Category: Skyward Sword

I’m not one to bring up my personal life in my work for Zelda Dungeon, but with this week being the Week of Love, I felt compelled to lift the curtain a bit on what goes on IRL. Last year, something pretty big happened for me: I got married! And as much as I love my new wife with all my heart, I must admit that she is very much not a gamer. She had only held a controller a…

The Sand Goddess and Demise The Sand Goddess strained against the chains which shackled her to the cold stone floor. She could not see her surroundings through the darkness, but she could feel the claustrophobic confines of her small prison. The air was thick — too thick to allow her to breathe freely. And so she suffocated, feeling the pain of death, over and over again. Yet, she could not die. She could not decide which was worse: this seemingly…

I am not one for romantic situations. In fact, the most romance I got growing up was from watching romantic comedies, which my mother would watch constantly. Every romcom featured the same romantic moments at the end of the third act; two people fall in love in a beautiful location, and everything goes wrong for the right reasons. That’s how I’ve always seen romance. You’re probably wondering what I’m trying to get at by mentioning all of this. Well, I…

Too often I think people come to the same assumption about Link and Zelda’s relationship as they do of Mario and Peach’s. In the Super Mario Bros. games, we see the same story over and over for the most part; Peach gets captured by Bowser and Mario is on an epic quest to save her. He endures great hardship and trial to make it to her, and all for the sake of love. That love was even more manifest in…

Hylia plopped to her haunches in exasperation, burying her face in her hands. “How do they not see…?” she mumbled under her breath, clutching the long, golden locks that framed her face.  “I don’t know what more I can do! Calamity Ganon will rise to power in no time, at this rate!” “For one thing, Your Grace,” her hero sighed, sitting next to her in the grass, “you can calm down a bit.” Hylia glared at him, and he winked…

Welcome to a very special loooove themed episode of The Champions’ Cast. With Valentines Day right around the corner and Zelda Dungeon celebrating it’s Week of Love, Andy and Taylor pick up this perfect opportunity to talk all things romance in the Zelda series and run with it! Do we even like romance in Zelda? Do we like choosing your partner or a predetermined narrative? Who do we “ship” together in the series? What are the greatest romantic angles the…

Zelda music lovers, rejoice! In December 2018, Tokyo had their ears and imaginations graced by The Legend of Zelda Concert 2018. However, many western fans were likely unable to make the trip to Japan and revel in the sounds of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Fear no more, though, because, as of March 15, 2019, you can have your very own recording of the event, with loads of extras! The Legend of Zelda Concert 2018 Original Soundtrack is now available now for…

Instruments are an integral part of The Legend of Zelda franchise. Nearly every incarnation of Link has some kind of instrument or another. The series has explored a vast multitude of instruments. From simple sounds blown through a blade of grass to complex stringed instruments in the shape of fish. Though not all can be played on command, they each have a purpose and their own powers. When it comes to debating which instrument is the most powerful, I think there are…

Mention a lack of character development in Zelda titles, and most people will reply with, “What about Groose?” Skyward Sword‘s anti-hero, Groose, spends the opening third of the game filling the role of high school bully, locking up Link’s Loftwing before The Wing Ceremony, then confronting him before the exam itself (then comically falling apart as soon as Zelda appears). Later, he “catches a ride” with Link to the Surface, before christening it “Grooseland,” and throwing a tantrum when Impa tells him he…

Gorons: a stout race. Known for their stony hides, fraternal social structures, and penchant for dang delicious rock sirloin, they’ve been a series staple for many years. But what of the culture of our bouldering brothers? How do they fashion themselves? Just how much does their biology allow? In some games like Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword, and even Breath of the Wild, we see them sprout little tufts of hair from their lil’ dumpling heads, some even sporting billowing beards…