Episode 15: A Link to the Legend

Join James, Heath, and Darren as they explore unknown lands, collect items, and fight through dungeons with The Legend of Zelda.  We'll take you back to the beginning which is really the end and hope your Mastersword skills are good enough to prevent Ganon's revival.  So grab some Deku Nuts and Hookshot your way over for another adventuresome episode.



Show Notes

Games Discussed

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Storm, The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim, King Arthur's Gold, Minecraft, SimCity, Spore, Mass Effect 3, Loot Grinder, Legend of Zelda, Legend of Zelda: The Adventures of Link, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, BS Zelda No Densetsu, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Movies Discussed

Jack the Giant Slayer, Oz The Great and Powerful

Videos/Links

  • Zelda Timeline Video

  • Legend of Zelda: NES Commercial

    Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Super Famicom Commercial

    BS Zelda No Densetsu

    Skyward Sword Parody

    Links


    Errata

    Comments

    Great episode, it would be cool to get a 'Part 2' someday. I would like to hear more of the lore and what you all think of the later games. Maybe what Darren thinks of Link to the Past too.

    1. I played both Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time. To me, Ocarina of time had everything I liked about link to the past but the world felt larger and more filled out. I think I liked Ocarina more because I like games that involve a lot of exploration. Also, for flame war kindling, Wikipedia tells me that in 2008 and 2010, Guinness World Records declared that Ocarina of Time is the highest-rated game ever reviewed.

    2. I have an unhealthy obsession with the movie 'Groundhog's day' and have also played Majora's mask. At first glance the stories seem the same but if you play it you will realize that they are actually different. The big difference is that link is not actually trapped in the same day. He just doesn't have enough time to keep the moon from crashing but does have the ability to control time. Phil Connors had no such power. Anyway, the player must repeatedly go back in time because they have such a small window till the moon hits. I have only got half way through but would like to finish it someday because the only 2 people I know who have beat it enjoyed it a lot. I have a friend who has actually played all of the Zelda games and amazingly considers Majora's mask to be the best.

    3. Windwaker featured Link as a boy and started on an island. I played it and still have no idea how it fit in with the series story line.

    4. I think the most ummm... flamboyant character in the Zelda series is by far 'Tinkle'.

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    The first Zelda game I played was actually Link's Awakening on the original Gameboy. It came with the system when I bought it, and I remember playing that game forever! It took so long to beat it but I never felt like quitting because it was so much fun. It was definitely a handheld version of Link to the Past, or at least I would find that out later. It was also possibly the Zelda game most linked (see what I did there?) to music. When you beat the dungeons you collected musical instruments. When you had all of them you were finally able to wake the Wind Fish, and consequently yourself. It was a great introduction to the series and still really stands out in my memory. If you ever play it, I would recommend figuring out how to steal something from the shop in town, (Real shoplifting is bad! Mckay...) because when you go back in the next time you will get the surprise of your life!

    The next game I played was Ocarina of Time. Out of all the games I've played over the years, it is highly likely that I've spent more time on this game than any other. Mostly because I played through it multiple times: once on a normal play through, once to find everything, another normal play through but with no Big Goron Sword to increase the difficulty (Dark Link was much harder), and finally a 3 heart challenge where you try to beat the game without getting any extra heart pieces at all. I never did finish that last one. Anyways, I know that game very well and have many happy hours playing it.

    Next I played Majora's Mask. I have to say that I am one of those people who think that this is the best Zelda game out there. It was shorter than Ocarina of Time but had more of an emotional impact on me. I really enjoyed the central game mechanic of having to repeat the same 3 days over again and again trying to get everything right. I especially liked how you had this notebook that you used to keep track of all the things that happened throughout the three day time period to all the different people you were trying to help. It stands out in my mind as one of the best single player experiences I've ever had. I highly recommend playing it if you haven't.

    After that came Link to the Past on the Gameboy Advance. Maybe that's sacrilege, but that's how I played it. I found it very enjoyable and like I stated earlier, it felt a lot like Link's Awakening to me. I never did finish the game completely. Someday I'll have to go back and complete it.

    Then I played Wind Waker on the Game Cube. It felt really different to me compared to all the previous Zelda games but it was still fun. The graphic style also took some getting used to. I thought it was interesting how you weren't playing as Link but as someone who was trying to be like the Hero of legend, Link. I haven't had a chance to watch the timeline video to see how all the games fit together. Maybe after I watch that, tonight hopefully, I'll have some further comments about how it fits into the overall universe.

    Next I played the Minish Cap. I know that I'm one of the few who played this one. It was more along the lines of Link to the Past or Link's Awakening for overall game play. The 2 different worlds in this game where actually the same world but just seen from different scales. You could use the Minish Cap at certain places to shrink yourself into a tiny person or grow back into normal size. It was fun but nothing terribly special. That might owe to the fact that it was actually made by Capcom for Nintendo.

    Then I played Twilight Princess on the Wii but never finished it. I don't play console games as much as I used to. I still want to finish it someday, I just need to set aside the time. The same goes for Skyward Sword. I have a copy that I got for Christmas right after it came out; but never even played it, because I wanted to beat Twilight Princess first.

    The final Zelda game I've played is Phantom Hour Glass for the DS. It was basically Wind Waker with an upgradable boat. It was fun, especially for a handheld console. I'm actually having trouble remembering the story right now so it obviously didn't leave much of an impression. I'd say it's worth playing if you liked Wind Waker but other wise skip it.

    As for the first two games on the NES, I've always wanted to go back and play them. I did play the first one on an emulator for a little bit once, but just to see what it was like. Maybe someday after I beat Link to the Past, Twilight Princess(Just a little bit left I think), and Skyward Sword, I'll go back and play them.

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    The timelines video was very interesting. I had no idea that the games all tied together like that. Honestly, I'm not sure I like the 3 timelines, official or not. I liked it much better when it was just a collection of legends, or different tellings(playings?) of the same legend. Oh well, they're still great games and I still plan on playing them.

    One other thing I noticed was that the video used some music from the Zelda Reorchestrated's Twilight Symphony. It's a great take on the music from Twilight Princess. Worth listening to if you liked the game's music.