Review of Legend of Zelda for the NES Mini
By: Kevin Magnus

Welcome back to Game Review, I am Kevin Magnus, while I am known as a long-time poet, I will be your guest reviewer this issue and hope you enjoy what I have picked for you this month. While, I do have a PS4, Xbox and even Nintendo Switch, I find myself playing my NES Classic Mini. Well, with that said, and since I have had so much time to just put my feet up and relax, I have been playing more video games to pass the time (hence the reason I can shell out a review).

While I have been moving back and forth between games, I always come back to the game I am going to review this issue, Legend of Zelda. This game might be one of the most popular video games from the 1980s. Shoot, even people who are not gamers know what it is and there is a high probability they've given it a go once or twice in their lifetime.

Legend of Zelda was released February 21, 1986, some thirty-four years ago, and the game continues to pull new fans and plays in annually. But that cannot be accomplish without the original action adventure game.

Back in the day, Legend of Zelda was a golden cartage, which was one the first games where a player could actually save their progress—now I know that is not a big deal nowadays, but back then, that was considered cutting edge Jetsons technology! Fun fact, the game would sell forty-seven million copies worldwide.

As we open the game The Legend of Zelda takes place predominantly in a medieval Western Europe-inspired fantasy world called Hyrule, where we find the central protagonist of The Legend of Zelda series, Link, who was unarmed and quickly found his first sword. The objective of the game is to assemble the shards of the Triforce of Wisdom and take on Ganon the main boss and his Triforce of Power.

You better have some free time as you go from one dungeon to the next (eight in total). Which takes a master's level of patients as you travel back and forth from one end of the map to the other. In my opinion, other than getting the shards of the Triforce my favorite part of the game is collecting all the items you'll need along the way—It has a Castlevania 2 feel in that respects.

While you move along the gameplay and as the levels get harder and harder you will I find as a teaching ground for skills as a play and you will need to master to defeat the next level. By the time you get to the final dungeon, you go into it with a sense of Been there, done that. Up to that open it is a rehashing of each baddie you encounter just upped on their difficulty.

But, as a personal suggestion before you reach Ganon, hit each dungeon once more just to fine-tune your skills. While, the boss for each will not be there, the other opponents are, and you can fight them and horn your mastery of the level. While your thumbs will more than hate you the following day, I feel that is the best practice to take down the last stage and win the game.

Also, I was told that I need to let you know that everyone can also enjoy the original NES games on the Switch, but I am old school and prefer to use the traditional old school controller. With all of that said, if you never gave original Legend of Zelda a play—check it out!

Perhaps after I finish working, I may jump on and kick Ganon's butt one more time just to make me feel good. Maybe next month's poem will be titled, Kicking Ganon's Ass! Meh, maybe not. Anywho…I can never remember if we are still grading the games, but if we are, I give Legend of Zelda a full on five stars, because there is not much out there that can beat this old school game!

Thank you all for reading, and I believe your Staffed Reviewer will be back next issue so you can get some skilled knowledgeable review next time.