The Legend of Zelda universe
is complex, even if you focus only on the canonical material
. Fans have been trying to create a timeline for the stories, but in 2009, Nintendo shot down those attempts
, specifically in response to a split timeline series
. Still, fans were not satisfied. For instance, in 2012, a fan named Zach played all the canonical titles in a month
and wrote a 55 page paper
(PDF; page 56 is just a short list word frequencies) on the topic. The only problem was that Nintendo released Hyrule Historia
) in late 2011, complete
with an official timeline
. Fans made a humorous translation of the timeline
, and had some criticisms for the official history
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 25, 2013 -
For Zelda Day, some points of interest regarding Zelda II, the black sheep of the Legend of Zelda series of video games:
posted by JHarris
on Dec 26, 2012 -
TGS's Zelda / Western mash-up, FISTFUL OF RUPEES
, is a three-part web miniseries starring TJ Smith, Lisa Foiles, and Rawn, with guest appearances by Dodger and Jesse Cox.
posted by jrking
on Aug 7, 2012 -
- "an incredibly overt love letter to SNES-era Zelda games"
(flash) (via RPS
posted by Artw
on Jul 14, 2012 -
My Son’s Zelda Nursery:
"This is what has been keeping me busy for the past 3 months. As soon as I found out we were having a boy I knew I wanted his room to inspire adventure, creativity, and exploration. Having a place to like that to grow up in would be amazing!" [via] [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on Jun 18, 2012 -
Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0
is out! An expansion on the original game, which let you play as various NES characters transplanted into Super Mario Bros., but using the rules and abilities of those characters from their original games, version 2 offers more special abilities, more characters, and your choice of audiovisual "skins" based on four Mario games from the NES, SNES, and Gameboy, along with one based on Demon Returns
. There's even instructions for playing with a gamepad!
For more information, see the Super Mario Bros. Crossover Wiki
or watch the exciting Super Mario Bros. Crossover trailer!
posted by Pope Guilty
on Feb 12, 2012 -
Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda are in two commercials
promoting the re-release of The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time
for the Nintendo 3DS. Zelda William
's name is not coincidental, as she was named after the video game princess.
posted by SpacemanStix
on Jul 19, 2011 -
BS Zelda Retrospective
(SLYT). In honor of Zelda's 25th anniversary this month, this is an interesting look at the live-broadcast Satellaview games
in the Zelda series, which had some compelling and strange tweaks to the Zelda formula. The beginning is an introduction to the service, and the fun bit begins at 8:50
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Feb 23, 2011 -
For your listening pleasure, I present to you the Zelda Rag
, performed (with no prior practice) by Tom Brier. When that gets old, there's also a ragtime adaptation of the horse race theme
from the Ocarina of Time that is not to be missed. And if Zelda's too easy, you can try the theme from Ghosts and Goblins
. And, finally, an actual rag from Final Fantasy VI: the Spinach Rag
. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu
on Dec 26, 2010 -
There are generally two approaches to thinking about games: narratology and ludology. The first emphasizes story, the second play. The next time I played Super Mario, on the Wii (you can order all the vintage games), I found myself in a narratological mode. Mario reminded me of K. and his pursuit of the barmaid Frieda, in Kafka’s “The Castle,” and of the kind of lost-loved-one dreams that “The Castle” both mimics and instigates.
The New Yorker profiles the father of modern video games, Shigeru Miyamoto.
posted by incomple
on Dec 13, 2010 -
The message of Majora's Mask
. Majora's Mask was always the strangest of the Zelda series for me and if you also felt like there was something going on in that game that you couldn't quite put your finger on, this analysis should shed some light. Or will at least make you want to play it again.
posted by litleozy
on Aug 25, 2010 -
's suite of Java emulators allows smooth, in-browser playback of literally thousands
of old-school video games: 517 Atari titles
, 148 for DOS
, 636 Game Boy games
(and 410 for Game Boy Color
), 2,019 (!) NES titles
, 238 GameGear games
, 802 Sega Genesis titles
, and 284 for the Sega Master System
. Highlights include Space Invaders
, Super Mario Bros.
, The Legend of Zelda
, Zero Wing
, Duke Nukem
, Sonic the Hedgehog
, Earthworm Jim
, and Metal Gear Solid
. Use the search function
to find your favorites! You can also register an account to save games on emulators that support it. Make sure to check the purple bar below each game for control info and links to alternate emulators in case the default one is buggy or slow.
posted by Rhaomi
on Nov 30, 2009 -
Hip Hop Zelda.
It's a booty call from Hyrule, a love letter in rhyme to your childhood featuring some of the best independent and mainstream Hip Hop artists. MF Doom, Edan and Aesop Rock get tossed together with Dr. Dre, Common, and Jay Z in this surprisingly compelling mashup of old Legend of Zelda tunes. If the TriForce Rules Everything Around You, hit up the link above to stream the album, or download it for free here. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge
on Mar 17, 2009 -
So you've spent the holidays playing games, but now you have to be back at work. How to get your gaming fix during commutes and lunch-hours, whilst keeping up with that resolution to Learn Something New this year? Well, you could make a Sack-Boy.
You can keep your portable games device warm with a Zelda cosy
. You can knit up a Pacman scarf
or a Space Invaders bag
if you're feeling retro. Or you can make a pocket ninja
, an invincibility star
to get you through the afternoon, a maqgnetic Katamari ball
to spring-clean that desk, or a friendly companion cube
. (and if you're too cack-handed to knit, you can sew a friendly cube with the pattern here
and tutorial here
posted by mippy
on Jan 4, 2009 -
Zelda and the Golden Ratio.
A fascinating examination of the music from Nintendo's Zelda games, and the recurring appearances of 0.618, the bisection point on a line at which the relationship of the shorter segment to the longer one is the same as that of the longer section to the whole line.
posted by jbickers
on Mar 7, 2007 -