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    Eyes on Plays:


    This month of March, 2009, experience or re-experience what Zelda was before it was laded with superfluous meters, tutorials, plot sequences, bad camera control, platforming without a jump button, Z-targeting, and so on.

    Avid fans of this timeless masterpiece are encouraged to take up one or more of the suggested challenges which each bring a whole new unique life to the game.

    As for newcomers, treat yourself. It has been a long time coming.

    There are few games as gracefully constructed as the Legend of Zelda.
     
    Red Ring Challenges
    Minimalism - Complete the game without any unnecessary acquisitions
    Frailty - Complete the game with the original three heart containers only
    Pacifism - Persevere to the final battle without ever collecting a sword
     
    Blue Ring Challenges
    Completionist - Complete both quests
    Collector - Acquire every possible item and upgrade
    Cartographer - Fully explore every dungeon room and overworld secret
    Survivor - Complete the game without dying
     
    Green Ring Challenges
    Analyst - Whatever it is that Kishi is doing
     
    Notes
    • State-saving completely eliminates the purpose of attempting a challenge
    • Manual save/retry: Press start on player 1 controller, then up + A on player 2 controller
    • The Minimalism challenge is extremely difficult, and the final battle requires a degree of luck and persistence not possessed by many men
    • There is no green ring
    • It's the Legend of Zelda and it's really rad
    Last edited by Necronopticous; 03-05-2009 at 05:18 PM.

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    I won't attempt any challenges; I just want to play.


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    I gotta give these a try. The Legend of Zelda doesn't take that long to play through, unlike Final Fantasy games.

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    *hi5*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necronopticous View Post
    Red Ring Challenges
    Minimalism - Complete the game without any unnecessary acquisitions
    Frailty - Complete the game with the original three heart containers only
    Pacifism - Persevere to the final battle without ever collecting a sword

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    Would you mind clarifying the 'Minimalism' challenge a bit more, though?

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    In the minimalism challenge, you only ever collect anything you absolutely need in order to beat the game all the way through. No heart containers, no rings, no medicine, no boomerang, no rod, no lion key, etc. You shouldn't even consider this challenge unless you're very familiar with the game, and in that case you'll be able to easily identify the set of things you need to be able to beat the game.

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    So basically, 'Frailty' without unnecessary luxuries. Got it.

    I probably could do it if I really set my mind to it. I have the game pretty much memorized up to stage 6 (used to have the whole game memorized, but it's been a REALLY long time.)

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    Added the Survivor challenge. I forgot about that one. It could just as easily be called Retryer, though, I imagine.

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    How about a time-attack challenge?

    Then again, it would be hard to monitor... it's too easy to cheat. x_x

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    I considered a speed-run challenge, but speed-running this game is too dependent on luck, and there is no in-game timer. It's a no-go.
    Last edited by Necronopticous; 03-01-2009 at 09:25 AM.

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    Link is a fatty.

    Last edited by Marshall Banana; 03-01-2009 at 02:02 PM.

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    Link is hot. I'd hit those pixels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Banana View Post
    Link is a fatty.

    Nice touch on the name.

    I'm going to go for Pacifism for the first playthrough, then I'll go for completionist.

    (After I get as far as possible with the Pacifism playthrough and show a screenshot for proof, can I then go and get the sword and complete the first quest?

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    Yeah, of course.

    The swordless challenge is a lot of fun.

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