Eventually, when me and my cousin became a little older, we tried our hand at the N64 titles ourselves. No way were 5-6 year olds capable of completing those games, not a chance, more so for Majora's Mask, time travel plots to this day confuse me, though, through our determination (and the occasional help from my uncle) we finished Ocarina of Time. My uncle surely saw our obsession with the games he introduced us to and surprised us one day with a metal full-scale hand-crafted Hylian Shield for my cousin (his son) and a wooden full-scale Mirror Shield from the games. You can only imagine how happy two little kids would be after getting something like that. Fitting with the game, the shields were almost bigger than us. Sadly, the Hylian Shield disappeared some time ago, with the Mirror Shield sitting behind me after it was transformed with additional wood to look like it's long-lost Hylian brother.
Hands down though, my favourite part of Zelda history is by-far the fan reaction to Twilight Princess during it’s debut during E3 2004. That moment still gives me goose bumps to this day. I only wish I was there to be a part of it.
Of course, we both still play every Zelda title we come into contact with. Skyward Sword is a big thing on our minds right now with an inevitable replay of Wind Waker on the horizon and we are both planning to attend the Gamecity6 Zelda celebration hopefully alongside my non-Zelda loving friend this month.
In the second chapter we will outline some of the more rare and unheard of Zelda titles to appear throughout the years and see how they may have taken the series through a slightly different and less traditional road.