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The Legend of Zelda – It’s Dangerous to Go Alone, that’s Why Nintendo Made Sequels

November 5, 2011




Coffee Beans
     The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be releasing on November 20, just 15 days from now.    The game will be getting a lot of attention in the next few weeks, so we will be taking a look at the Zelda games that came before The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and how many hours Wii owners have reported enjoying those.  First up, The Legend of Zelda!

     The Legend of Zelda was the first game in the Zelda series.  It was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) on August 22, 1987.
     The Legend of Zelda was re-released on November 19, 2006, through the Wii’s Virtual Console service, and Wii owners can find The Legend of Zelda still available for download through the Wii’s Shop Channel.  The game is priced at 500 Wii Points, which is just $5.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing The Legend of Zelda with nearly 5 years of game-play possibly reported?  Let’s take a look!

Can you name the boss in the image above?

The Brew
     The Legend of Zelda now has 249,429 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Nintendo Channel, with 1,807 days possibly reported.
     The game’s average play-time per day/session reported is just over 51 Minutes.
     Since February of this year, The Legend of Zelda has made Nintendo about $93,300 in the United States.  Overall, the United States’ Virtual Console release of The Legend of Zelda has made Nintendo about $1,247,145, based on just the number of players that have reported data and the game’s $5 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I mentioned in February that I could not remember playing and beating The Legend of Zelda.  I have not played the game since the last report, as I do not own it, though I was tempted to buy it the other night; but my backlog keeps staring me in the face!
     If you do not remember what The Legend of Zelda looked like, or you have never seen any footage from the game, the video below will give you a quick look at some game-play:

     Seeing The Legend of Zelda has more than 6 hours of game-play reported “Per person”, and that average has increased by 16 minutes since the last report, I think shows Wii owners are really enjoying the game.  Knowing there are retail games with higher price points but lower hours “Per person” reported on the the Nintendo Channel, I think shows the game is worth the asking price of $5.
     As of now, I will not be purchasing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword when it releases in a 2 weeks, because of the New Year’s video game resolution I made.  If I make it to January, I am actually debating on downloading The Legend of Zelda on the Virtual Console and completing it first, before looking at purchasing Skyward Sword.
     My only hesitance with downloading a Virtual Console title now, is that I want to know for a fact that Nintendo is going to allow our Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare games to be transferred to the Wii U, and that I will not have to purchase them all over again.

Questions
     Have any of you played through The Legend of Zelda recently, or are you planning on it in the next 2 weeks before The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is released?

If any of you are interested in downloading The Legend of Zelda, you can download the game using a Wii Points card(shown below) or a credit card on the Wii’s Shop Channel.  You can also pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Amazon.com below:
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>The Legend of Zelda’s Birthday – Another Year Older, More Game-Play Hours Reported

February 26, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     The Legend of Zelda was released on the NES in North America on August 22, 1987.  The Legend of Zelda was originally released in Japan on February 21, 1986, so the game had been out for more than a year before Nintendo brought it to the United States.
     Nintendo re-released The Legend of Zelda in digital form through the Wii’s Virtual Console service on November 19, 2006 for 500 Wii Points, which is $5.
  
     How many hours have been spent in the land of Hyrule, during the last 4 years with Link’s first adventure?  Let’s take a look!

Link, does he take coffee and cake?

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     The Legend of Zelda has 230,769 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, with 1,556 days reported.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     The Legend of Zelda has 1,454,030 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 6 Hours 18 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The Legend of Zelda’s average play-time per session is just over 50 Minutes.

Sales Information:
     The Legend of Zelda is currently in the top 20 on the Virtual Console’s “Popular Titles” section, sitting at the #7 spot, and it has the highest spot of the “Zelda” games in the “Popular Titles” section.
     The Legend of Zelda’s North American WiiWare version has made Nintendo about $1,153,845(before taxes!), based on the approximate number of players reporting data and the game’s $5 price point.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I honestly can’t remember playing and beating The Legend of Zelda, but I do remember watching it being played when I was younger.
     Many of you may have seen posts this week noting that The Legend of Zelda turned 25, which I thought was interesting mainly because Nintendo didn’t release any special edition Zelda game disc, like they did for Mario’s 25th birthday.
     If you don’t remember what The Legend of Zelda looks/plays like, here’s a very brief video showing some footage from the game:

     Perhaps once I complete my Video Game New Year’s Resolution, I can attempt to play The Legend of Zelda, and at least then KNOW that I beat it.
     While I’ve enjoyed some of my time spent in the land of Hyrule, I hope the Zelda series continues to mature in ways other than age, like perhaps trying new game-play elements not normally in the “Zelda” games(FPS shooting style elements) and perhaps a more involved story, with character development.

Questions:
     Have any of you played through and completed The Legend of Zelda in the last 4 years?  If so, was it as good as perhaps you remembered in the past?
     Also, are any of you surprised, like me, how Nintendo didn’t seem to do much for The Legend of Zelda’s 25th birthday?

If any of you are interested in The Legend of Zelda, you can still download the game from the Wii’s Shop Channel for $5 using either Wii Points(pictured below) or a credit card:
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