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Zelda Retrospective #7: Adventures Across Times

ZI writes: The first time I experienced a Zelda game was when I was five years old and watched my neighbor play through Ocarina of Time. I was constantly on the edge of my giant bean bag chair as I saw the green-clad elf hero slice through fantastic enemies and triumph over deceiving puzzles. From the verdant and magical Kokiri Forest to the ominous Ganondorf’s Castle, the moments were memorable even if I wasn’t in control.

After fun times with Super Smash Bros (where I finally learned Link’s name), Goldeneye, Pokemon, and Sonic Adventure, my neighbor showed me the latest game his parents had bought for him- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. While the game’s dark and emotional overtones went over my head at that age, I was entranced by the new worlds Link explored and the masks he used to do so.

I can’t recall why I held off as long as I did, but I finally decided to ask my parents to buy me a Zelda game. A few months later, I was surprised by not one but two new games for my Game Boy Color- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. While they weren’t the sprawling epics I watched my neighbor play on TV, they were clever titles in their own right. Come along with me as I revisit my first two Zelda games.

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