If you hadn’t caught on already, we here at United We Game hold The Legend of Zelda series close to our hearts. We also enjoy this time of year when thoughts turn towards celebrating Halloween, especially in games. This year, we decided to combine the two into a new posting theme: Zelda-ween! Over the next three weeks, Hatm0nster, The Duck, and I will be offering up spooky posts on spooky themes in the Zelda series: enemies, dungeons, and unintentional scares. It’s going to be spook-tacular!
But wait, you ask, aren’t the Zelda games all about adventure and excitement, Link and a princess, finding cool items, and exploring magical lands? They aren’t scary! Oh but good readers, they are. Sure, they aren’t Resident Evil-scary with blood and gore and zombies scratching at your heels, but they aren’t cute and cuddly either. In fact, very often in the games, the scariest moments arrive just when you think Link is safe. The games offer up masterful mixes of storytelling that cover every emotion, from lighthearted jolliness to sheer dread. And though the games aren’t swimming in typically scary visuals, many of the enemies that Link meets and some of the places that he explores remain unsettling and eerie. Even the notion of having to fight one’s way through a temple or dungeon alone is enough to make one feel anxious. Add to that an array of deadly traps and bad guys, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a creepy good time.
So join us as we celebrate Zelda-ween with our lists and stories examining the series’ creepiest enemies, the most spooky dungeons, and the scariest moments that we didn’t expect! Our first post in the series will go up on October 16th, and the final one will post on November 3rd. And we invite you to share your own scary (or un-scary) Legend of Zelda stories along the way.