Category: Editorials

Week two of Linktober was filled with ups and downs. I suppose fatigue began to set in, so that was the major hurdle I had to overcome. I left off last Sunday only having the next day’s sketch ready, although Monday evening I felt compelled not to leave the piece at only the sketch phase, and went on to ink it. That was the critical point of the week: the choice was maintaining the cushion of one day (so if…

Welcome to another installment of Inspired By Zelda, the series of articles looking at games new and old that take inspiration and create a foundation based on some of the classic Zelda titles we know and love. Our aim is to spotlight the games that Zelda fans might enjoy adding to their catalog. Up today is Arietta of Spirits by developers Third Spirit Games, available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.   While playing Arietta of Spirits,…

2018 was the first time I heard about Linktober. At the time it had been a few years since I did any artwork, and I was planning to start doing more art anyway, so I took the challenge. When I began doing the prompts, I had a free schedule in the evenings of the work week, so I could count on coming home after my shifts and having the time to draw. That changed around the second week of October….

One of my favorite aspects of Skyward Sword is Skyloft. The picturesque city above the clouds serves as Link’s home base over the course of his adventure, as our hero often returns to rest, purchase supplies, upgrade his gear, and interact with the many friendly faces that live there. It’s easy to get sidetracked in Skyloft. Most of the game’s secrets and side quests lie within the city or in the surrounding Sky. Whether you’re opening up newly awakened Goddess…

Welcome to another installment of Inspired By Zelda, the series of articles looking at games new and old that take inspiration and create a foundation based on some of the classic Zelda titles we know and love. Our aim is to spotlight the games that Zelda fans might enjoy adding to their catalog. Up today is Ever Oasis by developer Grezzo, available on the Nintendo 3DS. Most Zelda fans will remember 2017 as the year that Breath of the Wild…

Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Warning: The author of this article unapologetically loves The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. With the debut of Skyward Sword HD on the Nintendo Switch, Skyward Sword is having a renaissance among Zelda fans. Many fans are being given a second chance to play a game they may have missed, or one they did not have a great experience with when it first released. The inclusion of button controls…

There is an eternal truth that I have been taught over and over again in my short 28 years: life is hard. But sometimes I look back at past dark times in my life and wonder, “How on earth did I get through that?” Whether it’s been falling in the seemingly bottomless pit of anxiety and depression, getting caught in the crossfire and repercussions of my brother’s heroin addiction, dealing with a chronic illness that ups the difficulty level of…

With every new Zelda game, Nintendo showcases the new technological capabilities of the software and hardware involved, whether it’s through gameplay, visuals, or just the immensity of the adventure. Skyward Sword was no exception, with the 2011 Wii title taking dungeon environments to the next level. Although developers have brought care into detailing the environment and feel of each dungeon ever since the first Zelda game in 1986, I feel that Skyward Sword does something truly special and unique.  …

As a huge Skyward Sword fan, I was stoked to hear that the game would be getting an HD release for the Switch. We all saw it coming, and yet it was still a pleasant surprise to receive its announcement earlier this year. After the initial hype wore off, I realized that this release was more than just a port of an HD version of my favorite Zelda game to the Switch. It was Skyward Sword‘s second chance. One it desperately…

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of The Lost Realm, by Cornfox & Bros., carries a torch for Wind Waker-era Zelda just as its predecessor did. Two years ago, we covered Oceanhorn. This 2013 action-adventure game was a detailed clone of the Zelda formula for mobile devices. Oceanhorn merged both the point-and-click sailing and island hopping of Phantom Hourglass with the more traditional control scheme of Link’s Awakening. Mechanically, the game was good for a smartphone app. Its controls were smooth and the…