The Downpour Podcast Episode 34

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

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We’re happy to announce that every single episode of The Downpour Podcast is readily available on the iTunes music store! If iTunes isn’t your cup of tea, you can still check out this page for a newly updated archive of past episodes! 

Welcome to another Monday and another episode of The Downpour Podcast!

This is the episode a handful of you have been waiting for! As per many a fan request, this week begets a Zelda Roundtable! Join Jonathan, Jared and Randy as they discuss every single game in conventional Zelda canon (some games get more time than others, but they’re all talked about to some extent!). Plenty of warm, fuzzy tales, plenty of nostalgia, and plenty of comedy awaits! Jonathan opens the show by proclaiming spoilers for every Zelda game ever, but we’ll divide each game discussed in the show notes for you guys to pick and choose if you need to. Look below! We hope you enjoy this special episode, the one that marks the beginning of a few changes in the conventional Downpour Podcast formula many know and love.

Starting with Episode 34, we will post an episode online/to the iTunes music store on Monday every two weeks versus every week. In exchange for the extra week between shows, the episodes will run a little longer, the news will be a little more timeless, and all three of the hosts will be able to talk about a ton more games and anime with their extra time! Stay tuned for Episode 35 on October 7th, 2013.

Besides… there may be something coming down the pipeline after a while to keep you entertained in the weeks between each Downpour Podcast episode! And hey…do you have any requests you’d like to make of us, or any feedback to offer? As always, you can email or contact us via Twitter to sound off!


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Show Notes

Up until 11:17 Introduction to Zelda (favorite game[s], opening questions)
0:11:17 – 0:16:33 The Legend of Zelda
0:16:34 – 0:19:51 The Adventures of Link
0:19:52 – 0:26:19 A Link to the Past
0:26:20 – 0:28:44 Link’s Awakening
0:28:45 – 0:38:59 Ocarina of Time
0:39:07 – 0:48:18 Majora’s Mask
0:48:19 – 0:51:06 Oracle of Ages/Seasons
0:51:07 – 1:03:20 The Wind Waker
1:03:21 – 1:06:07 Four Swords (including the Anniversary Edition)
1:06:08 – 1:07:20 Minish Cap
1:07:21 – 1:13:08 Twilight Princess
1:13:09 – 1:15:10 Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks
1:15:11 – 1:35:44 Skyward Sword
1:35:45 – 1:49:37 Zelda Wii U, A Link Between Worlds, the future of the franchise, closing questions
1:49:38 and beyond – Conclusion, announcements, etc.

Check out the other Downpour Podcast Roundtables:
Xenoblade Chronicles Spoilercast, Kingdom Hearts Roundtable, The Retro Roundtable
MOSAIC: The Legend of…
Zelda games featured in oprainfall Origins: Link’s Awakening, Majora’s Mask
A Link to the Past Concept Art
Building Character: Anju & Kafei
The Zelda Symphony: A Godlike Experience

INTRO MUSIC: The Legend of Zelda – A Link To The Past – Opening
FIRST BREAK: Majora’s Mask Astral Observatory Music
SECOND BREAK: Farore’s Silent Realm – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
OUTRO: Great Fairy’s Fountain Theme – Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony

Have any of your own Zelda memories to share? We’d love to hear them! Be sure to let us know below, or via the many ways to get a hold of us listed above.

  • smacd

    I was disappointed that none of you guys chose Link to the Past as your favorite. It is the best game in the series, bar none. All others are a distant second in terms of quality. But you guys did a good job talking good things about it later in the podcast.

    Perhaps its a youth thing. It didn’t sound like any of you have been with the series from the beginning, watching it evolve over time. Rather you are all looking back on games that are mostly before ‘your time’. It is an interesting perspective for someone like myself who has been playing since the beginning though. Even if you are wrong about your favorites.

    Personally, despite playing almost every game in the series, I just can’t stand the 3D Zelda’s. Unlike some other Nintendo franchises like Metroid and Mario where I liked the transition to 3D, here I just don’t like the interface or puzzles or most anything about any of the 3D Zeldas.

    And wait, during the Majora discussion, its said that Zelda games are “Link with a sword, killing things” but that “Zelda 2 is not a ‘Zelda game'”, wait, I seem to recall Link having a sword, killing stuff, in Zelda 2. Let’s keep in mind, that when Zelda 2 came out, there were only 2 Zelda games and they were stylistically different. Sure it’s a ‘black sheep’ now, but at the time there was no style definitions for what is and isn’t a Zelda.

    And with regard to the question “Is Zelda an RPG?” OF COURSE IT IS. Everyone who says otherwise is just a fool and a hater. Just because the stats aren’t represented numerically doesn’t mean its not an RPG. Most (3D) Zelda’s are functionally pretty similar to Skyrim, and we accept that as an RPG.

    And lastly, I’m disappointed that you guys did not discuss the CD-i
    Zelda games other than a passing comment or two, or the cartoon from the
    80s. “Well, excuuuuuuuse me, Princess!”. One would think that none of
    you guys played or watched these… ahem… gems. I don’t want to hear about the Tingle spinoff though, so thanks for not mentioning it.

    • We’re all close to the same age (25, I think Jared’s still 24). We three missed out on a Link to the Past (until the Gameboy Advance) for various reasons, though. Personally, I wasn’t able to play it until then because I picked the Sega Channel (50 SEGA games per month) over owning a SNES back in the 90’s. I had limited exposure to the system (at best) during its prime. 🙁

      Still, that just meant the Virtual Console was filled with TONS of games I’d never played before. Suffice to say, the early years of owning a Wii were extremely good to me.

      I’ve definitely done my best to grow with the series, but I would consider Link’s Awakening my starting point more than the previous three games (which may explain why it’s my favorite). Maybe we’ll throw up a discussion on the CD-i games/the 80’s cartoon as a potential Downpour 34 B-Side, haha. I think at least Randy and I have…um….experienced them.

      Glad you enjoyed the show nonetheless!

    • smacd

      Absolutely, it was a good one. Thanks for putting it out there. I look forward to more of the series roundtables.