Category: Phantom Hourglass

From the boulder-like Gorons living on Death Mountain to the fish-like Zora living in Hyrule’s waterways and oceans, The Legend of Zelda has always been a franchise filled with diverse creatures and beings that spur the imagination. However in the past decade, Nintendo has regularly released a Zelda game each year, and with this consistency has more firmly set the index for creatures in the narrative universe. Koroks, Bokoblins, Lynels and others have become mainstays; many of the creatures from early…

It’s finally over. After what seemed like several years worth of time in the last 365 days, we’re finally leaving the year 2020 behind us — a year that began with such promise and potential, but didn’t turn out the way anyone expected. As well as offering a big congratulations to everyone for simply making it through the year, we wanted to celebrate with one of our favorite annual traditions here at Zelda Dungeon: laying bare our hopes and dreams…

In an effort to analyze the evolution of the Zelda series, YouTube’s Chyde began a 15 part series of videos in April of 2019, each one highlighting a different single-player Zelda game. The videos extensively delve into the pitfalls and perfections of many different Zelda games, while still keeping in mind how both the age of a game within the video game industry and his current retrospective impressions play a significant role in his judgement. The series starts by looking…

With the recent announcement of the end of the Nintendo 3DS, I’ve been going back and replaying all of the Zelda DS and 3DS titles; and I have to admit, my opinions have shifted pretty dramatically. This is especially true for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. While I fully acknowledge the game has its flaws and limitations, I believe it doesn’t get enough credit for the things it does well. I know, I know; I can hear what you’re screaming…

The Legend of Zelda series has created a legacy stretching into its 35th year. The series is known for game-changing titles, and continually draws in new fans with new storylines and new adventures. For the existing fans, every so often we’re given a direct sequel that carries on the legacy of a universe-specific Link, accompanied by familiar faces. I personally really enjoy sequels. I think they do well in extending the storyline of our legendary hero, and allow us to…

The end of this year is rapidly approaching, which means that it’s time for my favorite annual tradition here at Zelda Dungeon: Best. Zelda. Ever! While no new Zelda games were released this year, we did have some DLC come out for Cadence of Hyrule and we’re looking forward to the upcoming release of a new Hyrule Warriors game: Age of Calamity! The prequel to Breath of the Wild just missed the cut for this year’s list, so you’ll have…

Despite the existence of an official, overarching timeline, much of the narrative continuity throughout the Zelda series is implicit and vague. The stories in games like Link’s Awakening, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, The Minish Cap, or Twilight Princess largely stand on their own. Winks and nods to past titles are common, but explicit references to their events or characters are very rare and usually incidental. For example, it was long theorized and eventually confirmed that the Hero’s Shade who teaches Link…

Akira Himekawa’s manga adaptation of the Legend of Zelda series has long been a major touchstone for fans. The Zelda Dungeon Discord channel and article comments reveal that, for a good number of our community, the beloved graphic novels were a key first exposure to Link’s adventures. For older fans like me, the books have been wonderful to share with our children, as they flesh out the world and lore of Hyrule. Amid the flurry of excitement surrounding Hyrule Warriors: Age…

The legendary Princess Zelda, for whom the iconic Nintendo series is named, rarely joins Link directly in his adventures during mainline Zelda games. With few exceptions, the princess is relegated to the damsel in distress role, awaiting rescue or assistance from Link. Noted, she has broken away from this slightly in more recent games, but it’s still mostly true. It could even be argued that Breath of the Wild 2 may be the first real deviation from this norm. Aside from…

Epic Games’ very public feud with Apple over its alleged App Store monopoly has had the unfortunate consequence of limiting iPhone users’ access to the popular franchise Fortnite. While console gamers and mobile gamers don’t always align in their interests, cross-platform play has widened the purview of many video game fans and brought non-traditional players to new genres. This got me wondering if now is a good time to bring a Zelda game to the mobile market. Recently, I’ve been playing…