Friday, January 4, 2008

Most Embarassing Moment #13 - The Legend of Zelda

When I was nearly thirty years old I printed off 2 sets of FAQ's/walkthroughs of the Legend of Zelda for the archaic NES gaming system and beat the game, something I've been trying to accomplish since I was ten years old. (Well, on a completely sporadic schedule. I get the urge every few years, pull it out and eventually give up.) I'm just glad I got it done before I turned 30. Instead of the kudos I was expecting from my husband for my achievements, he suggested I post this story on my blog as one of my most embarassing moments. Although I feel slightly nerdier than usual tonight, I am satisfied and rejoice at last in the defeat of the evil Gannon!

I found the description below of the Zelda saga somewhere on the internet and it cracked me up and of course made me feel even more nerdy.

A long, long time ago the World was in an age of Chaos. In the middle of this chaos, in a little kingdom in the land of Hyrule, a legend was being handed down from generation to generation, the legend of the "Triforce"; golden triangles possessing mystical powers.

One day, an evil army attacked this peaceful little kingdom and stole the Triforce of Power. This army was led by Gannon, the powerful Prince of Darkness who sought to plunge the World into fear and darkness under his rule. Fearing his wicked rule, Zelda, the princess of this kingdom, split up the Triforce of Wisdom into eight fragments and hid them throughout the realm to save the last remaining Triforce from the clutches of the evil Gannon. At the same time, she commanded her most trustworthy nursemaid, Impa, to secretly escape into the land and go find a man with enough courage to destroy the evil Gannon. Upon hearing this, Gannon grew angry, imprisoned the princess, and sent out a party in search of Impa.

Braving forests and mountains, Impa fled for her life from her pursuers. As she reached the very limit of her energy she found herself surrounded by Gannon's evil henchmen. Cornered! What could she do? ... But wait!

All was not lost. A young lad appeared. He skillfully drove off Gannon's henchmen, and saved Impa from a fate worse than death. His name was Link. During his travels he had come across Impa and Gannon's henchmen. Impa told Link the whole story of the princess Zelda and the evil Gannon. Burning with a sense of justice, Link resolved to save Zelda, but Gannon was a powerful opponent. He held the Triforce of Power. And so, in order to fight off Gannon, Link had to bring the scattered eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom together to rebuild the mystical Triangle.

If he couldn't do this, there would be no chance Link could fight his way into Death Mountain where Gannon lived. Can Link really destroy Gannon and save the Princess Zelda? Only your skill can answer that question. Good luck. Use the Triforce wisely.


Anne said...

LOVE THIS and congrats!

Holly Moore said...

Oh my gosh Katherine, I am totally obsessed too. I've brought it out every ten years or so, but I am stuck on the last level! I'm going crazy! Anyhow, congrats on winning, nerdy or not, I ADMIRE you! I just can't do it.

Natalie said...

AWESOME--I was never able to go all the wayon Zelda--you are my hero!

The Zickgraf Family Circus said...

YES! I played the GameCube version- Windwaker and beat it one summer... I'm still super proud of myself, I think that's the only game I ever beat...

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