Zelda Dungeon Marathon 2019:

Our Best Dungeon tournament continues with two new titles. As Ancient Cistern and Tower of Spirits duke it out in yesterday’s poll, the winning dungeons of The Wind Waker and The Minish Cap step into the fray.

Earth Temple (The Wind Waker) Vs. Palace of Winds (The Minish Cap)

Link’s adventures across the Great Sea remain relatively lighthearted throughout The Wind Waker. Well, that would have been the case if not for the Earth Temple. The crypt-like dungeon presents an atmosphere entirely unique from the rest of the game, confronting the player with mischievous Poes, wailing ReDeads, and aggressive Floormasters. This unflinchingly dark temple stands out from everything else in the game, making it one of the most memorable among the series. The dungeon’s quality is further lifted with the inclusion of Medli, as the player uses both Link and his companion to solve types of puzzles not seen anywhere else in the game.

The travels of Link and Ezlo take an unexpected turn when our hero travels atop the clouds to find the Wind Element. The Palace of Winds, situated in the sky, offers a breathtaking moment to an already great game. Our hero travels into a land above the clouds via a tornado and finds himself looking down at the world below. The setting is great, but the dungeon’s puzzles are equally as interesting. Many of the challenges faced in this dungeon involve the flow of winds and Link’s ability to jump across gaps using Roc’s Cape. I’ve always thought that Zelda items like Roc’s Cape or Roc’s Feather made for some of the series’ best gameplay moments; and the Palace of Winds may just provide the most refined version of such gameplay.

So, it’s time to decide which is the better dungeon: Earth Temple or Palace of Winds

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Here’s some important tournament information:

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  • We will post a new Round 1 voting page each day, Monday through Friday.
  • Voting for each game will be open for exactly one week.
  • Every Saturday, we will post a wrap-up article explaining the results of the prior week.
  • Once voting pages for all Round 1 bouts have been posted, there will be a one-week break before Round 2 begins.

See you tomorrow!

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