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A Letter to Nintendo (I Met My Love on Mario Kart)

Dear Nintendo,



If you didn’t exist I would not have met the love of my life. You’re probably thinking, “So you bumped into someone and realised you both liked Nintendo, who doesn’t? Cool story…” Not even close. 

The year was 2008, a year I’m sure many hold dear in their hearts. The year Mario Kart Wii was released. I don’t know about yours, but my days were filled with holding that wheel (of the plastic kind). MKWii was basically the air I breathed, I still remember my very first online race as crisp as a freshly cut lawn (Grumble Volcano before people realised that glitch existed). After playing the other Mario Kart games over the years against item-lucky computers (and the rare actual person), this blew my mind. However this is barely relevant to the story. The point is, people. There were people out there, just like you and me, casually sitting on the couch with a wheel imprint (perhaps 3.5% of the racing population) left in our hands and soul. Many hours (days, weeks, months), races (thousands, easily), blood sweat and tears went into this game and we all got something out of it I’m sure; fun, frustration, and friends.

Living in that piece of country people may often forget even exists (if it weren’t for the fact we use kangaroos as transport, especially after we realised emus don’t fly nor reverse), the option to play continental was such a blessing as we would often bump into the same people and you’d have that unspoken connection. No words, no contact, you just recognised each other by your Mii and/or name (for those who didn’t change it from John to W4FFLEZ, to SwagMeister89 every day). There was this one player that just stuck out to me, perhaps it was her luscious brown pixilated hair. Or it could have been because we seemed to be completely evenly matched, the only thing that separated us were those items. She’d win one race, I’d win the next. We had formed some unspoken bond, completely without contact, as we wouldn’t hit each other with items but were happy to do so to others. Side by side we’d race until some item-happy player would come along and separate us. So I’d stop at the finish line for her, even if that meant getting last place, just to let her know I saw what happened and she doesn’t deserve to come last because of some item spammer (you know, usually the 3 red shells one at a time). This became a trend and went both ways, I’d see her waiting there at the finish line for me. Then we’d both stop, together, and neither of us would cross. We just sat there at the line, revving our engines, moving backwards and forwards, wanting the other to cross. I still remember so clearly at 1am in the morning we ended up in a race together with just one other person, so the 3 of us. The race started but, simultaneously, we turned around and went backwards, did loops around each other, did the stop start (like when cloud man picks you up and you need a boost) into each other’s vehicles, grabbed items just to hit each other with, not having a single care about the race itself. This lasted for a good while, many laughs were had, and it seemed a true bond was formed - without a single word to each other. At this point, Mario Kart Wii didn’t have the option to add a friend just by clicking on them, or contacting them for that matter. You had to actually converse with them to get their friend code to then become friends, so all this time we were ‘scouring the country side’ to find each other (or more so because Australia is about as big as a 250kb USB, it was easy to bump into each other). Race after race, hour after hour, day after day, week after week we would race.


I didn’t know who this girl was (or even if she was a girl on the other side, let’s be honest) but we were Mario Kart soul mates. It wasn’t just Mario Kart that I loved, it was racing her, through our unspoken bond and silly rituals, that was fun in the purest form. It sounds like a Mario Kart love story… Until that dreaded time came where eventually we went our separate ways. It was time to say that unspoken goodbye, time to let go of that unspoken bond, time to move on. That was it…



So that’s the story, I met the pixilated love of my life and we raced until we could race no more.



…Ah but that’s only the beginning.

 6 years later Mario Kart 8 was released and I wiped the dust off the wheel, reflecting on the past. That wheel was my partner in crime, Epona to Link. It had scratches, bits missing out of it, even bite marks (ahem, sometimes races don’t exactly go your ways…). Those were the times! I jumped online only to find I had people from France, UK and Italy roam my races. Where were my fellow Australians? I played a few races and that was it, holding too strongly onto the past. Down went my trusty wheel and off went the game.

Until one afternoon my brother was bored (or procrastinating) and wanted to know what Mario Kart 8 was like, as we didn’t spend that much time together it was a prime opportunity to chill. So I popped it on, jumped online and went through the motions. A few races with people so far away, whilst fun, I got bored too fast. Almost switching the console off, something stopped me. Those brown eyes, luscious brown hair, big smile, black outfit. Could it be? It was. It was her. In a packed race filled with people from France, UK and Italy there were two Australians. Myself and the girl I raced almost 7 years ago. The girl who stopped at the line for me, the girl who didn’t hit me with items, the girl who who was my racing equal, the girl who I never spoke a word with but shared an unspoken bond. She had the same Mii, same name, there was no doubt it was her. Unlike me I had a different Mii (puberty does things to you) and a different name (I felt now that I was 23 I could level up from nickname to actual name). I knew who she was but she would never know who I am! I was on the tracks riding next to her, beeping at her, bumping into her, all the while knowing she would just think I’m some weirdo who doesn’t know how to handle a bike. It was all so ironic, as well as the fact unlike MK Wii we both didn’t race as our Miis but as Mario and Peach (the helmets covered up our luscious brown hair, y’see). Mario chasing his princess whilst the princess was basically in another castle/didn’t know who he was. I wanted to reach out and tell her who I was; I was that guy she raced almost 7 years ago, that guy who stopped at the line for her, protected her from items, the guy who she stayed up with into the early hours of the morning, that guy she never spoke a single word to. I savoured every race not knowing if I’d ever be able to see her again. I raced by her side race after race, even though I was hit with her items (“And if you hurt me, that’s okay baby” - Ed Sheeran, ‘Photograph’), I even stopped at the line for her. Did she know who I was? Probably not. Next race she was gone. 



And that is how I met the love of my life on Mario Kart, twice. Does that count as a real love story? We basically raced into the sunset to live happily ever after, right?



So there may be more to it. Being in a state of excitement, nostalgia, and who knows what, I was a man on a mission. When I’m a man on a mission I usually forget the simple things, like clicking on her Mii to add her as a friend. I didn’t even know such a thing existed. So I literally was a man on a mission. My first resort, google. Obviously no luck. Miiverse! Excitedly I reached ‘Search Users’ and typed in her name, only to realise that it was one of the most common names to exist. After about an hour of searching my hope was wearing thin, my face resembled a Mii who came in at least 10th, head down, lost, reflecting, pondering. Hang on, she had stars in her name! Apparently everyone with the name Lisa has stars in them. No luck. Utterly defeated, I held the power button down for two seconds and just before the third I realised something. Something didn’t look right… That’s right, she had spaces between the stars! I’ve never been more determined to hit that space bar. There she was. I had found her.

“Hey Lisa! I’m not sure if you’d remember me but I used to race as Ed back in the MKWii days! Was good to see you, can see you haven’t lost your touch!” Not even sure if she’d see the message or even reply, it was all in the hands of fate now. Fate it certainly was. She remembered me. We conversed through Miiverse, learning little basic bits about each other. The most important being that The Legend of Zelda was our favourite gaming series (and basically favourite thing to exist). To the point I have a Zelda tattoo and her dog’s name is Link. Destiny? From there, she asked for my email address so she could send me a photo of Link (let’s just say I am very thankful for Miiverse’s lack of characters/ability to send photos). 


One message turned into many, across days, weeks and months. A one sentence message grew into paragraphs, pages, novels, photos and videos. One single message evolved into over 25 000 words combined. Who knew what one message could lead to. I had found someone who I connected with on every level, whom I shared endless things in common with, big to small (to the point of both of us being left-handed and our birthdays being 2 days apart). However she lived a whole state away. This was nothing but a mere friendship over the internet.



I came across the amazing fan book “Legend of the Hero” by Kari Fry and bought one, along with a few other Zelda bits and pieces. A thought crossed my mind, perhaps I could send this to her? I mean it’s just as easy for her to go buy it herself, but it would be nice, right? So she ended up giving me her address and I excitedly made her a Zelda package. 


Off it went, along with my number on the back of the package (as required by the, ultimate wingman, post office). I soon received a very excited text message and from there we conversed through text - although we couldn’t let go of our novel emails straight away, as our recent messages were “Hey, just letting you know the Postman has left something in your inbox (Da na na naaaa)!” Soon after she sent me my very own Zelda package, which was easily the best package I have ever received in my life.








From there I knew I wanted to meet her. I wanted to drop everything, catch a plane, and meet this girl who I shared this abnormally special connection with. Meet this girl who I had raced for many hours, days, weeks and months on Mario Kart(s) (“Oh I lost you once but I found you twice, and my search is over” - ‘Deeper Love’, Mike Mago). Meet this girl who I waited for; not only at the line but, unknowingly, for many years. Meet this girl who I had spent hours upon hours writing to, words upon words, photos upon photos. Meet this girl who seemed to be a destined part of my life. That I did. 



One single flight and a solid friendship turned into thirteen flights (within a month) and a beautiful relationship, with the final flight being a permanent one. I’ve now moved states, transferred jobs, and am living with my best friend, my soulmate, my love. Best decision I’ve ever made was to catch that flight. No, the best decision I’ve ever made was to play Mario Kart. 











Who knew that Mario Kart could forever change your life?



Thank you, Nintendo.



- Elijah 



P.S. We are now very happily engaged - Zelda rings* for the both of us!


*Austin Moore from Earth Art Gem and Jewelry (https://www.etsy.com/shop/mooredesign13) made both our rings, with Lisa’s being a custom made design. Absolutely recommend!


P.P.S. Here is a link to the video (also included within post) of me proposing to my now fiancee (with Mario Kart included - as well as a Zelda cake): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukkw6XI4jTo 

Thank you, Nintendo.

anonymous asked:

I hate how that robin-mask person tried to discredit Zelda and Bayonetta. Zelda is the reincarnation of a goddess. Bayonetta is a witch that can summon demons with her hair. Zelda practically tells Link how to stop Ganondorf. Bayonetta stopped a dude from destroying the world and taking her best friend's soul. I'm pretty sure its safe to say they're both very good female representation, in their own ways.

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She also tried to discredit the other games I listed such as Pokemon because you can pick your gender, despite the fact that in the anime the protags from the game frequently appear along with a number of female gym leaders and rivals. Hell, even in Blue where you could only play as Red you still had female gym leaders and elite 4. Resident Evil has at least one playable female character per male character. You may not be able to play as one female character in every game but you also can’t play as every male character in a single game either. Bayonetta because from what she thinks its about sexy poses and women, same for Hyperdimension despite the character designers for both series being women. Zelda for being a princess and just ~looking pretty~, etc. 

Normally I just ignore things like this from people I follow but I honestly I feel too strongly about female characters in media to actually ignore it. I will forever debate that post until people actually fucking acknowledge female characters without trying to discredit them for being “Too sexy” and claiming that the character isn’t good because of ~muh male gaze~ despite the fact that female characters are allowed to be sexy and badass. 

Dig deep enough and you’ll find any reason to not like something. She only acknowledged two of the shows I listed as being “okay” for female representation which was PPG and Sailor Moon despite the fact that I listed several other anime that contained female main characters. 

Not to mention, in older shows people thought that girls weren’t interested. Girls weren’t a primary demographic for a lot of sci-fi, comics, video games, etc. because simply put, the developers only thought that boys liked games. Honestly, they’re male dominated due to the fact that in their origins, they were “meant” for male consumption and enjoyment. They didn’t expect women to find it interesting or enjoyable to watch. They were never “excluded” or “not allowed” to enjoy the media because the primary demographic is for males, they just didn’t know women would actually like the shows, comics, games, etc.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Honestly, from my perspective, people who complain about there not being enough female representation also ignore any female representation that they do not personally enjoy or have an interest in. Therefore, there is no female representation simply because they either ignore or don’t have an interest in the shows that have it. Hell, 98% of shoujo manga and anime has mostly or female dominated leads and are commonly written by women. 

Rewritten, Chapter 5: Saved

Read it on Fanfiction.net  ➜

(tbh one of my all-time favourite memories, the little piano riff that plays when she looks at him with newfound respect (and love let’s be real here) honestly made me tear up in-game and it was great to see Link saving her life for the first time. He killed a man. Maybe three. What a badass.)

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The Legend of Zelda:

Underworld Enemy #12: Like Like


“A tube-like monster that has a soft spot for magic shields – he eats them up.”

-The Legend of Zelda Manual

Despite Ganon and his sorcerers’ vast knowledge of the natural and unnatural world, the labyrinths are home to a variety of undiscovered and rare monstrosities. One such creature has been dubbed the ‘Like Like’; a rather bizarre and grotesque creature that resembles something along the lines of an underwater tunicate. Unlike tunicates however, the Like Like possesses a large number of crab-like legs, which can be heard scuttling across rocky cavern floors. The name Like Like comes from the gluttonous and 'un-picky’ invertebrate’s voracious appetite for anything living, dead or completely inanimate. For whatever reason, the Like Like particularly enjoys eating shields and weapons, perhaps because of the presence of metals, which digest slower in its highly acidic stomach than living material. Like Likes are more often seen in the darkest and most moisture-ridden sections of the underworld, their presence being associated with the sound of clacking steps, wet, suckling noises and a distinct pungent odor. If one is swallowed by one of these strange beasts, there’s a small window of opportunity to kill it from within, usually by use of bladed weapons. 

Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Theory

Theory 1

Link

The Link that is being awakened is the Hero of Time.

No matter the timeline Link always has a bad ending.

Adult Timeline: Zelda sends Link back in time to relive his childhood leaving his world defenseless against Ganon.

Child Timeline: Link’s information gets Ganon sealed, however it’s well known that he feels remorse and becomes the Hero’s shade.

Finally we are left with the Fallen Timeline where The Hero of Time dies.  

Link is being awakened in a place called the Shrine of Resurrection. There is only one cannon timeline and game where the hero fails. The Hero of Time is being called back into action to save Hyrule and become the hero he was destined to be.

Theory 2

Timeline

Where does Breath of the wild take place in the Zelda timeline? A popular question that has spanned multiple theories across the internet, some place this in-between OoT and WW while others are saying it’s after WW. A few of the crazier theories claim that they will be a second split in the timeline however; I believe that this game will be a unification of all the timelines thanks to the paradox of Link’s failure.

If we take a look at the map we can see that Nintnedo is incorporating different aspects of past Zelda games. Along the right side of the map you can see a similar map to the original Legend of Zelda for the NES. The middle portion of the map is Ocarina of Time map supported by the Temple of time in a relatively similar spot with Death Mountain behind it. Finally the left side of the Breath of the wild world map is early similar to Twilight Princess.

Why do the timelines combine into one?

The number one reason why all 3 timelines will combine is Ganondorf. At one point or another each reincarnation of the hero successfully defeats Gannon however it is shown throughout multiple games that he can be revived by his followers. What happens if Gannon and Ganondorf are separated from one another? Gannon is a representation of Demise hatred. In Wind Waker we learn that Ganondorf acted in behalf of his people even gaining some sympathy from Link and the players.

“Do you sleep still? Wait! Do not be so hasty, boy… I can see this girl’s dreams… Oceans… Oceans… Oceans… Oceans… Oceans as far as the eye can see. They are vast seas… None can swim across them… They yield no fish to catch… What did the King of Hyrule say?… That the gods sealed Hyrule away? And they left behind people who would one day awaken Hyrule? How ridiculous… So many pathetic creatures, scattered across a handful of islands, drifting on this sea like fallen leaves on a forgotten pool… What they can possibly hope to achieve? Don’t you see? All of you… Your gods destroyed you!”

Ganondorf resented the chosen people claiming the God’s favored them over his own this anger attracted Demise and the power of the Triforce. The same Gods that protected the people of hyrule viewed Ganondorf worthy of possessing a portion of their sacred treasure.

“Though this is not the end. My hate… never perishes. It is born anew in a cycle with no end!”

Demise placed a curse upon the land that no matter what happens he will return. The demon we see in the E3 trailer is not Ganondorf but Demise power manifesting once more without a human host. This power is so grand that is spans across multiverses causing each timeline to intertwine with one another.

The Oldman in Breath of the wild states that Gannon is hell bent on destroying the world Ganondorf never wanted to destroy the land of Hyrule he simply wanted to rule over it to give his people a fair chance at life.

The loss of the human host cause the curse to be unleashed once more creating a catastrophe so grand it effects the whole multiverse.

Theory 3

The Oldman

The top two theories out in the world is that the Oldman is either King Hyrule or Ganondorf. I am starting to lean towards the side that believes the Oldman is Ganondorf who has finally been exorcised of Demise’s curse. Ganondorf wants to rebuild Hyrule and in a way redeem himself from his past actions.

Theory 4

Redemption

Alright the final part of my theory redemption. The hero of time is being revived to correct his failure and finally defeat Demise. The paradox caused by the hero’s death caused the timelines to split creating a multiverse, when Ganondorf/Gannon was defeated by the hero’s incarnations in all timelines it caused Demise’s curse to break free of its human host.

Without Ganondorfs influence Demise came back into the world with one purpose to destroy everything the Goddess Hylia fought for. Demise resurrection caused a ripple effect throughout the multiverse causing them to intertwine. This is why we will see aspects of Twilight Princess (Great bridge of Hylia) the Korok of Wind Waker and landmarks of the original game.

If the Oldman is truly Ganondorf he is seeking help from the one person he knows has the power to rid the world of Demise, the hero of time. Both Link and Ganondorf will be looking to redeem themselves in Breath of the wild by destroying Demise and bringing peace throughout Hyrule and possibly save the multiverse itself.

Breath of the wild could be the first game where all 3 entities that represent the Triforce will gather together to defeat a greater evil.