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Video Game Memoirs: A Link to the Past

Super Nintendo is my favorite console of all time. However, as much as I love it, there were several games that I missed when Super Nintendo was current. One game in particular, I missed for a humorous reason... and that game is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

When the Super Nintendo was current, my aunts liked to play A Link to the Past. Though I've always liked watching people play video games, I never watched them play this game, mostly because they didn't play it when I was around. (If they did, I wasn't paying attention.)

Occasionally when I was at my aunt's house, I would put in Zelda and try it out. For whatever reason, I would open my aunts' save file and just play from there. Nobody told me how to play the game or what I was supposed to do. It just happened to work out this way - when I played Zelda, I played it by myself and had no idea what was going on.

The few times that I played this game, I wandered around the map and basically did two things: 

  1. Chopped Down Bushes
  2. Fought Castle Guards

That's it. That's all I did. I didn't know what else to do. I was clueless.

 

Needless to say, I grew tired of this game very quickly and decided I didn't like Zelda. For years I over-looked Zelda games. When Ocarina of Time came out, I watched my aunts play it a few times, but in the little time I sat and observed, all I saw was Link wandering around... doing NOTHING, just like I remembered from the SNES game. I was further irritated with the series and thought it was a huge waste of time.

Fast Forward to my adult life...

My brother-in-law is a huge Zelda fan (his G.I. username is TIZZY CLONE.) I met him in 2006(?) and really got to know him in 2007-2008. When we discovered that we had something in common, (we both love video games) we started hanging out more. Several times he said, "Considering how much you love video games, I can't believe you've never played Zelda." I finally explained to him that I had played it a few times when I was a kid but never cared for it. This surprised him because in 2007, I played Super Metroid for the first time, and it instantly became my favorite SNES game. I went on and on about how much I loved the exploration in Metroid, and he kept telling me, "If you like Metroid, you would like Zelda."

Last year, I found a website that had a top ten list of video games from over 25 major print and web publications. A Link to the Past was #1 on several lists and Ocarina of Time was #1 on several lists. Those two games were #1 more times than any other video game. This really intrigued me......

So FINALLY, in 2009, after years of resistance, I decided to give Zelda another chance. Super Nintendo is my favorite system, so without much thought, I decided to start with A Link to the Past. I downloaded it on my Wii Virtual Console and loved every minute of it. The game is old, but I didn't care; every time I played it, I felt like a kid again (except I was a different kid who actually knew what was going on.) It instantly became my 2nd favorite SNES game (Super Metroid is still #1) and one of my favorite games of all time.

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