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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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yea good old zelda games i love them all and still i try to beat links awakening for the NES... curse you stupid cave thats always dark...
and majora's mask is alot easier then ocarina of time...
I had come home from playing at my friend's house. As usual I was covered in mud and dirt. My parents were very excited and my father told me that he had good news and bad news.
"The bad news" he started, "Is I got promoted and we have to move."
Before I could cry or react to that devastating blow, he followed up with, "Do you want to hear the good news?"
I stared blankly at him and he displayed a yellow box. Inside was that unmistakeable gold cartridge. My best Zelda memory was of my father sitting next to me, late into the night, playing the hell out of Zelda.
About a month ago, my father called me, "Hey you hear they got a new Zelda game coming out?"
actually im doing a playthrough of ocorina of time starting today. i didn't no it was its aniversary though.
I loved playing Majora's Mask with my dad back in the N64 era. I was never able to get past certain parts in the game, so he spent hours helping me through the dungeons. It was a really wonderful time to bond with him.
The first LoZ game I played was Link's Awakening on the Gameboy. It came with the handheld when I bought it for my eighth birthday. It is my favorite game in the series. Unfortunately I lost it after a few years. I was ecstatic when they released the DX version for Gameboy Color. I immediately bought it and begin playing again. I also remember being so terrible when I first had it that I couldn't make it past the first dungeon. Pathetic I know, but I've loved it ever since then.
Ocarina of time was my second real video game (after super mario64) and to this day I am still a nintendo gamer because of liking the legend of zelda (and other main series) games so much.
I still play my original legend of zelda OoT on my original N64 once a year for the fun of it. I love the game so much that even the infamous water temple is a task that takes under an hour to complete and ganon is a no faries or potions fight.
i started with OoT
Go Link heres to another 25 Happy B-Day. I been there since the first.
One of my fondest memories is escaping with Epona from Lon Lon Ranch; that for me was one of the most satisfying gaming moments of all time for me. I was about 9 or 10 years old when I first played it, and the fact that I had figured it out all by myself (let alone beating the game by myself) made it that much sweeter.
Happy birthday Zelda, you will always be the best action/adventure series of all time :)
There are way too many memories for me to sort through and pick one, but one thing this brings to mind is when I read GI's 200th issue and discovered that the Legend Of Zelda on the NES had been chosen as the best video game of all time. I thought on it for a long time and the more I thought about the game, especially in the context of the time-frame, the more amazing and influential the game seems. It will surely live on.
I was 3 when LoZ came to the States. I was 8 when I was old enough to finish the first quest. Still never finished that 2nd quest though! While a lot of people seem to be praising OoT as the #1 Zelda game I will always argue in favor of A Link to the Past.
Water Temple, you *** you.
the original game came out a little more then a few years before I was born but my dad had a copy of it and a nes so I'm pretty sure I played it me and my brother had an snes so my memories of the nes games are vague but I do remember playing the legend of zelda link to the past and I got to say it was the best game we owned true it was single player but the story made more since then kirby and we got to name our character which we would occasional name zzzz because of the old man in the village... screw new age graphics link to the past is the best zelda game ever happy birth day legend of zelda and many more (without the chi-bi please)
I remember playing twilight princess for like an hour. Then I got stuck. Then 3 months later I came back with a guide. Played another two hours. Got stuck again and stopped playing for a month or two. I beat the dungeon, and then I messed up on a puzzle and sold my wii because it was garbage.