Top Tuesday: Favorite Dungeons In Skyward Sword

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Since it’s Zelda Month, I thought I’d talk a little bit about some of the games. Majora’s Mask is one I have never played personally, I’ve just been other people play the game. With that said, there are some masks that I love because of what they can do but also because of their design as well.

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Skyview Temple

The Skyview Temple is the first dungeon of the game and it’s one of my top favorites. I don’t know what it is about this particular dungeon, but I’ve had a soft spot for it. Maybe it’s because it’s the first for the game or maybe it’s because the first in general for Link and the series as a whole – if we’re looking at the timeline.

Skyview Temple is simple and it has a pretty design. Plus, Ghirahim is the boss, which is great.

Earth Temple

I had to pick this one as a favorite. It’s fire. You can’t go wrong with fire. Anything that has to do with fire is my favorite. Enough said.

Sandship

This particular temple always stood out to me. New mechanics were introduced for this one where Link has to take a time thing back and forth to places and go back in time in order to figure out the puzzles of the dungeon and get himself through it. The atmosphere of the desert and pirate ship are ironic which makes it that much cooler. The Sandship as a whole is a great idea and it’s fun.

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Which Zelda Are You?

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Fairly recently, we did a post titled, “Which Link Are You?” speculating which of the many versions of Link there are in the games would best represent ourselves. This post has a similar question, but uses a vastly different character as the star. Like Link, there are many versions of the princess — or queen — Zelda throughout the franchise’s multiple timelines, each with their own personality as well. Zelda can be a bit trickier, admittedly, considering she generally plays a more supporting or passive role in the games, but there are still plenty of moments where her personality shines in said games. Rachel, if you were one of the versions of Princess Zelda, who do you think you’d be?

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Easy. I would be Zelda from Skyward Sword. Like the question with Link, I don’t know exactly why I would choose this particular Zelda, but it was the first one that came to mind. Zelda from Skyward Sword has a bubbly personality. She has plenty of lines, especially in the beginning, isn’t afraid to stand up for herself or her friends (here’s looking at you, Groose. Just kidding, I love you.), and she really looks out for her family and the world she lives in. She goes into adventure, not knowing what’s going on, and even seals herself away knowing it’s the right thing to do. Which Zelda would you choose?

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A bubbly personality, and a bit of a troll when it comes to shoving Link off of the Goddess Tower… that’s you! I can see all that in you and I think you’ve chosen well. As for me… My first instinct was Zelda from Ocarina of Time. Even as a child, she didn’t hesitate to follow her instincts and has a fierce protectiveness of her world. She wasn’t the type of woman to wait for a hero, either. While Link sleeps, she is forced to disguise herself for her safety, but she continued to help those in their world as Ganondorf took over, and became a crucial ally to Link as Sheik. I admire that strength and hope I’d be that brave as well.

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I can see that too. You wouldn’t be the type to sit around and wait for something to happen. You would disguise yourself and do anything you could to help without screwing things up further just by showing your true self. As I asked in our Link post, which Zelda do you see me as being most like? Which one did you think I’d pick?

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I’ll admit, I kind of forgot about Skyward Sword’s Princess Zelda but she fits. Judging only from what I’ve seen in Smash Bros. Ultimate, you do remind me of the Zelda from A Link Between Worlds. She’s adorable but powerful. Tetra probably wouldn’t be a bad fit, either, being a pirate captain sailing the seas and keeping order on a ship! Is there another Zelda you would pick for me?

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I honestly didn’t think of Tetra. I do agree that the Zelda from A Link Between Worlds is adorable. She reminds me of the Zelda from Skyward Sword though. I think they mostly look alike to me. As for you, I thought of Breath of the Wild Zelda. Maybe it’s because this game is the most fresh in my mind, but Zelda in that game truly embraces the world around her and does her absolute best to fight for what she believes in. She fights for her friends, her family, and her kingdom. Plus, she doesn’t feel like she needs a “knight” by her side. She’s also snarky to Link and her father and can be defiant and stubborn… you.

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I’m going to try to take that as a compliment, haha! In all seriousness, I’m down with that. Trying to find her power throughout the memories and before Link’s awakening — pun intended — resonates with me trying to figure out my own power, if you will, in life. Like that Zelda, I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do and how I’m going to achieve those goals, but I also enjoy all the research that may come with life. That part of her reminded me of you, too! Especially when she tries to get Link to eat a frog. That conversation totally could have been me and you.

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Oh, yeah! The frog memory sticks out in my mind. I would totally try to get you to eat a frog… or something ridiculous. (I’d feel too bad for the frog.) I think Zelda has a lot to offer in all her various forms and we can find a little piece of each one inside of us.

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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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Top Tuesday: Favorite Masks In The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Since it’s Zelda Month, I thought I’d talk a little bit about some of the games. Majora’s Mask is one I have never played personally, I’ve just been other people play the game. With that said, there are some masks that I love because of what they can do but also because of their design as well.

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Bunny Hood

The bunny hood used to be one of my favorite items in the various Super Smash Brothers games. To be honest, it took a long time for me to realize where the bunny hood came from. I think a particular mask (even though it’s more like a headband) is a nice addition to the rest of the collection. Majora’s Mask is a dark game and the bunny hood is a fun, lighthearted mask to have.

Stone Mask

This mask is creepy to look at but I absolutely love it. I enjoy the fact that they made a mask that makes you invisible. I find it funny that a “stone” would make you invisible as though you’re hiding under a rock or something. It’s an interesting idea for a mask and a cool design despite how weird it looks.

Majora’s Mask

Yeah, it seems cliche I’d put this one on the list. But this particular mask fascinates me since it has a mind of its own. I also just really love the design and coloring of the mask. It’s creepy, yet inviting which is the perfect combination for an evil spirit to be possessing a mask.

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Monday Memories: Legend of Zelda Fanfiction

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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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Song of Time and Song of Storms — Taylor Davis

Hello everyone! To go along with Zelda Month, this month’s music video showcases a blend of the Song of Time and Song of Storms, both from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I believe I had this on a Friday Favorites a long time ago, but I figured it deserved to be given a little more of the spotlight, especially this month.

This cover is done by Taylor Davis and is probably one of my all-time favorite covers of hers. The violin and scenery are gorgeous, and Davis went all out with being in a Sheikah costume for the video. This particular video was released about 4 years ago — since then, Taylor Davis has two albums of original songs and a Christmas album (and a few other albums of covers, including one dedicated to Legend of Zelda music), not to mention about two to three tours under her belt.

We’ve showcased her work on this blog before with Gerudo Valley (one of Rachel’s favorites) and Megalovania from Undertale. We hope you enjoy this cover!

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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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