Hello and welcome all to our new series of regular features, Zelda You: Our Stories. This is a series all about one thing, The Legend of Zelda and our love for it and with it being the 30th anniversary, we encourage everyone to send in their Zelda stories and experiences so we can share here! We kicked off the series, with a special Team Miketendo64 Edition, and because we didn’t want to cram all of our stories down your throat in a single instance, we chose to break it up into parts. So with that in mind, this is Part 3!
Kicking off this edition, our first story comes from Dan:
Dan: “I received my first Zelda game as a gift for my seventh birthday. It was Phantom Hourglass for the DS, and it was completely foreign to me. The only games that I had played before were RPG’s or platformers, so this adventure puzzle game confused me profoundly. I was able to do the first stretch of the game by myself, but everything else required a guide. The stealth sections made me incredibly anxious, as I was always afraid of getting caught. Truth be told, I hated the game. This was of course due to the fact that I as a gamer hadn’t truly understood what the game was, and my skills weren’t as developed. I replayed it recently and loved it of course.
My next foray into Zelda was Ocarina of Time 3D, and Link Between Worlds, simultaneously. I bought them both in March of 2014. I was a bit hesitant due to my experience with Phantom Hourglass, but I decided to give the series another go. I’m glad every day that I did. Both games are absolute masterpieces in their own right. I enjoyed playing them so much and got hooked instantly in the series.
As of today, I have a huge amount of Zelda merchandise, and own every mainline Zelda game there is, aside from Four Swords Adventures and Spirit Tracks. The Legend of Zelda truly is one of Nintendo’s strongest properties even if the general public may not know that our green-hatted hero isn’t named Zelda like they thought. Zelda will always have a special place in my heart, despite our rocky beginning.”
We hope you enjoyed Dan’s telling of his induction into the world of Zelda and just like in the previous editions, we have one more tale to take us out, mine:
Jack (jhlongman): “Writing this turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would, not because it’s hard to talk about a gaming series I love, but because I didn’t want to do the same thing as everyone else and I didn’t want to do the whole “my story began with Ocarina of Time,” song and dance. OoT is an incredibly great game, and I love to play it at every opportunity, but so many of us have that story, so I want to pick something else. So we’re going to fast forward a decade since my story began.
As a gamer, my previous exploits in the world of Zelda mostly consisted of Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, but thanks to the likes of roms and emulators, I was making up for lost time and I played through every game up until Four Swords as every rom I did download of it, didn’t work for me. I did however play Minish Cap as well and although Minish Cap and a Link to the Past were truly great games, my top three consisted of Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess and Majora’s Mask and because I truly loved these games, I took to writing about them.
On a site called Newgrounds, I had taken to writing for animations and in no time at all I started my own Zelda series, which didn’t run for long I’ll admit. However on this site I saw an animated Zelda comic that I liked so much that I had to get in touch with the animator and after a few messages, we were making an episode together, an episode that would become a series.
Although we never actually finished the final episode of the first series together, we did have scripts for an entire second season and a bunch of special episodes. Sure our Zelda Files did come to an abrupt end in 2010, our friendship didn’t as I am still very much so in regular contact with my good friend Ron and that’s what I truly love about Zelda.
It’s not just love for a series of pure fantasy, tales so great you just want to play them over and other, but it’s a series that has brought people together, like most video games. A series that has formed lasting relationships and it’s all thanks to that day when my brother was away from his Nintendo 64 and I was able to take my first few steps into the Zelda Universe!”
This ends our stories, but the series is still far from other as we Want to hear and Share your Stories because this is as much about you as it is about all of us. So if you have a story, or an experience you want to share, be sure to send it in and if you don’t know how, you can find the details how to do so in the next two paragraphs:
All those willing to put their story/experience forth will be credited for it and are allowed to submit photos of the own choosing to also be used. To submit photos, be sure to visit our Facebook Page Miketendo64, where you can either post your pictures to the page, or just message them in to us. You can also tweet your photos directly to us, just send them to @miketendo64. Or go straight for the jugular and email us your photos and story by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for your stories, you can either comment them directly in response this post, or as a comment on wherever you see the link to this feature, on Facebook. The choice is yours, so be sure to get them sent in whenever you can. As of now there is no closing date, so be sure to send in as much or little as you want!
So until the next edition of Zelda You: Our Stories, till next time folks. You’re never too old to get your GAME on!
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This post was written by Jack Longman