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If there is anything I learned from the music courses I took in college and my brief stint in trying to compose video game soundtracks, it’s that music is complicated. The entire process is a unique mix of both creative freedom and the logical underpinnings of music theory. Even as someone who doesn’t fancy themselves a composer, I find joy in understanding music and why it makes me feel a certain way. This comes double for orchestrations I hold dear,…

Although Hyrule has been host to many common household pets, such as dogs and cats, there are also a variety of animals unique to the series that you perhaps would want to take care of as one of your own. Despite their nocturnal tendencies, perhaps you would like a Remlit as a pet, the creatures from Skyward Sword with the ears of a mouse, the tail of a raccoon, and the behavior of a cat. Maybe you like the Keaton…

Skyward Sword is on all of our minds again following its recent release on the Switch. This rang true for Adam from North of the Border Craftworks, who channeled his anticipatory energy into meticulously recreating Skyloft in miniature form for his Tiny Nerdy Thing series. In his step-by-step video of the creation process, Adam demonstrates every tiny detail that went into making this impressive little sculpture. Those looking for a new art project or simply want to admire the art…

The Olympics opening ceremony is a time during the games wherein the hosting country gets to show pride in their country and culture. Considering what we saw from the handover at the Rio Olympics, it seemed that Nintendo would be heavily featured during Tokyo’s games. If you watched the opening ceremony this year, however, you may have noticed the lack of Nintendo’s presence, and you may have been a little disappointed, especially when thinking of that iconic appearance from Shinzo…

Combat has come a long way since the original The Legend of Zelda for the NES. Combat originally required only one button for the sword and another to use an equipped item. For awhile after, combat evolved steadily. The spin attack was introduced in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and eventually special techniques would also appear in games like Twilight Princess and The Minish Cap. Overall though, combat in Zelda was fairly simple up until the Wii’s release. With Twilight…

Throughout the Zelda series, Fairy Fountains have served as places of respite and relaxation. Often concealed underground or within dank caves, these hidden grottos tend to be filled with fluttering, friendly faces, while maintaining a sense of mystery and obscurity. The difficult balance of those feelings has been struck perfectly by this vocal and harp cover of the “Fairy Fountain” theme, sung by Jillian Aversa with Harpsona accompanying on harp. Iconic and instantly recognizable, “Fairy Fountain” has appeared in the majority…

Bosses — these magnificent monsters or sinister sneaks are the principle threat awaiting Link at the end of each dungeon. They often guard a magical Macguffin that is required to save Hyrule from the forces of evil. Many in the Zelda community have spoken at length about the designs and difficulty levels of the various bosses, however, the locations where these monsters are battled are not as often discussed. Granted, there is not much in the way of spatial variety…

Link’s Awakening is one of the most charming, unique, and memorable games in the series. Even before its 2019 facelift for the Switch, it was routinely ranked in some people’s top handful of games in the series. Part of the game’s charm comes from the characters and locations across Koholint Island, and one notable character is Old Man Ulrira, who will talk to Link over the telephone at various spots across the island. You can visit him in his actual…

Despite the criticism, divisive opinions, and underwhelming sales of the original Wii launch, after only 10 days, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has already sold enough copies to land the game at 3rd place on Amazon’s best sellers of 2021. The remastered adventure is placed just behind Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. But with the game being released just over a week ago and with the numbers are still rising, this new release could…

The first playthrough of an amazing game is something spectacular. Think back to the first time you played your favorite Zelda game. Remember how exciting it was to discover new locations, find secrets, and defeat new enemies? The first time playing a good game is an adventure all its own where you become familiar with not only the world of the game, but with its mechanics and gameplay. It is an exciting playthrough full of surprise, fueled by curiosity, where…