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Legendary game creator Eiji Aonuma has been producing and directing Zelda ever since the N64 classic Ocarina of Time. Despite this pedigree, would you believe that he never much cared for the game that kicked off the whole series? It's true.
I spoke to Aonuma extensively for the Skyward Sword cover story in our upcoming October issue. Luckily, I was able to devote some of that time to looking back on older Zelda titles, but I got an answer I wasn't expecting when I asked Aonuma for his thoughts on the original Legend of Zelda on NES.
"I’ve never actually finished it," Aonuma told me. He elaborated:
"I almost feel like there’s still no game more difficult than it. Every time I try to play it I end up getting 'Game Over' a few too many times and giving up partway through. Certainly after playing the original Zelda for the first time, I didn’t ever think that I wanted to make a game like that."
If the thought of a world without Aonuma-directed Zelda games sounds frightening to you, you owe your thanks to A Link to the Past, the Zelda iteration released for Super Nintendo. "That sense of exploration of the world itself was really where I latched on to the series," Aonuma explained. A Link to the Past was a strong influence on Marvelous, the first game that Aonuma directed. That title got him noticed by Miyamoto, which led to Aonuma joining the Zelda team.
Keep your eyes peeled to our Zelda hub page for more Skyward Sword and Zelda 25th anniversary features throughout the month.
Surprising, but I'm sure there's lots people, including myself, who have owned the original their entire lives and have never finished it. Like he said, it's very difficult game, even when you know exactly what you're doing, which most people don't. I've tried recently to go back to it, and got very far, but ultimately I still have no clue where to go or what to do at certain points and I refuse to look up a guide. I want to finish it entirely on my own some day.
ha thats funny but I dont blame him the first one is really hard
pitiful, most of us have beat Zelda many times over. Most gamers I know take no more than one evening to do it.
While I don't think it needs to be a requirement for a man in his position it is just sad that he hasn't put in the few hours of effort it would take to complete.
There have been many complaints about the lack of difficulty in the last few Zelda games, maybe Aonuma isn't very good at difficult games so they have made them easier for him?
Seriously? I just downloaded it and almost finished it in a day. But then I got bored.
I've bought this game from the Virtual Console, and I must admit that I couldn't find my way through it either. And for that matter, I still need to get around to beating Twilight Princess. I do like the Zelda games, I can just never finish them. It's my mark of shame as a gamer.
Yay i don't have to feel bad xD
I never beat it either, but that was because I couldn't figure out Ganon's dungeon. I didn't quit half way through, and the original kind of screams for you to see it through, so I don't know about this. I guess I could see someone not liking the flavor, I guess...
Glad to know I'm not the only one!
You can't blame the guy I just played it for the first time off 3DS and don't know where the heck to go and I just keep saving up money.
I've never completed it either. To me the game just has a huge difficulty curve that peaks around the sixth dungeon, I believe, where you have to hurdle past multiple wizard men that can cast damaging spells on you and kill you, even if you've managed to get your hands on any potions.
I have never finished it either. I think its cool that he is brave enough to say that he does not like the game and doesn't ever want to make a game like it.
I always suspected that I was a better gamer than Aonuma.
Does it count as beating it if you havent beaten the Second Quest?
yeah, not many people have, but at least he played it,and that's fine, because he said he didn't want to make games like that. He wants to make a game that is fun and interesting but does notgive people a middle fi- I mean game over before they can even say "I get it now".
now I gotta go figure out hou this spinning barrel works in sonic 3
I think I have a copy of it in my Animal Crossing house...
How old is the original now?
Try to order timeline theory, good lucky with that. =\