Category: Editorials

Just as a heads up, this article contains heavy spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. However, it is to your benefit to be familiar with the game’s story as I will not dive into every aspect of the plot and seek to summarize it. This is merely a literary analysis of the game, comparing it to a traditional writing method and established archetypes. The adventure of the hero is an old storytelling mechanic that dates back to…

The Defenders of the Triforce puzzle escape game recently made its debut in cities around the country, giving lucky fans the chance to step into the world of Zelda and assume the role of a legendary hero. Zelda Informer traveled to San Francisco to participate in one of the game’s first sessions, hoping to put our own Legend of Zelda knowhow to the test and overcome the challenges set before us. Join us as we share our impressions of the…

Earlier today, Nintendo confirmed the next installment of The Legend of Zelda would be receiving paid DLC. Fans can purchase a season pass (which Nintendo is calling an “expansion pass”) for Breath of the Wild. I jumped for joy when I saw the news. However, when I checked my various social media feeds, I was met with a flaming debate on whether the game’s DLC is justified. First, let’s examine what exactly this download-able content is. DLC Pack 1 (Summer) Adds new Cave…

It’s almost cliche at this point to talk about the odyssey that has been The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s development history. We all know the story and thankfully, finally, mercifully, it’s almost over. We are less than a month away from Nintendo launching their most important title ever on the Wii U and the upcoming Nintendo Switch. But wait – something about that last sentence doesn’t make sense. Perhaps it should read like this instead: Why is…

What a year it’s been for Zelda fans. With the never-ending odyssey that has been The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s release and development schedule finally drawing to a close, we can now finally take a breath and start thinking about the next game in the Zelda series. Unless you were living under a rock, you probably noticed a lot of vitriol being spewed by different factions of Zelda fans after a comment that series producer Eiji Aonuma…

It’s a common misnomer these days that Breath of the Wild gets all of its inspiration from other open world games like Skyrim. I have seen laundry list after laundry list of people saying this is what Breath of the Wild does that Skyrim also did. It’s an almost understandable point, because Skyrim is an open world fantasy style RPG that is extremely popular despite releasing 5 years ago. It is what many consider to be the gold standard, though…

I have a Nintendo Switch pre-ordered along with the Special Edition of Breath of the Wild. Chances are I was going to end up getting a Switch day one anyways because of my position both at Zelda Informer as its Editor-in-Chief and as someone running Nintendo Prime. I feel like to be qualified to talk about something; you need to put your money where your mouth is. This is despite the fact I think most of you should probably not…

The Nintendo Switch 2017 reveal event is almost upon us. It’s time we finally learn the price, launch titles, release date, and more. It’s been almost two years since Satoru Iwata mentioned “NX.” From rumors of being as powerful as the PlayStation 4 Pro, to rumors of it being a Quality of Life device, it’s been a wild ride in the Nintendo fan base. On Janurary 12th at 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET, the live stream will commence, being…

During the buildup to E3 2016, one of the hottest topics going into the convention centered around The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (as it would come to be known) and whether or not you would be able to select Link’s gender in the game. The arguments were heated, and sometimes ugly, with fans on both sides refusing to meet in the middle. My Zelda Informer colleague Darrin W. Harr II wrote an excellent article on why he…

During the buildup to E3 2016, one of the hottest topics going into the convention centered around The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (as it would come to be known) and whether or not you would be able to select Link’s gender in the game. The arguments were heated, and sometimes ugly, with fans on both sides refusing to meet in the middle.

My Zelda Informer colleague Darrin W. Harr II wrote an excellent article on why he believes it’s a good thing for Nintendo to ultimately leave the choice of Link’s gender up to the player, and if you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so. The argument for gender neutrality is rooted in Zelda-canon logic: The Link we play as in game to game isn’t the same person, but rather the spirit of the hero reincarnated…