Category: Editorials

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. The story of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has been… controversial, to put it bluntly. Promising “a new story set 100 years before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” this Zelda spinoff generated quite a bit of buzz within the Zelda community, as fans’ imaginations ran wild with speculation about experiencing the tragedy of the Calamity first-hand. Which story elements from Breath of the Wild‘s memories will…

It’s finally over. After what seemed like several years worth of time in the last 365 days, we’re finally leaving the year 2020 behind us — a year that began with such promise and potential, but didn’t turn out the way anyone expected. As well as offering a big congratulations to everyone for simply making it through the year, we wanted to celebrate with one of our favorite annual traditions here at Zelda Dungeon: laying bare our hopes and dreams…

Rare is the video game destined for legendary status, its appearance on the scene not just setting the stage for a series continuation but terraforming the landscape of the entire industry for decades to come. Games like Super Mario Bros., Metroid, heck, we’re still living in the wake of Resident Evil 4; the endless tide of third-person shoulder-shooters seemingly refusing to recede. Our beloved Zelda series contains a few of these foundational masterpieces, namely The Legend of Zelda, A Link…

Breath of the Wild was a groundbreaking game within the Legend of Zelda franchise. Not only does the game feature one of the most beautiful game worlds to date, but it is filled with interesting game mechanics, intriguing lore, and wonderful characters. And, of course, all those wonderful characters are brought to life by a talented and diverse cast of voice actors. Jamie Mortellaro, the voice of Prince Sidon in Breath of the Wild and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, recently…

The days of 2D, top-down console Zelda games could very well be over.   It’s hard to imagine that Nintendo would go back from a sweeping epic such as Breath of the Wild to the more traditional, quainter games that the 2D Zelda titles tend to be. With the Nintendo 3DS’s lifespan nearing the end of its run, it’s not hard to imagine that without a smaller platform to put a game like that on, we might not see a…

  The longest running alert sound on my phone is from Ocarina of Time. You know the one: It’s the jingle of overstock notes you hear when picking up an extra bundle of arrows or your millionth Deku stick. Boodle-oo-bop! I hum the treasure chest chime whenever I snag the last soda from the fridge. When I playfight with my kids, I do my best Link-style shouts. And it’s all because of the perfection of Zelda games’ sound design. Little…

The Holiday Season is officially upon us! And, as the guy who wears a Santa hat in his staff photo all year around, I couldn’t be more excited! It’s that time of year when peoples from across the globe come together to celebrate with loved ones, enjoy perhaps a few days off, and, of course, indulge in the spirit of generosity. And though certain circumstances will make this year’s festivities look a little different from what we’re all used to,…

*spoilers for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity* I see Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity as a success when it comes to placing the Hyrule Warriors-style of gameplay into the world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The combat is fluid and matches well with fighting mechanics in Breath of the Wild. Each character varies in style and each enemy can be defeated in many different ways, creating, much like in Breath of the Wild, and open-world approach…

When Genshin Impact first started making the rounds on the Internet as the “Breath of the Wild clone,” I can’t say I was surprised or even mad. After all, Breath of the Wild was critically acclaimed when it came out in 2017. Why wouldn’t other game developers want to capitalize on its success by using the same formula? Genshin Impact does have many undeniable similarities to Breath of the Wild, but to its credit, the game does a great job of…

From their inception, video games have always had a little bit of a relationship with chaos. Many games of the earlier eras of gaming were often pieced together with metaphorical duct tape and dreams. While some might turn their nose up to these things as relics of their time, they’ve given birth to the wild world of speedrunning. At this point, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know about the existence of speedrunning, but speedrunning has a…