The Zelda series has seen a lot of love in the stage department of Super Smash Brothers. This should’ve recently become apparent to you all with Macargoman’s analysis of all the Zelda stages. Here at Source Gaming we don’t see or want this love for Zelda’s various locales to stop anytime soon, evident by our frequent expectation/desire for a Breath of the Wild stage in Smash for Switch. Of all of the Zelda games that Smash has tackled, the title that seems to get the most love is Ocarina of Time. This shouldn’t be a surprise, it was the latest Zelda at the time of the original Super Smash Bros and is one of the most popular games of all time, as it definitely deserves it. So, in this edition of Dream Arena’s we are going back to that game to tackle not one but six of the game’s most important areas: the dungeons.
Dungeons are a key part of the Zelda series and have been since the very first game. So it seems only fair that as one of the series most important locations they should get a stage in Super Smash Bros. at some point. Well, they already have in Super Smash Bros. Melee and beyond with the stage fittingly titled: Temple. Temple is a stage that takes inspiration from Zelda II and the whole concept of dungeons and so is not based on any one game or dungeon in particular. This could leave it to feel a bit plain, a bit like the dungeons of Zelda II. Since that game dungeons have usually come themed to a certain environment like a forest or volcano and this made them far more memorable. It is these kinds of dungeons that today’s article hopes to tackle.
Now, before I continue, I need to give credit where it is due. The original conception of this arena was not by me but by Source Gaming fan Kenith. He originally told us the idea in the Source Gaming discord channel and I loved it. I wanted to make it into a Dream Arena and with his blessing, I am now doing just that. Now, this article is not a one-to-one version of his original idea. I have taken the core concept and expanded on it while trying to fit it into the Smash Bros series as best as I can, both from a technical and design standpoint. Now, without further-ado let us take a look at the Temples (notice the plural) of Time.
Temples of Time: Music and Statistics
Before we get into the actual layout of the stage here are a couple of tracks you might expect to find in this level (and might like to listen to as you read the article). Unsurprisingly they are all based around Dungeon themes or tracks found in Ocarina of Time!
- Dungeon Medley (This would be the original dungeon music but it would dynamically change to match whichever dungeon is the current arena)
- Ocarina of Time Medley (Remix)
- Temple of Time (Remix)
- Ganondorf Battle (Original)
- Boss Theme (Original)
- Dark World Dungeon (Original)
- Temple of Time (Twilight Princess) (Original)
As per usual we also have some statistics about the level, essential formalities before we get into the nitty-gritty of this stage.
|Game||The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time|
|Series||Legend of Zelda|
|Home to||Sheik, Ganondorf|
|Stage Size||Various (mostly Medium)|
Temple of Time
So we begin our stage journey with the most basic layout possible: The Temple of Time. While the order of dungeons visited after this will be random, the Temple of Time is always first as it acts as a safe space for people to warm-up and gets into the swing of battling. The stage is mostly flat with no platforms and walk-offs on either side. In the background, you have the 3 stones and the entryway to the Master Swords room (where the sword is absent as this is the future Hyrule).
The most important part of this room is in the centre of the battlefield and that is the Triforce pedestal. These are found in front of every dungeon in the game and allow Link to warp to them to quickly jump between dungeons. That functionality will continue on here as this pedestal will be the only constant in every stage layout. While players can stand anywhere between transitions like in Castle Siege, this Pedestal will be a constant safe space, no matter the layout anyone in this area won’t be dropped into the abyss when the stage forms. After about 15 seconds the scene will shift and we will go to one of the randomly chosen 5 other dungeons. It is possible to go back to the Temple of Time later on though and you will know it is coming when you hear the Prelude of Light play and are greeted by a yellow transition background.
Upon hearing the Minuet of Forest and a flash of green you and all the other players will find themselves in the Phantom Ganon boss room in the Forest Temple. This room has a similar layout to that of the Temple of Time except here there are no walk-offs but a drop on both sides. The central platform is big enough for eight players and doubles-up as this stages Omega Form as well. But what makes it unique in its normal form? Well, that would be the appearance of Phantom Ganon himself who emerges from the paintings in the background and fires balls of light down at the player. These can be knocked back with a good hit but Phantom Ganon is not a boss in this stage so there is no benefit to trying to take him out.
When the Bolero of Fire plays, all players are whisked away in a transition of red to the central room of the Fire Temple. This massive room contains a bridge as its centrepiece and has lava all around. For Smash there is a rock platform between two bridges where the pedestal rests and at either edge of the screen are more rocks showing where the bridges end. These rocks are the safe-spaces (although this part is a walk-off so hanging by these rocks could get you killed) for the lava under the bridges is known for spewing hot fire up towards the sky and these two bridges won’t protect you from getting burnt.
So it is at this temple where you will find the biggest difference between my idea for the stage and Kenith’s original vision. While I wouldn’t usually include multiple options in an article such as this I feel that it is only respectful of me to let you all know the original creator’s intention. So for that, let us look at Dark Link’s room in the Water Temple.
This room is certainly the most unique area in the whole dungeon. A strange, abstract, room where you stand on the water and only have a small island in the centre, housing a small tree. You’ll enter this room like every other dungeon. You hear that dungeons tune, Serenade of Water in this case, and are taken away by the dungeons colour of choice, this time it is Blue. This arena is flat with the tree acting as another platform and that is it. Pretty simple. I don’t know if Kenith intended for this to be a walk-off or not and whether he hoped Dark Link would make an appearance somewhere. Perhaps if he is reading this he can let us all know in the comments below!
Now onto my pick for this dungeon, which is the main chamber of the Water Temple, specifically the top two floors. I wanted to try and represent the rising and draining water of this temple as it is so important so in this stage you have the pedestal on a big block in the centre that is disconnected from the two platforms on either side. Then on the edges are water where players can swim, effectively making this a walk-off. However a cue will go off and the water will drain leaving both sides and the centre block, where the Triforce Pedestal was, completely empty. In their place are pits that will KO anyone who falls into them. Of course, the stage cannot transition until the water rises back up again and when it does it will only go up to the top platform meaning fighters will need to move to the top in order to survive.
The next temple on the list is the Shadow Temple, reached when the Nocturne of Shadows is played alongside a transition of purple. This level is set on the ship of the dead that can be found towards the end of the dungeon, as that is certainly its most memorable part. The ship moves from left to right and bobs up and down as players fight on it. The stage is mostly flat with the pedestal in the centre, over the Triforce symbol on the boat. If players are knocked off they fall in the water and can be killed in similar ways to the pirate ship stage. The only major hazards are two Stalfos enemies that drop down from the sky and act similar to the Stalfos from Smash Run. They don’t appear when playing with more than 8-players however.
The final, and biggest part of the stage, is the one associated with the Spirit Temple. The Requiem of Spirits will play and an orange transition covers the screen as you turn up on the statue in the central room. The pedestal appears on the statue’s lap which acts as the main platform. On either side are the hands of the statues that act like floating platforms while underneath is a bottomless pit (instead of the floor like in the actual game). Higher up and on each side of the room are solid platforms that have walk-offs giving this stage both options. On the occasion Koume & Kotake show up just like in Gerudo Valley where they will either freeze or set fire to one-half of the room, forcing players to the other.
With that done we come to a close on this multi-layered stage. With Ocarina of Time being so old it is highly unlikely to get another stage based on it but if for some miraculous reason Sakurai, or whoever is working on it, decides to reach back into the past then I hope that the iconic dungeons Link face get to see some love. Once again I want to give thanks to Source Gaming fan Kenith for the original idea and for allowing me to make an article on it. Who I really need to thank fo this article though is the absolute MVP Fire_Voyager who made all of the 3D models you saw here. A man with amazing talent! Let me know what you thought of my ideas in the comments below. Happy Zelda week everyone!