Friday Favorites: Legend of Zelda Dungeons

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

To continue along with Zelda Month, this week is all about the dungeons that are showcased in the games. Which means… Breath of the Wild probably won’t be on this list, since it had a multitude of shrines and Divine Beasts instead of traditional dungeons.

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Twilight Princess’s Snowpeak Ruins

This dungeon could be a challenge on its own with just the ice-coated rooms and the multitude of puzzles, but they also added in a Yeti couple. Yeto and Yeta are the residents of the Snowpeak Ruins, and Link navigates through the manor for ingredients so Yeto can make a soup to help heal his sick wife Yeta. It’s adorable, really, even though Yeta turns into a terrifying monster after she gets possessed. But everything is okay in the end.

Ocarina of Time’s Forest Temple

Returning Link to his childhood roots (pun not intended), the Forest Temple is a dungeon filled with strange rooms, puzzles, and plenty of enemies of the undead variety. The Poe Sisters are one of my favorite enemies to hunt down in the twisted, decrepit temple, and it introduces Phantom Ganon, who then goes on to make several appearances in later games in the franchise.

Skyward Sword’s Sandship

I found the Sandship to be a rather unique dungeon. Flipping between the past and the present with the help of the Timeshift stones, Link goes back and forth between a strong ship sailing on the waters and a rundown boat drowning in desert sands. I really enjoyed the battle with the mini boss Scervo, the robotic pirate captain, even if I wasn’t that great with the motion controls in the game.

What are some of your favorite dungeons in Legend of Zelda games?

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Friday Favorites: Autumn Levels

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Being the beginning of October and living in New England means that it’s around the time the tree leaves begin to change color. Red, orange, and yellow leaves make it so pretty outside… and video game graphics nowadays are almost just as good.

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Fall in Pokemon Black and White/Black 2 and White 2

I’ll admit, Unova is not a Pokemon generation that I have played through. Honestly, it’s probably my least favorite region in the core Pokemon games. However, I did like the season mechanic and I always thought that fall looked and sounded really nice in those games. That, and it was always fun to wander through the leaf piles!

Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart is a fantastic series, even if racing is not my usual genre of choice. Maple Treeway, where you race around through fall foliage and giant tree limbs, is one of my favorite tracks, both visually and as a challenge.

Akkala Region in Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most gorgeous games I’ve ever played. It’s very difficult to pinpoint my favorite area of the open world. However, the Akkala region does have some very autumn vibes. The trees have the red and orange colors and leaves decorate the ground, giving the area a striking look as you paraglide above it or ride through on your horse of choice.

What are your favorite autumn levels in video games?

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Movies

Double Jump Kris MiiPokemon: I Choose You is a movie special that came out in for limited theater times in the US to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Pokemon anime. It’s a loose retelling of the Kanto saga with plenty of references to the newest generation of Pokemon from the Alola region.

While we have not gotten a chance to see it, it is amazing to think that I Choose You is the twentieth Pokemon movie! We’ve always had fun watching the Pokemon films, even they do tend to make us cry by the end of them, haha!

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Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea

Elements from the Pokemon Ranger games were shown on the big screen in this movie, something that I always found interesting. Aside from that, this movie had plenty of adventure and suspense (even though we all knew everything would turn out okay in the end because it’s Pokemon). I enjoyed the setting and scenery, with the main setting of the movie just reminded me of The Water Temple from the Legend of Zelda series, and it was the last Pokemon movie to use traditional cel animation for the animate the movie. It helped that the legendary Pokemon that starred in this movie was the adorable Manaphy!

Pokemon 4Ever

My favorite aspect of the Pokemon 4Ever movie is that it has some really fun time-travel elements to it! I always found the plot to be interesting, especially with the fun little twist at the end, and the animation was well done. The Lake of Life and the forest scenery were really beautiful. Celebi and Suicune were always a couple of my favorite legendary Pokemon as well.

Pokemon 3: The Movie

My fondest memory of this movie is the theme song, in all honesty. The Johto region’s theme music was always one of my favorites! This movie had a bit of a creepy side to it, with the Unown dimension and little Molly’s wishes for her family to return. This movie had some pretty epic battles to it as well, which is what the series is known for.

What are your favorite Pokemon movies? Have you seen Pokemon: I Choose You?

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Friday Favorites: BotW Shrine Quests

Double Jump Kris MiiIn the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there are Shrine Trials as opposed to dungeons. With a whopping 120 shrines in total, the shrines are everywhere! There are a set number, however, of shrines that are accessible only through a Shrine Quest, where Link takes on a task or solves a puzzle for other characters in Hyrule. Here is a list celebrating some of my favorite Shrine Quests!

Recital at Warbler’s Nest

I loved the Rito Village and all of the beautiful characters milling about, including the children. This particular quest involves searching the village high and low for four of five Rito sisters to join their fifth sister for choir practice. It was a fun way to discover the village’s little secrets and a new recipe to boot!

A Landscape of a Stable

While this was a fairly simple quest, I still enjoyed it. Seeing a picture of a landscape and then searching the world to find the image was how we discovered the memories, and that is one of our favorite aspects of this game.

A Song of Storms

Aside from being named after one of my favorite Zelda songs, this Shrine Quest was just a delight with the crazy weather that surrounded it. While I don’t particularly enjoy having Link get electrocuted, the graphics of the rain and lightning storms in the game are so much fun to watch. To see a bolt shatter away a shrine’s hiding place was fantastic!

The Spring of Wisdom

I fell in love with the three dragons that gracefully fly around Hyrule the instant I first saw one. I remember dashing after Farosh, completely heedless of the enemies I passed, when I first spotted it, hoping that the dragons could be Link’s friend and maybe let him fly with them. We eventually made our way toward the Spring of Wisdom, finding Naydra covered in the evil bile. The ensuing battle to free the dragon was lots of fun!

What are your favorite Shrine Quests in Breath of the Wild?

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Friday Favorites: 1-2 Switch Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Going off of Rachel’s last Top Tuesday, I thought I would share the few 1-2 Switch mini games that I do not mind. Granted, 1-2 Switch is not a game that I play on a regular basis, but the few times Rachel can persuade me to turn it on, there are some mini games I won’t complain about.

Ball Count

If I were to have a favorite aspect about 1-2 Switch, it would be how well it shows off the technology of the console and the Joy-Con. Ball Count showed just how sensitive the Joy-Con were with the simulated marbles “hiding” in the controllers. I was amazed at the technology and enjoyed the challenge of the mini game.

Treasure Chest

This fast-paced puzzle mini game is a real challenge and it’s hilarious trying to focus and beat your opponent in it.

Zen

Yoga is pretty fun — I don’t do it often at all nowadays, but I remember enjoying the unit whenever I did it during P.E. and fitness classes back in school. Also, going against Rachel, who can barely keep still is awesome.

Quick Draw

I love the fast reflex games, and Quick Draw was tons of fun. It was simple, yes, but proving that you’re the fastest when it comes to pushing a button? Very satisfying.

Boxing Gym

The boxing mini game is one of my favorites, mostly due to the fact that I grew up wanting to be Batman, partner up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and know all sorts of martial arts. Play this game a few times in a row, and it’s a decent mini workout. Win-win!

Do you have any interest in the 1-2 Switch games? Any that you didn’t actually mind?

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Friday Favorites: BotW Weapons

Double Jump Kris MiiHopefully you’re not sick of Breath of the Wild posts, because here’s another one!

One of the aspects I love about the game is the variety of weapons. I have yet to find the Master Sword, but until then, I’m doing well with some of my favorite weapons that I find in the game!

Guardian Sword

I was entranced with how much this sword glowed when I first collected it! The swords are definitely my preferred weapon of choice — besides the bows — so far in this game, and the Guardian Sword seems to be a decently balanced blade for combat. Not too heavy but still deals a nice amount of damage.

Sledgehammer

Generally I’m not one for the heavier weapons, the ones that take a few precious seconds to swing around before colliding with an enemy. However, the hammer definitely was fun, even just for smashing items along with the toes of the bigger enemies!

Shock Arrow

I love bows. In Legend of Zelda games, Fire Emblem games, Minecraft… Bow and arrows were always fun for me, for sniping enemies and triggering traps from afar. Breath of the Wild has a variety of arrows to choose from as well, and I particularly enjoyed using the shock arrows on enemies. It was difficult not to appreciate them, especially after dying a few times to that Lynel enemy using them near Zoras Domain!

Lightscale Trident

Spears and lances, like the heavier weapons in games, never were really one of my favorites, but there’s just something so satisfying with stabbing your enemies with a trident. I never thought I would have that much fun with a trident!

What’s your favorite weapon in Breath of the Wild? Do you have a preferred fighting strategy?

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Friday Favorites: BotW Activities

Double Jump Kris MiiWe’re just going to be talking about Breath of the Wild for a while now, okay? I know, we’re about a month late, but we have to get all of our gushing out since we’re finally able to play the game!

While we’re not very far into the game, I do want to talk about the little quirky and new activities of Breath of the Wild that we get to do.

 

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I wish my food just cooked itself when I stare at it.

Cooking

 

I’m not the best cook in real life and I was a little dubious when it was revealed that Link would need to cook in order to regain health (whaddya mean we can’t just forage for wild hearts anymore?!). However, the cooking aspect is adorable and has that fun little jingle as the food bounces around in the pot! I’m looking forward to discovering all the different combinations for recipes and elixirs!

Bombing Mechanic

The Sheikah Slate is awesome and I love hearing how involved the Sheikah race has been in Hyrule’s history — way back with the introduction of Impa and Sheik in Ocarina of Time, I have always been intrigued about the Sheikah race! One of the mechanics of the Sheikah Slate is the ability to install Runes, which seem to be taking the place of many familiar Legend of Zelda items, like magnets, ice rods, and bombs. The bomb rune so far has been my favorite. For some reason, it’s so satisfying to toss bombs into enemy camps and remotely detonate them!

Hunting

I’m an animal-lover by nature, and I would honestly never hunt in real life. However, to go with the cooking ability in this game, hunting seems to be satisfying as well — stalking boars, birds, and fish for recipes, getting the necessary ingredients to cook so you can survive, it really went with the theme of the game.

Climbing and Paragliding

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See those mountains in the distance? I’m going to climb them!

 

Link is like Spiderman in this game, and I love it. He can climb almost any surface in the game and to just have that unlimited potential for exploring is amazing! That, and with our nifty jump button, we can launch ourselves off of mountains to soar through the air with paragliders to touch every nook of this gorgeous world.

Aside from the story and exploring, what’s your favorite thing to do in Breath of the Wild?

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