Category: Hyrule Compendium

Happy 35th anniversary, Zelda! And later this year, we can also wish Skyward Sword a happy 10th! Considering this particular title has hit a decade and is the only modern console Zelda title without some kind of improved reissue, it’s no surprise we’re getting an upgraded Switch port this summer. In response to this exciting news, Zelda Dungeon masters Mases Hagopian and Gooey Fame have posted a new edition of their Hyrule Compendium series on the ZD YouTube channel. Though…

The Water Dungeon is a pillar in classic Legend of Zelda game design. Challenges themed around flooding, flow, swimming, and sailing grace many of the games in the series. In the newest edition of Zelda Dungeon’s Hyrule Compendium, hosts Mases Hagopian and Gooey Fame discuss what it means for a level to be classified as a “water dungeon.” Spoiler: It’s not just the presence of water! The duo consider a large swath of Zelda games and how they use water…

Hyrule Compendium hosts Mases and Gooey take on a tough call: What are the worst bosses in the series? Finding anything to complain about when it comes to Zelda’s stellar track record of boss characters is a tall order. Using Champions Cast #130 as a jumping off point, the duo take a sharp turn away from the top 10 discussion and try to dissect the missteps a number of Zelda games have made when it comes to clearing those inevitable…

Where does The Adventure of Link rank among your favorite Zelda games? In our Best Zelda Ever rankings from last November, we ranked the title in the top 20, although there was one year it just barely reached the top 10 on our annual list. The Adventure of Link has been widely regarded as the black sheep of the Zelda series because of its abrupt change in gameplay style compared to the previous game, the original The Legend of Zelda….

Zelda Dungeon will be counting down the 50 best dungeons in the entire Zelda series throughout the month of June. This was a challenge as there are some truly amazing dungeons throughout the whole length of the Zelda franchise. These are the ones that have amazing designs, solid puzzles, challenging bosses, and so much more. However, there are unfortunately those that missed the cut of our best dungeons list, so Mases and Gooey are taking a look at some of those underrated,…

Where does The Wind Waker rank among your favorite Legend of Zelda titles? In our Best Zelda Ever rankings from last November, The Wind Waker sat just outside the top five, at sixth overall. Link’s sea-faring adventure has been met with both criticism and praise over the years, and that seems to be the case with our own rankings. In this month’s episode, Gooey and Mases gave their opinions on The Wind Waker. Just as with previous episodes, we also…

Zelda games were not necessarily built to be played through as quickly as possible, but this hasn’t stopped a vibrant community of highly skilled speedrunners from springing up around the series. In the latest Hyrule Compendium, the venerable Gooey and Mases discuss how they feel about speedrunning Zelda games, how the practice has impacted newer titles, and whether the advent of competitive runs is a good thing for the series.  The pair acknowledge that speedrunning presents a unique way to…

The Legend of Zelda has spanned decades of video games, but it’s never received the big-screen treatment. In fact, unless you count the short-lived TV show that ran in 1989, the series hasn’t had a proper run on the small screen either. In the latest installment of Hyrule Compendium, Gooey and Mases cast their dream Zelda movie or TV show. Mases states early on that a thirty-year-old shouldn’t be playing Link, and that all of the characters should remain fairly…

Later this month, Majora’s Mask will turn 20 years old. And although our upcoming celebrations will include the Nintendo 64 version, our latest Hyrule Compendium video is devoted to Majora’s Mask 3D — with a few comparisons to the original game, of course. Mases and Goo dive into discussion, and both weigh in on whether this is the greatest remake of a Zelda game. Give the video a watch to find out whether they both agree! With the question at…

Oracle of Ages and Oracles of Seasons were originally released on the Game Boy Color back in 2001. One of the interesting features of these games was their ability to interact with one another. If you completed Oracle of Seasons for example, you could gain access to passwords that would enable you to use items in Oracle of Ages and vice versa. There was also an extended ending which included a battle between Twinrova and Ganon. This is nothing compared to…