In preparation just for in case Twilight Princess wins in the current poll I have running (see, look over to the right sidebar), I pulled out the GameCube from dusty storage and set it up with my office TV. I don’t even have to unplug one of the other consoles because the GC is pre-HDMI days. Score one for old school. As I dug through all of my discs and accessories–I thought I lost my one memory card, but I didn’t–it dawned on me that I have way more copies of the original The Legend of Zelda game than I possibly need.
Since I was part of the ambassador program for the 3DS, I have a digital copy of the game on my 3DS. But that didn’t stop me from buying the virtual console version on the Wii U for whatever reason. And then while rummaging around in the ghosts of GameCube past, I stumbled across my Legend of Zelda Collection, a GC disc that contains the original game, Adventures of Link, Ocarina of Time, and Majora’s Mask. I don’t remember how I got this disc, I think it was for either registering my GC online or signing up for a Nintendo Power subscription. I know I got the strategy guide for the collection through Nintendo Power, so I really don’t remember how I got the games. I know I couldn’t buy them in the store. Maybe it was for purchasing and registering Wind Waker? It’s amazing how I don’t know.
The point is, I have three copies of the original The Legend of Zelda across three different platforms. I no longer have the original cartridge, as I gave my sister the NES and all of the cartridges when I got the GC. I believe her husband still has them and plays them often.
Know what’s even crazier? I’ve never once finished the original game. Not. Once. I always get to about level 7 or 8 and then get bored or I become too frustrated at those damn blue darknuts to continue. Seriously, fuck those guys.
Not sure why I keep buying this game. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of it? Maybe because it reminds of when I was the strategy guide writer for my friends, drawing up the maps and telling them where to go? Maybe because it’s spawned so many great game ideas? Or maybe it’s just something I feel the need to own and own it everywhere. I’ll probably buy it on the next several handhelds/consoles. It will be on my handheld I have in a nursing home, and I still won’t have completed it.