I Confess: The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda

I made a pact with myself recently. I was going to go back and play through all the main The Legend of Zelda games that I haven’t beaten. Since one of my friends was nice enough to buy me The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for my birthday last month, that pact started off well. Even though some might consider Wind Waker to be a glaring omission in the mythological finished game list, there is one greater oversight. I have never beat the original The Legend of Zelda. This is my confession.

Take Any Road You Want

My first introduction to the Zelda series was Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. At that point in my life the only inkling I had that this was the second game of a series was the name. I had no experience with The Legend of Zelda and didn’t even know what it was or how much different it was from the sequel. Because Zelda II was the first Zelda game I played on the NES it will always remain my favorite, though I completely understand the dislike people have for that game after experiencing the first.

I have had a few run-ins with The Legend of Zelda and even bought it when it came out on the Wii’s Virtual Console. I honestly could never get into it though. When I was a child I had to resort to playing it over at a friend’s house. For some reason they wouldn’t let me borrow it. I always played the game in short bursts and never spent enough time with Link to really make any kind of connection. More recently I failed to make the connection to the game mainly because I didn’t know what order I should be doing things in the game. I know that the order shouldn’t be a huge issue but my anxiety over doing it the correct way overruled me wanting to actually finish the game.

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone

It seems to happen with a bunch of games I play. I start playing, then another game I’m interested in comes across my plate and I get distracted. I’ve never been medically diagnosed with ADD but I certainly have it when it comes to games. Retro games seem to always be there to go back to when the mood strikes. Unfortunately because of the length (or perceived length) The Legend of Zelda was never one of those retro games I ever thought to kill some time with. My usual go to’s are Punch-Out!! and Super Mario Bros. Quick games that are as easy to jump into as they are to jump out of.

The Legend of Zelda Fairy

The sweet relief of a fairy.

I think the best option to overcome my anxiety would be to find a good guide and follow it to the letter as I go through the game. It’s not the most ideal way to play but it is the only way I’ll stop second guessing myself whether or not it’s too early to head to Death Mountain. I’ve never had that issue with the later Zelda games. I’ve beaten Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Link’s Awakening, and Twilight Princess with little to no problem. I need to get over this hump with the progenitor of the series.

Master Using It

I don’t want this to sound like an excuse as to why I’m not playing it, but I can’t wait for it to be released on the 3DS’s E-Shop. There is just something about playing old NES games on that handheld that led me to purchase it in the first place. So what if I have to buy the game again. I’ve already done that with Punch-Out!! and Super Mario Bros. It’s not an issue for me. The ability to play this game wherever I go might make it a more viable option for me. I am well on my way to defeating one of my other confessions, Metroid. I’m just waiting until Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda on the e-shop and maybe then I’ll finally remove this embarrassing blemish on my record.

Let’s Play Money Making Game

That felt good to get off my chest. It’s not a secret that I’ve kept very well. Now that all of you know, I expect derision emanating from your souls. It will only help me overcome this error. Because of this I am Error. Oh wait, that’s Zelda II. A confession for another time…

I Confess – We can’t get to every game, and even the one’s we get to, we can’t necessarily see them all the way through. Forgive us for we have forsaken these “classics.”


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7 Comments I Confess: The Legend of Zelda

  1. Justin Shimp

    Great post Cole. I havent played any of the NES Zelda’s personally. My first one was link’s awakening.

    I have a feeling im going to be inspired to go back and play a lot of these classics soon.

  2. moses5885

    This is would be a good conversion to iphone/ipad on the app store like many other oldies.

  3. Kamille

    It may be due to nostalgia but I can still go back to play the original Zelda game and still have fun with it.

  4. LoPan12

    I’ll confess something…I’ve never played through ANY of the Zelda games. There. I said it!
    I’ve played parts of, seen played most of, helped beat many of, them. But I’ve never managed to play all the way through, on my own, any of them…
    #Gifftor has permission to deride and belittle me.

  5. moses5885

    You didnt even get a chance to memorize the ocarina of time songs!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

  6. Paul

    I consider myself a Zelda fan. Maybe not a fanatic; i don’t do cosplay or write fan fiction.

    But I do own every official Zelda game (none of those crappy Phillips games) and every version of each those games (the NES, the GBA, the GameCube, the Virtual Console, etc.).

    I’d like to say I have beaten all of them (and I have beaten most, multiple times. It’s just those darn Oracle games) and I have to say that some are just not as accessible as others. A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time are often hailed as the best Zelda games. I think it’s because they are easy to get into and they keep your interest.

    The original was revolutionary, but it wasn’t compelling. On the other side of the scale, Skyward Sword has an intriguing plot, likable characters and all that, but it takes four hours to get into the first dungeon. Bleh.

    I can forgive Nintendo for their earlier outings, when they were just figuring things out, but they should have learned the ideal balance by now.

    Does that make sense?

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