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The Zelda franchise is one that has truly stood the test of time. Various aspects from gameplay to story are still riveting and successful after thirty-five years of invigorating gameplay and fond memories. Music is another one of these aspects, with Koji Kondo having ingrained steady and strong roots as far as how Zelda games sound. Not only has his many contributions kept up with the spirit of the series no matter the incarnation, evoking within us a sense of…

In the pantheon of creators at Nintendo, you’ll easily spot certain names: Shigeru Miyamoto, Gunpei Yokoi, Masahiro Sakurai. But those more public figures shine with the help of a deep bench of artists and developers working just behind them. One such figure is Takaya Imamura, an artist and designer who began working at the Big N in 1989. Now, after 32 years, Imamura-san has announced via a heartfelt post to his Japanese Facebook page that January 20th 2021 would be…

The process of game development is a complicated one, full of hundreds of ideas and concepts that will unfortunately never see the light of day. Some of these ideas will see new life in later entries of a developer’s series while some will just remain forgotten to all but the staff who developed them. These lost betas are not something the public often ever gets to see, but due to a bit of an odd discovery hidden on an F-Zero…

The Silent Princess was a beautiful flower we saw scattered in the hillsides and valleys of Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. It stood as a metaphor for the titular Princess Zelda in her struggle to meet Link and stand up to save Hyrule. In the game you can find them in Princess Zelda’s study, but thanks to LallensGarden on Etsy, you can now find a Silent Princess in your own study! These silk flowers mimic the ones in the…

Stop motion animation is an iconic medium and has been providing us with art that no other medium can by combining real-world objects and film techniques into a form of animation, where anything is possible. Using figurines is a great way for the beginner to have access to this art form, and with highly articulated figurines such as Figmas and Nendroids, we are seeing more and more ways for stop motion to be accessible to anyone. YouTube user Animist shows…

Zelda’s goddess outfit from Breath of the Wild has become iconic, and it’s now the star of the latest work of artist Kutty Sark. This amazing speed painting video takes us from start to finish of the artwork, from the rough sketch, to the cleaning up, coloring, detailing, and shading, to the important final touches. Zelda looks so realistic and ethereal against the backdrop of the Triforce. It’s a really beautiful piece! And it’s so fun to watch it come…

Zelda Dungeon’s YouTube Coordinator Gooey Fame is back for another thrilling season of Gooey’s Dungeon Dive. This season explores the dungeon design and creative principles found in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. The first episode features the classic dungeon Tail Cave and analyzes the various layouts, allusions to Zelda history, mini-bosses, and more. What makes Gooey’s episodes special is that they deliver intelligent insights with all the charm and connection of two friends catching up over coffee. I had a chance to…

The Legend of Zelda games are truly a style all their own and are quickly identifiable, despite the differences in graphics throughout the series. We have seen many recreations of various dungeons or overworld locations in the Unity Engine and Unreal Engine in particular that make a game look more life-like, but YouTube user How I Remember has brought us something a bit different with this re-imagining of Woodfall Temple from Majora’s Mask! This short preview features the Woodfall Temple exterior…

Having previously only been available in Japan, it is exciting to see these Smash-themed greeting cards available on the US version of the My Nintendo rewards site. In exchange for 400 platinum points, which are gathered through various achievements, users can order a set of greeting cards inspired by the popular invite cards seen in playable character reveal trailers for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The set contains three white envelopes, three cards (white, green, and blue), and stickers that resemble…

As Super Mario Bros.‘ 35th Anniversary year draws to a close, Nintendo is sprinkling in some final commemorative releases. In the latest case: a bright red, Mario-themed set of Switch hardware. We’ve seen a small stream of themed Switches in the last couple of years. Notably the elusive Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the Let’s Go Pokemon editions. Most themed bundles, however, contain just a few exclusively-colored bits while most components in the box remain stock. This Mario Red & Blue…