Zelda Dungeon Marathon 2018:

Category: The Legend of Zelda

As some of you might have heard, today marks the beginning of what can only be described as the biggest Zelda event of the year – the Zelda Dungeon Marathon 2018. Packed to the brim with exciting content, nail biting races, and comically failed glitches and exploits, you do not want to miss it. While the team involved with the event might brush it off as a bit of fun (and an excellent way to raise money for charity), an underlying tension…

Since the release of the first title in The Legend of Zelda franchise, Nintendo has worked hard to create an immersive experience for fans of the series. As each sequel or prequel (as the timeline dictates) is designed, players have had the opportunity to explore not only better graphics but different methods of actual gameplay throughout the series. When the Nintendo 64 hit the shelves, gamers had the opportunity to use the analog stick to direct Link on his adventures throughout Hyrule…

The annual Zelda Dungeon Marathon fast approaches as our staff prepare themselves for the week long charity event. From last minute game running practice to hastily packing our bags three and a half minutes before the taxi leaves us at home, we’re excited to raise money for Extra Life! If you haven’t watched one of these before, every year a large group of Zelda Dungeon staffers led by our intrepid Mases race each other in all of the main title Zelda…

When I think of items in the Zelda series, particularly Ocarina of Time, often enough the first one that comes to mind is the hookshot/longshot. From its overall usefulness throughout the game to it’s iconic status now as one of the most wanted items to be featured in new titles, the hookshot/longshot has cemented its history. But not every item featured in Zelda games are as useful as others. Specifically, Ocarina of Time has a great many items that are completely optional and are…

The Lost Woods have appeared in… how many Zelda titles now?  The resting place of the Master Sword, the path to the Sacred Forest Meadow, and a frustrating maze of tree after tree if you don’t really know where you’re supposed to be going. Turn one wrong direction, and find yourself right back at the start. Yet, in Japan, the concept of the Lost Woods is not exclusive to Zelda alone. So where else can we see it? Writer Clyde Mandelin of Legends…

Since the release of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo has presented fans with maps that show the kingdom of Hyrule and it’s ever changing landscape over the duration of multiple eras. If you look back at the first map in the franchise, it was certainly lacking in detail, but although it pales in comparison to the extensive map in Breath of the Wild, it was extremely well presented for its time. Other maps, such as that of Ocarina of Time, depict a more picturesque version of Hyrule,…

It’s safe to say that most of The Legend of Zelda fans have a favorite NPC (non-player character) in the franchise. This is usually because Nintendo have done such a great job at making the characters in the series so memorable that they leave a lasting impression on the player. Throughout the games, fans have seen characters with stronger personalities, such as Princess Ruto from Ocarina of Time, and Groose from Skyward Sword. We have also seen those with a milder tone, such as…

Nintendo has created some really great characters in The Legend of Zelda games and their bonds and friendships with Link have certainly caused some fans to want to see a love story blossom. Naturally, a lot of fans imagine Link and Princess Zelda to be together. Our two main protagonists, tied together by fate, falling in love and saving Hyrule by each other’s side! A more recent ship has been between Link and Prince Sidon from Breath of the Wild, whom fans…

Here’s two classic Zelda songs joined together in a beautiful arrangement! In this harp-heavy composition, Youtuber Samantha Ballard captures the wonder and beauty of the Sacred Grove, the mysterious forest that Link explores in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The Sacred Grove theme is a beautiful rearrangement of the Lost Woods theme (Saria’s Song) originally featured in Ocarina of Time. Unlike the Lost Woods rendition, which is joyful and energetic, the Sacred Grove theme is much more mysterious and…

Ever since the beginning, The Legend of Zelda has always featured large explorable worlds, all with varying degrees of nonlinear progression. With recent games like A Link Between Worlds, and especially Breath of the Wild, Nintendo has gone further into creating largely nonlinear games. Many loved this completely fresh take, while others missed the old Zelda formula. In our most recent entry in our series, Hyrule Compendium, we discuss what degree of nonlinearity we’ve enjoyed throughout the series. What do…