Category: A Link to the Past

A Link to the Past is without a doubt my favorite installment in the Zelda franchise. It’s a point that I’ve made pretty clear during my time here at Zelda Dungeon, and it’s a point I’ll continue to make. That opinion was formed in no small part because of the incredible soundtrack that features within the game. While I was enthralled with pieces like the 16-bit rendition of the main theme from the original Legend of Zelda, I was just as amazed…

My favorite aspect of being involved in the Zelda community is swapping opinions with other fans on the merits of the series’ many entries. Sharing my thoughts and listening to the thoughts of others has deepened my appreciation for the series and caused me to reevaluate my view of certain games within it. What has intrigued me the most is the reasons given for loving Zelda titles that I’m not as hot on or being relatively mum on some of…

The world of Etsy is a massive one, with over 2 million registered sellers and over 60 million items for sale. For those as of yet unaware, Etsy is a storefront site where individuals can post handcrafted goods for sale, including pop culture and geek-inspired trinkets and creations. For as easy as it can be to find almost anything you’re looking for as a buyer, making one’s way as a seller can be a daunting experience. It is not a…

We are approaching the end of the year, and that of course means that Awesome Games Done Quick is just ahead in January. The annual speedrunning event, one of two hosted by Games Done Quick, is set to be no less of a blast than previous years even given the circumstances of the world right now. The schedule for the event has been released, and a lovely little handful of Zelda titles seem to be gracing the stage this year…

The end of this year is rapidly approaching, which means that it’s time for my favorite annual tradition here at Zelda Dungeon: Best. Zelda. Ever! While no new Zelda games were released this year, we did have some DLC come out for Cadence of Hyrule and we’re looking forward to the upcoming release of a new Hyrule Warriors game: Age of Calamity! The prequel to Breath of the Wild just missed the cut for this year’s list, so you’ll have…

Whether it’s the use of an orchestrated score to elevate emotional moments in Skyward Sword or the overall off-putting look of the people and monsters in Twilight Princess, the Zelda series frequently uses aesthetics in an attempt to elicit a particular response from the player. Even to this day, I still vividly remember the first time I stumbled upon the Flute Boy in A Link to the Past and how I was struck with the scene of the beautiful flute playing as the animals gathered…

When it comes to Zelda, it seems to be almost universally agreed upon that the 3D games are superior to the 2D and “top down” games. The 2D games do have plenty of fans, however, and are beloved for many reasons. Until Ocarina of Time the only games we had were 2D, and we were given some amazing titles like A Link to the Past and Link’s Awakening. And even when Nintendo started mostly making the 2D games for their portable systems, we were given titles like The Minish…

The latest episode of our very own Gooey Fame‘s Gooey’s Dungeon Dive video series tackles A Link to the Past‘s Hyrule Castle Tower. Gooey guides us through the dungeon and the events directly preceding and following it on a narrative adventure read from the game’s player’s guide. Like the rest of the video series, he pits the dungeon against the rest of Zelda‘s dungeons preceding it by release, by weighing a number of factors from navigation to impact. Then, after some brief…

Akira Himekawa’s manga adaptation of the Legend of Zelda series has long been a major touchstone for fans. The Zelda Dungeon Discord channel and article comments reveal that, for a good number of our community, the beloved graphic novels were a key first exposure to Link’s adventures. For older fans like me, the books have been wonderful to share with our children, as they flesh out the world and lore of Hyrule. Amid the flurry of excitement surrounding Hyrule Warriors: Age…

Although created all over the world, Japanese-style animation, popularly termed “anime”, is seen as a highly respected art form in Japanese culture that, unlike the tropes of Western animation, is meant to gear towards all ages and not just children. It is normally adapted from manga, actualized into an animated series or movie with voice acting, telling stories unafraid to explore deeper and darker themes. Nintendo being a company headquartered in Japan, it is no surprise that Nintendo’s Zelda series…