As established previously, the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe was not quite the all-conquering behemoth that it had been in the US. But that is certainly not to say that it could be reasonably described as a failure. So while the NES and its storied catalogue of games may not be the primary focus of this blog, we certainly won’t be ignoring them entirely. So, Zelda.
Like Mario before them, Link and Zelda transcended the bounds of their console home and became a part of my NES-less childhood anyway, through the medium of cheesy Saturday morning cartoons. “Well excuuuuuuse me, princess!” and all of that. Wonderful stuff. And it’s not like I had no idea that this cartoon had anything to do with video games. I knew that there were Nintendo consoles, and that there were games that I could not play because I did not have a Nintendo console, and that one of those games was The Legend of Zelda. Despite knowing very little about the game, I certainly loved the idea of Zelda, though I don’t recall ever being remotely upset that I had no chance to play it. I don’t think it really occurred to me that I might ever have any influence over the existence of a Nintendo console in my household. Not having one was simply the way the world was.