“NO SAIL ZELDA WIND WAKER CHALLENGE”

Hello readers! My friends convinced me to start working on recording Let’sPlays this year and so we have recently started up doing a challenge that has been on my quest list for some time.

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The challenge is to play through The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker without using a sail at any point and with only using the warp song the minimum possible amount of times and still finish the game. My friend Bryan will play through the land content and I’ll do all the ocean content. We’ll also be in a room full of commentators. We’ll commentate throughout the whole thing.

Here's Dave and Bryan...
Here’s Dave and Bryan…
Cam and Dave...
Cam and Dave…
Harlan and Nick...
Harlan and Nick…
And me, Zelgerath.
And me, Zelgerath.

People used to say that the Wind Waker overworld was too big and empty, but I didn’t mind very much, which is why I came up with this plan. Keep in mind that the Wii U version that we’re using has an increased speed both in sailing and cruising and there is also slightly less sailing to do in the game, but the original plan was for us to play through the GameCube version. I just couldn’t get my recording method working in time, but this should be good I think.

EDIT: We have completed the entire quest. You can watch them all in the following playlist if you want, although I must warn you not to give it your full attention as it gets arguably pretty boring at times.

The audio mix for the first 8 Episodes was a little rough, but we steadily improved as we went on. The playlist continues into the remainder of the series with better audio.

Our next Let’sPlay will be the obscure title, “Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure” For the Nintendo DS, imported from Europe.

I hope you enjoyed if you decided to watch. We’ll keep at it!

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Gaming Post 4: The Legend of Zelda

Oh snap! The random number generator wants me to write about Zelda 1!

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I first played this game as a part of a Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition which I had (borrowed) for the GameCube.

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At the time, I was most familiar with the Legend of Zelda series via the Nintendo 64 title Ocarina of Time. The collectors edition featured a demo for the newest Zelda game, called The Wind Waker as well as the full versions of Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Zelda 1 and Zelda 2. I played Zelda 1 for a little while simply because it was on the disc.

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My first impression of it was that the game was really old. That observation was not inaccurate. Zelda 1 came out in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and was one of the first video games that allowed the player to save their progress and continue playing later, which is now the norm for most video games.  Though the game was historically important, I couldn’t take the game seriously due to its outdated graphics. That is, until I finished Wind Waker, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask and decided to beat all of the Legend of Zelda games.

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This was my inspirational poster.

What I realized then was how fun the original Legend of Zelda can be. Essentially, the point of the game is to find and complete 8 dungeons in the relatively small country of Hyrule. Each dungeon has a fragment of the Triforce of Wisdom, and once the entire Triforce is assembled, you can fight Ganon, the Prince of Darkness.

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When you defeat Ganon, you save the princess, whose name is Zelda. The character you play as is not named Zelda. His name is Link. Link is the hero.

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I know a lot of trivia about this game. For example, the game first came out in Japan for a system called the Famicom. If one had a second controller for the Famicom, the game could use its microphone controls to kill the large bunny enemies.

It was made by Shigeru Miyamoto based on his childhood memories of getting lost in the woods and inside of his family’s house. And finally, Zelda was named after the wife of the novelist F Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote a pretty good book called The Great Gatsby.

If you want to play this game, I recommend getting it on the Virtual Console for either the Wii, the Wii U or the 3DS. The Wii U and 3DS versions allow you to use restore points, but I would personally recommend not using them. My friend Nick used restore points and regretted it because the game is so short. I can beat this game now in probably less than 3 hours if I remember what I’m doing.

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Also, there is a harder version of the game available after you beat the first version, called the second quest, but I would only recommend playing that if you are bored and have an online guide. I used an online guide for both the regular quest and the second quest. It’s possible that some day I’ll post an abridged “lets play” of this game, but I’m not sure when or if that will happen.

On to the next Gaming Post!