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Episode 182 - Examining The Intertwined Histories of Zelda and Metroid

Episode 182 - Examining The Intertwined Histories of Zelda and Metroid

October 11, 2021

So, full disclosure: this is more an episode about Metroid from a Zelda fans perspective than an episode about Zelda itself, so if you're looking for in depth Zelda, come back next week (when, by the way, we're answering Majora's Mask questions, so if you have any, make sure to ask us on Discord!).

This week, we're celebrating the release of Metroid Dread by looking back and examining why it is that Zelda took off as a series and Metroid hit a stalemate, while then comparing the 35th anniversaries of both series and asking which got the better deal. PLUS, Alasyn finally played Super Metroid as part of her losing an E3 bet, so she shares her first time experiences and talks about the bosses, the Baby Metroid, the controls, the concept of a Metroidvania, and... Phantom Hourglass's Temple of the Ocean King??

Come hang with us, and if you've never played a Metroid game, consider trying Dread!

 

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Episode 181 - Tier-Ranking Every Zelda Original Soundtrack

Episode 181 - Tier-Ranking Every Zelda Original Soundtrack

October 4, 2021

Gather round the fire and prepare to be enraged as the gang gets together and debates which Zelda games have the best OST's. We're tackling a bunch of different topics that were a lot of fun, including: does one great song redeem the Spirit Tracks OST? How has our opinions on Breath of the Wild's ambient music changed over the years? Is the music of Tri Force Heroes its one redeemable quality? Which Zelda game gets the S-Tier crown? Can Andy convince everyone that The Minish Cap has a A-Tier worthy soundtrack? All this and more musical madness as The Champions' Cast Facebook Coordinator Jules Gia makes her podcast debut!

PLUS, we're talking about the TGS footage of Age of Calamity, Zelda tattoos, Metroid Dread, and more! Come hang!

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Episode 180 - Age of Calamity, Kirby, Splatoon, and More Nintendo Direct Reactions

Episode 180 - Age of Calamity, Kirby, Splatoon, and More Nintendo Direct Reactions

September 28, 2021

We had our usual September Nintendo Direct, and while it didn't necessarily blow the roof off the house, it was still a solid show that gave us a look at a lot of cool stuff! Come listen as we break down and react to the announcements, including our thoughts on the Mario movie and casting voice actors versus celebrities, if you should be mad that Nintendo 64 games coming to NSO will cost you more money, Andy's scathing rant on Kirby, and of course, the latest snippet of DLC we got for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

All this, plus some thoughts on Splatoon, Bayonetta, and Zelda jigsaw puzzles! Come hang out with us!

 

 

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Episode 179 - Inspired By Zelda Showcase: Discussing All the Best Zelda-Like Games You Can Play

Episode 179 - Inspired By Zelda Showcase: Discussing All the Best Zelda-Like Games You Can Play

September 20, 2021

If you're anything like us, you might feel like you're in a bit of a Zelda drought. With no new new Zelda games for the last couple years and a bunch of remakes to hold us over, the itch to play something Zelda-like can feel pretty intense. Luckily this week, Andy and Al are covering some of the absolute best Zelda-like games you can play! Come hear us talk about classics like Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, and Hyper Light Drifter, while also detailing newer games like Ittle Dew, Moonlighter, and Fairune! Come hang and let us know what your favorite Inspired By Zelda titles are!

PLUS, come listen to Andy's miserable Tim Horton's coffee story and hear the gang speculate as to why we haven't gotten a Nintendo Direct yet!

 

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Episode 178 - Picking Our Favorite Zelda Character in Fall Brawl 3!

Episode 178 - Picking Our Favorite Zelda Character in Fall Brawl 3!

September 12, 2021

If you haven't heard by now, the third annual Fall Brawl Character Contest is LIVE over on Zelda Dungeon, and this week we're going through the field of 64 to narrow it down, match by match, until only ONE character is left! Who will end up being our favorite character? Senior Editor Heather Beard makes her Champions' Cast debut to help us narrow it down!

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO FILL OUT A PREDICTION AND WIN PRIZES! Just follow the link to the main article and enter the contest at the bottom! Fall Brawl starts on Monday at 6 pm MST! See you then!

 

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Episode 177 - Ask A Zelda Question, Get A Zelda Answer!

Episode 177 - Ask A Zelda Question, Get A Zelda Answer!

September 6, 2021

This week, Andy makes his triumphant return to the show to tell a few wedding stories about his bachelor party and a homeless person sleeping in his car, while also tackling a plethora of Zelda questions! We asked you for your best, and as always, you didn't disappoint! What's our favorite mini-dungeon in the series? What kind of Zelda game do we think comes after Breath of the Wild 2? Other than Clock Town, what's our favorite town in the series? If we could add any character from Zelda into Super Smash Bros., who would it be? What's an effective way to tell stories in open world video games? What gameplay mechanics from previous games do we think would be cool to see again?

All this and so much more in an action packed episode of the Cast! Make sure to grab your Champions' Cast hoodies and snuggle up to your speakers, cause this episode is a riot!

 

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Episode 176 - The Return of Guess That Zelda Location

Episode 176 - The Return of Guess That Zelda Location

August 30, 2021

Behold the triumphant return of Guess that Zelda Location! Gooey, Corey, and Al had a great time playing this game last year. So we decided to bring it back with some new guests! Come see how well we know each other, and try to guess the Zelda locations in 16 questions or less as you play along with us!

 

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Episode 175 - Rehashing Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland with Andy and Taylor

Episode 175 - Rehashing Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland with Andy and Taylor

August 23, 2021

Andy is off getting married this week (congrats friend!), so we decided to dig deep into the archive for this week's episode. We're taking you back to the Andy and Taylor days as Andy recounts his wacky adventures in Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland! Whether this episode is a blast from the past, or a whole new listening experience for you, we hope you enjoy, and maybe even consider playing Tingle's spinoff game yourself one day!

 

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Episode 174 - Should We Call It The Zelda Multiverse Instead of the Zelda Timeline and More Daily Debates Answered

Episode 174 - Should We Call It The Zelda Multiverse Instead of the Zelda Timeline and More Daily Debates Answered

August 16, 2021

Andy and Al are back for another fun ride through the world of Zelda, answering a bunch of Daily Debate questions. Which Link has the best character arc? Which game has the least amount of plot holes? Would we like to see upgradable items and weapons make a comeback? Was Demise way too hard of a final boss? Should we stop calling it the Zelda timeline and instead call it a Multiverse?

All this and so much more! Come and hang out with us!

 

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Episode 173 - Ranking the Dungeons of Skyward Sword

Episode 173 - Ranking the Dungeons of Skyward Sword

August 8, 2021

Last week in our Definitive Ranking of Skyward Sword, we glossed over the dungeons, giving them a perfect 5 and promising to elaborate the next week. Well, that week is now here, and we have a lot to say about the different dungeons of Skyward Sword! We go over all seven dungeons, discussing in great detail the bosses, the items, the music, the aesthetic, and puzzles, and more! We had wildly different rankings, so there was some hard bargaining too! Come tell us what you think of our list, and make sure to let us know what your faves are!

PLUS... what kind of world are we living in when Nintendo acknowledges Metroid's 35th anniversary and not Zelda's?! Craziness!

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