Category: The Legend of Zelda

With the turning of a year comes the promise of new beginnings. The time to eat healthier, maybe hit the gym more. The time to go on the big trip you’ve always wanted to go on. The time to actually finish the fifty-seven games you bought last year during the Steam Christmas sale but never actually got around to playing. The time… for New Year’s Resolutions. Of course, being that we’re already two weeks into January, it’s fair to say…

For years, The Legend of Zelda series has always had some linear aspects to its games. The story always pointed you in a specific direction while allowing you to explore as you journeyed. The secrets contained in each game were hinted at or pointed out in one way or another, such as a cracked wall or an out-of-place stone. However, the original Zelda back on the NES had none of that. The game placed many dungeons in places that could technically be accessed…

In the speedrunning community, Awesome Games Done Quick is something of a Superbowl. The week-long marathon, benefiting the Prevent Cancer Foundation, features runners from all around the world as they showcase the skips, glitches, and exploits that allow them to finish our favorite games as quickly as possible. This year’s event, which began yesterday and runs until Saturday, has a ton of fun in store, not the least of which being a handful of Zelda speedruns. Awesome Games Done Quick…

In a recent interview with game director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and series producer Eiji Aonuma, the duo commented on how the initial cooking system of Breath of the Wild included a survival mechanic where Link would get progressively more hungry until it became difficult to move. This would then encourage players to cook food and eat in order to restore his maneuverability. Ultimately, this feature was cut from the game and replaced with the healing mechanic in order to make it less of…

Ganondorf has been a staple of the Zelda series since its inception and as such has had many incarnations over time. He also happens to be a boss or final boss of any Zelda game he appears in. With this in mind, let’s explore who this guy is and why he’s so important. As a man, Ganondorf himself makes his first physical appearance in Ocarina of Time as a manifestation of the curse Demise lays upon Zelda and Link. Known by the moniker…

The Legend of Zelda rarely intersects with the realm of politics. This is a good thing, as our adventures in Hyrule serve as an escape from the often divisive politics of the modern day. But once in a blood moon, the fantastical adventures of Link take an unexpected turn into the political sphere. Earlier today, the Wikipedia article for the original Legend of Zelda game was edited anonymously by someone in the United States House of Representatives, with the name…

MichaelBtheGameGenie recently uploaded a video on The Legend of Zelda franchise and a few of its competitors’ copycat games. Surprisingly, there were only a few titles that Michael focused on, and most of those titles featured specific Zelda elements, except for one or two games that were not mere clones, but were inspired by what The Legend of Zelda series did for video gaming. Another common thread that Mike found interesting was the fact that these Zelda copycat games were mostly enjoyable to play. Out of…

Hello again! We’re back again, and the holidays are coming up soon, so be prepared for some Zelda-themed holiday challenges starting soon! But for now, things are sticking to the norm, so let’s get to it! Last Week’s Challenge Last week,  we asked you to create art of Link being trained by the Hero’s Shade from Twilight Princess. There’s only one piece of art this week, which isn’t a submission, but it’s still some terrific work! By Radiant on DeviantArt I’m…

During our annual ranking of the Best Zelda’s Ever, we asked our users to predict where each game would finish on our aggregated list. Most, if not all, predicted that the original 8-bit classic would finish a lot higher than it actually did. A common sense among our staff (especially younger ones) was that the game just didn’t compare to it’s modern brothers. There’s probably an element of truth to that; the game is 31 years old after all. But…

Zelda has an impressive amount of items in each of its games, ranging from useful tools to help traverse a dungeon to lifesaving… milk? Among these items are two distinct consumables usually requiring an empty bottle of some sort to contain them; Blue potions and fairies. Both of them provide some rather unique benefits to our adventuring hero. First debuting in The Legend of Zelda, fairies have been a mainstay in the series since the very beginning. While their effects vary in…