Category: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda series has always been set in the fantasy realm of Hyrule. As far as modern technology goes, we’ve seen the Sheikah technology featured in Breath of the Wild, but not much more than that. Would a game set in modern times work? In an odd kind of one-off way I could see it working. It could be a modernizing kind of magic. Kind of like how Harry Potter is set in 90s era England, but the…

Zelda games house many iconic and memorable areas. It’s difficult not to associate the franchise with the mazes of the Lost Woods, the fires of Death Mountain, or the regality of Hyrule Castle. Yet, the perilous desert regions seem to stand out in their own special way as a fan favorite. In a recent video, YouTuber Croton explored the reasons why desert areas in Zelda games are so iconic, specifically Lanayru Desert in Skyward Sword and Gerudo Desert in Ocarina of Time,…

Since I discovered his channel several years ago, Arlo has been among my favorite YouTubers. His Muppet-inspired persona, unbridled enthusiasm for Nintendo, and propensity for dad humor are just infectious. And as much I love hearing him delve into the goings-on of the big N at large, his Zelda-centered analyses are often in a league of their own. Peak Arlo, if you ask me. The Cookie Monster-esque pundit’s latest video is particularly juicy, as it explores one of my favorite…

My friends and I recently discussed what we considered to be the single most important factor in a worthwhile gaming experience.  As expected, the views and opinions of those around me didn’t reflect my own!  I was a bit stunned to find that “fun” wasn’t the prevalent sentiment around the table that night.  I appreciate a strong narrative and graphical fidelity as much as the next guy, but there’s a reason that we keep coming back to video gaming as…

It can be argued that one of the most exciting moments in Breath of the Wild was the aerial assault on Divine Beast Vah Medoh. With the heroic Rito warrior Teba, Link soars into an intense airborne battle in order to destroy Vah Medoh’s cannons. The sequence is a visual treat, especially with the clouds and falling snowflakes providing a beautiful backdrop to the fierce conflict. I think the musical theme for this sequence is one of the most dramatic…

In Breath of the Wild Link is given the ability to hold a mega arsenal of weapons that only got larger as you traded in Korok seeds to Hestu. If you’re like me, you kept a variety of bows, arrows, shields, and swords, but always had certain weapons that you went back to. Like the Great Flame Sword that sits in the docks underneath Hyrule Castle, or the Silver Longsword in Zora’s Domain. Whatever your weapon, you knew where to…

Link’s Awakening has been a massive comercial success with 3.13 million units sold in less than twelve days. Overall, critics and fans have praised the game for its lush art style and for the smart tweaks made to the controls/inventory. Despite the overall positive reception, there has been a small but vocal constituency that believes Nintendo may have been too faithful to the 1993 original. These fans and critics assert that the game could have been even better if Nintendo…

The origins of Hyrule would not be complete without mentioning the Golden Goddesses – Farore, Din, and Nayru. As detailed in Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, they ascended to the heavens and left the Triforce in their stead. Yet, before they did, they entrusted the goddess Hylia to protect the land and it’s denizens. Hylians, in consequence, have seemed to maintain a faith and loyalty to their goddesses for eons since. However, the Golden Goddesses and Hylia’s silence in…

Breath of the Wild is considered to be one of the most beautiful and scenic games of the decade. With such an amazing landscape, the game deserves a soundtrack worthy of its grandeur. Fortunately, composers Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata, and Hajime Wakai paired each inspiring location with a unique and wonderful musical theme. The Hateno Village theme song is a great example of music that illustrates Breath of the Wild‘s splendor. It is one of many theme songs that exemplifies…

If you’ve been adventuring in Breath of the Wild long enough, you’ve likely climbed your fair share of large boulders to get a better view. Sometimes though, the boulder starts to move and suddenly you’re face to face with a Stone Talus! This enemy comes in a variety of forms and rarities, and is exclusive to Breath of the Wild. For this reason, it’s fair to wonder where they came from. One person came up with an excellent question and…