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krismii
One of my favorite aspects of the Legend of Zelda series is the lore. At the core of the games, the story is a basic formula of a trio of ones chosen by the world’s goddesses to embody the spirits of Wisdom, Courage, and Power, being reincarnated time and again so the holders of Wisdom and Courage can protect the world against the corrupted Power. While Link is the default name of the Triforce of Courage, nearly every game has a different incarnation of Link and, despite him mainly being a silent protagonist, each is able to show off his own personality through gestures and their friends and allies.

rachmii
The Legend of Zelda is a classic when it comes to lore and storytelling. It’s definitely one of my favorite games, easily. All the Links are similar to each other but each one is vastly different. It’s hard to pin-point one of them and pick a favorite.

krismii
While I don’t have a negative thing to say about any of the reincarnations, there are a few that are at the top of my list, like Twilight Princess Link. I enjoyed his design as well as the impact he had on the children of his village. I thought it was adorable how they idolized him. You could also pet cats and other animals in his game unlike in Breath of the Wild (c’mon, Nintendo, let me pet the dogs). Seeing the animals following him around was one of my favorite details!

rachmii
I agree with you on that one. Twilight Princess Link looks the most “adult” to me. He has such a soft, yet tough, personality. I really enjoyed Skyward Sword Link. Since it’s the “first” game in the timeline I also felt like Link was younger and inexperienced, even though all Links kind of are in a way. For some reason, it just seemed to fit better in Skyward Sword.

krismii
Skyward Link is adorable. His progression from student who slept in too much to hero trying to rescue his best friend — with some sassy “dialogue” choices — throughout the game was wonderfully done. We totally both cried during the cut scene that had Link trying to reach Zelda before she went to sleep in that crystal! Speaking of sassy, I enjoyed Breath of the Wild Link’s personality as well. While he seemed stoic the majority of the time, his interactions with the world around him felt natural. And I completely enjoyed the fact that he made seal puns with the Gerudo.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
All true. Any Link, Breath of the Wild included, who makes faces to express himself is a great Link. That being said, I love Wind Waker Link. His cartoonish look is cute and his faces – especially when he’s tired or hurt – are hilarious.

krismii
Wind Waker Link does have great expressions, but I think the Toon Link style may be my least favorite. That’s not to say I dislike the art style, as I do enjoy it and find it unique, but I’m more inclined to play games with the more “realistic” looking Links, such as Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and Breath of the Wild.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Toon Link is special in that sense. I think I prefer that “realistic” ones as well, but I love the risk Toon Link made. Overall, all the Links are fabulous in their own way. I can’t wait to see more in future games.

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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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First Impressions of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Double Jump Kris MiiAnother week, another Monday. Rachel and I got our copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch, and we spent a good chunk of Sunday night just playing it.

We really enjoyed it, even though the courses that we played were just the same as Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U.

 

Everyone seems to be playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe this past weekend, unless you were one of those folks who already has Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U with all the DLC. Considering Rachel and I only have the bare bones of the Wii U version of the game, we didn’t mind splurging for the Switch version. We pre-ordered it on Amazon, it didn’t come on Friday, Amazon apologized for the delay and credited our account about ten bucks, and it got delivered Sunday.

We both played a few of the Grand Prix mode, just on 50cc to get warmed up (and, of course, to collect the trophies and everything) and to test the few different modes of controllers. We first each used one half of the Joy-Con, finding it to be not too bad of a way to drive the karts, before both of us used a pair of the Joy-Con.

Rachel seems to prefer the one half of the Joy-Con method while I didn’t mind the paired Joy-Con. We do plan on getting the wheel attachment to see how well they work as well, but for now, we’re okay with each having the Joy-Con.

We did seem to have a bit of an odd time with the motion control and the manual steering at first, but we eventually got the hang of it. We both had a great time picking out different characters and karts to race with, especially the ones that had been DLC like Link (who looks like he’s having the best time of his life during the races and jumps) and Isabelle (who is just downright adorable).

We’re eager to explore all of the DLC courses — hopefully we’ll be able to play again tonight!

Do you have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? What do you think of it?

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Character Spotlight: Link

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

I had someone else for the spotlight this month, but I ended up changing it to Link because of Breath of the Wild. I still don’t have the game, but I figured I might as well talk about Link anyway because he’s a great character and I’m going to eventually.

Link is an interesting, complex character. He first appeared in The Legend of Zelda originally published for the NES in 1987 by Nintendo. His latest appearance is, of course, Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch. In between, he’s starred in 17 other games. That doesn’t include games he’s appeared in for Super Smash Bros. or Mario Kart 8’s DLC, or even Hyrule Warriors.

Link is an awesome protagonist as he constantly battles evil and just goes along silently with whatever his destiny throws at him. He’s strong, courageous, and seems like a nice guy despite his hardships (and his childhood…) and the fact that people mistake him for Zelda as the title suggests.

It’s theorized that each Link in every game is a “different” Link, but a reincarnation of the Link before it. This is why he looks similar and have similar abilities in each game. Also, his name may mean that he is the “link” throughout all the various timelines.

I love Link and I think he’s the best protagonist in the whole gaming world. The franchise is simply amazing.

What do you think of Link? Let me 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: Zelda Partners

Double Jump Kris MiiGotta love Fridays!

We’re at the start of July! Everyone have some good summer plans? A list of video games to play when it’s just too hot to go outside? You can’t go wrong with Legend of Zelda games. To celebrate the characters in those games, and the fact that Amiibo Wolf Link can be your partner in Breath of the Wild, here’s a list of my favorite partners.

4. Epona

Although she’s not the traditional partner in that she’s there to give advice and help you with targeting your enemies, Epona is nonetheless an important character to Link. She’s his faithful horse, always willing to carry Link across the land. In Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, just riding Epona across the world was one of my favorite things to do.

3. Navi

If you’re a fan of Ocarina of Time, you either loved or hated Navi. Generally, there was no in between. As for me, I enjoyed having Navi by my side. Ocarina of Time was my first Zelda game, so having a bright little fairy willing to brave through dungeons with you and give you advice (some of which wasn’t very helpful, I’ll admit) was awesome to me. Sure, she spoke a lot, and half the time she startled me with her random, “HEY! LISTEN!” but I enjoyed her company nonetheless.

2. Midna

Who doesn’t love Midna? She’s sassy, tough, and takes no prisoners. Sure, she’s more or less just using Link at first, but her character development is wonderful throughout the game. Her abilities combined with Wolf Link were tons of fun to exploit and play around with as well.

1. Fi

 

I adored Fi in Skyward Sword! Her character design is gorgeous — some of my favorite parts were watching her dance as she delivered the messages of the goddess. Her “Captain Obvious” routines were a bit tiresome, but I liked having her around. It was fun seeing how she reacted to the world and the special connection she has to the Master Sword was a wonderful touch to the Legend of Zelda lore. She also kicks ass in Hyrule Warriors, haha!

What are some of your favorite Legend of Zelda partners and characters?