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Chapter Seven: Aftermath “Link, get up.” Link opened his eyes. He found himself lying on his back in the middle of a void. He stood up, noting that the pain he felt when his arm broke was gone and that the arm itself was completely healed. His guard outfit wasn’t stained with dirt and dust, and it didn’t show any signs he was in a fight. He could perfectly see everything he was wearing, almost as if there was light all…

Mewmore, a YouTuber who does remixes of video game music, has recently uploaded a cover of Ocarina of Time’s “Main Theme”. This version opens with a slower piano chord than the original, which allows the instrument to mimic the original’s stringed instrument that accompanied the piano. Mewmore has a simple guitar chord accompany the piano. From there, instead of the original “Main Theme’s” simple ocarina tune that has the previously mentioned piano and strings as soft background music, Mewmore uses a…

There’s a special place in my heart for the Game Boy Zelda titles. Link’s Awakening, Oracle of Ages, and Oracle of Seasons not only proved that the magic and excitement of The Legend of Zelda could flourish on a portable system, but they also cultivated a unique identity all their own. For those like me that may want to relive the glory days of these Game Boy classics, Nintendo Wire on YouTube recently released an animation video that recreates the…

Think back, if you can, to your first experience with a Zelda game. For me, this was Skyward Sword, around 7 years ago (I’m just a baby, okay?). The freedom of adventure intrigued me, and having a huge open world to explore (bear in mind this was my first experience with a Zelda game) was an incredible feeling. Eventually, though, I bored of not knowing exactly what to do or where to go. This sense of hopelessness was detrimental to…

When planning the Inspired By Zelda themed week, the staff here at Zelda Dungeon had a bit of difficulty deciding on a name that would best represent the games that we wanted to showcase. We asked ourselves: what name best describes games that share, in some way, that Zelda DNA? Do we call them Zelda-likes? Zelda doppelgangers? Zelda clones…? That last suggestion was met with swift disapproval by our staff. Something about the term “Zelda clone” did not convey the…

It’s no secret that we are some of the most die hard Legend of Zelda fans you could ever meet. When I was younger, and maybe slightly stupid, I thought “Why the heck aren’t there more games like this?” Little did I know that the series had and would inspire a slew of other games like it inspired me. One of the best things about playing these games is when you can feel how much love the creators have for the…

So, you’ve set out to create your own video game. No simple feat. Your own story, your own characters, so many game mechanics to play with, and your own world in your hands, just waiting to be brought to the screen. That seems a bit like a daunting task. Sometimes, it’s easier to start with what you know, and, as you are reading this, I feel it is safe to say you are at least somewhat familiar with The Legend…

A journey across a beautiful and dangerous land. An evil only you can destroy. A companion that helps you discover and achieve your destiny. As a kid who grew up playing Ocarina of Time for hours on end, the three fore-mentioned components became a road map to many of my favorite games of all time. My interested in action adventure games was sparked by The Legend of Zelda series but it led me to discover several games that took inspiration…

The Legend of Zelda is renowned for its creative puzzles and the sheer variety of mind-bending challenges throughout the entire series. It often feels as though every game has a new puzzle that the player has not seen before. At the same time, there are certain puzzles that feel familiar but offer new challenges, building upon skills mastered earlier in an adventure. As the Zelda series’ continues to lead the charge on puzzle-solving challenges, other games have naturally followed in its footsteps to…

It’s hard these days to come up with a new idea for a video game. It’s even harder to come up with unique gameplay mechanics. In late 2013, determined game designer Alex Preston embraced both these facts when he began a Kickstarter for Hyper Light Drifter under his own producer name as Heart Machine. It was an ambitious project intended to pay homage to video games of the 8-bit and 16-bit era. From the early stages of its development, Preston has stated that Hyper…