The Legend of Zelda was one of the first franchises I was introduced to when I discovered video games were a thing. Here was a guy in green with a really cool sword going on an epic quest to thwart evil. I was in love with the very idea of the adventure since I first saw Ocarina of Time.
I really enjoyed watching Kris play the games when I was younger. The story was phenomenal, the characters were awesome and relatable, and the graphics and music were so cool and memorable. Plus, Link reminded me of Peter Pan, my boyfriend.
Link and the Kokiri [double-check spelling, please] were based on Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, I believe. It’s a funny origin story. The Legend of Zelda franchise, as a whole, was always able to whisk me away on an adventure, and I loved it. It’s the same reason why I read fantasy novels, ones with magic and dragons and daring heroes. With video games, I’m able to take on an active role, and Link’s fantastic as far as character vessels go.
Yes, they are based on Peter Pan, which is a cool fact. I love how the series as a whole is intertwined and “linked” together. They’re all more or less the same story, but each one is done uniquely and well. The stories give me all the feels and honestly have the same effect on me as the Harry Potter series does. It’s amazing and a wonderful experience.
The reincarnations of all the characters always fascinated me as well. They are their Triforce pieces at their cores — Courage, Wisdom, and Power — but each reincarnation has their own personality that helps drive the story forward. Although, I suppose Ganondorf is the same in a few of the games, but his ambition and drive make him a fantastic villain. Side characters and even minor characters enrich the games. I was floored that every single character, no matter how minor, in Breath of the Wild was given a name.
The imagination that goes into the stories behind the Legend of Zelda series never ceases to amaze me. Of course, the stories are a hug reason why I love the series, but plot and characters aside, I really love the music. I get the music stuck in my head all the time whether it’s some version of Gerudo Valley or Lost Woods.
Koji Kondo is a god. I know he’s done many of the Legend of Zelda titles as a composer and supervisor on the music. I was thrilled when we were able to see the Legend of Zelda Symphony this past year! One of my favorite aspects of these games is the risks that Nintendo takes on them. I know if something isn’t broken, you shouldn’t fix it, but Nintendo has always taken this franchise, one of their flagship IPs, and tried out something new with Link. The cel-shaded graphics in Wind Waker, the realistic and dark graphics with Twilight Princess, the motion controls with Skyward Sword, a completely open world with Breath of the Wild… At the series’ core, it’s the same story, but there is always something new with each adventure.
Overall, this entire series is a god. We have yet to find a flaw in these games. There are definitely some mechanics we enjoy more than others, but have a good time all the same. These are the kinds of games that even though we know the outcome, we’ll play them over and over again until the end of time.