Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was crazy busy with my best friend’s wedding. It was beautiful and there were certainly plenty of happy tears shed throughout the ceremony and reception. I was able to keep myself together for the most part, thankfully!

I’m not the kind of gal who cries easily (except at adorable and sad movie moments, usually of the Toy Story 3 or Finding Dory variety), but I do remember getting teary-eyed at a particular scene in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Remember that scene where Zelda holes herself up to sleep for a couple of hundred years? The one where she asks Link to wake her up, and Link stumbles over the stairs trying to get to her? Yeah, that bastard of a scene.

Both Rachel and I were sitting there dumbstruck, our eyes filling up with tears, as Zelda and Link said, “See ya later,” to each other. Neither one of us had ever thought that we would be that emotionally invested in the game’s characters.

Of course, we love the characters, Link and Zelda are like extra siblings in our household with how often we’ve played the games. These particular reincarnations just sucker-punched us in the gut with their relationship and how Link’s one motivation in the entire adventure was just to save his friend. The world was important too, he knew that, but Zelda was always his main priority.

We didn’t see Zelda as much in that game but she, as always, was vital to the story. Not only was she a motivation for Link to get his rear in gear, she was also courageously playing her part to save the land. We cared about her as much as Link did, and seeing how heartbroken Link was to witness his best friend go to sleep after he had gone through so many trials and tribulations to get to her side made our eyes well up.

Besides the story line and wonderfully crafted relationship between Link and Zelda, I believe what also had gotten to us was seeing Link’s despair on his face. Skyward Sword’s graphics were beautiful and Link, not being one to talk much, shows all of his emotion through gestures and facial expressions. It’s that moment that makes Rachel and me cry.

What about you? Has there been a video game character, cut scene, line of dialogue or plot that made you tear up?

Friday Favorites: Zelda Bosses

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Everyone loves a good boss fight, and the Legend of Zelda series has an abundance of them! Listed below are a few of my favorite boss fights from a few of my favorite Zelda games.

Volvagia (Ocarina of Time)

This boss may or may not be on this list just because I enjoyed using the Megaton Hammer. The boss fight was a good one, and I definitely liked Volvagia’s design. Even though it’s not canon, I also liked his more tragic role in the Ocarina of Time manga.

Helmaroc King (The Wind Waker)

This beast of a bird was an awesome battle! I love the battles that have that sense of urgency, the kind where you have to keep moving in order to stay alive. The first part of this fight had us dashing up stairs, avoiding both the Helmaroc King and bokoblins before we emerged on the roof for a show-down with the bird. It helped that we also used the hammer weapon in this battle, too.

Vaati (Four Swords Adventures)

Four Swords Adventures is one of my favorite games to play with others, most notably Rachel because we make an awesome team, even if we do spend time making our characters annoy the hell out of each other. Vaati was a challenge for us, especially when Rachel hysterically kept falling down the pits in the room!

Stallord (Twilight Princess)

Another always-on-the-move boss fight, Stallord was a great challenge. The spinner was an interesting choice of weapon, and I remember getting a little frustrated with this boss fight. All in all though, it was definitely fun. I honestly can’t wait to see this bugger in the HD version of the game when I get it!

Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)

This dude is just insane! Absolutely fabulous, but also insane. He was one of the first major boss fights of the game and presented a challenge, but his cut-scenes and dialogue were also right up there on my list of favorites. (Especially his dancing near the end of the game when he’s using Zelda to revive his master!)

Who or what are some of your favorite (or least favorite) bosses?

I Have a Confession

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey, it’s Rachel.

Yesterday Kris and I talked about the wonderful lore of The Legend of Zelda games.

I thought now was as good a time as any to confess something about me and the Zelda games.

The Legend of Zelda is one of my all-time favorite video game series.

I can list my top 5 favorite Zelda games to you. I know absolutely everything (or mostly everything) there is to know about Zelda. Skyward Sword is on my top video games list.

Here’s the thing: if you know me then you know that I have Second Player Syndrome. With that being said…

Confession Time:

I have never played any of the Legend of Zelda games on my own.

True story. I’ve started playing Majora’s Mask for the 3DS, A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS, Oracle of Seasons/Ages for the Gameboy Color, and I’ve even played bits and pieces of Skyward Sword for the Wii.

I never got very far in any of them, though. Not because I didn’t enjoy the games, but just because I get busy and forget to go back to it.

I’ve seen all of this games played from start to finish. This is where my Second Player Syndrome comes in… I’ve watched Kris play all of these games.

I grew up watching her play video games and to this day I still love watching her instead of playing the games myself.

Someday (soon) I hope to play through and actually beat all the Zelda games. But as of right now, I only know what I know because I take the backseat when Kris plays.