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31 Days 2020 Edition Day 27: Elegy


Songs much like masks were a very fun, but seldom used mechanic with only a select few that really mattered or had use beyond a couple of encounters or very specific situations. It’s a shame because some of them are really cool.

Elegy of Emptiness: Majoras Mask (Hylian Ensemble)

I choose this piece because it’s a really good song, but of course it is a very short piece in the original so I chose the Hylian Ensemble cover.

Music as a whole hasn’t been absent from Zelda games but nothing ever really managed to recapture the magic of the 64 games in this regard. With Breath of the Wild 2 on the Horizon it would likely be much too late to see any sort of music mechanic make it in game, but I believe it would be a very good fit. Imagine calling the song of storms to smite enemies with lightening or generate powerful winds. How about clearing the clouds in an area with the Suns’ song or even summoning empty vessels to fight alongside you with today’s pick, Elegy of Emptiness. You could even find other uses for melodies in the over world but these are quick and easy choices off the top of my head. They could make for some very interesting scenarios be it quests or simple organic play. It would be pretty fun to litter a field with metal spears and have the Song of Storms unleash a barrage of bolts on those makeshift lightning rods, especially if they were planted into an enemy camp.

That said I doubt any of this will make it in. Nintendo has a decent track record of not reusing some of it’s more unique mechanics beyond a callback or two if the game isn’t a direct sequel or really close in release time. Rings, Masks, and Songs are but a few examples of the many ideas that haven’t made a return to another Zelda game beyond one or 2 installments that were close together. The Rox cape made a spiritual return with the glider but that took 16 years (Note: Some might recall the Deku leaf from Wind Waker but that is only a glider. The Rox Cape gives you the ability to jump and glide at will like breath of the wild while the Deku leaf does not hence it doesn’t count). It is my hope that as they pursue this new direction for the franchise that they consider some of these long forgotten mechanics and take the leap in implementing a few.


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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.

A Few things about me

- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

My Top 20 Games (By the ever Illustrious Dango


This is a commission I had done for me by Inquisitive Ravenclaw. You should check out his site if you like the following piece

Link: https://theunknown1-arts.tumblr.com

I also got a musical piece made for me by the incredible Alphadeus. A little history behind this:

My musical piece came as part of the Songs for Gamers album DLC pack 02. Alphadeus has been making songs for the members of the destructoid community for years already. This past year he opened submissions and I applied. For my meagre efforts I received this lovely piece:

You can find him on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFs2UhJYPVITYWCiqMk-z3w

He also has other venues listed on his profile here, take a look if you are so inclined:

The community is full of people with all kinds of talent and I'm very pleased to be a part of it along with all of you (yes, you too fair reader).