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"The eclipse will eclipse all of us."

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The Legend of Zelda: Ura Gaiden
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD; Grezzo; CCs Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Genre(s) Action-Adventure
Release Date(s)
2013
Mode(s)
single player
Age Rating(s)
ESRB E
Media Included Nintendo 3DS Game Card

The Legend of Zelda: Ura Gaiden (literally, The Legend of Zelda: Another Side Story) is an upcoming Legend of Zelda game for the Nintendo 3DS. It is a direct-sequel to Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

Continuing from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Ura Gaiden follows the Hero of Time's continuing personal quest to find his missing friend. On his adventure though, he unexpectedly gets trapped in a land where the sun is as black as the abyss and the moon is as red as bloodshed. Link now has been tasked to restore the order of time in this twisted, trapped land named Soluna and find the culprit before an eclipse arises.

Story

The continuing search

Ura Gaiden opens up with Link continuing on his personal quest to find his long lost friend, Navi on Epona. Suddenly, Kaepora Gaebora swoops down to Link, giving him a letter from Princess Zelda. Zelda writes that she has of hopes that Link will be on a safe journey and that she has entrusted Kaepora Gaebora to watch over Link on his quest, noting that he has already helped him on two of the Hero of Time's adventures.

Link then heard a sound and saw a light blue fairy. The fairy didn't say anything, then started to fly away. Link started to chase after the fairy on Epona with Kaepora Gaebora chasing after Link. The fairy disappeared, but Link was too fast enough to stop sprinting, thus Link unexpectedly falls off a cliff. While falling, though, he felt a mysterious dark force vibrating all over him. When Kaepora Gaebora saw this, he tried to swoop down and save Link, but he was too late.

Link woke up from being unconscious, and suddenly found himself all alone in a small meadow, surrounded by a frightening forest. Kaepora Gaebora and Epona are nowhere to be seen. From there, Link ventured on into a new adventure.

An ecliptic land

While wandering around the forest, he bumped into a fairy that vaguely reminded him of both Navi and Tatl. Her name was Infei whom she kept track of everything she sees in her journal. Since Link was lost, she decided to help him on his quest as she wanted to be of help in her life finally, despite being clumsy at times. Infei told Link about the curse upon the land that they're in right now which is named Soluna. Soluna is a land cursed by an up-roaring malevolent force that with each eclipse that happens within the land, one person dies every time. With each one person suddenly dead, their soul is trapped in their corpse and they become a slave to the evil force. If everyone dies because of the eclipse, then the evil force will have then ruled Soluna.

Gameplay

Gameplay is similar to that of Ocarina of Time with a bunch of Skyward Sword elements thrown into the mix (such as sprinting, wall jumping, leaping while climbing, etc.). Like Majora's Mask, young Link is able to access more items that only adult Link would use and that he's more acrobatic than he even was in Majora's Mask as when locking on, he would side-flip when moving left or right and would front-flip when moving forward.

Calendar manipulation

Like Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Ura Gaiden's gameplay involves manipulating time in order to finish the game. Link uses the Ocarina of Time to change the date of an ever-repeating month which only happens in the world the game is set in. Certain days Link would have to skip would have to include is the days where there would be an eclipse. If Link lands on an eclipse day, then it's Game Over. Also, there are certain days where the day cannot be skipped (for fair and/or in-game purposes) and that Link can only skip one day at a time. The more days Link less skips, the more powerful he will actually get.

Note: This gameplay element is still being elaborated on so that it will be less confusing.

Masks and transformations

Like Majora's Mask, Link will be able to collect masks scattered across the land. Sixteen different masks will give Link new powers and transformations.

Link - He appears in his younger form found in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. He plays the same as in Majora's Mask where he is able to transform into Deku Link, Goron Link, and Zora Link, while using items as well.

Deku Link - He plays the same as in Majora's Mask.

Goron Link - He plays the same as in Majora's Mask.

Zora Link - He plays the same as in Majora's Mask.

Fierce Deity Link - He plays the same as in Majora's Mask.

Kikwi Link - Kikwi Link is the first new transformation Link receives from a fallen Kikwi. In Kikwi Link, Link is able to disguise himself as many different types of plants. This transformation can be really helpful when stuck on stealth missions. Kikwi Link can also shoot leaf-like amo from his head.

Mogma Link - Mogma Link is the second new transformation Link receives from a fallen Mogma. In Mogma Link, Link is able to dig underground, similar to the Mogma Mitts. Mogma Link is also able to bounce when he traverses the land on ground.

Parella Link - Parella Link is the third new transformation Link receives from a fallen Parella. In Parella Link, Link is able to swim like Zora Link albeit more gently and slower. He can dash through enemies with an underwater spin attack. With his stinging tentacles, Parella Link can actually electrocute enemies and affect them with similar effects like poison which can be helpful. This transformation can only be used underwater.

Game information

Graphics

Ura Gaiden's graphics can be seen similar to that of Ocarina of Time 3D's graphics with borrowed elements of Skyward Sword. The graphic models are generally the same as Ocarina of Time's models, albeit updated to make it seem new. Elements taken from Skyward Sword include the far-away blur effect to make it seem like a painting (ala impressionism) and the nearly one-color background lighting (ala expressionism) seen in some places.

The game's visuals are notably more colorful than those of Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword, and even The Wind Waker. This is most likely because of the direction that the graphics were meant to be colorful eye candy in 3D.

Setting

Main article: Soluna

Ura Gaiden's setting is a cursed land faraway from Termina called Soluna. Soluna, like Termina, is divided into four different realms. The northern realm is named Aria Mountain, having themes of air; the eastern realm is named Flammous Cano, having themes of fire; the southern realm is named Tierral Australis, having themes of earth, and the western realm is named Agua Cape having themes of water. In the center of Soluna is a big and grand city named the City of Ore, a city heavily themed around time and the hours of time; with clock tower sanctuary depicting two gods named Sol and Luna holding up a depiction of a sacred time treasure.

Legends are told that Soluna is ruled by two gods named the God Sol and the Goddess Luna which are largely hinted that they are married. When needed a new home for the then-future family, Sol and Luna created the land that is now Soluna. Sol and Luna have four children, each having one of the classical elemental powers. Aero ruling the element of air, thus creating Aria Mountain; Flamma ruling the element of fire, thus creating Flammous Cano; Terra ruling the element of earth, thus creating Tierral Australis; Aqua ruling the element of water, thus creating Agua Cape. Together, they have been collectively named the Gods of Soluna.

Timeline placement

Ura Gaiden is placed directly after Majora's Mask which is placed directly after Ocarina of Time. As a direct sequel, this game features in-game connections to the two previous-stated games such as the same Link, Kaepora Gaebora reappearing, and certain songs being remembered such as the Song of Time which is a crucial part to the story once again.

Infei's Journal

Infei's Journal is a journal that keeps track of all of the information in Ura Gaiden which is a first in the Zelda series. This journal keeps track of all of the characters Link has met, enemies encountered, as well as places Link has visited to and lots more. It can be said that Infei's Journal is a majorly upgraded version of the Bombers' Notebook.

Selected characters

Name Official Journal Description
Link HoT
Link
Link is a valiant hero who came from a distant land. From what I've heard, he's called the Hero of Time because he actually saved two lands with time traveling and now he's saving this land with time traveling. I guess that makes sense.

He has been saving lands since The Legend of Zelda (1986).

*picture coming soon*
Infei
I'm Infei, the one who records stuff in my journal. I like jotting down things in my journal because I find writing interesting to me. I may also do stupid things here and there which might unintentionally annoy people, but I try to be as of help whenever I can. I admire Link so much <3 really do hope that people can trust me more. Well, that's it for me for now!

I went on an exciting new adventure in Ura Gaiden (2012).

Epona with HoT
Epona
Epona is Link's traveling companion whom he got from a ranch from a distant land. She apparently has her own little tune made specially for her. I just wish I could have my own theme just for me.

She rode like the wind since Ocarina of Time (1998).

KaeporaGaebora
Kaepora Gaebora
Kaepora Gaebora is the owl who came from the same distant land Link came from. He talks a lot which can get very annoying at times. At least he helped us save progress by making Owl Statues.

He dictated every single legend since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Tingle2
Tingle
Tingle is a short 35 year old man. He floats around on a bright red balloon he inflates on his back while charting maps for a living. He's very weird and creepy to me as he thinks that Link is a fairy, calling him "Mr. Fairy". I mean, I'm a fairy, but he can't see me? Wow...

He has charted various maps since Majora's Mask (2000).

MORE COMING SOON MORE COMING SOON

Selected enemies

Name Official Journal Description
Black Boe Black Boes are small orbs of darkness that are usually found in dark areas. They tend to appear in large numbers, but they can be easily killed with only one swipe of your sword.

Link has encountered Black Boes since Majora's Mask (2000).

Blue ChuChu Blue ChuChus are gelatinous blobs that are found underwater. Being attacked by one depletes your oxygen gauge so it's best if you attack it with a spinning charge when you see one in front of you.

Link has encountered Blue ChuChus since Majora's Mask (2000).

Bokoblin Bokoblins are big-sized bulldogs that attack with spears. You should really be careful of where you swing your sword or else you can get hurt and lose balance. If you're lucky enough, you might be able to steal and use their spears.

Link has encountered Bokoblins since The Wind Waker (2003).

Eyegore Eyegores are hulking rock monsters with notably big eyes. You should definitely take notice of how their eye changes as doing things with their eyes may change how they behave.

Link has encountered Eyegores since A Link to the Past (1991).

Fire Keese Fire Keese are fire-ignited Keese that spit out fire onto their enemies.

Link has encountered Fire Keese since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Gibdo Gibdos are terrifying mummies that usually haunt shadow-related places. Getting close to one will make them scream until your ears are broken. The best way to kill them is with fire. Usually, burning Gibdos will reveal a ReDead.

Link has encountered Gibdos since The Legend of Zelda (1986).

Green ChuChu Green ChuChus are gelatinous blobs that are found in grassy places. Every time you slice one, they reproduce into two smaller ones so it's best if you keep on slicing until none of them are left.

Link has encountered Green ChuChus since Majora's Mask (2000).

Guay Guays are birds that are usually found in grassy places. They steal your rupees if they get near you and tend to drop... err..... droppings on their enemies which depletes your stamina meter. Easy swipes with the sword should take care of them.

Link has encountered Guays since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Ice Keese Ice Keese are special snowy Keese that when physically touched, their enemies turn frozen for a few moments.

Link has encountered Ice Keese since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Keese Keese are bats that usually attack in groups. You should be careful as they can spit poison on their enemies. Only a couple of swipes from your sword should take them down.

Link has encountered Keese since The Legend of Zelda (1986).

Octorok Octoroks are squid-like creatures that unintentionally spits rocks. Use your shield to deflect the ammo back at him.

Link has encountered Octoroks since The Legend of Zelda (1986).

Poe Poes are ghost that carry large lanterns and haunt shadowy places. Their weakness spot is actually their lanterns as it carries their souls so it's best if you can shatter them.

Link has encountered Poes since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Rats Rats come from holes, usually to steal rupees and other treasures. If you feed them certain food, they can turn friendly and help you in certain ways.

Link has encountered Rats since A Link to the Past (1991).

Real Bombchus Real Bombchus are rats that have bombs attached to their tails. They are noticeably bigger than normal rats and are a bit... err... crazier than them. You should try to ignite the bomb on their tales to kill them.

Link has encountered Real Bombchus since Majora's Mask (2000).

ReDead ReDeads are terrifying corpses that usually haunt shadow-related places. Getting close to one will make them scream until your ears are broken. The best way to kill them is with fire.

Link has encountered ReDeads since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Red ChuChu Red ChuChus are gelatinous blobs that are found near fire or lava. You shouldn't physically touch them or you might get burned by one.

Link has encountered Red ChuChus since Majora's Mask (2000).

Skulltula Skulltulas are spiders with a skull designed carapace. The weak point is its soft stomach, but has ways to cleverly hide its stomach.

Link has encountered Skulltulas since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Stalchild Stalchildren may seem like they might attack you, but they're friendly yet shy. If you kill one, they'll run away from you. My best advice is to not kill them.

Link has encountered Stalchildren since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Thunder Keese Thunder Keese are electric-filled Keese that when physically touched, their enemies get electrocuted.

Link has encountered Thunder Keese since Skyward Sword (2011).

Walltulas Walltulas are spiders that hang around vines and walls. Just don't touch them! You can take them out with some type of ammo.

Link has encountered Walltulas since Ocarina of Time (1998).

White Boes Black Boes are small orbs of white colored darkness that are usually found in snowy areas. They tend to appear in large numbers, but they can be easily killed with only one swipe of your sword.

Link has encountered White Boes since Majora's Mask (2000).

White Wolfos White Wolfos are snowy wolf creatures that obviously can be found in the snow. They don't like their tails to be touched so, basically, their weak points are their tails.

Link has encountered White Wolfos since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Wolfos Wolfos are wolf creatures that obviously can be found in grassy areas during nighttime. They don't like their tails to be touched so, basically, their weak points are their tails.

Link has encountered Wolfos since Ocarina of Time (1998).

Yellow ChuChu Yellow ChuChus are gelatinous blobs that are found in the deserts. You shouldn't physically touch them or you might get electrocuted by one.

Link has encountered Yellow ChuChus since Majora's Mask (2000).

Trivia

  • This game first came from an earlier version of this game at Random-ness Wiki when CCs and Cream was too shy to go back to Fantendo Wiki. With wisdom, courage, and just a teensy bit of power, he decided to port publish this game here. See the original article here.
  • It is revealed that Kaepora Gaebora from Majora's Mask is one and the same as Ocarina of Time's.
  • The game is notably a big homage to Ura Zelda and Zelda Gaiden. Most notably environmental changes (i.e. digging a hole and the hole will stay there unless covered up) and an internal clock that's more "accurate" than Majora's Mask.
    • The name Ura Gaiden comes from different versions of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. There was an add on for Ocarina of Time called Ura Zelda (literally Another Zelda) and Majora's Mask was initially known as Zelda Gaiden (literally Zelda Side Story).
  • This is the second Zelda game that doesn't have Stalfos as enemies after Majora's Mask.
  • Unten makes a cameo appearance as a small-sized plushy in one of the rooms in the hotel found in the City of Ore. This was most likely to notify gamers that Ura Gaiden is a fanon game and does not exist in the Zelda canon.

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