Zelda Dungeon Marathon 2018:

Category: A Link to the Past

Youtuber Edible Incredible recently released a video theorizing the potential outcomes of Ganondorf’s wish, had it not been interrupted during the Era of the Great Sea. The theorist begins by discussing whether Ganondorf would have made the decision to change between his beast form and human form, or whether his obtaining the complete Triforce would have caused him to remain in the form of Ganon. Edible Incredible describes how in Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf used the Triforce of Power to become Ganon…

Throughout the Zelda games, Link has had the opportunity to don outfits of different colors and and styles, allowing the player to enjoy the various benefits and in some instances, negative effects that can influence the hero’s adventures in Hyrule. There are armor sets, like the Magic Armor from Twilight Princess, which makes the wearer invulnerable while draining rupees from their wallet, and tunics from Ocarina of Time that provide heat resistance and the ability to breathe under water. There is mail from A…

As some of you might have heard, today marks the beginning of what can only be described as the biggest Zelda event of the year – the Zelda Dungeon Marathon 2018. Packed to the brim with exciting content, nail biting races, and comically failed glitches and exploits, you do not want to miss it. While the team involved with the event might brush it off as a bit of fun (and an excellent way to raise money for charity), an underlying tension…

Welcome to a post-Summer Games Done Quick world. This week, I’ll be re-capping all seven Zelda runs featured at the event, as well as chatting to a Skyward Sword runner and bingo player. So sit back and relax after what was likely a very stressful week of watching a single Twitch stream non-stop (what do you mean ‘that was just me’?).   Now Playing This week saw possibly the biggest speedrunning event of the year: Summer Games Done Quick 2018, a…

Rebecca E Tripp is one of my favorite remixers on the wonderful video game music site OverClocked Remix. She has arranged a variety of Nintendo-related covers, including covers for series like Metroid, Donkey Kong, and of course The Legend of Zelda. In this recently released remix, Tripp covers one of the most iconic themes in all of gaming: Princess Zelda’s Theme. This version of Zelda’s Theme (the song was created by Koji Kondo for A Link to The Past) captures…

There are so many wonderful and brilliant medleys of Zelda songs, but how many of them are on the accordion? This spectacular medley by The Accordion Guy traces the long and rich musical history of the Zelda series by including songs from A Link to the Past through The Wind Waker. The accordion wonderfully captures the spirit of adventure that first made me fall in love with the Legend of Zelda series when I was but a wee lad. Not…

The Lost Woods have appeared in… how many Zelda titles now?  The resting place of the Master Sword, the path to the Sacred Forest Meadow, and a frustrating maze of tree after tree if you don’t really know where you’re supposed to be going. Turn one wrong direction, and find yourself right back at the start. Yet, in Japan, the concept of the Lost Woods is not exclusive to Zelda alone. So where else can we see it? Writer Clyde Mandelin of Legends…

Since the release of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo has presented fans with maps that show the kingdom of Hyrule and it’s ever changing landscape over the duration of multiple eras. If you look back at the first map in the franchise, it was certainly lacking in detail, but although it pales in comparison to the extensive map in Breath of the Wild, it was extremely well presented for its time. Other maps, such as that of Ocarina of Time, depict a more picturesque version of Hyrule,…

I have always seen the music in The Legend of Zelda series as its own character, helping to build the world, the characters, and everything else it can get its hands on. Though the Zelda series didn’t get into leitmotifs until A Link to the Past with Zelda’s Theme, the music has still always been an integral part of the experience. Although every game has great music, not all of them always fit the scene or character that’s on screen. The question I am posing here is…

Ever since the beginning, The Legend of Zelda has always featured large explorable worlds, all with varying degrees of nonlinear progression. With recent games like A Link Between Worlds, and especially Breath of the Wild, Nintendo has gone further into creating largely nonlinear games. Many loved this completely fresh take, while others missed the old Zelda formula. In our most recent entry in our series, Hyrule Compendium, we discuss what degree of nonlinearity we’ve enjoyed throughout the series. What do…