Category: Editorials

Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch, scheduled to release on September 20th, was one of Nintendo’s marquee showings at E3 2019. This upcoming remake of the Game Boy classic was in fact playable on the E3 show floor, as attendees were invited to play through the game’s opening 15 minutes, from the moment Link wakes up on Koholint Island to the completion of the game’s first dungeon. The Zelda Dungeon team was given the opportunity to be among the first people…

It seems like a lifetime ago that The Legend of Zelda Series Producer Eiji Aonuma stood in front of a still image of a new and vibrant Hyrule, explaining how he wanted to rethink the conventions of Zelda and bring a new sense of adventure and exploration to a series some would argue had grown a bit stagnant. Everything about that short video presentation, from Link’s blue tunic, to his mechanical arrows, to the strange creature chasing him, suggested that…

Coming right out of left field, Nintendo unveiled their newest Zelda project. That project is, of course, a sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild. Not only does the trailer treat us to an updated design for Link, which seems to be a mashup of the Champion’s Tunic and Hylian Tunic, but it shows Zelda sporting a new look as well. Although the only new additions to Zelda’s appearance may be a new hairdo and caped hood, the outfit doesn’t shy away from…

It goes without saying that Ocarina of Time‘s impact on the video game industry was monumental. We could talk all day about how the 3D graphics and Z-Targeting mechanic defined so many aspects of video games that we find commonplace now, but for me, there was something else I found far more interesting about Ocarina of Time. The thing that Ocarina of Time showed me as a kid was the potential video games had to tell an emotional, deep story…

The Zelda series is rich with memorable side quests that bring us joy; Anju’s Anguish from Majora’s Mask, From the Ground Up from Breath of The Wild, and The Biggoron Sword Trading Sequence from Ocarina of Time are only a few that come to mind. We remember these side quests fondly because they had a worthwhile payoff, whether it was a cool item by the time we completed them, or by virtue of remarkable narrative depth and character interaction. But…

Romani Ranch is a small ranch community located off of Termina Field, home to Cremia, Romani, and a bunch of cows. The location serves a halfway point for Link’s quest in Majora’s Mask, as the path from Milk Road is originally blocked by a boulder and Link can only blow it up once he obtains a Powder Keg after conquering the game’s second dungeon. In addition to an opportunity to finally save Link’s loyal steed Epona, Romani Ranch is also home…

Despite the imminent threat of darkness that plagues Twilight Princess’ Hyrule, most of the game’s side content is relatively lighthearted. That’s by no means a knock against the game, though. From the delightful zaniness of the Flight By Fowl and Fruit Pop Flight Challenge mini-games to the awe-inspiring serenity of Iza’s Rapid Ride and Hena’s Fishing Hole, Twilight Princess boasts some of my favorite side quests in the series. Agitha’s bug collect-a-thon speaks to the Banjo-Kazooie fan in me, while…

There are plenty of things to love or hate about Breath of the Wild, but whatever your beefs and bouquets are with this monolith of a game, there is certainly something for everybody. Sure, us fans squabble over weapon durability, whether or not the weather is actually that big of a hindrance, or if horse travel is really worth it. But there’s one thing that every Zelda fan agrees on: Hestu’s Gift is a giant load of crap. Well… everyone, that is,…

The trading sequence side quest is one of the oldest traditions in the Zelda series. These optional quest lines ask Link to travel the vast game world, meet a diverse cast of characters, and make a series of bizarre trades until he finally gets his hands on something valuable. Our hero may start with something as mundane as a clock; but after a few trades and a bit of leg work, he may end up with a legendary blade. From…

Breath of the Wild has one of the most beautiful and distinct worlds in the Zelda franchise. Brimming with animal and plant life, it’s easy to forget the immense tragedy and danger that have left the Hylians scattered like “fallen leaves on a forgotten pool” (Ganondorf from The Wind Waker). Mammoth Guardians, ferocious Lynels, and pesky Bokoblins all stalk the landscape looking for prey. It’s a dangerous world, one that is in desperate need of hope and love. And if…