That’s right folks. Zelda legend Eiji Aonuma, who has produced and directed probably the most successful and regarded Zelda games (from Ocarina of Time, to the upcoming Skyward Sword) has admitted that, despite his best efforts, has been unable to complete NES’ original Zelda adventure.
“I’ve never actually finished it… I almost feel like there’s still no game more difficult than it. Every time I try to play it I end up getting ‘Game Over’ a few too many times and giving up partway through. Certainly after playing the original Zelda for the first time, I didn’t ever think that I wanted to make a game like that.”
Fortunately for all of us, Mr. Aonuma was kind enough to give A link to the Past (Super Nintendo’s Zelda rendition) a try, which in turn, triggered his passion for the series and eventually helped in the process of directing his first adventure: Marvelous; getting the attention of Nintendo’s demigod Shigeru Miyamoto. “[A link to the Past’s] sense of exploration of the world itself was really where I latched on to the series”, Aonuma stated.
If you want a piece of Aonuma’s charming mojo, look no further than Ocarina of Time‘s recent remake for the 3DS, or the upcoming Skyward Sword for the Wii.