Author: Andrew Millard

Gooey’s Dungeon Dive, a long-running series of video essays by Zelda Dungeon’s Gooey Fame, enters its ninth season! Over previous seasons, Gooey has dug into a wide array of The Legend of Zelda‘s collection of dungeons. For this kick off, things are a bit different. An analysis of Outset Island as a dungeon might not scan at first. It’s beautiful there! Link has a loving sister and doting grandmother. What could possibly be dungeon-like about it? Well, as anyone who’s…

Studson Studio makes highly entertaining DIY videos. As a crafter and miniaturist, his game and movie projects range from being strictly on-model to extremely odd takes. His latest is staunchly the latter. With his confident mix of blatant puns, clever editing, and subtle audio cues, Studson narrates this somewhat creepy project into a genuinely hilarious watch. Even if he never really digs into where the inspiration came from. Fans of Studson Studio will pick up on some recurring in-jokes about…

There are myriad ways to complete a game. From just plain getting to the end credits, all the way to taking zero damage while blindfolded. Me, I’m somewhere between those points on the spectrum. Zelda games usually captivate me to the point that I need to uncover every secret and break every pot. But not always. However, even among the Zelda titles where I don’t shoot for 100% completion, there’s one side quest I will always finish: Filling out two…

As we tick down the interminable wait for the sequel to Breath of The Wild, why not make what we already have more interesting? The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild has been unofficially playable on PC basically since launch. PC gamers have enjoyed years of extra tweaks, add-ons, and even full-fat story content for the five-year old game. Now, Waikuteru, one of the biggest names in the Breath of The Wild modding community, is set to release a…

First 4 Figures, UK-based purveyors of high-end collectibles shared some exciting news earlier this week via Twitter: An all new statue of Mipha from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild is on the way! For now, details are scant. The short video that accompanies the announcement shows off an impressively detailed likeness of the Zora princess. As this is a teaser, the statue is only shown from one angle, and not in full view. To be clear, this…

It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this. *Hands player a full strategy guide*. Zelda games have always struck me as puzzlers first and foremost. Whether the puzzles are discreet, progress-blocking, or simply geographic,  they often serve as codas to combat and exploration. Given the rhythm of your average Zelda game, I tend to think of them as their own reward. Not only are they fun, you have to work to uncover a puzzle before trying to solve it. Even better:…

The victorious moment in The Wind Waker took me by complete surprise. The Saturday morning cartoon style of the game made that last stab stand out so starkly that I know my chin dropped. Everything leading up to the killing stroke was kid-friendly. And I suppose, as sanitized as The Wind Waker‘s cel shading is, so was Ganon’s death. And yet, a sword to the forehead can’t be ignored, even if it’s bloodless and candy-colored. For a series as welcoming…

A great new comic series called Radiant Black recently finished its first arc to critical acclaim. In response, Games Radar republished an interesting article about fickle super hero comics audiences. It got me thinking about what it takes a series like The Legend of Zelda to keep its fanbase coming back, while still staying fresh and also attracting new players. With Breath of the Wild 2 on the horizon for the last two years, I realized – and have admitted…

More than most long-running series, I think Zelda fans of all ages get their start with older games. I used to be able to guess how old a fellow fan might be based on what game they played first. Not anymore. This got me thinking: How do you best like to experience games that were released on older hardware? Fans must make that decision a lot these days, since the possibilities could just about fill a roadside diner’s menu. The…

Back when the only way you could watch other people play video games was to be on the couch with them, my friend convinced me to dust off my SNES. That was crazy talk. Retro gaming wasn’t really a thing yet. You didn’t go backwards! I’d packed it up in favor of my family’s new N64 two years earlier. It was Mario Kart 64 and Turok all day! But he knew a dirty little secret of mine: I’d never finished…