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.

How does Twilight Princess stack against your favorite Legend of Zelda games? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Friday Favorites: Video Game Dads

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Father’s Day is this weekend, so I thought I would use a post to celebrate some of the best video game dads. I hope everyone else is able to celebrate with their father or someone close to them this weekend!

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Rusl from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Rusl is the father of Colin, the shy child who finds his courage throughout the game, from Twilight Princess. Rusl is the character from Link’s hometown, the swordsman, seemingly the guard of the village that most likely helped Link hone his own sword skills. Besides being a father figure to the hero of the game, Rusl is also a critical member of the resistance, saving Link during the attack on Hyrule Castle.

“Dad” from Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy is a visual novel where you play as a customizable dad and were able to romance several other (mostly) single dads. While your choices were crucial to the ending of the game, the player’s “Dad-sona” had an awesome relationship with his daughter Amanda. The interactions with her ranged from goofy and casual to affection and, well, fatherly. Their relationship is probably one of my favorite aspects about the game.

Bowser from the Super Mario series

Okay, we all remember that Switch Parental Control video, right? The adorable one when Bowser was the Most Responsible Parent of the Year because he was being sure his son Bowser Jr. was playing games that were appropriate for his age? Bowser is also a father figure to all of the Koopalings as well, allowing them to help him with his work and always very encouraging while doing so. Not only that, his motivation for kidnapping Peach in Super Mario Sunshine was literally just so Bowser Jr. could have a mom. Cool motive, still kidnapping, but the thought was sweet.

What are your favorite video game dads?

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Friday Favorites: Past Zelda Games

Double Jump Kris Mii BREATH OF THE WILD IS OUT! And the Switch, the Switch too, you may need that if you don’t want to play the Breath of the Wild on the Wii U… Rachel and I don’t have either yet (we’re working on it!), and we are so anxious to get them! Admittedly, we were a little skeptical about the Switch, especially with the price of everything, but as launch day got closer and closer, we became less caring about how fat our wallets are. They can totally go on diets.

To celebrate the Zelda franchise, I figured I would give a little shout-out to a few of my favorite Zelda games. This list is in no particular order, as I’m sure it will get disrupted once I get my hands on Breath of the Wild.

Four Swords Adventures

This GameCube game has been a source of fantastic memories for Rachel and me. It was always a fun game to play together, even though we both have different play styles… For instance, I would be on the front-lines against the enemies while Rachel was totally preoccupied with collected the Force Gems. It got a little crazy sometimes when she would accidentally get left behind or I would get swarmed with enemies while she chased after something shiny!

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Link turns into a wolf! This was pretty much the most exciting development to ever happen in a Zelda game to my sixteen-year-old self. The game itself has grown as a favorite with its graphics and plot line. The final battle with Ganondorf at the end is one of my absolutely favorite boss battles!

Ocarina of Time

This was the Zelda game that started my love of the franchise. Besides Super Mario RPG, Ocarina of Time was the game that I had always bothered my uncle to play as a child whenever I was over my grandparents’ house. This game, with its characters, gorgeous music, and wonderful graphics helped cement my love of gaming.

Skyward Sword

One of my favorite aspects of Skyward Sword was the detail of the setting and the graphics, especially on the character models. Rachel and I swooned when we first saw Link’s crooked smile when Zelda’s Loftwing wakes him up at the beginning of the game! The emotion of the characters were amazing, and we definitely shed some tears during the more intense moments of the game. It was awesome playing the game that, on the timeline, started the journey of the Chosen Hero and Princess of Destiny, and finding the connections between the locations in Skyward and other Zelda games was so much fun!

Aside from Breath of the Wild, what are some of your favorite Legend of Zelda games?

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On Creepy Moments in Video Games

On Creepy Moments in Video Games

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Happy almost Halloween, everyone! The upcoming holiday has prompted us to think of the more creepier moments we’ve seen in some of our favorite video games. Rachel and I aren’t the types to play downright horror games — we’re too wimpy for that — but there have definitely been moments in our games that make us jump and cringe.

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For example, Twilight Princess. That game has an awesome story, but it’s pretty dark given its main antagonist, Zant. Strange things happen, especially in the Twilight Realm and there were some creepy flashbacks. Like when Ilia no longer had pupils in her eyes or when the female Yeti went evil.

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Pretty sure the scene that made us yell the most in Twilight Princess was when I was trying to use the Sol orbs in the Twilight Realm. The dismembered hand that held onto the Sol orbs and tried to take them back through the walls stressed us out so much! Especially Rachel, considering she jumped out of her seat a couple of times!

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The music was creepy, okay? It was pretty suspenseful and got louder as the hand got closer. Plus, the hand itself was gross looking. Even the people in the Twilight Realm were creepy. I know they were changed by Zant, but they always howled like ghosts when you got near them. Um, no thank you…

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It was great, especially since it was me playing rather than Rachel, haha! Although, she was a bit of a backseat-player at those points… I think my creepiest video game memory was — spoiler alert — Dahlia’s reveal at the end of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. For a game series that deals a lot with spirits and ghosts, Dahlia took the cake with her seeking revenge from beyond the grave!

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Oh, that was awful! We got way too into that series (definitely not a bad thing) and we decided to stay up late and finish the final case of the final game in the main trilogy. Of course, we didn’t realize how creepy it would get. It was nearing midnight when Dahlia was revealed and we were pretty spooked.

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At that point, we didn’t know it was the third game of a trilogy. We found and played that game first, haha! It’s a wonder Dahlia didn’t scare us off from the rest of the games! It was definitely satisfying to defeat her for good, though. One last moment that pops into my mind has to do with our above graphic. Luigi’s Mansion wasn’t scary at all, but there was a point up in the attic where the lightning flashes and the shadow on the wall makes it look as if Luigi was hung. It’s a debunked rumor, but the image was still a bit shocking nonetheless.

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Oh, that’s right! I totally forgot we played the games out of order… But yes, I agree. That part in Luigi’s Mansion freaks me out every time, only because it’s such a freaky thought. And I’m sure there are plenty of other creepy moments in games that we’ve forgotten about. We’ll just have to make a list for next Halloween!

What are some creepy moments in games that have spooked you?

Twilight Princess HD Review

Title: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Company: Nintendo
Console: Nintendo Wii U
How we got the game: We bought it.

Our Review:

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The Legend of Zelda series is a favorite around our house. They’re the types of games that we return to time and again, and we don’t mind (too much) spending money to buy an HD copy of the game even though we have the original. Twilight Princess HD was no exception.

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We haven’t played the game in a long time. I barely remembered half of it. So it was great to play it as though it was my first time.

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I remembered most of it, with the majority of scenes and dungeons coming back to me as we got closer to them. However, a bit silly of me, I did forget about the Twilight Realm and those disembodied hands that try to steal the Sol balls away!

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Those freaked me out enough to jump out of my seat! Actually, the whole Twilight Realm did. And we played it at night. The music was creepy so it did its job!

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Yes, it did! All the music was gorgeous, as usual. My favorite tunes had to be the boss fights and the Temple of Time.

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The boss battles were epic! I loved each and every one. I really loved the final battle with Ganondorf. The scenery for the game, especially in HD, was gorgeous. It really took you to a new world.

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Of course the graphics were amazing. The worlds in the Legend of Zelda series are always imaginative and beautiful, and the HD factor highlights them. Despite being able to warp to places in the game, I took every opportunity to ride Epona through the land to enjoy the sights (that, and horseback riding is one of my favorite aspects of the game).

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Even the sound effects for everything (like Epona running) was enhanced. The game as a whole is wonderful: the music, graphics, story, everything. You can’t go wrong with  another Zelda game.

Twilight Princess gets…
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Top Tuesday: Zelda Soundtracks

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

After quite a while of playing, Kris and I finally beat The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. We’ve been playing it for a few weeks now and finally sat down to play through the rest of the game every day at the end of last week. We got into a discussion of the music at some point, of course.

So, here are my top five favorite Zelda soundtracks.

5. Majora’s Mask

Majora’s Mask is one of the most beloved Zelda games ever made. It’s similar to Ocarina of Time, which everyone loved, it’s practically a sequel and while the themes are dark, it tells a wonderful tale. Link goes through something that we all go through. To create different tracks for each species Link becomes as well as the dark messages that are sent is definitely a tricky one. The music fits the dark mood wonderfully.

4. Ocarina of Time

Ocarina of Time was the number one spot on my list for a while. Listening to The Lost Woods and Gerudo Valley (still my top two favorite songs) always put a smile on my face and I always hummed the tunes whenever and where ever. Of course, new game come out and new songs are created. But Ocarina of Time always has that nostalgia piece for me whenever I hear its songs.

3. Skyward Sword

When Skyward Sword came out, I know it was a hit or miss for a lot of people. Despite it being the 25th anniversary game, I know some people didn’t like the motion controls and some people thought the game was too easy to be a Zelda game. To be honest, Skyward Sword instantly became my favorite Zelda game because it was on the easier side. With it supposedly being the first game chronologically, I thought, why shouldn’t it be a bit easier? Especially since Hyrule wasn’t created yet.

But, I’m rambling now. The music in this game always gave me feels because it was brand new. The world of Zelda was new and exciting and waiting to be discovered. The feeling of soaring through the air on your Loftwing and then of course having Fi around–her theme song is the best–the music just makes you feel at home.

2. Wind Waker

The music to this game is so catchy and upbeat and fits in perfectly with the cartoon-look of the game. The whole atmosphere is bright and light-hearted (despite the content) and the music just flows right along with it. I especially love sailing across the water. The music makes you feel like there’s an entire world out there that needs exploring.

1. Twilight Princess

No, this isn’t my number one simply because I just played the game recently. This has always been my favorite soundtrack. The music everywhere you go in the game is simply wonderful. I found myself and Kris pausing our conversation just to listen to the music. Midna’s and Ilia’s themes are my favorite.

What are your favorite Zelda soundtracks?

Character Spotlight: Agitha

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Time for another Character Spotlight!

I know I just used a character from Twilight Princess last month, but Twilight Princess is just too good of a game to let the other characters pass by.

 

Character Spotlight: Agitha Twilight Princess Double Jump

Agitha first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It was originally released in 2006 for the Nintendo Gamecube and Wii. Twilight Princess was recently re-released for the Wii U in HD in 2016.

Agitha calls herself the “Princess of bugs” even though she’s not an actual princess. However, collecting bugs is her hobby and… let’s be honest, the bugs are her friends.

When she meets Link, she asks him to help her find the Golden Bugs scattered through the game. In return, she pays him generously.

Agitha is adorable. Her personality is a bit strange, but she’s completely harmless. Her voice is of a young girl making you wonder just how young she actually is. Her design is also strange, but it’s unique and I find it just completes her and matches her personality.

Agitha later appears in Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends. And might I add that she’s a wonderful addition. I don’t know why they chose her of all the other characters, but I have no complaints.

Do you think Agitha is a fun addition to the games?

Friday Favorites: Twilight Princess Side Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

As a few of you may have realized that I’m playing through the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U. It’s been a lot of fun so far, especially with all the quirky characters! That’s why this week my Friday Favorites is dedicated to my favorite side characters from Twilight Princess.

5. Queen Rutela

Besides the fact that I’m not partial to water levels and temples (seriously, the Zora architects who created the Lakebed Temple were assholes), I did like the Zora characters in Twilight Princess, especially Queen Rutela. Her design is amazing, and I like the fact that even in death she still cares deeply for her people and son.

4. Coro

Coro is the very chill guy that one meets near the beginning of the game close by the Faron Woods. He gifts Link with a free lantern to help promote his oil-selling business. I was always amused at this guy just relaxing in the middle of the woods, at the birds building nests in his hair, and at the fact that he thinks his older sister is scarier than Wolf-Link.

3. Renado

This dude is awesome. He’s a shaman who uses his knowledge to help out whoever needs it, he’s totally chill, and he had no problem stepping in to protect a bunch of children from another village when he was needed.

2. Telma

This amazing barmaid was always one of my favorites in the game. Aside from dishing out sass instead of taking any, Telma is progressive in her goals and has a kind nature, being part of the Resistance for Hyrule and helping out Ilia and the Zora Prince alike.

1. Malo

This kid (who apparently is only about five years old) has more business ambition that I’ve ever had in my life. Seriously, Malo is awesome with his dry humor, his shops, and the Malo Mart music is one of my favorite tunes from the game.

What are your favorite Twilight Princess side characters? Any that you particularly couldn’t stand?

Twilight Princess Playthrough

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

For the past couple of weeks, Kris and I have been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Well… Kris is playing it. I’m watching. And laughing.

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Twilight Princess is a great game. Since we’re playing the HD version for the Wii U, it’s gorgeous.

We expected to do a review of the game last month, but the game has taken us longer to get through than expected. You know, between work schedules and other things, we haven’t been able to play the game as much. Then I went on vacation for a week.

We picked up where we left off when I got home.

Kris made it to the water temple, but only after about an hour or so after Kris died multiple times trying to escort Telma and Ilia to Kakariko Village.

I’ve never played through a Zelda game on my own, I’ve always watched Kris. I’ve tried a few times and never completed the games. Though I do plan to. Someday. At some point.

Then again, part of the reason I enjoy watching Kris play is because it’s funny, especially when she gets stuck.

Wrong or right, I’m her little sister. I’m supposed to laugh when she messes up. Especially in a video game.

There are plenty of parts of video games that we get stuck on and find it hilarious when it’s tough to get there. Are there any memorable scenes like that for you in certain video games?

Character Spotlight: Midna

Rachel Mii Double JumpI realized I was going to make the Character Spotlights a more regular feature.

Then I forgot about it. Go me.

So, here’s another one from a great game!

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Midna made her first appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which was originally released for the Nintendo Gamecube. Now, in 2016, it’s been re-released in HD for the Wii U.

Midna was always an interesting character to me. Her design alone was what caught my attention, as I’m sure it did everyone else. I think she’s cute, even though she’d probably kill me for saying so.

I love the dark colors on her that intertwine on her body and the mask on top of her head just completes the look. The small fang that sticks out is a nice compliment to her personality.

When I watched Kris play Twilight Princess for the first time when the game came out in 2006, I wasn’t sure of what to think of Midna. Part of me thought she was a bad guy.

She’s so sassy and bossy and definitely knows what she’s doing and what she wants. She manipulates Link in a way that you wonder who’s side she’s on–good, bad, or her own.

Twilight Princess has a lot of fantastic characters, but Midna will be my favorite out of the whole game.

I think the developers made the right choice when they decided to make Midna Link’s sidekick for the game.

Who’s your favorite Zelda character? Or your favorite overall video game character?