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The Legend of Zelda:
Wii U
Walkthrough
Overview

Back to the Beginning

When I woke up today and accepted this assignment, it was a good thing I had the tools needed to do it. Inside my desk, amidst cartons of food, bugs, and indecent materials was a GameCube I had brought with me to my college dorm. Along with it was a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition, which has OoT on it. I removed these from my desk and, after disconnecting my roommate’s Xbox 360, punched up my old system. Immediately I started a new game, calling myself ‘It’ after my favorite Steven King book and jumped into the world of Hyrule.

Link prepares for a musical rendition of I Was An Angst-Ridden Protagonist, utilizing all his acting prowess.

Link prepares for a musical rendition of I Was An Angst-Ridden Protagonist, utilizing all his acting prowess.

One of the first things I noticed going in was how hard it is going to be to be critical of this game. The story, still engaging after all these years, pulls me in like two women wrestling in a grease pit. After Navi the fairy joins Link, I decided to go take a walk down memory lane by visiting my old friends like Saria and, to a lesser extent, Mido. Now, everyone knows that at this point I need to grab the sword and shield, but I couldn’t help but notice something odd. Once Mido was finished racially insulting my lack of a fairy and being a jerk, I listened to myself as I was walking. Despite having no items at the point, not even the tiniest green rupee, my footsteps were clanking like I was hoarding the armory you obtain later in the game. How incredibly odd, I thought to myself. But I suppose that I’ve been spoiled by all of the fancier new games and their sound effects. Remember, kids, this is the late nineties, and it’s the pinnacle of audio design. A lot has changed in ten years.

So I grab the sword, buy the shield, and still make it in time to snag a Deku Stick from a Deku Baba before being offered as a sacrifice to soothe the Great Deku Tree’s indigestion. Apparently, according to Saria, it’s quite an honor to be fed to him.

  • 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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    I am so angry… it won't let me get to any of the other pages! I can't read it- anyone know why/how to fix?

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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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