The Zelda Of Legend

Aug 22, 2015

11221632_815331561917771_6698548499746704600_nIf I have one single favorite game, it would have to be the original 1987 Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It amazes me how many gamers I know are surprised by this, and worse yet, have never actually played it.

I still get a chill when I see that box. My head fills with memories of trying to imagine what sort of world lie inside that exotic, golden cartridge. Only a shield with a few cryptic symbols hinted at the secrets within the depths of this cartridge’s rom chips; a heart, a key and a beast. Surely the ingredients for any great adventure.

For me, The Legend of Zelda is most definitely one of the top 5 greatest games of all time. It was a HUGE landmark in both design and gameplay. The sequels that followed never quite captured that feeling again, because by then they were building on the storyline. The first installment stands alone as a far more pure gameplay experience where, rather than try to tell some story about saving the princess (sure, the quest was there, but it was not in the foreground), it focused more on evoking the feeling that Miyamoto got as a child exploring the mysteries of his back yard. It was about the experience, not the storyline. Mood, gameplay, mystery, exploration, hidden treasures, happy surprises and an epic feeling of adventure were the building blocks of the original Zelda. Read more