Hm…what to write about…what to write about…  Well, since I never get any kind of warning when told to write, I shall start writing about the thing I was just reading.  The thing I was just reading also happens to be one of–if not completely–my largest obsessions.  It’s something I try not to start on for fear I will never finish.

So I will start and will undoubtly end and the perfectly wrong time.  Here is The Legend of Zelda.

Now, as some of you may know, the only from of media that Zelda comes in, is video games.  So, naturally, you would deduce that the reading aforementioned was a fanfic.  Indeed, it was a fanfic, and a pretty damn good one.  I would say that it’s one of the best, but I haven’t read that many.  I can say, however, that it is really well done, but not complete yet.  It is being hosted mainly on The Grand Adventures, and it is called Eloze.

Enough about that.  I mainly want to talk about the game series itself.  At least one game has appeared on every single Nintendo system.  I could easily list them all, but I have slightly better things to waste time with.  What that is…I haven’t quite found out.  I’m just pulling all this out as it comes.

First of all, I’ll start with some facts.  It, like Mario and other big names, was created by Shigeru Miyamoto.  Yes, the same man created some of the biggest names in Nintendo.  However, he hasn’t had his hand too deep in some of the more recent games.  Another curious fact is that there was an unfinished game “released”.  By which I mean the mostly-unknown system CD-I.  Where different bits of games were released at predetermined intervels.  Most people, however, like to pretend this never happened.  It disrupts time-line desputes and other continuous theories.  The time-line is one thing that keeps eluding even the most persistant fans, which is what keeps many coming back for more and interest so high.

But really, I don’t want to get talking about that either.  If you are curious about any of these things, it’s not hard to do research.  The site I gave earlier has links to most of the other, large Zelda sites.

Now I would like to talk about the popularity.  At the start, there was nothing all that spectacular.  The first two games were both released for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), and one had gameplay that was never quite repeated in the Zelda series.  The first game, The Legend of Zelda, had the third-person bird’s-eye-view, which was repeated in all other 2D games except for the second one.  The second one, Adventure of Link, had the top down view, but only from the map.  In temples, caves, etc., wherever there was fighting, it was side scrolling.  Also, the second game was the only one to have a level system.

Like I said, neither was overly popular.  The series gained a great jump in populariy with the third game, The Legend of Zelda:  A Link to the Past for the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System).  There was good action, a good storyline, and kept people coming back for more.  There was another game released around the same time for the Game Boy, Link’s Awakening, but it wasn’t as popular.  It was still a very good game though.

If A Link to the Past got a jump in popularity, then Orcarina of Time was like Superman leaping the Pacific.  In fact, it still holds the record for most games sold in shortest amount of time.  It is just that amazing.  I’ve got the numbers to back that statement ;). Some people debate which is better between OoT and ALttP, and now Twilight Princess has joined that battle.  Some even say that Wind Waker never got enough recognition (I’m one of them).  Majora’s Mask, OoT’s indisputable sequel, is mostly forgotten.  There are people who say that deserves more notice (I’m one of them, too) but it was brought out so quickly that some are amazed that it came out at all.  Only two years after the dramaic release of OoT, MM used a lot of it’s predeccesor’s data, up to and including pieces of OoT that were taken out the last minute. 

Now the most popular is TP, but it is still under debate which game is truly the best.  Now fans are eagerly waiting the launch of Phantom Hourglass for the DS.  It is confirmed that it is the sequel to Wind Waker and will feature the use of the stylus. 

Ok, I think I’m going to stop here while I’m still able.  Maybe I’ll continue my rampaging sometime later when it can be put to better use.

Until that time, enjoy the randomness!