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November 10, 2007 7:09 PM   Subscribe


Awesome. I haven't really seen the entire layout since I played the game and had that player's guide (the black one, name escapes me) with all the Nintendo tips in it.
posted by dhammond at 7:18 PM on November 10, 2007

Pwned by Kitteh and Pip!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:19 PM on November 10, 2007 [1 favorite]

oops, didn't see the second link. my bad.
posted by brevator at 7:20 PM on November 10, 2007

Also, as chance might have it, I am in fact currently doing the second quest.
posted by brevator at 7:23 PM on November 10, 2007

In other Zelda news, I just discovered the Parallel Worlds hack for the SNES. Basically a whole new game using the Link to the Past engine. Fucking sweet.
posted by brevator at 7:26 PM on November 10, 2007 [3 favorites]

I was about to check that out, brevator. Thanks for reminding me.
And dhammond, I had that same guide - the Power Player's Guide or something, what a great resource.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:42 PM on November 10, 2007

I know there's more than 4 Zelda dorks on MeFi. Can't imagine where else they might be on a Saturday night.
posted by brevator at 7:53 PM on November 10, 2007

Hey, I resemble that comment.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:59 PM on November 10, 2007

Add a fifth Zelda dork to the count. Played every Zelda ever (except Four Swords) and I'm currently playing through Zelda Phantom Hourglass on my DS on the way to and from work sometimes.

brevator: "Can't imagine where else they might be on a Saturday night."

It's Sunday where I am and the only reason I'm here right now is because I'm taking a break from playing Guitar Hero III on my Wii.

Well, back to it!
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:03 PM on November 10, 2007

I just finished Phantom Hourglass like 2 hours ago. Kind of disappointing ending, and this is perfect. Now I'm excited to replay the original!
posted by aubilenon at 8:04 PM on November 10, 2007

This is awesome.
posted by iconomy at 8:28 PM on November 10, 2007

I still have my NES Strategy Guide for Zelda! I used to rely on that thing so often. How could you know about all those secrets without it?

This rocks.
posted by jstef at 8:39 PM on November 10, 2007

I've been playing a Zelda emulation this past week while my internet's been out. This map would've come in handy I guess, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have most of the game memorized. The last couple of things are slipping my mind however—I'm in Death Mountain now and, uh, how do I beat Ganon again?
posted by carsonb at 9:01 PM on November 10, 2007

posted by blacklite at 9:34 PM on November 10, 2007

'View Entire Map' collapsed my poor computer. Besides that, it's great.
posted by Memo at 9:48 PM on November 10, 2007

Parallel Worlds looks great! Thanks for the link, brevator.
posted by ducksauce at 10:37 PM on November 10, 2007

Ah, if only my NES weren't thousands of miles away right now. And the old Zelda cart weren't worn out. I never tried the 2nd quest. The first was enough for me I think it's because I played Link's Awakening first and got used to the ease of it's interface.

One thing that startles me is the large amount of secret rooms that charge money for door repair. I didn't find any of those.

This Zelda nerd draws people with swords on Saturday night. It's fun.

I haven't the urge to go the emulation route. No NES pad!
posted by Mister Cheese at 11:53 PM on November 10, 2007

I'm probably a bigger Zelda geek, in a way, than anyone else here; not only have I completed the second quest many times, but I try to do it without dying, and have finished it with as little as the Wooden Sword and Blue Ring. (The first quest I once did with the Wooden Sword and no ring.)

While later Zeldas all have their positive qualities, there are some things about the original game that have never been equaled. The huge number of secrets relative to game size, for example. To the person who asked how someone was expected to know where they were: they weren't. The player was expected to look for them, bombing every mountain square and burning every tree. For most games this would be exasperating, but the original Zelda had so many secrets that such random searching actually worked a fair proportion of the time.

I've noticed one mistake (or at least, I -think- it is) in the map, a Door Repair Charge guy who isn't actually there. (He's in the screen one left and one down from the upper-right corner. Notice, if you turn secrets on, his cave doesn't appear. (I admit, of course, It's possible I've just never happened upon him.)

Finally, if you're looking for Zelda-like games, don't forget about Zelda Classic, an entire construction set program dedicated to games of that style.
posted by JHarris at 3:29 AM on November 11, 2007

I accidentally downloaded Zelda Classic v2.1 while trying to find a ROM for Zelda 2 The Adventure of Link. That's what I've been playing, and even without an NES controller (I'm keyboarding) it's awesome.
posted by carsonb at 6:40 AM on November 11, 2007

I haven't the urge to go the emulation route. No NES pad!
posted by brevator at 9:29 AM on November 11, 2007

how do I beat Ganon again?

Make sure that you have the silver arrow (upper left hand room of level 9). Find Ganon's room. He lives a room below the left eye of the skull. Probably prudent to have some red potion and a big shield, but certainly not necessary. Have your bow and arrow ready. Ganon will show himself and then disappear. He will be invisible and shooting fireballs at you. Try to triangulate where he is based on where the fire balls originate. Take swipes at invisible Ganon with your sword. If you hit him he will appear, in bizarre postures. After you make him appear 3 or 4 times, he will appear brownish-red. This means he's weak. Shoot him quickly with the silver arrow. He will drop the Triforce and turn to dust.
Walk into the next room. Use your sword to get through the fire guarding Zelda. Walk up to her. Watch the credits. Another quest will start from here. Press start button.
posted by brevator at 9:51 AM on November 11, 2007

Oh, that makes me want to play Zelda, too.

I love the dialogs in the secret rooms. "Buy somethin' will ya?" and "Pay me for the door repair charge." It's so simple, funny and endearing. Kind of like all the old games.
posted by scrumtralescent at 1:02 PM on November 11, 2007

This is the only MeFi post tagged with "dodongo." That makes me sad.
posted by SemioticRobotic at 6:11 AM on November 12, 2007

I can't wait to bomb some dodongos! I'll grab my stuff.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:52 PM on November 12, 2007

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