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Let's awaken, people. The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening liveblog:

Boiling blood
Yeah

Okay, this is up and running!

Edit1:OH HO HO, just as I expected: markup gone wild. Fixing...
Edit2:Also: Tvtropes forum doesn't like big
 * images. Damn. This is going to take a lot more than I expected...
Edit3:Okay, tomorrow I'll work on this, probably with individual screencaps rather than big pasted screenshots, or something. If you came here expecting a liveblog, well, you can wait, can't you?

So, here I am, trying to liveblog the first Legend of Zelda I played, and absolutely arguably the best Legend of Zelda ever. I even have some screenshots! And you all will be able to influence some of my in-game actions, take that Web 2.0!

Also, this is my first let's play, and it's not serious. I hope it doesn't fall into any of those categories...
So, shall we get started or are you going to stay there reading this damn introduction? Here comes Zakdos' awesome Link's Awakening let's play!

edited 20th Aug '10 2:34:39 PM by Zakdos

I ain't saying no showy crap like "later buddies" or something lame like that. I'll be back soon, you bozos!
 2 Trigger Loaded, Thu, 19th Aug '10 7:00:46 PM from Canada, eh? Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
$50 a day, plus expenses
Link's Awakening, eh? Should be interesting. Let's see what you've got planned.
Don't take life too seriously. It's only a temporary situation.
Boiling blood
Okay, let's try this with only a few screenshots, since the forum doesn't want anything bigger than 300px wide nor allows thumbnails.
Also, I'll finish the chapters asking for advices on what to do. I think that makes it more of a Let's play and less of a Let's read this guy who thinks he's funny play.
Chapter 1 Introduction
It seems our hero is not having a good day. He should have chosen another day for his sea adventures, one that doesn't end with an ominous lightning striking his boat, if possible. But what can we do? Storms, after all, are there so we can have a good reason to get lost in uncharted islands, aren't they?

There is always a girl, isn't there?

We see a shore, and a gir who sees our poor hero lying on the sand, unconscious, and approaches him with caution. He doesn't move, so she procceeds to try to reanimate him by shaking him. The screen pans up  *, focusing on a mountain with a huge egg on top, and the Title appears.


Now that we know what are we playing, let's make a character. I was going to name mine Zakdos, but the game only allows for 5 letters. I had three choices, and one of them implied being a weeabo, so I left it at Zak. Let's start the game now!

I chose the second slot because I'm such a rebel, heh heh.

I'm at a house, in a bed, and it seems I'm not having a good time. At my side is the girl who saw me at the beach, and further down there's a guy with a big, probably red nose.
The girl introduces herself as Marin -not Zelda-. She tells me I've been tossing and turning on the bed all this time and that I've arrived at Koholint Island. The girl who isn't Zelda also adds that I can follow the road south to get to the beach, but it's filled with monsters since I washed on the beach so I must be careful.
Gah! When I'm about to get out of the house, a voice with a pirate accent calls for me. Marin didn't have that accent, so I'm assuming it belongs to the creepy Mario ripoff homage.
'ave ye seen me buddies?

The drunk guy knows my name, eek. But, at least, he found my shield and returned it to me.
I'd rather use it to, y'know, defend myself from their attacks, but yeah, as you wish.

So, thanks for all not-Zelda and drunken guy, I'm leaving.


They have a chicken outside their house, as you can see. I think I can try my shield's effectiveness on it.

Well, duh

You can't see it, but my shield bounces off the damn chicken while it stands there doing nothing. The chicken is fucking shieldproof, or maybe it's made of rubber; I don't know what is it, but this shield stinks.
This game even has a map.
Chickens aside, here I am, I could go directly to the beach or explore this uncharted place, what would you do?

edited 20th Aug '10 3:15:22 PM by Zakdos

I ain't saying no showy crap like "later buddies" or something lame like that. I'll be back soon, you bozos!
R Lee Ermey Looks At YOU
Bah to the quest, explore what you can. :)

 5 Meta Four, Fri, 20th Aug '10 6:57:32 PM from the house of bread and battle
AXTUCE MUN AXTE INCAL
Go to the beach. Get your sword as soon as you freaking can.

When I first played this game, I accidentally made it unwinnable: I died before getting the sword, with the shield equipped. Dying with the shield equipped causes you to lose it from your inventory, and have to buy a new one. You need the shield to get the sword. You need rupees to get a new shield, and the only ways to earn rupees require a sword at the very least. Thus, I needed a shield to get the sword, but I needed the sword to get a shield.

edited 20th Aug '10 6:58:08 PM by MetaFour

I want Kat's glasses!
Hey, that map just made me spot a difference I missed between the original and the DX version: he DX version has better icons instead of the "?!".
They Called Me Mad!! I decided to show them all; but when I looked on my works, oh mighty, I despaired: for it made me realize they were right.
 7 blakyoshi 7, Sat, 21st Aug '10 12:46:06 AM from the Bone Dragon Pit
I'm a secret character!
Link's Awakening DX was my first Zelda game, so I'm looking forward to this.

Are you going to show off some Good Bad Bugs? (oh please do they are awesome)
Grabbing is where you must begin

Shaking for treasure from within

Throwing far is how to win!
Boiling blood
blakyoshi7: Yeah, at least the ones I can remember and replicate. Not yet, though. I'll also try to mess with the game a little bit.
MetaFour: Eh, what? No, if you die with your shield you keep it. I've been trying to lose it before getting the sword all this morning and I still have it. Also, the only way of dying before getting the sword is while trying to get the sword. There's nothing I can find in the village that would harm me... yet. I think you might have found some bug, or maybe it was on the DX version of the game?

I think I'll go to the beach first and explore second  *.

edited 21st Aug '10 6:33:44 AM by Zakdos

I ain't saying no showy crap like "later buddies" or something lame like that. I'll be back soon, you bozos!
 9 Trigger Loaded, Sat, 21st Aug '10 8:56:49 AM from Canada, eh? Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
$50 a day, plus expenses
Ahh, yeah, even for the Gameboy, the tunes were awesome.
Don't take life too seriously. It's only a temporary situation.
 10 Zakdos, Mon, 23rd Aug '10 8:12:45 AM from the ashes
Boiling blood
Let's keep this running. Here comes chapter 2!


Chapter 2part 1: Exploring the village

Let's go first to retrieve the things that washed ashore with me, there might be something interesting.

Sign - South: Toronbo shores\ East: Tail Cave

To the south, then. See these small gaps on that... white-y border thingy? You can jump through them.
Like this. And these damn octoroks are everywhere, man. not!Zelda Marin was right.

See that half heart missing on my HUD? Obey the posts, children.

Maybe my shield is actually useful, it seems the urchins aren't going to repel it like the chicken does. Or so I hope.

Push push push push push~ Oh, hey a sword! OH GOD RIGHT BEHIND ME!


Oh, okay, a friendly Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe-speaking owl. It all makes sense now. The Owl seems to think I'm the reason for the sudden appearance of disturbed aggresive monsters and, to be honest, I can't blame him. Apparently I must awake the Wind Fish if I want to leave the island, so he'll wait for me at the Mysterious Forest. And he leaves. Why doesn't anyone let me talk? Anyway, I'm picking this sword.



And also killing this innocent urchin I pushed here so I would kill it with the Sword Get! animation.
The soundtrack, while holding the sword over your head, shifts from the upbeat prologue music to the main Link's Awakening theme  * using a short Item Get-like crescendo, it's really neat.

Kill kill kill~

Hm, that's an strange arrangement of rocks

Kill kill kill~


I can't reach that monkey who is constantly throwing coconuts, but the coconuts drop hearts, rupees and, from time to time, some buff. Double defense!


A chest I can't open and a seemingly useless place? I've got the feeling I'll come back here later. Let's go explore some more.

HOLY SHIT

After a while, the monkey starts throwing bombs at random, I'd better go away now.


Apparently, this is Sale's House O' Bananas. He's Sale and this is his house. His hobby is to collect, wait for it, canned food of different varieties  *. And his brother is an artist, so he says that it seems strange hobbies are normal in his family.
You know what? This guy is nuts. Bye.

While exploring I found another Guardian Acorn. It was nice, since the buff effects dispel after entering houses or caves.
There was nothing interesting around the beach, so I went to the Tail Cave mentioned by the earlier signpost.

Did you mean Tail keyhole?

Three statues of a tailed blob and a keyhole for which I don't have a key? Screw this. Let's go to the village, I have something to settle with that damn chicken.


These kids say things like press all the buttons to save! and such kind of gameplay advices, and they end them all with don't ask me what that means, I'm just a kid! or similar things.

The building is a library, most of the books are tutorials about your shield, items, and the Warp Holes. There's also an Atlas where you can watch all the map and there's also a book called Dark Secrets and Misteries of Koholint, which... well:

Also, checking the bookshelves has an interesting result:

So, let's see what the village has to offer me. There's a well here with a nice jumping ledge protected by bushes where I couldn't jump before due to my lack of a sword.

YayOH SHIII-


Down there was lying a piece of heart! I need 3 more to get one more heart and have more life points.
This post is starting to have too many screenshots, I'll split chapter 2 in two and post the second part tomorrow. See you!

edited 15th Sep '10 7:33:28 AM by Zakdos

I ain't saying no showy crap like "later buddies" or something lame like that. I'll be back soon, you bozos!
 11 Insanity Addict, Mon, 23rd Aug '10 9:01:08 AM from Out of the Left Field
My first Zelda ;_;. You can have hours of fun by exploiting the screen warp bug(pressing Select while travelling between two screens causes you to appear on the other side of said screen).
I know what you said, sugar, but 'platonic' still entails a world of ideas.
 12 Trigger Loaded, Mon, 23rd Aug '10 5:21:19 PM from Canada, eh? Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
$50 a day, plus expenses
I love that part where Link grabs the sword and holds it above his head as the music plays, and then swings it around at the crescendo, in tune with the music, before the archtypical Zelda overworld theme starts up.
Don't take life too seriously. It's only a temporary situation.
 13 Zakdos, Mon, 23rd Aug '10 6:12:01 PM from the ashes
Boiling blood
^^ Yeah, the glitches are great. I'm currently doing a glitch run and it's pretty funny, actually.

^FUCK. I had in mind to write about that, the soundtrack is amazing and I wanted to keep track of everything related to it. The image uploader and the formatting is so insanely convoluted that I left some things behind so I could keep caring for my sanity. I'd edit that post when I write part 2. Actually, I think I'll write part 2 in that same post. Tomorrow will say.
I ain't saying no showy crap like "later buddies" or something lame like that. I'll be back soon, you bozos!
 14 blakyoshi 7, Wed, 25th Aug '10 1:23:40 AM from the Bone Dragon Pit
I'm a secret character!
"Press all the buttons" was a Guide Dang It for me as a child, so I had to save by suiciding. Years later, I discovered Start and Select are buttons. WHOOPS.
Grabbing is where you must begin

Shaking for treasure from within

Throwing far is how to win!
I want Kat's glasses!
Thankfully, later versions (At least the Oracle games, and maybe LADX) changed it to just Start+Select. A+B+Start+Select became the "reboot" code.
They Called Me Mad!! I decided to show them all; but when I looked on my works, oh mighty, I despaired: for it made me realize they were right.
 16 Meta Four, Thu, 26th Aug '10 8:05:24 PM from the house of bread and battle
AXTUCE MUN AXTE INCAL
Eh, what? No, if you die with your shield you keep it. I've been trying to lose it before getting the sword all this morning and I still have it. Also, the only way of dying before getting the sword is while trying to get the sword. There's nothing I can find in the village that would harm me... yet. I think you might have found some bug, or maybe it was on the DX version of the game?
No, this was the original Gameboy version. But it probably was a bug that did that. Maybe I accidentally sequence broke, and somehow left the house without getting the shield?

Clearly the whole "lose the shield if you die with it equipped" thing was me misremembering a run-in with a Like Like.
I want Kat's glasses!
I don't remember there being any Like-Like in LA. The Oracle games did have some, though.
They Called Me Mad!! I decided to show them all; but when I looked on my works, oh mighty, I despaired: for it made me realize they were right.
 18 Zakdos, Fri, 27th Aug '10 3:04:06 AM from the ashes
Boiling blood
^There are Like-likes in LA. Not a lot of them, though.

The next update will come in a few days, real life got in the way. Sorry :/
I ain't saying no showy crap like "later buddies" or something lame like that. I'll be back soon, you bozos!
 19 Schitzo, Sat, 4th Sep '10 12:20:26 AM from Akumajou Dracula Relationship Status: LA Woman, you're my woman
#sadboys
T-T My favorite Zelda
ALL CREATURE WILL DIE AND ALL THE THINGS WILL BE BROKEN. THAT'S THE LAW OF SAMURAI.
 20 Zakdos, Wed, 15th Sep '10 3:28:29 AM from the ashes
Boiling blood
I beg for your forgiveness, people, but Real Life is a bitch. It got in the way real hard, I had too many things to do. Sorry again, but here it comes, the second part of the second chapter of my liveblog. I hope to do the third chapter soon.

I won't hold you here on this lame introduction longer, read, fellow tropers, read!

^Nice avatar there, Schitzo.

Chapter 2part 2: Exploring the villageagain

After getting outside the well using the stairs there, I went to the east, the village was there, if my memory doesn't fail me.
The first thing I find is a big house, with a dog, and... a chained ball of steel that seems to attack the air  * for no reason. Luckily, it doesn't hurt me.
It's also invulnerable. The dog is quite angry, and counterattacks my hits, son of a-


Up north there's a guy fishing on a small pond. He lets you try if you pay 10 rupees. I'll come back later when I have more money.

Oh, I had forgotten, Let's have a talk with that damn chicken, he's gonna taste my sword.
DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE

Come back here you chicken!

OHFUCKOHFUCKOHFUCKOHFUCK

Holy shit, what was that? THE COCKS HAVE AN ARMY! We're all doomed now. Might I be the only one aware of that? I must destroy all the chickens in this world before they take over humankind...

So, yeah, where was I again? Oh, I remember, exploring the village.


This is a nice garden you have here, Mabe village. It's a pity I have a sword.

"If you collect a lot of these, something good is bound to happen!"

Aside from the seashell, it wasn't a very productive reaping. Only 4 rupees and a heart. Let's go see what has to offer me the North.

I feel disposable.

That shovel must be made of gold, it's twenty times more expensive than my life total.


Tarin went to pick mushrooms, but, in such a nice day, Marin prefers to stay here and sing the Ballad of the Wind Fish. The Wind Fish, again? I'm starting to see something here.


I leave her singing her nice ballad while the dog stops all doglike activity to listen to her. Animals in this island only hate me.

Rocks blocking my path again

Gee, another creepy kid, they all look the same, by the way. I wonder who are their parents.

I find another house at the left, this one is bigger than Marin's and the shop (two screens wide, now that's a mansion). Inside, at the right screen, I find the creepy children's parents. They're called Mamahl and Papahl.

God, no, not another child.

Mamahl tells me how hard is to tell each of their kids apart, because they all look the same. She also says that the baby wants a Yoshi doll, it's fine, I guess. Papahl looks very proud of his kids when I talk to him, and then tells me that he's going to get lost in the mountains later. Maybe he's not that proud of his family? Who knows.


After a bit more of exploring and finding another path blocked by rocks, I get to this other shop surrounded by impassable bushes.

Hey, Yoshi.

A crane game, that's the last thing I expected. The Yoshi doll is the only thing that is not moving around, so I can take it and give it to Mamahl for her child.

Mine on the first try, amazing.

Now, let's give this to Mamahl.


This was... unexpected, at best.

There are places I haven't visited yet on this village. The first thing I find is... a telephone cab?

A strange one, but it works, amazing. This Ulrira guy will give me advice if I phone him. How did I get his number, you ask? I dunno.

I want whatever you smoke. Now.

This guy here is Ulrira, he's got a phone

Ulrira, the cool guy who answers the phone, is actually a quite old man who is awkwardly shy in person.


I phoned someone called The Bucket Mouse, now that's scary.

I've just remembered I left the house with the BowWow without even going inside. I was too focused on the chicken, I think.

This is Madam MeowMeow. With that name, I would expect a Crazy Cat Lady

BowWows have fur coats? That's news

I understand your feelings, buddy.

There's a smaller house attached to the right of MeowMeow's. Could it be a dog's house?

See that skeleton in the floor? I guess it's Mr. MeowMeow


What a surprise, a BowWow. This one talks, though. And trades the ribbon I got for...


... canned dog food? Wait a minute, remember Sale?


I've already seen the whole Mabe village, it's time to go to the Mysterious Forest.

Gee, I'd have never gotten to that conclusion myself

Finally, I'm about to enter the slightly mysterious Mysterious Forest which is a bit mysteriously mysterious. Or maybe I could go to Sale's House O' Bananas and give him the canned food, he said he collected it. What would you do?

edited 21st Sep '10 5:30:34 AM by Zakdos

I ain't saying no showy crap like "later buddies" or something lame like that. I'll be back soon, you bozos!
I want Kat's glasses!
I say start by giving the canned food. The Chain of Deals waits for no one.

As for the chickens, just bid your time. You'll soon enough (well, actually near the end of the game) get revenge on them.
They Called Me Mad!! I decided to show them all; but when I looked on my works, oh mighty, I despaired: for it made me realize they were right.
 22 Marioguy 128, Wed, 15th Sep '10 7:17:25 AM from various galaxies
Geomancer
Your color tags are broken.
You got some dirt on you. Here's some more!
 23 Zakdos, Wed, 15th Sep '10 7:21:23 AM from the ashes
Boiling blood
Yeah, I noticed that. And I now broke the color tags on the second chapter. Apparently, they don't work like that anymore but the ones that were posted before work.
It's not a syntax problem since the syntax is the fucking same on the ones that work and the ones that doesn't. If I now decided to edit the first chapter and saved it as I did with the second one, the color tags would break too. Agh, I want to kill pmwiki's markup.

EDIT: [[color:#555555:Trying]]

HURR DURR, I think this is one of two things: Either the [[color]] tag syntax is different now, or the [[color]] tag doesn't work anymore on the forum. Can I kill something, please?

edited 15th Sep '10 7:24:24 AM by Zakdos

I ain't saying no showy crap like "later buddies" or something lame like that. I'll be back soon, you bozos!
I want Kat's glasses!
I think I remember something about the admins removing it. Or at least, removing it from the forums.
They Called Me Mad!! I decided to show them all; but when I looked on my works, oh mighty, I despaired: for it made me realize they were right.
 25 Zakdos, Wed, 15th Sep '10 7:34:41 AM from the ashes
Boiling blood
It's the syntax. It's now [[presetcolorname:colored text]] instead of the other. It would be great if it didn't remove the hexadecimal colors.
I ain't saying no showy crap like "later buddies" or something lame like that. I'll be back soon, you bozos!
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