Legend Of Zelda Remakes

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming of Zelda content for this month. Some ideas I’ve used, some I haven’t. While Kris and I were writing another Zelda post (that has yet to be published) I thought of some remakes I’d love to see of the series.

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Old Handheld Games

This includes Link’s Awakening, Oracle of Seasons & Ages, and The Minish Cap. Technically, Link’s Awakening and the two Oracle games were re-released on the virtual console for the 3DS. However, I’d love to see an updated version of them. The old school graphics are great, but it’d be cool to play those games in a new light.

Four Swords Adventures

Originally for the Gamecube, Kris and I have been playing this on our Twitch channel. It still works and it’s fun to use our Gameboy SP and Gameboy Advance again, but with the technology we have now, it’d be great fun to play this on the 3DS with local or online co-op. Of course, we have Tri-Force Heroes which I think was close enough to what Four Swords was, but I’d still love to see an updated version of Four Swords.

Skyward Sword

This came out for the Wii in 2011. It’s not too old (seven years, ha!) but with the kind of motion controls and the HD rumble for the Joy-Con on the Switch… I’d love to test this great game out with the updated technology and maybe even updated graphics. This was a fun game and I’d love to play it with easier motion controls and get more out of it than the first time around.

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The Legend Of Zelda [Game Review]

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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Developer: Nintendo Research & Development 4
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
NES
Category:
Action, Adventure
Release Date:
February 21, 1986
How we got the game:
We have it on the NES Classic

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The original Legend of Zelda video game came out a few years before I existed. Having a chance to play both the Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link were a couple of reasons why we were interested in getting the NES Classic.

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This is a game we’ve heard a lot about and have seen others played, but we haven’t had the pleasure of playing it ourselves until now.

gameplay

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Being a game for the NES, there are only a few simple buttons for a player to keep track of when controlling Link. The A button swings your sword, the B button uses whichever special item you have equipped from the menu that’s brought up with the start button, and you can move in a whole four different directions with the D-pad.

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The controls can be a little wonky at times, but it’s a NES game, so that was kind of expected. A lot of times Link would swing his sword with some delay after we pushed the button which put us in some trouble on many occasions throughout the gameplay. Most of the items you have to buy through random shops you find on the main map while others you get by going through and completing the dungeons.

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Your adventure involves exploring the over world map, finding secret locations and dungeons that hold monsters and pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. Instead of the game having a linear direction, Link is plopped down in the middle of the world and released to go forth wherever he pleases.

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The over world map itself doesn’t show where Link is or where anything is, even if you’ve already been there. You just need to explore, find stuff on your own, and remember where it all is. You can do the dungeons somewhat out of order though you might get stuck needing certain items to get through. Plus, the enemies are tougher later in the game. The dungeons are made up of various rooms with a ton of enemies and puzzles to get through. While it’s pretty simple, the enemies are tough and they can be tricky to get through.

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It was an interesting dynamic where the controls and environment are simple enough, but there were definitely times where we found ourselves dying over and over again to the same bosses or other enemies. While I love a good story-based game, I definitely enjoyed the openness of this Legend of Zelda. It reminds me a bit of how Breath of the Wild is an open world, allowing you go explore the story however you want.

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It’s certainly a fun game and well done for its time. It seems like such a small, short game, but there’s a lot to do, collect, and explore.

graphics-music

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The graphics are nothing to be blown away by these days, but it was definitely charming to see the first appearance of Link and the world of Hyrule as their original pixel-selves. The color palette was enough to be able to distinguish the characters from the environment and it was simple enough to tell what was going on, even if there were a couple of glitches here and there. Nothing to make the game break, of course.

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Yes, we did have a couple of glitches throughout the game, but some of them were in our favor, which was kind of nice. The pixels are great and looking at some of the enemies are hilarious because they look nothing like what they would today. Also, watching Link shimmy on the raft is wonderful.

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The music is fantastic, being the classic tunes that we know and love from all the other Legend of Zelda games we’ve enjoyed playing. It was a treat to hear where the tunes came from, especially the overworld music.

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The music and the sound effects are satisfying. I have the soundtrack in my car so hearing the music and actually playing the game at the same time was great. It was a nice throwback to a game I’ve heard so much about but have never played.
story

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There’s no true introduction to a story in this game. You take control of Link, you find an old man in a cave who tells you to take a sword because the world is dangerous, and off you go. Objectively, you are collecting pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom from the dungeons scattered about the world, presumably in order to rescue Princess Zelda.

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Again, since it’s not really explained at all, Link is exploring the world, ultimately preparing himself to battle Ganondorf and save the world. The story is there it’s just not as flushed out as we know and love it today. Which, is kind of cool in a way. I wonder how we would have felt about it if we had no knowledge of the series when the game first came out?

replay-value

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The Legend of Zelda is an oldie but a goodie. While there’s only so many secrets to uncover, it’s a game with a simple enough premise that allows you to play through it many times without getting bored. It’s a classic.

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I’m happy we finally got a chance to play this game. It wasn’t easy (even though it’s older and I was expecting it to be) but it’s one I’ll definitely play again.

The Legend of Zelda gets…
4-lives
4 out of 5 lives.

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The Legend of Zelda: Uno Card Game

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The Uno card game has a simple enough premise. Each player starts with a handful of cards and you take turns discarding them into the main pile according to either color — blue, yellow, green and red — or by matching the number of the previous card that was put down. The goal is to be the first player to discard all of their cards first. There is apparently a point system that we recently discovered, but our house rules were always, “Whoever has an empty hand first, wins.”

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Yeah, who knew Uno had actual rules with a point system? Anyway, for Zelda Month, I was scrolling through Amazon to find a Zelda game that’s not a video game. Yahtzee and Chess popped up, but then I saw Uno. I love Uno and have a Super Mario Uno game. Aside from the pretty Zelda artwork on the cards, this particular edition has it’s own “Triforce rule” that I wanted to try out.

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Aside from regular numbered cards, Uno employs quite a few trick cards as well. There’s the reverse card that reverses the turn order, the skip card so the next person’s turn is skipped, and some cards that make the next person have to draw even more cards from the unused pile. There are also wild cards that allow the person who plays it to change the current color that’s in play, either to give themselves an advantage or to try to give others more of a challenge. This particular deck’s “Triforce rule” involved a new wild card.

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There’s a wild card with a Triforce symbol on it which acts as a normal wild card. However, the next person needs to put down a card of the color that was changed to and that card also needs to have a Triforce symbol on it. The cards that had this symbol were 3, 6, and 9 in all the colors. If the next player doesn’t have a card with a Triforce symbol in the color the deck changes to, they need to draw three cards.

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It’s a bit of an extra challenge in an otherwise normal game of Uno. Uno itself is one of those games where it’s simple to screw other people over in order to be the winner. The more people playing, the more fun it is. Uno was a card game that we used to play all the time when we were younger, so it was fun to go back to it with this Zelda deck and the Mario deck from a few months ago.

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This was certainly a fun edition of the Uno game. While the Triforce rule added a bit more strategy, it didn’t make the game much harder, especially since it’s mostly luck anyway. Still, it was fun and I’m glad we bought it.

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Why We Love The Legend Of Zelda

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The Legend of Zelda was one of the first franchises I was introduced to when I discovered video games were a thing. Here was a guy in green with a really cool sword going on an epic quest to thwart evil. I was in love with the very idea of the adventure since I first saw Ocarina of Time.

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I really enjoyed watching Kris play the games when I was younger. The story was phenomenal, the characters were awesome and relatable, and the graphics and music were so cool and memorable. Plus, Link reminded me of Peter Pan, my boyfriend.

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Link and the Kokiri [double-check spelling, please] were based on Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, I believe. It’s a funny origin story. The Legend of Zelda franchise, as a whole, was always able to whisk me away on an adventure, and I loved it. It’s the same reason why I read fantasy novels, ones with magic and dragons and daring heroes. With video games, I’m able to take on an active role, and Link’s fantastic as far as character vessels go.

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Yes, they are based on Peter Pan, which is a cool fact. I love how the series as a whole is intertwined and “linked” together. They’re all more or less the same story, but each one is done uniquely and well. The stories give me all the feels and honestly have the same effect on me as the Harry Potter series does. It’s amazing and a wonderful experience.

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The reincarnations of all the characters always fascinated me as well. They are their Triforce pieces at their cores — Courage, Wisdom, and Power — but each reincarnation has their own personality that helps drive the story forward. Although, I suppose Ganondorf is the same in a few of the games, but his ambition and drive make him a fantastic villain. Side characters and even minor characters enrich the games. I was floored that every single character, no matter how minor, in Breath of the Wild was given a name.

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The imagination that goes into the stories behind the Legend of Zelda series never ceases to amaze me. Of course, the stories are a hug reason why I love the series, but plot and characters aside, I really love the music. I get the music stuck in my head all the time whether it’s some version of Gerudo Valley or Lost Woods.

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Koji Kondo is a god. I know he’s done many of the Legend of Zelda titles as a composer and supervisor on the music. I was thrilled when we were able to see the Legend of Zelda Symphony this past year! One of my favorite aspects of these games is the risks that Nintendo takes on them. I know if something isn’t broken, you shouldn’t fix it, but Nintendo has always taken this franchise, one of their flagship IPs, and tried out something new with Link. The cel-shaded graphics in Wind Waker, the realistic and dark graphics with Twilight Princess, the motion controls with Skyward Sword, a completely open world with Breath of the Wild… At the series’ core, it’s the same story, but there is always something new with each adventure.

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Overall, this entire series is a god. We have yet to find a flaw in these games. There are definitely some mechanics we enjoy more than others, but have a good time all the same. These are the kinds of games that even though we know the outcome, we’ll play them over and over again until the end of time.

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Would You Rather: The Legend Of Zelda Edition

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Being Zelda month, we thought we’d do another round of Would You Rather while focusing on the amazing franchise. We did a Breath of the Wild version back in April 2017 for that particular installment, so the questions this time around will encompass the series as a whole. To get it started, Rachel, would you rather be only able to play the Legend of Zelda games on a home console or on a handheld like the 3DS?

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I like that you started me off with an easy question. I’d rather play home console. The majority of the games are for the home consoles and while the handheld games are great (I mean, they all are), I’d rather be able to play the majority of the series. In fact, I’ve only ever played one handheld Zelda game. The rest were consoles. Kris, would you rather travel with Link on his journey (like Navi) or aid Zelda on her side (like Impa)?

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While both Zelda and Impa can be badass, I think I would rather travel with Link and explore all of Hyrule, despite the obvious danger if it’s a time when Ganondorf — or whoever is trying to take it over at the time — is climbing to power. Rachel, would you rather live in the waterlogged Hyrule during the Wind Waker game or be a citizen of Skyloft with your own Loftwing?

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That’s a tough one. I love swimming and such but I think I’d prefer Skyloft. Despite not liking heights, I’d probably be used to it. Plus, I just want my own Loftwing. If you could choose only one companion, would you rather have Navi or Fi?

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While I actually don’t mind either companion, I think I would go with Fi. She comes with the Master Sword, after all, haha! Would you rather have the powers that come with the masks from Majora’s Mask or be able to warp and travel to different places around the country with the power of the ocarina?

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Ocarina, definitely. I wouldn’t want to try on any of those masks! And finally, would you rather be one of the seven sages or one of the goddesses?

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That’s… a tough question. One one hand, the seven sages helped Link in Ocarina against Ganondorf, but the goddesses would theoretically be watching over every part of the timeline… I think one of the sages. I wouldn’t mind being the Sage of the Shadow Temple or Sage of the Spirit Temple. These were some great questions! Looking forward to the next round!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Legend Of Zelda Graphics

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Since it’s Zelda Month and I’ve mostly been twiddling my thumbs waiting for the Pokemon games to come out, I decided to talk about the various Zelda games and one thing they all have: graphics (duh).

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5. Ocarina of Time/Majora’s Mask & A Link Between Worlds

I’m already cheating on my own list, I know. Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask are similar in style and I couldn’t choose between them and A Link Between Worlds. The Nintendo 64 games are iconic and while you wouldn’t think the graphics are that great, they were certainly up to par in their own time and have aged well. The 3DS game is similar – 3D, but smaller, crisper, and brighter. I enjoy it all.

4. Twilight Princess

Obviously, I really enjoy the bright graphics and Twilight Princess is not bright at all. However, all the characters look so realistic and have facial expressions and everything. The darker turn was a nice touch for the series and I thought the graphics were beautiful.

3. Wind Waker

Okay, now back to bright. As bright as can be. Wind Waker is cartoon-like which took everyone by surprise when the game was announced. I found the graphics to be delightful. It was a risk and it worked out well. I’ll admit, I was nervous that by changing the graphics, they were going to change the way the game was played. It was different, but more or less the same as any other Zelda game. The games can be dark and the vivid graphics were a nice touch

2. Breath of the Wild

How more realistic can you get? Breath of the Wild is a gorgeous game! It’s not just the characters, but the environment around them are beautifully crafted and well done. You can see every blade of grass blowing in the wind and the animation of Link eating is adorable. Nintendo has really out-done themselves with this one. And yet, there’s one more game I decided to put in the number one spot.

1. Skyward Sword

I absolutely love Skyward Sword. The motion controls can be annoying, yes, but this is a great game and it’s an awesome “prequel.” The graphics for Breath of the Wild are much better than this (way better), but I love how Skyward Sword looks. I enjoyed the uniforms of the school and how that all started. Pipit is a hunk and I wish he were in more Zelda games in his cute yellow uniform. But oh, there’s Link. Link looks awesome as well. I loved the whole atmosphere of Skyward Sword and the graphics were amazing at the time for the game.

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Join Us For Zelda Month!

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One of our favorite YouTubers is PeanutButterGamer and, this year, he’s bringing back Zelda Month. He’s been doing Zelda Month during November for the past few years that we’ve been following him (except for a year or two where he took a break and deemed it Mario Month) where he celebrates one of his favorite franchises by devoting his videos to it. We thought we’d do a little celebrating of our own this month as well.

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The Legend of Zelda is one of our favorite gaming series and we’ve always wanted to spread the word of Zelda Month and participate in it ourselves. So, there’s a few ways we’re going to celebrate this beloved franchise. One way is this blog. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we write posts together on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Each post we do together will be about The Legend of Zelda. Our solo posts may or may not be about Zelda, but at least our shared posts will be.

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Here’s hoping you guys won’t be over-saturated with Zelda posts, haha! It’s a fantastic franchise, one that’s probably one of the most spoken about on our blog because we enjoy the games so much. We’ll also be celebrating Zelda Month over on our Twitch channel, hoping to focus our joint streams — most Fridays, perhaps a Saturday or two — on playing a Legend of Zelda game.

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The game we chose to stream is one we haven’t played in a very, very long time. We’ve always played it together and we were excited that we got the console to work and stream the game. We’re looking forward to it! In addition to that, we’ll be reviewing that game along with another Zelda game or two. We’re going to visit a Zelda game neither of us have ever played before thanks to the NES Classic.

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So, we’re very excited and looking forward to this month! We hope you are as well! Let us know what you think of Zelda month, or if there’s another franchise you’re looking forward to celebrating!

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