why i LOVE Zelda

it's a commonly known fact that i love me some Zelda. most of the time, people don't question this and either nod in agreement because they too love to spend time in Hyrule OR because they don't know enough about Zelda to even ask about it.

as an unabashed nerd, i wanted to share with y'all why it is i love Zelda. and, in usual nerdalicious fashion, i shall proceed in list form. surprise to no one.

- puzzles. i love solving puzzles and doing puzzles and helping others solve puzzles. the dungeons in Zelda (where you have to work your way through to defeat a boss) are so perfect for my puzzle love. the dungeons in Zelda: Ocarina of Time are probably my favorite in their complexity and creativity. although i do appreciate the fact that Wind Waker uses your items over and over again in subsequent dungeons. anyway, i love puzzles and Zelda is all about the puzzles.
- familiarity. so there are quite a few Zelda's out there for multiple systems. my friend Eriks loves the original best. my husband Andrew loves Link to the Past best. i love Ocarina of Time best. the thing that ties the franchise together is the familiarity with the characters, world, and mythos. the games aren't necessarily a continuation of one another in a series, but definitely have a lot in common. you have the same basic premise (save Hyrule and Zelda from Ganon/Ganondorf), the same basic races (gorons, zoras, etc), and the pattern of explore, get item, beat dungeon (repeat as necessary).
- creativity. just because the premise of Zelda games is similar by platform doesn't mean they don't each pack their own creative punch. in fact, they each have something that sets them apart from the rest of the franchise. in Ocarina of Time, Link jumps forward in time seven years and the entire world has changed. in Twilight Princess, you transform into a WOLF. in Four Swords Adventures, you have four Link characters to work with. each game is creative in it's own right while still maintaining the awesomeness of the franchise.
- silly goose factor. chiefly witnessed in Wind Waker, Link can be a silly goose. see photo for evidence.
- accomplishment. there is such a sense of accomplishment when you solve a puzzle, get a new item, find something secret, or even just hearing that tune when you open a treasure box that warms my heart. it's so nerdy and lame, i know. just like checking an item off of my to-do list gives me a sense of accomplishment, so does figuring stuff out in Zelda.

if you haven't played a Zelda game before, i highly recommend giving it a try. it's fun and only as serious as you make it.

if you HAVE played a Zelda game, i'm curious as to why you love it. i'm assuming you love it, which is a correct assumption.

for more Zelda action, check out this biz.

oh and obviously we've already pre-ordered Skyward Sword.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

6 comments:

  1. i love zelda, particularly the first, because it opened an entire branch of non-linear gaming. also, because the hands that pull you back to the start of dungeons from the first zelda STILL creep me out and quicken my pulse.

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  2. those hands are creepy as hell. you're so right.

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  3. I came by for the Twilight reread along and I saw the title to this post! I absolutely adore Zelda! It's my favorite game on any gaming system ever!

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  4. YAY JENNIIIIIII i'm so glad to find another Zelda fan! <3

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  5. Hello! I'm here from YA Highway.

    Oh Zelda, how I love you. It's the stories that always grab me. Then the soundtrack... then Link's awesomeness...

    I always feel so accomplished when I complete a Zelda game ^_^

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  6. Miss Cole - yes to everything. YES!

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