“I love playing Zelda! He rules!”
Cue a collective of heavy sighs.
We all know that person who exclaims their love for a classic video game but has no idea what they are even talking about. Even so, video games in general have exploded over the past 30 years and people have their favorites. Hence why the Zelda series is one of the most successful video game series to grace the Nintendo platforms and also has a following that circumnavigates the world. With metal covers of its awesome music to people dressed up exactly like Link (Not Zelda), it’s easy to see why Nintendo has been pumping out these great titles for years now.
I recently purchased Nintendo’s newest version of the very popular 3DS, in the magnificent red of course, and found myself begging the Japanese video game titan to shut up and take my money. The system itself is sleek and innovative, leaving me wanting to play with it all of the time. As well, there are hundreds titles to purchase such as the newest Pokémon games all the way to classics, such as Super Mario Bros 3 (a personal favorite). Needless to say, I couldn’t make up my mind. As I scrolled to the left, I found and glanced at an integral piece of my childhood that could not be ignored, even if it was $42.50 to buy.
The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.
There it was in all of its gold and glory, a game that has not been in my hands since the days of old, when flip phones were the newest technology and Brittany Spears dominated the airwaves. If I had pushed my purchase any faster, it might have broke the sound barrier. While I waited for the DS to do its thing, I began to remember the first time I played Ocarina of Time. The thrills of finding a cool new weapon, the amazing music piece that came with it and best of all, the frustration that came with getting stumped with a puzzle (like the ENTIRE Water Temple). When the download was complete, I fired up the title and watched for Epona to run across my screen. The feeling I felt could only be described as pure joy.
The graphics were amazing when I was a kid, even though now the standard has risen much higher. However, with the 3D, I was blown away. The tone, shading and graphical upgrades were a marvel on their own. It was like a whole new game!
While playing through the first few scenes, I turned the 3D aspect on, just to see what it was like. I was impressed by how cool the graphics were and what the 3D did to enhance the gameplay. The monsters jumped right off the screen and made me divulge into the game even deeper. Before I knew it, young Link was no longer young and I had now had the Master Sword. Finding all of the gadgets and struggling through temples, all leading up to that last part of the game where you are racing down the castle to beat the time and save the princess. My heart always thumped with anticipation because there was no saving, it was you against the time. When you finally beat the game and you run out of that castle, there is no greater feeling. The time and dedication that was put into this game had finally come to an end and you actually get the girl (kind of). I first beat the game when I was 13 years old and wanted to beat it again and again, until the next big thing came about. It wasn’t until I turned 25 that I picked it back up again and boy am I glad I did.
This piece is not a review of this already vastly accomplished game but a reminder to gamers out there to revisit games you once loved and put all of your time into. Zelda was that game for me. As a kid growing up, my N64 was everything to me. I played Zelda night and day. I marveled at the artwork and gawked at the graphics. No game had ever taken me longer than 10 hours to beat, yet here I was, looking for all of the medallions, trying to get the Long-Sword and finding all of the pieces of heart I could. I even found myself looking for all of those damn hidden Great Fairies, which by the way, were creepy as all hell. I love this game for what it has done for me and how much it can do for others. With such a great game back on the market, I hope it inspires future generations to enjoy gaming and maybe one day, a 10 year old boy will come back to this title when he is 25 and remember the happiness that one single, amazing title brought to him, just as I did.