Far From Hyrule – Vidjagame Apocalypse 334

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening makes its adorable comeback this week, so with the help of not one, but two towering guests – Chris Baker and Brett Elston – we dig into five of the best Zelda games that unfolded somewhere other than Hyrule. Then it’s on to Borderlands 3, Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, Dread Nautical, and the videogame music you made up your own lyrics for.

Which dead console would you like to see return as a mini or “classic” version?


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11 thoughts on “Far From Hyrule – Vidjagame Apocalypse 334

  1. QOTW: Game Boy Advance Classic if only because there’s yet to be major handheld re-released as a “miniature” system. Maybe don’t make the GBA any smaller than it was at launch, but with a backlight, rechargeable batteries, and stereo speakers, I’d drop a pretty penny on one.

    Choice games would include Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones. Maybe Pokemon Emerald or FRLG, though being unable to trade Pokemon up to newer games would be a huge bummer.

  2. QotW: Hear me out…but Virtual Boy mini. Think about it, the whole damn library could be included. Use 3DS-esque tech to make it more appealing to the eye over those shitty red graphics (or just black & white like the emulator does). Make it a strap on visor like the PS VR.

  3. The Sega Saturn. I used that console as mainly a CD player as those were expensive.
    I only ever had 4 games. Virtual Cop, Virtual Fighter and Daytona USA – all these games came with the console. Then there was the demo disk where I played Clockwork knight. I never had more than these games as the Blockbuster near me didn’t have any games to rent for this console.
    It’s also the only system I haven’t been able to successfully emulate either! Mine still works but again. I only have the three games. I want at least 10!

    1. Oh man, I would be so damn happy. I still have my Saturn and a collection of titles, but to have it all condensed into one place would be awesome.

  4. The Gamecube, mainly because its games are kind of eclectic and weird, and completely locked to that game due to the disk size and a lack of back wards capability for games that are not Smash Bros. Also, they are still making that damn controller for Smash fans, why not go the rest of the way?

    The top five is also completely better than any other dead consoles top five:
    1. F-Zero GX – !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2a. Metroid Prime
    2b. Metroid Prime 2
    3. Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
    4. Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
    5. Luigi’s Mansion – the one console where Luigi 100% is better than Mario
    Notable mention cause they are god damn great:
    Twilight Princess
    Super Mario Strikers

    Forget the N64 nintendo, give us the Gamecube Mini, such an underrated system.

  5. QOTW: I wanna see someone get beat to death by an OG Xbox because that fucker is heavy and will do some damage…. Wait shit wrong part
    Not gonna lie I have to agree with everyone in saying a GameCube mini would be adorably dope, so many good games but if I had to choose 5
    Mario sunshine {shits overdue}
    LoZ windwaker/twilight princess
    The metriods
    Custom robo
    Animal crossing
    And FINALLY A WAY TO GET SIMPSONS HIT AND RUN BACK IN MY HANDS (yes it came out on GameCube to, and yes I’m grasping at straws for this game)

  6. CQ: This should come as a surprise to no one who knows me, but I vote for the Saturn. Great library of overlooked games that are now stupidly expensive. On the other hand, the Saturn is notoriously hard to emulate, so I fear even Sega would be hard-pressed to recreate the success of the Genesis Mini. Also, it wouldn’t really be worth the trouble unless North America and Europe were also getting Japanese games. The best thing about the Saturn is its vast library of obscure, interesting Japanese games. With the Genesis Mini I think Sega did a great job selecting a mix of flagship titles and lesser-known masterpieces, and the Saturn would need a similar approach, especially since many of its flagship titles are shitty as hell (Clockwork Knight, I’m looking at you).

    In any case, it’d probably be worth it just to give people a way to get Panzer Dragoon Saga for less than $400.

  7. QOTW: I would absolutely love to see a Dreamcast mini at some point. While there are certainly some games that wouldn’t be able to be included due to licensing issues (THPS, NFL2K series to name a few), there are certainly enough first party gems that would make a “classic” version of the the Dreamcast a must own.

  8. …I’ll never forgive myself for not getting around to replying to last week’s QotW in time. That whole segment was a delight.
    (ugly cry)

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