A Link to the Past: An 11 year old birthday.
So I decided to make a separate blog from my Tumblr because Tumblr tends to lend itself to the reblogging of images more so than just pure text. I’ll still update it with texts and if I can figure out how to link them together I will but I chose blogger because it’s just basic writing without any coding. I had actually checked out WordPress.org first only to be left utterly confused thinking “but when can I just start writing the blog?”
I’m writing this now on my 28th Birthday. I’ve spent it so far being pretty boring. Sleeping in, playing hookie from my class, getting a bagel, and watching all the extras for The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Rings.
I was thinking of birthday’s long past and which of them stood out to me. One of them that stood out in my mind when I gave it some thought was thanks to the news from Nintendo that they would be making a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for their handheld platform; the Nintendo 3DS.
In 1996 I had never played the Super Nintendo edition of the game. At that point I had played the original and the Adventure of Link very briefly, as I was young and utterly terrible at Video Games at the time. I had just become friends with a fellow named Jeff who I’d remain close friends with for a decade with afterwards. He was shocked to learn that I had never played A Link to the Past when I explained I didn’t understand what the big deal was around the hype for Zelda 64 as it was called at the time.
Our friendship was founded on video games. The memory is hazy as to who first talked to who but it was definitely about Mario Kart and one of us definitely was boasting their skill over the other. So I invited Jeff over, he trounced me in Mario Kart and a friendship began.
So when I turned eleven, the plan was for Jeff to stay the night intending to watch movies and play video games all night with junk food, soda and pizza. What ended up happening which was a shock to me was that Jeff gave me a copy of the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I remember being kind of moved. Back then however much it cost probably around forty dollars was more money than I had ever had at one time so far this guy who I had only been friends with for only about six months to get me a video game I could never afford myself was amazing to me.
We spent the entire night playing that game from beginning to end. I don’t remember going to sleep until the very end. Jeff made me play the first three dungeons all on my own including the Hyrule Castle part in the beginning every once in awhile telling me where I can find an item or a heart piece I would never. Once thought you end up in the Dark World I was god awful at the game. Then I basically watched Jeff play the second half of the game with ease going on the philosophy when he died I would take over and vice versa with me dying more often than he did.
By the time we had gotten to the ending and defeated Ganon it was six in the morning. I wanted to start a new file and play it all again myself and Jeff wanted to go to sleep. Realizing how tired I really was I opted for sleep. With that I was hooked on the Legend of Zelda, going back to play the others and easily just as hyped for Zelda 64 as Jeff was. When we played Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask we’d spend long conversations on the phone letting each other know how to beat certain dungeons, where heart pieces were, and what places we needed to go to continue.