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The Zelda series exists in a flexible pocket of fantasy that allows it to seamlessly integrate odd personalities, mysticism, technology, and all matter of monsters in-game. The teams behind each title do a great job of blending different elements into a particular game’s setting, so it isn’t often that I come across something in a Zelda game that makes me do a double-take. However, there are a few exceptions when it comes to characters, vehicles, enemies, and secret rooms.  Let’s…

The Wind Waker has a reputation as one of the best games on the Nintendo GameCube and Wii U. With smooth gameplay, a wonderful musical score, and a magnificent story, the game is an absolute classic. While this title often embraces a sense of unbridled joy and wild adventure, it also includes one of the saddest moments in the franchise: the heartbreaking goodbye between Link, Tetra, and the King of Hyrule. Punctuated by the haunting, piano driven piece known as…

Metal Gear!? To hear those words uttered in a Zelda game would give me no end of joy, but then, I’m a big fan of stealthy games and Tactical Espionage Action. But after kicking around the idea, I realized that Zelda has a plethora of stealthy sections spread out in the series for us to dissect and discuss. Come hang with us as we talk Gerudo Valley, Silent Realms, the Yiga Clan Hideout, the Forsaken Fortress, and more as we…

As the infamous King of Evil and arch-nemesis of Link, Ganondorf has committed numerous atrocities in the Zelda series, including the attempted genocide of the Gorons and nearly driving the Zora to extinction. If you’re curious, check out a full list of the Gerudo King’s crimes here. It’s nearly impossible to imagine someone so malicious having any possibility of redemption; but perhaps the character of Ganondorf is more complicated than he appears. As explained in Skyward Sword, Ganondorf is the…

Face masks have become commonplace in many parts of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they come in many varieties. It’s not uncommon to see masks featuring different designs, and many artists from sites like Etsy have taken to making their own, including a variety with Zelda designs. These washable cotton masks by BornTubieHeroes feature classic art from Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess and include elastic ear loops. They even include filter pockets, though actual filters are not included. Each…

In addition to the Spirits and the Smash Ball, one of the most iconic items in the Super Smash Bros. series is the invitation envelope. First introduced in the E3 2013 trailer for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, this small envelope with a red seal means that a higher power (ie. Sakurai) has chosen a particular character to be a part of the legacy of this long-running fighting franchise. It has even been used more often in character reveal…

It’s that time again, everyone! The Zelda Dungeon Caption Contest is kicking off! In coming up with a good image for this week’s contest, I started thinking about the hardest working characters in the Zelda series. Ganondorf works pretty hard to take over Hyrule, and Link works equally as hard to foil those plans. But, in the end, I believe the Goron miners of Breath of the Wild participate in the most laborious lifestyle in all of Zelda. This week’s…

Mases and Gooey’s trek through Twilight Princess continues in Zelda Warfare! In this episode, the hosts challenge themselves to a pacifist run through the Goron Mines. Well, a pacifist run of sorts, as Mases and Gooey are only allowed to kill the Beamos Statues, Dangoro, and of course the dungeon boss, Fyrus. Mases is now in the lead with three points, having bested Gooey in the previous episode’s challenge, which was a race to defeat King Bulbin. Will Gooey lessen…

The Legend of Zelda is widely known for its music, but did you know that there was once a full orchestra that toured and played pieces of the beloved music? The Symphony of the Goddesses was toured from 2012 until 2017 and had three different tours aptly named for the Zelda series: The Original Season, Second Quest, and Master Quest. The tour evolved from the 25th anniversary concert series and became known as The Symphony of the Goddesses. The orchestra…

The success of Nintendo’s remake of Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch has understandably piqued the curiosity of longtime fans. What other games from the handheld era could be ported, remastered, or even completely remade for the Switch? Even traditionalists (like myself), who feel a nostalgic need to play the DX version must acknowledge the awe of seeing the game brought to life on a television screen. Calls have been many for a similar revival of beloved classics like The…