Category: Daily Debate

WARNING: This Daily Debate contains SPOILERS for Link’s Awakening. By the end of this year, we will all have our hands on what’s now one of the most anticipated Nintendo games in 2019: a Link’s Awakening remake for the Switch. Aside from the continued arguments in regards to the art style, a lot of fans agree that this remake was a long time coming. One of the biggest takeaways from this 25+ year Zelda title is the story. For those…

In a totally-out-of-left-field move, Nintendo announced earlier today during their Nindies Direct that they were partnering with Vancouver-based Brace Yourself Games to make the dungeon crawling/rhythm music game, Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer feat. The Legend of Zelda (say that ten times fast). This game is a spinoff of both the original Crypt of the NecroDancer game that was released a few years ago, and of course, the Zelda series. Spinoffs are becoming more commonplace among The Legend…

Sometimes video game composers reuse older tracks from a video game’s score later on in a series, and The Legend of Zelda is no exception. More often than not, Zelda composers recycle tunes for similar situations, such as the File Select theme used in countless Zelda titles; other times they are reused to announce a specific character, such as Zelda’s Lullaby. For a series with over 20 games in it’s repertoire, it’s no surprise that many of their tracks have been given new life by different composers….

Since the beginning of The Legend of Zelda  series we’ve seen a great evolution in the art style of the game. The series has produced some of the most memorable artwork in video game history, and many of the styles and features have become iconic to the Zelda series. The question, “What is your favorite art style for Zelda?” is rather hard. As an artist and graphic designer, I have a deep appreciation for every style that we’ve seen from…

When it comes to dungeons, The Legend of Zelda loves its themes. The early, 3D entries, especially, doubled down on giving each temple a specific motif and sticking to it. Ocarina of Time’s Fire Temple, for instance, is a straight-up, no-nonsense, fire-themed level. The Wind Waker’s Forbidden Woods? That’s a forest dungeon if ever I’ve seen one. More recent titles have experimented with multiple ingredients, with Twilight Princess’ Arbiter’s Grounds feeling more like a blend of desert and shadow. Similarly, the Ancient Cistern…

They’re scary, murderous, carry epic weapons, and come in many colors; Lynels. Lynels are not a new beast to The Legend of Zelda, but they make their glorious return in Breath of the Wild. I recently posed the question, “What do Lynels think about while pacing around?” I definitely received some interesting answers, but most of them stemmed around the subject of murdering anything that crosses its path. I have some other thoughts, though. Lynels are obviously smarter than the…

The Triforce plays a huge part in The Legend of Zelda franchise and is usually at the heart of every storyline within the games. It is a sacred golden triangle which is made up of three smaller triangles, each representing Power, Wisdom and Courage. Also known as “The Ultimate Power”, the Triforce has the ability to grant the wish of those who obtain it, regardless of whether that person’s intentions are good or evil. Because the Triforce plays such a huge part…

Just as A Link Between Worlds did nearly six years ago, the Switch’s upcoming Link’s Awakening remake aims to breathe new life into a classic Zelda title. As of now, the only changes to the original game that we know of are the updated musical score and visual presentation. What remains to be seen is just how far the developers will take this remake. Considering that the title remains the same, I doubt we’re looking at a sequel/remake hybrid in…

Nintendo has done a great job to make the Zelda series one of the most popular gaming franchises in the world. Each Zelda game presents an immersive experience for the player, with a world filled with fantasy and excitement. There are interesting non-player characters to meet, a wide variety of enemies to battle and fun side-quests to complete– and that’s just outside of the main quest! I enjoy playing the games in the Zelda franchise so much, that I return to them time and time…

Over the many years Zelda has been a franchise, the main hero himself has gone through almost as many changes! Though he’s always had generally the same discernible features, Link sometimes has wild variations in how he both appears and engages with the world around him. As a 2D sprite, he didn’t always have that much detail, but he was just as capable of defeating Ganon as the Hero of Twilight after him! Breath of the Wild not only gave us a…