Category: Daily Debate

In The Legend of Zelda series, there is no doubt that we face complex levels, but it is always the water temples that we expect for the worse. The Water Temple from Ocarina of Time is notorious for being such a complicated dungeon. It is not because of its monsters or challenges, but because we face consistent repetition such as continually increasing or decreasing the water levels and repeatedly returning to certain rooms. We also have to put on and…

Beware of spoilers for various Zelda titles, in particular Link’s Awakening. Also be aware that there may be spoilers for any Zelda game in the comments.  There exist in The Legend of Zelda franchise a number of big plot twists or plot points, each best experienced blind. With many games that have been out for a long time, there’s plenty of opportunity for newcomers and first-time players of different games to be spoiled. Taking that into account, what might be the worst game or…

This past July, Nintendo released Skyward Sword HD for the Switch, marking the 10-year anniversary of the controversial game. Most notably, Nintendo created an option for players to bypass the motion controls altogether by using the analog stick for tasks typically done by moving the Wiimote. However, many still prefer to play the game as it was originally intended–through the use of motion controls; and such, the Switch delivered in a big way. The sensitivity and precision of the Joy-Con controllers…

While the titular princess of The Legend of Zelda has seen a plethora of design alterations over the years, Link has been garbed in a remarkably consistent manner. It makes sense for the sole playable protagonist of such a long-running franchise to be instantly recognizable, and clothing can be a key aspect of that visual influence. While occasionally named differently, Link’s green tunic, leather boots, and flowing cap are as iconic as Mario’s overalls. This is by far Link’s most commonly…

The Legend of Zelda as a series has become a huge comfort for me, much like my favorite seasons. There’s nothing I love more than curling up with my favorite Zelda game and just playing for a few hours. As time has gone on I have come to associate some Zelda games with certain seasons, so let’s discuss that today. The Wind Waker has always felt like a good Summer game for me. I feel like it’s probably because I…

I find that revisiting all-time favorite pieces of media time and time again can be a bit of a double-edged sword. When I look at my top five favorite video games, for instance, I’ve replayed all but one of them so many times that I can recite most of the dialogue by heart. Although this demonstrates how strong of an impact these games had on me, I occasionally worry whether I’ve played through them so many times that I’m on…

Dungeons have been a central aspect of The Legend of Zelda since the beginning and are my favorite part of any Zelda adventure. They’ve been presented as caves, temples, trees, giant fish, and pirate ships. Most recently, Breath of the Wild’s Divine Beasts have been the source of dungeon-esque content, in the form of enormous, animal-shaped laser weapons. While their appearance and context has changed dramatically, they’ve continued to provide the same utility to the series; a more intense, focused segment of gameplay…

Life is rough. No matter our circumstances, everyone has something that they have to struggle with. To counterbalance the strife, mankind has used stories of heroes and their virtuous deeds to serve as a source of inspiration. Feeling inspired increases our hope and confidence, which helps us trudge through moments of difficulty. As each inspiration fades, we can turn to our rich history of lore to fine new sources. As an epic legend, the Zelda series is full to bursting…

The Legend of Zelda has come a long way since its original release in 1986, and since then the games have only improved as time as gone on. New gaming consoles, better graphics, a wider variety of music, and more have come to make what we know and love about our favorite Zelda games. In the past I have personally written and discussed my favorite Zelda games and why, as have many of the staff here, but today I want…

Much as I discussed in the discovery of the lost Ocarina of Time beta rom, the final product we see in video games is often only a small part of what was conceptualized. Due to all sorts of things like different project direction, time crunch, and thought evolution, a concept can see all manner of development only to wind up left behind when a game hits store shelves. Oftentimes, we’ll only ever know about these ideas if a developer is…