You know what kills me? When I hear some hardcore gamer tell me that he or she has never played any Zelda game.
For those of you who lived the unfortunate childhood of not playing Zelda, I suggest you give it a whirl if you have the patience for a very involved video game. I’m not so much a fan of the Gameboy Zeldas, but N64 and on have been very close to perfection, so apparate over to eBay and buy an N64 and Ocarina of Time. You won’t be disappointed. Many blogs consider The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to be the best video game of all time, and let me tell you THEY ARE RIGHT. This game ruled a good majority of my childhood. I remember playing so hard for so many hours my thumbs would develop blisters. Then they would burst. But I’d be damned if that stopped me from playing; I’d tape on two or three bandaids and keep at it. Sleep? I knew no such thing. That game was like 4 or 5 Monopoly games back to back – it took forever to get through, but unlike Monopoly, you loved every minute (okay maybe the fucking keys scattered everywhere were a bit much and everyone knows electroshock therapy is easier to deal with than the godforsaken Water Temple, but we gloss over the finer details to appreciate the game as a whole). One thing that keeps me coming back to play the games is the music; Nintendo did a fantastic job setting the mood with every temple, town, dungeon, or field, which is why I spent about 5 hours this past weekend downloading all the music from everywhere in the game. Favorite tune you ask? I love the song from Inside the Deku Tree:
Another one of my favorites is the Clock Town theme, but that shows up in Majora’s Mask, the other N64 game for Zelda. The huge debate is which one is better: Ocarina of Time or Majora’s Mask. You can already tell which one I’m partial to, but Majora’s Mask shouldn’t be overlooked. Ocarina of Time was my first, and you ALWAYS remember your first, right? The Wii games have been hit and miss with me. Twilight Princess was a bust because of the Water Temple – I couldn’t figure it out for the life of me and gave up. I think I have a mental block when it comes to Water Temples, but I don’t seem to be the only one. The snapshot below is from Urban Dictionary:
Skyward Sword has been incredibly cool, especially with the addition of Wii Motion Plus, which allows you to actually swing Link’s sword in a particular direction. For any player, this could either mean good or bad news. Most bosses in this game require fancy sword swinging, so if your motor skills aren’t up to par, you’ll need some extra practice. I’ve yet to finish this game, because the very last boss is so damn hard, but when I do…
Again, I suggest you give the game a whirl. I told RJ to play it, but he never got past the first dungeon, because the game was too complicated. I must stress… the Zelda games are not for the faint of heart.