Category: A Link to the Past

As Zelda fans know well, 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of the storied franchise. Podcastors, artists, writers, and fans alike have marked the occasion by reflecting on the impact of the series and celebrating in meaningful ways. Well, it’s time to add brewmasters to that list. Hosts of the podcast Brewthers-In-Law, a show focused on home brewed beer, Mike and Ryan are longtime Zelda fans and have dedicated an upcoming episode to special beers honoring the legendary franchise from Nintendo. The episode is…

The Zora stand out as one of the more prominent races in the Zelda series, second only to the Hylians, and arguably in equal position to that of the Gorons. When mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is likely to be Princess Ruto from Ocarina of Time, or the Champion Mipha from Breath of the Wild. Both NPC’s are prominent figures from their time, forming part of their own royal family and cementing the fact that their species…

Game designers often find inspiration in all sorts of different things. Shigeru Miyamoto notoriously found the idea for the original Legend of Zelda in remembering exploring nature in his youth, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask found much of its identity in its incredibly tight production cycle. While we are prone to view elements of fantasy at their face value as vivid designs of imagination, it is well known among fantasy writers that near everything has some origin in…

I’ll open up with a confession: I’m a literary nerd. I love fantasy novels, and I love picking them apart and analyzing their lore. One of my favorite subjects in this is low fantasy settings. Worlds clearly built in lore and the imagination, but ones that almost seem like they could actually be real. Though I hate when writers use this as an excuse to be boring in the name of realism. All this to say I stumbled upon an…

The following interview was conducted Thursday, May 6, 2021 by David Lasby, Copy Editor for ZeldaDungeon.net. David Howe is an editor for Powerhouse Animation Studios, Inc. His responses reflect his own personal views and not those of Powerhouse Animation. Content warning: The linked video of the interview does at times contain adult language. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, David. I’m a huge fan of the Castlevania anime and obviously share a passion for Zelda. I…

Whether you find yourself working, studying, or just trying to relax, there are songs from the Zelda series for every occasion. Musically inclined fans have covered Zelda music to such an extent that you can more than likely find your favorite Zelda tune in your favorite genre, whether it be rock or classical, jazz or blues, really anything your heart fancies. UK-based musician Lucas Cooper recently released Storm of Songs, an entire album consisting of relaxing piano covers of Zelda…

There have been a multitude of creepy moments throughout the Zelda franchise. Whether it be the Yeti’s “You no take mirror!” face from Twilight Princess, the reveal of Blind from A Link to the Past, or basically the entirety of Majora’s Mask, there have been plenty of unsettling bits that have stuck with us over the years. I’m still on the fence about this, but I think that my first time experiencing the rise of the Blood Moon in Breath of the Wild…

Imagine if certain things had turned out differently in the history of Zelda, if just a couple changes had been made in the “real world timeline”, how different the Zelda series might look today? It’s kind of a mindbend, thinking about how history might look completely different, so this week, the gang goes full bore into the thought experiment to speculate and hypothesize what would have happened if certain things had been different over the years. What if Skyward Sword’s…

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past turns 30 this year. In spite of being one of the most celebrated games in the Zelda franchise, the game has never been remade; perhaps this is in part because it is one of the highest rated games of all time. Nintendo did provide fans with a nostalgic return to the Hyrule of the Downfall Timeline when they released The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. While some do like the 3DS…

Takaya Imamura, a key figure in the designing of the Nintendo style and the father of Tingle, retired this past January. Known for contributing key elements to F-Zero, Super Smash Bros., and The Legend of Zelda, Imamura-san was on the scene for Nintendo’s entire rise to prominence. In an exclusive interview with IGN, the designer sat down to share some of the intimate details of his time with Nintendo. Throughout the comprehensive discussion, Imamura-san shared a number of fun anecdotes…