Category Archives: The Legend of Zelda

Daily Blog Challenge: February 20th

Today’s Theme: Favorite Side Quest

The Legend of Zelda is different from the traditional RPG in many ways. From  no class system, to rarely using a level up system, Zelda is more of an Action Adventure game in a lot of ways. The way they handle side quest is no different.

Instead of just throwing 8 billion side quest at you for random amounts of EXP, Zelda limits to it a few with varying degrees of rewards. A majority of the side quests are just collectibles like heart pieces, songs, and masks. A handful of others are quest to get better swords(Tempest Sword[LTTP] Big Goron Sword[OoT] Razor Sword [MM] and a few more].

I scratched my head and went back and forth and back and forth. I originally was going to do the Big Goron sword. This was an aspect that stuck out to me about Oot. I quickly changed my mind, because, well I do not actually enjoy this side quest. It is just infamous to me.

Than I was going to the Couples Mask aka Kafei’s Quest. Alas, this was just one of those nostalgia side quest, that I did not actually enjoy that much. The reward was substantially less than the big goron sword, but the sense of satisfaction was high (I talked about this in my Majora’s Mask Top Five Mask post. Check it out!)

Who can forget the hilariously awesome trading side quest from Links Awakening!  Anything with Yoshi is almost an auto include.

Finally, I made my decision: Gold Skulltulas

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This was a huge collectible side quest in Ocarina of Time. It made me constantly on my toes. In every village, house, and dungeon listening for that eerie and unmistakable slithering on the wall. It does not hurt to be constantly rewarded for your efforts either. From wallets, rupees, and even the stone of agony.

The gold skulltulas return to Majora’s Mask in a cool and different way. The concepts the same(collectibles) but instead, they are all inside the gold skulltula house instead of all over the world.

So, what your favorite side quest in the series? Let me know.

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Daily Blog Challenge: February 19th Top Five Mask of Majora’s Mask

What songs did for Ocarina of Time, Mask did for Majora’s Mask. Right off the bat, I’ll say this was actually a pretty hard list to throw together(maybe the hardest one I’ve done) because you get past the transformation mask, the others do not do that much. But it’s the wackiness, charm, overall sense of accomplishment you get from collecting that mask that lands these masks spots. Today I’m telling you my favorite mask of the game (Excluding the transformation masks)

#5- Bunny hood- If it’s a hood is it technically a mask? I have a love/hate relationship with this mask, which is why it sits at number 5. Every time I dive into my adventure in Termina, I think to myself “Go get the bunny hood” I mean, you’re turning Link into a bunny rabbit which is precious, and you become a little speed demon. But in the other games it appears in(Notably Smash Bros) I feel like it makes me too fast. Weird compliant, but that’s just how I feel.

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#4 Kamaro’s Mask- This mask man. I love this mask. As far as being my favorite, it’s virtual number 1, however, I believe it’s usefulness extends only to getting a heart piece. However, making Link bust out in dance is one of my favorite memories!

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#3 The Couples Mask- In other words, the reward for the actual story line. I do not know if this a universal feeling, but I care more about the story of Anju and Kafei than the main quest. I think this has to do with my childhood experience. I never cared for the main quest of Majora’s Mask growing up. I mean, I’m older now and appreciate the existentialism feel of the main quest. Heck, this game  is oozing existentialism, which is why I think this game aged well with me. However, back in the day finishing Anju and Kafei’s side quest is something I just recently finished on the 3ds remake. The Couples Mask was previously not obtained by my hands for over a decade! The usefulness of the mask in another story, but as far my heart goes, this is a special mask.

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#2 Fairy’s Mask- I do not actually like this mask. It interrupts when you could be wearing literally ANY OTHER mask, but it is by far one of the most useful mask outside the transformation masks. I wish it added some property to Link’s stat such better magic consumption or better defense, but alas, if you go through with collecting every fairy, you will be rewarded

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and now for a…

TIE!

That’s right. We got a tie at number one!

I’ll start with the most useful of the mask.

The Stone Mask- I actually do not use this mask. I really mostly play as the goron or zora, so these other mask get in the way. But it makes you invisible to most enemies, which is beyond busted. It’s even a nice touch that you have to use the Lens of Truth to see the giver of the mask. Even though I do not personally use it, it sounds deadly enough to justify a top spot.

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Now for my personal favorite

The Mask of Truth- If there is one side widget I’ve also been fascinated with, it’s the Gossip Stones. It’s another one those principles where I liked the mysterious feel to the stones so I never looked anything up about them to preserve the unknown. I believe in actuality, they are just the fortune tellers of this world. Though I would love for some duds to be in there or where they just give you bullcrap info. haha.

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Anyway this list was a mix between usefulness and my favorite, but I think’s pretty fair. I really wanted the Blast Mask for the sake that is always the first mask(outside of Deku) that I get.

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Daily Post: February 16th Top Five Islands of Windwaker

This was the top five I was going to do last Friday. I hope you enjoy

Wind Waker was beautiful, vibrant, and one of the most immersive Zelda games to date. The open world, vast sea, and countless number of Islands gave it a surreal feeling I think Zelda was missing for quite a while. So how I would rank the best of the best islands

#5 Temple of the Gods- Clocking in at number five, this is a great island(or structure) to start our list. The history is endless and a good bit of story points occur here. The initial dungeon is one of my least favorite, honestly, but once you unlock its special warp point and go underwater it becomes one of the prettiest areas in the game. The epic battles, the amazing landscape and, Link, Tetra, and King of Red Lions fates unfold on it’s sacred grounds.

#4 Outset Island- As its name might suggest, this is the first island. The one Link originally sets out on. I originally thought to put it 5th but it is such an emotional island for Link himself. From losing Aryll, to making your grandma nearly die from sadness, or encountering Tetra for the first time, scoring your first kill in the woods. There’s also several things to do when you return later in your quest such as feeding a pig, testing your luck and might at the savage labyrinth, and hang out with the crazy, old man Orca.

#3 Dragon Roost Island- It’s very hard to not give this island number one. It was the first island that showcased just how crazy and diverse islands can be. It’s inhabited by the Rito tribe, bird people. They’re the carriers of mail and the whole interior of the main building is simply a post office. But it’s what’s around the building that keeps you interested. A new song, a fun mail game, the fire temple, a little bit of baby sitting, and big freakin Dragon, all await you here in Dragon Roost Island.

#2 Forest Haven- The nearest island that resembles some vintage Zelda. Zelda is known for it’s forest, mountain, and ocean scenery. To which I think Forest is the most iconic. Naturally, this island gets high on the list. The island is meh from the outside. A big, bare tree swallows the horizon, quickly becoming the only thing you can see. Once inside, the island comes to life. The giant Deku tree and little Koroks give the environment the umph it needs, as well as the beautiful water that submerges the ground. You also get one of the more iconic items in Wind Waker, The Deku Leaf. Yay, Link can fly. The forest temple and the Nintendo Gallery on the outskirts give you plenty to do during your stay.

#1- Windfall Island- To probably no one’s surprise, Windfall is my favorite island. There’s so much to do here, and all the characters are interesting and exciting. There’s a new song, a school, some punk kids, a guy obsessed with the moon, the return of the pirates, the bomb shop, more pigs, plants to be planted, missing kids, an auction, a giant windmill, Tingle!, and you meet the King of Red Lions. Wow, and I’m probably forgetting half the stuff. This island is full of energy and emotion. There’s so many stories, adventures, and memories on this island’s soil. You will get lost in time doing everything. I think the characters and quests on this island make Wind Waker a memorable game.

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What’s your guys favorite island?

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Daily Post: February 15th

Hey guys! Leave it to me to get sick on the day my three page paper is due. Ugh!

I’ll be back tomorrow, given it does not get worse.

Oh, well.

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Daily Post: February 13th

Sooo, Wednesday I babysat until Midnight, Thursday was out til past midnight, Friday I babysat until Midnight, and probably will be babysitting until midnight again tonight.  I’m putting Daily Blog on a little break, because I have had no planning time. I have a huge exam and project due tomorrow.

Basically, all this week I have had no planning time for the daily post and like 3-5 of my last post have be me making something up really quick for the sake of posting daily.

I love the Legend of Zelda series and want to do it justice, which I haven’t this week.

I’m already working on some topics for next week.

I hope to return Monday with a Manga Monday review and new daily post. Also, I’m hoping to be announcing two big things next week. So bare with me. I’ll return Monday.

Until then, thanks for taking the time to read this!

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Enjoy your weekend.

Daily Blog Challenge: February 10th

Today’s Theme: Easiest LoZ Game

My opinion might be a little skewed so allow me to define “easiest” to me. I do not mean the game I die the least, or game I’d recommend to beginners. I say the easiest game is the game I’d have the best time 100%.

So with that mind, what’s the easiest: The Original Legend of Zelda

I do find this game rather difficult at the start, but it gets very easy a few hours into it. They basically triple your sword power early and double your defense. You become quite hard to kill only a few hours into it. This game measures your progress in Heart containers and since there is no heart pieces, your gauge fills up fast. After beating the first temple and acquiring the bombs, you basically already have 6-7 heart containers. You get the first sword power up basically after beating the second temple. I think the game can be hard to new comers who do not know the secrets, but once you do, you blaze the game quick and become overpowered.

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What’s the easiest game in the series to you?

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Daily Blog Challenge: February 9th

Today’s Theme: Hardest Zelda Game

I find the Zelda game’s relatively easy and only one game even sticks out to me as being even remotely hard.

That Game: Link’s Adventure

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One Picture. Countless Nightmares

Yeah, I did not have to look too hard to find this one. I’ve never beat more than the first temple. Yeah. I think this game was so different. It was a top down mixed with side scrolling action. You died so easily and when you got a game over, you restarted at the main temple. I really want to go back and play because the characters and towns actually look decent.

I know today was short. But I’ve only had a short experience with the game. Tomorrow I’ll talk about easiest and I should be able to talk a little more about it.

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Daily Blog Challenge: February 8th

Today’s Theme: What Item would I want to be real?

Another huge defining aspect of the series is the items. Obviously some are real like the bow and arrow and bombs. Others are very imaginative. Today I’m going to tell you which I would want to be real.

So what Item would I choose: Lens of Truth.

This really is a hard decision. There’s so many cool magic items that would be so legit to have in our world and plus the hookshot would be awesome to carry around. It could turn you into Spiderman! But the Lens of Truth definitely has one of the cooler abilities. I’m just not entirely sure how I’d apply it in real life. It’d be cool if it could see when people are lying or some kind of magical and mysterious effect like that. I’m not sure how many optical illusion corridors exist in our world, but I’d be prepared for them!

Really, there’s a ton of great items, it’s hard to pick just one.

Leave your favorite in the comment section!

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Daily Post Challenge: February 7th

Today’s Theme: Where would I want to live in the Zelda Universe

So, if I we’re link and I finally decided to hang up the hero’s sword and that fashionable green tunic for the last time, where would I settle down? If you remember a few days back, I said the npc’s were not that immersive. The towns, on the other hand, are rather great. I love most of the towns in the Zelda Universe. We’ve been to a lot.

So where would I want to retire: Kakariko Village

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Just look at it!

It’s been here since Link To The Past, and it’s been pretty good to us. My first memories of this town are from Ocarina of Time. The town theme is timeless. The carpenters are hilarious with all their weird sounds. And you learn the song of storms here!

As much as I remember it being really peaceful and enjoyable, I’m remembering how weird and eerie the village was too.

For starters, the graveyard. Dampe is a very memorable character. He is always stocking the graveyard with his shovel. Not to mention, when he passes away when you move forward in time was really sad to me. But, we did however get the Hookshot, a very cool item.

Next on the eerie list. The skulltula house. The family placed under a curse. The lighting helps set the tone. Dont even get me started on the creepy sounds and dancing.

There’s also the witch’s potion shop. Witches are pretty inherently creepy.

Lastly, the well. The well man. It’s not even a hard part, but the area is so creepy. The fact that you cant truly see the creatures and corridors makes it so I would not go down there if it was me.

But all that aside. It’s a quick horse ride to the Zora’s domain, The Hyrule castle, and the beach(lake)! Not to mention, Death Mountain is your backyard.

Okay, so honestly, it’s a pretty creepy place, but the theme music make’s it very relaxing, and the renovations suggest it’s on the rise! Also, the Kakriko village in A Link To The Past is super sweet, but I have not been there recently enough to recall details.

Anyway, where would you like to like town wise?

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Daily Blog Challenge: February 5th Top Five Ocarina Songs

It’s Friday, time for a Top Five!

Today’s Theme: Favorite Ocarina Songs!

Music, whether it’s themes or soundtracks or songs, mean a huge part to games. It’s what makes horror games horrifying(Sounds in general). But if there is any one game franchise defined by it’s soundtrack(That isnt a music based game), It’s The Legend of Zelda. I think in hindsight that’s one of the reasons Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask(OoT more so) have been instant classics. I know little of the technicality of music. What I’m basing this off of is the feelings and memories these conjured up when I went back an listened to them again.

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#5- Song of Healing- What a tone setter for Majora’s Mask. Meant to personify the tormented souls Link aids in his journey, it does quite the job. This song, coupled with the cut scenes of the souls finding their bodies, is totally a chilling experience to watch. It put’s you in their shoes. It’s the perfect song for a game like this. It’s even so good it makes faces fall off!

#4- Song of Storms- Maybe one of the more iconic songs to me in the whole franchise(Like just simply a song in general). It’s very fast and very chaotic. Not only does it capture the essences of a storm, it also captures the feel of the game at time. You were just a small village boy from the woods when destiny threw a deku curve nut. Now you posses this Triforce and your the hero of legend. Whoa! Also the old man lossing his absolute mind when he hear’s it is still one of my favorite scenes in all of Zelda.

#3- Song of Time- Probably the song you’ll use the most in your quest. You’re going to hear it several times and it will grow on you. One of the two iconic songs to come from OoT. You can’t forget it. If you’re playing Majora’s Mask, you already have the sucker memorized. Right A Down, *three days pass* Right A Down, *Three Days Past* Right A Down. It’s almost like it never ends…

#2- Zelda’s Lullaby- From the general fan, die hards and noobies a like, this is probably the song. I mean THE SONG. Learning this song on the castle grounds makes that whole experience magical. It’s calming, mysterious, and special. It’s every element of that that makes Legend of Zelda timeless rolled into a song. It perfectly explains Link and Zelda’s relationship. To hear Link play Zelda’s lullaby to advance in his quest shows how no matter how far apart they are, they always are truly thinking of each other and helping each other.

#1- Epona’s Song- I suppose this is where the list gets controversial. No, this is not one of my signature wacky picks. This is honestly my favorite song. And maybe the reason why I fell in love with the game. Yes, I struggled and went back and forth on making Zelda’s Lullaby one and Song of Time 2 and Epona’s song somewhere down the list. But, I just could not. If you read my first post on the Legend of Zelda, you know I stumbled upon the game when my uncle was showing my cousin how to play. The part they were at was Lon Lon ranch. They were learning this song. I walked in from the kitchen to the living room and this was the first thing. I heard Malon’s soothing voice coming in strong, followed by Link reciting the same sounds, and finally the song playing beautifully. In that moment a bond was born between Link and his horse. In the same moment, a bond was born between me and that little game. I had no idea the magnitude it would have on me though. And for that reason, I have to leave Epona’s song as number one.

So what’s you favorite Ocarina song?

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