The flow of time..

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I ended 2013 well, by finishing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the first time in my life. This was actually the first retail game I got for my 3DS two years back. Although I liked it then, I struggled quite a bit and gave up some time at the Goron section (as young Link). I didn’t quite get a hang of the exploration, the weird save structure, and so on. A few years back, on my DS Lite, I had stopped playing Phantom Hourglass for similar reasons.

Now, two years later, having played quite a few other games, I seem to have become better adjusted. This time round I had a ball. Every bit was as enoyable as a ton of fans have said. I can see now why it constantly hovers at the top of the All Time Great lists.

Playing (and finishing) it was probably the best gaming experiences I’ve had. I ended up buying Link’s Awakening a week later from the eShop, and also plan to get back to Phantom Hourglass.

Favourite moment: Lots. But the exquisite music gets a special mention. Zelda’s lullaby is now my phone’s ringtone.

3DS early impressions

I came home (late) on Friday night, to find my (totally awesome) wife waiting for me with (an incredible) gift— a Nintendo 3DS! She must’ve actually been listening to me all these months when I’ve been moaning about not having one. I still haven’t got a 3DS game yet, but my DS games work fine. Yay for backward compatibility!

I’ve since checked out the eShop, and downloaded good old Excite Bike, TwinBee, and Cave Story. A system update was required before the Browser and eShop were unlocked.

Thankfully, there are a lot more applications installed by default than in the original DS, which is little more than a gaming device. The 3DS comes with a totally neat camera that takes pictures in 3D. There’s an mp3 player included as well. Also included are two nice Augmented Reality games that look really great.

Next up: getting a 3DS game (Street Fighter 4 maybe?)