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Welcome back, Zelda fans and music lovers. I’ve received some thoughtful feedback about this article series on the music of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (TP), and I am quite grateful for the discussion it has generated. This installment focuses on one theme and its myriad iterations, the Hyrule Field theme, so I will keep the introduction to the standard disclaimers:

I discuss the music with regard to the various contexts under which it exists in and outside the series. This endeavor assumes discourse about the music divorced from the gameplay experience. I only turn to gameplay contexts only if it is absolutely necessary to understand what is happening musically. I realize that this approach may be naive, as the music and gameplay are so intertwined, but it is possible to examine the music through ways other than through the gameplay, as I hope I’ve shown in the first two articles.

No, it's not April Fool's Day. I really am analyzing the Water Temple from Ocarina of Time and telling all of you why it's a fantastic example of great level design. Don't believe me? Well, assuming you didn't skip right to the comments, read on, and maybe I'll convince you.

Also, we're doing something a little interesting this time around (and something I wished I'd thought of when I covered Ocarina of Time's Forest Temple), and that is including notes on the Master Quest version of this dungeon and how it differs from the original. Also on that note, I got so absorbed into my Water Temple playthrough during my regular run that my only screenshots here (posted to Miiverse) are from the Master Quest version.

Yeah, I got absorbed into the Water Temple. I can't help it, this dungeon has grown on me every time I've played it since it first released. Let's dive in, shall we?

The topic of this article is as follows: Does canon matter? At first, this may seem like a stupid question to some people. They may not care about the intense lore and storylines that so many fans theorize about and discuss. I'm here to tell you that canon matters, and here is why.

Ocarina of Time holds a unique place in the world of video games. Aside from being honored as one of the greatest video games ever made, its sidekick character Navi is often regarded around the Internet as among the most annoying characters in gaming. Quantifying how annoying Navi can be or how often she held the player's hand throughout an average playthrough of Ocarina of Time was always one of my main reasons for conducting this audit of Zelda games, and I hope readers will be as satisfied with the results as I am.

For those new to Hey, Look, Listen, this is a series of articles that seeks to objectively analyze how much a collection of Zelda games — namely Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword — hold the player's hand and excessively guides them through the experience each game offers. Basically, this is a look at backseat driving in video games, focusing on titles in the Zelda franchise...

For those of you that do not know, there is a widely accepted theory surrounded by much controversy that states Groose from Skyward Sword is the first Gerudo. Whenever I saw this theory I never bothered looking into it, thinking it was just a few fans making connections that weren't there. However, it has stayed in my subconscious ever since and has lately piqued my interest. Bear with me as I delve into the mystery surrounding our favorite pompadoured pal.

I was at GameStop yesterday trying to squeeze into the two hour window that the Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL was available to order again. I didn’t quite make it, frustrating me and I am sure many others. In fact, there is very little about this preorder stuff that has been fun for us as consumers.

Still, after chatting a bit with the local manager something came up, something that I never really considered before. It may be anti-consumer, but it’s creating insane demand for a product that otherwise wouldn’t likely sell as well as it is. Nintendo made the A Link Between Worlds bundle widely available, but the actual sale of that particular system wasn’t too popular at GameStop. Same with The Wind Waker HD bundle.

We're a little late getting to the "punch" on this one, but shirtpunch.com is featuring a couple of Zelda themed t-shirts and hoodies, including this awesome Japanese themed art. I am always pretty terrible at saving money because of products like this, but with prices starting at only $10 for all ages and genders, I can't turn this one down. Remember, this is Shirt Punch, so these prices will expire today at 11:59 EST. They will be available elsewhere after this, but the price is not guaranteed. Get over there and get yours ordered before it's too late...

Spoiler Warning: This post will contain a general overview of the Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest performance. If you do not wish to know what to expect out of the show before going to see it, do not read this post. If you want to know what it's about or want to know what to expect, feel free to read my experience below.

Last night marked the opening of the third Symphony of the Goddesses Tour, titled "Master Quest", in Nashville, Tennessee. This latest edition of the Legend of Zelda Symphony debuted new music and visuals from  A Link Between Worlds and Majora's Mask 3D, adding to the already breathtaking arrangements directly approved by Eiji Aonuma and Koji Kondo. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses features an arrangement organizing the music from Ocarina of TimeThe Wind WakerTwilight Princess, and A Link to the Past into four movements that are worthy of the Hero of Hyrule himself, and I was privileged to experience it first hand...

Social media today will be riddled with "Throwback Thursdays" as people post memories for the world to see and look back on. But nobody does "Throwback Thursday" like Nintendo. That was all just a terrible joke leading into some exciting sales from Nintendo's Throwback Sale promotion. From now until 11:59 AM ET on January 29th, a small handful of games are getting the on sale treatment including a couple of games from the Legend of Zelda series...

Target.com has updated their website by adding a page for the Majora's Mask new 3DS XL. The page does have the "pre-order now" box grayed out indicating that they are not currently available. However, according to one reddit user, multiple Target representatives have stated that "the item will be back", but wouldn't say when. Some have stated that Nintendo has never explicitly said that the console was a limited edition and this user has suggested that the Target employees may be eluding to a second wave release of the console. While this is not a likely scenario, it is nice to hear that some stores are hopeful that they will be getting more...