Category: Four Swords

The Legend of Zelda hasn’t traditionally been known as a game series defined by its difficulty. While a few titles jump out as being notably harder than others, based whether on a game’s release date or on the inclusion of Hero / Master Modes, most Zelda games are designed in such a way as to avoid punishing difficulty spikes. But that hasn’t stopped a few specific titles from kicking players into the dirt with their off-the-charts hardness. In this debate,…

Hello everybody, and welcome to Zelda Dungeon’s Best Zelda Ever 2018! Although no new Zelda games were released in the time between our list last year and now, by no means has it been a quiet time for Zelda fans. The biggest x-factor heading into our 2017 edition of the list was the recently released Breath of the Wild, and it would be fair to say that the latest Zelda adventure retains that x-factor title this year as well. As…

As far as Zelda villains go, it’s sometimes easy to forget we’ve got more than just our tried and tested evil lord Ganondorf. A permanent series mainstay, ever reincarnating from original ancient evil Demise,  he remains the father of all things dire in the realm of Hyrule. He’s supported by the likes of crass clowns and hysterical harlequins with delusions of grandeur, like living sword Ghirahim or the Usurper King Zant. If they’re not Ganon, they’re often effeminate tricksters like…

Enemies. We all have our favorites, the ones we love, and the ones we love to hate. But, have you ever considered which you would want to be? Let’s say, hypothetically – everyone loves a good hypothetical, right? – you find yourself transported into the land of Hyrule. Darkness has fallen. Things aren’t looking so great; they’re bleak, and covered in the blackish-reddish-pinkish ichor of Malice. Ganon reigns supreme now. And you…aren’t the hero. In fact, it is your mission…

Companions are a staple of the Zelda series, but some of the game’s supporting characters aren’t easily placed into the role. Three such characters are the additional Links in Four Swords Adventures, and whether they qualify as characters independent of Link whatsoever comes into question when one asks, “Are they companions?” I argue, yes. Sort of. To start, we’ll set an operational definition for the term companion. ZeldaWiki refers to companions as Link’s partners and says they “usually provide helpful…

Can the Zelda timeline actually be articulated? Since the timeline’s official release in the Hyrule Historia back in 2011, this is a hot question that has been pondered, sworn by and over, and debated by fans of the series until we turn blue in the face. And then, you know, when we finally think we somewhat have the grasp of it, Nintendo has to go and throw a couple wrenches into their own mess with the Encyclopedia and the revelation of Breath of the Wild’s…

The Zelda series has always knocked it out of the park with its games’ box art and external packaging. The talented artists of Nintendo have time and time again delivered an inviting and endearing glimpse at the adventure that awaits in each title, whether they present a striking mural / collage of characters and set pieces, or they represent the class and majesty of the Zelda brand through a gold-centric design. But we can’t have a debate if we all…

I like to think that I have some degree of self control, but every biannual Steam sale and every big Humble Bundle seems to be a huge temptation for the binge gamer that lives within me. When I see every game in a given series for sale at a reasonable price, I can barely stop myself from dumping the contents of my wallet right then and there. And I’m easily enticed by fancy series collections put out by big developers,…

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…

A Link to the Past is a fantastic entry in the Zelda series that introduced many important gameplay and story elements in the series, among them being the Sages and Maidens, beings capable of sealing away Ganondorf. Subsequent games have included Sages and Maidens as well, with many of them featuring important character arcs that revolve around awakening their powers. In all of the games that Sages have appeared in since A Link to the Past – Ocarina of Time,…