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Top 10 Legend of Zelda games of All-Time

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We are a little late to the party here, but with Mario’s 35th anniversary finally coming to an end this month, it is now time to give some focus to Zelda and the little guy in the green hat – Without further ado…Here are the top 10 Legend of Zelda games of all-time.

10. The Legend Of Zelda:

Sometimes you just have to give credit to the OG. The first in the series debuted in 1986 on the NES. No one knew what impact this game would have for the future of gaming, but with the debut of Zelda, Link and Ganon – Well you just have to give respect here. It started the tale of one of the most iconic games in gaming history, and despite it’s dated graphics and gameplay, there is some beauty and fun in playing the original game in the longstanding series.

9. Skyward Sword:

I know I may catch some flak for this one, but hear me out. This title in the series did not truly move the series forward. The story was a bit bare bones, but even worse than any of that – was the use of the motion controls on the Wii system. Playing this game was a chore and the controls made the game not very responsive. Nintendo releasing a new HD version on the Switch, will look to right their wrongs, and with improved controls this game could move up on the list. You may not like it, but you agree.

 

8. Links Awakening (GB Edition):

This game could truly be described as one of the most mesmerizing or puzzling games in the series. Here we see Link partake on a voyage unlike any seen in the series. This was no run of the mill save the princess story. Here we saw Link collecting musical instruments to wake a sleeping Fish to get off a strange island. Part Mario – Part Zelda, this title was unlike any seen before and was a fascinating and thrilling ride for the series in it’s portable debut on the GameBoy.

7. Twilight Princess:

This game which was originally released on the GameCube and Wii system’s in one that is of the darker tales of Link and Zelda. This title is basically the “My Chemical Romance” of the Zelda series. Yes the emo equivalent. This game brought a different style and formula to the Zelda series and saw half the game played as the green capped crusader vs another half playing as the cursed wolf. It was an interesting format that has divided fans of the series for years. Deciding where to put it in lists is rather confusing. Here at seven I think is a good spot for the controversial title.

6. A Link Between Worlds:

I wrestled like Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock with where to put this entry. The 3ds exclusive saw the return of Link and Zelda to a portable system in very impressive fashion. The sequel to the SNES classic “A Link to the Past”, did a fine job of not only recreating that world, but in many ways improving upon it. This game pushed the boundaries of what a Zelda title can accomplish in a portable world and gave us one of the most impressive titles to date.

5. Majora’s Mask:

We are now in the elusive top five territory. Here we see the finale of Link and Zelda on the Nintendo 64. Since the game was released near the end of the system’s life cycle, it may have not gotten the love it deserved back in 2000. The game was released right after one of the all-time greats in “Ocarina of Time”, and told a tale that remains in Zelda folklore as being one of the most heartbreaking. The game delves into a story told in a way that differentiates it from the rest of the Zelda series, and could be one of it’s finest.

4. The Wind Waker:

This title really separates itself from the rest of the series. Escaping Hyrule, this cel-shading adventure shows Link traveling by boat in what one could describe as the ‘Pirate’ game of the series. An adventure that hopefully we get to see re-released sometime on the Nintendo Switch, it’s graphics make the game timeless and never outdated and tales a tale more swashbuckling than any game seen in the series.

3. A Link to the Past:

What is there to say that has already not been said about this game. Released in 1992 (at least in North America), the game is still considered by many to be one of the finest in the series. There is something just so darn astounding about this title, and will remain in Zelda folklore forever as the first title that really moved the series forward.

2. Ocarina of Time:

Wherever you want to put this title is up to you. Honestly if someone told me it should be number one; Well I would not disagree. This title really set the bar for the series and delivered such an impact, that it was one of the titles that truly helped sell the Nintendo 64 system. The storytelling, graphics and gameplay really set a standard for the series. No matter where you put this game, it’s almost video game blasphemy to not call it a pure classic.

1. Breath of The Wild:

What has been said about this title that has not already been said? This title released in 2017 for both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch – is gaming at it’s best. The first open world Zelda game is also it’s finest. the amount of activities you can accomplish here, with the introduction of shrines and a wonderfully woven story make this game a delight for newcomers and veterans to the series. Now Nintendo give us the sequel!

 

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Space Jam: A New Legacy – Review | Sadly not a Slam-dunk

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As a child of the nineties, I’m gonna hold my hands up and say that I was onboard the hype-train for Space Jam: A New Legacy – the sequel to one of Warner Bros most bizarre properties. In the 1996 Space Jam, basketball player Michael Jordan (at the peak of his fame) gets pulled through a golf hole into the animated Looney Tunes world and must compete in a basketball game against some aliens in order to save Bugs Bunny and the gang from a lifetime of slave labour as nightclub entertainment… for real, that was the plot.

I would say only something as ridonkulous as Space Jam could’ve been made in the 90’s. But here we are 25 years later and we have WB’s cashing in on the nostalgia of 30 year old millennials like myself, bashing out a CGI-upgraded rehash – only with LeBron James heading to Toon World this time.

Does it posses the same magic of the first film? Let’s just say some ideas are better off left in the nineties. 

The plot of New Legacy sees Lebron pushing his son Dom (Cedric Joe) down the basketball path but Dom would rather spend his summer designing video games. After a father/son spat, LeBron and Dom are sucked into the Warner Brothers Serververse by a malevolent artificial intelligence known as Al G Rhythm (a gleeful Don Cheadle), where LeBron is forced to compete in a livestream basketball game with the Looney Tunes – which he must win if he wants his kidnapped son back. It’s not a copy-and-paste job of the first film but it certainly hits all the beats you expect it to.

Naturally the visual effects have come a long way in the last quarter of a century, so the film is more visually dynamic and detailed than the predecessor. But still, there’s an artificiality to New Legacy. It’s got the looks and the moves but it lacks heart. Sure, there’s fun sequences to enjoy – a trippy world-hopping scene, making pitstops at numerous WB intellectual properties is a standout but the final product left me feeling empty.

What gave the first Space Jam its distinct flavours was its epic soundtrack. To this day I still attest it’s one of the most underrated film soundtracks of all time. With its collection of smooth R&B tracks from Seal, Barry White, Robin S, and ahem R Kelly, it resulted in Space Jam having an unexpected amount of soul. I can’t say the same thing with New Legacy. The music choices are functional but the most effective were the nods to the previous film like 2 Unlimited’s Get Ready and Technotronic’s Pump Up the Jam. Everything else was merely background noise. 

LeBron James’ acting leaves a lot to be desired. It’s clear he’s giving the task of carrying a movie his best attempt but the audience is very aware that we’re watching a performance. A pitch-meeting scene where LeBron even says “Athletes doing acting never goes well” would’ve been funny, if it not for James’ inability to nuance his delivery of the line with some irony. Best stick to hoops LeBron.

What was even more surprising was the lack of personality in Zendaya’s voice work as Lola Bunny. Comparatively to Kath Soucie who previously voiced the spunky basket-dunking-bunny, Zendaya felt rather unremarkable in the role.

Also how does a film with a recycled plot manage to be almost half an hour longer than the original? Where the first film was a brisk 90 minutes, New Legacy certainly overstays its welcome clocking in at nearly 2 hours. 

Space Jam: A New Legacy proves that lightening doesn’t strike twice. There’s enough entertaining sequences and zany moments for kids to enjoy and adults are sure to get a kick out of the Warner Brothers Easter Eggs hiding in the mise-en-scène. Who knows, perhaps the 5 – 12 year olds of today will be speaking with fond nostalgia of New Legacy when they hit 30 but from the perspective of this bitter millennial this unnecessary sequel is merely a glossy and soulless cash-cow. 

★★☆☆☆

Space Jam: A New Legacy is in Cinemas worldwide on July 16th and also available on HBO Max in some regions.

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Wagman Studios | 2021 Summer Movies Mashup

Summer blockbusters are back! Take a look at this short mashup containing over 20 of the summer’s hottest movies

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Netflix | Stranger Things: Season 4 – Teases Eleven’s Back Story

The upcoming fourth season of the American science fiction horror television series Stranger Things, titled Stranger Things 4, was announced by Netflix in September 2019. The fourth season has continued to be produced by the show’s creators the Duffer Brothers, along with Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Iain Paterson.

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The upcoming fourth season of the American science fiction horror television series Stranger Things, titled Stranger Things 4, was announced by Netflix in September 2019. The fourth season has continued to be produced by the show’s creators the Duffer Brothers, along with Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Iain Paterson.

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