I remember following the N64 Zelda game for many, many months. I bought every Nintendo Power that was to feature the game, and I would print all the new screenshots off the IGN website. I would read the magazine and stare at these screenshots wondering what it would be like to play Zelda in the third-dimension. Like many gamers, I wanted to play this game so badly.
When our move was complete, I remember feeling pretty awkward. It wasn't a sadness, but more of an uncomfortable feeling. After getting settled away in my new home, I of course began to think of Zelda again. And to my delight, my parents gave me a copy of the game. I can't remember exactly why I got the game, I know they knew I really wanted the game, but maybe it was a moving gift of sorts. Regardless, I remember popping that sucker in my N64 and being absolutely starstruck.
|Finally, the game was mine. Pop that sucker in sometime|
Kokiri Forest was a lot like my new home. I wasn't completely familiar with my surroundings, and it was a weird feeling. It was a feeling of adventure unlike any I've ever had to date. I explored my surroundings, became familiar with the controls and got through the first bit pretty quick. Out of everything from the beginning, I remember the first big puzzle very fondly. I like to think it's the slingshot room in the Great Deku Tree. I was truly amazed at the ingenuity of the puzzle, it felt pretty fresh at the time. Knocking the ladder off the wall would be one of the more simpler tasks to complete in the game, but boy was it exciting. I could talk more about how it was fun to burn the webs and continue forward, but my next big memory comes at the third dungeon, so I'm gonna skip ahead.
Inside Jabu Jabu's Belly was a more frustrating experience for me. I remember getting lost in there a lot, and it actually took almost a full weekend to push through. I assure that nowadays that place can be traversed much quicker. It was a little confusing as it felt like a maze, not to mention the annoying, carry me everywhere and protect me type mission objective. Moving forward, I remember that the boss was much easier to take down then the rest of the dungeon. I was a little disappointed, but that didn't last long.
|Looks can be deceiving (Image Source)|
After the cutscene in which Zelda is capture by Ganondorf, I finally got to experience the game's big twist, traveling seven years into the future! I was completely shocked, but it was then that I knew this game wasn't messing around, and that it was an instant classic. I ran around, not really knowing what to do. I ended up finding the Red Tunic and completing the Fire Temple out of order. For years I always thought that was the first temple, but turns out that it didn't matter if I started here, or the Forest Temple. Again the game challenged me, leaving me stuck at Phantom Ganon for an entire weekend, pattern perhaps?
No actually, the pattern ends here. I think most of you already know what comes next. Water Temple. I can remember the frustration I felt swimming around the temple and not progressing whatsoever. I had to find one stupid key, but couldn't find it anywhere. I searched and searched for days on end. Finally, it became too frustrating and I thought I'd never beat the game. I felt cheated. It wasn't until about six months later that I would finally conquer the Water Temple for good.
(Part 2 Soon)
|And so it begins...|