We talk about the Zelda franchise quite a lot at Nintendojo. We talk about how the series has affected our lives, we talk about philsophy and morals in the games, we even discuss if it’s okay to have the hots for Sheik. (Short answer: Yes, always.) But while we’re busy talking about all these things, there’s something that we’ve often ignored about the Zelda universe: Hyrule. For all the new gadgets, tried and tested gameplay ideas, motion controls and contradictory art styles that Link’s went through like they were mere trends, the realm of Hyrule has always been a part of the Zelda series through thick and thin.
Of course it’s not like it never changes, that wouldn’t be very interesting at all. In his two most recent console outings, Link has seen Hyrule flooded and turned into a massive ocean and then drained before falling victim to the advancing grip of menacing darkness. And with the fast approaching Skyward Sword hitting shelves on Sunday, players will soon see Link descend from the sky and battle amongst the clouds before taking on a crafty new villain in the earliest days of the kingdom.
So with the terrain and nature of Hyrule at the forefront of all our minds, the only questions that remains is: “Which terrain is best?” Gentlemen (and lady), please submit your opening arguments.