Author: Mike Midwood

Ever since the visual technology supporting video games has improved, so has the desire to present engaging characters. One of the primary methods of achieving this has been to implement professional voice acting. While many big budget games now see full cast voice acting as an absolute requirement, The Legend of Zelda franchise has only recently dipped its toes into this pool. Or has it? Depending on your definitions, one could argue that voiceover has existed in the series for quite…

If there’s one thing I love in this world it’s The Legend of Zelda, and if there’s another it’s metal music. Ever since I was young I was always fascinated by metal. The genre’s aggressive tone, complex arrangements, and sonic intensity drew me in just as the vibrant land of Hyrule did for Zelda games. Thanks to the creativity and talent of our community’s musically inclined fans, I’m lucky to see these two appreciations blended with regularity. One such example is this recent…

It has been a momentous year for the video game industry. From triple-A releases to independent darlings, 2022 has seen a treasure trove of excellent gaming experiences become available to players everywhere. On December 8th, these titles will come together to determine the best of the best at The Game Awards, hosted, of course, by Geoff Keighley. While seeing these heavyweight releases duke it out is always exciting, many people come to the show to see new trailers or gain…

In general, I have mixed feelings on the updated versions of Zelda games we’ve seen over the last decade. At best, I’ve found them to be minute upgrades that often lose some of the original’s charm in the process. Sometimes, though, I feel a lot of what made the game worth playing is sacrificed in the name of convenience, or for seemingly no reason at all. It can’t be denied, however, that these games possess some advantages over their predecessors, be they…

The spooky season is in full swing. If you’re planning a costume, hopefully you have the details down by now as Halloween is just around the corner. I’ve always loved this holiday. It isn’t the candy or the parties, though, that make Halloween exciting for me. It’s the monsters! Thankfully, the Zelda series has a vast bestiary of fearsome foes and creepy creatures. If one were looking for costume inspiration, this franchise would offer no shortage of options. If you wanted to…

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is a divisive game. However, most people seem to agree that it contains an absolute banger of a soundtrack. Short and sweet, each track perfectly compliments the moments in which they appear, and this is especially true of the battle sequences. The songs that accompany each fight are fast-paced, bombastic anthems that heighten the intensity of the difficult combat. They also translate perfectly into contemporary renditions, as evidenced by this awesome rock cover of “Great…

I’ve talked before about a number of Zelda games that didn’t quite click when I first experienced them, but managed to grip me on subsequent playthroughs. Today, though, I’d like to talk about the opposite. Sometimes the initial shock and awe of a hotly anticipated game is enough to carry me through on a wave of excitement, only to fade over time. There have been a few instances where that has happened for me in relation to Zelda titles, where that release…

While Breath of the Wild received nearly universal praise from critics and fans alike, much of the game’s minutiae has caused argument and disagreement. Certain elements of the core gameplay have rubbed some the wrong way, while others laud them or at least consider them not to be issues. Tears of the Kingdom is clearly a direct follow up to Breath of the Wild and one of the great benefits of an iterative sequel is the ability to evaluate what did and didn’t work….

With the recent reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the Zelda community is abuzz with discussion and speculation. We’re all so excited to learn more about this upcoming entry in our favorite series and, of course, play it for ourselves. That’s still a bit in the future, however, so our theories and analysis will have to satiate for now. Thankfully, ZeldaDungeon’s analysis extraordinaires are on the case. Grab a seat and relax as Gooey, Nico, and Corey dissect the…

I’m sure I wasn’t alone in having two major questions since the announcement of Breath of the Wild‘s sequel: “What is it called?” and “When can I play it?” On Tuesday, those questions were finally answered, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be releasing on May 12th, 2023. Let the speculation begin! With those crucial details out in the open, our queries will turn to the game itself. What will be different from its predecessor? What will carry…