The theme from "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" performed on 24 partially-empty wine bottles

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Existential crisis? What do you mean? Could someone having an existential crisis tune 24 wine bottles to play music from the Legend of Zelda? Oh, they could? Well crap. #zelda #percussion #ocarinaoftime #quarantine #ProveTheMoonExists

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When he's not going stir crazy and obsessively figuring out the pitches to video game themes on wine bottles, Nathan Leigh is also a theatrical designer, and just put out a fantastic new chamber-folk-punk album with his band, Nathan Leigh and the Crisis Actors, called Myths, Conspiracy Theories, and Other Stuff I Made Up To Sound Interesting.

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Get Zelda: Breath of the Wild for a good deal

Even after I vanquished Calamity Gannon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild over a year ago, I'm still playing it. I have tons of side quests to complete, a few more shrines to clear, and a bushel of Korok seeds to find. It is my favorite video game, and if you haven't played it yet, I'm envious of the experience in store for you. Right now, the digital version for the Switch is only [amazon_link asins='B06WLLHXC9' template='PriceLink' store='boingboing' marketplace='US' link_id='1b222ee6-92a4-41cc-b175-36757282346f'], which is the lowest price I've seen for it. Read the rest

Legend of Zelda theme played on marimba

You're going to want to unmute your sound for this one. Read the rest

Review: Zelda Art & Artifacts is an enormous art book for Hyrule explorers

The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts is a mammoth book containing art and errata from practically every Zelda title ever released. Having spent a mere afternoon with it, I feel I've experienced an adolescence-worth of missed gameplay.

I've never gotten around to immersing myself in the Zelda games, but was always struck by the their' precision and economy, a world crafted more than built. There's a mysticism, even a darkness to Zelda that seems out of place in Nintendo's cutesy-poo lineup.

A heroic cycle, with a eternally-recurring hero and nemesis, every generation of the mythos is a strange echo of another, and the star is a stoic mute boy defined by his tools and under fate's control. Hyrule and its hero are less standard RPG fantasy than a uniquely Japanese new wave murmur, an Elric in Arcadia who brings sunshine rather than storm and never has a single brooding thought and gets to live silently ever after.

Published by Dark Horse Books, it's 424 pages long and weighs 6 pounds. It's 12.3 x 9.3 inches long and wide and two inches thick. Notes and other documentation are translated by Aria Tanner, Hisashi Kotobuki, Heidl Plechl and Michael Gombos.

Organized roughly by release date (the canonical continuity seems rather murky), there's early animation-style cels, box art, instruction booklets, and even some work from the latest title, Breath of the Wild, released a couple of weeks ago.

It goes from exquisitely painted concept art right down to detailed sprite sheets from classic 8-bit outings, and the print quality is outstanding. Read the rest

Five hours to kill? Watch a watercolorist paint Legend of Zelda's Link

DeviantArt member Laovaan creates all kinds of beautifully shaded watercolors. In this video he fields viewer questions as he spends five hours creating a watercolor of Link from The Legend of Zelda. Read the rest

Apply for a Legend of Zelda college scholarship

Are you a college student who embodies the virtues of the Triforce and needs five hundred bucks for school?