Curiosity Shop #100: Zelda Dungeon Mailbag

Alright guys! I finally finished Mailbag #100 and it went up on Zelda Dungeon earlier today. It’s a huge, honking mailbag that goes over 42 minutes and has 54 questions. Big thanks to all the support and help I’ve received over the last 100 mailbags, and hopefully I can do another 100! The new logo and intro also show up for the first time. The mailbag will go back to a normal schedule and length after this. Anyway, check it out here.

Ocarina of Time Dungeons: Ganon’s Castle

Alright, well this is the final review in my Ocarina of Time Dungeons series, covering the final dungeon of the game, Ganon’s Castle. Honestly, I had no idea I would be able to write this much about it (over 1000 words); I’ve never had a warm opinion — or even just a particularly strong one — about Ganon’s Castle. It’s just the place at the end of the game to me. But digging in and analyzing it actually shed some light on the dungeon for me personally, and I think I like it more now. Anyway, in-depth analysis incoming. You can read it yourself here.

I actually wrote this way at the last minute, barely finishing the editorial in time. I’m impressed with myself for this one, because I think it turned out better than some of my other dungeon reviews, and in such a hurry, too.

Now I need to figure out what game to cover next in Axle’s Dungeon Reflections. I was thinking of tackling Majora’s Mask, simply because it’s related to Ocarina of Time. Maybe that would be ideal because it’s October and, you know, Majora’s Mask, creepiness, Halloween masks, etc. Haha. Well, give me your thoughts in the comments.

Zelda Dungeon Editorial + Podcast Appearance

Over the last week or so I’ve made some smaller contributions to Zelda Dungeon that I thought I should mention real quick:

  • Appeared on Z-Talk, reviewing some of the older Z-Talk segments with a few other people. Also there was an announcement about me playing the “boss battle” in Keaton Quizzes from here on out.
  • I wrote a short editorial to stand-in for the mailbag (which will finally return next week) about expanding the use of dungeons in future Zelda games.

Click the links and check them out! That’s an order. Or not. If you don’t like orders, then it’s not an order. But please check them out anyway.

Ocarina of Time Dungeons: Spirit Temple

Alright so I published the second to last of my Ocarina of Time Dungeons editorials, the Spirit Temple. In this review of the dungeon, I go over a bit of how popular it is, but how, to me, it just seems pretty basic. It’s very epic and really does bring its Egyptian style together with the gameplay for a sort of trap-ridden tomb feel, but I thought that overall, especially regarding its layout, it was still very straightforward as a dungeon. It had a great boss with a lot of personality though, I thought. Anyway, click here to read it, and tell me what you think!

I actually wrote this the night before and lost a bit of sleep getting it done, so y’all had better appreciate! (I’m kidding; tell me what you thought anyway!) And like I said, this is the second to last of my Ocarina of Time dungeon reviews, the last one being Ganon’s Castle. I don’t know what game I’m going to tackle next in Axle’s Dungeon Reflections. Might be Majora’s Mask, but I dunno. Any thoughts? Tell me in the comments!

Ocarina of Time Dungeons: Shadow Temple

Hey guys, so we’re onto the Shadow Temple now in my dungeon review series. I talk a lot about how this dungeon does in maximizing its use of themes, talking about how I didn’t feel it was all that scary but should have been. I also compare it to the Bottom of the Well, it’s companion mini-dungeon, and how well it lives up to its buildup. You can click here to go read the full editorial.

I actually wrote this completely at the last minute because I was tied up with something else beforehand, which is why it posted later than normal. Hopefully it doesn’t seem rushed; I like to think I work good under pressure! Tell me what you think!

Top 16 Most Disturbing Zelda Characters

Hey guys. Earlier today I published a new article on Zelda Dungeon, “Top 16 Most Disturbing Zelda Characters”, a list of… well, it speaks for itself. This is another of my humorous list articles, using the same format as my Top 16 Most Annoying Zelda Characters article from about three months back. I included a decent amount of fairly obvious choices this time around, but there’s a few surprises on there too.

The article’s met some decent success already, too, with a score of 57 on Reddit as of this writing. I can’t say I fully understand why this article was so much more successful than the last in the same style, but whatever. I’ll take it! You can check out the article here. Enjoy! Tell me your thoughts on my list if you haven’t on Zelda Dungeon already!

Curiosity Shop #099: Zelda Dungeon Mailbag

Hey there guys. So I uploaded the latest mailbag on Zelda Dungeon today. Mailbag #099! That’s a lot of mailbags, and next week I’m going to be doing the special Mailbag #100, so be on the lookout.

This mailbag covers a surprisingly high number of Majora’s Mask questions, but there’s a few (simple) timeline questions as well, and Link seems to be a consistent topic as well. You can watch the video here.

Ocarina of Time Dungeons: Mini-Dungeons

So like I promised last week, I wrote an editorial reviewing all of Ocarina of Time’s mini-dungeons in one shot. To sum it up, I didn’t like the Ice Cavern, loved the Bottom of the Well, and thought the Gerudo Training Grounds… didn’t really count as a dungeon but were acceptable. You should read the full thing though, so check it out here. We’re nearly done with the Ocarina of Time Dungeons series, too, I realized. Only three more to go after this.

I also realize I forgot to post the last mailbag, so here you go. There’s a bunch of questions about Ganon and Demise this time — among many general questions and a few about items — for a total of 12 questions.

Ocarina of Time Dungeons: Fire Temple

Today I published another Ocarina of Time Dungeons editorial, about the Fire Temple. Like I said last week, this is my least favorite dungeon in Ocarina of Time, though I can pretty much admit it’s not a bad dungeon. I have a lot of personal gripes but can’t really do a good job of distinguishing them from objective complaints. Either way, hope you enjoy! You can read it here.

I also now have an overall name for all of the Dungeons editorials, “Axle’s Dungeon Reflections” — though the name scheme for individual editorials won’t change — along with a banner and page for the series!