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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Character Spotlight: Zelda

Happy Tuesday!

It’s the day after Christmas so I’m not doing anything but relaxing and playing any video games Santa got me.

For the final Character Spotlight of the year, I wanted to talk about Zelda. She’s been through a lot in 2017, so I think she deserves it.

Princess Zelda appeared in The Legend of Zelda for the NES in 1987 and most recently appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. She’s been in an array of Legend of Zelda titles in between (of course, as the titles suggest) including spin-0ff games such as Hyrule Warriors and non-canon appearances such as the Super Smash Brothers series.

Zelda is one of my all-time favorite characters. Even though the games are mainly about Link (in a way) Zelda is more than a damsel in distress. She does what she can to protect Hyrule and rule her kingdom with an iron fist (against enemies, not her people).

When she’s able to fight, she really fights and it seems as though she always has a plan up her sleeve.

There are too many games in my radar at the moment, but I plan on playing the Champions’ Ballad DLC for Breath of the Wild soon. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Zelda in that.

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Friday Favorites: BotW Shrine Quests

Double Jump Kris MiiIn the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there are Shrine Trials as opposed to dungeons. With a whopping 120 shrines in total, the shrines are everywhere! There are a set number, however, of shrines that are accessible only through a Shrine Quest, where Link takes on a task or solves a puzzle for other characters in Hyrule. Here is a list celebrating some of my favorite Shrine Quests!

Recital at Warbler’s Nest

I loved the Rito Village and all of the beautiful characters milling about, including the children. This particular quest involves searching the village high and low for four of five Rito sisters to join their fifth sister for choir practice. It was a fun way to discover the village’s little secrets and a new recipe to boot!

A Landscape of a Stable

While this was a fairly simple quest, I still enjoyed it. Seeing a picture of a landscape and then searching the world to find the image was how we discovered the memories, and that is one of our favorite aspects of this game.

A Song of Storms

Aside from being named after one of my favorite Zelda songs, this Shrine Quest was just a delight with the crazy weather that surrounded it. While I don’t particularly enjoy having Link get electrocuted, the graphics of the rain and lightning storms in the game are so much fun to watch. To see a bolt shatter away a shrine’s hiding place was fantastic!

The Spring of Wisdom

I fell in love with the three dragons that gracefully fly around Hyrule the instant I first saw one. I remember dashing after Farosh, completely heedless of the enemies I passed, when I first spotted it, hoping that the dragons could be Link’s friend and maybe let him fly with them. We eventually made our way toward the Spring of Wisdom, finding Naydra covered in the evil bile. The ensuing battle to free the dragon was lots of fun!

What are your favorite Shrine Quests in Breath of the Wild?

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11 Things to do When You Don’t have the Nintendo Switch

Considering we don’t have the Nintendo Switch just yet, we’re trying to figure out ways to keep ourselves occupied until we are able to get one. Here’s a silly little list we complied as a way to cope. If you’re in the same boat as us, let us know what you’re doing to pass the time until you can get a Switch console in the comments below!

1. Wallow in self-pity.

2. Do a puzzle, preferably one of your favorite video game franchise.

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3. Create an Amazon wishlist of all the Switch games you’re going to get once you have the console.

4. Count your money and don’t let go.

5. Cry.

super-mario-bros-movie-poster6. Watch old video game TV shows (Mario Bros or Legend of Zelda) or movies (Super Mario Bros or Professor Layton).

7. Constantly refresh the Amazon and Gamestop homepages.

8. Buy some Switch accessories that you’ll need for when you get the console.

9. Play games you already have and forgot about already.

10. Go for a walk (the sun can’t hurt that badly, right?).

11. Buck up and realize it’s just a video game console — you’ll get one eventually!

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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!

Twilight Princess

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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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: Smash Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiHello everyone! Here on Friday, I’m going to wrap up this week on Double Jump with a list of my favorite Super Smash Bros. characters!

Rachel posted her top five early this week and, upon creating my own list, I realized how different our play styles were. She prefers characters that are more strength-based with powerful moves, while my list favors characters that are speedy and hard to hit. Which style do you prefer?

Marth.

Marth, along with Roy, in Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube was my first introduction to the Fire Emblem franchise. It was because of those characters that I sought out and bought Sacred Stones before being hooked completely on the franchise. Although Roy is awesome, I always preferred Marth due to being just a bit faster.

Zelda.

Ever since Zelda became an option in the Smash Bros. franchise, I’ve always enjoyed using her, more so because she could also transform into Sheik. You essentially had two characters in one, able to switch between whoever was better suited to defeating your opponents. Zelda’s fantastic and powerful magic-based moves, although with the fact that she’s another female contender, has made her one of my favorites.

Greninja.

A new fighter to the franchise, Greninja is one of the final forms of the newest starter Pokemon from X and Y. Greninja was drafted to the Smash Bros. franchise before the Kalos region games were published, and the ninja-like Pokemon is a great addition to the roster! His moves are unique and fun, especially his Water Shuriken and Shadow Sneak.

Robin.

Robin quickly became another of my favorites for the new Wii U installment of Smash. Having the unique ability to use both swords and magic makes him/her a versatile character, and tons of fun to use. He/she may not be the fastest on the battlefield, but if you plan out the right moves, you can definitely become the victor with Robin.

Sheik.

Sheik has been my favorite character since Ocarina of Time. A mysterious, ninja-like character with some mean harp skills to boot, Sheik being a playable character in the Smash Bros. franchise was totally exciting to me! Now that Sheik is a separate character from Zelda, Sheik has been my number one partner in Smash fights with all the speed and skill that makes Sheik a top contender.

Now if only we could get Geno on the roster…