Just thought I’d write a quick post about one of my favourite game series, which seems to be lesser known by non-gamers – The Legend of Zelda!
There is a new Zelda game coming out tomorrow, for the new Nintendo Switch console (also out tomorrow), but the game is also out for the Wii U. More on those consoles here! it is called Breath of the Wild, and reviews so far are already calling it probably the best game ever made. This is not a light statement to make, especially for gamers, who prize their own personal top ten games over anyone else’s, but among gamers the Zelda series is one which is much more than others on or near the top of most of their best games ever lists.
The Zelda games are kind of their own genre. They are mostly role playing, more or less open world, action adventure games, starring the hero Link (Zelda is the princess that Link has to rescue). They have been around for as long as Nintendo have been making consoles, with the first one being released on the NES. Although they are not quite as well known as Mario, they are one of Nintendo’s biggest game series, with at least one Zelda game released on each hand-held or home console (more or less..).
The first Zelda game I played was Link’s Awakening on the Gameboy. Even with its basic black and green graphics, the game still had the ability to immerse me in the fantasy world that it created and got me hooked for the series. Since then I have played several other Zelda games and loved each and every one of them.
As for playing together, even though the games are single player, in the same way as watching a movie together, the Zelda games can absolutely be enjoyed with others. I have played through at least half of the games with my wife, and that has only increased my enjoyment and given us an amazing shared experience. With this new game I am extremely tempted to coordinate time off work with her so that we can spend a whole day immersed in the land of Hyrule together with no other distractions.
Now I have kids, I have, of course introduced them to the series. We are currently playing through the widely regarded best of all, the Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64. We are currently on the water temple, and fans of the game will know that we may be there some time.. it is great to see them as excited as I was for this game when playing it for the first time. Just about as excited as I am for this new game – The Breath of the Wild!
So here is a picture of my boy as excited as me!: