Admittedly, when The Wind Waker was released back in 2003, I was not a fan. My first look at it was as a twenty minute demo on the Zelda Collector’s Edition my siblings and I got for Christmas when I was ten. At the time, I had just finished playing through Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask–my second and third Zelda games ever–and the concept of a ‘Toon Link’ was so bizarre to me, the switch in worlds so monumental that, as a ten-year-old, I irrationally decided to reject the game entirely. It wasn’t until I was much older and the HD remake was released that I decided to give the game another chance, and found that I actually really liked it. In fact, it has, up until this point, become one of my favorite Zelda titles and I find myself replaying it every four-six months; almost as much as I replay Ocarina of Time.
Beyond the jump is a video where the guys at IGN explain this common occurrence throughout the fanbase. That, in the last twelve years since The Wind Waker‘s initial release, fans have converted from hating the change in Zelda’s direction, to absolutely adoring it and eager for more re-releases of favorite Zelda titles.
Other than the clearly enhanced visuals and audio of the game, there were a few changes Nintendo made to Wind Waker during its HD revamp that changed quite a deal. One of the features they had cut from the game entirely was the connectivity between the GameCube system and the Gameboy Advanced systems- allowing the player to use the Tingle Tuner for various features, such as letting Link hover or simply keeping him alive altogether. I had a few ideas about this in the past that could’ve worked, so if you’re interested in reading into it more, be sure to tune in past the jump!
Yesterday we shared that Capcom had just announced several new collaborations for their upcoming title, Monster Hunter X releasing in Japan on November 28. Among the new collaborations was a special Felyne Link costume from The Wind Waker, where the kitties will be able to garb themselves in the image of Link. Now Capcom has released a couple of screenshots and art to give you an even better idea of how the Felyne’s will look in their new digs.
YouTube channel Mariachi Entertainment System has recently uploaded a new cover for the Dragon Roost Island theme from The Wind Waker. The channel is dedicated to spreading the word about Mexican culture and mariachi through covers of various video game music and has recently gone through a little rebranding of sorts. The Dragon Roost Island theme is a very highly represented song for covers and this one lends a unique twist to the music. Jump on in past the break to give it a listen and see what you think.
With all of the coverage on Tri Force Heroes that has been going on of late it has been a little bit since we shared a quality Zelda inspired cover with you. Just any cover would not do, so I searched for what I thought was a pretty spectacular one to share with you. 72Hours Remaining is a musical project with two seasoned guitarist and a love for The Legend of Zelda. In their latest cover they do an amazing job on the End Credits for The Wind Waker, it seriously brought back quite a few memories for me and now I feel like I need to replay the game once again!
In one of his recent videos Celestial Fury decided to do a metal cover of the Dragon Roost Island theme. It is done well and both Zelda and metal fans should enjoy this cover. Starting with a calm piano opening it makes a smooth transition into guitar and makes for a good listen.
Throughout the Zelda series, we’ve seen Link duke it out with Ganondorf on several occasions- each fight with its own means of strategy and mechanics. However, there are a couple that I would like to show off, as they are -no doubt- a couple of my favorite boss fights in video games. But of course, that led me to also wanting to hear about your opinions- so after I’m done showing these fights to you guys, I’d love to hear what your favorite fights are, right after the jump! (Some Spoilers Ahead?)
Ever wanted to bring a little of The Wind Waker into Super Smash Bros.? Now for the first time since Super Smash Bros. Brawl you can pick up some DLC that features the Pirate Ship stage from The Wind Waker. Currently this new DLC is only available for the Wii U, and features the Pirate Ship and all the weather and storms that you remember from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Never fear, the King of Red Lions is there too! Jump on in past the break to get a head-to-head comparison of the stage from Brawl vs. the new DLC for the Wii U, courtesy of GameXplain!
Heroes are tough. Monsters, dungeons, combat, travelling, survival – a hero, especially one in Hyrule, has a lot to contend with. But what about those they leave behind? As hard as it must be to go out on an unknowable quest to save a princess, or the world, or in this specific case your sister, the people who care about you must be worried beyond belief, and sometimes, that might just be too much to handle. Few characters close to Link display this level of personal strife better than the caring old woman on Outset Island that waited for her grandson to come back home with his lost sister for so long.
Hit the jump to join me in looking back on the sad tale of Link’s Grandmother. Read more…
It’s not very often that we hear Zelda cover songs with fan lyrics. It’s even less often than that when we find someone willing to make a tutorial and show their step by step creative process. YouTube user Josiah McDaniel has given his audience both of these with his cover of the Great Sea theme from The Wind Waker. Make the jump to check them out!
Of the Zelda fan base’s many questions regarding the future of the series, one arguably stands above the rest: should Zelda take on a Metroidvania-style system of progression? It’s a question worth pondering; the Zelda series has toed, and occasionally stepped on either side of, the line between linearity and difficulty progression. Transplanting some elements of Samus and Simon’s best adventures could potentially solve both of these problems, right? I couldn’t disagree more. In this article, I outline the many reasons as to why Zelda games shouldn’t take cues from the Metroidvania genre.
This is part one of a two-part exploration of whether or not the Zelda series should adopt the main ideas of Metroidvania games. Read more…
There have been many very inspired covers of various songs from The Wind Waker of late, and today we have another fantastic little tune for you. The YouTube channel, MusicByPedro has recently uploaded a new cover inspired by The Wind Waker’s Outset Island using a flute and saxophone. The YouTube channel specializes in Game Covers, Pop Covers, Parodies, as well as original songs. The upbeat tempo of the Outset Island theme lend very well to the instruments chosen for this cover and I think it might even make the tune even more peppy than usual — if that is even possible.
Head past the jump t see what you think of this cover of Outset Island.
The Legend of Zelda series is infamous for having many goodies to be discovered along your journey, and heart pieces are one of those things that many of us are desperate to hunt down. Guides like what you can find here at Zelda Dungeon are immensely helpful in those searches, but now you have a new tool at your disposal! Trident Group has created an app to help you not only track down all of those important little heart pieces but it even helps you keep track of the ones you have already found! The app separates the heart pieces by game and gives you the total count of pieces you must collect in each one. Once you have chosen a specific title the app then gives you the list of all the locations where each piece can be found, after you have selected the location it provides you with the specifics of exactly where you can find the piece in question, and any special requirements there might be to acquire them. Once you have located your prize you can use the app to save the ones you have found. This really helps you keep track of all the heart pieces you have already located, and the ones that are still eluding you. The app just released this month an is available on the app store for free.
Head past the break to check out a few screenshots of what you can expect.
In most Zelda games, you’ll find a specific pattern repeated throughout every dungeon. One of these being the mini-boss of each dungeon and usually, they’re pretty easy to defeat (unless they have something more complicated to them). You can even find them outside of dungeons! There are tons of mini-bosses, sometimes some are brought from a previous installment to another. But the question here is: Which is your favorite? To read more into it, hit the jump to check it out!