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Just started playing Legend of Zelda NES...

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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
And must say it's a good game. However, the game is slap-in-the-face hard in comparison with later games.
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fawfulmk-II Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's a game of attrition, but once you get the patterns it's pretty damn fun.

some words of advice to help you for later:

-save upon your damn rupees. underneath one of the Statues you will find a ;passageway to a dwarf who sells you the blue ring for 250 rupees, which will help out...a lot.

-Bombs are one of the best items in the game. you can kill the first 3 bosses using them(if you time it right even, the 3rd boss dies in one hit!)

-when you get stuck in the maze of the western woods, I'll save you some rupees so you don't have to pay off the old lady: northwest, southwest.

-make sure you get the permit from the old man in the northeastmost corner of the map for the old lady to sell you potions

-whenever you find a guy who offers you a piece of heart or a potion, take the heart every time

-Dungeon #6 will be a complete bitch-that area is one of the reasons why Like-Likes are the most hated enemies in gaming history

-Ironically, Dungeon #7 may be the easiest-but you will need a lot of bombs

-also in Dungeon #7, the monster blocking your path has his stomach growling, which is a clue of what to give him

-Dungeon #9 is the only dungeon in the game that has 2 items inside, and you need them both, because one is the only thing that can kill the final boss, and the other is the thing that will make you survive reaching him

-be careful when exploring the hidden areas on the map-sometimes there where be people(or monsters) that give you money or items, but every once in a while you will get a pissed off guy who has you pay for his door.

hope that helps you out!
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LouisEugenioJR Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've played that game before. The farthest I've made it was the second dungeon.
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Cosmic-doodle Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NES games are very unforgiving.
Games are too easy now. I think thats why this generation is so soft. :lol:

However, I really like the original Zelda. :dummy:
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vic-viper-001 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you think it's hard already, just wait until you get to the level with the Wizzrobes!
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Level 6 was the stuff my nightmares were made of when I was a child (well, that and Large Marge. Goddamn 80's)! I dreaded every step of that place!

And that nice, big shield you saved all that money to get? Yeah, kiss THAT goodbye!
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
If anything like the Wizzrobes in Link's Awakening, I don't think I have a problem.
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vic-viper-001 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh don't worry, you'll see what I mean... especially once you come across the blue ones!
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Ok.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
You think that's hard? Try Bayou Billy.

Games in the NES era often did NOT want the player to win. We're talking start-over-at-the-beginning Game Overs here. And we didn't always have the Konami Kode to help us (and even when we did, it still took ONE hit to die!)

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We 80's kids grew up tough when it came to games. The toughest of all were the old, OLD school PC gamers; the ones who bought their games on floppy discs in friggin' zip lock bags at stores. Those guys humble a coddled console kid like me.
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Dangnabit! Back in Mah day, we didn't have these conflagged Online gaming. When we wanted play with friend, we played in my house. With two controllers. We had no "Wi-Fi" or "Wireless controls". Ours plugged into our system and we liked it!
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
And we couldn't beat Battletoads because your friend never learned how to keep his shit together on the speeder-bike level (not that we ever passed it on single player, but SHUT UP!)

Seriously, the days of going over to someone's house in order to play multiplayer. Man, those were the days.
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Never played Battletoads. But I've seen so many ads for it in magazines and comic books. I wanted to play it, even to this day. Problem is they don't have it available for the Virtual Console.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Wouldn't even matter, nobody could beat that damn thing without an emulator (even just to practice) anyway.

...unless they truly, TRULY had no life.
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I have a life.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Then don't count on beating it without an emulator.

Which is probably for the best.
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I don'y emulate. Ever.
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StormAndy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
it is? cool i still have it with the booklet/box along with all the other early zelda games except zelda 2 =\
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:icontenshi3d:
Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Do have a Link to the Past?
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StormAndy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
yeah that's my favourite followed by Majora's mask
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
The Minish Cap and Ocarina of Time 3D for me.
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StormAndy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
nah seems to be plenty of them on ebay
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kmwright Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
The only hard parts I find is trying to navigate and find stuff in the overworld. As hard and primitive as it is though, I actually like the first game better than most of the later Zelda games.

Try Zelda II. You'll be in for a treat.:aww:
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I remembered Zelda 2 when I was a kid. My brother rented it from Blockbuster. I still remember the silhouette of Ganon on the "Game Over" screen.
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StormAndy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Found this shiny cartridge earlier today whilst sorting out stuff in my room, made me feel a little old x'D
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Well, actually, I downloaded oit on my 3DS. As part of The Ambassador program.

I heard that cartridge is worth a lot on the collector's market.
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StormAndy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Yeah it is, changes all the dungeons to make them harder/different layouts like master quest for ocarina of time. [link]
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I'm currently in the fifth dungeon. I have trouble with the blue Darknuts guarding the stairway. I wasted a whole potion too.
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StormAndy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I think i got to the 6-7th dungeon as a kid, although I couldn't even complete the first in the secret difficulty xD I think it was you name your profile ZELDA and it changes the game.
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I should try that.
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coolcat10189 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
That's how all old games are. :D
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Probably explains why I can't beat Super Mario 3.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
We had to leave the game on overnight and continue the next day in order to beat it because of the lack of a save or password feature.

And I play the game now and it's easy as Hell. It's amazing how many levels you can just run through safely (FUCK the side-scrolling platforms and pitfalls of death levels, though! The latter-half of Skyland can kiss my ass!)
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Cosmic-doodle Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In those auto side scrolling levels, I have zero confidence unless I have the raccoon ability. :lol:

If not, I usually just die from being inpatient. :stare:
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Even the raccoon/tanuki suit didn't save you against the spinning platforms. The ones that would throw your ass down into the abyss.

And what the Hell, one more song for the occasion!

[link]

Man, I loved that shoe.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could have sworn Super Mario Bros 3 always had a save feature though :confused: The first two didn't though, but they were much shorter games that could be beaten in one 2-3 hour sitting if you were good enough. Super Mario Bros 3 seems like you would need to put a whole day aside just to beat it (that is if you are a perfectionist like me and don't like bypassing any stages or worlds :no:) and how many kid's parents at the time let them play videogames for the entire day :XD:
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Nope, no save feature of any kind for that game.

I grew up as a Nintendo kid (something I'm rather ashamed of these days, but hey, it was the 80's), and you don't forget stuff like that! Hell, I still haven't forgotten the nightmares of the underwater bomb-defusing level in the Ninja Turtles NES game (and that too is easy as pie now that I'm an adult)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was born in the late 80's but really I couldn't remember anything before the early 90's. That was when we got a NES and SEGA Master System as kids, so I still started gaming pretty young, I was probably 4 or 5 when I first starting using these games, I could never beat Super Mario Bros 3 back then, it got simply too hard towards the last two worlds, Usually I used a flute to bypass world 7 and then I could never get through World 8. Easy as pie for me now though, especially when you use a P-Wing and just fly over those seemingly endless barrages of army tanks and bullets in the last world :D

I could finish off some other games that were impossibly hard to even those much older than me though. As a kid I was quite a good gamer for my age, now I'm probably just average or even a bit below average since everyone does it these days and I don't play as much as I used to. On the SEGA Master System I could finish both Sonic games, which were probably harder than the more popular Megadrive/Genesis versions due to their limitations. I could beat Fantasy Zone too - it's not a very popular game but in spite of its cute and colourful graphics it is ridiculously hard even though short (could be beaten within an hour on a good run, it had no save feature either) it's a game where not paying attention for just a second could determine whether you have any chance beating the game or not later down the road as it's not generous with lives and often one hit = instant death :dead: But damn I love the challenge that hidden 80's gem carries even today :D
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HappyDuckCreator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, it's in the same catagory that I put the first Metroid and Kid Icarus in. Interesting ideas for the time, utterly shitty to play nowadays unless you grew up playing it.
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Never played Zelda games as a kid. But now, I've seen to master games. Just recently I beat Link's Awakening.
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Cosmic-doodle Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Links awakening was easy though. :B
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HappyDuckCreator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...Good for you? Link's Awakening gets really annoying.
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
How so?
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HappyDuckCreator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wasn't a fan of constantly going back and forth from the game to the menu to equip shit. I know, limitations of the Gameboy and all, but come on!

Also, as ~sbkMulletMan said, it's tone is... goofy and all over the place. The Nintendo references just feel out of place and weird compared to the strangely interesting idea of a world within a dream.
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Doesn't bother me. I like Mario.
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HappyDuckCreator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do too, but it just doesn't feel right to jump on a goomba's head while spelunking an otherwise standard Zelda dungeon. It's like how the latest Indiana Jones had aliens in it, you know? They belong in Star Wars, not in Indiana Jones!
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Tenshi3D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Seriously? The original films had to do with Spiritual artifacts and you say Aliens don't belong in there?
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Yeah, Link's Awakening was just...goofy.

Loved the jumping though, that was a fresh of breath air. But god, was the rest just...GOOFY!
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HappyDuckCreator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the Roc's Cape or whatever it was called was really awesome. :nod: Kinda wished it wasn't an item (that had to be equiped time and time again in that crappy menu system the game has) but a standard ability, but the limited buttons on the Gameboy and all...

Hey, speaking of which, what was up with all those Mario references, anyway? I can almost tolerate Wart being a part of it, but the Sidescroller bits with Goombas? Really?
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superpika237 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I once got a missingno item! :dummy:
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HappyDuckCreator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Duplicates number of arrows to 99! Fucks up the final dungeon though.
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