Category: The Minish Cap

Hyrule has had many monarchs throughout its millennia-long struggle against the curse of Demise. These rulers have born the burden of weathering each successive iteration of the demon’s malice. Sometimes their reigns were peaceful, other times there was a catastrophe. It takes a lot of character and mental fortitude to successfully wear the crown. Otherwise, all kinds of trouble will follow. In the Zelda series, there have been eight known kings. They are listed out below with some background details. Our question…

Hey! Listen! Over the years, Link has been accompanied by some lovely companions. From fairies to talking objects to princesses, these companions have given support to both our hero and ourselves. Now Zelda Dungeon’s own Tier Force Heroes have taken on the task of ranking each of these into the definitive ranking of Zelda companions. Considering a companion only to be a character that accompanies Link the entire game (meaning not Epona or other supporting characters like Saria), they gathered…

Video games are the ultimate immersive experience, combining visuals, sounds, and player control in a way that other types of media fall short. Zelda games are no exception, immersing players into the magical world of Hyrule and other surrounding lands into order to navigate the miracle of a hero coming to save the day. Music is a huge part of this dynamic, as it is always tailored to the current situation, whether you are triumphantly storming Hyrule Castle or relaxing…

Link, as we know, is the hero we deserve. He saves Princess Zelda, saves Hyrule, and helps out the townsfolk. It doesn’t matter whether it’s saving them from an alien invasion or building a whole new town. Yes, Link deserves all the recognition from his countless side quests and world-saving heroics, but is he really that motivated? Perhaps all Link wants to do is go back to his favorite hobby, which is sleeping.  It’s a common trope to see a…

Combat has come a long way since the original The Legend of Zelda for the NES. Combat originally required only one button for the sword and another to use an equipped item. For awhile after, combat evolved steadily. The spin attack was introduced in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and eventually special techniques would also appear in games like Twilight Princess and The Minish Cap. Overall though, combat in Zelda was fairly simple up until the Wii’s release. With Twilight…

Bosses — these magnificent monsters or sinister sneaks are the principle threat awaiting Link at the end of each dungeon. They often guard a magical Macguffin that is required to save Hyrule from the forces of evil. Many in the Zelda community have spoken at length about the designs and difficulty levels of the various bosses, however, the locations where these monsters are battled are not as often discussed. Granted, there is not much in the way of spatial variety…

Replaying a Zelda game you haven’t played in a while can sometimes yield different results. Maybe when you first played it you were just rushing to the end or not focusing on collectibles too much. Maybe the overall pacing bogged you down because you had trouble figuring out where to go. But having prior knowledge of the game and going through it again can help shine a light on both the good and the bad aspects of any game. I recently…

This article was originally published on September 24th, 2018. We have decided to re-share it as part of Blood Moon Week. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Red Hood and Batman. Xehonort and Ansem the Wise. The theme of masters and apprentices is as old as fiction itself, and as is the case with many relationships, these pairings don’t often end well. In all of the above examples, former friends and peers were turned against each other. Some by circumstance; some…

As unique as each entry in the Zelda franchise can feel, there are more themes and features that unite them than I often remember. In my case, I always have to be reminded how far back Shadow Link goes. Enemy types that seemed fresh in Breath of The Wild have ties all the way back to the original. Most recently, I got whiplash from being shocked at Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity featuring time travel. Then suddenly remembering, “Oh, yeah….

The Legend of Zelda has a plethora of different stories and journeys for the player to explore. The massive, detailed worlds within the games of the franchise make for a surreal experience. These experiences forge memorable times regardless of which title you’re playing.  Among those narratives exist a vast range of video games’ most outlandish characters. Remember Groose? Who can forget that hair? Sometimes, these characters can be relatable and bring out emotions for those of us deeply invested into…