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There exist a few special video games that have established a formula and brand so strong that they are now considered their own genre. Classic games like Rogue and Metroid / Castlevania are so unique, and their formulas so instantly recognizable, that any clone, imitator, or inspired / derivative work belongs to the genre defined by those classic games’ success. This is why genres like Roguelikes and Metroidvanias have been accepted into modern gaming vernacular. Does The Legend of Zelda…

Welcome to Zelda Dungeon’s Inspired By Zelda Week! It was my pleasure to kick the proceedings off with a piece I wrote about Blossom Tales, but we decided that wasn’t enough – we wanted to you the (listener? reader? both?) straight to the source of the magic! Joining us this week is Rob Maher, developer, programmer, artist, and general jack-of-all-trades, to talk some Blossom Tales! We talk about future sequels that may or may not involve Shrek, how the Blossom…

The days of 2D, top-down console Zelda games could very well be over.   It’s hard to imagine that Nintendo would go back from a sweeping epic such as Breath of the Wild to the more traditional, quainter games that the 2D Zelda titles tend to be. With the Nintendo 3DS’s lifespan nearing the end of its run, it’s not hard to imagine that without a smaller platform to put a game like that on, we might not see a…

Happy Monday, everyone! In case you haven’t heard, today we’re kicking off a brand new themed week at Zelda Dungeon called Inspired By Zelda. All week long, we’ll be highlighting Zelda-Likes, Zelda Clones, and games that otherwise contain some Zelda DNA. The Caption Contest seems to be taking the term “Zelda Clone” quite literally though, as a dark Zelda doppelganger has attacked our favorite princess. We’re also be announcing the winners from last week’s special prize bag contest, so let’s…

One of the more recent flavors of the month in entertainment has been the concept of escape rooms. What’s as thrilling as spending an hour or few trying to figure out how to avoid certain doom and get out of a nasty situation with your friends or some strangers? Though the idea of an escape room isn’t necessarily completely original, the popularity of films such as Saw have seen the rise in creation of said rooms for entertainment purposes. Such rooms…

Get excited everyone. Following in the footsteps of past themed weeks such as Dungeon Week, an introspective look into some of the dungeons featured in The Legend of Zelda series with different writers offering their own personal stories and analysis, to Music Week, a celebration of the outstanding and iconic tunes found in the Zelda series that featured our Top 50 Zelda tracks ever, comes the next themed week: Inspired By Zelda Zelda has transcended being a simple video game…

Across several games, time travel is an important component of the story. Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Oracle of Ages, and Skyward Sword all utilize aspects of time travel to tell their stories, and they all do it well. Each game takes advantage of the unique situations that time traveling can bring, influencing the characters and the story significantly as a result. Even on a smaller scale, time travel reappears in Twilight Princess, and while it is largely for the…

Zelda Challenge is our show where Kevin and Gooey debate a topic relating to The Legend of Zelda. Then we ask our fans to vote in a poll and let us know who you thought won the debate! It’s OG vs Iconic! Kevin believes that the Boomerang from Link’s Awakening is the best trading sequence reward while Gooey is a supporter of the Biggoron’s Sword. Which one of these OP items will be the victor? We want to know who…

Welcome to Cave of Trials 36: The Sage Shakeup! Last week, Andy put his job of CoT General Manager on the line. Midna survived the gauntlet of opponents, including one particularly hard fought battle from Princess Zelda, and finally brought that #HEELSpiteri to his end! Now that that feud has been put to bed, I will be your new GM. First of all, congratulations to Midna for the performance she put on last week. Winning that gauntlet of matches was…

There is no shortage of distinct and inventive arrangements of songs from the Legend of Zelda series, and best selling composer Rozen is back with a new album, Ballads of Hyrule, to add to this great pantheon. Ballads of Hyrule (out now digitally) is a collection of orchestral arrangements from the Legend of Zelda series, envisioned in the artist’s own words as a “relaxing environment for your ears, while it takes you on a night walk across the lands of Hyrule”. Rozen’s album includes…