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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 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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