I’ve been on a major Legend of Zelda trip since just before Christmas. It started with a replay of Wind Waker HD and has run through a few games since then. Most recently was Link Between Worlds, and next on the list is Twilight Princess HD. That’ll probably be the last one before the glorious Breath of the Wild comes out in less than 3 weeks.
Coupled with that, Nintendo’s own Legend of Zelda Week event just ended, so it seems like as good a time as any to run down some of the most memorable events in the series. I tried to avoid just listing off all the endings.
…I only technically failed.
1) Ocarina of Time – Jumping The Bridge
The bridge at the entrance to Gerudo Valley will forever be one of the most memorable Ocarina of Time spots for me. This is mostly because of that deadly flamenco style music. However, coming in at a close second is the feeling of mystery it had. If you go there as a child, the bridge is out, but you can see the land beyond it. You know there’s something to find out there, but for now the bridge is out and you’ll have to wait. At least you’ve got the opportunity to do a sweet swan dive off the edge. Eventually, when you come back as an adult, riding your majestic steed Epona, you get to roll right up and make the leap of faith, clearing that once impassable gap.
2) The Wind Waker – The First To Touch The Triumph Forks
Ganon has just spent a good age gloating about how his plan to raise Hyrule is about to come to fruition. On and on he goes, until, just as he’s about to touch the Triforce and make his wish, there’s another hand is resting on it. Of course, the hand belongs to none other than King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule. Standing there with a dissatisfied look on his face and giving Ganon a lecture about how he really should just get on with things. Then, out come the swords and it’s time for the final battle. Few things are more satisfying than driving the Master Sword right through his massive, cel shaded forehead.
3) Link’s Awakening – Waking the Wind Fish
That moment when you finally make your way to the top of Mount Tamaranch with every Instrument of the Sirens in tow and play the complete Ballad of the Wind Fish. If you’re anything like me, you probably went up to the peak after each dungeon, playing it again and again, each time with a new instrument added to the mix. Hearing it all layered together in its 8 bit glory was a brilliant moment. Finally you get to see the Wind Fish; a massive whale with impossibly tiny wings… Then Koholint Island disappears and you have to watch as everyone you’ve met during the game is wiped from existence.
4) Skyward Sword – The Spruce Groose
Groose is one of the best things about Skyward Sword. When I started playing it, I was full sure he was gonna get possessed and become the bad guy. Not only was he a bit of a jerk, but he had that look. You know the look, the one where if you’re ginger in a Nintendo game you’re probably the bad guy. How wrong I was, not only is he not that bad a guy, he’s really pretty cool. His construction of The Groosenator is key to Link defeating The Imprisoned and as well as that, he’s willing to plummet to his almost certain doom in order to help Link save the world.
5) Majora’s Mask – End of the Final Day
So, there’s one of two ways this can go, either you save Termina, or the moon landing happens and everything is awful. Focusing on the former for just a moment, I have to mention how cool it is to get inside the moon. Outside is all doom and gloom at this stage, a red sky hanging overhead, panic in the streets of Clock Town. Inside, however, is just this lush green field with a single tall tree in the center. It’s such a shock to see how pretty it is considering what the exterior looks like.
Then, we have the other ending. The Moon crashes into Termina, the Skull Kid wins, you have failed. You’re forced to watch as the clock counts down to zero and the Moon comes ever closer in real time. Eventually, the screen goes dark and we see a Terminator 2: Judgment Day-esque explosion roll over link. Finally, the picture fades to black once more and we’re treated to that signature Majora’s Mask line, “You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?”