Let me tell you, the OG Legend of Zelda is HARD!
It also is so SATISFYING!
From starting the game last week, I have died more times than in any Zelda game I have ever played before. All before the first dungeon. It’s direction in subtle: totally open for you to explore. I wandered and fought my way to the fifth dungeon in the game, before finding anything else. I couldn’t solve the puzzle or beat the enemies so I had to leave, swearing I would return to conquer it. Then I died.
I nearly busted out paper and pen to make a map so I could create a makeshift guide for Link. Then I downloaded this-
I’M SORRY! The original game was thought to be too difficult by Nintendo so they threw in a map with the cartridge! I figured I should have a map too. I use it to guide myself through the over world. This has not made the game easier. I am learning about the game and its design.
It marvels me that this game fit and SAVED on a NES cartridge. It has wonderful music and dungeon design. It is easy to see how this game inspired the latest Zelda game, A Link Between Worlds. The eShop version even suffers slow down like the original game should have on the NES.
I finally found the first dungeon and slashed my way through it’s dark corridors. I found a bow, but no arrows. What? No arrows? What. Da. Heck. Turned out I had to buy them from a merchant for 80 rupees. Sneaky Nintendo. I found that merchant on the other side of the over world and bought those arrows.
I finally made it to the to the boss in the dungeon, which was a DRAGON! I don’t recall dragons in Zelda games, but alright! I slaughtered the beast and claimed my prize— a piece of the Triforce.
Next, I went to dominate the second dungeon where I would face a familiar Zelda foe—Dodongo. Of course the giant dino-monster dislikes smoke. Armed with a few bombs I picked up (no bomb bag required!) I took care of Dodongo in a flash.
With 5 heart containers, I feel pretty invincible. Expect, I keep dying.
But alas! There is hope. I am slowly learning enemy patterns and becoming familiar with the immediate over world next to the one spawn point. My skills with enemies are improving. D-pad navigation is slick. I will beat this game. Now on to the third dungeon!
Keep an eye out for my next summary post on my Legend of Zelda journey, next Friday!
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