Category: Phantom Hourglass

Live from Linktober’s Zelda Creators Con comes an episode two years in the making – a Phantom Hourglass retrospective! Andy finally replayed Link’s DS adventure for the first time in ten years and shares his thoughts with Alasyn and Mases, two big fans of the game. Is this the first bad Zelda game? What are our thoughts on Temple of the Ocean King? Do the controls kill the game for newbies? Does this game have some of the best items…

Two games that I always really enjoyed playing were The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword. These were not necessarily the most original games from a gameplay perspective, but both titles had great characters and stories that I fell in love with. Another thing the two games had in common were intriguing and memorable settings. The Wind Waker took place on The Great Sea, a massive ocean filled with mysterious islands, fearsome sea monsters, and secrets galore. Skyward Sword had its…

The first ten dungeons of our Top 50 dungeons are down below! Make sure to check back next week when 10 more are revealed! Let’s get started!   50. Tower of Hera A Link Between Worlds The Tower of Hera in A Link Between Worlds is where the dungeons of the game really start to get good. Although it’s pretty short, I loved climbing the levels of the tower using the Hammer and the Moles, and I enjoyed the use…

What is the greatest dungeon in the Zelda series? A simple question on the surface, but one with so many layers that it makes finding an answer almost impossible. How does one define ‘great’? Is it the dungeon layout? Perhaps the ways the dungeon item is implemented into the puzzles? Or is it the bombastic boss fight at the end? Surely the music and overall aesthetic play a part? And to be honest – what does being a dungeon in…

One of my favorite things about the Zelda franchise is the variety of artwork associated with the games.  Nintendo have been careful in their designs of individual characters, enemies and over-worlds, ensuring that each is as fantastically unique as the next.  Personally, I love diving into The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts to decide which variation of Link is my favorite.  I’ll even admit I’ve spent a while deciding which version of the Moblin I like best!  There is just…

With so many Zelda games, it’s easy to debate each and every strength and weakness of a particular title. Because there are so many intricate parts to what makes each game unique, ranking them can be quite difficult. Since they are all of such high quality, differentiating between them can feel like choosing a favorite child. Nonetheless, we all have our favorite Zelda game; the one we could gush about for hours on end and the one we always consider…

Realism in games can work as a sort of double-edged sword. On one hand, experiencing a game that focuses on realistic characters and environments can give you a feeling of immersion. On the other hand, when a game becomes steeped in realism, anything out of the ordinary can seem jarring. Things like magic and monsters need a great deal of explanation and backstory. The supernatural, by definition, is out of the ordinary, and would need some kind of tangible defense….

Since late 2016, publisher VIZ Media has been releasing special “Legendary Edition” versions of Akira Himekawa’s popular The Legend of Zelda manga series. These deluxe editions — which are available for the Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Ages & Seasons, Majora’s Mask & A Link to the Past, The Minish Cap & Phantom Hourglass, and Four Swords adaptations — have featured new covers and colored art pieces by Himekawa. Fans who have not yet picked up these Legendary Editions now have…

Highlights of the Zelda series, such as Ocarina of Time or Breath of the Wild, stand as staples of the franchise. As a result, however, they tend to outshine other gems, as other games are pushed to the “back burner” and regarded with less value. Whether judging based on nostalgia, quality, accessibility, or attention in the media, some Zelda games tend to fall through the cracks. I would say that Spirit Tracks or The Minish Cap never quite get the…

Nintendo is incredibly successful. Not only are Nintendo games well-received by critics and succeed financially, the company has iconic characters like Mario and Link who are easily recognizable and are often the faces of the company. Nintendo has created a plethora of games over the years, and has had success with other series like Pokemon, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Metroid Prime. Some of these series are more well-known than others, though, and some have even become obscure over…