When I looked at the best Mario Games last week, I realised that if I didn’t write something about the other Nintendo superstar, Link, I would not be able to sleep at night. Well, I would obviously, I’m not that bothered really, but, it felt like it should be done anyway. I thought instead of just writing a Top 5 games, I would shift focus and do a Top 5 Moments. Ahhhh I bet you didn’t see that coming did you? Flipped it on you. Moments are what the Zelda games are made of. There are moments in the game that stand out as not only the best bit of the game in question, but stand out as some of the best moments in gaming as a whole. Now it must be remembered that this is a personal blog, filled with my opinions, and surely you will not all agree with my choices, I’m sure you will have some of your own, but I think we could all agree, if you have played it, that these moments are some of the finest in gaming history. So without further ado, here they are…
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS: LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST
This was the first Zelda game I played. I can remember opening the box and looking at the colourful map that came with it. This was a new type of game for me, in many ways it was everything that I had wanted from a game, but didn’t, at that point, know was possible. As I loaded the game into my SNES, I was excited as the title screen came up, as the preamble took place, and the game proper began, I was blown away. Link (I always called him Link, or Conan) was trying to sleep in bed, his Father suddenly has to leave, and an adventure begins. There was so much promise in this beginning, the rain, the lightening, the music, all played their part. No one did games like Nintendo back then, and this is still, to this day, one of my favourite moments in gaming.
THE LOST WOODS: LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST
Another moment from one of the greatest games of all time. For me, this is all about the music, I loved the lost woods theme, and would wander there just to hear the music. The mysterious fog, the secret paths, and of course, the Master Sword. Pulling the Master Sword from it’s pedastal for the first time was a great moment, one that would be repeated later in other games. It is the music though that is most memorable for me here though, Zelda music is always great, and this is one of my favourite tunes.
GROWING UP: OCARINA OF TIME
Ocarina of Time was the first forray of the Zelda franchise into 3D, and it was a spectacular first attempt. Now usually in the top 3 of any Best Video Games of All Time List, Ocarina is a game filled with moments, and the best moments of gaming history. You start the game as a child, three quests later, and you are ready to step into the body of adult Link. But how is this achieved, well, by heaving the Master Sword from it’s stone plinth in the Temple of Time. This is the Sword in the Stone myth, the King Arthur Myth, and it was a genuinely thrilling moment, even though in practice I just pressed a button. Suddenly Ocarina of Time felt like a different game, a more adult game, all with a simple press of a button. What a moment.
RIDING EPONA: OCARINA OF TIME
This has to be one of the greatest moments in gaming history, and one that I had been waiting for,for seemingly ages. Link on horse back, was my Knight fantasy in a game. Riding over Hyrule field on your noble steed, what a rush. I don’t think I need to say too much more about this one, it’s a simple pleasure, but a pleasure none the less.
TITLE SCREEN: WIND WAKER
I was initially a bit sceptical about The Wind Waker. Why did it look so weird? Boy was I wrong. Wind Waker now looks just as amazing as it did back then, and I started to realise this from the moment I popped the disc into my Gamecube. That title screen, the Disney level visuals, and the music. The music was unbelievable, this is some of my favourite game music to this day, so relaxing, so cheerful, so full of the promise of sea based adventure. No one does this stuff as well as Nintendo, sit back, and take a listen, I bet you play it more than once.
There we are. My favourite Zelda type moments. I’m sure there are a million more I haven’t included, and if you feel I have been lax, please feel free to tell me about your favourite moments in the comments below. Until next time HEY LISTEN!!!