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2016 - A Year of Themes - July - Legend of Zelda

redwing42redwing42 Just MonikaFull Members
While there is sometimes discussion about how RPG-ish they really are, we will finally be looking at the Legend of Zelda games this month. Dating back to the original NES classic, there have been eighteen official games released on 11 consoles over 30 years, with Breath of the Wind on a new console next year. This is not including the CD-i or Game and Watch games, which are barely games and certainly not canon. The games themselves have had varying degrees of traditional RPG components to them, often changing from title to title, but all have a sense of adventure and exploration to them. While the protagonist of each game is named Link, this is not the same character from game to game, but different people (in most cases) each named Link. There has been an official timeline released to clarify the connections between the games, but the short version is that Ocarina of Time is the pivotal game in the series, from which three separate timelines branch.

Being a SEGA kid growing up, I missed out on most of the Zelda titles over the years. The original was the first game I actually bought for the NES (having received other games as gifts), and I enjoyed the sequel as well before taking an extended break from Nintendo consoles until the Wii. I have gone back to get a handful of these games, through the power of remasters and the Virtual Console, but I have a large pool to choose from if I want to clear one of two off of my backlog. I will certainly make a quick runthrough of the original, which I can 100% in a few hours from memory (the Second Quest is still brutal, though). I will try to go after one of the others that I haven't gotten too as well. I did try Link's Awakening a while back and found it pretty unbearable, though, so I'm hoping for better from whichever game I do decide on.

Whichever timeline you choose to go down, make sure you grab your Master Sword and Triforce to accompany you. Enjoy!

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  • gaijinmonogatarigaijinmonogatari RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    smacd, it should be apparent pretty soon, but...
    Spoiler:
    The Wind Element was moved to a different location a long while back.
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  • redwing42redwing42 Just Monika Full Members
    So, I was trying to figure out a good way to mix up my LoZ run this month, and thought I would try a three heart challenge, as I have never done that before. However, it is almost impossible to not get the heart container in the first dungeon. Not sure if I want to restart again, or try to find a different challenge to tackle.
  • PimpaliciousPimpalicious Member Full Members
    Maybe Zelda 2 if I can fit it into this month. Never did beat that one.
  • redwing42redwing42 Just Monika Full Members
    Zelda 2 is so good, even though Link's dagger is way too short. Once I learned the downthrust, though, I played it pretty much like DuckTales, pogo jumping on everything. I really love the music in that one as well.

    So, in going back to the original game again, I realized that, playing on the 3DS virtual console, I can save state to my heart's content. So, the 3 heart challenge is back on! Went around to get a Blue Ring and Magic Shield before tackling the 1st dungeon again, but then my daughter wanted to give the game a try. So no further progress yet, as I let her mess around with it for a bit. Expect to knock this out by the end of the week, though. Then I may try one of the Oracle games.
  • redwing42redwing42 Just Monika Full Members
    Gotten through the first three dungeons, and I'm quickly realizing that the 3HC may be a bit more than I was expecting. No problems to this point, but I encountered my first red Darknuts in the third dungeon and can imagine how difficult a room full of blue ones will be with only the wooden sword.
  • redwing42redwing42 Just Monika Full Members
    My fears were realized with the blue darknuts guarding the whistle in level 5, but I prevailed and have moved on to level 6, where the Wizrobes are a whole different issue.
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  • redwing42redwing42 Just Monika Full Members
    I think level 6 may have broken my spirit. I'm stuck where there is a room of blue and orange Wizzrobes along with 3 Like-likes, which is then quickly followed by a room with a 3 headed Gleeok. Even with save states, I just can't get past the Gleeok. I'm going to try a couple more times before the end of the month, but it isn't looking good.
  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    So whats going on with Year of games August?
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  • redwing42redwing42 Just Monika Full Members
    I'll write something up later, but with it being a pretty empty month for releases, I will probably just combine August and September as SMT months. Most of those games are long enough that it is tough to get through one in a month anyway.
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