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Are you ready to feel old? Here it comes: The Legend of Zelda was released in Japan 25 years ago today. If you first became acquainted with the series through Ocarina of Time, that number probably didn't make you flinch. If, on the other hand, you remember reading about the game in the Nintendo Fun Club newsletter before it hit stores in the U.S., well, you're old. Congrats!
While the game didn't come over to North America until the end of August in 1987, it seems silly to ignore today's milestone. With that in mind, let's share a few stories about the series. Since I'm already here, I'll start things off.
When I was a kid, I was a rabid Nintendo fan. I practically memorized the contents of each Nintendo newsletter, and this Legend of Zelda thing sounded particularly interesting. It came in a freaking gold cartridge, for crying out loud! It's hard to understand this now, but games didn't have firm release dates back then. Retailers may have known when a particular game was going to be arriving in stores, but even if they did, it didn't occur to them to pass that information along to customers. People hadn't been trained to anticipate new releases the way we do now, either. The most reliable way you'd know if a game was out was by seeing it on a shelf. Lame.
Anyway, I knew that I had to get the Legend of Zelda as soon as I read about it in the newsletter. For the next few months, I started calling the only place that sold games in my small town and asked if it was in stock. I did this every day for months. Some days, I would call in the morning and in the evening, in case they got a shipment after I called the first time. Yes, I was a little obsessed. OK, I was a huge freaking nerd. After a while, they started recognizing my voice, and it was clear that they were tired of this dumb kid pestering them. I didn't care.
Eventually, my family went on a road trip, and we went to a huge (at the time) mall. There it was, at Kay Bee Toys. I remember it costing $53 after taxes, which was outrageously expensive at the time. I didn't care though. The next few days were torture, since my NES was home. I did pore over the map and instruction manual though. I remember being a little put off by the swastika-shaped dungeon. When I finally got home, it was everything I had hoped for and more.
Over the years, the Legend of Zelda games have gotten a little formulaic, but I still have a soft spot for that series. Link's Awakening is one of my all-time favorite games, and I'll go to my grave saying that Majora's Mask is far superior to Ocarina of Time.
That's my long-winded way of saying, "Happy birthday, Zelda!" Your turn.
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Ah, that lovely golden cartridge... hours of wandering around trying to figure out what to do next, what walls to bomb... good times.
Then of course OoT... I was young, I rented it... the first time going through Hyrule Field at night. Then of course it would become my favorite game of all time.
The excellent handhelds... OoA and OoS and of course Link's Awakening. Later getting caught up on the SNES era.
The whole Windwaker debacle, Cell-da. Laughing at the idiots who made a big deal over the graphics when they in fact were amazing. And that creepy slave-driver Tingle. Oh good lord.
Maybe it's time to start at the beginning, play through it all again.
i think i was about 4 the first time i played this game. so many fond memories. I still plan on getting a triforce tattoo one of these days. Happy Birthday!
I had the privilege of Ocarina of time being my first ever Zelda game. at 7 years old, i would sit in my room, listening to the offspring solving the complex puzzles of the water temple and the shadow temple. after which i bought every Zelda game ever released afterwards including the bad ones. Zelda was no longer just a game to me; it became a passion to save the princess, fight giant bosses that shot out fire, ice, and sometimes both whilst riding over the huge span of land that is Hyrule.
No matter where i work, if i have a name tag, there WILL be a triforce on it!
Happy Birthday Zelda. Thanks for making me love games so much.
i remember when i first got the gamecube, it came with the Zelda Collectors edition and my mom said i wasn't allowed to play majora's mask because it looked scary... but whenever she would go somewhere and my grandma would come over i would say can i play on the tv??? she's like are you allowed and i was like yaaa.... so i played majora's mask.... :P
Oh Zelda, I remember spending hours in that god forsaken water dungeon. And hours collecting masks in Majoras Mask(the best Zelda game). And then being super excited when I got to sail the seas in Wind Waker. Good times, god I love Zelda. Happy birthday to one of the absolute best video game series of all time!
My most memorable moment was the opening of A Link to the Past.
Happy birthday Zelda....Zelda is the only reason why I own a Wii...
the first zelda game i ever played was ocarina of time on the gamecube
i still haven't beat it and will go back and try to advance a few times a month
I remember playing a link to the past ( when i was like .. 8 maybe? ) and my cousin beating me up b/c it was too nerdy. He was 15. Ended with him holding me upside down and slamming my head into the ground until he broke my nose.
I still love me some Zelda. I guess I love my cousin too, now that he's no longer an ass.
I had a demo of Wind Waker, and for three straight years I played it every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - whenever I could. Then I finally got the game, played it, and was wowed.
Happy Birthday, Ganon! Oops. I meant Link.
I got one. When I had ocarina of time, I used to be in charge of tending my families wood stove, which was a pretty big responsibility for a kid. Anyway, one day I burned my hand up real good by picking up the wrong end of a red hot poker. Worst burn I've ever had, at the time I couldn't stand having it out of ice water for more than a few seconds. Still wasn't enough to make me stop playing Ocarina.
Happy Birthday, Link, Zelda and Ganon(dorf)!
Come celebrate with us at the Official Zelda Triforce Tribe!!!
What's my memory? That'd have to be running into that one tree in Kakariko Village that gave you 20 rupees in Link to the Past for SNES... over and over and over and over again until I maxed. Good times.
(As far as I know, they fixed that in the GBA version. I was annoyed.)
Oh, and speaking of which, has anyone here ever happened across the Chris Houlihan room at all (the one with the line of rupees underneath Hyrule Castle)? Anyone on the GI staff?
I remember playing the original when I was finally old enough to manage a controller. I haven't missed a console release since. =D
Zelda is the best series. Played it from the start. Played them all (minus the portables). And honestly the only reason I even have a crappy Wii. Hey Nintendo... Celebrate this achievement by announcing a release date for the new Zelda huh? Throw us a bone. huh?
Darksiders is the best Zelda game I ever played.
Followed by Ocarina of Time and Zelda II.
My parents bought a NES from one of their friends when i was about 3 or 4, and I remember my mom staying up some nights so she could play a few more rounds of Tetris. We had the Mario/DuckHunt game of course, and I would spend most of my free time playing that.
I must have been 5 when I actually got into the original Zelda and that gold cartridge. I got my sword and wandered around Hyrule for hours! I had no map, no guide, no Internet, and no friends with the game(I've always been the coolest of my friends). I went through every section of the map, burning EVERY tree and moving EVERY stone in order to find secret treasures.
Despite all my effort, I was not able to beat this game on the NES, and unfortunately I didnt play another LOZ game until I played Ocarina of Time. That renewed my love for Hyrule and I will still fire up the old N64 to play it. I have played nearly all of the games in the series, and it is one of my favorite series of all time. Last year I got a permanent reminder of my love for the series
So happy birthday Legend of Zelda! Thanks for all the great games and memories. I'm excited for Skyward Sword!
The first time I played a Legend of Zelda game was when I got a game cube for Christmas. It came with the Legend of Zelda collectors edition and I just started trying out games. From then on I was hooked on the series.