Tag Archives: a link to the past

Worm Your Way

Looking into mythology and fiction involving giant worms is a little tricky because it seems like a lot of early societies thought worms and snakes were variations on the same thing. I guess they didn’t want to investigate all that … Continue reading

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No Ordinary Rabbits

I don’t know if anyone was at all interested in last week’s post on rabbits in the Super Mario series, and Easter is over now, but I’m going to do a follow-up about rabbits in other games anyway. I’ve already … Continue reading

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Grand Unified Marioverse Theory

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one interested in mapping the Mushroom World and riveting together a sense of continuity for the Mario games. Like Oz, the games show a whimsical world where the creators weren’t all that … Continue reading

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Hyrule Tech

For the most part, the Zelda series is set in a quasi-medieval world, the traditional setting of sword-and-sorcery fantasy. There are kings and princesses living in stone castles, and Link fights with swords and rides a horse. There are some … Continue reading

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Holy Ghost in the Machine

It’s a well-known fact that, back in the earlier days of Nintendo, they censored a lot of religious references in the English translations of games. It’s stated here that their policy was to exclude “symbols that are related to any … Continue reading

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Let’s Be Fair to Fairies

Fairies in the Zelda series are largely of the English variety of tiny people with wings and magical powers, but there are exceptions. The Great Fairies in Ocarina of Time can fly without wings and look kind of like drag … Continue reading

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The Fishiest People

Picture by Kristina Callahan While the original Legend of Zelda gives the impression that Hyrule is inhabited entirely by monsters and people living in caves who want to con you out of your money, later games introduce more friendly faces, … Continue reading

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Warp Whistling in the Dark

When Super Mario Bros. 3 came out, it was apparently known that there were three magic whistles that allowed you to skip to another world before anybody knew where they were. I have to wonder if anybody ever found one … Continue reading

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Hello from Hyrule

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia – This book on the Zelda series is quite attractive, but does its content stack up? Well, let’s take a look. To begin with, the volume is divided into four parts. The first is … Continue reading

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Comically Yours

While researching the Chozo for my last post, I came across a scan of the Super Metroid comic from Nintendo Power. I wasn’t subscribing to the magazine when it was originally published, so this was the first time I’d read … Continue reading

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