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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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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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!
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!