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Episode 168 - Reviewing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity ~ Pulse of the Ancients

Episode 168 - Reviewing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity ~ Pulse of the Ancients

July 5, 2021

Welcome to another episode of the Champions' Cast! This week, we're joined by Zelda Universe's Alex Trevino to discuss and review the first wave of DLC for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Pulse of the Ancients! Find out what we thought about the new skill tree, learn about all the different upgrades available, if we liked the new Flail and Master Cycle weapons, what viscous monsters were the worst, and of course, if we rated the new playable characters, the Battle Tested Guardian, as a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

All this, plus we get Alex's take on whether it's still possible that the events of Age of Calamity will have any bearing on the plot of Breath of the Wild 2, or if that ship has long sailed. Check it out!

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Episode 167 - The Zonai Tribe, Time Travel, and Other Breath of the Wild Sequel Question/Theories Answered

Episode 167 - The Zonai Tribe, Time Travel, and Other Breath of the Wild Sequel Question/Theories Answered

June 28, 2021

We're still on cloud nine after finally seeing the latest Breath of the Wild 2 trailer, so this week, the gang tackle your fan questions and theories! We're covering a whole array of topics, including our take on the popular fan theory about the Zonai Tribe and their potential influence on the game. Plus, might we be playing both in the present and 10,000 years in the past? Will Age of Calamity's ending have any impact on Breath of the Wild 2? Is it coincidence or design that Skyward Sword HD releases so close before? What's the sweet spot for open world gameplay vs traditional storytelling? Is Demise showing back up? How about Astor? How about Fi?!

So much to unpack, so much to talk about! Make sure you're hanging out with us!

 

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Episode 166 - Analyzing Breath of the Wild 2’s Trailer Frame by Frame

Episode 166 - Analyzing Breath of the Wild 2’s Trailer Frame by Frame

June 21, 2021

We're still coming down from the high of last week's Nintendo Direct, where we finally got to see new footage from the sequel to Breath of the Wild, so this week, we tried to put our thinking caps on and really break down what we saw. Come listen to our theories on Link's arm, how Runes might work, the relationship between the Sky and the Ground, what's up with Link's Champions Tunic, who that creepy corpse guy might be, what happens to Zelda and so much more! We only got about 1:30 of new footage, but there's so much to unpack!

This, plus what' up with Nintendo not revealing the subtitle for the sequel, and did this trailer really move the needle for us, or did it leave us a little underwhelmed? Come hang with us!

 

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Episode 165 - Breath of the Wild 2 Trailer Thoughts and Other E3 Reactions!

Episode 165 - Breath of the Wild 2 Trailer Thoughts and Other E3 Reactions!

June 15, 2021

E3 finally happened and it did not disappoint! We got a brand new look at the still-untitled sequel to Breath of the Wild, the first footage we've seen in over two years! Come hear our thoughts on the trailer, what we noticed about Link's hand, speculation over the new ruins, our thoughts on Hyrules sky and much more! Plus, we talk about Age of Calamity's DLC, the lack of special Zelda 35th Anniversary stuff, and more!

All that, plus we give our two cents on Metroid Dread (!!!), the newest Smash fighter, and all the big games revealed at E3!

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Episode 164 - The Highs and Lows of Zelda at E3 + Twitch Giveaway Details!

Episode 164 - The Highs and Lows of Zelda at E3 + Twitch Giveaway Details!

June 7, 2021

We're so close we can TASTE it. Eight days away from E3 and the potential revealing of Breath of the Wild 2, Age of Calamity DLC, and Skyward Sword HD details in what seems like it could be a very Zelda heavy presentation has over the moon. Of course, the best way to know where you're going is to know where you've been, so this week, Andy and Al take a look at some of the high points and low spots Zelda has found itself in over the years at E3.

This, plus BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TIME. We have started a Twitch channel and our first stream will be post-Nintendo Direct on the 15th at 10 am PST. To get our channel kicked off in the right way, we are GIVING AWAY a Champions' Cast t-shirt - all you need to do to enter the draw is go follow the channel. That's it! Click here to go follow and make sure you're hanging out with us live next week!

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Episode 163 - Will Breath of the Wild 2 Be Show at E3 2021 and Other E3 Predictions

Episode 163 - Will Breath of the Wild 2 Be Show at E3 2021 and Other E3 Predictions

May 31, 2021

It seems like forever since the last time we got to say this, but it's E3 Predictions time! Of course, the million dollar question for Zelda fans and Nintendo fans everywhere is after two long years will we finally see Breath of the Wild 2?! The gang disagree on that, but that's not all we're putting money on the table for. Will there be new Zelda amiibo? What's going on with the Age of Calamity DLC, Pulse of the Ancients? Have we seen everything there is to see in Skyward Sword HD, or is there more to be revealed? What new character might join the Smash Ultimate roster? Could we see the reveal of the Switch Pro? And what else might Nintendo have planned beyond Zelda?

Come predict with us and tell us if you're #TeamAndy or #TeamAlasyn on the Breath of the Wild 2 debate!

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Episode 162 - Guess That Zelda Character in 16 Questions Returns!

Episode 162 - Guess That Zelda Character in 16 Questions Returns!

May 24, 2021

A fan favorite makes its triumphant return this week as the gang play a game of "Guess That Zelda Character in 16 Questions" on this week show! Joined by Celeste Roberts of Another Zelda Podcast and Boss Rush Games, they pull out all the stops trying to one up each other. Come play along, and listen to Andy and Al die a thousand slow deaths on one character, Celeste's amazing Hail Mary guess, and Andy pick maybe the most obscure Zelda character ever!

The gang also give their two cents on the Skyward Sword Loftwing amiibo controversy and opine on what gameplay features if any should be hidden behind the amiibo "paywall". Come check out this weeks episode and get ready for next weeks E3 predictions!

 

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Episode 161 - Examining the Best Trailers in Zelda History

Episode 161 - Examining the Best Trailers in Zelda History

May 17, 2021

With E3 just around the corner, and Andy ready to bet his house, his dog, and his shirt on the fact that we'll be seeing a new Breath of the Wild 2 trailer there, we felt like what better time to talk about some of the most impactful and memorable trailer in the Zelda series! We offer commentary, insight, context, memories, and reactions as we reminisce about 11 of the greatest trailers ever, including of course, that Breath of the Wild trailer, which may stand in time as being the greatest trailer for anything, ever!

Al this, PLUS we have some contest teases to plug! Come hang out with us!

... and if you want to watch all the trailers we're talking about, check them out here! In no particular order: Breath of the Wild 2, Ballad of the Goddess, Link's Awakening Reveal, Twilight Princess Title, Twilight Princess E3 2004 Reveal, The Wind Waker HD Launch, Skyward Sword E3 2010, Zelda Wii U E3 2014 Reveal, Majora' Mask 3D, Breath of the Wild E3 2016, Breath of the Wild 2017 Switch Presentation

 

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Episode 160 - Discussing Our Favorite Versions of Princess Zelda

Episode 160 - Discussing Our Favorite Versions of Princess Zelda

May 10, 2021

Another week in the bags as we get closer and closer to E3 and (hopefully) Zelda's return. To help pass the time, we are talking about a different Zelda this week... or actually, a bunch of them! Andy and Alasyn are discussing all of the different appearances of Princess Zelda over the years and which ones they liked and disliked. Everything from the character design to the story to the character arcs and everything else are on the table here, so make sure you check it out and weight in on your favorite versions of Zelda. Unsurprisingly, Andy has an particularly harsh opinion of one of the series' most beloved incarnations of Zelda, so you'll definitely want to check this out!

All this, PLUS some TV talk! House of Cards, The Expanse, Castlevania, and more! Come hang with us!

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Episode 159 - Definitively Ranking Every Boss/Mini-Boss from Ocarina of Time

Episode 159 - Definitively Ranking Every Boss/Mini-Boss from Ocarina of Time

May 2, 2021

Welcome back to another DEFINITIVE RANKING. This time around, we're talking the bosses (and mini-bosses!) of Andy's favorite game, Ocarina of Time! With no fewer than 16 (woo!) creatures to rank, the gang has some pretty dastardly conversation about which bosses rule, and which bosses are a little average. Is steak more important than sizzle in a boss fight? And can Andy and Al compromise to determine the greatest fight in the game? We'll see!

Ganondorf, Dark Link, Bongo Bongo, Dead Hands, Twinrova and SO MUCH MORE! Come tell us what you think about our rankings, and of course, let us know where you stand!

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