The Legend of Zelda: 31 Years Apart

• Updated March 12, 2019


In anticipation of the Nintendo Switch remake of Link's Awakening and any other Zelda-related news, I needed something to do. I feel like I have played a lot of The Legend of Zelda games, so I counted how many I have actually played and beaten. Turns out, I had only played and beaten 4 of the 18 Zelda games, which included: Link's Awakening DX (the Game Boy Color remake), Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Breath of the Wild.

Now seemed an appropriate time to go back to where it all started and play the original The Legend of Zelda.

I never had a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) growing up, so I missed out on an entire generation of games. However, Nintendo Switch Online provides an NES game that allows you to play many of the most well known NES games. Of course, The Legend of Zelda is one of those games.

I was shocked to find how difficult The Legend of Zelda was. I was also surprised by some of the similarities between it and Breath of the Wild, primarily how both games have an open-air concept. Additionally, Lynels have been around since the beginning; they were definitely much more intimidating and difficult in Breath of the Wild (especially in Master Mode).

After downloading and reading The Legend of Zelda game manual (make sure you do this), looking up a few things online (the game guided me well enough, but some of the dungeons are very difficult to find), and obtaining the 8 Triforce pieces, 20 hours of playtime later (obviously not in one sitting), I had defeated Ganon and rescued Zelda.

It is amazing to me, 33 years later, on the Nintendo Switch console I can play not only the latest game in the series (Breath of the Wild was released March 3, 2017), but the original game that started it all (The Legend of Zelda was released February 21, 1986).

I can now increment my played and beaten Zelda games tally to 5.

The following two screenshots really show how far The Legend of Zelda series has come.