VR Zelda Month: Introduction

Here we go.


Welcome, dear reader! If you’re a fan of the Legend of Zelda series, you are in the right place.

Over the next 30 days on Vagrant Rant, leading up to the October 5th Australian physical release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD on Wii U (it will probably show October 4th on WordPress), you will see fifteen Zelda-themed countdowns. Not all of them are top tens; some are top fives and some top fifteens, but overall there will be 150 listed Zelda, er, things on this site by the release of that gorgeous-looking game.

I’m going to try to make this as comprehensive as possible, so some of these lists might seem a little odd. Honorable mentions are in no particular order. Also, I’m pulling 90% of my images from one excellent site, zeldawiki.org, which sometimes goes down. So if images don’t appear when you view a countdown, that is the most likely explanation as to why.

Before I begin, however, I just want to point out just what Zelda games I have actually played and finished, along with what systems they are available on in non-emulated form, so you know what kind of things won’t be showing up on any of the countdowns:

I have not touched:

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link – NES
The major series outlier and, by some accounts, the hardest of the bunch, I do own this game on my 3DS (it was a free Ambassador download back in 2011) but have never actually booted it up. I’m open to being sold on its merits, but I can’t see myself playing it in the immediate future.

Oracle of Ages – GBC
I missed this and its sister game Oracle of Seasons on the Game Boy when the pair first came out, but this year Nintendo re-released them on the 3DS eShop. I downloaded Seasons while my brother downloaded Ages. We have the intention of swapping passwords after we both finish to unlock the true ending of the adventure, but neither of us is even close to beating the game yet.

I have tried briefly:

The Legend of Zelda – NES
Messed around in the beginning for about an hour when I downloaded it for free as a 3DS Ambassador title. Haven’t gone back, but I might someday. People still say good things about it.

I have finished at least one dungeon of:

Oracle of Seasons – GBC
I have only finished one dungeon of this charming game. See the Oracle of Ages entry above for more.

The Minish Cap – GBA
Two dungeons down in this 3DS Ambassador download, something I achieved two years ago before being distracted by something else. I went back to it briefly this year but was thoroughly confused about where I was supposed to be up to.

Phantom Hourglass – DS
I bought this one on DS the day it came out, way back in 2007. I really tried to like it, but couldn’t get very far at all because of a number of issues. You can read about some of these in my opinion piece on the DS Zelda games.

I have finished, with at least all available heart containers:

A Link to the Past – SNES/GBA
I played and finished the slightly altered GBA version. Never even seen the SNES one in action.

Link’s Awakening – GB/GBC
Finished in 2011 after downloading from the 3DS eShop, while waiting for Ocarina of Time 3D.

Ocarina of Time – N64/3DS
Finished both versions, although without all heart containers on the N64.

Majora’s Mask – N64
Finished 100% in an intense 10-day period back in 2001.

The Wind Waker – GCN
Completed about a month after its May 2003 Aussie release.

Four Swords – GBA/DSi
Came bundled with that GBA port of A Link to the Past. I finished the game with a friend over a few sessions around its launch.

Four Swords Adventures – GCN
Took many months to complete, but I did so in full co-op with my three siblings.

Twilight Princess – GCN/Wii
Played and completed the Wii version soon after picking it up on the Wii’s launch day alongside the system.

Spirit Tracks – DS
Completed about two weeks ago.

Skyward Sword – Wii
Took around a month to finish in the lead-up to Christmas of 2011.

Abbreviations List


–NES = Nintendo Entertainment System
–SNES = Super Nintendo Entertainment System
–GB = Game Boy
–GBC = Game Boy Color
–N64 = Nintendo 64
–GBA = Game Boy Advance
–GCN = Nintendo Gamecube
–DS = DS
–DSi = DSi
–Wii = Wii

–LoZ = The Legend of Zelda (the first game)
–AoL = The Adventure of Link
–LttP = A Link to the Past
–LA = Link’s Awakening
–OoT = Ocarina of Time
–MM = Majora’s Mask
–OoA = Oracle of Ages
–OoS = Oracle of Seasons
–WW = The Wind Waker
–FS = Four Swords
–FSA = Four Swords Adventures
–MC = The Minish Cap
–TP = Twilight Princess
–PH = Phantom Hourglass
–ST = Spirit Tracks
–SS = Skyward Sword

So, without (much) further ado, let’s get started!

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