A few weeks ago I ordered a treat for myself: the Nintendo Game & Watch: Legend of Zelda. It’s a nifty little device, based on the old Nintendo Game & Watch LCD handheld games. Nintendo revived the concept with handhelds themed around Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.
The units usually retail for $50, but Amazon had this unit on sale for $42.50 (now it’s around $45, I believe). Amazon was also offering $10 off any order to try their location pickup and locker service, and I used some credit card rewards to whittle the final price down to $25 out-of-pocket for yours portly.
I then promptly forgot about it until nearly a week after it had shipped to the store for pickup. I realized that I was too late, but hoped the pharmacy pickup location had not returned it. I managed to rush over there between lessons one afternoon, and was thrilled to find my purchase still in their storage:
This little unit is packed with goodies: The Legend of Zelda; Zelda II: The Adventure of Link; and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. There’s also an old-school Game & Watch-style game featuring Link, and a full-color clock that emits a quiet electronic “tick” every second, and features Link scurrying around Hyrule, slaying monsters.
Those three Zelda games are my favorites. I still remember getting Zelda II: The Adventure of Link one year for my birthday, and my mom telling me to go ahead and play it before my younger brother woke up, because he would demand the controller (some things never change). The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was one of my favorite Game Boy titles.
I’m also a huge Zelda fan, and always have been. The series and its focus on exploration, action, and puzzle-solving have always drawn me in, and I used to design my own maps and monsters as a kid. The music has also always been inspiring, and I even arranged the iconic theme song for my old group, Brass to the Future:
I finally cracked the unit open last week, and pretty much lost all of my free time to playing The Legend of Zelda. I realized I had never beaten the game before, so after nearly thirty-five years (the game reached the United States in 1987, and I think we got our Nintendo Entertainment System Christmas of 1988), I decided to sit down and finally defeat Ganon.