Category: Ocarina of Time

If you’re living outside the Americas, there’s a high probability that you’ve never heard of mariachi music. Originating in Mexico, mariachi is a popular folk style of music that is high-energy and rich, and it just makes you want to dance. No joke, Darunia would totally get down to this genre of music. As a child of the southwestern United States, mariachi music was everywhere for me. Weddings, funerals, high school graduations, you name it. If there was a cause for…

Like many Zelda fans, Ocarina of Time remains one of my favorite games in the series. Its impact on gaming is hard to dispute; it’s considered a masterpiece for a reason, afterall. But let’s face it – while being great for its time, it pales in comparison to the scope of modern gaming. For perspective, 3 years after Ocarina of Time entered the gaming sphere, it was already left in the dust by Grand Theft Auto III, which was likely…

In celebration of thirty-five years of the Super Mario Bros. franchise, Nintendo has made many Mario games available to play on the Nintendo Switch. Super Mario 3D All Stars in particular features three of the franchises biggest titles: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. With the 35th anniversary of the Zelda series approaching, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Nintendo to do something similar with our favorite franchise in 2021. In order to celebrate…

Ever since the release of Ocarina of Time in 1998, the Zelda series has had a collection of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional titles. To date, this collection has grown to ten of the former and eight of the latter, with four falling somewhere in the middle. It goes without saying that there are true gems on either side. Two-dimensional games offer a top-down view, where the player explores the overworld and dungeons screen by screen and the limitations aren’t glaring…

The ability to instantly travel from one place to another is one that I think we all wish we had at one point in time. In many video games, this is made possible through warp pipes, portals shot from guns, and even musical tunes played by magical ocarinas. Ocarina of Time wasn’t the first or last game to utilize a warp function; however, it may have one of the most iconic methods of doing so. Musician and YouTuber Ro Panuganti recently…

Welcome back to Zelda Runners, your glimpse into the world of Zelda speedrunning. Recently, the speedrunning world was treated to the semi-annual Games Done Quick event. Speedrunners from around the world gathered together to showcase their skills while raising money for Doctors Without Borders. This year’s summer event featured five different Zelda titles, each of them being broken in their own way. With titles spanning 29 years, we were able to see a true evolution in Zelda games. Without further…

For as many entries as the Legend of Zelda series boasts, it must be reassuring for newcomers to know just how accessible it is. Similar to the likes of the Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy series, each game (aside from the occasional, direct sequel) is its own, standalone story. In Zelda’s case specifically, even a direct sequel tends to be fairly far removed from its predecessor. Majora’s Mask, for instance, despite featuring the Hero of Time, shares very few thematic…

Though it only appears in nine mainline games, the Master Sword is the most iconic weapon in the Zelda series, and arguably stands alongside the Triforce as its most recognizable symbol. In every time of need, the hero grows in power until becoming worthy to draw the fabled blade from its pedestal. While these beautiful threads bind the series together, each moment with the Master Sword stands unique in the franchise, adding to the intricate tapestry that is its lore. For today’s…

Someone told me a long time ago that the American penny was useless and that they could be done away with. They said one cent was just worthless and hard to deal with and that nickels, dimes, and quarters were better because we could deal in values of 5s instead of 1s. This long since conversation with a friend made me think, are green rupees worthless and should we get rid of them? For nostalgia’s sake I’m going to say…

Hey there, everyone! The Zelda Dungeon Caption Contest is back again to put a smile on your face. During these strange times we’re living in, I’ve found that I have more free time at home than I’ve had in a long, long time. Generally, I’ve been using that newly acquired free time to watch more movies and work through my game backlog. But I had a thought the other day: why don’t I try to read more? I have a…