Posts in category: The Wind Waker

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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Artist creates Wind Waker Stained Glass Cross-Stitch

Zelda-outside-1000x667The beautiful stained glass from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has been recreated in cross-stitch, crafted by user Eponases. This 37,446-stitch design was created using thread, each small unit of color was stitched meticulously by hand. The stained glass design is iconic, embodying the art style and beauty of The Wind Waker. To see the amazing stained glass window project up close, hit the jump to take a look! Read more…

Fan Creates Replica Wind Waker Shields

WWS2With plenty of fantastic hand made Legend of Zelda merchandise out there, it’s not difficult to find your favourite item, tunic or gear made and brought to life somewhere around the world. This rings true for most Zelda games across the franchise, spanning many items and gear alike. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker hosts many of those great items that fans love to replicate and make real. This could be due to the unique cel-shaded style of graphics, or perhaps the fact that Toon Link just might be the cutest Hero ever. Imgur user sorenKalla has hand made both the Hero’s Shield and Mirror Shield from Wind Waker that are near perfect replicas.

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Piece of Heart: Flights of Fancy

maxresdefault (1) Welcome to the ninth 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 “Flights of Fancy”. This chapter could be wholly devoted to Skyward Sword since the name itself implies a departure from land, but instead we’ll examine literal, figurative, and ironic instances of flight that occur throughout the Zelda series.

The Legend of Zelda has a great variety of aerial crafts; from loftwings, to warp tunes, to cuccos, to canons, to carpets, to feathers, to broomsticks, and everything in between! And while the mode of flight is important, whether or not it’s a bumpy ride makes all the difference.

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LEGO Ideas Project: King of Red Lions Play Set

IMG_34441 Remember LEGOs? Those fun little building blocks from childhood that always seemed to get lost and that the internet now regards as the equivalent to spiked-footfalls in video games? Building with those was always a good time to test one’s creativity as the kits were rarely finished as desired; it was more about the adventure than the finished product. As it turns out, Zelda fans love adventures, because there is once again a Zelda LEGO set doing exceptionally well in LEGO Ideas. This time around it’s a “King of Red Lions Play Set” that contains Link, Tetra, and pieces to build the King of Red Lions, Chu-chus, an island, and an enemy ship. The project already has 9,265 supporters out of the needed 10,000 and there are 23 days left to get the remaining supporters and be considered by LEGO for actual production.

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Analysis of the Evolution of Princess Zelda’s 3D Models

z3d Video game graphics have improved immensely over the years and The Legend of Zelda is a prime example of its growth, beginning with 8-bit sprites and transitioning to fully animated 3D models. And there’s no doubt that 3D animation has come a mighty long way since Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64. Imgur user, game designer, and 3D artist John Guerra was thus inspired to pick-apart the workings of five 3D Princess Zelda models. The jump in resolution from Ocarina of Time to Twilight Princess in terms of polygonal faces is shocking, and the animation textures in Skyward Sword explain why its graphics were simpler than its predecessor’s. To see the full analysis, hit the jump!

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