Most days after school at my childminder’s myself and the other children would all gather around the television in the playroom and watch while one of us sat an played a game of our choice on the Nintendo 64. The first game that really captured my attention was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I didn’t really understand too much of it at the time but it is a game that has always stood out to me.
As I grew older and ended up leaving my childminder’s I almost forgot about the game until one day (many years later) when I stumbled across a Nintendo 64 console in a fifty-pence bargain bin at my local Gamestation (that’s another throwback right there). I jumped at the opportunity to get the console and a handful of games. In total, I spent about £3 maybe £4 in total. I knew instantly that Ocarina of Time was a game I wanted as I never fully played the game all the way through and also never got to the ending.
As I searched for a reasonably priced copy of the game I picked up a few other Nintendo 64 games along the way including Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Stadium and Mario Kart 64 to name a few. Eventually finding my copy of Ocarina of Time I jumped straight in. That was until my bargain find gave up the go. Determined not to be beaten, the search for a replacement console began.
As it wasn’t a priority buy at the time it got pushed to the side for a while. I started to play other games in The Legend of Zelda franchise including Skyward Sword, Majora’s Mask (another game I need to finish) and Phantom Hourglass.
Time ticked on and with the Nintendo 3DS having been released I was thrilled to discover that there was a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the console. Of course, it’s not the same as playing on the Nintendo 64 but it was perfect for the time being.
I had almost completed the game until I discovered my brother had accidentally saved over my save file on the game. I couldn’t be mad at him at all as it was an accident and just one of those things. It was disheartening to a point as it was a game that I had wanted to complete for so long and was very nearly there and then that progress was gone. I didn’t play the game for a while after that but picked the game up again and started to progress back through.
In that time I did, however, give other Legend of Zelda games ago. It was at this point I realized just how much I loved The Legend of Zelda franchise. The characters, the stories, the different art styles, the music, the list really would go on. I also did finally get a replacement Nintendo 64 too from a local car boot sale!
I honestly would spend hours trawling through the internet reading so many different articles about the franchise, watch numerous videos and live streams. Just so much. I even managed to get my hands on a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia as well which is a brilliant read and worth picking up if you are a Legend of Zelda fan.
Ultimately The Legend of Zelda franchise is one that I have always gone back to again and again over the years and I know I will for years to come.
Let me know what your first experience was with The Legend of Zelda games or even which is one of your favourite games from the franchise!