Zelda Challenge – Day 6

Day 6: Favorite and least favorite item(s)? Which would you want to be real?

My favorite item is the Bracelet, or the Goron Gloves, or the item that lets you lift practically everything.  What isn’t cool about Link just lifting a huge boulder over his head and throwing it like it was a stick?

I also want that item to be real.  Superhuman strength?  Yes, please!

I really don’t like the Roc Feather, or Roc Boots.  They are both important and useful in the games they’re featured in, but… it’s an item that you have to equip that allows you to jump.  Can Link seriously not jump on his own in some games?  Also, the fact that you have to actually equip them, and how often you use them, makes them a bit annoying to use.

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Zelda Challenge – Day 5

Day 5: Which game do you personally think is the most challenging and most easiest, why?

This is… awkwardly worded.  I assume the question meant ‘which is the easiest, and which is the hardest, and why?’, so I’m going to go with that.

I’d say the NES Zeldas (the original and Zelda II) are the hardest, but I haven’t played them, so I don’t want to really comment on their difficulty.  Our of the ones I have played, I’d go with A Link to the Past.  It’s not hard in a bad way, don’t get me wrong, but the dungeon design was just devious.  I had a lot of trouble getting through the dungeons… but whenever I did it was a real acommplishment.

The easiest, hands down, it Thw Wind Waker.  I really never had any trouble gettign through the game, and the few times I did get caught up it was because I forgot something, not because of any difficulty.

Zelda Challenge – Day 4

Day 4: Which Goddess are you most like Din (Power), Farore (Courage), Nayru (Wisdom), why?

This is a hard one.  Really, I don’t care much about any of them, sicne inthe games I plaed they don’t do much, except for in Oracle of Seasons/Ages.  So… I guess I’ll take my answer from my experience with those games.  Shame, though, since Ferore gets automatically ousted because of it.

Out of the two, I liked Din more.  She took a more active role in Oracle of Seasons than Nayru did in Oracle of Ages, and I also liked her design better.  I honestly have no reason to not like the other Goddesses more, though.

Zelda Challenge – Day 3

Day 3: Which game do you think has the best plot-line, why?

This is a bit more of a difficult question for me to answer… mainly because most of the ones with supposedly the ‘best’ plotlines I haven’t played yet.  I’ve heard Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword have great plots, but I haven’t even touched them.  I think Wind Waker’s plot is decent, as well as Link’s Awakening, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re the best.

Being a little hard pressed, I’ll say that the Zelda that has the best plot that I know about is Majora’s Mask.  To be honest, I haven’t played Majora’s Mask either (the time limit and a huge moon looming over me scares me), but I do know enough about the story to say that it’s pretty great.  The land of Termina, seen through the eyes of Link during its (possibly) final three days is nothing short of amazing.  Because of the moon threatening to destroy everything in three days, you get to see how the land’s denizens react… how they cope, and how they come to terms with the end.  It’s amazing how Nintendo portrays these characters, and treads into a much darker and more emotional tale than the other Zeldas do.

I mean, what other Zelda (or Nintendo game, for that matter) boils a monkey to death?  Gruesome.

Anyway… the fact that you can make everyone’s life okay again, and still make it in time to save Termina itself, is the icing on the cake.  It might be almost impossible to do in one cycle, but to be able to make the people of Termina happy and full of life again is more than enough motivation.

Zelda Challenge – Day 2

Day 2: What game would you consider to be your favorite, why? When did you first play this game?

I have a lot of trouble deciding which Zelda is my favorite.  I recently played the 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time, and with it being my first time with the game, I absolutely adored it.  I also love A Link To The Past, because, simply enough, of how good it was.  Then again, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Link’s Awakening… there’s something about it (nostalgia?  crazy plot?  marin?) that makes me remember it so fondly.

But since I have to pick one, just one, I have to go with The Wind Waker.

I love everything that has to do with Wind Waker.  The graphics are very stylized and still look fantastic, even on the GameCube.  Sailing around was a joy, and discovering new islands and caves gave the game a sense of exploration I hadn’t quite felt before.  I thought the dungeons and the bosses alike were a blast to play through.  The plot took some very interesting turns, even showing us the fall of Hyrule (well, in one of the timelines).  Heck, I didn’t even mind that map and treasure hunting bit.  Too much.

I was late to the Wind Waker party… I think I first played in sometime in 2008.  I didn’t really get hooked, though… I tend to need to be in the right mood to play adventure games.  I picked it up again sometime in 2009, and got completely addicted to it.  I’ve always enjoyed Zelda games, but I’ve never been so fully engrossed by one before The Wind Waker.

Zelda Challenge – Day 1

Day 1: When was your first time playing The Legend of Zelda, what game was it, and how was your experience?

Memories of my first real Zelda experience is kind of hazy.  The first time I really saw the game was at my aunt’s house when I was four or five, and I would watch her play the original, and a little bit of Zelda II.  I may have tried it once or twice myself, but I really didn’t do much with it at that young age.  I wanted to play Sonic instead.

Fast forward about six years.  Maybe more, I’m not sure.  Pokemon Red got me back into gaming, and my mom celebrated by buying herself… er, I mean me The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and that’s the first time I’ve seriously played the series.  I loved it.  It had Mario aspects (bow-wows anyone?) and fun gameplay, and while I was terrible at puzzle solving back int he day, we had the walkthrough so I never really had to worry about getting stuck.  I never beat it when I was younger, but I was more than content to play it over and over again.

It’s funny how Link’s Awakening is still one of  my favorite Zeldas (depending on the day, the weather, and the games I recall… I’m so indecisive).