In the beginning there was a golden artifact which many in the land fought tooth and nail for. And all these years later, the legend of that golden artifact lives on.
No, we are not talking about the creation of the Triforce, we’re talking about the NES The Legend of Zelda cartridge!
Luke Osterritter at GameSprite penned a nostalgia piece on that first entry in the nearly 25 year running franchise that is The Legend of Zelda series. In it, he covers why Zelda is so important to the construct of action adventure gaming and why exactly we should laud the old relic for all it has brought the genre. In addition to this, he also describes just what it felt like to be a kid back then with this revolutionary game in his hands.
More amusing, to us at least, are the explanations for some of the peculiar quirks regarding that first game. For instance, did you know that the instruction manual explicitly states that Pols Voice enemies should be defeated by sound, yet the Whistle does nothing to them? The reason: the original Japanese disk version had mics built into their controllers, and making a loud sound at them while the Pols Voice was on the screen would destroy the enemy. Of course, the American Nintendo Entertainment System had no such microphone ability, yet our instruction manuals still contained that “helpful” tidbit of information, causing no end of frustrated Whistle blowing.
But we digress.
Check out GameSprite’s article here to read it in its entirety.