Author: Kora Burton

I’ve watched plenty of Let’s Plays and tutorials in my time as a gaming enthusiast, especially with so many games on my bucket list I know I’ll never have the time to truly dive into. But getting to see original debugging footage of a game I’ve already played? That’s a first for me! In their recent video “Leaked ZELDA: MAJORA’S MASK Debugging Tape,” YouTube’s Hard4Games shows off a never-before-seen PAL region (i.e. Europe) debugging VHS tape from Nintendo, which includes…

2017 was a banner year for Nintendo fans. We got the launch of the Switch and some of the platform’s most well-loved titles, including Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and, of course, Breath of the Wild. According to former Nintendo staffers, however, when the 2017 awards season came around, the company was concerned that they may have had too much of a good thing on their hands. Former Nintendo staffers Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang of…

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches for those of us in the US, grocery parking lots fill up, store shelves dramatically empty of stock baking items, and the more chaotic elements of the holiday season begin to make their annual appearance. I am looking very much forward to sitting down with my family for our yearly feast of personal classic favorites like turkey, ham, mac and cheese, green beans, and sweet potato casserole. However, I have to admit there’s a lovely…

When it comes to Zelda covers, I usually default to orchestral or jazz ensembles. That being said, it’s always great to listen to some of my favorite tracks through a new musical lens. For example, I’ve listened to plenty of classical guitar Zelda covers, but solo bass? That’s a new one! French composer and sound designer Tomarktus, a.k.a. Djon Schneider, has created a solo bass cover of Breath of the Wild‘s main theme that’s helping me broaden my Zelda cover horizons….

Hands down, my favorite quest in Breath of the Wild was “From the Ground Up.” Akkala has always been my favorite region to explore, I loved the meditative gathering that building Tarrey Town required (can you tell I’m also an Animal Crossing fan?), and the resulting storylines were heartwarming and rewarding. Tarrey Town, by the player’s own making, becomes a cozy oasis in an often inhospitable world, with a whole host of lovely design touches. My love of Tarrey Town…

There have only been a few games that have made me feel the wonder and comfort of a Zelda title. I’ve left many popular non-Zelda games unfinished or untouched altogether because some aspect was overwhelming to me, from a steep, genre-specific learning curve to the potential for scary exchanges with other players online. I’m admittedly quite a hermit. One exception to my gaming pattern was Journey, a game which takes the player on a meditative quest for self-fulfillment as one’s…

While dressing up and trick-or-treating is certainly a highlight of many folks’ Halloween festivities, nothing appeals to me more than settling in for a cozy night inside watching scary movies or playing spooky games at the end of every October. But here’s the thing: I’m hopelessly terrible at maintaining my composure while playing most horror games, so inevitably I have to hand the controller to my partner or watch a good Let’s Play to get the right experience. Right in…

One particular Zelda track I absolutely love to see covered is Breath of the Wild‘s main theme. It brings me back to seeing the trailers and taking in those first few moments of excitement and surprise at all the new things the game had to offer. I even used a quartet version of the theme for part of my wedding processional mix! That’s why, when I saw this remastered cover by missingNo Vancouver, I was so ready to take a…

UK and Hong Kong-based toy and model company First 4 Figures (F4F) have announced the next figure in their line-up of breathtaking PVC Breath of the Wild Champion statues: the Gerudo Champion Urbosa! After unveiling the new statue during their YouTube announcement this week, F4F also announced their premiere launch stream for November 1st, 2022 at 9am PDT/ 5pm BST. During this stream, we’ll find out more details about the upcoming Urbosa statue, including its release date, pricing, features, and measurements….

What do you get when you cross epic electric marimba playing and a whole host of effect pedals? Modded Marimba, of course! Modded Marimba, a.k.a. Andrew Dobos, combines a love of video games with a crazy cool art form to produce some truly enjoyable music covers. Modded Marimba is a big Zelda fan and it shows, with their Zelda cover collection including “Great Fairy’s Fountain,” “Midna’s Lament,” “Song of Storms,” and “Saria’s Song.” I personally love the attention to detail…