Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Year of Zelda - Week 1

The 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series is tomorrow (In Japan). To celebrate this milestone in such a fantastic line-up of video games, I have decided to play through every game in the main series, starting with the very first game for the NES, 'The Legend of Zelda'.

As I started to play this game, deciding ahead of time that I would not complete the game 100%, but just beat the game, I could not help myself. I've played this game so much as a child that I knew where all the secret locations were and how to get them.

So, I've changed the rules for the year.

I will beat every Zelda game in the main series 100%. I will find every important object and collectible in every game.

Lucky for me, the first game only has a few items to collect. So, lets get started!

The title screen for the first game.

The Legend of Zelda was released for the Nintendo Famicom in Japan on Feb. 21, 1986. It was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System over a year later in the US on Aug. 22, 1987. Although it wasn't the first adventure game ever made, it was an amazing game for its time. In the game you play through 8 different dungeons, solving cryptic puzzle along the way. I started playing about two days ago, and beat it 100% about an hour ago.

As you start the game, you stand outside of a small cave, with 3 paths leading in three different directions. You don't start with any weapons or items. After walking into the cave, an old man gives the the message, "It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This!", giving you your first sword.

There are three swords you can get through the game; the first is a sort of wooden sword, the second is the white sword, which you can obtain once you have 5 heart containers, then the magical sword that you get after having 12 heart containers. Each sword gives you more and more power. As soon as you start the game you can get the first sword after gaining a bit of money.

In fact, if you can get the bombs early, there is a lot you can do before even getting into the first dungeon. With the bombs, you can get to the areas that give you early heart containers, making it a snap to get the white sword right off the bat. Also, you can get into the special caves where "It's a secret to everyone!" to nab two early bumps in your money, making getting the blue ring easy as well. With the blue ring, your tunic goes from green to white, and you take half as much damage.

With these upgrades, taking on the first dungeon, The Eagle, is extremely easy. After beating the boss at the end, and obtaining your first piece of the Tri-Force, you're on your way. You need more money to buy the blue candle, but it is well worth it, as it allows you to burn trees on the overworld map to find even more secrets. Doing so will even bring you to a dungeon very later on, the last before taking on Death Mountain.

So, after beating The Lion, getting your last Heart Piece and last Tri-Force piece, you can finally go to Death Mountain, and this dungeon is huge. The most important items to find in here, though, are the Red Ring, and the Silver Arrow, as its the only item that can defeat Ganon. So, you get the arrow, find Ganon, then lay down some whoop-ass, delivering the final blow with the silver arrow. He turns into ashes, leaving his Tri-Force of power behind. In the next room, you find Zelda, and finish the game.

After beating the game for the first time, there is an option to play through the game again, but where the dungeons are a bit different, but I think this playthrough is enough for me.

Next time, Zelda II. Zelda II is a much longer game, and will probably take me much more time, but I found it to be a very fun game as a child, and can't wait to run through it again!

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