Over two years ago, when we set out to create the new Zelda Universe, we knew from the start we wanted game guides to be a big part of it. One evening, before I was ever involved with the redesign project, Jason spent at least an hour telling me about the grand vision he had for the future of guides on Zelda Universe. I was stunned.
It’s no secret that Zelda Universe has not stayed up to date when it comes to walkthroughs and other guides. Over the years, the small guide team worked hard to publish quality guides, but without a consistent team and clear direction the results have been hit-and-miss. Jason’s vision quickly became my dream, and it wasn’t long after our chat that I was immersed in the redesign project. My job: To make the most incredible walkthroughs anywhere online.
Dawn of a new day
Today, we’ve taken the first step in realizing this vision: we’re releasing our brand new Majora’s Mask walkthrough.
More like an interactive magazine article than a walkthrough
We had a couple goals in mind from the start. First, we didn’t want Zelda Universe to host a “typical” walkthrough. You can already find great walkthroughs and guides all over the internet. Instead, we wanted to make something beautiful and unique that could function as more than just a walkthrough. We imagined guides that were literally painted with the help of fan artists from the community, using not a single piece of stock art. The layout would be more like an interactive magazine article than what you might think of as a walkthrough.
These guides would be a tribute to the creators of the amazing Legend of Zelda series, as well as to the fans who keep the community live. Most importantly, they would be a tribute to Legend of Zelda series that I have loved for almost my entire life. So, we got started. Soon after, we recruited Eternalegend, one of the most talented artists in the Zelda community, to create the artwork that makes these guides come alive.
Today, we’re sharing the first chapter of the Majora’s Mask walkthrough with you and the five pieces of artwork within it. There are many more chapters to publish before the game is complete, and even more artwork to add to the already published chapter. And, of course, we’re working on even more incredible new walkthroughs for the entire Zelda series. After all, Majora’s Mask isn’t the only Legend of Zelda game that deserves a walkthrough.
This is only the beginning
This first chapter of Majora’s Mask is a baby step on the way to our vision of having the best walkthroughs in the world. The guides team we’ve build at Zelda Universe is now larger and more dedicated than any guides team our over a decade of existence. Thanks to their dedication, we’re also to release more than just a single walkthrough chapter today.
All of the guides have been updated for Majora’s Mask 3D
Since the announcement of Majora’s Mask 3D, the guides team has been hard at work updating all of the Majora’s Mask sidequest guides. Today, we’ve published three updated sidequest guides: Bottles, Reuniting Kafei and Anju, and Masks. These guides, like the walkthrough itself, are just baby steps toward our ultimate goal. They’ll be constantly updated, but they’re already incredibly useful. I have had the privilege of playing through Majora’s Mask 3D over the past week, and all of the guides we’re publishing today have been updated with the changes present in Majora’s Mask 3D.
Did you know they added a seventh bottle to Majora’s Mask 3D, and that another bottle location was swapped with a Piece of Heart? We’ve got you covered. Did you know that Shiro, the guard who gives you the almost-required Stone Mask was moved to a new location? We have that covered as well.
These guides are for you
A love letter to the best fan community on the web
We hope you look at our new guides and find them useful. But, more than that, we hope you can see how we’ve poured our hearts into these tributes to the Zelda series and its community. These walkthroughs are truly our love letter to you: the best fan community on the web.
Take a look for yourself, and expect a lot more to come in the future. This is only the beginning.