When I was younger – maybe about six years old, my parents got me my very first video game console: a GameCube. With this, they also got me a few games: Crazy Taxi, Finding Nemo & The Legend of Zelda – Collector’s Edition. At first, I’ll be honest, the Finding Nemo and Crazy Taxi were the games that caught my attention at first.

Once I got bored with those two games, I decided I would try The Legend of Zelda. The Collector’s edition, which I no longer have because I lent it to an old friend of mine and she never gave it back, has multiple different Zelda games – Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The adventure of Link, and a demo version of Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. 

For whatever reason, I was compelled to play Majora’s Mask. At the age of 6, it wasn’t the most appropriate choice for me. Not only did this game scare me and give me nightmares, but it also frustrated me beyond belief. I believe I got to the part where I had to chase the monkey through the Deku Forest and then gave up.

Several years had passed until the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess came out. I saw commercials for this game and instantly fell in love. I bought it and beat in a couple of weeks, and from there I was hooked. I opened up my collector’s edition and played Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask – then bought Wind Waker and beat that.

As the years have progressed on, I’ve kept up with the new releases of Zelda games. Following Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword came out – and it was not my favorite, but I still enjoyed playing the game. I didn’t enjoy the graphics as much as Twilight Princess and I didn’t like how the motion detector in the wii-remote wasn’t always spot on – I also hated that there was no Epona. On the positive side, I did enjoy the story-line and enjoyed the process of collecting different materials and bugs.

When it comes to the most recent game – Breath of the Wild … just wow. It has absolutely stunning graphics and the biggest map that any Zelda game has ever had. Teleportation came in VERY handy in this game. The hunter/gatherer aspect was repeated in this game, and they added another intriguing aspect: catching wild horses. I love that you are able to have up to 5 wild horses and keep them in stables registered across the map. I’m trying to think about something I would change about this game and can’t really think of anything. – Actually, the one thing I would change is that after beating Ganon, I just wish that it was possible to see Hyrule at peace, and not be reset right before the fight with Ganon. It’d be nice to see the payoff of all the hard work of killing monsters.. and completing all of those shrines!

The Legend of Zelda has been my favorite game series for many years now. I love how much change and improvement has gone into the development of the games. It’s incredibly inspiring. I’ve heard there is a new Zelda game coming out for the Nintendo Switch later this year and I can’t wait to try it.