Category: Daily Debate

As the infamous King of Evil and arch-nemesis of Link, Ganondorf has committed numerous atrocities in the Zelda series, including the attempted genocide of the Gorons and nearly driving the Zora to extinction. If you’re curious, check out a full list of the Gerudo King’s crimes here. It’s nearly impossible to imagine someone so malicious having any possibility of redemption; but perhaps the character of Ganondorf is more complicated than he appears. As explained in Skyward Sword, Ganondorf is the…

The Legend of Zelda is widely known for its music, but did you know that there was once a full orchestra that toured and played pieces of the beloved music? The Symphony of the Goddesses was toured from 2012 until 2017 and had three different tours aptly named for the Zelda series: The Original Season, Second Quest, and Master Quest. The tour evolved from the 25th anniversary concert series and became known as The Symphony of the Goddesses. The orchestra…

The success of Nintendo’s remake of Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch has understandably piqued the curiosity of longtime fans. What other games from the handheld era could be ported, remastered, or even completely remade for the Switch? Even traditionalists (like myself), who feel a nostalgic need to play the DX version must acknowledge the awe of seeing the game brought to life on a television screen. Calls have been many for a similar revival of beloved classics like The…

Master Mode, an undertaking for those brave enough to pick up a sword once again and venture out into the land of Hyrule. Breath of the Wild, a beautiful game that explores Hyrule in a way that has never been done before. Marry the two together and you have some awesome DLC! Breath of the Wild was fun by itself, but does Master Mode in Breath of the Wild make it more fun? Yes, yes it does. Not only does…

One of my favorite aspects of Twilight Princess is its healthy mixture of new locales and fresh takes on familiar favorites. The Palace of Twilight, for instance, is distinctly alien, while the Goron Mines feel much like a spiritual successor to Dodongo’s Cavern from Ocarina of Time. Similarly, the Lakebed Temple feels like a repurposed Water Temple. With Breath of the Wild 2 set to take place in the same iteration of Hyrule as its predecessor, I can’t help but…

As I write this I am currently expecting my first son due in October! I have been thinking for the longest time what would be my son’s first video game, and especially his first Zelda game! Being born into a nerdy and gaming family means that he will grow up around games and Zelda games. I know that by the time he is old enough to pick up a controller and play that there will be hopefully a few new…

Throughout the years, a fair number of side activities have found their way into the Zelda series. A couple in particular ended up taking way more of my time than I would’ve expected at first glance. From Ocarina of Time’s fishing to Twilight Princess’s Fruit Pop Flight Challenge, these often serve as a relaxing break from the dire stakes of the main quest. Going forward, I would love to see the series take some of these diversions and expand upon…

The addition of the Champions in Breath of the Wild is pretty cool; they had decent character developments, their fates were tragic, and they are way more helpful than Sages of the past, which they could be compared to. At first glance they do seem like a different take on Sages, and I suppose a case could be made in this regard. However, Link is considered a Champion in the game too, which makes the possibility seem less likely. It…

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild frustrated and exhilarated longtime fans of the series by breaking the traditional mold. The game offered ambiance over music, Shrines over dungeons, and a true ability to play the game in any order desired. Yet there is one key pillar of the Zelda narrative universe that the 2017 hit left well enough alone: the unquestioned morality of Link. The Hero of the Wilds, like his many predecessors, is good to his core….

I recently started reading the Zelda manga. So far I’ve been loving what I’m reading and I’ve been extremely impressed with the style of art, how it’s presented, and the enhancements on the story. I’ve read the manga adaptation of Ocarina of Time, and I am currently reading Twilight Princess. As I’ve been reading through Twilight Princess I kept thinking how much more I feel the manga enhances the game. So does reading the Zelda manga enhance your thoughts on…