Category: The Adventure of Link

Where does The Adventure of Link rank among your favorite Zelda games? In our Best Zelda Ever rankings from last November, we ranked the title in the top 20, although there was one year it just barely reached the top 10 on our annual list. The Adventure of Link has been widely regarded as the black sheep of the Zelda series because of its abrupt change in gameplay style compared to the previous game, the original The Legend of Zelda….

Every legend has a fateful beginning. My tale of being introduced to The Legend of Zelda isn’t too interesting, but I’ll share anyway. It begins with my father, back in the mid-80’s he was given a Nintendo Entertainment System as a Christmas gift from his sister-in-law’s mother. At some point he bought Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and really enjoyed it, and became a Zelda fan from then on. Years later, when I was 3 years old, he saw…

The Adventure of Link is widely regarded as the black sheep of the Zelda series. Taking a hard left turn in terms of gameplay style, the title has its ups and downs for a lot of fans. However, one thing most people who’ve played this game have agreed on is that it provides some quality music. Not only has Nintendo remixed some of the Zelda II‘s tunes for games like Smash Bros., but there have been a lot of great…

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…

It’s not a stretch to say that the Zelda franchise has some of the most iconic music in the history of video games. What Koji Kondo has created since the franchise’s inception is nothing short of legendary, and there is no end to dedicated fans wishing to pay these pieces tribute. Enter Lame Genie, a video game cover band from Rhode Island, and their metal medley of classic Zelda tunes. Covering some of the best tracks from the original Legend of Zelda through Ocarina…

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…

In many ways, Breath of the Wild was a spiritual remake or reimagining of the original Legend of Zelda. From the iconic Dueling Peaks, the open world with emphasis on exploration, and its defining of the series for many, to name just a few of the parallels. There has been a lot written on this idea already, so I’m not going to spend long going into those parts. However, I think there’s another set of connections that we can look…

Media Molecule’s newest do-it-yourself PlayStation 4 title Dreams has given creative artists and game designers a new avenue to flex their imagination. Some of these artistic gamers are even re-creating established elements from other well-known franchises. The Legend of Zelda is definitely one of those inspirations. Will Grammar (AKA Fonebooth) continues that trend as he uses Dreams to re-create the Parapa Palace from The Adventure of Link. From the opening title screen, to the music, the dungeon layout, to even…

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….

Synth-based music has been firmly in the limelight these days, with video games like Hyper Light Drifter and the the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 making strong use of it to set the perfect mood. This 80’s-style genre has even provided a whole new dimension to Zelda music, with its power felt in great fan remixes and projects like the recently-released The Legend of Synthwave. That power is exactly what you get when listening to GLASYS’ new synth cover of “Palace Theme” from…