I’m Terrible at Ocarina of Time

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

If you’ve ever taken a peek at our Twitch channel, you’ll know that I’m playing through Ocarina of Time and… not doing it very well, haha!

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On Twitch lately, I’ve been streaming a playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Wiiware version. I picked the game initially since it was one of my first video games and I’ve beaten it a few times in the past. Nostalgia was a heavy factor for my choice.

At this point, I’m not quite sure how many stream sessions I’ve had dedicated to this game. I believe I chose it when we were doing a November Zelda Month, which would have been appropriate. I played it for a while then went back and forth with a couple of other games, such as finishing up Super Mario RPG, before deciding to come back to Ocarina of Time with the intent of streaming it until I finished it.

It wouldn’t take me too long, I figured. I came back to Ocarina of Time at the point where child Link opened the Temple of Time and received the Master Sword, meeting Sheik and seeing the decrepit Hyrule Castle Town. Ocarina of Time isn’t the longest game. I would complete a temple per stream. I’d be done with the game by the end of February.

Considering my last couple of streams, that’s not going to happen.

My first stream when I came back to the game, I was planning on doing the Forest Temple. Instead, I went and got the hookshot — necessary for the Forest Temple — in Kakariko Village’s graveyard. It took me a couple of tries to keep up with Dampe in his race before I succeeded, but I figured I had the time to take a detour to Lon Lon Ranch to free Malon and Epona from Ingo.

It wouldn’t take long to do a race or two before heading off to the Forest Temple, right?

Nope.

Ingo was a jerk and I think I raced him about three or four times before I actually freed Epona from the ranch. We went through Kokiri Forest, hiccuped a bit when it came to passing by Mido — apparently I wasn’t close enough to him when I played Saria’s Song on the ocarina for him to move the first time — then we got… well, lost in the Lost Woods.

Due to how long it took us to actually reach the Forest Temple, we paused there, and I presumed I would breeze through the entirety of the Forest Temple on my next stream.

Instead, I believe I received the “game over” screen about five times to a couple of stalfos right before defeating half of the Poe Sisters.

Due to the time, I called the stream and we’ll hopefully finish up the Forest Temple during the next one, haha! After going offline, I told my sister about everything that had happened, making fun of myself for the mistakes I made:

krismii *describes everything that went wrong in the stream* “You know, I thought I’d be able to do a temple a stream. It’s not like this is the first time I’ve played this game.”

rachmii *laughs* “But you’re terrible at Ocarina of Time!”

And she’s absolutely right. I’m not good at the game. I have fun with it, it’s one of my favorites, was one of my first games, but I am not good at it. The future temples are going to be ridiculous, I’m sure!

Being good at a game has never really crossed my mind, to be honest. I play games because I have fun, even if parts of the game get particularly frustrating. I do well with platformers, puzzles, and RPGs, in my opinion. Action-adventure and sports games aren’t my forte, but I still enjoy them. That’s the most important thing when it comes to gaming, isn’t it?

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That Time I Did Not Pick Legend of Zelda

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Something that I’m trying to do for the new year is to be a little more active on social media, such as Twitter. It includes trying to respond to more people, throw my opinion out there more, and just see what comes up.

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Fairly recently, a Twitter account we follow — @GifZelda — posted an image of a plethora of Nintendo 3DS games and posed the following: “You can only choose three. What do you choose?”

I took a few minutes, looked at the list of games, and retweeted my top choices for fun:
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Fire Emblem: Awakening was a no-brainer, as that is probably one of my favorite Fire Emblem games to date. Pokemon Y had to be included to represent my love of the franchise and, out of the three games presented, I enjoyed the Kalos region the most. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney had a fun story with both old and new characters that I’ve grown to love. The three games encompassed most of my video game tastes, and it wasn’t too difficult to choose them.

Then I realized that the first line of games were all Legend of Zelda titles and I had a mini existential crisis.

The Legend of Zelda is a franchise that literally helped introduce me to video games and as since grown into one of my favorites. Our mom may not know too much about video games nowadays, but she knows the Legend of Zelda title and what the Triforce looks like, able to link the series with my love of gaming (pun originally not intended, but awesome enough to stay there). By not choosing one of the titles, I felt as if I was betraying the Legend of Zelda.

Granted, just because I preferred other game franchises for the Nintendo 3DS to the Legend of Zelda did not diminish my love for the series. The majority of the Legend of Zelda choices were remakes of previously released titles, for one thing. For another, this choice merely solidifies how I prefer to play certain series. The Legend of Zelda franchise was always a series that I preferred to play on a television console rather than handheld, just as I prefer Fire Emblem as a handheld series instead of console.

It’s a bit funny how I categorize the franchises I play, especially with the Nintendo Switch’s ability to, well, switch between handheld and docked modes. Being able to take Breath of the Wild on the go is wonderful, but the gorgeous world is better appreciated on a bigger screen. Likewise, seeing Fire Emblem: Three Houses on the television is great, but I enjoy seeing the smaller details on handheld mode. Indeed, Three Houses was one of the first game data that I transferred from the original Switch onto my Switch Lite so I could always enjoy it.

Then there are franchises that can go either way. It’s been awesome to see Pokemon on bigger screens, especially the latest installments with the new world details, but I still enjoy the handheld versions. C’mon, they’re called pocket monsters, after all. Professor Layton and Ace Attorney are also games that I like on handheld, the mysteries and smaller screens giving a cozy sense to the games, but since Rachel and I enjoy playing them together, having the game on the television is much better for our eyes and postures.

In the end, there’s usually no right way to play your favorite franchises, even when some lend themselves to one screen over the other.

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Flashback Friday: Twilight Princess

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

We’re at the end of another Zelda Month! To tie up the month with a nice little bow, this month our Flashback Friday is dedicated to Twilight Princess, one of the best selling games in the Legend of Zelda franchise.

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Released for both the GameCube and the Wii near the end of 2006, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was the thirteenth game in the franchise, taking place in the same timeline as Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask but hundreds of years in the future. Its more realistic and darker graphics were a result of the Toon Link art style of The Wind Waker a few years prior.

Twilight Princess has been hailed as one of the best video games of all time, and was the best selling Legend of Zelda game — although, being ported to three different Nintendo consoles probably helped — until that record was broken by Breath of the Wild a dozen years later in 2018, which was both for the Wii U and the Switch.

I remember getting so excited for this game when it was first announced. Aside from the graphics and the hint of gorgeously haunting music, the fact that Link shapeshifts into a wolf was what I was most looking forward to. Wolves have always been a favorite animal of mine, especially when I was younger.

(Remember those little girls in elementary school who were obsessed with horses? That was me, but with wolves.)

Despite already having it on the GameCube, we definitely bought the HD version for the Wii U and marveled at the improved graphics while diving into the world of twilight once more. It was fantastic revisiting that version of Hyrule, which felt so big and was wonderful to explore while riding Epona, and Midna was a great companion character. Her story was bittersweet, and I totally wouldn’t mind buying this game a third time if it ever came onto the Switch in order to enjoy it once again.

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Double Jump Bakes Mighty Fried Bananas

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In honor of Zelda Month, we decided to try our hand at making some Mighty Fried Bananas, a dish that originated from the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In the game, the recipe calls for Mighty Bananas (the Yiga Clan’s favorite food), Tabantha Wheat, and Cane Sugar to the cooking pot.

The recipe we used was from Jammy Cooks, and we’ve done a couple of other recipes from him before as well. Jammy’s recipe calls for bananas, flour, and sugar, along with a few other things to properly make a batter to coat the bananas. Canola oil was used for frying.

(The Chips Ahoy! cookies are optional. Not really. Don’t add cookies to the frying batter, we don’t know what will happen. The cookies were just for us.)

It was a simple enough recipe — whisk together the batter ingredients while the peeled bananas chill for a couple of hours. Once the batter is mixed and the bananas are sufficiently frozen, heat a shallow skillet of Canola oil to a high enough temp to fry. If you’re like us and don’t know where the food thermometer is, you can dip the end of a wooden spoon into the oil — if small bubbles start to rapidly form around the end of the spoon, that means the oil is hot enough to fry.

The end results weren’t bad at all! Rachel wasn’t too thrilled with the textures of the banana and fried batter combo, but taste-wise it was pretty good! We bet it would be even better with the ice cream Jammy recommends.

If you’re curious about trying this simple recipe for yourself, down below is Jammy’s YouTube video on the recipe:

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Breath of the Wild Theme Remix – GlitchxCity

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Breath of the Wild was a bit of an anomaly within the Legend of Zelda franchise for many reasons, one of which was its soundtrack. While Breath of the Wild has its own unique tracks, it used more nature-sounding ambiance sounds as opposed to the more recognizable music that many other Zelda titles have.

Despite that, Breath of the Wild’s music is ripe for remixes just like the other games in the franchise. GlitchxCity has some fun remixes and music on their YouTube channel. Some of our favorites are the Pokemon-themed ones, but the Legend of Zelda music is great as well.

We hope you enjoy this remix of the Breath of the Wild Main Theme!

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#GamingTogether — Zelda Month Questions

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We’ve been doing #GamingTogether for a while now on our social media sites. With November being Zelda Month, we collected a few questions from this month that have to do with the Legend of Zelda series. Let us know your responses to these questions!

What’s your favorite Zelda game?

Kris: If I had to choose just one Zelda game to play for the rest of my life… I honestly think it would be Breath of the Wild. Twilight Princess would be a close second, but I think the bigger world, exploration factor, and the lore of Breath of the Wild puts it in the first place.

Rachel: I think my favorite Zelda game is Skyward Sword. I normally don’t like the “beginning” of things that much because it’s a lot of background story and getting to know the characters. However, Link and Zelda were already well established when Skyward Sword came out and they had fun personalities. The dungeons, music, and atmosphere as a whole were cool.

Who is your favorite side character in the Zelda series?

Kris: There are way too many side characters in the series to choose from! After thinking on it for a few minutes, though, Quill from Wind Waker popped up in my mind. I love the Rito race in the Zelda games and Quill was a great introduction to them. He was the one who convinced Tetra to allow Link to join her crew, introduced Link to his chief and tribe, and it was the Rito who rescued Link during his second encounter with Ganondorf. Quill’s an unsung hero of the series, in my opinion.

Rachel: I’m detecting a pattern with my answers, but I absolutely love Fi from Skyward Sword. She has a cool design and having her be the embodiment of the master sword is a cool idea. Plus, she dances and has a great voice.

What’s your favorite thing about the Zelda series?

Kris: Honestly, I believe the story. The reincarnations of the heroes and main antagonist, the lore of the goddesses and Triforce, and how it all boils down to just protecting the world from evil. The characters push the story forward, of course, but it’s usually the worlds and their stories that I get most excited about.

Rachel: I agree with Kris. The story is my favorite part for the same reasons as her. I enjoy trying to piece the timeline together when a new Zelda game comes out.

On a scale of 1 – 10, how excited are you for Breath of the Wild 2?

Kris: I’m going to go with an 8 or 9. I’m wicked excited, but I’m trying to keep my expectations a little lower than I normally would. I love Breath of the Wild, and I’m hoping that the sequel can live up to it!

Rachel: Honestly? 1,000. I know I probably shouldn’t get my hopes up too much but I think they’re going to do a great job with the sequel. Judging from the quick trailer they showed, it seems as though they may be a bit more depth to the story.

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Monday Memories: Legend of Zelda Fanfiction

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

It’s NaNoWriMo — or National Novel Writing Month — an event that happens every November where writers attempt to write 50k words of a new story. Spending time on my novels reminds me of my old fanfiction that got me into writing in the first place.

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Anyone remember FanFiction.net? It still exists, of course, but I don’t hear too much about it as often as I hear about Archive of Our Own nowadays. FanFiction was one of the first writing sites that I joined, mainly so I could share some Legend of Zelda stories that I had created.

I was fourteen years old back then… damn.

If anyone’s curious, this was my FanFiction profile, last updated nine years ago today. Back then, we didn’t want our actual names on the Internet — which is vastly different from today, isn’t it? — so I merely went by “Krista” and Rachel went by “Sapphire.” The profile picture of Sheik was an old sketch of mine, as well. The solitary story that’s still up there hasn’t been updated in over ten and I still have the composition notebook that has the draft of the story.

As awful as my stories were sixteen years ago, they helped me to start this creative journey and allowed me to join my love of gaming with a newfound love of writing. The stories and characters in my favorite franchises are what keep me playing, and I discovered an outlet that let me stay in those worlds even after the credits rolled when I finished a game.

Looking back on that story at this point, I am both pleased with myself and cringe at the old writing. I’ve improved so much from ten years ago. And it all started due to me wanting to stay in the Legend of Zelda world past the end of Ocarina of Time.

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Zelda Month 2019

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Happy November! For the past few years, Kris and I have dedicated November as Zelda Month, dedicated to The Legend of Zelda series. This idea wasn’t ours. PeanutButterGamer on YouTube started Zelda Month a long time ago and since then it’s stretched across many platforms as people participate. The Legend of Zelda is one of our favorite franchises of all time, so this is something we love to participate in each year.

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Like with the previous couple of years, the majority of our joint posts for this month will celebrate the franchise. We have some fun posts planned and we hope that everyone else enjoys them, too! This year alone, we’ve gotten some great news about the Legend of Zelda franchise, with games like Cadence of Hyrule and the remake of Link’s Awakening, as well as finding out that a Breath of the Wild sequel is in the works. We’re really excited!

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Yes, there’s a lot of Legend of Zelda stuff already here and announced. We’re looking forward to it all. While there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to these games, the posts we write together (Sundays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) will be Legend of Zelda related. Our solo posts (Monday & Friday and Tuesday & Thursday respectively) may or may not be Zelda related as we don’t want to burn ourselves (or you guys) out talking about this one franchise.

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The Legend of Zelda is so lore-heavy, with plenty of fan theories to go along with the canon stories. We’ll be able to explore much of the franchise this month, but I have a feeling we’ll only cover the surface of series, as we have been doing for the past couple of years.

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In addition to posts on the blog, we’ll also be live streaming a Zelda game all month long. We’ve decided to go back to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Nintendo Wii. It’s been a while since we’ve played that game, but it’s a favorite of mine. Plus, according to the timeline, it’s where the story of Zelda and Link began. So, be sure to tune into our Twitch channel to watch us get screwed over by the motion controls on the Wii!

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By “watch us get screwed over” by the controls, you mean me, right? Generally speaking, it’s usually me at the controls, so it’ll be great to see Rachel take her turns with the controls for this game! Let us know what you think of Zelda month as well!

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N64 Breath of the Wild 2 Trailer

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday!

This is a little something I found recently while hanging out on the Internet, as one does. I’m still really excited for Breath of the Wild’s sequel, and I’m eager to hear more about it!

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Everyone remember the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer that was showcased at E3 earlier this year? We’re still super excited about it, and love seeing all the fan speculation surrounding the less-than-two-minutes trailer (especially “Hydrated Ganondorf”).

Earlier this month, there was a fanmade trailer for the Breath of the Wild sequel. The YouTuber actually specializes in making low poly models in the style of the N64 era, and seeing their talents in this mock Breath of the Wild sequel trailer is awesome. Quite a few of the comments on the video mention how the N64 graphics and music made the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer much creepier than the real trailer, comparing it even further to Majora’s Mask.

I found the trailer to be pretty impressive, especially since there’s a small gap in the trailer that the YouTuber created themselves so it better fit the timeframe. I hope you enjoy this as well!

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Friday Favorites: Zelda Games I Need To Play

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Going through our list of video games and keeping an eye out on our release date calendar, I’m acutely reminded that there are so many video games and so little time to enjoy them all. Despite the Legend of Zelda franchise being one of my favorites, there are quite a few games that I haven’t played through.

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Cadence of Hyrule

While this may be considered old news, it’s still a game on our radar to play. I’ll admit, I’m not that great with rhythm games but the fact that there is a Legend of Zelda twist to this game made me curious about it. I haven’t heard anything bad about the game (not yet, anyway) so it’s on the list to try.

Link’s Awakening

Yes, I know, the remake is coming out in a week and we already have it on pre-order thanks to Rachel’s birthday from the beginning of the month, so no worries there. With that said, this doesn’t hold as much nostalgia for me as it does for others, despite the fact that I have the Gameboy game. Link’s Awakening on the Nintendo Switch will essentially be my first playthrough through that world!

A Link Between Worlds

Ah, yeah, I haven’t played this one yet either. I’ve had the game since it came out, but I prefer the Legend of Zelda games on the consoles to the ones on the handhelds. Unfortunately, Link Between Worlds wasn’t a priority on my list, despite all of the rave reviews for it. I’ll rectify that mistake at some point.

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

 It’s been quite a while since I’ve played these games, mostly due to the fact that they were for the Gameboy Color and my Gameboy has been lost since our basement flooded eons ago. I remember enjoying the two games, even getting decently far in Oracle of Ages, but I didn’t play enough to beat the games. If I could find a decent emulator for the games — or, better yet, a working Gameboy — I would love to give these two titles another try.

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