Category: A Link to the Past

In an effort to analyze the evolution of the Zelda series, YouTube’s Chyde began a 15 part series of videos in April of 2019, each one highlighting a different single-player Zelda game. The videos extensively delve into the pitfalls and perfections of many different Zelda games, while still keeping in mind how both the age of a game within the video game industry and his current retrospective impressions play a significant role in his judgement. The series starts by looking…

Hello and welcome to another installment of Randomizer Thoughts! Where we unravel the mysteries and complexities of Zelda randomizers and discuss what’s new in the world of randomizers. This week, we’ll be talking about the two different approaches to Randomizers, Blind and Routed approach. We also have some updates on the randomizer leagues including the results of the first length of the A Link to the Past Randomizer League 2020 Invitational and news on qualifiers for the Ocarina of Time…

  The longest running alert sound on my phone is from Ocarina of Time. You know the one: It’s the jingle of overstock notes you hear when picking up an extra bundle of arrows or your millionth Deku stick. Boodle-oo-bop! I hum the treasure chest chime whenever I snag the last soda from the fridge. When I playfight with my kids, I do my best Link-style shouts. And it’s all because of the perfection of Zelda games’ sound design. Little…

Ever since A Link to the Past, Zelda games have come to be known for a certain formula when it comes to structure. Each game primarily consists of Link plundering dungeons to progress through different parts of the adventure and yet each Zelda game has a unique take on this tried and true formula, varying the equation so that different results come out of it. A similar phenomenon has occurred with the story, only the tradition is one that didn’t…

Hello and welcome to the first new installment of Randomizer Thoughts! Where we unravel the mysteries and complexities of Zelda randomizers and discuss what’s new in the world of randomizers. This week, we’re diving in to the first thing most people will see when they begin their randomizer journey: the settings menu. From there, we also have an update on Season 3 of SpeedGaming‘s Link to the Past Randomizer Invitational, and our first ever official Zelda Dungeon Randomizer seed! A…

Tracking down that next weapon or key item in a Zelda game is so exciting and motivating. The series’ developers have a knack for surprising the player with how a new piece of kit unlocks and enriches the game. How awesome was it to realize the Step Ladder in The Legend of Zelda did more than just let you climb? Have you seen all the things Breath of the Wild pros can do with Bombs and Magnesis? I loved it…

From their inception, video games have always had a little bit of a relationship with chaos. Many games of the earlier eras of gaming were often pieced together with metaphorical duct tape and dreams. While some might turn their nose up to these things as relics of their time, they’ve given birth to the wild world of speedrunning. At this point, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know about the existence of speedrunning, but speedrunning has a…

While there’s going to be much debate about whether Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity deserves recognition as canon, the Zelda community has reached overwhelming consensus about one aspect of the game — it’s an absolute blast to play. Smashing through waves of Bokoblins, outflanking Hinox and Lynels, and fending off hordes of Guardian Stalkers is the stuff of dreams. Recent interviews with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and Koei Tecmo’s Yosuke Hayashi revealed that, while Nintendo doesn’t anticipate Hyrule Warriors becoming a regular series,…

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…