new piece! It seems that their newest figure will be based off Ganondorf’s appearance from the Wind Waker. Make the jump to check out the teaser image, and other details regarding the figure’s release in 2015!

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