Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Could Speed Running Ever Become an eSport? https://www.gameskinny.com/wn871/could-speed-running-ever-become-an-esport https://www.gameskinny.com/wn871/could-speed-running-ever-become-an-esport Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:49:28 -0500 Allison M Reilly

The first speed run I ever saw was the N64's Pokemon Puzzle League. The streamer I found happened to be the world record holder in a few difficulty levels for the game. That stream was my first foray into the world of speed running and the competitive community that surrounds it.

Some of the most popular games in speed running, such as Super Mario 64 and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, aren't exactly the same type of games professional gamers are playing in eSports events. But those games have tons of runners and strong communities that decide the rules of each run, and work to improve times and routes. Speed running doesn't quite get the same attention as eSports, but could it ever get to that level?

I think speed running could become another eSports category. There are aspects of speed running that make it different from other eSports, but there are also aspects of speed running that would allow the genre to expand, reach new audiences, and showcase the versatility of video games.

You Can Speed Run Any Game

One of my favorite games to watch speed runs of is the Mario Party series, especially the N64 titles. Sometimes in the chat, people ask how you could speed run a Mario Party game. The answer is usually the same -- just go fast and save time where you can.

Even games like Stardew Valley and Skyrim can be speed run and have active speed run communities. Although speed running events don't attract huge sponsors the same way that major eSports events do, speed running offers a ton of variety and reaches audiences that may not be interested in eSports at all, such as retro gamers.

There's So Much Variety to Speed Running

Besides the variety of games that can be speed run, there is also variety in how to speed run games. Many games have at least two categories -- Any% and 100%. As the names entail, one involves completing the game as fast as possible, while the other involves completing 100 percent of the game as quickly as possible. The categories really do depend on the game. For example, Ocarina of Time has 10 additional categories, while Super Mario 64 goes by star collection -- 120 star would be 100%, with additional 70 star, 16 star and many more categories.

On one hand, the variety would make speed running an awesome eSport because there are so many different categories, giving viewers the opportunity to see games played in so many different ways. Runners can also compete in different categories, much like the Olympics where athletes compete in different events within their sport.

On the other hand, the different categories can make it hard to follow the goals of a run. With more straightforward eSports such as League of Legends and Overwatch, it's clear what the goal is for each team and what skilful play looks like. It's not as straightforward with a speed run. The All Masks run for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is very different from a 100% run. Not only are the goals completely different, but some techniques needed in one run don't apply in the other, and vice versa. Both speed running and eSports events have commentators to inform the audience and explain gameplay, but some speed runs can be hard to follow if no commentary is provided.

Not All Games and Categories Are Made Equal

Part of what makes eSports entertaining to watch is there's going to be a lot of gameplay to watch. Matches in some games can run for hours. Or in games like Hearthstone, competitors do a best of three or best of five. The same cannot be said of speed running.

For example, the world record for Super Mario Bros. Any% is less than five minutes long. The top 400 times, according to Speedrun.com, are all less than six minutes long. Even if the competition was a best of five races, that's still only 40 minutes of game time per player. On the other end of the spectrum, there might not be any competitions for the Super Mario Odyssey 100% run any time soon as the world record in that category is just under 13 hours.

I'm not saying speed running isn't fun to watch -- far from it. I'm arguing speed running attracts an audience for a different reason. Part of it is watching a particular runner speed run a game versus watching a race or a competition of a certain game. Sure, it's fun to root for your favorite runner, but it's not quite the same as supporting your favorite eSports team.

In some ways, speed running is already an eSport. There are major speedrunning events like Awesome Games Done Quick in January 2018 and the European Speedrunner Assembly  the following month. And that's just a couple of the bigger events -- there are many smaller speed running competitions happening all the time. Each game as their top, well-known runners the way eSports has their top, well-known teams and competitors.

Despite the similarities, it's not an one-to-one comparison. Speed running could become an eSport, but in my opinion, it wouldn't be the same caliber of the eSports we have today.

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Hero of Time Brings You a Musical Re-imagining of Ocarina of Time https://www.gameskinny.com/if59y/hero-of-time-brings-you-a-musical-re-imagining-of-ocarina-of-time https://www.gameskinny.com/if59y/hero-of-time-brings-you-a-musical-re-imagining-of-ocarina-of-time Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:38:09 -0400 Amy Turnbull

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time contains some of the most memorable and recognizable pieces of music in gaming history. Now, with their album Hero of Time, video game record label and publisher Materia Collective aim to bring fans’ most-loved moments from the game to life all over again with a full 64-piece orchestra performing Ocarina of Time's soundtrack.

Arranger and Project Director Eric Buchholz describes the music style of Hero of Time as something of an “east-meets-west” fusion, with the orchestra providing “taiko ensembles, eastern woodwinds, and harmonies found prevalent in Japanese film and game scores.”

With Hero of Time, we sought to create a single, cohesive experience that weaves all of the complex underlying themes of the game... with Koji Kondo's timeless melodies that have become as iconic as the game itself.

-- Buchholz

The team behind the project found success through a Kickstarter campaign, which was backed by more than 1,000 people, who contributing a total of more than $50,000 to the project. As a result, Materia Collective are able to offer fans three different versions of the album:

  • A purely digital release containing all 21 tracks for $14, which will be downloadable on release day; 
  • A digital and physical CD album for $30; and
  • A digital and Gold Limited Edition CD album for $50, of which only 500 are available worldwide

Those that decide to get the physical copy will be treated to a six-panel digipack album case, featuring panoramic artwork by Lekso, along with a full color 16-page booklet. The Gold Edition boasts a gold foil-stamped outer slipcase, with the CD itself having a 24 karat gold reflective layer.

Additionally, there will be a vinyl edition of the album available this summer. This will feature a live recording of a performance of the entire Hero of Time soundtrack by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, which took place in Bratislava back in January. This can also be pre-ordered now for $40 at iam8bit.

If you’d like to hear a sample of what Hero of Time has to offer, Materia Collective have a free full-preview up on SoundCloud for your listening pleasure.

Hero of Time is available now for pre-order, and will be released digitally around the world on March 27, with physical copies shipping from April 24.

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So Is It True? Is Breath of the Wild the Best Game Ever? https://www.gameskinny.com/zciun/so-is-it-true-is-breath-of-the-wild-the-best-game-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/zciun/so-is-it-true-is-breath-of-the-wild-the-best-game-ever Sat, 04 Mar 2017 15:11:52 -0500 Bryant Pereira

The time has finally come upon us. Three years after its announcement, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild graces the world with its presence. Launching along Nintendo’s brand new innovative system, the Nintendo Switch, Breath of the Wild has already taken the gaming world by storm with its expansive open world, its new survival mechanics, and its complete revamp of the traditional LoZ formula. The reception from gaming outlets has also been overwhelmingly positive, so it’s guaranteed to push the system all by itself -- regardless of the Switch's relatively small launch lineup.

Game reviewers receive tons of criticism for giving out high scores to games that don’t deserve them, but this generation of games received some of the roughest scores out of any other generation. Other than Grand Theft Auto V, which itself is a port of a last-gen game, the only games that even came close to getting the same Metacritic ranking as Breath of the Wild were Uncharted 4, The Witcher 3, and Metal Gear Solid V. 

Of course, all of these titles are spectacular works of art, but none of them has come close to receiving the same amount of praise as
Breath of the Wild. GTA V is only one point below Breath of the Wild on Metacritic, and it’s one of the best selling games of all time. The other mentioned titles all fall at 95 or below.

Breath of the Wild still hasn’t received a single score under a 9. Even our own critical editor David Fisher gave the game a 9/10, stating that “Should Nintendo decide to patch out the framerate issues, and possibly fix the UI a bit more, I could see Breath of the Wild earning a solid 10/10 without any issue at all.” Regardless of performance, the game received perfect score after perfect score after perfect score. 

This is the first time any game, even a Zelda game, was referenced as being even better than the legendary LoZ title, Ocarina of Time.

Metacritic scores themselves aren’t even the best representation of how well received a game actually is. Ocarina of Time sits firmly at first place on the charts with an average of 99/100. However, due to its age, there are only 22 official reviews charted on Metacritic. The three other games that share Breath of the Wild’s second place spot at 98/100 are Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, Soul Calibur, and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Two of those games were released nearly two decades ago and also have a much smaller number of reviews. Grand Theft Auto IV, while critically appraised, was criticized after the hype died down for the number of flaws. Even The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was a title that received stellar reception before launch, but is consistently referenced as one of the weaker 3D titles by fans after its release.

Looking at other aggregate review sites like Open Critic shows how loved Breath of the Wild is, as it’s the number one rated game on the website. There is no such thing as a perfect game, and there probably never will be, but critics around the world are putting Breath of the Wild as the closest thing to perfect.

After the hype dies down, people may start to nitpick Breath of the Wild for its framerate performance, user interface, and more. With any major release, from The Last of Us to GTA V, gamers down the line always find flaws and things that could be done better in games and will express themselves furiously on forums and on Reddit.

Nonetheless, what Breath of the Wild brings to the table is a whole new experience that can’t be found anywhere other than a Zelda game. It’s the only title to even come close to surpassing Ocarina of Time, and to many, it’s the one game that is good enough to take the crown. While it may not be a perfect game, Breath of the Wild is the best-reviewed game of all time, and to many, including myself, the best game we’ve ever played.

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7 Awesome Mount Cosplays to Start Your Week Off Right https://www.gameskinny.com/h5ile/7-awesome-mount-cosplays-to-start-your-week-off-right https://www.gameskinny.com/h5ile/7-awesome-mount-cosplays-to-start-your-week-off-right Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Emily Parker

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Final Fantasy: Chocobo

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Cosplayer: Unknown
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Cosplaying was a thing even before video games were apparently.

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In all seriousness, mounts in video games come in all shapes and sizes. As mounted combat becomes easier to implement and story is given more importance in developing titles, it's easy to predict that we'll have many more interesting cosplays to gawk at in the years to come.

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Brave: Merida and Angus

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Cosplayer: GreatQueenLina
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While Merida might be ready to take on Mor'du, it looks like Angus is ready for a snack.

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GreatQueenLina brings us right back to medieval Scotland with this shoot. Duke the horse is a Shire from England, and that's Lina's real hair. If only there was a budget for three bears cubs.

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While Merida and Angus aren't well known from their video game, this cosplay is so well done it needed to be included.

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Shadow of the Colossus: Wander and Argo

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Cosplayer: Headclouds
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Agro really shines in this Shadow of the Colossus cosplay. Headclouds looks like she's ready to take down some colossi and is clearly a skilled rider judging by the rest of the shoot.

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Agro is one of the first mounts I ever remember really connecting with in a video game, and it's nice to see him represented so beautifully.

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Skyrim

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Cosplayer: Ewenae
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It's too hard to get across Skyrim without a mount and this Dovahkiin has the right idea. I wonder what mod she's running for the armor?

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It takes a pretty serious monetary commitment for a new player to buy a mount in Skyrim, but it's worth every penny. Some of us even went for Shadowmere right out of the gate, and had a pretty awesome dragon tank for the rest of the game.

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Ewenae is a professional cosplayer with a commitment to documenting her process over on her Facebook (linked above). You'll also find the rest of this Skyrim shoot there.

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The Legend of Zelda: Malon, Link and Epona

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Cosplayer: The Zelda Project
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Malon, Link and Epona come to life in The Zelda Project's Lon Lon Ranch shoot. Epona is a legend among video game mounts, and a favorite part of the games for many. It's great to see her hanging out with the gang before her and Link head out to take on Hyrule.

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We all know Link is heading straight for those cuccos.

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The Witcher: Geralt and Roach

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Cosplayer: Drawer513
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Geralt and Roach have a special relationship, possibly the best of 2016. Drawer513 has a great shoot that captures the magic, in fact they were the runner up in The Witcher 3 cosplay contest. It takes a really special mare to be a Roach.

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If you'd like to learn more about Roach and her development, check out this really informative and 'serious' behind the scenes video:

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Wonder Woman

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Cosplayer: Spring-Steel
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I hope to see an incredible amount of Wonder Woman cosplay with the new movie coming out, but will any be able to compete with this photo shoot from cosplayer Spring-Steel?

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She's got a spear, a shield, the Lasso of Truth and an adorable dapple grey mare. This Wonder Woman doesn't seem to have any use for the Invisible Plane.

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This cosplay is a hopeful image for the gaming community. The direction Wonder Woman is headed in should lend to some great games. 

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Assassin's Creed 3: Connor

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Cosplayer: Eyes1138
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Conner may not have a lot of buildings to climb in AC3, but the horse combat was a welcome update.

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Our assassin is pictured riding into the Battle at Bunker Hill LARP in Italy. Connor looks pretty calm scanning the field for his target Templar John Pitcairn.

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The bond between a video game player and their trusty mount can be a special thing. Whether the collection of pixels that moves you more quickly from one zone to the next becomes something more is up to you and the game designers, and there's nothing that's more of a testament to their impact than including them in your cosplay.

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While the majority of us don't have the resources to manage much more than a foam replica, these cosplayers take it to the next level.

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Gift Guide: 10 of the Best Winter Hats for Gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/yv52h/gift-guide-10-of-the-best-winter-hats-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/yv52h/gift-guide-10-of-the-best-winter-hats-for-gamers Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

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So there it is everyone, 10 of the most amazing retro gamer hats that are currently on the market - enjoy them, love them, buy them.  We love them all too!  We hope that this list inspires you for the retro gamer in your life, or equally for you!

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Metal Gear Solid Cap Foxhound
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: 18.98EURO

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Buy It: Game Legends

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This Metal Gear Solid hat is a unusual hat, more like a military hat, which would be great with a pair of New Rocks and a long swishing coat. It is a hat that fits snugly onto the wearer’s head and is does provide quite a smart look for most occasions. The Foxhound logo is a great embellishment on the hat too!

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Space Invaders Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: $14.94

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Buy It: Amazon

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This adorable hat lines up the aliens from the Space Invaders game. It appears to have a slightly snugger fit than other beanies, the shape is designed to ensure that the wearer stays warm and is a little more robust than other hats.

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Ice Climbers Beanie Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: $13.61

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Buy It: Amazon

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Probably one of the most winter themed games out there, it's a really well themed hat for winter! A simple design, with 8 bit decoration of 2 characters and a heart from the game is perfect to keep the wearer warm, but the soft material means it feels lovely too.

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Nintendo Mario Bros 8 Bit Fair Isle Pom Beanie
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: $22.90

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Buy It: Amazon

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The 8 bit styling on this hat is pretty amazing, Mario leaping in the air throughout the hat, almost like he's jumping for the knitted snowflakes - what could be more wintery than that?  Great colours on its too and the pom pom on top is a great feature.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: £14.99

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Buy It: Gamerbilia

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Disclaimer, this hat will not make you go faster, nor will gold coins appear whilst you’re wearing the hat and walking about! But it is so lovely and has the Sonic spikes so is really distinctive and the plaid danglers do make a really unusual twist to this type of alpine hat.

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Pac Man Ghost Crochet Hat
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: £16.48+

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Buy It: Etsy

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These hats are so adorable. It does feel like the eyes are watching you, they are handmade crochet hats and the variation is quite clear on the website, but this is a complete bonus as it does add to the quirky nature of the product. This is a really lovely quality item and recommended as it differs significantly from the usual Pac Man merchandise.

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Eevee Fleece Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: £20.60

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Buy ItEtsy

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This is such a great hat, it is totally handmade too, so even if two people had the same hat, they’d slightly differ which is lovely and quirky. The fleece lined hat is perfect for the coldest of days and perfect for both original Pokemon players and those who’ve jumped on board due to Pokemon Go.

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Blizzard Store Starcraft Abathar Hat
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Rating: 10/10

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Price: $34.00

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Buy ItBlizzard

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The store with the most appropriate name for winter hats, has of course the most elaborate hat, Abathor from Starcraft. The best thing with this hat, is that it’s not just a hat, it doubles as a plushie too, woohoo, two gifts in one! And come on, who can’t resist those tentacles!

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Yoshi Ski Beanie Hat
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: £14.99

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Buy It: Gamerbilia

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Such a great product, it’s fun and honestly, a woolly hat that relates to Yoshi’s Woolly World is such a great tie-in, it really is. A cute ski hat, with pom poms and a smiley proud Yoshi is literally the cutest hat. It is Yoshi green colour, so wearers are easily identifiable, even on a dark night!

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Hero of Time Embroidered Beanie
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: £12.99

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Buy It: Gametee

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It’s a Zelda hat! From the Ocarina of Time. A fairly plain hat, with an embroidered golden triforce, it is a really good choice, without being elaborate, great price too and Gametee is renowned for their quality items. Ideal for a Zelda fan and also a great warming wintery hat.

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Welcome to your essential gift guide for Christmas 2016 and we’re talking hats.  No, not top hats or trilbys, but gamer hats specifically ones where buyers can proudly display their love for their favourite games.

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But with a huge amount of amazing games out there, we can afford to be really, really choosy in regards to merchandise.  Quality is a large factor too, no shoddy generic gamer hats, but true gamer hats made for gamers.

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The hats in this gift guide hats are largely focussed on retro gaming, not just because they are such darn amazing games, but often cause the most finger points, shout outs and comments, because, you know that’s the ultimate kudos!

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So, I’ve narrowed down the best 10 gamer hats out there and remember people they are gifts for others, or you know, keep a beady eye on them for yourself!

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Cosplay Crash Course: 5 Con-Ready Costume Projects Perfect For Beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6ta84/cosplay-crash-course-5-con-ready-costume-projects-perfect-for-beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6ta84/cosplay-crash-course-5-con-ready-costume-projects-perfect-for-beginners Sun, 05 Jun 2016 16:40:39 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

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Tetris Block

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For those of you who weren't scared off by that terrible pun, we've saved the best for last. This costume can be made in a single afternoon on the cheap, and the wow factor will be immense. First, visit this website and pick your favorite tetromino. In terms of difficulty, I'd recommend either going with the long I block, or an L block. Mark down its color, and head on to the hardware store. 

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All you'll need are 4 shipping boxes (make sure they're big enough to fit around you!), a can of spray paint in your Tetris block's color, 4 long metal rods to support the structure, a roll of black gorilla tape, and a roll of regular duck tape. 

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When you get home, remove the tops and bottom flaps of the boxes as necessary. For example, the L-block will require two blocks to operate essentially as tubes, and one block to cap them off, with one complete box attached to the side. For that reason, two of your boxes will need to have the tops and bottoms removed, and one of your boxes will need the tops removed. After you've done that, assemble your block! Add the metal rods for support and tape them to the inside of the block at the corners. Then, use the duck tape to secure the block pieces together at the outside, taking care to secure everything super tight. Also, make sure to tape any visible flaps together. Then, spray paint it!

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After that's all dried, cut out face and arm holes, and frame each box with the black Gorilla tape as a final touch, to give your block that classic Tetris feel.

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And that's it! You've got a Tetris piece costume! 

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Have you cosplayed before, or are you a first timer? Are you planning on attending a convention this summer and trotting out one of these costumes, or one of your own? Let us know in the comments, and please tweet at us @GameSkinny to show us your cosplay skills! Also, be sure to check out these amazing Overwatch cosplays, as well as this amazing (and functional!) Captain America shield!

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Little Mac (Training Outfit)

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Just as a heads up, though this costume is easy to put together, it might be a bit tougher on the wallet given the amount of stuff that you'll probably have to buy. Well, unless you have a pair of green boxing gloves lying around.

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That said, recreating Little Mac's iconic training costume can be done in one Amazon browsing session. Your boxing gloves are right here, and for those of you who want to go the extra mile and get wrestling or boxing boots, yep-- they have those too! But they're expensive. Your high-top Converse All-Stars would work fine, I'm sure.

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All that's left are the hoodie, the pants, and a personal trainer to tie you to the back of his bike and drag you all across New York City. We're sure this one will be a

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wait for it

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wait for it

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you ready?

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Knockout.

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Navi

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This is probably the simplest costume we'll feature today. It's just two pieces: a unisex blue bodysuit and a pair of small fairy wings. Done!

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Well, you would be, if you weren't going to go the extra mile.

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Before the con, grab yourself a dowel rod or piece of PVC pipe from the hardware store, as well as a signboard and some duck tape or adhesive. Then, in the most annoying font you can muster by hand, in gigantic letters, write those two words that have been the bane of every Zelda fan's existence since Ocarina of Time was released: HEY! LISTEN!

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It'll go over great. Trust us.

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Ness

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Speaking of hats, why not go as Eagleland's favorite world-saving little kid, Ness? Assuming you have a favorite pair of jorts and some red shoes at the ready, all you'll need is a blue-and-yellow striped shirt, and Ness's trademark hat. Amazon has the hat and you can likely find the shirt at a thrift store, but for folks who really want to impress, Fangamer has a package including super-high-quality reproductions of Ness's hat, shirt, and even his yo-yo! In addition, it even comes with a collection of Earthbound-inspired pins. Oh, and hey, just so you know, Fangamer itself started out as an Earthbound fansite, so they know their stuff. This is their wheelhouse.

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Misty, Ash, and Brock

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For as iconic as these characters are, a group cosplay of the three main characters from the Pokemon TV show is criminally easy.

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Misty
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If you're a redhead (and a Pokemon fan), a Misty cosplay is a no-brainer, and you likely have everything you need already. A yellow crop-top tank, cuffed jean shorts, and a pair of red suspenders are all you'll need to take on the role of Cerulean City's favorite gym leader. Oh, just don't forget a hair tie for that cute side ponytail!

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Brock
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This is another very simple costume that you can largely put together with things you already have in your closet (or from the local thrift store). All you really need is a pair of brown khakis or work pants, an orange shirt, and a green fishing vest. Extra credit if you wear a backpack as well, but it's not necessary. 

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Ash
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Ash isn't that hard to put together, per se, but the person in your group cosplaying as the character will likely have to buy a fair amount of stuff that they don't already own. The base of a black shirt and light blue jeans are easy enough to find, and most of you will have a backpack laying around that you can use as well. The top, hat, and gloves, however, will likely need to be sourced elsewhere. 

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Luckily, eBay has a plethora of bundles that include the jacket, hat, and gloves all in one package for a decent price! In addition, Amazon has a pretty nice version of Ash's Pokemon League hat as a standalone item available here.

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If you've ever been to a video game or anime convention before, you know the feeling. You're there in your favorite Mass Effect shirt, and then a group walks by in an incredibly detailed group Dragon Age cosplay. You hang your head and silently weep right outside the Doctor Who panel.

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Or maybe that was just me.

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Either way, there's no reason to be intimidated by people who have intense, intricate costumes at your local convention. Putting together a great costume doesn't have to be a gigantic ordeal. In fact, here are 5 crowd-pleasers that are easy and cheap to put together. We'll even link you to all the odds and ends you might not have. Don't thank us, just remember us when you're a big fancy cosplay superstar.

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These Are DUMBEST Ways Anyone Could Die In A Videogame https://www.gameskinny.com/zc7gk/these-are-dumbest-ways-anyone-could-die-in-a-videogame https://www.gameskinny.com/zc7gk/these-are-dumbest-ways-anyone-could-die-in-a-videogame Tue, 24 May 2016 10:33:26 -0400 Rick Ormsby

Let's take a trip down memory lane with 10 of the most idiotic ways a player can die in a video game. From failing a quick time event to simply standing in the wrong place at the wrong time, there's so many ways a player can become their own worst enemy. While some of these deaths are mindbogglingly frustrating, others are almost brutally enjoyable to watch. 

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When can we expect a playable Legend of Zelda game remade using the Unreal Engine? https://www.gameskinny.com/ki4ts/when-can-we-expect-a-playable-legend-of-zelda-game-remade-using-the-unreal-engine https://www.gameskinny.com/ki4ts/when-can-we-expect-a-playable-legend-of-zelda-game-remade-using-the-unreal-engine Sat, 09 Apr 2016 10:04:38 -0400 Eric Adams

YouTube user CryZENx has done it again. Legend of Zelda fans, behold the beautiful Zora’s domain remade using Unreal Engine 4. The color is eye-popping, the detail is intricate and the waterfall looks so real that you would believe that it is.

It goes without saying; this is extremely impressive and utterly beautiful. While we appreciate the videos that this talented individual keeps creating for us, this begs the question of whether a full-fledged Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake using the Unreal Engine would be possible or playable.

 

CryZENx has already remade Death Mountain and countless other Nintendo classics using the Unreal Engine. Every video on the channel has been astonishing. I, for one, would be in awe of a full Legend of Zelda game remade using the Unreal Engine. If it is possible to make a playable version of the game using the Unreal Engine, the only real question is what are we waiting for?

 

I'm no game developer, nor do I understand how these things work. I DO understand how incredibly hard this one video was to make and for that, I commend CryZENx, but if we can do more then by all means, please do more. A Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake using the Unreal Engine would be, in a word, "unreal."

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Nintendo NX Recent Specs and Rumors https://www.gameskinny.com/acd69/nintendo-nx-recent-specs-and-rumors https://www.gameskinny.com/acd69/nintendo-nx-recent-specs-and-rumors Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:02:43 -0400 JunaeBenne

We finally have a little bit more information on Nintendo’s newest console in progress, the NX. An official survey by Nintendo shows that the games will run at 900p and 60 frames per second but will also be capable of 4K Ultra HD video streaming. Even with the HD streaming games will run at 1080p, tops. This is only a survey and information is liable to change.

The NX is a major upgrade compared to the Wii and Wii U. For example, the graphics will be able to compete with the PS4. Nintendo has been in a bit of a financial bind, but is definitely making a comeback. 

According to Neogaf.com, the CPU may be 15 - 30% stronger than the PS4. The NX will include an AMD GPU and between 6GB and 8GB of RAM. The NX system may also be passed on to the Android operating system. This rumor is based off the fact that Nintendo is working with DeNa, a mobile gaming platform company that started Miitomo. Amiibo will most likely still be supported, as the Amiibo are the one thing that have consistently kept sales up since their release.

Besides the late Satoru Iwata's  statement, there hasn’t been much information about the NX.

“As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand new concept under the development codename ‘NX’. It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”

We were told that we would get more information at E3 2016. Nintendo decided to share some specs before E3. The company has decided to make announcements through Nintendo Direct, an online video stream.

*Warning: All rumors are speculation until further knowledge is presented by Nintendo Direct or E3*

The release date is a bit fuzzy

There are two potential release dates: the first release date was thought to happen in 2017, but, it may be earlier for financial reasons. It could be as early as Christmas of 2016.

Pricing covers a wide range

The price is still unclear. However, judging from the past prices of the Wii and Wii U it could be around the $299 mark or higher. The Wii U costs $300, the Wii originally costed $250 and the GameCube’s original price was $200.

Nintendo is all about being family friendly, so the prices and specs reflect that. Nintendo isn’t super worried about their graphics cards or streaming apps. These things help to keep the price down. However with the NX, it may costs up to $400 because of the new specs they are putting in it.

The Major Functions of the NX

A rumor that has been circulating since the mention of the NX is that it will be an at home and handheld gaming system. 

NX Titles

The Wii U Zelda game may never appear for the Wii U but could be around for the NX. Also, Unreal Engine 4 may be used to create a few third party games. A few independent coders have created game demos to provide a taste of what Nintendo titles would look like with Unreal Engine 4. A new Mario is expected to grace the NX with a title like Mario Sunshine

It's more than likely that Super Smash Bros will come out on the NX, but there is no word on whether or not you can play with Wii U gamers.

Mario Maker is a maybe because Nintendo is having a hard time figuring out how to transfer player data, and some courses could be lost in the process. It's same deal with Splatoon. They're having a hard time making it a cross platform game.

It seems the NX will be as visually pleasing, graphics wise, as the PS4 and Xbox One. Updates coming soon!

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Terry Garrett's Incredible Zelda: Ocarina of Time Run is Getting Worldwide Attention https://www.gameskinny.com/ie9r1/terry-garretts-incredible-zelda-ocarina-of-time-run-is-getting-worldwide-attention https://www.gameskinny.com/ie9r1/terry-garretts-incredible-zelda-ocarina-of-time-run-is-getting-worldwide-attention Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:38:02 -0500 Coyle.Edmondson

Legend has it that the world's greatest swordsman spent thousands of hours in training before ever picking up a practice blade. He would place tiny grains of rice through a narrow opening in a glass bottle with fine chopsticks. When questioned about this unorthodox method of mastering the sword the swordsman said:

"The human body is the most delicate and powerful instrument in the universe. If one can even gain a novice comprehension of this truth, he can easily learn how to play with a stick."

Meet Terry Garrett, a master in every sense of the word. For five years, he has been training to complete a monstrous task, the beat arguably one of the greatest games of our time without ever seeing the game; to clarify, Terry is blind. You've heard of "blindfolded runs" in which people complete a game blindfolded. They usually play the game repeatedly beforehand to gain a certain degree of muscle memory from the times they played it with sight.

Terry has never been able to see any aspect of the game. He embarked on this journey quite literally in the dark. Terry uses surround sound speakers to immerse himself into the virtual world using sound waves instead of light waves. Sound effects produced by enemies enable Terry to gauge distance, depth, direction, and identification of the enemy.

So how does he overcome obstacles, puzzles, and challenges that don't emit a sound? Well that's easy, he just creates the sound by using items in the game (like the hookshot) to echolocate his environment. This allows him to navigate any virtual terrain, obstacle, or puzzle.

Forget about "speed run world records", what Terry was able to accomplish in five years is an unrepeatable feat of greatness. It's a De Vinci, a Van Gogh, a timeless masterpiece that serves as a monument to the greatness human kind is capable of.

Terry possess an incredible amount of dedication, tenacity, patience, skill and talent. This disability does not define him, he makes the rules of the world bend to the whims of his beautiful talents.

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7 Amazing covers and medleys of iconic video game music https://www.gameskinny.com/7p7zo/7-amazing-covers-and-medleys-of-iconic-video-game-music https://www.gameskinny.com/7p7zo/7-amazing-covers-and-medleys-of-iconic-video-game-music Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:06:55 -0500 Joe DeClara

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There are, of course, hundreds of thousands of other great arrangements of these pieces, and millions of other arrangements for game scores not mentioned here. These were just a few that I found to be rather exceptional or interesting (or both). Thanks for reading! And remember to watch your step; this place can be a little rough...

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Themes from Super Mario 64 for Piano

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This last one is quite lengthy; thankfully, Video Game Pianist gives us a track list with cues in the video's description, so I suggest listening to this one on a separate page.

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Another master of arrangments from on-point dictation, Video Game Pianist's work is almost always exquisite, and this collection is no exception. Though I feel there were a couple of rhythmic issues in the first theme, the rest of the performance is nothing short of spectacular. I am personally a huge fan of the castle theme and his rendition of Dire Dire Docks (both are placed pretty early in the video). All of his other videos are incredible, so be sure to check him out!

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To Zanarkand for Pipe Organ and Handbells

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There are countless covers of nearly every theme you can think of from the extensive library of music composed for the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy X was my first unassisted endeavor into the series, so the music of this game has a special place in my heart. But my love for this score must be nothing compared to these guys.

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Not to be cruel, but this must be one of the dorkiest dedications to a video game I have ever seen. Having said that, it is an incredibly accurate and beautiful arrangement, and does more justice to the piece than any classical guitar or rock/metal arrangement ever could. Also, once you get over your momentary case of the giggles, you can see just how coordinated these guys needed to be to pull this performance off. Masterful.

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Super Mario Bros. Theme for...huh?

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Ok, this performance is actually amazing. The timbre of this instrument emulates the sound of chip-tune tones so well, I initially couldn't tell apart her little coin-pickup interpolations from the real thing.

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But what in seven hells is this instrument? I have been studying jazz, pop, and classical music for over ten years now, and I have never seen the likes of this instrument (though, I am quite ignorant in Eastern music, so that probably explains it). Still, awesome arrangement and performance.

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Game of Thrones Theme for Three Cellos and Djembe

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There's a Game of Thrones game, right? The one that's all cartoony, and you decide what happens, and there's a Walking Dead tie-in...right? Totally legit. Anyways, this was making it in one way or another.

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Winter is coming...

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Video Game Medley with Lyrics

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Another great cross-franchise medley, this compilation features lyrics which were set to the melodies of the themes covered. I personally love this collection of covers because it allowed me to easily copy his arrangements and enjoy these tunes for myself (as well as show off my mad skillz to any friends who hadn't seen the video, mwahaha).

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Video Game Medley for Melodica

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Never would I have thought the melodica would become associated in my mind with the word awesome...but this melodica medley is awesome!

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BennyTheJukeBox is all but famous for his incredible talent for not only dictating music perfectly, note for note, but can flawlessly conjure a performance-worthy arrangement of said music on the fly. So, naturally, he used this amazing talent to create a video game medley.

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Gerudo Valley for Two Guitars

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Many would put this one at the top of any "coolest tracks of any Zelda" lists, myself included. One of my fondest, most memorable moments in playing games was first riding into Gerudo Valley, hearing that tune kick in, and then promptly jumping over a broken bridge on horseback (then spending an hour afterwards shooting down some poor Gerudos like a total badass)!

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There are more than several versions of this tune on YouTube, but I always liked the version these guys supplied. I'm sure the bro factor in the first few seconds gives it a little character, but the guitarist on the right is pretty boss, too.

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Our favorite video games have long been recognized and revered for things like masterful gameplay, graphical fidelity, and quite often its sound design and scoring. However, the last of these three seems to have become celebrated more so in more recent years than the early ages of gaming.

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Thanks to easily accessible media outlets like Youtube, it has become easier than ever to enjoy the music of these Gesamtkunstwerken in many various forms of arrangement and interpretation. We've compiled this list of some excellent (and some peculiar) covers and medleys featuring some of the greatest original gaming music.

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The top 10 best video games of all time, according to the Internet https://www.gameskinny.com/b6kti/the-top-10-best-video-games-of-all-time-according-to-the-internet https://www.gameskinny.com/b6kti/the-top-10-best-video-games-of-all-time-according-to-the-internet Mon, 02 Nov 2015 18:44:29 -0500 Joe DeClara

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The Results...

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After looking over these lists, it would be easy to compare the top-rated games, name Ocarina of Time the champion of games, and call it a day. But this overlooks some significant factors; many of these games, whether No. 1 or not, appear in numerous lists far more than others.

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For instance, Dark Souls was given the highest honor in GamesRadar+'s list, but it appears not once in any other list (unless you count VideoGamer's inclusion of Dark Souls 2).

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In order to establish the most authoritative Top 10 list, we have gone over the data to find which games appear most out of these nine lists (including ranks 1-20, as all of these sources provide 20 or more rankings), then calculated their average ranking to find which games were most consistently considered the best.

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Here are the results. GameSkinny is proud to present the Top 10 Best Video Games, According to the Internet!

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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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  3. Half-Life 2
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  5. Super Mario Galaxy 2
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  7. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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  9. Resident Evil 4
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  11. Mass Effect 2
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  13. Tetris
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  15. Super Mario Bros. 3
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  17. Portal 2
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  19. Shadow of the Colossus
  20. \n
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What do you think of this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gamespot

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Though they haven't quite yet supplied its readers with a "Top 100 Games of Awesomeness" equivalent, Gamespot recently went over their list of 10/10 reviews and discussed their reviewing process. These games were not given a numeric ranking, but are instead equally considered "essential" experiences for gamers of any kind. Another modern-focused list, the oldest games on this list (and by a margin) are Chrono Cross and the one and only The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
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  • Journey
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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  • Bayonetta 2
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  • Grand Theft Auto 4
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  • Soulcalibur
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  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
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  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
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  • Chrono Cross
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  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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Slant Magazine

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Though more of a multi-medium magazine than a video game-centric outlet, Slant Magazine respects the delicate nature of compiling a list of pieces from an art form still in its historic "infancy." 

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How...do you compare the limited efficiencies of an 8-bit side-scroller to the gleaming HD vistas of a next-gen open world? How do you survey everything that video games are capable of, every idiosyncratic way they've been shaped and contorted, and come up with a list that accommodates all of it? How do you account for outmoded styles or formats, or obsolete technologies, or milestones beginning to show their age?

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By going with a sure thing, of course! Like many before them, Slant put The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time at the top of their list, followed closely by the old and the new - titles like Chrono Trigger, Portal 2, Super Metroid, and Bioshock.

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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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  3. Chrono Trigger
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  5. Super Metroid
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  7. Red Dead Redemption
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  9. Shadow of the Colossus
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  11. Half-Life 2
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  13. Portal 2
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  15. Braid
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  17. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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  19. Bioshock
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Game Informer

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With its 200th issue back in December of 2009, Game Informer rallied up and put together a list of the Top 200 Games of All Time. Heading the list is none other than the original The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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Released back in 1986, this seminal piece of gaming history was the first to feature a battery-powered save system and a fully open world to explore. Immediately following this masterpiece is Super Mario Bros. and Tetris, completing the Nintendo trifecta. This may not be the most modern list of gaming achievement, but old-school gamers will certainly be appreciative.

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  1. The Legend of Zelda (NES)
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  3. Super Mario Bros.
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  5. Tetris
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  7. Grand Theft Auto 3
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  9. Half-Life 2
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  11. Doom
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  13. Metroid
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  15. Final Fantasy VI
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  17. Super Mario Bros. 3
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  19. Ms. Pacman
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VideoGamer

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Possibly the most divergent of these lists, Videogamer's Top Games of All Time lists thirty "sheer class" video games which will allegedly leave the player with immense satisfaction. What sets this list apart from the rest is its clear focus on contemporary games. Of the top ten out of thirty games listed, none date further back than 2005. This could be due to a possible bias against older games like Super Mario Bros, which "can occasionally venture into the infuriating," or the Final Fantasy series, which sports "pretty silly" stories and a laborious number of battles. Topping this list is Rocksteady's most recent title, Batman: Arkham Knight, which is currently sporting an 8.5 on Metacritic.

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  1. Batman: Arkham Knight
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  3. Grand Theft Auto 5
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  5. Bloodborne
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  7. The Last of Us: Remastered
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  9. Dark Souls 2
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  11. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
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  13. The Last of Us (PS3)
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  15. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
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  17. Batman: Arkham City
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  19. Resident Evil 4
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WatchMojo

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After completing lists for the best games of each console generation, WatchMojo gathered the results of these lists and scrutinized over them to create their grand finale. For their countdown of the top 10 video games of all time, only one game per series could qualify for the short list. Heading this compilation of gaming excellence is, once again, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time. The N64 classic was applauded for its "precise gameplay, revolutionary mechanics, well-paced storyline, replayability, fantastic level design, combat variety, and [epic scope]."

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  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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  3. Tetris
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  5. Half-Life 2
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  7. Super Mario World
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  9. Chrono Trigger
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  11. Portal 2
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  13. Mass Effect 2
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  15. Skyrim
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  17. Resident Evil 4
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  19. 007 Goldeneye
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GamesRadar+

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 As part of the evolution process from GamesRadar to GamesRadar+, the team of fresh blood and senior members thought it pertinent to join forces and establish a list of the 100 best games ever. Boasting a list which bypasses nostalgia and historical significance, GamesRadar+'s countdown is one of the few to not feature a Nintendo game in the top spot.

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Applauding its precise and well-honed mechanics, its severely challenging and rewarding gameplay, and its dense lore; GamesRadar+ awarded Dark Souls the title of best game ever, followed closely by other modern masterpieces like Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted 2, Resident Evil 4, and Super Mario Galaxy 2.

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  1. Dark Souls
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  3. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
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  5. Resident Evil 4
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  7. Super Mario Galaxy 2
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  9. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
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  11. Red Dead Redemption
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  13. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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  15. Half-Life 2
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  17. Grand Theft Auto V
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  19. Shadow of the Colossus
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IGN

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IGN's Justin Davis called Super Mario Bros. 3 an unrivaled "master class of platforming excellence," praising its variety show of ingenious design ideas, as well as its timeless playability. Standing as the greatest game of all time in IGN's top 100 games of all time, Super Mario Bros. 3 heads this list as the sequel of all sequels, followed closely by titles like Portal 2, Half-Life 2, Halo 2, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

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  1. Super Mario Bros. 3
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  3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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  5. Doom
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  7. Super Mario Bros.
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  9. Portal 2
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  11. Half-Life 2
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  13. Super Metroid
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  15. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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  17. Halo 2
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  19. Tetris
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G4

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For their top 100 videogames of all time list, G4tv.com awarded Super Mario Bros. the No. 1 spot, praising it for saving the video game industry while simultaneously making millions of kids gamers for life. While more than half of the top ten spots are dedicated to aged Nintendo exclusives, G4 also acknowledges some slightly more recent titles like Bioshock, Shadow of the Colossus, and World of Warcraft.

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  1. Super Mario Bros.
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  3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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  5. Bioshock
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  7. Asteroids
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  9. Tetris
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  11. The Legend of Zelda (NES)
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  13. Super Mario Bros. 3
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  15. 007 Goldeneye
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  17. Shadow of the Colossus
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  19. World of Warcraft
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Metacritic

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Though this list may not have been slaved over by an authoritative group of passionate gamers, it's still a very valuable source of data. Metacritic collects the most noteworthy reviews for a single video game and calculates its average rating based on numeric scores. Their list of the 100 all-time best reviewed games has a few repeats due to multi-platform reviews and re-releases, but by omitting these duplicates, we are given an objective list of the top ten best games, according to user and critic reviews. At the top sits The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Here are the top ten of the list:

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
4. Soulcalibur
5. Super Mario Galaxy
6. Super Mario Galaxy 2
7. Grand Theft Auto V
8. Perfect Dark
9. Metroid Prime
10. Halo: Combat Evolved

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Organizing a list of the greatest games of all time is a bold, challenging, and sometimes presumptuous feat. Producing results which are unanimously satisfying is impossible. Nevertheless, several game journalism outlets have taken on this endeavor over the years - a brave few even went as far as compiling lists of one hundred games! Projects like these require many hours of unrelenting dedication and teams of passionate, intelligent individuals who should be congratulated.

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With this wealth of informative content at our disposal, it all begs to be measured up and analyzed. What would one find from making comparisons between IGN's top 100 games and Gamespot's ten perfect-scored titles? Many of the sites have varying opinions on the top ten, and some had surprising entries in the No. 1 spot. In some cases, many games found their way to the top 10s or 20s of almost every list around.

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This all brings up some interesting questions: which games appeared the most? How many top-ranking games were from recent generations? And most of all - can comparing these lists reveal to us the greatest video game of all time?

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Twitch gamer beats Ocarina of Time blindfolded https://www.gameskinny.com/z3wtr/twitch-gamer-beats-ocarina-of-time-blindfolded https://www.gameskinny.com/z3wtr/twitch-gamer-beats-ocarina-of-time-blindfolded Tue, 27 Oct 2015 01:46:32 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Twitch user Runnerguy2489 has done what some think is impossible. He beat Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with a blindfold on. 

Using the sounds of the game as his guide, Runnerguy finished the game 103 hours.

An Impossible Feat

Some may think that memorizing a game can be easy, but one that is as extensive as the Legend of of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is no easy task.

While viewing the playthrough on YouTube, it seems as though he was playing an original Nintendo 64 emulator, which is notoriously harder than the 3D edition that was remade for the Nintendo 3DS. Specifically, the Water Temple poses a huge threat in completing the original N64 game, where you can get stuck and have to restart.

Not to mention Runnerguy was playing the game as if it was a run-through looking for the lowest time. That means he used all the "cheats" he knew of that made the game go by quickly. This could include the back-jumping through the Hyrule field to save time traveling. 

To view the entire playthrough by Runnerguy2489, it's been uploaded to YouTube and can be found below: 

What do you think of Runnerguy's play-through? Would you be able to play a game blindfolded and beat it? Share your thoughts with me below! 

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Got old games? You may be sitting on a gold mine https://www.gameskinny.com/3f3m8/got-old-games-you-may-be-sitting-on-a-gold-mine https://www.gameskinny.com/3f3m8/got-old-games-you-may-be-sitting-on-a-gold-mine Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:21:22 -0400 Larry Iaccio

Are your old video game systems and games tucked away collecting dust?

Well, if so, it might be time to dust them off and think about actually making some money off of them. The retro game market is at an all-time high right now, and even some of the most common titles can fetch you double or even triple what they may have gotten you a few years ago.

A collection like this could easily fetch you thousands of dollars.

For example a Nintendo 64 cartridge for The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time might have gone for $10-15 back in 2010, but now can easily go for at least $25.

JJ Hendricks who has a website that specifically tracks the prices of vintage games says that he estimates the retro game market to be worth about $200 million annually. According to an article on CNN: 

"It's the perfect storm. Just as kids who grew up in the '80s and '90s are reaching their thirties, the supply of vintage games is shrinking."

Many people seem to prefer actually owning a physical cartridge or machine and experiencing a game the way that they remember it and are willing to shell out incredible amounts of money to do so. 

There are definitely some cheaper alternatives to experience retro games other than on their original systems such as Nintendo's Virtual Console or even a new machine such as the RetroN 5, but gamers still seem to prefer the original experience.

Atari, NES and Super Nintendo games are the most valuable with the rarest models fetching over $10,000.

According to Business Insider last year, the top 5 rarest and most valuable games are:

5. Nintendo Campus Challenge (NES): $14,000 - $20,000

4. Air Raid (Atari): $14,000 - $33,000

3. 1990 Nintendo World Championships: Gold Edition (NES): $15,000-$21,000

2. Birthday Mania (Atari): $15,000-$35,000

1. Gamma Attack (Atari): $20,000-$50,000

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11 Games That Deserve to Be Completely Remade, 'Final Fantasy VII'-Style https://www.gameskinny.com/9wo9j/11-games-that-deserve-to-be-completely-remade-final-fantasy-vii-style https://www.gameskinny.com/9wo9j/11-games-that-deserve-to-be-completely-remade-final-fantasy-vii-style Sat, 18 Jul 2015 02:30:01 -0400 K.W. Colyard

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So... that list turned out a bit more RPG-heavy than I thought it would. What games would you like to see given the Final Fantasy VII treatment? Let me know in the comments!

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Valkyrie Profile
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Valkyrie Profile is an unforgettable PlayStation title that has spawned two prequels and a PSP port. It's the perfect JRPG cocktail, complete with a unique battle system, dark story, Norse mythology, multiple endings, and a large cast of playable characters. With a phoenix down hovering over the JRPG genre, now is the perfect time for Square Enix to revive Valkyrie Profile for a new generation.

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Suikoden II
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Suikoden III was one of the first JRPGs I played on PlayStation II, but the experience was always slightly tainted by the reputation of its predecessor. Suikoden II is legendary, thanks - in no small part - to its rarity. And while it has been ported to both PSP and the PSN, it would - like Final Fantasy VI - benefit tremendously in a graphics overhaul to bring it into the modern day.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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Like Final Fantasy VII, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has a reputation that precedes it. Hope for a KOTOR remake is more well-grounded than for most games on this list. After acquiring rights to the Star Wars franchise, Disney inked an exclusive video game deal with EA, who - in turn - announced that KOTOR developer BioWare would be one of three companies making new games for the franchise. 

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Metal Gear Solid
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Hideo Kojima has parted ways with Konami and his blockbuster franchise, and that makes us all really, really sad. For some, the idea of completely remaking Metal Gear Solid will seem ludicrous, even blasphemous, without Kojima's input. Given the ways in which the franchise's gameplay has changed over the years, however, a new Metal Gear Solid for a new generation of gamers would be pretty fantastic.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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Yes, Ocarina of TIme did get a fantastic 3DS port that massively upgraded its aesthetics. And yes, we do have other Legend of Zelda games to look forward to. But a ground-up rebuild of one of Nintendo's most iconic games for home console? No one would pass that up.

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Jade Empire
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I know a lot of people who feel that Jade Empire is the BioWare franchise-that-could-have-been, but - for whatever reason - wasn't. The original Xbox title was massive, gorgeous, and original. With BioWare's continued success and the popularity of kung-fu titles, a Jade Empire remake would be a certain hit.

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Half-Life
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Yes, yes, I know. We all want to see Half-Life 3. And Left 4 Dead 3. Basically Any Valve Game 3. But just think about how much fun it would be to relive Gordon Freeman's adventures in hi-def.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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Right now, Rockstar is riding high on the success of Grand Theft Auto V, and that's OK. Eventually, though, the franchise will have to move forward, and outdoing GTA V is a mission I don't envy. A true San Andreas reboot could be just the thing to float Rockstar between new installments.

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Final Fantasy VI
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Choosing the single Final Fantasy title you want remade the most is, well, difficult. The inclination to shout "All of them!" before laughing maniacally is strong. But Final Fantasy VI stands out as the last 2D game in the franchise, making those modern graphics seem all the sweeter.

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Chrono Trigger
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With Chrono Cross on the list, I couldn't very well leave out the one that started it all, could I? True, you can get Chrono Trigger on basically any platform you want - including mobile - but that doesn't mean the market is too flooded for a total overhaul of the 1993 SNES title.

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Chrono Cross
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Despite the first game's popularity, the 1998 sequel to Chrono Trigger is the real litmus test for JRPG fans. Chrono Cross still looks pretty freaking awesome, but it hasn't been given nearly the same amount of love as its predecessor. With a third title lurking somewhere out in the ether, this sophomore hit is due for a comeback.

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By now, I'm sure you've heard that we're getting the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake. Sony's reveal at their E3 2015 conference drew adulation, tears, and criticism from all corners of the gaming world. Final Fantasy VII Remake, whenever it drops, is sure to be one of the most lucrative titles Square Enix has ever shipped.

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Unlike other re-releases, the Remake won't be a simple re-skinning of the original title. Instead, Square Enix announced they are rebuilding their 1997 bestseller from the ground up. It's a rarity, but the company has done it before; in 2006, Square remade Final Fantasy III for the North American handheld market.

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Regardless of your feelings on the game, Final Fantasy VII Remake is destined to be a massive hit, and it's likely that its success will propel others in the industry to remake classic favorites in the same mode. Here are eleven great candidates for ground-up rebuilding.

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Zelda: Ocarina of Time hits Wii U Virtual Console in Europe, US to come https://www.gameskinny.com/9nvtk/zelda-ocarina-of-time-hits-wii-u-virtual-console-in-europe-us-to-come https://www.gameskinny.com/9nvtk/zelda-ocarina-of-time-hits-wii-u-virtual-console-in-europe-us-to-come Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:52:21 -0400 Courtney Gamache

This long-time classic Zelda game, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is finally hitting the virtual Wii U console in Europe, and likely North America soon after.

“This is the European version of the game with corrected aspect ratio” - GoNintendo

This new addition to the Nintendo eShop will become accessible in Europe on Thursday July 2nd, for the price of £8.99/€9.99. There will be a discount if the owner has it on the Wii and wishes to move it over to the Wii U as an upgrade.

Why the game is awesome

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time poses to be one of the best Zelda games when it comes to story, plot, soundtrack, and even the updated graphics. It will become a great addition to the virtual console service, bringing some more Zelda nostalgia to the Wii U. 

I know I'm very excited for this addition, and will be getting it when it's available. While no official release date is available for the US edition, we anticipate it coming soon after the EU edition drops.

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Why The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still my favorite game https://www.gameskinny.com/1bvv1/why-the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time-is-still-my-favorite-game https://www.gameskinny.com/1bvv1/why-the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time-is-still-my-favorite-game Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:25:32 -0400 Michael Slevin

We all have our favorite game, or at least a handful that we hold near and dear. As I was recently replaying The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, I realized once again why I love it so much. It should probably just be called ROCKarina of Time! You know, because it rocks. Okay, I'll stop.

I had always considered Ocarina of Time my favorite game, but it wasn't until this recent playthrough that I felt true emotion while playing it. Seeing the bright, vibrant world descend into darkness was powerful.

What begins as the whimsical adventure of a young boy quickly turns into a quest to save Hyrule. I had always loved Ocarina of Time for its dungeon design, puzzles, and (no pun intended) game-changing mechanics and gameplay.

Lock-on targeting, a vast 3D world, a lovable cast of characters, and an incredible soundtrack are just a few of the things that stand out when thinking about what makes Ocarina of Time so great.

But during this recent playthrough, I felt more raw emotion in the world. As I saw townspeople disappear and replaced with ReDead, and characters such as Talon and Malon fall on hard times, it became more and more evident that Ocarina of Time creates an incredible mood and atmosphere.

The contrast of Link's boyhood in a peaceful land and his quick transformation into near-adulthood harbor personal reflections on growing up and responsibility. Additionally, the importance of childhood feels highlighted here.

The guardian-like Sheik watching over you and helping you with your quest reminds you that there is always someone who is there for you, looking out for your well-being.

And finally, conquering the Gerudo King Ganondorf illustrates that even an average boy who grew up in the Kokiri Forest can overcome all odds and positively impact the world. 

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a game that has always been important to me, and I hope that you get to experience some of the incredible aspects of Ocarina like I have.

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Zeldathon seeks to raise $150,000 for charity: water https://www.gameskinny.com/aztld/zeldathon-seeks-to-raise-150000-for-charity-water https://www.gameskinny.com/aztld/zeldathon-seeks-to-raise-150000-for-charity-water Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:48:36 -0400 SwordandSorcery

Organizing a game marathon to raise money for charity is a pretty neat idea, and has been used successfully in the past. Zeldathon, a Zelda game marathon organized by Matthew Moffit (SuperMCGamer), is a bi-annual event, and the most recent one started yesterday at 4 PM EST. 100% of the proceeds go to a charity chosen prior to the event.

There are specific "unlock goals" that are set at certain monetary intervals. Every time a specific monetary interval is reached (say, $8,500), a new game is unlocked that will prolong the stream. There are even non-game unlock goals that occur more regularly, such as the chance to name Link when the group of friends involved starts a new file, as well as remake and hard mode unlock goals.

This year's proceeds will go to charity: water, a group that helps provide clean water to the millions without access to it, and the Zeldathon team hopes to raise $150,000 dollars through their marathon live stream. Check out the stream here, and consider donating to help the cause!

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15 Legend of Zelda music cover videos that will make you nostalgic https://www.gameskinny.com/c5nmk/15-legend-of-zelda-music-cover-videos-that-will-make-you-nostalgic https://www.gameskinny.com/c5nmk/15-legend-of-zelda-music-cover-videos-that-will-make-you-nostalgic Mon, 08 Jun 2015 20:00:56 -0400 SwordandSorcery

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There are many other artists and covers out there.

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Take a look on YouTube for covers of your favorite Zelda songs, or even covers of other game songs. Chances are, you'll find some incredible artists and awesome covers. Many of them deserve your attention and support. So, if you have the time, take a look on Patreon for your favorite cover artists as well! 

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References
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Ballard, S. [SamiaAntha]. (2013, January 28).  Midna's Lament - Harp Cover - Legend of Zelda [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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[Camille and Kennerly]. (2012, February 24). ZELDA: Skyward Sword: Ballad of the Goddess (HarpTwins) Camille&Kennerly [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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Davis, T. [Taylor Davis]. (2013, November 21). Song of Time and Song of Storms (Zelda OoT) Violin – Taylor Davis [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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[jam2995 and TheDelRe]. (2011, May 17). Hyrule Field (Twilight Princess) Guitar Cover Feat. TheDelRe [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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Gleason, M. [Smooth McGroove]. (2014, March 10). Legend of Zelda- Dungeon Theme Acapella [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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Graham, M. [Artificial Fear]. (2011, January 22). Dodongo/Volvagia Theme (Metalized) – Artificial Fear [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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[130Grit Sound Studio]. (2015, February 16). The Legend Of Zelda Majora’s Mask- Stone Tower Temple (Cover) [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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Larsson, F. [Freddie25]. (2008, December 28). Wind Waker Unplugged (FreddeGredde) [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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[LittleVMills]. (2015, March 7). Zelda Twilight Princess- Ganondorf Theme “Epic Metal” Cover (little V) [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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[Music by Pedro]. (2014, June 2). Temple of Time (From “Zelda: Ocarina of Time”) Alto Saxophone  Game Cover [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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Rudisill, P. [Patti Rudisill]. (2015, Febraury 24). Clock Town (Majora’s Mask) – violin, flute, oboe, ocarina cover [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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[Sp0ntanius]. (2010, December 1). Song of Healing on Wine Glasses [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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Stirling, L. [Lindsey Stirling]. (2011, November 26). Zelda Medley – Lindsey Stirling [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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[String Player Gamer]. (2014, May 3). Legend of Zelda Ultimate Medley – Mini Mario Orchestra [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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Winter, T. [Tom Winter]. (2015, April 7). Legend of Zelda- Great Fairy Fountain- VGM Acoustic [Video file]. Retrieved June 8, 2015.

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Legend of Zelda Ultimate Medley - Mini Mario Orchestra by String Player Gamer

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This particular medley covers so many Zelda songs and themes, and does it well. As such it is impossible to compare it to shorter medleys or single song covers. The song is almost 30 minutes long, and not only weaves together individual songs into a narrative but also mashes several together in their own new themes.

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Another thing that I love about this cover is the silliness of it; all across the screen can be seen different images of the same man conducting himself with a Wind Waker baton, or playing instruments dressed as Mario. Someone who enjoys making music this much is really worth watching.

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The String Player Gamer, or Diwa, (also known as "that dude from the internet who plays violin while wearing a Mario costume") has spent time as a film, commercial and television composer, and wants to make YouTube covers and compositions his full time job. His Patreon page can be found here.

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Song of Time and Song of Storms (Zelda OoT) Violin - Taylor Davis by Taylor Davis

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Two well known songs from Ocarina of Time, the Song of Time and Song of Storms, are combined into one song by Taylor Davis in this cover. I think it is kind of cool that it starts with the Song of Time, transitions to the Song of Storms, and then heads back to the Song of Time, as if we have been traveling back and forth through time with Link. The composition reminds me a bit of Guru Guru's tale of the "mean kid" who ultimately messed up the Kakariko windmill.

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Taylor Davis has done numerous game covers and has her own original album. She will be going on tour soon (this September) across the United States.

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Zelda Medley- Lindsey Stirling by Lindsey Stirling

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And now, for some medleys! Let us start off with one you might actually know, an arrangement of the Legend of Zelda theme, the Hyrule field theme, Saria's Song, and the Gerudo Valley theme (Ocarina of Time) by Lindsey Stirling. Some of the parts were created first for the violin, her instrument of choice, while others are well suited to it. I never thought the Gerudo Valley theme on a violin would sound appropriate, but somehow it sounds just right here.

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Lindsey Stirling has two albums: Shatter Me and Beyond the Veil. She combines celtic, classical, electronica and dance music in her songs. In her free time she does requests from fans and records her own covers of famous television, game and movie themes. She is currently on tour.

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The Legend Of Zelda Majora's Mask - Stone Tower Temple (Cover) by 130Grit Sound Studio

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The Stone Tower Temple is the last dungeon in Majora's Mask, and has the sort of foreboding theme you would expect out of a place separated from you by a giant chasm.

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130Grit Sound Studio's cover recreates the sounds of the wind with someone's voice, which is pretty neat. Overall, the cover remains faithful to the piece, although it does introduce some slightly different sounds to it than were present before.

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130Grit Sound Studio is, surprisingly, a music label and recording studio, though the artist featured in the video is the producer for the studio, Andrew Moniz.

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Zelda Twilight Princess - Ganondorf Theme "Epic Metal" Cover (little V) by LittleVMills

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Ganondorf obviously needs his own final battle metal cover, because so does every other manipulative villain with an epic final battle theme. Admittedly, the final phase of the battle itself in Twilight Princess is a bit disappointing, but given it spans 5 parts I think the theme is fitting.

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LittleVMills takes this theme and covers it with various instruments...including a Hello Kitty guitar. Somehow that is completely amazing. The cover itself keeps the ominous feeling of Koji Kondo's original composition alive and well.

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There is not much direct information about him out there. He has a Patreon, however, to help support his YouTube career.

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ZELDA: Skyward Sword: Ballad of the Goddess (HarpTwins) Camille&Kennerly by Camille and Kennerly

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Ballad of the Goddess is Skyward Sword's theme, and is played and sung by different characters throughout the game. Link primarily uses the song to find the sacred flames to strengthen the Goddess Sword.

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The neatest part of this video is that there was no editing involved, just two talented harpists playing in one take. Since the instruments involved in this cover are similar to what is used in-game, it is very reminiscent of the Wing Ceremony at the beginning of the game and the cutscene after the end credits.

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Camille and Kennerly, referred to also as the Harp Twins, perform on identical electric rock or acoustic harps. They are also actors.

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Hyrule Field (Twilight Princess) Guitar Cover Feat. TheDelRe by jam2995

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Here is another Twilight Princess cover! For those of you who spent a lot of time in Hyrule field (hunting bugs or whatnot) this may bring back some memories.  The intro is a bit slow, but what is neat about this cover is it seems to be arranged to sound like a typical day in Hyrule field, starting at night and ending in the late day. The replacement of the original instruments with guitars certainly gives the theme an adventurous, “epic” sort of vibe that it rightfully deserves.

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TheDelRe and jam2995 feature in this video. They both typically do guitar covers, though information about jam2995 is a little on the scarcer side. TheDelRe is from Suffern, New York, plays both guitar and bass and often remixes, masters and records covers of game music.

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Clock Town (Majora's Mask) - violin, flute, oboe, ocarina cover by Patti Rudisill

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With the recent release of Majora's Mask 3D, many Zelda fans have been spending time in Clock Town. This cover, performed by Patti Rudisill and Kristin Naigus, combines the Clock Town themes from days 1, 2 and 3. The cover manages to maintain the upbeat nature of the theme.

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Patti Rudisill has been featured on country albums, film scores and video game soundtracks, and arranges and composes as well. Kristin Naigus specializes in reed instruments and plays with orchestras around the state of Florida.

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Wind Waker Unplugged (FreddeGredde) by Freddie25

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The Wind Waker has an unusually whimsical title theme given how bittersweet the ending of the game is. The title theme mixes several different themes from the game, such as the Outset Island theme, Earth God's Lyric, and Wind God's Aria.

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Fredrik Larsson, an immensely talented young musician from Sweden, covers the theme, by himself, using lots of different instruments edited together. A guitar, a drum, an accordion...even filled water glasses and spoons are used. If the sheer amount of instruments he seems to be capable of playing is not impressive enough the cover itself is excellent.

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Though it was recorded all the way back in 2008 it is still worth listening to and appreciating.

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Fredrik Larsson has his own albums now, some of which include original music and others that include covers.

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Legend of Zelda - Great Fairy Fountain - VGM Acoustic by Tom Winter

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There are so many fairy fountains in the Zelda series that I would have felt like a bit of a failure if I had not included a version of the theme. Tom Winter, a solo acoustic fingerstyle guitarist and composer from the UK, covers the theme in this video. He does not alter much about the theme, which seems to be from Ocarina of Time, but instead sticks to what Koji Kondo composed. The cover is done well, however, and maintains the original warmth of the piece.

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Legend of Zelda - Dungeon Theme Acapella by Smooth McGroove

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In truth, I am not particularly fond of a cappella music. However, I could not overlook Smooth McGroove’s channel, and when I found this cover of the original Legend of Zelda dungeon music, I was surprised at how appropriate the cover was. His voice seems to work with 8-bit music very well given how he breaks down each sound and part.

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Smooth McGroove, also known as Max Gleason, records video game music in a cappella for YouTube. He does take requests, though according to Wikipedia, he prefers to work with older tracks, saying that, “music for video games today serve a more atmospheric role with less of a focus on memorable melodies.” For those who are curious, the cat that popped up in one of the panels is named Charl.

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Dodongo/Volvagia Theme (Metalized) - Artificial Fear by Artificial Fear

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Have you ever wondered what that battle theme for King Dodongo and Volvagia would sound like with a metal spin on it? Probably not, but now you do not need to. Artificial Fear has taken the theme and made it about 10 times more awesome with some guitars and drums. Mat Graham also threw in a random solo towards the end to crank things up a notch.

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Mat Graham (sole band member of Artificial Fear) composes and records his own songs but is mostly known for his arrangements of video game music.

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Song of Healing on Wine Glasses by Sp0ntanius

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I was not able to dig much up on the artist, Sp0ntanius, but this cover is so cool that I had to include it. Most covers do not use atypical instruments such as wine glasses. Another cover by the same artist actually uses rubber bands to play Ballad of the Goddess.

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There are some silly things that happen in this video (such as Sp0ntanius passing glasses or pouring water between different panels) that may distract from the piece. There are also some noises such as water pouring and glasses being moved that are unnecessary. Normally the Song of Healing, from Majora’s Mask, is played on the piano, but surprisingly the use of wine glasses gives the song a more unearthly feel that seems to fit its in-game role of soothing restless souls.

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Temple of Time (From "Zelda: Ocarina of Time") Alto Saxophone Game Cover by Music by Pedro

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The Temple of Time has featured in a few games, but probably most prominently in Ocarina of Time. I cannot help but feel a sense of awe whenever I step into the echoing halls, especially in Twilight Princess, where the place is utterly massive and full of statues you can control.

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Admittedly there is not much variation in the Ocarina of Time Temple of Time theme, as it is a few repeated lines, but I have always liked it for what it is. Pedro covers the theme here on alto saxophone. I am not usually a fan of the saxophone, but that is probably tied to a dislike (and lack of understanding) of jazz music. Despite my concerns about this one, I was impressed. The instrument change does alter the feel of the theme a little, making it a bit reminiscent of the Spirit Temple, as a few commenters noted.

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Pedro plays a number of different reed instruments and when not doing game or pop covers and parodies, writes his own original songs.

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Midna's Lament - Harp Cover - Legend of Zelda by SamiaAntha

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Midna’s Lament (also known as Midna’s Desperate Hour), by itself, is a beautiful piece. The piece plays throughout the period after Zant exposes Midna directly to Lanayru’s light, nearly killing her in the process. You bear Midna to Hyrule castle in hopes that Zelda will be able to save her.

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This particular cover, by SamiaAntha, features the harp. Though the piece is usually played with a piano and perhaps a string instrument somewhere in there, the harp seems to fit well for this piece and SamiaAntha recreates the mood perfectly. Due to the nature of the piece, two separate parts were edited together.

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Samantha Ballard, also known as SamiaAntha, is a professional harpist from Winnipeg, Canada, and received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia. She makes nerdy music covers, and sometimes writes original music. All the work that goes into making a cover is typically time consuming. To help keep the videos free she has a Patreon page.

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From fairly early on in the Zelda series, music has been an integral part of the story, whether it has been something as small as howling stones or as massive as the goddess harp and the ocarina of time. There have certainly been games where music is not as important, but there are rarely spaces without a theme composed for it that sets a tone.

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Musical artists of all kinds have recognized this and have attempted to recreate Koji Kondo’s brilliantly composed pieces in their own ways. While searching around the web, I found many, including some I could not use due to a desire to include as many different artists as possible and as many different instruments as I could. Admittedly, I have a large bias towards the console games, and it shows here, though the original Legend of Zelda and a few handheld games do get a small amount of representation later on in the slideshow. I will, however, say that finding covers for certain handheld games was difficult and frustrating, if not impossible.

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Here are 15 covers that I picked out that ought to bring back a flood of nostalgia:  

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Life and Death According to Zelda https://www.gameskinny.com/e76b7/life-and-death-according-to-zelda https://www.gameskinny.com/e76b7/life-and-death-according-to-zelda Wed, 04 Feb 2015 06:36:04 -0500 Left Foot

Michael Shanks YouTube channel timtimfed has some great videos. He writes, directs, and creates his own original music for his videos. 

Death is nothing to joke about, unless you die like you do in Zelda. 

You can check out all his original music on his SoundCloud.

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