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Sometimes video game composers reuse older tracks from a video game’s score later on in a series, and The Legend of Zelda is no exception. More often than not, Zelda composers recycle tunes for similar situations, such as the File Select theme used in countless Zelda titles; other times they are reused to announce a specific character, such as Zelda’s Lullaby. For a series with over 20 games in it’s repertoire, it’s no surprise that many of their tracks have been given new life by different composers….

It’s that time of the week again! Time to catch up on everything that’s been going on in the Zelda speedrunning community! This week, we’re discussing movement options and optimizations in A Link to the Past, and having a chat with an Ocarina of Time 3D moderator. Let’s get started! Now Playing The Legend of Zelda community are gearing up for their 2019 tournament, this time with a twist! The tournament will consist of three different categories – Any%, 100% No Up+A, and Swordless. Not only does…

Hello, one and all. Step right up for yet another edition of Zelda Dungeon’s Caption Contest. I don’t normally need a reason to present a Breath of the Wild screenshot featuring one of the most loveable talking trains from all of TV Land, but I actually have one this week. I recently learned that the show Shining Time Station, Thomas the Tank Engine’s primary vehicle, just celebrated its 30th birthday. So in honor of this momentous occasion, let’s take a…

If you didn’t already know, the Champions’ Cast is all about cheap plugs, and this week we take it to the extreme: we play a game based off our Musical March Madness tournament (which if you haven’t checked it out, A) it’s going on right now, and B) WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?). We take the bracket and pick our own winners… with some back and forth negotiations in there to determine some winners and losers. It was a fun…

After completing our playthrough of The Legend of Zelda’s second quest, Mases and I are taking on A Link Between Worlds. This time around I’m leading the charge while Mases will be providing some knowledgeable commentary. Not only that, but I will have to play this game on hero mode, which will add some spice to the run! Join us for our first episode as we make it to the Sanctuary and meet the villain Yuga. If you’d like to…

Music is a defining feature of The Legend of Zelda series, so much so that it becomes its own character. The soundscape molds Hyrule around Link and his friends, giving character to those he interacts with and helps the player connect with them on an emotional level. The awe-striking music from The Legend of Zelda played a significant role in why I chose to pursue Bachelor’s Degree in music, and it is why I have decided to take an in-depth look at different tracks…

Widely regarded as the darkest entry in the Zelda series, Twilight Princess contains some of the creepiest and scariest enemies we’ll face in Hyrule. Locked away, deep in the depths of the desert colossus Arbiter’s Grounds lies Death Sword, a phantom possessed sword which Link must defeat to obtain the Spinner item. Theorist, analyzer, and general Zelda discussion Youtuber Zeltik has put forward his thoughts on exactly where this creepy boss fits into the Zelda canon. The video covers both the sword itself and the…

Since the beginning of The Legend of Zelda  series we’ve seen a great evolution in the art style of the game. The series has produced some of the most memorable artwork in video game history, and many of the styles and features have become iconic to the Zelda series. The question, “What is your favorite art style for Zelda?” is rather hard. As an artist and graphic designer, I have a deep appreciation for every style that we’ve seen from…

When it comes to dungeons, The Legend of Zelda loves its themes. The early, 3D entries, especially, doubled down on giving each temple a specific motif and sticking to it. Ocarina of Time’s Fire Temple, for instance, is a straight-up, no-nonsense, fire-themed level. The Wind Waker’s Forbidden Woods? That’s a forest dungeon if ever I’ve seen one. More recent titles have experimented with multiple ingredients, with Twilight Princess’ Arbiter’s Grounds feeling more like a blend of desert and shadow. Similarly, the Ancient Cistern…

Ladies and gentleman, my name is Kristen. Rosario. And I am your host for the CAVE OF TRIALS! Now before we talk a little about what’s to come for this week, let’s get into the winners of last week’s bout. Let’s start off by announcing that unfortunately, Saria was not able to get her win. So this, of course, means that STILL your NEW ERA Cave of Trials Champion, Midna! Her reign continues. I’ve decided that until ZeldaMania arrives in…