Category: The Adventure of Link

Composers for Zelda games do a fantastic job of immersing the player in the moment. Whether it is large, choral tracks for big lore moments or softer melodic tracks for emotional and vulnerable moments, auditory cues are utilized to trigger the emotional response of the player. Thus, music offers a grander picture of the situation at hand and accompanies the visuals and gameplay to cement the idea of escaping into a fictional world. When it comes to combat music, Zelda…

Welcome back to Zelda Runners, your glimpse into the world of Zelda speedrunning. Recently, the speedrunning world was treated to the semi-annual Games Done Quick event. Speedrunners from around the world gathered together to showcase their skills while raising money for Doctors Without Borders. This year’s summer event featured five different Zelda titles, each of them being broken in their own way. With titles spanning 29 years, we were able to see a true evolution in Zelda games. Without further…

Zelda subtitles tend to reference either a key item or character from their game. These make each game easily identifiable, and give potential players a sense of what to expect from them narratively. Some of the best subtitles aren’t just straightforward, but are a nod to a secret revealed late in the game’s story. Others, however, are either entirely nondescript, a bad choice from a marketing perspective, or otherwise misleading. In my opinion the worst subtitles are The Adventure of…

Back in May, news broke of a supposed server hack related to BoardOn, a company that collaborated with Nintendo on development of the Wii. There was so much data collected that some people have called it “one of the largest hacks in gaming history”. Now that people are really digging into the source code that has been leaked, various prototypes of retro Nintendo games are being unearthed, including Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo 64 games, and there is likely…

It’s not your grandpa’s Nintendo Entertainment System. Okay, that might be hyperbolic, but the Nintendo Switch offers so much that consoles from previous generations lacked. Among its very best qualities is an ability to grab and go, moving from TV based play to portable fun; additionally, the development of online play is far superior to previous iterations of Nintendo consoles. These features could breathe new life into an old idea: side-scrolling Zelda fun. The proverbial black sheep of the franchise…

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…