By Hong Lau
As a child, it would be an understatement to say I was a huge Nintendo fan (hence the Mario article I wrote earlier). Growing up, I spent over 100+ hours on the Ocarina of Time. I wouldn’t say that’s solely my love of the game, but I wasn’t good enough / too young to actually understand. But man, did I enjoy playing the game every second I got a chance. I want to say my uncle got me this N64 in 1998 for Christmas. This was the first system that I would actually go on to own. The only game I was given was the Ocarina of Time.
Mind you, I had a sister and a cousin who lived with me, so we all had to share this one system and one game. Luckily for me, my sister was not a gamer (only when it came to Pokemon), and my cousin would only play at night (he loved to be outside).
I remember spending 2-3 days figuring out how to get the sword in Kokiri Forest, the iconic sounds involved with opening chests, etc. I then played Majora’s Mask immediately as it came out. Safe to say I was a little bit older and beat that game within a reasonable time.
I even made the dreaded mistake of picking a GameCube over a PlayStation 2 solely because of the Zelda franchise. I wouldn’t say I continued playing all games like Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. But it holds a precious space in my heart. When the switch dropped, and Nintendo decided to revolutionize the gaming world with Breath of the Wild, it caught my eye. I have played the game and enjoyed the ability to roam and make decisions in this open world.
I am so excited for their newest launch as of last week, Tears of the Kingdom. Whether that is the open exploring, lack of dungeons, the ability to build vehicles, or so much more. Gamers all over the world must be incredibly excited about this game. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a massive spike in sales for the Nintendo Switch. The people who grew up with Link and Mario are now adults 25+ (like myself). Ultimately, we aren’t buying Nintendo Switches because of their lack of great games but because of the ones from our childhoods. Especially the Zelda franchise holds a special place in our hearts.