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The Legend of Zelda series is about to celebrate its thirty fifth anniversary in 2021. The long running series has left a huge mark on gaming. Because of its long and continued excellence, the series has multiple generations of diverse fans from across the world. The community surrounding the series has developed a great deal in the past thirty years, and it is amazing to see how the series and its fan base have grown. I’ve been an avid Zelda…

What is the greatest dungeon in the Zelda series? A simple question on the surface, but one with so many layers that it makes finding an answer almost impossible. How does one define ‘great’? Is it the dungeon layout? Perhaps the ways the dungeon item is implemented into the puzzles? Or is it the bombastic boss fight at the end? Surely the music and overall aesthetic play a part? And to be honest – what does being a dungeon in…

It seems like so, so long ago that Nintendo so thrillingly revealed the sequel to the mega-hit Switch game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was a moment I’ll personally never forget, as I sat there, covering it live for Zelda Dungeon, excited and giddy at the possibilities from a successor to what had quickly become one of my favorite games ever. I remember thinking that it was unlikely that we would see any more information or…

In many ways, Breath of the Wild was a spiritual remake or reimagining of the original Legend of Zelda. From the iconic Dueling Peaks, the open world with emphasis on exploration, and its defining of the series for many, to name just a few of the parallels. There has been a lot written on this idea already, so I’m not going to spend long going into those parts. However, I think there’s another set of connections that we can look…

Ocarina of Time was an instant classic in November of 1998. Visually striking, it stood as pinnacle of three-dimensional games, as well as revamping the Zelda formula previously set in A Link to the Past. Even today it is regarded as not only one of the greatest Zelda games, but one of the greatest games in general. Ocarina of Time represents the adventurous spirit of the Zelda franchise within every aspect — story, gameplay, visuals, puzzles, characters — which is why…

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is probably my favorite Zelda game alongside Ocarina of Time. While other games have let Link explore lands besides Hyrule, in comparison Termina feels more interesting than, say, Holodrum or Hytopia. Termina’s compacted nature and character-driven stories make the game deeply impactful, and it certainly left an impression on me. It’s also great that Termina has its own separate history laid out, and might hint towards deeper lore that isn’t explicitly told. Since the…

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published May 24, 2019. 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…

Majora’s Mask reaches its 20th anniversary this year, and there’s no arguing that there is plenty to celebrate. This title was the second installment in the Zelda series to utilize 3D graphics, making it a truly memorable game for its era. It’s even had a well-deserved upgrade, having been remastered for the 3DS in 2015. What’s more, on top of its gameplay and graphics, Majora’s Mask warranted critical acclaim for the complexity of its story. If you haven’t had the…

Editor’s Note: This editorial was originally published February 26, 2018. Content Warning: This story does contain a brief moment of violence. My birthday falls in the summertime. As a child, that mostly meant no school to me, and specifically, on my eleventh birthday, my top priority was video games. Among the roster of games I was excited to play, the game I was looking forward to the most was The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. A birthday gift from my…

The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time was, and still is, one of the most acclaimed video games of all time. Released in 1998, Ocarina of Time broke numerous sales records and introduced numerous innovations to 3D action/adventure games. Across all commonly accepted metrics, the game was a colossal success. And only two years after Ocarina of Time‘s release, Nintendo released Majora’s Mask, a sequel that had a large number of mechanical and graphical similarities to its 1998 predecessor….