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Similarly, Skyward Sword took one step forward while stepping two games back; rather than flooding Hyrule in water, the islands of the most recent Zelda game float above a sea of clouds. Below those clouds lurk elements familiar to many an afficionado, what with the staple, nature-elemental dungeons and enemies we've all seen plenty of times before. Despite being a rather radical take on the Zelda norm, the Hyrule of Skyward Sword manages to retain enough of its predecessors' familiarity to feel just as homey as any other take on the land.

While it may seem I've spent the bulk of my time so far focusing mostly on the visual consistency of Hyrule's reinterpretations over the years, many of Link's haunts have also built an aural legacy. So many locations in Hyrule have established their own theme music, with core elements that have returned over and over as their assigned homelands have returned. Also recurring are the tasks Link has needed to perform in many of those locations, both in the form of overworld quests and in regards to the dungeons to explore there. These elements have lent even more persistence to Hyrule as a whole, and subsequently the the Zelda series en masse.

There are few game settings out there that have endured for a quarter of a century as Hyrule has, which is a testament to how much work has gone into preserving the essentials of the land Link and Zelda call home. Knowing they can come home to such a familiar kingdom is likely one of the Zelda games have had such staying power with long-time fans and draw for neophytes, keeping the franchise thriving regardless of the occasional missteps made with the games. That fans swore and fought for years over the likelihood of an established series timeline, even in the face of repeated denials on Nintendo's part up until their recent acquiescence, also lends creedence to the enduring permanence of Hyrulian landmarks and of the kingdom as a whole.

Knowing now that the timeline and interconnections we all thought existed were truly there all along makes it clear that great care has been taken over the years to maintain Hyrule as a locale, and in some respects, a character in and of itself, and it leads one to hope Nintendo will continue to keep up the good groundskeeping as long as Zelda games continue to be made. Hyrule's been a home away from home for me for quite some time, and I don't know what I'd do if it suddenly wasn't there to come back to.
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About nekobunone of us since 5:17 PM on 06.29.2007

Hi, I'm Chris, though I've been going by nekobun and variants thereof for so long, I kind of answer to both anymore.

While I've kind of got my own thing going in the realm of indie coverage, at least in the form of playing through (and streaming) (and writing about) the huge backlog I'm developing of games gleaned from various indie bundles, I try to keep my more mainstream, game-related features here, as well as opinion pieces on the industry at large, out of mad love for the 'toid. When I'm not rambling here or trying to be clever in comments threads, you can catch me rambling on Facebook and my Twitter, and trying to be clever in the Dtoid.tv chat.

Now Playing:
360: Halo 4
PC: F.E.A.R.
SNES: Secret Of Mana

Promoted:
I suck at games: PEW PEW LASERS
Improving game communities: Collective consciousness
Nothing is sacred: These walls have torn my world apart
The wrong thing: Only cream and bastards catch them all.
Love/Hate: I love to hate -you-
Love/Hate: B(u)y the book
The Future: Is still what it used to be
My Expertise: Playing the race kart
Something about sex: Sex sells, but who's buying?
E3 Approaches: It's oh so quiet
Freedom: Together, we'll break the chains of HUDs
East vs West: We've got the empire
Handhelds: Graduating as 2000's Catchemaledictorian
Relaxation: Cheesy double Chief burrito
Online Passes: A spoonful of sugar
Peripherals: Many tentacles pimpin' on the keys
This is what MAGfest is all about
Beginnings: Put it on the pizza
Disappointment: Bad(vent) timing

Recap Topsauce:
It's Thinking: Could you quit playing with that radio, love?
Do the wrong thing: And do it right, for once.
Afraid to shoot strangers.
Not if you were the last junkie on Pandora
Is Jim Sterling servicing the video games industry?
Something About Sex: Unsafe at any speed.
Doing DLC right
Congress passes sweeping Elfcare reform bill
Bottom five healthcare systems in videogames.
Pushing my love over the quarter line.
When my life would depend on an eight point none.
Remember the heroes.
Every Journey begins with a single step.
It's all over now, bomber blue.
Being Social: We'll always have Rainbow Road
Labor Day: Of course you realize, this means wark.
Please, aim it higher.
There Would've Been Brawl: Show me 'round your eggplantcage.
Integration: A place for everything
Zelda Week: I guess this is growing up.
MAGfest: the (don't be an) idiot's guide
Promotions: The bees are alright
Now is the winter of on-disc content
This was supposed to be a dozen items about nekobun.
Without Slenderness, there's something missing.
Cheap tricks (and treats) don't come cheaper than free.
The legacy of the (unlikely) wizard.
Cheap Tricks II: Sugar rush boogaloo
Thank you, for bringing me here, for showing me Home.
Burnt flowers fallen: the tragic bitchotry of Lilly Caul
Red and blue, resolving into purple.
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