Breath of the Wild: E3 Hands-On Impressions

imageConsidering that we are nearly a month removed from E3 2016, I’m — admittedly — skirting the edge of timeliness here. Heck, I’m probably well past it. In any case, I had the opportunity to spend about half an hour with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at this year’s expo.

Going into the show, Link’s next adventure was just about the only game on my mind. I mean, I was looking forward to other titles, but my drive to attend E3 for the first time stemmed mostly from the chance to experience the future of Hyrule. Head past the jump to check out my full thoughts on what was unveiled!

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Meet the Roster of the 2016 Zelda Dungeon Informer Marathon

marathon_victory1 We have an all star cast of players for the Zelda Dungeon Informer Marathon for this year! We’ve grown the team this year again and wanted to give a little introduction to who you’ll be watching when the marathon starts on July 16th at 3AM US Central time. The Zelda Dungeon and Zelda Informer team spans the globe, and we’ve got a good mix of Central US, Eastern US and Canadian members who will be making an appearance at the marathon. If you have a favorite ZD or ZI team member you’d like to follow along during the marathon, check out what games they will be playing at the marathon this year! Be sure to check us out on our Twitch page!

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This Is Why You Should Watch Twilight Princess HD At This Year’s Marathon

1447382104-the-legend-of-zelda-twilight-princess-hd-logoWe’re stepping into HD with Twilight Princess this year!

We will be unified under one platform for Twilight Princess HD this year. We can finally retire the scratched up disc that killed Trevor’s Twilight Princess race against Caleb from a few years back. Gone will be the funky resolutions of using both the Wii version and GameCube version on one stream. Everything will be the same resolution with the crispiness of Twilight Princess HD (On the Vizio D Series.) The amount of Wii U’s that will be hooked up is going to compete with the power requirements we needed last year for our Twilight Princess run. In case you forgot we had a whopping 9 players in last year’s marathon! We’re tacking one extra player onto the roster this year for an astounding 10 players playing Twilight Princess HD head to head for a ludicrous amount of time. This race has the potential to steal the show this year.

Last year’s race was an absolute blast because of the sheer craziness that happened once every player started the game. To keep things ultra competitive we will be eliminating players as they fall behind in the boss battles and other events in the game. To see the epic race from last year take a look at the highlight from our Twitch channel. Read more…

Zelda Dungeon Talks: What Do You Think Breath Of The Wild’s New Amiibo Will Do?

Within all the brilliance of Breath Of The Wild’s E3 show, Nintendo managed to make it even better by giving us new amiibo. So far we have seen Link, Horseback Link and a Guardian. We also got to see the function that the Wolf Link amiibo would have in the new games and I must say it’s a pretty awesome feature to have Wolf Link alongside you to help out. We have still yet to hear about any functionality of the new amiibos so its time for our team to speculate.

In this week’s edition of Zelda Dungeon Talks, the ZD team will share with us their opinion on the topic. As always, feel free to share your own opinion in the comments section. Read more…

This Is Why You Should Watch Tri Force Heroes At This Year’s Marathon

zelda-tri-force-heroes-49I’ve already stated that the sleeper hit game of this year’s marathon will be Tri Force Heroes. Tri Force Heroes is a fun experimental game that is difficult to experience to it’s full potential. It’s similar in many regards to Four Swords Adventures because it requires multiple players with multiple sets of hardware to play it to maximum potential.

If you play Tri Force Heroes just as a solo experience it can be very frustrating and necessarily difficult to complete due to the Dopple mechanic. It’s tough to get two other friends to sit down and play Tri Force Heroes who are only familiar with the single player mode, and playing online can be laggy due to Internet connectivity or can be even more frustrating because other players may not take the game as seriously as you are trying to. To provide the best possible viewing experience we will be capturing three separate 3DS inputs with every player’s display being shown. We have captured all of the player’s screens for Four Swords Adventures, Four Swords, and Tetra’s Trackers but this is our first year of playing Tri Force Heroes so we want to do things in a big way! We’ve upped the amount of 3DS capture cards this year to accommodate our four player Ocarina of Time race which gives us enough capture card 3DS systems to bring Green, Blue and Red Link together for everyone to see. Read more…

This Is Why You Should Watch A Link to the Past At This Year’s Marathon

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We’re going to have two races this year!

At the ZDi Marathon this year we’re going to be mixing things up yet again for A Link to the Past. In previous years of the marathon we have raced A Link to the Past with six or more players which created an incredibly fun and hectic competition. The wrinkle to the race was throwing a ton of players together and doling out punishments for the amount of money we raised during the race. This led to some hysterical antics like sending Mases out to McDonalds for a fast food trip, and having to do pushups, or having Blake play with his feet! The wild card was how much the chat favored a certain player, or how much they wanted to punish a player that gained the ire of the viewers.

That’s not going away this year, but there will be some changes. To make the race closer we will be having some of the not as experienced Link to the Past players competing in the ‘Mario Kart’ style complete with punishments and the like. To supplement this, we will be having another race which will be a 100% completion race between the Link to the Past veterans; Bomby, Blake and Mases. The pros will be completing the game with incredible efficiency and clear the game incredibly fast. For a glimpse at what to expect, take a look at Bomby’s recent run of the game that was broadcasted on the Zelda Dungeon Twitch channel.

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The Importance of One-Offs in Zelda

RabbitLinkOne-Off: noun. Something occurring, done, or made only once.

For being relatively common, one-offs are rarely given any spotlight in the Zelda franchise. This is unfair; the importance of singular moments with different mechanics or a different tone from the rest of the game cannot be understated. From the Romani Ranch side quest in Majora’s Mask to The Sand Sea in Skyward Sword, I’m going to take a look at some of my favorite unique moments from the history of The Legend of Zelda and briefly show their importance in the game as a whole.

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ZD Top 5 – New Elements of Breath of the Wild

zelda-breath-of-the-wild-0007-1500x844E3 has come to a close, and we are pretty much overflowing with information on Breath of the Wild. There is a lot to go through, and a lot of streams and player demos have revealed sweet new details about the game to get excited for. But with so much to think about, what are you most hyped for? This week, the ZD team has taken a look at their favorite parts of this epic upcoming game, at least that we know about so far. Make sure to drop your own lists in the comments, so we can see what all of you are excited to see in the newest Zelda adventure!

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ZD Top 5 – Fan Theories

zelda-majoras-mask-89-moonThe Zelda series isn’t particularly well known for its characters’ secret purposes being coded in complex metaphor, but, when one looks a bit deeper into the lore surrounding Hyrule, there are a number of treasures to be found. The Zelda theorizing community is quite active, even thirty years into the franchise’s life. In this week’s ZD Top 5, some of our staff members count down their five favorite theories.
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ZDi Marathon 2016 Hype

marathon_setFirst and foremost, the most fun at the marathons is talking with the viewers and hearing everyone’s Zelda stories. Zelda Dungeon and Zelda Informer have fans all over the globe and it’s great to hear where people are from, and to experience why we are all such big fans of the Legend of Zelda series. The turnout from the fans is incredibly encouraging and seeing viewers get involved and invested in the live stream is a huge morale boost when you’re on your fifth energy drink trying to beat someone at Ocarina of Time at one in the morning. Coming together with the Zelda Dungeon and Zelda Informer staff members in the house is an incredible experience that the live stream can’t fully convey. It’s amazing to be a part of the marathon and you really get to know the people you are essentially living with for upwards of a week. There is a common bond between all of the staff members and it has created some lifelong friendships where we try to get everything we can in while we’re all under the same roof. Keep in mind that the staff at Zelda Dungeon and Zelda Informer spans across a few countries and states in the US so we don’t get the chance to see each other very often.

This blurb is a quick preview into what I personally love about the marathon and the experiences I have had there in 2015 in Chicago and in 2013 in Mississippi. I briefly touch on my favorite things about the marathon and the games I’m looking forward to this year. It’s amazing how each year offers something new to do and allows us to flex our creativity. Read more…

Zelda Dungeon Talks: What Are Your Thoughts On The New Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Footage?

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 11.28.52 AMYesterday, Nintendo kicked off their E3 presentation with a little bit of torture, as they made all of the Zelda fans around the world, and on the show floor wait just a little bit longer before we were able to feast our eyes on the new Zelda title. But I have to say once they opened up that spectacular new world for all of us to enjoy, I for one was not disappointed! My eyes couldn’t get enough, that HUGE, vast and lush open world truly blew my mind. The possibilities, oh the possibilities are endless, the hunting, gathering, cooking, shrines, weapons… I seriously felt like a kid in a candy store, I want it all! This could truly shatter every known concept of a Zelda game, and we have a name, finally we have a name!!!!!!!! What an epic adventure awaits, a true adventure, where everyone will experience it differently and solve puzzles differently, endless, I say, endless. I died, put me in a cryogenic state and wake me up in 2017!

But what do my partners have to say about all of this? On this weeks Zelda Dungeon Talks, we felt it fitting to find out; What are your thoughts on the new Zelda: Breath of the Wild footage? Jump in past the break to see what the team has to say and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below! Read more…

Zelda Dungeon Talks: What Future Zelda Merchandise Deals Should Nintendo Engage In?

Hey everyone and welcome to the latest Zelda Dungeon Talks. Not too long ago, Nintendo partnered with the company Vans in order to make retro gaming themed shoes, backpacks, t-shirts and more. This early Nintendo themed merchandise is decorated with icons such as Link, Mario and Duck Hunt. Today we focus on more Zelda themed merchandise. The Zelda franchise is quite a popular one and there is a lot to gain in manufacturing Zelda themed merch, for both Nintendo and the company participating in the deal. So what do you guys think? Should Nintendo partner up with any more companies for merchandise deals?

In this week’s edition of Zelda Dungeon Talks various staff members will share with us whether or not they believe Nintendo should engage in any future merchandise deals. As always feel free to share your own opinion in the comments section. Read more…

ZD Top 5 – Graveyards

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For having so few people, the Zelda games sure do feature a lot of graveyards. I don’t know if a case of plague swept through recently, but there seem to be as many headstones as there are denizens of Hyrule. Regardless of these seemingly unsustainable demographic trends, Graveyards have provided some neat things to do as well as a unique spooky aura in a number of Zelda games, and in today’s ZD Top; our staffers recount five of their favorites.

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Zelda Dungeon Talks: How Could Use of the 3DS Be Implemented in The New Zelda Game?

3ds-majora-frontThe idea of the 3Ds being somehow implemented into the new Zelda game isn’t something that I have heard talked about much. While it isn’t likely that the 3DS will be used in the new game, there are a few interesting ways in which it could be used.  An idea that I had while thinking about it was that a second player could be there as a mobile sheikah stone as well as add a few extra item slots the main player. There are many more possibilities so make the jump to find out what our staff members think.

In this week’s edition of Zelda Dungeon Talks various staff members will share with us there opinion on the topic. As always feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments section.  Read more…

Gossip Stone: What Significance Will Epona Have in Zelda Wii U?

Link_and_Epona_(Ocarina_of_Time)After Skyward Sword introduced a flying-based overworld, where the player uses Loftwings to travel from place to place, a number of longtime fans (especially after dealing with Skyward Sword‘s rather bland overworld) wished to be back on the ground with Link’s most trusted steed: Epona. None can deny that Zelda’s most famous methods of travel, beyond Link and his slow little feet, is Epona, the age-old horse that is making her latest appearance in Zelda Wii U’s new open world. That being said, the last game that featured her, Twilight Princess, had her making several meaningful appearances, and even a few battles alongside Link. Will she be as important in this new title, and if so, how?

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