How the Kokiri in Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Evolved into the Koroks in Breath of the Wild

By Sarah Trimble
January 10, 2019

My immediate first impression was how nice and fluid the graphics are for this video – the music choice set kind of a dark tone but changed to a lighter, Kokiri-approved tune later on. YouTuber Dr.Wily reminds me heavily of Seamus Finnegan from Harry Potter which makes the content more interesting and oddly appropriate. It was extremely interesting to see the Kokiri from Ocarina of Time as masterfully integrated plot devices, how their detached relationship to Link was a great way to give motive, instruct about game mechanics, and world build at the same time. The use of the exasperated reaction from Triforce Heroes at certain points during the dialogue is easily my favorite graphic and the brief “toss” of a game title from corner to corner is so funny. The script is well-thought and comprehensive, with lots of facts that are backed up and proven by in-game footage. His bit about the Koroks in BOTW was a tad sad in that the overall opinion was the Koroks don’t contribute to the story, but they do. They and the Deku Tree lead you to the Master Sword – which makes you instantly recognizable to the four major tribe leaders and gives you a serious advantage against Guardians and Blight Ganons. The interactions with the Deku Tree also clear up a lot of questions we had about Link’s past which is also important, but the Koroks themselves are not as important, I’ll give it that. “Hestu” was also pronounced as “Hetsu” which gave me a chuckle. This topic was clearly well-researched and evidenced but fell flat in giving BOTW Korok society its due – though I did like the connection between Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild, how Nintendo took that theme of Koroks all around the map and intensified it. And yes, the final reward was rather poopy. I enjoyed this video and wish it had been longer but there’s always more to explore and discover on our own! Thank you for reading and Happy New Year!

You can check out the video below or click here to watch it on YouTube. Enjoy!


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