GWK: Zelda Retrospective Part 1

The Legend of Zelda is an amazing series, and just about everyone who’s played it loves it. Whether it’s the gripping story, the wide open world, or adventuring in dark dank dungeons, there’s something for everyone. While a review is unnecessary as I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t been said, I will be talking about each of the games that I have played. One thing to consider is that I am not a hardcore gamer, but I will try my best to beat the story.

So, here are the games that I will be covering. It won’t be the whole series, but it’ll be a great majority.

The Legend of Zelda (NES)

The Adventure of Link (NES)

A Link to the Past (SNES)

Ocarina of Time (N64)

Majora’s Mask (N64)

The Wind Waker (GC)

Twilight Princess (Wii)

Phantom Hourglass (DS)

Spirit Tracks (DS)

Skyward Sword (Wii)

A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

Breath of the Wild (Wii U)

While the original Legend of Zelda was not the first game in the series I played, as it was released long before I was even born, I can imagine the innovation that it provided for gamers of the time.

Just like any other Zelda game, you play as Link, a guy in a green tunic and a sword who kills bad guys. Story’s simple enough. The Triforce has been split into eight pieces. Collect them all and stop Ganon to beat the game.

Level design is very simplistic, and the series has gone a long way in terms of how the overworld works. But, the game has not aged well. The vast majority of screens look the same, every dungeon looks the same other than colors, and while there are recolors of the enemies, most of them act the same.

This game started a lot of the traditions we know and love. Go to a dungeon, grab an item, kill a boss, then move onto the next one. Part of the mystery of the first game is there is no guide to where to go next. A true adventure if you ask me. Part of how Link carries some of this stuff, like a raft, ladder, bow, bombs, and more baffles me (and most fans) to this day. He’s stronger than everyone on my school’s water polo team for sure.

Overall, not a bad game, but newer sequels only get better.

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