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The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary – Celebrate with Us

February 21, 2016, marks the 30-year anniversary of the Japanese release of The Legend of Zelda. We here at Retrovolve are longtime fans of the franchise, and we wanted to find a fitting way to celebrate such a milestone with our staff and readers. So we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Zelda-related things we’ve published and we thought it’d be fun to share those. You’ll find them below in no particular order. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Is a Beautiful, Profound Masterpiece Josh Wirtanen explains why he thinks The Wind Waker is one of the best video games ever made, looking at the art, story, and emotional impact of the game. Read it here. A Link to the Past and the Mystery of Link’s Missing Pants Mandi Odoerfer explores the instruction manual art of the Zelda series to get to the bottom of a strange mystery: Where are Link’s pants?…
I'm from the Future

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 8] : I’m from the Future

This week, we travel back from the future to bring you tidings of gaming goodness. We chat Back to the Future for NES, Life Is Strange, and, of course, Chrono Trigger. We also get into the weeds about the female gaming demographic, and Julian makes predictions about the episode. Does he nail it? You’ll have to listen to find out. Plus, it’s a movie extravaganza as Josh and Mandi travel back in time to see The Road Warrior in theaters, the Reverend reminds us how awesome the “Time in a Bottle” scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past is, and Julian talks about some movie that’s kind of like Mad Max but is actually about hipsters with broken hearts. Oh, and Primer messes us all up.…
Zelda Wii U Field

IGN Has Called Every Mainline, 3D Zelda Title the Best Zelda Game Ever Made

I’m not always comfortable trying to predict whether an upcoming video game will be any good, especially if it’s something we know very little about. I learned my embarrassing little lesson with a game called Brink, which I paid very close attention to, watching and re-watching every trailer and gameplay video as they came out. This was being published by Bethesda, and all the videos looked awesome. How could it not be fantastic? I was salivating over Brink right up until launch, when I picked it up and put it back down just a couple hours later with a disappointed frown upon my face. And I don’t think I need to remind you about how disappointing Aliens: Colonial Marines was after all the hype it received in the months leading up to its completely disastrous release.…

Ocarina of Time: How My Journey Through Hyrule Made Me A Better Person

I am fully aware that you have been beaten over the head with Ocarina of Time love for the past fifteen years. There is even a bit of apprehension on my part for venturing down a path so often traveled. As strong as my desire to offer forth unique reading material is, it needs to take a backseat in this instance. Sometimes, I must simply recognize something for truly remarkable and not worry about how recycled the take may be. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64 changed my life. I would usually chuckle at anyone suggesting that a video game had such a profound effect on their existence, but I have no choice but to concede that a plastic cartridge greatly assisted in my growth as a human being. I can still visualize my first experience with the game with the utmost clarity.…
Star Fox 64

N64 Games Were Ridiculously Expensive When They First Came Out

People seem to view past generations of gaming with nostalgia-tinted glasses, and I’ve encountered a fair share of forum chatters around the Internet who seem to remember games being a lot less expensive than they actually were. So I did some research (to be more accurate, I forced Retrovolve’s Mandi to do some research for me) and dug up MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) information for a slew of N64 titles for comparison. These prices come from various issues of GamePro, which listed MSRP prices alongside their game reviews. Here’s what I found: Killer Instinct Gold – $79.99 (Source: GamePro #101) Turok: Dinosaur Hunter – $79.99 (Source: GamePro #103) Star Fox 64 – $79.95 (Source: GamePro #106) Multi Racing Championship – $79.95…
Ocarina of Time Demo

Ocarina of Time Could Have Been the Ugliest Zelda Game of All Time

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the most beloved video games ever made. But, believe it or not, at one point in its development history, it looked like this: This is a shot of the Zelda 64 demo that Nintendo showed off while it was gearing up to release the Ultra 64 (which became the Nintendo 64 before it hit store shelves). This screencap comes from the February of 1996 issue of Next Generation magazine, so the general public wouldn’t get its hands on the actual game for over two and a half more years. It was a radically different game at that point. It was initially supposed to be a launch title for the 64DD (or “Bulky Drive”), a compact disc add-on to the N64 (think Nintendo’s answer to the Sega CD) that never launched outside of Japan.…
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