Posts in category: The Wind Waker

The Importance of One-Offs in Zelda

RabbitLinkOne-Off: noun. Something occurring, done, or made only once.

For being relatively common, one-offs are rarely given any spotlight in the Zelda franchise. This is unfair; the importance of singular moments with different mechanics or a different tone from the rest of the game cannot be understated. From the Romani Ranch side quest in Majora’s Mask to The Sand Sea in Skyward Sword, I’m going to take a look at some of my favorite unique moments from the history of The Legend of Zelda and briefly show their importance in the game as a whole.

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My Zelda Story: From A Link to the Past to A Link Between Worlds

The-Legend-of-Zelda-A-Link-Between-Worlds-vs.-A-Link-to-the-Past-46 What is the Legend of Zelda to you? Is it simply a game that you enjoy to pass the time with, or is it something more meaningful? Have you been enjoying journeys through Hyrule for most of your life, or have you only recently tried your hand at your first adventure as Link, the hero in green? We all have our stories, playing these games, finding inspiration from them and always wishing for more adventures to enjoy on the latest Nintendo hardware.

For me The Legend of Zelda has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was born into it more or less, and I have vague memories of watching family members playing A Link to the Past, and later on, Ocarina of Time as I grew up. But I was around 7 years old when I played my first Zelda game. My family wasn’t exactly wealthy as I was growing up and I have a lot of siblings. So when my parents found an SNES and a few games at a yard sale, my siblings and I were on cloud nine. A Link to the Past happened to be one of those games. It’s funny, the cartridge already had two save files that were pretty far into the game, and, as any normal person or gamer would do, I deleted those games so my siblings and I could have our own save files. However, for some reason, two of my brothers got so mad at me for deleting those games and making them start from the beginning. This is the moment that I first experienced Zelda for myself, and it’s a fond, silly memory. That said, though, my Zelda story is actually a rather short one. Even though 13 years or so followed that memory and I had played the majority of the Zelda games released over that time, I had never really considered how much the Zelda series meant to me then. At least, not until A Link Between Worlds was released.

Make the jump to hear my Zelda story. You can also check out Jon and Mark’s Zelda stories, and be sure to be on the look out for more of the staff’s Zelda journeys.

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Gossip Stone: Does Link Suffer From Selective Mutism?

cat The Hero of Time is a rather silent savior, he doesn’t speak casually but we do see him gesture and make mouth movements as if he is speaking to someone. Though we are not privy to these conversations and we rarely hear our hero’s voice, it is clear that at times he is capable of speech. Selective Mutism is a condition that often occurs due to genetically predisposed Anxiety Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder which results in children not being able to speak comfortably in a majority of situations. Only with certain people or in familiar settings will children with this affliction speak, and these children are usually socially impaired otherwise.

Many Links seem to me to show the symptoms of Selective Mutism, after the jump we’ll see which Links we can diagnose and how this illness has affected their heroics.

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Gossip Stone: Does a Zelda Game’s Appearance Affect its Reception?

COVER real There are an almost endless number of factors that contribute to the commercial appeal of a videogame– gameplay, functionality, developer, rating– but a game isn’t going to sell if it isn’t pleasing to the eye, at least in some capacity. We can judge by the turbulent behavior following the reveal of Wind Waker’s art style or Skyward Swords’ downgraded graphics that appearance does matter within the Zelda series. So let’s take a look at some of the varied Zelda visual styles and how they affected the games’ initial and later receptions after the jump!

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Theory: How The Zoras Evolved To The Rito

how the zora's evolvedIn one of Dr.Wily‘s latest videos he came up with ideas on why the Zora’s needed to evolve to later become the Rito. It could have been possible that the change in water conditions made it so that they were no longer able to live underwater. It could also have happened because there was not enough food for them in The Great Sea. The monsters in The Great Sea could have been a part of the reason that they needed to evolve as well. All of these points were detailed in his video.

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TedescoCreations: Sage Laruto Cover on Piano

sage laruto cover wwIn one of his latest videos, YouTuber TedescoCreations did a Piano cover on Sage Laruto. It is done both somberly and elegantly, with the audio being of high quality. It was done on Keyboard and is one of my personal favorite songs from The Wind Waker. The visuals of the video are also done well with a cool background shown behind both himself and the keyboard.

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Dragon Roost Island Harp Cover by TwoBreaths

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TwoBreaths, a musical duo consisting of twins Dragomira and Soryane, have composed a unique cover to Dragon Roost Island’s theme. The score is done completely on the harp played by Dragomira. This piece is a wonderful way to spend those dark winter nights curled up with some hot cocoa. So grab your favorite pillow, find a comfy chair, and hit the jump to take a listen to this peaceful melody.

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Zelda Theory: What Happened To The Deku Tree?

Great-Deku-TreeIn The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time we are introduced to The Great Deku Tree, the Guardian of the Forest, he stands watch over all of his surroundings protecting all the creatures and beings that lie within his lush green forest. Sadly, The Great Deku tree has been cursed and although child Link battles fearlessly to save him, it was too late for this great “Shepard of the Forest”. We then see him again in The Wind Waker acting as the Guardian of the Forest Haven, here he is a father figure to the adorable little creatures by his side. But what happened to The Great Deku Tree in the time between these events and after? Join Dr. Wily in one of his latest Zelda Theories after the break.

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Nintendo Badge Arcade Adds Wind Waker Badges And A Free Play!

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 11.33.44 AMToday, the Nintendo Badge Arcade has just added several new panels of badges including new panels from The Wind Waker. Featuring Princess Zelda, Triforce, Hyrule Crest, Potions, and even a Fairy in a Bottle, as well as several other familiar items, the badges are only available for a limited time so don’t miss out. You can also get yourself one free play today, plus don’t forget to use the Practice Catcher for a chance at securing a few more free plays! You can use the Practice Catcher once a day for a chance at getting the special badge which rewards you with up to five free plays!

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IGN: The Wind Waker, From Hated to Cherished

wp-1-1920x1080 Admittedly, when The Wind Waker was released back in 2003, I was not a fan. My first look at it was as a twenty minute demo on the Zelda Collector’s Edition my siblings and I got for Christmas when I was ten. At the time, I had just finished playing through Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask–my second and third Zelda games ever–and the concept of a ‘Toon Link’ was so bizarre to me, the switch in worlds so monumental that, as a ten-year-old, I irrationally decided to reject the game entirely. It wasn’t until I was much older and the HD remake was released that I decided to give the game another chance, and found that I actually really liked it. In fact, it has, up until this point, become one of my favorite Zelda titles and I find myself replaying it every four-six months; almost as much as I replay Ocarina of Time.

Beyond the jump is a video where the guys at IGN explain this common occurrence throughout the fanbase. That, in the last twelve years since The Wind Waker‘s initial release, fans have converted from hating the change in Zelda’s direction, to absolutely adoring it and eager for more re-releases of favorite Zelda titles.

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Gossip Stone: Should The Tingle Tuner Have Been in Wind Waker HD?

largeOther than the clearly enhanced visuals and audio of the game, there were a few changes Nintendo made to Wind Waker during its HD revamp that changed quite a deal. One of the features they had cut from the game entirely was the connectivity between the GameCube system and the Gameboy Advanced systems- allowing the player to use the Tingle Tuner for various features, such as letting Link hover or simply keeping him alive altogether. I had a few ideas about this in the past that could’ve worked, so if you’re interested in reading into it more, be sure to tune in past the jump!

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Monster Hunter X Link Costume Screenshots And Art

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 7.49.12 AMYesterday we shared that Capcom had just announced several new collaborations for their upcoming title, Monster Hunter X releasing in Japan on November 28. Among the new collaborations was a special Felyne Link costume from The Wind Waker, where the kitties will be able to garb themselves in the image of Link. Now Capcom has released a couple of screenshots and art to give you an even better idea of how the Felyne’s will look in their new digs.

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Dragon Roost Island Cover With Some Mexican Flavor

Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 9.18.55 AMYouTube channel Mariachi Entertainment System has recently uploaded a new cover for the Dragon Roost Island theme from The Wind Waker. The channel is dedicated to spreading the word about Mexican culture and mariachi through covers of various video game music and has recently gone through a little rebranding of sorts. The Dragon Roost Island theme is a very highly represented song for covers and this one lends a unique twist to the music. Jump on in past the break to give it a listen and see what you think.

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72Hours Remaining Cover Of The Wind Waker End Credits

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 8.05.13 AMWith all of the coverage on Tri Force Heroes that has been going on of late it has been a little bit since we shared a quality Zelda inspired cover with you. Just any cover would not do, so I searched for what I thought was a pretty spectacular one to share with you. 72Hours Remaining is a musical project with two seasoned guitarist and a love for The Legend of Zelda. In their latest cover they do an amazing job on the End Credits for The Wind Waker, it seriously brought back quite a few memories for me and now I feel like I need to replay the game once again!

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