It’s a common theme, with any post that you see me write, and it’s a plague of many.
The backlog. That damned backlog.
Of course, not all backlogs are bad. There’s The Backlog, with Joe Walker. That’s good! But then there’s the never ending backlog of video games. And that’s bad.
My last post on Skirmish Frogs landed to my plans for the next project I’m undertaking, which is going well by the way. Slow, but good. The fact that it hasn’t bit the dust like so many is a strong positive. But I digress…
I referenced in that post about my push to tackle said backlog and dive into it deeply. I also mentioned that I own many Zelda games that I have yet to play, and since it’s Legend of Zelda Week here on the pond, I thought I’d take some time to reflect on the series.
Sadly, there’s not much to reflect upon.
Yes, I own many Zelda games. In fact, outside of Skyward Sword and the Tri-Force Heroes, I believe I own every Legend of Zelda game that Nintendo has offered (I’m not counting those crappy CD-i releases.) Now, technically, I don’t own Majora’s Mask on the Nintendo 64, but I did purchase the 3DS remake. And I don’t have the Wii version of Twilight Princess but I own the Game Cube release. Same could be said for Wind Waker. Game Cube, yes. Wii U, no.
You’d think someone who owned an entire library of games would’ve found the time to play said games over a period of time. That hasn’t been the case to this point. In fact, here’s a breakdown of which Zelda games I’ve played, total.
Legend of Zelda (NES) (completed)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
A Link To the Past (SNES)
Hyrule Warriors (Wii U) (completed)
Yup. That’s it. But Oracle of Ages/Seasons…Awakening…Ocarina of Time…Link Between World…and any and all in between…they’re all on the shelf, all awaiting to be played.
So why haven’t I touched them to this point?
Well, I know I’m not the only one, but I have this STUPID thing where I’m defaulted to wanting to play games in chronological order. Is there any reason to do so? Not really. It’s not like if one were to play Final Fantasy IX before Final Fantasy II that any amount of storyline or understanding of the game would be different. Same could be said with the Zelda series, I suppose. Though, I have yet to play Link Between Worlds without having beat Link to the Past, because I’m told there’s some similarities and that ‘it helps’ having playing LttP first.
In my head, I’ve always told myself to play (and ideally finish) Adventure of Link before moving on to Link’s Awakening. Or, play Ocarina of Time before Majora’s Mask, because that’s how they were released.
I’ll continue to search for Skyward Sword, because despite mixed reviews, I DO want to play it some day. And that’s the theme with all of the Zelda games. I eventually want to play all of them. The Legend of Zelda has been a constant in my life, directly or indirectly, over the past 30 years. I don’t know as much about the land of Hyrule as most, but I intend to.
I’ll say this, playing Hyrule Warriors was a trip, because while I knew who some of the characters in the game were, I couldn’t tell you what games they debuted in or how integral a role they played in each game. Sure, I had heard of them, but that’s more due to conversation and reading over time as opposed to first hand experience.
So in an attempt to bring this full circle, as part of my goal to dig into my backlog in 2016, I’m moving Zelda to the top of the priority list. The only struggle will be that I really enjoy RPG’s, and those will need to be moved to the back burner in order to put a Ganon sized dent into this series. That’ll be a difficult task unto itself, but one that I need to do.
I feel like I know the Legend of Zelda pretty well, but truth be told, I don’t have a clue as to what it’s all about. Time to change that.
Here’s hoping next year during ‘Zelda Week’, I’m able to provide a little more insight and ‘memories’.