I’m Terrible at Ocarina of Time

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

If you’ve ever taken a peek at our Twitch channel, you’ll know that I’m playing through Ocarina of Time and… not doing it very well, haha!

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On Twitch lately, I’ve been streaming a playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Wiiware version. I picked the game initially since it was one of my first video games and I’ve beaten it a few times in the past. Nostalgia was a heavy factor for my choice.

At this point, I’m not quite sure how many stream sessions I’ve had dedicated to this game. I believe I chose it when we were doing a November Zelda Month, which would have been appropriate. I played it for a while then went back and forth with a couple of other games, such as finishing up Super Mario RPG, before deciding to come back to Ocarina of Time with the intent of streaming it until I finished it.

It wouldn’t take me too long, I figured. I came back to Ocarina of Time at the point where child Link opened the Temple of Time and received the Master Sword, meeting Sheik and seeing the decrepit Hyrule Castle Town. Ocarina of Time isn’t the longest game. I would complete a temple per stream. I’d be done with the game by the end of February.

Considering my last couple of streams, that’s not going to happen.

My first stream when I came back to the game, I was planning on doing the Forest Temple. Instead, I went and got the hookshot — necessary for the Forest Temple — in Kakariko Village’s graveyard. It took me a couple of tries to keep up with Dampe in his race before I succeeded, but I figured I had the time to take a detour to Lon Lon Ranch to free Malon and Epona from Ingo.

It wouldn’t take long to do a race or two before heading off to the Forest Temple, right?

Nope.

Ingo was a jerk and I think I raced him about three or four times before I actually freed Epona from the ranch. We went through Kokiri Forest, hiccuped a bit when it came to passing by Mido — apparently I wasn’t close enough to him when I played Saria’s Song on the ocarina for him to move the first time — then we got… well, lost in the Lost Woods.

Due to how long it took us to actually reach the Forest Temple, we paused there, and I presumed I would breeze through the entirety of the Forest Temple on my next stream.

Instead, I believe I received the “game over” screen about five times to a couple of stalfos right before defeating half of the Poe Sisters.

Due to the time, I called the stream and we’ll hopefully finish up the Forest Temple during the next one, haha! After going offline, I told my sister about everything that had happened, making fun of myself for the mistakes I made:

krismii *describes everything that went wrong in the stream* “You know, I thought I’d be able to do a temple a stream. It’s not like this is the first time I’ve played this game.”

rachmii *laughs* “But you’re terrible at Ocarina of Time!”

And she’s absolutely right. I’m not good at the game. I have fun with it, it’s one of my favorites, was one of my first games, but I am not good at it. The future temples are going to be ridiculous, I’m sure!

Being good at a game has never really crossed my mind, to be honest. I play games because I have fun, even if parts of the game get particularly frustrating. I do well with platformers, puzzles, and RPGs, in my opinion. Action-adventure and sports games aren’t my forte, but I still enjoy them. That’s the most important thing when it comes to gaming, isn’t it?

Do you consider yourself “good” at video games? Any genres in particular? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Friday Favorites: Ocarina of Time Songs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

On our Twitch channel, I started playing through The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my solo streams. I adore the soundtrack of the game, especially with how much magic is part of the music. Today’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to the songs you learn in the game.

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Minuet of Forest

As one of the first songs you learn as adult Link, this song was always a little bittersweet to me. It starts with a high note but patters off like a memory. It’s fitting considering Link is returning to the place that is no longer his home.

Saria’s Song

This was the song that always got stuck in my head whenever we played this game, with its upbeat tempo. As kids, I always thought it Darunia’s dance when you played the tune was ridiculous!

Nocturne of Shadow

The Shadow Temple is one of the creepiest temples in Legend of Zelda history to me, but I adore the tune that goes with it. It’s a solemn song and a little ominous, warning you of whatever danger you’re about to face.

Song of Storms

I love the power that’s in this tune. Not only that, the origin of this song is so amusing to me. You learn the song as an adult from the man in the windmill, who learned it from you when you were a kid. The time loop is great!

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Ocarina of Time Title Screen — Smooth McGroove

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This month’s featured music video is from a talented man who goes by the name Smooth McGroove. We actually never miss an upload from this guy, but I don’t think we’ve ever showcased him on our blog before, which is being rectified today.

Smoothie has been created acappella music videos of video game tunes since the end of 2012. While he did go on a hiatus for a little while, he has been making more music lately. He did remake one of his very first videos recently, which is the title theme to Ocarina of Time.

Rachel and I really enjoy his works (as well as his cat’s cameo in nearly every video!), and we hope you do as well!

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Loss In Majora’s Mask

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I’ve been talking about themes in writing over on my writing blog. I’ve talked about death and I started thinking about The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

Majora’s Mask is probably one of the darkest Zelda games, in my opinion, and the theme of death has a lot to do with it.

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There are various theories floating around the Internet about Majora’s Mask. One where Link is actually dead and he’s accepting his own fate and the theory that the game is actually the five stages of grieve because either Link himself is dead (hence the first theory) or he’s grieving the death of Navi. (If you don’t know either one of these theories, click on the links and they’ll take you to each respective theory on ZeldaDungeon.net.)

But I’m not here to talk about that. I’m thinking more specifically about the Skull Kid.

There’s also a theory floating around that the Skull Kid from Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess are the same Skull Kid. In Ocarina of Time, Link plays Saria’s Song for him. In Majora’s Mask, the Skull Kid mentions that Link has “the same smell as the fairy kid who taught me that song in the woods.” The Skull Kid from Twilight Princess also knows Saria’s Song.

And, according to the official Zelda timeline, these three games line up one right after another. First Ocarina of Time where Link first meets the Skull Kid, then, if the hero is successful, Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess is after that.

People also speculate that the Skull Kid wears the Mojora’s Mask because he is ashamed that he has no face. He has no friends and the mask makes him looking more intimidating, making us wonder what his past is really like.

So, with all that said, what is my point with this post?

I don’t think Majora’s Mask is about death in a concrete way. Sure, Link can be grieving, Link and/or Navi can be dead, but I think the main focus is the Skull Kid himself.

While the Skull Kid is the main antagonist, it’s not really him who is the bad guy. It’s the mask, Majora. The Skull Kid has been wearing it for so long that it’s taken over his mind and his body. Sure, he’s mischievous and likes to play tricks, but it wasn’t him who wanted to destroy everything. It was the mask.

In other words, I think Majora’s Mask is more about the death and loss of innocence.

All the Skull Kid wanted was to make friends, but the mask took over his mind and spirit. He wasn’t able to live the life he deserved or wanted because he found that mask and dared to put it on.

This can also pertain to Link as well. In Ocarina of Time he traveled seven years back and forth between being a child and an adult. He was asleep for seven years and when he woke up, he realized that he had suddenly gone through puberty. What a shock, huh?

In Majora’s Mask, he’s a child as it’s on the “hero is successful” part of the timeline. But here’s the thing:

  • Link may be dead. In that case, he lost his childhood.
  • Link may be grieving the death of Navi. If that’s the case, he remembers everything that happened in Ocarina of Time. He’s been in the mind of his adult-self. He knows things a ten-year-old shouldn’t.
  • Link may be normal, everything’s fine and dandy, but what happens in Majora’s Mask? The world is ending and Link transforms himself into various races and people through the many masks he collects. By doing this, he could very well stoop down to the Skull Kid’s level. Those masks could warp Link’s mind just like the Majora’s Mask did to the Skull Kid

And that’s all I’ve got. Sure, Majora’s Mask is about death and turmoil, but I think there’s much more to it than meets the eye.

What are your thoughts? Am I making any sense? Do you have different thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

This theory was expanded on NowLoading.co. Check it out!

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