The month of November marks what YouTube content creator and Nintendo fan PeanutButterGamer calls “Zelda Month”. Zelda Month is a month dedicated to The Legend of Zelda franchise, during which PeanutButterGamer uploads various Zelda content to his channel. PeanutButterGamer is a very entertaining gamer on YouTube, whose content is enjoyed by thousands of fans, including, of course, Zelda fans.
Recently, we had the opportunity to talk to PeanutButterGamer about Zelda Month, as well as talk about the Legend of Zelda franchise in general. He was very pleasant to speak with and, in my opinion, the interview was very satisifying. We covered a decent range of topics for the series and I found it very interesting to see his take on the world of Hyrule. PeanutButterGamer very clearly loves The Legend of Zelda, and this is quite apparent in the interview itself.
Through the course of the interview, our guest discussed the time, effort, and process behind Zelda Month, what brought him into the series as well as his favorite Zelda game, and even his thoughts on the recently announced Majora’s Mask 3D remake. Read on and discover why you too should be excited for the month dedicated to The Legend of Zelda content from a fellow Zelda fan, PeanutButterGamer.
As you are presently creating video content for Zelda Month, could you explain what Zelda Month is and what inspired you to create it?
I used to do a lot of Zelda videos. So when I thought of doing a whole month dedicated to Zelda, it seemed like a good idea. The original inspiration was based off my excitement for Skyward Sword! Skyward Sword is also the reason why I do it in November, since that was the month of its launch.
Interesting. Do you have any future plans to incorporate Skyward Sword for Zelda Month?
Yes. I’ll just leave it at that.
Fair enough, I’m intrigued though! So, what do you enjoy most about your Zelda Month series?
I just enjoy talking about Zelda! I’m always thinking up ideas for Zelda videos, so once September/October rolls around, I get really excited to start working on them. I also enjoy seeing viewer reactions. A lot of people found my channel through my Zelda stuff, so it’s fun to see them get excited about it. It’s kinda like a little holiday, except stretched out through a whole month [laughs].
And with that stretch of Zelda goodness, how do you plan for each video during the month?
I usually start planning the whole thing out in September, and then start working on it in October! By the time November rolls around, I’m usually pretty well prepared for the rest of the month! Though I’ve still been late with the last video the past few years.
How does Zelda Month compare to your typical video schedule and plans? Is anything different?
Despite my somewhat slow video uploading schedule, I am always working on something new! I just prefer to take my time and put everything I have into each video, rather than sticking to a certain schedule. I tried a schedule (both advertised, and self-imposed) multiple times in the past, but the video quality always suffers. But with Zelda Month, I have to be even more disciplined than usual. I sort of set goals for each video as they come starting in October, but for the most part, my schedule just consists of making sure I don’t stay up too late, getting up early, and working until the evening! And every now and then, I’ll pull an all-nighter if I have to. A lot of coffee helps.
“It’s kinda like a little holiday, except stretched out through a whole month.”
The quality of your Zelda Month videos is top notch; something that cannot be said for the world of Hyrule when you use cheats. There are a lot of comical incidents that occur during your Zelda hacking videos. Is there anything related to hacking Zelda games that has made you surprised or has made you laugh like the Happy Mask Salesman?
I’m usually surprised at most all of what I find [laughs]. I think the thing that made me laugh the most was the whole seizure Link thing in Wind Waker. That was the first time I had seen anything like that, and it just cracked me up.
I’m personally waiting for the day you discover a glitch by accident that speedrunners use. Recently, a remake for Majora’s Mask was announced for the Nintendo 3DS. Has this in any way affected your content plans for the month?
No, it hasn’t! I already have everything for this year’s Zelda Month set in stone pretty much. I’ve already started working on most of them. I’ve already talked about Majora’s Mask pretty extensively anyway. Any Majora’s Mask 3DS video right now, would basically just be a reaction to the trailer and speculation as to what may or may not change, but I’m sure I’ll do something with it once it’s released.
Although your plans for this Zelda Month are already complete, are there any ideas you’d like to share that you’d like to do during Zelda Month in the future?
I don’t like to give away my plans too much, but I’m doing something a little different for the last Zelda Month video this year! If it goes well, I’d love to do something similar again in a future Zelda Month, but with a different Zelda game. That’s all I can say for now.
I suppose this is a spoiler-free zone, but now I’m personally even more interested than ever. Are there any other franchises you’d like to dedicate a month of video content to?
I have thought about it, but I’m not so sure at this point. I think one dedicated month is probably enough. If I did, it would probably have to be something Nintendo-related. The most logical thing would be a “Mario Month”, but again, I’m not so sure if I’d do it!
Mario Month. I would love to see it in March to keep the alliteration. I can’t wait to see the future of Zelda Month as well as the rest of your content, so keep up the great work. As for Zelda in general, what was the first game you played in the Zelda franchise and what was your initial reaction towards it?
The first Zelda game I played was Ocarina of Time. I remember being amazed with how big the game felt, especially when you first walk out into Hyrule Field. I had never played any of the NES or SNES installments of the game at that time, but I had played a lot of other games on the consoles. Ocarina of Time (as well as Mario 64) just felt so vast and full of adventure and possibilities.
No doubt you’ve enjoyed the remakes of Ocarina of Time, including Ocarina of Time 3D?
Yep! I’ve actually been playing Ocarina of Time 3D recently for something on PBGGameplay this month. It’s always fun to play re-imagined or even re-skinned versions of your favorite games from childhood.
Would you say Ocarina of Time is your favorite game in the franchise?
No, I wouldn’t! Majora’s Mask has always been my favorite since I played it. A lot of Zelda games come close for me, but nothing has quite matched it.
So no doubt you’re excited for the remake of Majora’s Mask on the Nintendo 3DS?
I can see you’re not trying to mask your hype. Anyway, what was your reaction to hearing about the remake?
My fiancée told me as I was coming in the house after filming outside for a couple hours. I think my first reaction was “really?!” Or something along those lines [laughs]. To be honest, I wasn’t surprised at all to hear that they’re doing it, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited.
Of course! What do you enjoy about Majora’s Mask?
I love how both subtly and obviously (giant creepy moon, anyone?) dark it is! There are a lot of genuinely sad moments in the game, but it makes you want to keep playing! Personally, it drives me to want to fix everyone’s problems! But even after beating the game, just like in real life, not everything ends happily. Deku Butler’s son, for example.
Is there anything you’d like to see changed in Majora’s Mask 3D compared to the original release?
Hmm, to be honest, I haven’t really thought about that too much yet. I’m kinda just waiting to see! I haven’t really gone into speculation mode yet. Been too pre-occupied working on Zelda videos, which I guess is somewhat ironic?
How would you best explain the Zelda franchise to a gamer who had never played a game in the series?
I know I overuse this word, but Zelda games are just great “adventure”. And while they share similar ideas and mechanics, each game has a different feel. I think there’s a Zelda game out there for almost anyone, if they gave it a chance!
Is there any particular game in the series you would recommend to somebody just starting out?
I think Wind Waker is a great game for people who are new to the series! It’s not too difficult, and it’s just so pleasant. If Wind Waker doesn’t seem to be your style, then I’d go with Ocarina of Time. If you want something a bit more classic, try A Link to the Past!
What do you enjoy about the Zelda series and what would you say makes the series unique?
It really captures the classic feeling of “good vs. evil”. You start off each game as this unassuming hero, who over time becomes strong, powerful and confident. But even then, there’s always this feeling of being outmatched. In the end, it’s not power, but courage that really triumphs in the game, both figuratively and literally. It’s a generic word, but it just has an almost magical feeling that so many other games have a hard time capturing.
“In the end, it’s not power, but courage that really triumphs in the game, both figuratively and literally.”
That was a very wise interpretation of the series. Earlier you had said you were excited for Skyward Sword; the game typically came with a CD for the 25th Anniversary Symphony. Were you able to attend the 25th Anniversary Symphony or Symphony of the Goddesses?
No I wasn’t, although I wanted to. I have listened to that CD multiple times though [laughs].
How do you feel music plays a role in the franchise?
It’s brilliant. I think Skyward Sword is one of the best examples in Zelda, or any video game series, of the music accurately portraying the exact emotion the player should be feeling at any given time. It ranges from powerful, to emotional, to mysterious, and beyond.
What are your thoughts on Hyrule Warriors, a recently released Zelda and Dynasty Warriors crossover for the Wii U?
Can you wait until this Saturday for that one? Wink wink.
I see. Do you have a favorite character in Hyrule Warriors or the Zelda universe in general?
Medli is probably my favorite Zelda character! I also really like Marin from Link’s Awakening. As for Hyrule Warriors, Lana is probably one of the more fun characters to play as. Fanservice-wise, I love Fi and Midna.
Speaking of characters, Nintendo has their first Amiibo set available. What are your thoughts on Amiibo, as well as the Zelda-themed Amiibo figurines?
To be honest, I haven’t really looked that much into them. It seems neat, but I’m out of the loop in that regard.
Another major point of recent Zelda discussion is the upcoming Wii U title. With Zelda U having been recently discussed during E3, what do you hope they reveal next time they exhibit the game?
I’m hoping that they really go all out with the open-world idea. I mean, I’m not expecting an Elder Scrolls-type game, but I’m excited to see Nintendo’s interpretation of what it means for Zelda to have an “open world”.
“So yeah, Zelda. It’s good.”
I’m sure Zelda U will be a fantastic game. On that note, is there anything you’d like to add on your thoughts about the fantastic series that is Zelda?
I’m not really sure I could sum up my love for Zelda in just a few words! I’m honestly grateful that I discovered the games. There have been a lot of other video games that affected me, but none more than the Legend of Zelda. I’m not even sure how much I’d be into video games if it wasn’t for the series. And if I had never gotten really into video games, I don’t even know where I’d be in my life right now. It’s almost scary to think about! So yeah, Zelda. It’s good.
Thank you PeanutButterGamer for taking the time to sit down and speak with us!
Are you interested in a month dedicated to The Legend of Zelda franchise? This interview has only just scratched the surface behind Zelda Month, so be sure to check out PeanutButterGamer and his content on YouTube for more. With Zelda Month already underway, you too can participate in the fun by picking up your own Zelda game! How will you be celebrating Zelda Month?