Throwback Thursday 5/18/23

Hey guys! At last, it’s time for another Throwback Thursday, and this time I’m going to be looking at a moment in video game history. In case you didn’t know, Nintendo released the long-awaited Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom last Friday. I’ve been playing it for the last few days, and I have to say that I’m really impressed! It is a true love letter to Legend of Zelda fans! I’m not going to get into it here since I don’t want to give much away, and I’d rather save stuff for an actual review (which might not come for a while since I’m really taking my time with this one). Anyways, let’s get to the throwback!

That Time Link Failed To Stop Save Hyrule

I think it’s pretty common knowledge among the Legend of Zelda community that at some point, Link failed to stop Ganon, and thus we have the Hero’s Shade, who appears in Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. If you weren’t aware, the Hero’s Shade is the ghost of a version of Link who died with little to no amount of fame due to the fact that he didn’t save Hyrule, and the reason why he gives Twilight Link a lot of grief is because he’s pretty much jealous of him. However, I’m not talking about that time. I’m talking about the time we literally saw Link fail, and we almost saw him die, too.

In Breath of the Wild, Hyrule is attacked as usual. This time Link isn’t fighting alone. He has Zelda and the Champions. But even that isn’t enough. The Champions are quickly overpowered, and Zelda still can’t figure out her powers, so Hyrule is lost. In this game, Link is Zelda’s bodyguard, so his entire life is devoted to keeping Zelda safe, even if all hope is lost. There are a lot of great moments in Breath of the Wild, but one particular moment is when Link, dying, pulls himself together enough so that he can shield Zelda from a Guardian (which, if you played the game, you know that one shot from a Guardian would just killed them both instantly, but it’s just proof that Link has the Triforce of Courage). Anyway, Zelda’s powers wake up and she is able to stop the Guardian. Unfortunately for Link, it’s already to late. He collapses, and as he dies in Zelda’s arms, it really hits home that we’re watching the hero many of us grew up with, fail. BUT, all is not lost! Though Hyrule is lost, there is still a chance to save Link. He is put to sleep in this shrine thing that will heal him, which is great! What isn’t so great is the fact that Link spends 100 years in a comatose state while the rest of the world moves on without him. The result? Hyrule is in complete ruins and infested with evil. But hey, we all need a second chance, right? Of course Link comes back and defeats the evil the second time around.

Now, in Tears of the Kingdom, let’s see if he can do it again.

What do you think about this throwback? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful rest of your week!

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