The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda

A cool adventure video game from the 80's

Finally, we saved the Princess! My son and I played a video game that lasted about a year-and-a-half before we reached the end of the first level. The video game was the "Legend of Zelda" by Nintendo. First version came out in 1986. Zelda was all the rage, the coolest fantasy action-adventure game of the 80s.

After school, my son and I would sit down in front of the television and whip out the dual remote controls. The World Wide Web was not launched until 1991, so when you played a video game back when, you were on your own unless you bought a "cheat" book, which we did.  

The goal was simple, to save Princess Zelda from Ganon. The hero was Link. A character that dressed like Robin Hood, and yes, my son and I had a few wise cracks about his costume. He was cute though incredibly small for a hero.

Each weekday my son and I would weave in and out dungeons and danger in the Overworld. This was the first Nintendo game where you could resume where you left off, which was great. Together my son and I set out to unlock keys, buy items, discover new powers but most of all reach the final dungeon to save the princess. 

After months of play, we got to the end of the first level and freed Zelda! After such a long trial of insane fun, we beat the game… together. We were exhausted. We cheered, we shouted, we were glad it was over. What a cool adventure video game to go on a quest with my son. Good times!