Category: Hyrule Compendium

Time to trade some items and meet some minor characters! Since Link’s Awakening (1993), many Zelda games have included a trading sequence. Sometimes these span the length of an entire game, sometimes they constitute a separate side quest, but they almost always involve the swapping of bizarre items with quirky characters. Many fans consider trading sequences to be a staple element of the Zelda series, but Link’s latest and largest adventure, Breath of the Wild, lacks one. So, Zelda Dungeon’s Mases Hagopian and Gooey Fame…

Zelda dungeons. We’d like to think we know a little about them. But laying out the ingredients that create them isn’t necessarily enough to crack their formula. And maybe an easy-to-follow formula would ruin them anyway? Or at least keep any single example from standing out. So, Zelda Dungeon’s very own Mases Hagopian and Gooey Fame dig into the tropes and traits of one of The Legend of Zelda‘s defining features in their newest episode of Hyrule Compendium. The discussion…

Mases and Gooey are back with another episode of the Hyrule Compendium! Join our hosts as they discuss the introduction of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask to Nintendo Switch Online. The question they seek to answer today is: Do the Nintendo 64 versions of these two popular Zelda games still hold up today? Since the matter of how well a game holds up falls in the realm of personal preference, the issue is multifaceted. The original version of each…

Join Zelda Dungeon’s chief Mases and YouTube Coordinator Gooey in their latest ranking video! The duo is on a quest to analyze each game in the Zelda series and rank them based on ten categories: World, Art Style, Story, Pacing & Progression, Gameplay & Combat, Items & Abilities, Enemies & Bosses, Side Content & Extras, and the Music & Sound design. These results are then stacked up against the opinions of Zelda Dungeon’s staff and community. After covering Cadence of Hyrule…

Mases Hagopian and Gooey Fame are back to share their reactions to all things Zelda from Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct at E3. The crew from The Hyrule Compendium have their finger on the community pulse, and much like the rest of us, note their agony over that bait and switch Nintendo pulled at the beginning of the show with the Super Smash Bros. fighter reveal. For those that missed the Direct, it began with a mystery character carrying the body of…

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,…