Fan Service: Knowing the Basics

Sometimes, fandom forgets its basics. Here’s a need-to-know of Nintendo!

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 10/16/2012 09:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

Fan Service Masthead Column 2 Pokémon

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Link artwork

  • Origin: Created by Shigeru Miyamoto and released in 1986, the game was inspired by Miyamoto’s childhood curiosities. He would explore the woods of his hometown of Sonobe, Japan. He created the game to recapture that spirit and combining the concepts of action-adventure and puzzles. The gameplay elements combined with the legendary soundtrack of Koji Kondo has led to its popularity.
  • Plot: In the ancient land of Hyrule, there is the Triforce — a sacred relic that is actually three smaller triforces which are the Triforce of Power, Triforce of Courage, and Triforce of Wisdom. The smaller triforces are laid within Ganondorf (Power), Courage (Link), and Wisdom (Princess Zelda). Time and time again Link is reborn into the world and destined to save the world and the Princess from Ganondorf, who wants to use the ultimate Triforce for Evil. The settings, circumstances, timelines, and minor characters change with every lifetime.
  • Most Notable Games: The Legend of Zelda (1986), Zelda II: Adventure of Link (1987), The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991), The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (1993), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998), The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (1999), The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Seasons (2001), The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (2002), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002), The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2004), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006), The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007), The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011)
  • Recurring Items: Master Sword, Slingshot, Hookshot, Hylian Shield, Bombs, Rupees, Bow & Arrow, Epona (hey, the horse counts!), Boomerang

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2 Responses to “Fan Service: Knowing the Basics”

  • 27 points
    shadownin says...

    That Darkrai in the picture should be a Kyurem because he is the third pokemon that goes with Zekrom and Reshiram who are right behind Darkei and Kyurem is the 13th strongest pokemon going by base stats (Slaking and Regigigas don’t count because of their awful abilitys). So it would be interesting to know why the person who made the piture put Darkrai there. It would also be interesting to see the piture redone with Kyurem there instead of Darkrai.

    • 697 points
      Adam Sorice says...

      The picture is obviously a parody of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, a famous painting depicting Jesus and the 12 disciples, and Darkrai is used in this version to take the place of Judas. While Kyurem fits more logically with Reshiram and Zekrom, I believe the artist chose Darkrai because of the more obvious connotations of doom and destructions attached to Darkrai, as well as nightmares, perceived betrayal and the fact it lives in shadow (similar to the lighting in which the original Judas was painted.)

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