Author: Sean Gadus

Speedrunning is a part of the Zelda community that I do not have a lot of experience with. The first time I paid any attention to speedrunning was in Spring 2019 when I attended my first Zelda Dungeon Marathon. Even getting into the mindset for speedrunning (let alone doing very well in my runs) is very challenging because it requires me to play Zelda games at a pace that is different from how I usually play Zelda games. I enjoy…

The rise of online marketplaces and e-commerce companies like Etsy have given fans more options in how they showcase their love of different film, television, or video game franchises. The Zelda series is one of the most popular video game series on online marketplaces like Etsy, and I am always amazed at the creative products that fans can pick up from talent creators. For Zelda fans looking to decorate their first apartments or houses, these online market places are filled…

The narratives of Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom have a lot of similarities. In both games, Link awakens after a tremendous defeat to a world that has changed in his absence. Additionally, both games utilize memory or flashback cutscenes in order to fill in the backstories for Link, Zelda, and other key characters. Breath of the Wild requires the player to match different locations across the world with a picture from the Sheikah Slate. These memories…

“Ballad of the Goddess” is one of the most notable new songs to appear in the Zelda series over the past fifteen years. In addition to playing a key role in the story of Skyward Sword, the song also doubled as the main theme of the 2010 game. Since its debut, “Ballad of the Goddess” has appeared in the Super Smash Bros. series on Zelda stages, and it has cameoed as one of the Milk Bar song in A Link Between…

Since August 2021, Zelda Dungeon’s YouTube Team has been creating Tier Rankings lists for fans to discuss, debate, and enjoy. Taking inspiration from Tri Force Heroes, the show was titled Tier Force Heroes. With the release of Tears of the Kingdom, the YouTube Team saw the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the latest Zelda game. The series has relaunched with a fantastic new title: Tiers of the Kingdom. The new show retains all the wit, joy, and fun that fans…

Tracking the release of Zelda titles is an exercise that can help explore and analyze development trends in the series. Looking at the data, the time gaps between 3D console Zelda games has been growing over the past fifteen to twenty years. The growing time gap between 3D Zelda games is first noticeable in the five year gap between Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. Up to that point, the longest gap between 3D Zelda titles in North America was roughly…

On Thursday, April 11th, the 20th BAFTA Games Awards will highlight the “outstanding level of creative excellence” from a variety of developers across the world. While BAFTA is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the organization behind the ceremony has been honoring innovations and achievements in videos games for the past two decades. The first BAFTA Game Awards were given out in February 2004, where The Wind Waker won the Adventure Game award. At the 2018 BAFTA Game…

Discovery and exploration have been critical elements of the Zelda series since its inception. Because of this, it is crucial that the various locations in the game worlds are enjoyable or exciting to explore. Many Zelda fans revisit their favorite Zelda games for the opportunity to return to different locations, and new players often become attach to key locations as they experience a game for the first time.  It is a testament to the incredible work of the developers and…

Nintendo has a rich legacy, and the company has seen periods of tremendous success throughout its history. The company’s creativity has sparked countless innovations in hardware and software that have changed the gaming landscape. For example, games like Donkey Kong, Super Metroid, Super Mario 64, and Wii Sports have had a tremendous impact on how developers and fans understand video games. That being said, Nintendo’s history is also littered with wrong turns and frustrating decisions as well. Nintendo has notoriously…

Like many things in life, tastes and habits change over time. Whether it is books, movies, visual arts, or video games, people’s interests and opinions about different topics transform as they age. While some core interests may remain consistent throughout a person’s life, other interests may come in and out of focus as the years pass. With the Zelda series spanning nearly forty years, many of its devoted fans have gone through significant life changes as they follow the series….