Category: Daily Debate

In celebration of thirty-five years of the Super Mario Bros. franchise, Nintendo has made many Mario games available to play on the Nintendo Switch. Super Mario 3D All Stars in particular features three of the franchises biggest titles: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. With the 35th anniversary of the Zelda series approaching, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Nintendo to do something similar with our favorite franchise in 2021. In order to celebrate…

Ever since the release of Ocarina of Time in 1998, the Zelda series has had a collection of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional titles. To date, this collection has grown to ten of the former and eight of the latter, with four falling somewhere in the middle. It goes without saying that there are true gems on either side. Two-dimensional games offer a top-down view, where the player explores the overworld and dungeons screen by screen and the limitations aren’t glaring…

You may have never heard of a “zine”, but would you read a small, unofficial magazine with Zelda-themed art, snippets of literature or comics whilst raising money for a good cause? That pretty much is a Zelda zine. Originally, zines were small printed publications, cheaply produced, with fewer than five hundred copies per issue. Something put together by volunteers and like-minded souls that wanted to share their passion with the local neighborhood. Nowadays, would-be zine makers can rally the cry…

When I think of turn-based video games, I think of Final Fantasy, and most recently Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The Legend of Zelda has been considered an RPG by some fans, but it has also made its mark as a hack and slash game via Hyrule Warriors. There are many different styles of video games and I recently began to wonder if a Zelda game would work in an adventure, turn-based style. After some consideration, I think it would. Three…

Wherever definitive rankings of Zelda games are compiled, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is sure to be well represented. From its unique (albeit controversial) art style, a feisty companion, epic music, and fan-favorite Wolf Link, this title is one of the most celebrated in the franchise. But what is the best moment from Twilight Princess? There are so many wonderful aspects and plot points in the game that it would be impossible to cover them all here; but I’ll put…

Link is almost always clothed in the iconic green tunic in Zelda games. There have been instances of him having other outfits he can wear, but Breath of the Wild gets the reward for most outfit changes in a Zelda game. The green tunic has always been iconic though, and that garment was seemingly replaced by the Champion’s Tunic in Breath of the Wild. So, will the Champion’s Tunic be replaced in Breath of the Wild 2? I like to…

I’m a Zelda traditionalist, so the lack of full dungeons and temples in Breath of the Wild was tough for me. Hyrule Castle and the shrines gave us a little taste of what Breath of the Wild temples could’ve been, and boy would they have been amazing. But of those regions contained in Breath of the Wild’s expansive terrain, which would produce the coolest temple? There are dozens of locations ripe for the spectrum of elemental temples, and I have…

A while back, I read the Polygon article calling for stories and characters that are “black and white,” arguing that games that explore morally gray areas are overdone and unwelcome. The article also argued that redemption stories, or the hero’s fall from grace, are archetypes that aren’t appreciated or necessary. It got me thinking about whether or not the video game industry is truly saturated with these stories that challenge the players, and if the pendulum really needs to swing…

This post may contain spoilers for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for those unfamiliar with the story of Breath of the Wild After watching the trailer for the upcoming Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity game, one thing in particular struck me: our heroes lose. We know how this game ends: the Champions die, Link gives his life in defense of Zelda, and Zelda traps herself in Hyrule Castle to keep Calamity Ganon at bay until Link awakens. To beat this game, our…

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity aims to fulfill a wish I’ve had since 2017 — to mow down hordes of monsters as one of Breath of the Wild’s four Champions. As I mentioned in my previous Daily Debate, I had expected this to come in the form of a proper Hyrule Warriors sequel or expansion, not a full-blown prequel to Breath of the Wild. Indeed, it’s the pleasant surprises in life that often provide the greatest joy. And though we…