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The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition [GameCube]

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The 2003 GameCube Fantasy Action Adventure video game

This collection of games is most likely to be coveted by many of the hardcore Zelda fans, as well as new gamers. It brings back four of the most popular Zelda games in their original, mostly unchanged versions: Link's very first quest, The Legend … see full wiki

Console: GameCube
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: November 17, 2003
1 review about The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition...

A great collection...with some flaws

  • Dec 17, 2008
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When I received The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition in the mail in January 2004, Ii was excited. Now, I would be able to play the entire (at the time) Zelda collection on the Gamecube, and with four games in one, it would be considered one of Nintendo's best collections. The games in this collection are as follows:

The Legend of Zelda (NES, 1987): The one that started it all. Yes, the graphics may be primitive by today's standards, and you'll likely need a walkthrough to complete it, but it remains a fun and challenging adventure. As Link, your job is to fight through nine dungeons in order to defeat Ganon, the King of Evil, and rescue Princess Zelda. You get items such as the sword, the bow, and some bombs to help you out. Even after over 20 years, this remains one of the series' best installments.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES, 1988): This time, Link must awaken Zelda from eternal slumber by seeking out the Triforce of Courage somewhere in Hyrule. This game has received a lot of criticism for having its battles set in a side-scrolling format as well as for its somewhat intense difficulty. I don't hate this game; in fact, the battles can be fun if frustrating, and powering up Link to his maximum stats is pretty cool. However, it can get annoying to have to be sent all the way back to North Castle whenever you get a game over. If you stick with this game long enough, though, you're sure to find a pretty decent adventure game.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64, 1998): The first, and best, 3D Zelda adventure. Link must travel between the past and the future to bring Ganondorf's  reign as the King of Evil to an end. This game introduced a lot of amazing new features such as horseback riding, a targeting system, and an ocarina with tunes that result in such magical events such as changing day into night and warping to other areas. On top of that, the cinematics (for their time) are impressive, the puzzles are top notch, and the gameplay will keep you hooked until the very end. If you haven't played this classic, check it out today. Be warned, though, that the Gamecube version includes the altered Fire Temple music and Ganondorf's green blood.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo 64, 2000): Link finds himself in the alternate world of Termina, where he has just 3 days to save the world as the moon threatens to crash down and destroy it. Now Link can use masks to change himself into a Deku Scrub that shoots bubbles, a Goron that rolls quickly on the ground, and a Zora who is quite a fast swimmer. These transformations can be fun to use, and the darker atmosphere and difficult puzzles are also big pluses. However, the time limit, and the inability to permanently save some features like progress in the dungeons when you go back in time, makes this a somewhat frustrating experience. It's not my least favorite Zelda (Four Swords Adventures holds that title), and it can be fun in spite of the time limit, but the resulting rush makes this feel less like a Zelda title. Beware also that the Gamecube version isn't emulated too well, with some brief audio glitches, a bit of slowdown in spots, and the occasional freezing that practically require you to make backup files just in case.

Also included are a 20 minute demo and trailer of The Wind Waker and a short movie featuring highlights from every Zelda game released through 2003.

Overall, despite its flaws, this collection is a must-have for your Gamecube/Wii. Check it it out today!

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January 04, 2010
Zelda rocks! Love your review, nice stroll down memory lane.
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