The Legend of Zelda has been at the centre of my gaming life for as long as I can remember. When I first got my Gameboy, the only game I wanted was The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
I had no idea what it was, I just thought the box looked amazing. Bearing in mind that this was 1993/1994, I wasn’t any older than perhaps 8 and my whole motivation was just to have that cool box….. But Zelda sucked me in, big time.
Even though I had a fondness for Zelda, I didn’t really play other games in the series after that. With my “computer game” time spent on our trusty Amiga 500+ all the way up until getting a PC, and then eventually a Nintendo 64.
The N64 was a significant turning point for me, and again, all I wanted for it was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Boom. That game was not only an experience that will stay with me forever, but it awakened the part of me that wanted to enjoy this kind of entertainment forever more.
The point is, since then, I’ve tried to play as many titles as possible. But in hindsight I haven’t really done the whole series justice. Sure, I finished Majora’s mask and collected all masks, and I played Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass, Twilight Princess and Breath of The Wild. But, apart from Wind Waker I haven’t finished them……..yet I hold the series in high esteem and call myself a fan.
That has to change! Having a Wii U means that I can play through three of the above, and having this site, means I can document it. I even already own all the games. What’s stopping me?
The task at hand
Quite simply, I owe it to the series, and to myself to finish Breath of the Wild (an incredible game that I just never got around to finishing off…).
I have fond memories of Wind Waker on my Gamecube. I’m really quite keen to play through the HD re-master and live through it all again. Especially seeing as though I barely remember it.
Then we come to Twilight Princess……..here’s a game I was desperate for. But I found myself not clicking with it at all. All I remember was that I didn’t particularly like the wolf mechanics, and that the game looked and felt quite dull.
1 console, 3 Zelda games and a year to finish them all. Not exactly hard is it?
Let’s give it a go eh?
It’s pretty simple, I’ll go back to Breath of the Wild first. Picking up where I left off.
All I want to do before I go and finish Ganon, is collect the Hylian Shield, the Master Sword and finish the last blight. Thunderblight Ganon. I’m literally at the boss fight, but got frustrated and switched it off…….
The game is huge and I know there’s so much more than that to do. But for the sake of saying I’ve finished it, I want to do those core bits. Having already done all the towers, I can check that off my list. Anything else is a bonus. I know I’ll be doing the game a disservice if I can’t even meet this minimum benchmark.
Next up will be Twilight Princess. I’ve purposefully sandwiched this between the other two because I feel like this will be the bit I don’t enjoy.
Hopefully that’s wrong and it turns out that I’ve missed out on a gem for years. But I want to make sure I finish my zeldathon with something I know will help me end on a high-note.
Wind Waker will be last, and all that I need for both this and Twilight Princess will be story completion.
This should all be easy enough, and I’m confident I’ll get there. I just want to enjoy them and give them the time that they deserve, alongside everything else I try and squeeze in.
The whole point here is to prioritise Zelda in 2019. Perhaps I’ll even finish off my 3DS play-throughs of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask?!