Category: Daily Debate

Among Breath of the Wild’s most heartily debated elements has been its inclusion of shrines. Some love the bite-sized nature of these puzzle chambers, while others feel as though they detract from the traditional Zelda dungeon formula. With Breath of the Wild 2 on the hopefully-not-too-distant horizon, I’m curious as to how you all would feel about them returning. Many of my favorite dungeons from throughout the series are those that boast their fair share of context– those that have…

Throughout flashbacks in Breath of the Wild we are given beautiful glimpses at what the kingdom of Hyrule once was. The book Creating a Champion also sheds some light on what Hyrule looked like before Calamity Ganon descended upon the land. At the start of Breath of the Wild we see a destroyed, but surviving nation. Civilizations like the Gerudo, Zora, Rito, and Gorons have their homes seemingly unscathed, but the majority of Central Hyrule and other key locations are…

Since the Switch’s launch, Nintendo has made it a priority to bring the Wii U’s best games over to the console-handheld hybrid. Throughout 2017, I thought “OK, they’ll probably just port a handful of their most successful games over to the Switch.” Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, for instance, seemed like too niche of a prospect. Aside from Hyrule Warriors, it was my favorite game on the Wii U, but I seriously doubted its chances. Fortunately, the Big N saw the…

A darker title in the franchise, Twilight Princess details an outbreak of twilight upon Hyrule. A power-hungry Zant banishes Midna from the twilight realm before invading the kingdom of Hyrule and condemning it’s prior citizens to living as spirits. His new look and different threat provided fresh and interesting interactions aside from a pig-like monster or a vengeful Gerudo. However, it was later revealed that his power came from Ganondorf being executed to the twilight realm after Ocarina of Time. Because…

For as long as I can remember, Eiji Aonuma has been the managerial “face” of the Zelda series. The man is seemingly primed for an interview virtually any time a new game is announced or a similarly major piece of news drops. As a producer, his role seems comparable to that of Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige — an overseer of the myriad projects in development. That said, unlike most big-name producers, Aonuma has also directed his fair share of projects….

While the Zelda series has traditionally stuck well within the action/adventure genre, with only a few forays into new territory such as Link’s Crossbow Training and  Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland. Recently, however, Zelda characters have started appearing in more varied genres, such as the Hyrule Warriors series, and even Link appearing in other titles such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario Maker 2. It’s clear, then, that Nintendo isn’t afraid to experiment with their property by using them in unfamiliar settings. However, if you had your way, which Zelda spin…

Throughout the past ten years or so, I’ve occasionally heard the phrase “It’s always your first Zelda game that ends up being your favorite.” Now, on its surface, I get where these folks are coming from. Depending on which game serves as one’s introduction to the series, that person might have a particularly strong emotional attachment to that game. With many of the people I’ve known and myself, however, that hasn’t exactly been the case. In fact, simply identifying “my…

To start out the new year I decided to play Ocarina of Time. However, instead of playing the normal version of the game for the hundredth time, I figured I’d switch things up by playing Ocarina of Time: Master Quest. To me, Master Quest is still Ocarina of Time, but it feels almost like an entirely different game between the changes in dungeons and the mirrored view. Some of us probably prefer one version over the other, so which would you…

Since kicking off in 2016, Akira Himekawa’s Twilight Princess manga has proven to be a worthy adaptation of my all-time favorite video game. Rather than merely re-tell the original journey shot-for-shot, the manga complements the game in a way that only the best adaptations can. Some of the more vague elements of Twilight Princess’ story are expounded upon, while side characters are given more opportunities to shine. Even Link and Midna’s relationship is made more endearing, thanks in part to…

It feels like it has been so long since we’ve received any updates on the Breath of the Wild sequel. I feel like we should get a proper Nintendo Direct soon, and with it, hopefully we will see something on this highly anticipated game! In the meantime, this is a perfect time frame for speculation on the game’s mechanics because there are so many options that could be on the table. One that has been on my mind lately is…