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What’s a Zeldathon Like?

So we did it. 24 hours of playing Legend of Zelda and, although we didn’t hit our target, we raised money for a good cause. I’m feeling pretty chuffed with both myself and my brother, Chris. We did good!

The marathon began with a few technical problems which meant we couldn’t stream to YouTube. Instead we used Twitch.TV, and we’ll upload the video to YouTube for prosperity instead. Once that was agreed we dived straight into Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time! And the conversation got weird quickly.

We both love Ocarina of Time (in fact I would say it’s my favourite Zelda game) so we dived in with zest. Perhaps a little too much zest.

We did well for the first few hours and spirits were high. Although playing the game constantly did irritate us in an unexpected way.

We had originally hoped to finish both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. However when we found it had taken us four hours to finish three out of ten dungeons in Ocarina we began to realise that wasn’t going to happen. That was a shame – Chris has never completed Majora – but we soldiered on.

The Water Temple frayed our nerves somewhat and I admit I got rather annoyed with Dark Link and Z-targeting. I was definitely grumpy until Chris posted this gem!

But we made it through and, after an even more frustrating battle with Ganondorf, Ocarina of Time was in the bag! It took us very close to 17 hours and that didn’t even include any side quests. But we powered on and plugged in Majora’s Mask.

That’s when we started to flag.

4 AM is always the time when an all-nighter struggles most. We were frequently standing, walking around and drinking energy drinks. We certainly began to question why on Earth we were doing this and began to blame the other for the idea. And, being tired, we began to make mistakes.

We also began to get easily annoyed.

Sorry, Link!

But we needed to rally and somehow making fun of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi seems to turn it around for us. After falling down a lot we finally rectified our mistakes and Chris beat our final boss fight! It was left to me to take us home, so I fetched our horse, Epona, so we could get the Zora mask and spend our last half an hour exploring the waters. And experimenting with control options.

All in all it was a great experience and we’re both surprised to find we’re not sick of the sight of Zelda. We’d quite happily play some more!

Our biggest thanks to those that sponsored us, we really appreciate every penny you donated. If you missed our stream, Chris will be posting video to the PandaPad YouTube Channel and if you want to donate any money I would recommend nipping over to the Child’s Play Charity website. It’s a good cause and they’ll make sure every penny you donate goes to helping these kids stuck in hospitals.

Review: Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses

It was a peculiar coincidence. I’d woken up with a tune from a Zelda game in my head (probably the Song of Storms from Ocarina of Time) and was wondering if anyone had ever recorded Zelda music with real instruments. And then I stumbled upon a tweet mentioning a Zelda Symphony.

Ten minutes later I had tickets. And, after months of waiting, I got to go last week. And it was amazing.

My introduction to The Legend of Zelda series was through Ocarina of Time for the N64. This was Zelda’s first foray into 3D gaming and, I think, its finest outing. It’s big, epic, full of music and there’s time travel involved (I’m a sucker for time travel). Each Zelda game I’ve played since has always been compared to Ocarina, but none have ever come close.

The Symphony encompassed some of the great musical highs of the Zelda series. After the prelude we were presented with the movements which were based on one of four games: Ocarina of Time; Wind Waker; Twilight Princess; and Link to the Past. These were accompanied by clips from the respective game on a screen behind the orchestra. Which, by the way, was only the flipping Royal Philharmonic!

These movements were interspersed with introductions by either conductor Eimear Noone or producer Jeron Moore. Noone was obviously passionate about the music and the series, grinning like the rest of us when she produced with a flourish a replica of the Wind Waker baton. Moore wore his geek credentials on his sleeve, making cracks about the Water Temple from Ocarina and clearing up the true origin of Zelda’s Theme.

And the music itself was incredible. The Zelda series has always created great music but it’s been limited to synthetic instruments. Arranged and performed by a full orchestra, it was breathtaking. I’d listened to the 25th anniversary CD, but it doesn’t compare.

And the movements weren’t the entirety. Everyone came back for not one, not two, but three encores to play the Ballad of the Wind Fish, Gerudo Valley and an unexpected Majora’s Mask movement.

Highlights? Have to be:

• the unexpected Majora’s Mask movement; Majora’s Mask has some great music but always stands in Ocarina’s shadow;
• the Ocarina movement; it’s my favourite game and not on the 25th anniversary CD, so it was such a treat to hear it.
• the reaction to the Gerudo Valley introduction: one man screaming “YES!” at the top of his voice. Beautiful.

There was just one date in the UK but the Symphony continues to tour in other countries. If you’re a fan of Zelda you must go and see it. In fact I’d recommend it to any fan of classical or orchestral music.

And speaking of fans, check out these cosplayers. They posed for photos after the symphony was over. You have to admire the skill and dedication on display!

Some of the amazing cosplayers at the Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses