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The Legend of Zelda:
Zelda Wii U
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I Can See Sleep… No, Wait, It’s a Mirage…

Finally, we head to the Gerudo Desert. I’ve always wondered the meaning of why the Gerudo Desert isn’t explored until so much later in the game but, after careful reflection, I believe I might have an answer. You see, in the early stages in the game Link is exposed to so much of Hyrule, with the exception of the Gerudo Desert. Why? Well, I speculate that it is because Miyamoto wanted the player to experience a certain hostility towards the Gerudo. After all, their King Ganondorf is the game’s antagonist. It makes perfect sense to dislike them. So, this curiosity all that stood in between me and my night’s rest, I headed to the Fortress.

After rescuing the carpenters from the femme fatales inhabiting the building and being rewarded with a Membership Card, I moved through the desert and arrived at the Spirit Temple posthaste, where I was confronted by another lady… Man, there are a lot of women in this game! I’m not exactly complaining, especially since there’s variety, but still! But this lady Nabooru is different from the other Gerudo. She wants to steal from her kind, differentiating herself and thus allowing Link to bond to her. And when she is kidnapped later, Link feels a desire to save her, as she is a good Gerudo.

I think what Miyamoto was doing here was to try and show, through Link, a world without prejudice, without racism. To that end he populated it with Gorons, Zora, Hylians, and even Gerudo, all kinds of different people, and showed through Link that they all had some common good. He delayed showing that side of the Gerudo presumably to build up Ganondorf, but when I went to the Spirit Temple I saw a different side of them. The Gerudo are different, but they have the capacity for good and to be the same as the other races of Hyrule. They just got the bad end of the deal when Ganondorf was born.

As for the temple itself, it was actually easier than the previous one, for reasons that elude me. I did, however, like the witches, and thought they had some of the best character development from non-playable-characters in the entire game.

Hey, it's been seven years. It's perfectly fine to wonder what Zelda looks like now.

Hey, it's been seven years. It's perfectly fine to wonder what Zelda looks like now.

  • Luisa

    Ah, OoT brings so many childhood memories… Best game ever, not only in terms of sentimental value. The storyline and everything, it boarders perfection. Oh how I wish Nintendo would make a remake of this game with graphics in TP style.
    This review is made of pure win, and I admire you for managing to stay awake for so long! But I should also thank you for writing this. It brought back many, many good memories. OoT will last forever.

  • a zelda trapped in a link’s body

    hey does anybody remember sinister? no? ok well I’m back and as the name I left suggests I’m going through some “changes” well I will be some time within six months (hmm wonder why I just did that…. oh well…) if anyone thinks they are like me respond to this comment and I’ll get back to you, now then that I’ve weirded a few people out I beleive I can speak for all those individuals of this generation within the community I have entered is that ocarina of time is certainly one of the best video games ever made I’d say second to final fantasy seven and if noone agrees with that I can assure you that sephiroth with the triforce is the most terrifying thing imaginable, though don’t get me wrong ganondorf is an ok villain, and honestly I don’t know who is a better hero in comparing link and cloud.

  • http://lars-christian.com/ Lars

    Best game ever made, end of story. Also the game that gave inspiration to the creation of this very website.

  • kate

    IMPORTANT!!!!!!
    the u.s. naruto website is going to start showing dubbed episodes of naruto shippuuden in january!!!!!!

    • http://aklyonx8.webs.com Aklyon

      so? we’re talking about OoT here, not naruto episodes.

  • Feere Gorone

    A beautifully written tribute to a great video game. As I said commenting on Lefty’s article, I was only four when OoT was released so the first time I played it it wasn’t as difficult as older gamers will remember. Still, it captivated me and entertained me, and it’s one of the best damn games I’ve ever played.
    And kate: What???

  • a zelda trapped in a link’s body

    you know what would be great?
    ocarina of time DS
    come on they did it for ff iv and soon v as expected and as someone in the game hints at so in other words… please nintendo, ocarina DS and maybe majora’s mask or… a link to the past… with ocarina of time’s graphics on the DS… oh so many ideas… (insert maniacle feminine laughter… stupid male form…)

  • Average Gamer

    Barinade’s a tumor, not Jabu-Jabu’s brain.

    Great review, though I really think you should have done this in advance so you wouldn’t lose sleep and have to rush this.

  • King Valhelhelm

    Ah, Pfft.
    Wind Waker and Twilight Princess were better.

    • Teacher

      you fail…
      the wind waker was ground breaking in size and scope but you never really connected with that link and twilight princess was a disappointment. OoT really made the player feel connected to Hyrule, Link, and all his encounters. the story was top notch, and the emotions the game provoked were stunning seeing as it was made in 1998. i just want to say that i disagree with you and your opinion sucks, it isn't valid, and no one cares about your existence anymore. have a nice day.

  • a zelda trapped in a link’s body

    HERESY!!!!! I beleive this speacks for anyone who reads your comment, pfft? PFFT? tww is paled in comparison to ocarina now though my ranting may suggest otherwise I actually do have a life so I will not argue and let the other old school gamers rip you into peices (insert maniacle feminine laughter…. stupid male body)

  • Andy

    I just finished reading the review, and I thought it was very detailed and insightful! I used to play OoT when I was little, and reading this brought back a lot of memorable moments, like the death of the Great Deku Tree. Kudos for you! I would also like to note that your humour and extensive use of vocabulary was top-notch! As for the person who said “Pfft”, I’m going to shred you into pieces!!1!!!

  • a zelda trapped in a link’s body

    nicely done andy… ha ha ha (insert maniacle feminine laughter… stupid male body…)…. (yes that is sort of my thing….)

  • tendorphin

    This was a great game, and a great review. The only thing I feel you looked over was the story of the creation of Hyrule. That cinematic was, for me, the point of no return. I have, since about 2 years of age, romped in the lands of Hyrule. However, up until this point, it was just a virtual place on my tv screen. I loved it, don’t get me wrong. I have always been in love with Hyrule, but after seeing the creation. The care the goddesses took to make everything, and their selves that they gave up to give it the life they so desired was immensely immersive for me. The fact that Miyamoto, and the others, went to the lengths to give us this background which was wholly unnecessary to the plot (except for connecting us more with Hyrule, as you have stated) filled me with awe. It was that point which I realized this wasn’t just a story. It was a world which the creators loved, and wished for me to love as well.

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  • bidaman

    oh man! you didnt have to walk all the way from hyrule foeld just to get saria's song.. you just have to burn the bomb blocking the way in goron city.. use a deku stick for this and you'd be fine.

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  • kek12

    This was my favorite game from my childhood and I actually just replayed it recently! Still great! Awesome review!!!!

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