Category: Spirit Tracks

Ganon and Ganondorf cast a long shadow over the Zelda series. The Great King of Evil (and his various incarnations) have been the villain in a large amount of games, which means the player often end their experience in Hyrule by battling Ganon. With that being said, it is always interesting when a game features a final boss that is not Ganon. Whether it is Link’s Shadow, Majora, or Vaati, the non-Ganon villains help keep the gameplay and storytelling from…

It has been a long few years since we last had a multiplayer Zelda game. As we continue to await the anticipated release of a certain “sequel” game, many including myself have looked back at previous releases and wondered about the legacy of multiplayer installments for the Zelda franchise. The previous multiplayer entry Triforce Heroes was released in 2015, and was actually the eighteenth original entry in the Zelda franchise. Breath of the Wild was the nineteenth entry released two…

Sometimes, heroes need a helping hand. They’re doing their best to fight evil, explore dungeons and vast lands, racing against time to change the fate of worlds, make massive feasts (to replenish health and stamina, of course)… They cannot do it all themselves! And Link? Well, several games in the Zelda series prove that he is no exception. Yet, no one stops to consider what it is like to fight alongside the Hero of Hyrule as he stumbles his way to…

With every new iteration in the franchise, the Zelda series finds some new way to innovate on itself. Some are smaller changes or developments, like Ocarina of Time to Majora’s Mask or Phantom Hourglass to Spirit Tracks. Others are huge sweeping changes, like the N64 era to The Wind Waker, or Skyward Sword to Breath of the Wild. While many of the fundamentals remain the same from entry to entry, the games still find ways to make themselves unique and…

Over the course of the Zelda franchise as a whole, art style and overall tone have gone hand-in-hand. The leap into 3D, beginning with Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, solidified what would become some of the most iconic character designs within the series. They also set the bar for player expectations in terms of storytelling and theme. The era immediately after, beginning with The Wind Waker and continuing with Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, famously stirred up controversy over…

I’m not sure how out of the ordinary this is, but I replay games more often than I play new ones by a mile. Not just new releases; even older games I haven’t played have a hard time squeezing into my schedule when there’s so many that I want to experience again (and again, and again). The Legend of Zelda is my favorite franchise and it makes me want to revisit their worlds many times to learn more and deepen my appreciation…

A good or bad gimmick can elevate or detract from a game, and the Zelda series is unique in that every single game has a distinct, unique gimmick associated with it that makes them ripe for examination! This week, we’re diving in and discussing what’s worked and what needed improvement over the years with Zelda gimmicks; Dual worlds are a favorite staple, but maybe stylus or motion controls weren’t for everybody. Transforming via masks was likewise awesome, so why did…

Tingle, although a strange character, has had some importance in a few Zelda games. In The Wind Waker, Link frees him from jail and, in return, he assists Link with the Triforce Charts quest. And in Oracle of Ages, Tingle hands Link a chart which helps him navigate the Crescent Strait to reach Crescent Island. However, despite playing a vital role in certain quests in these titles, there are also moments in the series where Tingle’s presence acts a mere…

In the spirit of Musical March Madness here at Zelda Dungeon, the newest installment of Tier Force Heroes sets out to rank the various instruments Link engages with throughout the Zelda series. Things get playfully heated between Gooey Fame, Corey Richmond, and Skull Kid Nico as they discuss their favorite and least favorite Zelda instruments– from the The Legend of Zelda‘s flute to Hestu’s maracas, and everything in between.  The boys confront the challenge of ranking the Link’s Awakening instruments…

If you look back across the series, you’ll notice that most Zelda games incorporate the use of a musical instrument to enact magical actions.  Whether it’s the instrument itself, or the notes and sounds strung together in harmony through it, the resulting music and associated powers have been quite prevalent throughout Link’s adventure. We’ve seen musical instruments play a huge part in some fan-favorite games, like Majora’s Mask.  Players got to experience the Deku Pipes, Zora Guitar, and Goron Drums,…