Breath of the Wild Zelda Mod

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Legend of Zelda franchise is famous for its trio of characters that are routinely reincarnated in every installment — Ganon, Link, and Zelda. Princess Zelda has been the titular character for nearly every installment of the franchise, being present in at least name if not in person. This post is about a special Breath of the Wild mod that has been created by talented coders that place Zelda as the main hero of the story rather than a passive role.

 

While Link is the hero of the series, Princess (or Queen, depending on the game) Zelda is arguably the most important character. She is the driving force behind both Link’s and Ganon’s actions, with her power being Link’s strength and Ganon’s weakness simultaneously. Zelda plays a more passive role in some games while other games portray her as more active, such as Ocarina of Time when she dons her Sheik disguise or Skyward Sword as she goes on her own journey to discover the power of the goddess blood running through her veins.

With Breath of the Wild, Zelda is sealed away with Calamity Ganon, using the last of her powers to keep him contained until Link can appear to slay him. A couple of modders — WilianZilv and Skriller, and later Ainz — got the idea to mod the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild in order to be able to play as Zelda in Link’s usual role. The team has since grown to be more than 20 people, a team that was dedicated to enhancing the mod — giving Zelda appropriate dialogue, music changes, new outfits — rather than just allowing players to switch character models. The mod, and all of its enhancements, were made with a Wii U copy of the game, and the modders have a discord channel to discuss updates and future features of the mod.

Various videos on YouTube have shown this mod in action. Seeing this mod begs the question: would you play a Legend of Zelda game as the titular character herself? Link is a huge part of the franchise, but I think it would be interesting to play as Princess Zelda — or Sheik or Tetra or another of her aliases — and fully explore her potential with her magic abilities. She was always a favorite when she showed up in the Super Smash Bros. franchise!

Are you interested in trying this mod? What do you think of a Zelda-lead game?

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Hero of Our Time – NateWantsToBattle

So, Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists are fairly spot-on. Lately, they’ve been creating two mixes for me based on video game music (apparently I listen to enough to warrant the need for two mixes). Due to listening to the likes of Big Bad Bosses, Spotify eventually threw “Hero of Our Time” at me by NateWantsToBattle, or Nathan Sharp, one of the members of Big Bad Bosses.

I fell in love with the energetic beat and the, “Go, hero, you can do it!” message of the song. The song itself is part of an album of original songs that Nate published dedicated to the Legend of Zelda series. He also has albums of Pokemon songs, as well as covers of hit songs and albums of his original work.

We hope you enjoy this song, as well as Nate’s other work if you choose to go and take a listen!

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Friday Favorites: Wii U Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

With the Switch out, not many folks are talking about the Wii U. The Switch seems to be everything that the Wii U tried to be, with all the game ports and the gamepad screen. Truth be told, our Wii U is usually used for Netflix and YouTube nowadays, but there are still some games that we enjoy turning on from time to time.

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Hyrule Warriors

If there are Legend of Zelda characters in the game, I’m going to buy it. This game was tons of fun, playing as multiple characters from the Legend of Zelda franchise, most that you would never get a chance to play as otherwise, and just slashing through hoards of enemies with a wide variety of weapons and magic. Character- and weapon-wise, Hyrule Warriors is much more diverse than Fire Emblem Warriors, even if it didn’t have as much options when it came to directing allies in the battles themselves.

Super Mario Maker

How could you not get excited about this game? The announcement that you could create your own Super Mario levels to share with the world was astounding. The sheer creativity and the simplicity of making your own levels was amazing.

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

I’m a sucker for Legend of Zelda games, but Wind Waker was one that I was skeptical about. When it came out for the GameCube, I was in the camp of players that was a bit confused about the different art style. I didn’t mind it, but when Twilight Princess came out, I abandoned Wind Waker in favor of Link being able to turn into a wolf. When Wind Waker HD came out, I was more than ready to give it another try, and I enjoyed it on the Wii U.

What are your favorite Wii U games?

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Friday Favorites: Winter Levels

Double Jump Kris MiiWe made it to the first Friday of 2018! How are your resolutions holding up?

I’m typing this out as a snowstorm blankets my part of the world. It’s been predicted that we could get blizzard-like conditions, prompting my day job to have a very rare snow day. In honor of the snow, today’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to all of those winter levels in video games. If you’re getting snow where you are, be safe and warm!

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Gorilla Glacier from Donkey Kong Country

The winter world in Donkey Kong Country from the SNES was one of my favorites. The levels tended to have some of my favorite music and the aesthetically-pleasing sparkle of snow and ice, such as Slipslide Ride, Ice Age Valley, and Croctopus Chase.

Cool, Cool Mountain from Super Mario 64

Baby penguins, ice slide races, a giant snowman… What more could you want in a level? Super Mario 64 was revolutionary at its time and is still one of the most popular Mario games. Cool, Cool Mountain was one of the earlier levels and gave the player a taste of 3D snow worlds. With its design and music, it’s one of the most nostalgic-inducing levels for me.

 

Ice Ice Outpost from Mario Kart 8

One of the main factors that helped Rachel and me decide to buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch was due to the fact that it had all of the DLC from the original game. With the DLC came the Triforce Cup, and one of the race tracks from that cup is Ice Ice Outpost. The twists and multiple paths surrounded by sheets of ice make this a favorite of mine, even if it is not my best course, haha!

Snowpeak Ruins from Twilight Princess

In the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, you’re introduced to Snowpeak Ruins after snow-surfing toward a Yeti couple’s home. This particular dungeon blends the night, crackling fires, and snow flurries together to create a scene that can be deceptively warm on a winter’s evening. Snowpeak Ruins is a more puzzle-oriented dungeon while you chat and try to help the Yeti husband make a soup for his beloved wife. The boss fight is one of my favorites from the game as well!

 

What are your favorite winter and snowy levels in video games?

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Flashback Friday: Nintendo Cereal

Double Jump Kris MiiWe’re doing things a little differently for this month’s Flashback Friday. In honor of the Super Mario cereal, I did a bit of research on some older cereal that had been made in honor of Nintendo and their work.

I wasn’t disappointed at what I found!

Did you know that there’s a Cereal Graveyard Wiki?

Aside from being fascinated by the dedication some people have to discontinued cereals, I found it interesting how there have been other Nintendo-branded cereals to grace supermarket shelves before the Super Mario cereal (not that the Super Mario cereal is being sold near us — darn it, Kellog’s, where’s our marshmallow one-ups and hidden blocks?).

donkykongThe first cereal I had found was simply called Donkey Kong. There really isn’t much information on it, other than the cereal pieces were barrel-shaped to correspond with the original Donkey Kong arcade game. This particular cereal was introduced in 1982, after Donkey Kong became more popular than Pac-Man (which, in turn, led to Pac-Man cereal in 1983), and was discontinued in 1989.

During the Donkey Kong cereal’s lifetime, there was another cereal called the Nintendo Cereal System. It had two cereals in the one box, one that represented the Super Mario series and the other representing the Legend of Zelda franchise. The cereal lasted from only from 1986 to 1989.

These cereal boxes have since become memorabilia for collectors, with them being sold on eBay for a couple of hundred dollars each. In 2010, the Nintendo Cereal System box was sold for $200!

Pretty sure my favorite thing about finding out these cereals were some of the commercials that I found for them on YouTube. Below is the commercial for Donkey Kong Jr. Cereal that came out in 1983:

Anyone remember these cereals? Any other Nintendo or video game related snacks that you remember?

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Super Mario Symphony

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Kris and I recently had the chance to see Symphony of the Goddesses, a Legend of Zelda symphony. It was absolutely amazing and we can’t wait until they come around again. There’s also a Pokemon symphony as well that we hope to see someday. While we keep our eye out for that one, we recently found out that the producer of Symphony of the Goddesses, Jason Michael Paul, has proposed a Super Mario symphony tour. He’s not sure if it will get approved, but we hope it is!

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We found the article through Gamnesia, where Paul was quoted speaking of his hope to have a Super Mario Symphony. Considering how serious Nintendo is about proposals such as this, I suppose we’re very lucky to have the Legend of Zelda symphony! While I’d rather be in Hyrule than the Mushroom Kingdom, the music is one of my favorite aspects of the Mario games. I would adore hearing old tunes, such as music from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, from a full orchestra. Star Hill, Forest Maze, the Smithy boss fight… All epic music that would be amazing to hear from an orchestra!

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Anything live with a full orchestra is amazing, let’s be real here… Mario music is awesome, but Paper Mario? Paper Mario is the best. I get those songs stuck in my head all the time and I would love to hear that live!

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Paper Mario does have some great tunes, yes. And then Super Mario Odyssey? The music was my favorite part of the game! They’d have so much material at their disposal for a symphony. The article mentioned that Paul also was thinking of a Super Smash Symphony, but even he admitted that it would be a bit too much. He’s thinking of doing Elder Scrolls, and I’m thinking I would love a Fire Emblem Symphony.

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Odyssey would be great. Even just hearing the old school Mario music would be so nostalgic. I would love a Smash symphony as well as Fire Emblem. I’m not too familiar with Elder Scrolls, but music in video games tend not to disappoint. If anything, I would love a Nintendo symphony where they have mixed music from all sorts of games and series.

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A concert with mixed music sounds similar to what a Super Smash Symphony would be. There are a few artists on Spotify — Braxton Burks, Eric Buchholz, String Player Gamer — who have put out some fantastic orchestral tracks for Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, and Super Smash Bros., to name a few franchises, but it would be even better to see and hear the music live on stage!

What other symphonies would you like to see? Do you hope they add a Mario one? Let us know in the comments below!

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Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker — Great Sea Cover

Why, yes, it’s another Legend of Zelda music cover! The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, has some of the most impressive music to go with its cel-shaded graphic style. Longtime Zelda fans were able to pick out strings of familiar music in the game’s locations from previous Zelda games, smiling at the nostalgia-inducing melodies.

While most Legend of Zelda games have a song for Hyrule Fields or another similar “hub” area, the Wind Waker had the Great Sea. Some folks found the sailing from island to island to be a bit tedious, but the music still invoked that same sense of adventure as the previous Hyrule Field melodies have done.

Josiah Everhart is a YouTuber who mixes his songwriting talents with his love of video games. He has a plethora of video game covers, along with some brilliant original work, and one of our favorites is his cover of the Great Sea. The cover includes guitars, some guest drum work, and the lyrics that Josiah wrote and sings himself. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!