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My A-maze-ing Confession

July 31st, 2006 at 1:16 am by The Missing Link

I have a confession to make: I am a Zelda addict, and I have been a Zelda addict for a very long time. I have always told people that I really, truly began living and breathing Zelda since December 2000 when I joined my first Zelda forum, but my real passion for Zelda really began a long time before that. Granted, Zelda wasn’t a day-in and day-out thing then as it is now, but it was still a healthy obsession, if you will.

I recently uncovered a few old notebooks from my youth. Back then, the easiest way for my parents to stop my protests of boredom was to give me a notebook and some fashion of writing implement. (I would be busy for hours, if not days!) This was especially handy when I was on a trip, since they’re infinitely more portable than, oh say, an SNES. Anyways, I used to draw and write and invent all sorts of gobbletigook to fill the pages of notebook after notebook after notebook. Several of them have been kept over the years because they had several interesting things within them. Tonight, I am going to completely and utterly humiliate myself (all for your entertainment, of course) by daring to show you a few pages from the Zelda notebooks and projects of my younger days. Please, don’t run away in horror; there are worse things in the world.

Now back then my true hero was Mario. (Actually it was the plumber guy in green, but nobody remembers him, so I shall not mention him here.) There were more Mario games than there were Zelda games… or at least Zelda games that I had played; shocking though it may be, my first Zelda game ever was A Link to the Past. (Gasp! And I thought you were so rugged, TML!) I had all the Marios, all the way from Super Mario Bros. through Super Mario World… and then came LttP.

It’s been said that your first experience with a Zelda game will always make that game your personal favourite of the series for life; so true it has been with LttP. That game has inspired me in ways I never thought I could be inspired. Granted, Past didn’t have a super-strong plot (at least inside the game), but the dungeons were frighteningly evil. For those of you who have played it, tell me you don’t curse under your breath at Skull Woods; tell me you don’t quiver under the nightmarish puzzles of the Ice Dungeon or get lost in the Maze of Mystery; tell me Ganon’s Tower doesn’t throw you for a loop every time. (I thought not.) The dungeons were so very well crafted that I didn’t think any other game could ever surpass the sheer genius that went into them. Link’s Awakening, also a game I will always fondly look back upon, nearly came close to that (especially with its version of Turtle Rock… and the Eagle’s Tower).

It’s because of this that I started to make Zelda dungeons… on paper. And lots of them too.

I started a notebook with a single purpose, to outline an idea for the then-next Zelda game, the would-be second Zelda title for the SNES. (I actually dared to write Nintendo if they would accept game ideas when I was a naïve 13. They said no. The notebook has not been written in since. Curse you, Nintendo! You destroyed my dreams! I will never have love for you again! Er… ahem…) The game would have 20 dungeons, just to be extra evil. I had finished 15 of them before I stopped.

The first dungeon I had ever created, which was to be Dungeon #20, was the most evil of them all, a dungeon which spanned from the 9th Floor (9F) to the 9th Basement (B9). Just think the Ice Caverns mixed with Ganon’s Tower, and you’ve got the idea.


( Only a mere fraction of the evil; you cannot handle it all )

When Nintendo told me that my game was doomed to die, I decided then and there that I would make my game anyways. However, due to copyrights and all, I couldn’t use Link or Zelda… or anything that I had originally made my game off of… (not to mention my then very little programming experience…) so I had to change the context of nearly everything to make it work! And with my exceptionally elite skills in Microsoft QuickBasic (QBasic, for short), I would make it work, thus finally producing my game.


( Do not criticise my poor spelling and graphics. You’ll make me cry. )

I got to Dungeon #6. That’s when the N64 came out, its three-dimensional goodness slashing my hopes forever of being able to compete with my complete and utter mastery of 2D wonderment. (And yet no matter how many times The Man Nintendo puts me down, still I cannot help but love them. Talk about being a jilted lover.)

With my career as a game developer on hold, when I finally joined the Zelda community proper, I still wanted the chance to pursue my dungeon-making skills, thinking that one day this very skill might save my life! (Or at least save some electricity since I didn’t need a computer to do it.) So at my first set of forums, I set on the quest of making an outline of a forum game for several people to run through in a style similar to how a Dungeons & Dragons game would work, with me as DM narrating what would be happening. I modelled my dungeons in the style of Ocarina of Time since everyone knew that game better than my precccccciousssssssss LttP.


( Now you can see my real skills of an artist. I make drawing fun! )

The forum administrator refused to make a forum for me to do this. Thus, the project died a (yet another) horrible death. (At least it wasn’t Nintendo destroying me this time, right? :D )

So there you have it. I’m a Zelda-holic, and I’ve been proudly clean for all of about fifteen minutes. Now just give me Twilight Princess already, darn it!

So tell me… any of you have any guilty Zelda habits you’d like to share with the rest of the class?

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    I don’t have anything like yours but I AM OBSESSED.

    I am sure I can think of something weird.(sorry for double post)

    *runs back to beating Minish Cap for 8th time and still counting…..*

    Addicted to Zelda, eh? Well that’s nothing bad :) I would suppose that’s a good thing to be addicted too. Especially in comparison to all the other things you can be addicted to these days. And hey! It’s not violent gaming either! It’s gaming that will actually make you think! Well, anyway, this was a pretty interesting Blog. It’s really neat to see the early works of Zelda fans before the community grew this strong.

    Umm, I have a few:

    1: writing fanfics
    2: making side-scroll dungeons
    3: constantly thinking about the Zelda storyline, how things would work in Zelda, and Zelda in general
    4: checking Zelda Blog about every five seconds to see if there are any new comments
    5: comparing the Japanese text of the games to the English text (especially A Link to the Past, almost every other game doesn’t have major storyline differences, that’s why the A Link to the Past manual isn’t quite as accurate with Ocarina of Time, in Japan, it is extremely accurate)
    6: listening to Zelda music

    AHAH I found something. I AM SOOOOOOO ADDICTED TO MINISH CAP.(no it’s not my favorite game in the series, either LTTP or OoT is.)

    My first Zelda game was OoT. . . on the Gamecube Collecter’s Edition. So, I haven’t been playing for very long. But I quickly fell in love with Majora’s Mask. Except for the Evil Fish of Doooom. As for Zelda habits? Writing Ganondorf-based fanfiction, collecting Zelda MIDIs, and drawing Zelda things. So, basically, most Zelda artisitc things.

    The only zelda habit I ever had was playing OoT. I beat that game around 35-45 times. (Plus the masterquest disc, that’s another 6 times or so.)

    Of course, I’m also obsessively waiting for TP, just like everyone else here.

    Um, Phantom Hourglass made me want to get a DS. Does that count? Most of my writing deals with the Zelda series. One of the few original works I have is based on the concept of shadow beings (you know, Dark Link).

    Zelda habits? Well, I’ve been known to dress up as Link once in a while…Hehe, I blame my mum for getting me that green tunic-like shirt and…yeah…XD

    Anyways, don’t worry about totally embarrassing yourself! We’re all Zelda fans here! Here, have a Bombchu! *hands over the explosive little rodent thing*

    The only way I can get through the day at work is by daydreaming and more often than not I daydream about Zelda, now I have no experience as a fanfiction writer but I have some extremely cool ideas in my head for my own stories. One such idea has Link discovering his true destiny as one of “The Chosen”, now these nine “Chosen” of which “I” am a member of come from different realities and I have many characters from many different games and animes who appear as allies and enemies alike such as Aeris from FF 7, Vivi from FF 9, Auron from FF 10, Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo and… well you get the idea, so who knows maybe one day when I have enough skills/courage to write my own fanfiction ill turn this little fantasy into my very own story.

    I’m completely obsessed. I:
    1) Draw a lot of zelda related stuff
    2) Go to this site :P
    3) Turn out timeline theories by the dozen

    o_0??? You have to be a Zeld-Addict to come here, why does everyone make suck a fuss over it? You can’t be a true fan or truly love it if your not addicted to it, yes? I hate writing, by I prefer typing, so I would make a story, I’ll just have to send it over later this year when TP comes out. I even want to make up games, at first, it’s my own game (usually involving OoT Link) then, with almost the knowledge of everything Zelda, it inspired me to get into some of the older games, like the beloved classics (AoL, LA, the Oracles), and the ones that people (like Robert) wish to be in the Underworld, and see the cartoons, “Everything Hates Link.” Yes, I tend to be the oddball, maybe even go against rules of acceptance, but I am what I am, and I am odd. And I want to see what about these things that people love and adore, or loathe and cursed with a language that turns deadly to mortal ears, but it’s what is going to seperate me from the crowd that must have it that way, maybe I’ll later in my Zelda-gaming life, I’ll create a love for Link and just be that Shipper, a game of my own, like a TCG or something, maybe I will even sovle the timeline, but that’s what makes me, a Zelda-
    Addict
    Nerd
    Geek
    Otaku (is that right?)
    Holic,
    you name it, I’ll be that (as long as it’s not something from Robert-UK :D )

    Forgive me, I meant

    why does everyone make suck a fuss

    Such, not suck, sorry, and forgive me for double posting.

    A Zelda addict? Noooo, where have we heard that before? *sips on Linkweiser Lon Lon Milk*

    But that’s really cute, TML! The best I could do as a kid was write down my unusual fantasies involving Zelda (and usually I’d throw in some other characters from other games - Star Fox was a big one…). I ended up throwing them out, though, in fear of my sister or brother finding them. They were REALLY strange and REALLY violent (I tortured the characters in every way possible), too, so letting the family get hands on it would be the uttermost humiliation. Today with my much more sane mind, I stick with fan fiction, theorizing the timeline and storyline, visiting many sites…has my addiction grown worse over the years?

    BTW, ALttP was my first Zelda game also, and Turtle Rock always killed me…and it still does *shakes fist at empty magic meter*

    well, WW was my first game and after that I decided I wanted to actually be able to be in Hyrule. So then I learned how to be a traveler for the sole purpose of going to Hyrule and playing that stupid battlefish game inside the windmill. I know, I’m totally pathetic.

    I did something rather obsessed. I actually made Majora’s Mask. It’s 3D and everything! And it’s the right size and right colours. I don’t wear it, it’s just hanging on my wall next to my three shelves full of Zelda merchandise. Oh yeah, I have three shelves of Zelda merchandise. Is that obsessed? Oh, and I also made the Master Sword. That was until I got a proper one (yes, a real sword that looks like the Master Sword). Plus I have three Zelda t-shirts and a Zelda duvet and Zelda wallpaper and two files full of timeline research, manual scans and various theories I’ve come up with. Plus I have my own Zelda website.

    Do I qualify as obsessed?

    Hi my name is Light Link 007 and I’m a Zelda addict.

    You are not alone. You, my friend, are not alone.

    How big of a fan do you have to be to call yourself an addict?

    BTW Hyrulian Hero whats wrong with the things that I make up, I think my ideas are pretty good, lol.

    I criticise your poor spelling and graphics.

    Seriously, have you considered a job as a level designer? I think you’d be great! Personally, I’m trying as hard as I can to become a videogame designer…

    …anybody wishing to start a new software company? I’m in! :)

    so your dungeon had 18 floors with the basement? sounds like a dungeon i would like to go to :D .come to think of it I used to do alot of stuff like that,only loz stuff though since it was the only zelda game in existence at the time.I would wright down all the items (even though you could just look in the begining of the game ),where you get them,that sort of thing.one thing I always wanted to do is make a world map of LOZ but I never found a big enough piece of paper to put it on :P .

    That’s why the Internet exist. I’d like to explore that area. TML, if you really are a (as I like to call it) Zeld-Addict, then remake the map, and share it with us (that’s what I do sometimes) I’m not as obsessed as you guys, I made my own map of what the Golden World looks like after ALttP.

    I enjoy posts like this. I was something of a mapmaker, myself, but the only remnants that come even close to that I could find in my attic took their inspiration from Mega Man, not Zelda :(

    P.S. This isn’t related, but I don’t know where else to post it so you folks with posting privileges (/nudge) will see it. Joystiq.com linked to a list of the “Top 20 Gayest Video Game Characters,” (compiled by a staff that also swings that way, so they ain’t hatin’), & coming in as the #1 fruitiest fruit who ever did fruit while being made out of pixels and/or polygons is none other than Tingle. Here’s the link, but as it appears to be a new website with overwhelming traffic on Day One, you may or may not be able to get it to load all the way.

    I’ve played through OoT 7 or 8 times, and I am currently playing through it again, trying to find all the secrets of the game and collecting everything from all the heart pieces to all the skulltula tokens

    didint have it at the time :) .the closest thing I ever acomplished (as of recently) is figuring out which hole leads where in the LOZ warp area.maybe someday ill make that map ;) .

    Hyrulian Hero said:

    That’s why the Internet exist.

    Okay, I got you all beat. I jumped around on a trampoline/ran around my best friend’s back yard in a wearing jeans, a green sweatshirt with a belt around the middle of it, and a wooden sword all in under the assumed name of Link. I traveled through time, to other dimensions, and to the slightly scary looking tree about a quarter mile from his back door. And all this to find some secret, beat the boss, and rescue a damsel in distress *cough* Malon *cough*. Oh yeah and I am working on a Link costume this halloween.

    I have every single Zelda item ever made, and I can use magic, and I secretly saved the world from Ganon without telling anyone what was going on, and kept it a secret.

    My major obsession starts with four words:

    ~Zelda Movie: The Legend of the Triforce
    ~Zelda Classic: Make your own Zelda game.

    I enjoy them both, my Zelda movie, and my games I develop.

    So TML is a Zelda addict, huh?

    My addiction to TLoZ began when I was thirteen too, when I wrote my first fifteen pages of Zelda fan fiction in English. What’s so special about that you say?

    Well, my first language is Spanish.

    Can you figure out how much I did love the series in order to improve what little I knew about English in order to be able to write fics involving Zelda?

    Oh, and my first and favorite game of the series was also ALttP!

    On the point of the first game being the personal favourite, mine was LA:DX, but I hardly remember any of it xD. My favourite is MM though, whaddya gonna do.

    My first was Oracle of Ages, then my sister got Seasons and I played that, neither are my favorites. My favorite is OoT. But hopefully everyones will soon be TP.

    HH: I’ll go through my Zedla History. *sits on TML’s couch, pulls up a chair and places a shrink next to him* You see, my Zelda fandom actually started before I was born, my paretns played the very first game. Then, a few years after I was born, my first Zelda game was on the SNES, and we loved it, until we had an accident with the game, so the cartridge broke, then a cousin came by and brought us the Nintendo 64 and OoT (and several other games) that resparked my Zelda fan-ism, then after getting OoT, and since I didn’t know what to do and was too stubborn to read the walkthrough, my parents beat the game, and eventually, my sibling and I got into playing, so far, I’ve done the Child Link dungeons, and he went farther. Eventually, our dad came home from work and brough a video tape with him, on it was some interviews, the first one is on the title-thingie of the tape, it was about Majora’s Mask. Eventually, we started playing Zelda (RP style) sometimes it was with my friend, and sibling, othertimes, it was with my sibling and cousin (different one) and then, the same cousin that brough OoT brought Majora’s Mask, and I got to play some of the roles, so eventually we got our own game. Eventually, my sibling decided to hide the game so our youngest sibling won’t ruin it, and we could not find it for six months. I found it it in a hidden area of our shelves when we were moving around furniture, and then we manage to play through the rest of the game. However, we never got to finish it (who would’ve known my sibling was THAT terrified of the ReDead) so, our Zelda Fan-ism kinda died off for a while, until Nintendo created the Nintendo GameCube, at first, it didn’t seem cool, but then (thanks to Toonami) I’ve gotten into the GameCube, and got many games for it, several of them are Zelda games, and while we were looking for info on the game, I came upon my first Zelda FanSite, Zelda Universe. It seemed cool then, especially their comic series, Hyrularity, eventually, I explored throughout most of the area, but then it started to get boring, so one day, I was going through the Fan Art pages, and found pictures of one of the best Zelda Sites out here, TGA, these pictures were part of the game, Say What? I remember seeing two of them, but I can only remember one of them, which would be #8 now :D Then I found the website, and that’s where I began to feed my starving Zelda-Fanism. Sometimes there were hard times, other where it felt like I can’t remove my face from the screen. Eventually TML made Zelda Blog, and after a few pages were put up, I finally joined, and learned how annoying I can be. At times, I do create my own games, but the only one I actually liked would be a TCG with Zelda and FF stuff in it, I called it, “The Legend, and Fantasy” (I’ll come up with a different name) so, that’s my whole Zelda life. I even created a fan fic based off of a classic Christmas story, a few pictures, and done several RP fights (all of them with Master Link)
    shrink: Yah, I see the problem, your obsessed. That’ll be 200 rupees.
    HH: So, my future goals involving Zelda are: Making my own website, making a Movie once I go to College (on the other side of the country, for what I want to learn) and then get a decoration sword and name my child after a character in the game (Zelda is it’s a girl, Ralph if it’s a boy) Ok, just kidding about naming my child after a Zelda character, but the sword is for real (plus, I like swords)

    haha is that for real?

    Hyrulian Hero said:

    However, we never got to finish it (who would’ve known my sibling was THAT terrified of the ReDead)

    Wow TML. You should see my books….

    SS4 Kurama said:

    haha is that for real?

    It was, but they got over it a long time ago, but we finished the game on the Collector’s Edition disc that came with our TWW game and the GCN. Ironically, I’m the one with nightmares of Resident Evil: Hylian Edition, where I’m the guy who gets chased by the ReDead. I forgot to mention all of my dreams :D I had three many dreams, mostly involving me in Hyrule Town being chased around by ReDead, or in a field with the ReDead all around, like Dawn of the Dead, and I’m saved by a flying carpet in the end. I had three distinctive dreams involving me in some sorta Zelda dream, but I can only remember one. In it, I woke up in a cave, and in front of me below the 2-3 ft ledge, there was an army of white Tektites, and then I go bouncing off the top of them, and half way across (or as it feels) is Ganondorf with an old school friend and my sibling wrapped in chains, and then Ganondorf gave me the creepiest laugh, before I woke up for real. Any other dream I had involves me being chased by something but none of them were Zelda dreams. I can’t remember if I dream anymore, I tend to wake up and watch tv until I get hungry (which would be two minutes after waking) *eats some Zelda cereal*

    I had a lego dream once. *odd stares and cricket chirps* Ok. Anyway I’v finished every Zelda game I own at least twice.

    Mike Fireball said:

    P.S. This isn’t related, but I don’t know where else to post it so you folks with posting privileges (/nudge) will see it.

    LOL! It

    …sorry, submitted my mistake.

    I was saying that it was a Whose Blog? topic. Hmmm… guess we should start using /nudge more often! :P

    Next time you should send your news at TML at

    The most obsessive zelda thing I’ve ever done is staying up till 3:00 to beat the water temple on OoT.

    [TML: Light Link 007, if you don’t have something nice to say about some group of people, don’t say it at all.]

    3:00 am. Sorry had to clarify.

    Hyrulian Hero said:

    SS4 Kurama said:

    haha is that for real?

    It was, but they got over it a long time ago, but we finished the game on the Collector’s Edition disc that came with our TWW game and the GCN. Ironically, I’m the one with nightmares of Resident Evil: Hylian Edition, where I’m the guy who gets chased by the ReDead. I forgot to mention all of my dreams :D I had three many dreams, mostly involving me in Hyrule Town being chased around by ReDead, or in a field with the ReDead all around, like Dawn of the Dead, and I’m saved by a flying carpet in the end. I had three distinctive dreams involving me in some sorta Zelda dream, but I can only remember one. In it, I woke up in a cave, and in front of me below the 2-3 ft ledge, there was an army of white Tektites, and then I go bouncing off the top of them, and half way across (or as it feels) is Ganondorf with an old school friend and my sibling wrapped in chains, and then Ganondorf gave me the creepiest laugh, before I woke up for real. Any other dream I had involves me being chased by something but none of them were Zelda dreams. I can’t remember if I dream anymore, I tend to wake up and watch tv until I get hungry (which would be two minutes after waking) *eats some Zelda cereal*

    It was those damn “Wallmasters” that gave me nightmares, especially in the Misery Mire Temple in ALttP…. I hated those things sooooo much, lol.

    Eh, I just keep moving. I have an idea to help you, Robert, listen to The All-American Reject’s song, “Move Along” to remind you to move away from the Wallmasters (the ones in OoT should be the scariest, you see what they’d look like in real life) Anyways, one fact that the Zelda obsessed are everywhere is here ,here , and here.

    Off the top of my head, I own a Japanese copy of Majora’s Mask (Mujura no Kamen, actually). The Japanese version of this game came out before the English version, so when I saw the Japanese version in my local gaming store, I bought it (for $50, ridiculous for an N64 game) and played it.

    Not that big of a deal? I was in my third semester in college of Japanese, so I translated portions of the game. Not enough to have a full understanding of dungeons, or masks, or what was going on, but enough to beat the game. I could have just waited a few months to get the English version, but noooooo.

    I’ve been a Zelda addict for three years(Not long) but after studying the Zelda world a lot on the computer I know almost everything about the series. My first Zelda games were The Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time Master Quest which I got with my Gamecube on my 10th birthday. I eventually got the A Link to the Past/Four Swords GBA remake, The Four Swords Adventures, and The Minish Cap when I was 12. I eventually got obsessed with FanFics! For people who love FanFiction I recemend going to

    Oops, Forgive me for double posting but I accindently submited the reply before finishing it! Okay as I was saying, For those of you who love FanFiction I recemend going to www.fanfiction.net. If you do go there, please read my fanfics! By going to my profile through the Directory! It’s a great site, I hope you come there!

    Your image labled boshta.jpg reminds me of the old .

    Forgive me for double posting too, but http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/cinerama/western/129/goonies2nes3.gif Goonies II for NES is what it reminds me of.

    I put the wrong link, its:
    www.fanfiction.net
    In the previous link I accidently put a period at the end.

    Here’s another site you might enjoy: www.hyrulianguardian.blogspot.com