Category: Ocarina of Time

There are few moments as peaceful and beautiful as sitting to watch the sun rise in a video game. I remember reverently waiting for dawn to break over the tranquil waters of Lake Hylia in Ocarina of Time. I was so entranced, watching the night sky yield to the palest cornflower blue, that I entirely missed my shot at getting the fire arrows. There are plenty of times while playing when I have disengaged from the overarching story just to…

I’ve covered The Legend of Zelda news for almost five years now, and in that time, I’ve seen more rumors than I can possibly hope to count. Something about Nintendo’s tentpole fantasy series attracts off-the-wall predictions, unverified leaks, and outright hoaxes, as fans clamor for and cling to any new information on the next Zelda adventure. And that’s one reason why this job is so much fun! Seeing the passion of the fanbase explode with each new release cycle fuels…

At the tail end of the pre-Link’s Awakening hype train comes a new teaser trailer for an upcoming Zelda fan film titled “The Legend of ZELDA”. The teaser opens with awe-inspiring wide shots of various mountain ranges, followed by mysterious shots of multiple characters from throughout the series. Directed by Josh Mason of Mason Studios, this film also features the work of award winning cinematographer James Puckett (Delta Crossings, Finality) and legendary makeup artist A.G. Howard. A.G. Howard’s work may…

The Zonai are one of the more mysterious tribes that inhabit the lands of Hyrule in Breath of the Wild…. or used to inhabit the land in this case. Those in the game who can really explain who these people were are few and far between. The only clues left around that confirm this tribe’s existence are the monuments and structures that can be found all over Hyrule. There’s even one Zelda theorist we have covered in the past who even…

I think more so than any other Zelda game, The Wind Waker‘s incarnation of Link felt the most like a child whose journey to save the world and become the hero was forced on him. Ocarina of Time started with the Deku Tree telling Link of his great destiny, but Link was already having dreams of Ganondorf and he was able to team up with Zelda. The same is true of Link in Skyward Sword, with Link having dreams of…

What sets The Legend of Zelda apart from most other video game franchises can be boiled down to two key areas—grand storytelling and a great adventure. The rolling hills of Hyrule, chilly dungeon depths, and soaring mountain peaks have long been staples of the Zelda scenery. While plenty of other franchise titles use similar backdrops to weave their yarns, what sets The Legend of Zelda apart is the grand scale of it all, and a deep sense of purpose and accomplishment…

My “What If…?” comes from a mix of places and has already been (or will be) explored in part this week. What if the Adult Timeline was drastically altered? I thought about it and wanted to make it unique in a way only I could provide. As I thought about it though, I realized I already had a perfect template for this. My Zelda novel and ongoing fan fiction piece, The Era Without A Hero! I was sitting at my…

Ocarina of Time speedrunners always impress with how quickly they’re able to beat the title. But they aren’t just perfect players, they’re skilled exploiters of the game. The hard-to-execute tricks that allow speedrunners to glitch past whole chunks of Ocarina of Time are now well documented, and animator ScottFalco took notice. He comically highlights these absurd exploits in a recent parody video that’s chock-full of other video game and pop culture references. You don’t have to be a fan of…

The year was 1993. In an effort to capitalize on the success of Nintendo’s massively popular Super Mario Bros. series, Hollywood brought the portly plumber to the big screen. Envisioned as an action comedy in the vein of Ghostbusters, the movie boasted a stellar cast with such talents as Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper. This movie had a lot to prove, considering it was the first Nintendo property to be adapted into a live-action film. Unfortunately, the results…

We’ve all had that moment where Navi is really getting on our nerves. Maybe we’re in the Forest Temple, and this is our 26th time playing through Ocarina of Time, and we know exactly what to do, but the dang fairy is hovering over our heads shouting “Hey!” every five seconds. What if there was a way to turn her off for a while, or hey, even an option when you start the game to not even have her tag…