Friday Favorites: Versions of Hyrule

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

World building is important to me in video games. I love being invested in the land and the people in it whenever I play. The Legend of Zelda games tend to take place in Hyrule and there are plenty of fantastic versions of the land.

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Ocarina of Time’s Hyrule

Mainly for nostalgia purposes, Ocarina of Time’s Hyrule is one of my favorites mainly because it was my first introduction to the world. I was amazed at the different races of people and monsters that populated the land, as well as all the different landscapes and dungeons that were available to explore.

Skyward Sword’s Hyrule

Technically speaking, Hyrule doesn’t really exist just yet in Skyward Sword’s time. Instead, it’s called the Surface (or Grooseland, according to one character) since the kingdom isn’t established. I was in love with the graphics of this game and seeing the potential kingdom was fun, even if there were parts of the Surface that I wasn’t too fond of.

Twilight Princess’s Hyrule

If the competition between Wind Waker and Twilight Princess still existed, I would be on Twilight Princess’s side. Twilight Princess probably has some of my favorite graphics when it comes to the Zelda games, and I loved the expansive world I could explore while riding around on my horse. Twilight Princess probably also has one of my favorite versions of Kakariko Village — it’s sparse, but I adore the NPCs.

Breath of the Wild’s Hyrule

A desolated version of the kingdom, Breath of the Wild’s enormous map ensured that there was always plenty to explore and discover, especially with all the Easter eggs from previous Zelda games. It has one of my favorite endgames as well. True, the final boss was a tad easy, but it was in proportion to how hard you worked in helping the rest of Hyrule. The more Divine Beasts you freed, the more help Link had from the previous Champions in defeating Calamity Ganon. The more shrines you discovered, the more stamina or hearts you had for health in the final battle. The better prepared you were, the more skills you practiced, the easier the final fight. Jett, I wish I had this answer when we were talking about it during my Deltarune stream!

What is your favorite version of Hyrule?

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Top 3 Video Game Locations

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One of the best parts of playing video games are all the fantastical worlds you can visit (assuming, of course, they are settings that you’d want to visit). If Rachel and I had the time and money to go jetting off to a video game world, there are a few places we’d like to visit.

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Hyrule. I mean, is that even a question? Hyrule would definitely be my top choice. I know that’s an obvious one, so I thought of something else: Kurain Village. Kurain Village is from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and that’s where the Spirit Mediums, like Maya Fey, train. Despite its crime rate, I think it would be a beautiful place to check out.

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More specifically for Hyrule, I would love to visit Kakariko Village. Any incarnation of the location, really, for they each seem to be rich in history and a central location for many of Hyrule’s races to gather and interact with one another. Kurain Village is an awesome choice! It’d be another place ripe with history and lore. I think my second choice, though, would be the Pokemon League. Although any incarnation would be awesome, I believe Kalos was my favorite.

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Pokemon was going to be my next one as well. I would love to visit any region, but Sinnoh would be my first choice, then Alola, then Kalos. My third choice (though technically this is my fourth…) would be Mushroom Kingdom, specifically Toad Town from Paper Mario. I love that whole world from the other Nintendo 64 Paper Mario.

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Toad Town would be adorable! I can picture them as being very friendly and welcoming… Until, of course, Bowser or some other villain inevitably shows up in an attempt to kidnap Princess Peach. My third choice would probably be a kingdom in the Fire Emblem franchise, particularly Ylisse from Awakening or Tellius from the Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn games. Of course, I would prefer to visit them after the wars…

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That’s the thing about visiting these places… There’s a bad guy lurking around and I don’t want to be part of it. Let’s be real here, I wouldn’t last a day.

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Ah, well, maybe we can visit during the peaceful times, haha! Yet, even if we only had a day to explore these brilliant places, it would be wonderful.

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Imagine if these were real places. How cool would that be?

What are your favorite video game locations? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Hyrule Warriors Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

To continue celebrating the Zelda franchise from last week, I thought I’d go back to a game that I haven’t played in a while since it’s released. Hyrule Warriors is a spin-off game of the franchise that combines the Legend of Zelda characters with the action of the Dynasty Warriors series, a franchise that I’m afraid I’m not as familiar with. Nevertheless, it was tons of fun kicking ass as these characters!

5. Zelda

How much fun was it to actually play as the Princess of Destiny herself? Far from a helpless princess, Zelda was grace and elegance as she stabbed enemies with her sword. It was awesome seeing her on the front lines to defend her home and kingdom.

4. Link

Of course the hero himself is on this list. Link, as always, is a great character to control and it felt right being him as he combated the waves of enemies on the fields.

3. Impa

Impa, in almost any incarnation, was always a fascinating character to me (I may be biased a bit toward the Sheikah race, but I digress), with her prowess and dedication to Zelda and the rest of the royal family. Her big-ass sword was a joy to use when cleaving through enemies!

2. Fi

Fi’s beautiful design and dancer-like movements quickly made her one of my favorite characters in Skyward Sword, and it wasn’t a surprise to me that she was one of my preferred warriors in this game.

1. Sheik

Some of you may have been able to guess that Sheik was on my list. Besides the daggers that are used for quick attacks, the Harp is also a unique weapon. With the familiar and beautiful music powering Sheik’s attacks, it was definitely a fun warrior to be!

What are your favorite Hyrule Warriors characters?

Friday Favorites: Worlds to Live

Double Jump Kris MiiI love Fridays!

Everyone has had those fantasies where you live in a beloved video game world rather than reality. This week’s Friday Favorites list is to celebrate those certain worlds that I would love to at least visit.

Hyrule

No matter the reincarnation, Hyrule is always a beautiful place (you know, before and/or after the Ganondorf of that time takes over). The castle town always seems bustling, Kakariko Village is rich in history, and whatever quaint little hometown that Link comes from seems charming. Not to mention all the different races to get to know!

Mushroom Kingdom

Okay, so you probably have to deal with some sort of destruction caused by Bowser every week, but other than that, the Mushroom Kingdom doesn’t seem to be a bad place to live. The Toads are a friendly group of folks, the Mario brothers are always there to lend a hand, Yoshis are adorable, and Princess Peach seems like a benevolent ruler.

Harvest Moon

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to live in a Harvest Moon game? Quaint villages, working on a ranch of your own, plenty of (usually) friendly people to surround yourself with — it sounds perfect to me!

Pokemon

Seriously, who hasn’t wanted to be a Pokemon master? Having a group of superpowered creatures to travel throughout the lands with sounds amazing (as long as, you know, the world doesn’t play by the Nuzlocke rules).

What kind of video game worlds would you like to visit?