Welcome to the new Mid-Week mailbag. Ever since we started doing video mailbags, James’ inbox has exploded with questions. In order to answer more of your questions, we are going to be doing two video mailbags a week: The regular Sunday posts from James and the brand new Mid-Week videos.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m Aniday. Some of you might be used to hearing my voice instead of seeing my face. I’m usually in the monthly Podcasts here on ZU, but I thought I’d give the mailbag a try. Expect other ZU staffers in future Mid-Week Mailbags, as well.

In this mailbag, I talk about the best Zelda instrument, which game has the best music over all, what would happen if Nintendo made an MMO, and a little more.

With two mailbags a week, why not send even more questions?

{{bubble}{Question 1: Best Instrument}{}{}{

Ruffblade027 writes:

What in your opinion is the best instrument used in the games?

Aniday responds:

The best instrument in a Zelda game hands down in the Ocarina of Time. It’s been used in two games wonderfully. From manipulating time to your advantage to warping across the game world, the Ocarina is probably one of, if not, the most Powerful Zelda item ever. No other instrument comes close, in my opinion.

As for future Zelda instruments, who knows? Nintendo might not even use an instrument in the next Zelda game for the Wii. They might do something like they did in Twilight Princess where there were other ways of musically unlocking a part of your quest like the Wolf Howling.

I’d like to see a new instrument come into play for Zelda Wii, I just hope Nintendo is imaginative and puts a new spin on it.

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{{bubble}{Question 2: Zelda MMORPG}{}{}{

Acorafication writes:

What would your opinion be one a LoZ RPG? It wouldn’t necessarily have to do with the whole Link-Ganon-Zelda storyline, but would take place in Hyrule, with the races and Lore of the series. You would be able to create your own character, choose their race, their class, whether they were good or evil, ect. What would you think of this? Would you like it? What race would you use? And what kind of character would you play? Good or evil, mage, warrior, archer, or rogue?

Aniday responds:

We all know Nintendo isn’t really in the MMORPG business. They seem to hate to have people communicate directly and play online. So it’s a given that there will probably never be a Zelda MMO made. Ever.

However, if one was made some major changed would have to take place in the world of Zelda and how you play it. The Legend of Zelda is meant to be played by yourself with you as Link and you being the only main hero. With an MMO, every is a hero so obviously no one can be Link. Like any MMO there would be playable classes like Gorons, Zoras, Hylians and all the staple Zelda spices. There would also be a bunch of Zelda related quests and items and so on.

The thing that all MMO’s have and Zelda does not, however, is an ever expanding, huge backstory.

Yes, Zelda has a decent sized lore and people can talk about how all the games tie into it for ages, but look at games like World of Warcraft. WoW has a massive web of story lines and quests and backstory that makes the game incompleateable. Zelda doesn’t have that and it’s likely that Zelda will never have that

Even if Nintendo did make a Zelda MMO it wouldn’t feel like Zelda to me. It would be too far detached from what I love about how I play Zelda where I am the only hero on my lonely quest to defeat evil.

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{{bubble}{Question 3: Americans don’t like Tingle}{}{}{

Deku-Baby writes:

Japan really seems to like tingle, there are 3 games just for him, but why over at America people don’t like Tingle the way the Japanese do? Is there a certain reason for this?

Aniday responds:

Because of differing cultures. If you notice in Japan they have a lot of weird and wacky games that don’t make any sense. Take Katamari, for example. They seem to love to make those kinds of games because I assume it sells there. It doesn’t really make sense to me, but that’s my guess.

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{{bubble}{Question 4: Best Zelda Music}{}{}{

Leon J. Fletcher writes:

What Zelda game do you think has the best music compositions?

Aniday responds:

Majora’s Mask. That game not only has an excellent score, but it used it’s music wonderfully. Take the Three Days for example. On each day the music in Clock Town reflects how much time you have left. Even in the final moments the music becomes somber as if the world has accepted it’s fate and waits that last hour before doom. It’s moments like these that pull you in and make you a part of the game. I have always become panicked in these moments where I am afraid that I may not finish what I had to do in that hour before I could not wait any longer to go back to the First day. Music is a big part of these feelings, and Majora’s Mask mastered that.

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  • Valdek

    hmm, i agree with you that an MMO would not work, however, its something that i think Nintendo should try. like a huge Zelda game with all weapons an instruments, and Majora’s Mask masks, that might be fun. but yeah it would take the epic, heroic fun out of being link, an MMO with a Zelda tag on it

  • Valdek

    hmm, i agree with you that an MMO would not work, however, its something that i think Nintendo should try. like a huge Zelda game with all weapons an instruments, and Majora’s Mask masks, that might be fun. but yeah it would take the epic, heroic fun out of being link, an MMO with a Zelda tag on it

  • Valdek

    i also think tingle should stay in Zelda, he can be a bit funny. like in Majora’s Mask, take a picture of him and show it to the picture dude and he tells you that’s his son who thinks he is a fairy. but in Wind Waker( by the way i hate toon link games ) tingles are a species. but I’m glad we don’t have to deal with that freak in his own games… i might die if those tingle games came here

    nice… threw the cat… animal cruelty!

    • Aniday

      I was mostly kidding about Tingle being stupid. He is an… interesting character in the Zelda series.

  • Meow.

    You have a cool voice.

    • Aniday

      Thanks, Bro.

  • Meow.

    You have a cool voice.

    • Aniday

      Thanks, Bro.

  • ChainofTermina

    yeah, tingle would be an okay comic relief guy if he didn't charge you much. thats the reason the triforce quest takes so long you gotta keep looking for money as well as the charts and the shards. his stupid obsession with robbing Link blind is what makes him so annoying.

  • John

    THEY SHOULD PUT THE BARITONE IN ZELDA GAMES!!!!!

  • Ohmygasha!

    I just had a comment about the Katamari angle Aniday brought up. The question was why don't American audiences readily embrace Tingle and while he started to answer the question (and I agree, I think it is largely in part to culture), he mentioned Katamari Damacy as a "weird, crazy, random" game that sold well in Japan. As far as I know, it sold equally well in America so I think this point is a little weak.

    But I'm just saying. I don't mean to nitpick, I know there's nothing anyone can do about it now. I very much enjoyed this mailbag. Keep up the good work.

    • Margar

      I thought the same thing, actually, but I understand Aniday's point. the Japanese just like crazy random sh*t. So o I, though… so it makes me sad that people here only care about halo and GTA and L4D and all that crap.

      • ChainofTermina

        I totally agree with you! Japan my be weird, but thats what makes it so AWESOME!!! Japan has a lot of better games than games where all you do is KILL KILL DIE DIE DIE!!! EXTREME!! FOOTBALL!! BANG THEM HOES and all the other violence and/or sex focused games like GTA or COD and stuff like that

        • ChainofTermina

          ooooo, you know I think I worded that wrong. I apologize for saying that stuff, but I still hate those games. sorry for using unpleasant imagery. I shouldn't have said it like that.

    • Aniday

      I probably should have elaborated a little more. While some weird Japanese games can do well in America, the over all opinion on Tingle having his own games in America probably wasn’t too well received. I remember when the announcements of Tingles own games coming out in Japan a lot of commenters here on ZU were very “wtf” about it. It’s probably because we Americans respect Zelda too much for it to be turned into something like Tingle’s very own game.

      And I agree with COT’s point. Weird Japanese games can be awesome, but most of what sells here in America is the kill, die, die, die games. MW2, anyone?

      But yeah… culture.

  • Ohmygasha!

    I just had a comment about the Katamari angle Aniday brought up. The question was why don't American audiences readily embrace Tingle and while he started to answer the question (and I agree, I think it is largely in part to culture), he mentioned Katamari Damacy as a "weird, crazy, random" game that sold well in Japan. As far as I know, it sold equally well in America so I think this point is a little weak.

    But I'm just saying. I don't mean to nitpick, I know there's nothing anyone can do about it now. I very much enjoyed this mailbag. Keep up the good work.

    • Aniday

      I probably should have elaborated a little more. While some weird Japanese games can do well in America, the over all opinion on Tingle having his own games in America probably wasn’t too well received. I remember when the announcements of Tingles own games coming out in Japan a lot of commenters here on ZU were very “wtf” about it. It’s probably because we Americans respect Zelda too much for it to be turned into something like Tingle’s very own game.

      And I agree with COT’s point. Weird Japanese games can be awesome, but most of what sells here in America is the kill, die, die, die games. MW2, anyone?

      But yeah… culture.

  • Valdek

    i disagree with everyone that the only games here are first person shooters and stuff like that( AND there is nothing wrong with halo! ) personally i love halo games, and not just for their violence, i like the way it is, the plot in halo is epic too. at the same time i like Zelda and Golden Sun and other games. i know i must sound like a random person that is a noob at life and fails epicly, but seriously, there are a ton of good games in America that are not shooters. take SSBB for example it is epic. so yeah…. i still say tingle is… freaky and scares little children… lol kidding, but seriously you got to admit he is weird.

    • Aniday

      I don’t think anyone’s saying FP’s are the only games in America, they’re just more popular than Tingle games. =p

  • Valdek

    lol OK, but Margar said people in America only care bout L4D, halo and GTA, and i saw some other comments on stuff like that so i went all defensive, sorry

  • MrBaconsock

    I think that if Nintendo is ever going to try an MMO, that it should be with Animal Crossing.

    • Aniday

      I think how Animal Crossing is now is the furthest Nintendo will come in the foreseeable future as far as an MMO. But if theta did, Animal Crossing would still be boring as hell.

  • Valdek

    agreed, animal crossing is really boring and retarded( hint the name “animal crossing” )