Author: Simon Rayner

We’ve all been there. In the middle of an epic match, items falling from the sky, you’re so focused on slamming on your enemies you don’t see the Beetle behind you…and skyward you go. There’s a whole armoury of really fun items to use on your foes in Smash, but life-ruining to be used on. The newest item, the Cuckoo, is comical and fun to rain rampant, raging roosters across the field but the worst to be smashed by. Skyward…

Zelda’s representation in the Smash roster is kept relatively low frills, sticking with each of the Triforce’s champions, with Link padding it out with three of his incarnations. But whether or not Zelda is well represented in the Smash roster is a debate for another day. What definitely is well showcased are the realms and locales of Hyrule, spanning everywhere from Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess to Skyward Sword and the most recent stage addition, Great Plateau Tower from…

Flicking through Hyrule Historia, it’s awesome to see the creative process that goes into crafting some of our most beloved characters and to see what could have been. From the strange and obscure, yet incredible concepts we’ve seen for Midna that range from a Tim Burton-esque hominid to fauns and apes each with bizarre masks, to the weird mechanical fairies explored whilst designing Fi, the Zelda team seem to explore EVERY possibility when it comes to designing characters. For good…

As Zelda grows and changes, aspects that seemed crucial slowly slip away, shift or change. Magic for example was once a big deal, but one aspect that seemed quintessentially Zelda was that of mystic melodies played on hallowed instruments. An ocarina, a conductor’s baton, even pan pipes and a few harps, divine musical instruments were once the bread and butter of a Zelda title. Players even went so far as to collect eight different kinds to wake up the Windfish…

With Breath of the Wild came the birth of many new features to the Zelda universe – armor sets with specific bonuses, a more nuanced combat system and *shudder* weapon breakage. Gone were the linear ways of old, replaced with a giant, sprawling map we could explore any which way we chose along any axis, with little pockets of the dungeon experience we knew and loved littered among its many peaks and valleys. Combat carried a much heavier focus, with…

As far as Zelda villains go, it’s sometimes easy to forget we’ve got more than just our tried and tested evil lord Ganondorf. A permanent series mainstay, ever reincarnating from original ancient evil Demise,  he remains the father of all things dire in the realm of Hyrule. He’s supported by the likes of crass clowns and hysterical harlequins with delusions of grandeur, like living sword Ghirahim or the Usurper King Zant. If they’re not Ganon, they’re often effeminate tricksters like…

Zelda inspires a lot of us, working its way into all manner of modern media, bringing rise to all kinds of art, fan games and music. French Rap Metal band SMASH HIT COMBO has a long history of honoring the games they’ve played that inspire them. In their latest video for their song “Falls Apart,” SMASH HIT COMBO weaves an entirely epic tale, meshing imagery from Ocarina of Time with Majora’s Mask, and just a dash of Alice in Wonderland for…

Majora’s Mask has always been seen as an oddball entry in the Zelda series’ history, a black sheep among its brethren, a game and story that was never afraid to be a little twisted, a little unhinged, a little hairy. Surrounded by conspiracy theories regarding terminal Termina’s alternative world being that of purgatory, with dark dilemmas, warped characters and some form of tragedy permeating each compass point, its easy to see why. And on an initial quest to find his beloved…

If you’re a Zelda fan, you’ve almost definitely thought about adorning your home with some kind of Hyrulean flourish. Have you ever wanted to own your own set of Sage Medallions? Or perhaps the luster of Wind Waker’s Goddess Pearls keep you up at night? Well look no further than the fine wares of Chinook Crafts, true artisans of resin and silicone. With a fine selection of Zelda gubbins to covet, from shiny Rupees and Heart Containers, to Boss Keys, Gossip…

As The Legend of Zelda has evolved from pixels to polygons in its 30 plus year lifespan, a lot has evolved and a lot has remained the same. Link for example will always wield a sword of some description, or more recently an axe, a spear or even a soup ladle within Breath of the Wild. Whilst a vaster array of weapons were available, and the combat was more nuanced with split second flurry rushes and projectile deflection, and enemy…