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Why I Love Zelda - Growing Up In Hyrule.

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The Legend Of Zelda has always played a very large part in my life. Helping me through my childhood and my depression. Most of all, Zelda has always made me happy. Genuine, pure happiness. From Ocarina Of Time to Breath Of The Wild, I love everything Zelda. - Like/Comment/Subscribe/Share Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/BeatEmUps For BEATEMUPS T-Shirts, email beatemupsmerch@gmail.com for instructions. Follow BeatEmUps on Twitter - @TheGameQuest On Facebook - facebook.com/BeatEmUps Instagram - @TheGameQuest My Second Channel/You're Watching Wood - https://www.youtube.com/user/WoodsMajesticVlog Music: Erek Ladd - https://erekladd.bandcamp.com/releases "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use." All clips and videos belong to their respective owners.
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Juan Casado (12 hours ago)
Man we're in the same page, I love zelda even though my friends didn't like it, so I have to play it by myself and I thank them cause that's how it's supposed to be played.
Paul Moorehead (3 days ago)
Super Mario Bros on the NES started it all for me :)
Paul Moorehead (3 days ago)
I didnt get into Zelda Ocarina of Time, until I replayed it on the 2DS.
hellcat0123 (4 days ago)
Another Aussie here. My first Zelda game was Minish Cap. My brother bought a copy but ignored it because he was playing something else and I got really into it. And of course because his older sister thought it was fun, he wanted it back. After a pretty noisy argument, we were back at Myer the next day so I could use my Christmas money to buy my own copy. I was also bullied a lot so games and books were a safe haven. Zelda is good at taking you away from bad things and into something wonderful.
James 420 (4 days ago)
I never really got into Zelda I played twilight princess and windwaker when I was like 12 but some of the puzzles were to challenging and I stopped playing it, I really wanna get majoras mask for my 64 cuz its the most interesting game imo and I wanna get breath of the wild but BOTW but it’s really expensive and I don’t know if I’ll like it.
Colorfold (5 days ago)
Honestly the reason I love Zelda is pretty much the same reason you did, I was a kid that didn't go out much and so I would play Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks to escape from the pretty depressing life I was living. Sure I had Pokemon (which don't get me wrong, I loved it too) but for some reason I come back to Zelda because it felt like an adventure to me when I never saw my life being like an adventure. My DS was like one of my only friends back then and I still hold PH and ST really close to my heart because of that. Thanks for the great video. Keep up the good content!
lucy witchalls (6 days ago)
I've been playing zelda games since I was around 5, and I've always loved them, but I fell even more in love with them a few years ago when I was in hospital and when I was diagnosed with autism. I loved exploring hyrule and it really took my mind off things, so I can relate to you there lol.
Preo Gaming (18 days ago)
YER A WIZZARD ZELDER............. sorry about that
xxxEEHxxx (20 days ago)
Twilight Princess was my first Zelda game and is my favorite game of all time. I actually could never get into Ocarina of Time. I think it was partly because of the graphics. My first console was GameCube so N64 graphics looked so archaic to me.
Viknoban Ravendran (21 days ago)
i finished my 1st zelda game ocarina of time why havent i discoverd this before
SDKO (24 days ago)
As someone with a bad childhood and also a massive Zelda fan I love this video as I can really relate to it thank you
elxnoxelx (28 days ago)
link to the past and links awakening did for me what ocarina did for you. thank you for this.
Kurtis Horvath (1 month ago)
My first Zelda was four swords on the DS and I have loved it ever since
TheRelaxedPlayer (1 month ago)
My first video game ever was Zelda Twilight Princess. Still my favourite game of all time.
TheCynx (1 month ago)
video games (1 month ago)
Thanks man
Eira Vivil D. Ihle (1 month ago)
I started playing Zelda OOT when I was quite young. For me it was a way to escape the every day abuse and violence in my life. Though, not even gaming was safe. Sometimes my pops would take my n64, or turn of the power, or stuff like that. He sold/threw my original n64 and my original old games. Which today would have a good value. I had to rebuy some of my collection and got my beloved OOT back again. My siblings probably had it worse as most of the times my pops turned of the power, was to attack them. They had ps1, so I was like hiding in my room to game my n64 (which was a Christmas gift with OOT). I am glad I had that. Screaming and violence. Yeah... not a good time. Zelda was the only thing that saved me.
LostChangz (1 month ago)
The first Zelda game I ever played was Wind Waker on Game Cube I remember I always liked playing it my all time favorite
TheEarPlugs (1 month ago)
The Legend of Zelder Ocaweiner of Time.
eden160eden (1 month ago)
This vid is great, had a similar experience to zelda but starting with alttp. The childhood story at the breaks my heart, I'm glad you found zelda and video games in times of need. I also think I ruined my love for breath of the wild by taking a long weekend off from work and spending 16 hours or so while the wife was at work just locked with the switch, I now put it on and I'm like meh... and I can relate with twilight princess if finished it twice, once on Wii and the hd remake, I probably would have loved it on gamecube the Wiimote on that one didn't do it justice
IronClad 132 (1 month ago)
I really hope they add Ocarina of time to switch
Josh Douglas (1 month ago)
Lovely story
Josh Douglas (1 month ago)
I stared playing Zelda when 13
Misogynist (1 month ago)
Zelderr? that's a really good game
Chris F. DeWolfe (1 month ago)
Zelda for me will always be that series that I first truly connected with as a kid.. Mario 64 was great but there was just something about Ocarina of Time that hooked me and my love for the series has grown ever since.
David V (1 month ago)
I had Wind waker but I don’t think I beat it
David V (1 month ago)
I started gaming with metriod Prime
Joakim Mårtensson (1 month ago)
We all grow up :/ Zelda ^_^
Pedro J (1 month ago)
I love Zeldies because ever since I first got Link between world's on my 3DS I have never got bored of them. They are an amazing way of gaining experience and a sense of accomplishment. You can't beat it.
James Games (2 months ago)
Great video ! Thank you so much man. Keep it up !!!
Mundaney (2 months ago)
Gave me chills just thinking about the first time I played OoT
Hannah is Different (2 months ago)
OMG skyward sword is my favorite zelda game because it was the very first one I played
Nicholas Gardiner (2 months ago)
He’s Canadian?
DarkeRoseWolf (2 months ago)
A little late to the comments here, but I’ve never met someone who loves Zelda as much as I do. Wind Waker was my first and I played it at my cousins for the first time and did so many chores to save up to buy it for myself and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I’ve bought every main title and any Knick knacks I could lol thank you for making this video.
??? ??? (2 months ago)
For me my first experince with legend of zelda was phantom hourglass, in the uk the N64 was destroyed by ps1 in my local area to the point I had no clue who mario was untill 2003 when I got the gamecube, I still hadn't heard of zelda though untill I saw my friend playing windwaker at his house in 2006 and I loved the artstyle, so I bought phantom hourglass in 2007, loved it then played oot on an emulator in 2009 didn't love it XD, But Zelda has rapidly become one of my favourite franchises.
Nicolás Baratelli (2 months ago)
Relatable 100%. I started with Link to the past, and honestly I replay it at least once a year when depression kicks in. I find myself singing (shouting) along to the themes while playing. Heck I sing those songs while exploring the BOTW's hyrule. Here's your like and your sub. Awesome content
ReynaZM (2 months ago)
Ocarina of time is the best zelda game!!!
kuraila (kim) (2 months ago)
thought i never got around with legend of zelda games on various console, because poor family and parents didnt like the idea of gaming. my first game was Legend of Zelda: link awakening, also recommended by a childhood friend. Tried it and that was the one that start my legend of zelda journey...
Brandon O'Dell (2 months ago)
Zelda >>> FF
That pnges (2 months ago)
Im also Canadian!!
Agrona 333 (3 months ago)
So About a month ago i got Internet.._ and my friend i understand its the same with me and spyro
The ERRor (3 months ago)
Zelda is my favorite Zelda series as well. It helped me when I was in a very dark place.
Luisandro (3 months ago)
Loving you for being so honest, so true and transparent. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Dylan Leersen (3 months ago)
Twilight princess is the best old Zelda game
Coda Stauffer (3 months ago)
It’s weird when I realize that I am the same age you were (14) when I was born in 2004
Saxon Sidu (3 months ago)
Ocarina of Time was the first zelda game I played too. I don't think we had an NES and my first SNES game was donkey kong, we never had a link to the past. When I was 13 my uncle gave me his N64 and Zelda was my favorite from then on
Benj Patt (3 months ago)
Raging Pirate (3 months ago)
Damn man that’s a story
I'm in the same frame of mind, depression and stick to my room gaming.... Ocarina of Time was my best friend. still the best Zelda title no matter what
Rin (4 months ago)
aand after almost a year i come back to this video to say... even If i didnt grow up in hyrule, even if breath of the wild was my very first zelda game, after completing everything there is to do in there, after watching a tone of related videos about legend of zelda, from amv, to animations, to reviews, to zeldie here, I am so in love with this franchise I just wanna buy everything there is about it, but unfortunately i dont have the money to get the other consoles so i am simply looking forward to any new zelda related game nintendo has to offer, and i HOPE they port as many of the big names as possible, because these games seem awesome! I cant wait for hyrule warriors in a few days!!
John Doe (4 months ago)
Zelda is the greatest video game series hands down. Always keeps you playing
Jamie Ryan (4 months ago)
Hey wood what are your thoughts on the n64 would you still say It’s worth playing today?
threeheadedonion 9906 (4 months ago)
Im australian
fdasda (4 months ago)
You're the fkn exactly representation of the 1st world ultra cute white European race.
fdasda (4 months ago)
Please if you have a daughter tell me
Ernest Bombarda (4 months ago)
Ocarina of Time sucks. What's so special about it? wasting hours and hours trying to figure out what to do ain't fun. Full stop.
Stacey Lopez (4 months ago)
I appreciate your story.
ULTRA ELITE (4 months ago)
Great story man! The first Zelda I ever owned was A Link To The Past, and over the years, I've poured hundreds of hours into it.
Nostalgia is a powerful thing
Dude u forgot cdi
Cimmerian D (5 months ago)
I can't believe someone finally mentioned the lost kingdoms franchise on the gamecube!!!! Thank you!!! Underrated is an understatement
mr.mystic DK (5 months ago)
zelda is the best!!!!!
Minty Mischief (5 months ago)
I enjoy this video, because I too share it. This forever love of Zelda... and.... this.. willingness to totally just give it a pass always. It helped me through hard times.
Thomas Bell (5 months ago)
Super Mario Galaxy, Skyrim, Pokémon Ranger and Pearl, Zoo Tycoon. All nostalgic escapes for me too from the bad bits of childhood.
Mr Hunterf (5 months ago)
Subscribed because your a fellow aussie! Great video mate. I remember maniac mansion lol.
David brawnydave Smith (5 months ago)
Ive played all the zeldas also. Love them least favorite 2 the second zelda (side scroll) and twilight princess.
Jakob Sprague (5 months ago)
My brother got Wind Waker when I was 4 and let me play. I beat it and i still enjoy it
Star Crossed (5 months ago)
Your childhood sounds similar to mine I'm so happy Zelda got you through it. It's so special and it's touched so many of us.
Ciso (5 months ago)
Well said my friend...Zelda is by far the Bible of all video games no question ask period...
Michael_Playz (5 months ago)
Pls don't hate but I have never played a Zelda game EVER but then I played the Majora's mask when I was 9? BUT THAT WAS IT NOW I ONLY HAVE PLAYED ONE GAME FROM ZELDA BUT IM GONNA PLAY BREATH OF THE WILD YAYAYAYAYAYA
BlockingSpark99 (5 months ago)
this made me tear up. btw great vid
Alexandra Smith (5 months ago)
You should do a video on your favourite Zelda music scores!
lldog13 (5 months ago)
More videos like this!
HackySmack (5 months ago)
Great video, really enjoyed listening to it. Thank you bro
I can really relate to this. Zelda is my favourite series and is the only series whos games i pre order.
Fleeway (6 months ago)
Im a big fan of zelda that will be Me in the future
Joe Meagher (6 months ago)
Awesome video as always! I feel like a loser here lol because BOTW is the first Zelda game I have ever played. Now with that being said, I absolutely LOVE it! Probably my favorite game of all time.
Walkin Paradox (6 months ago)
I haven’t played a Zelda game until breath of the wild. I can’t wait to find all the older games and play them all.
Aura Del Potro (6 months ago)
My kindest memory is sitting on my father's lap and watching him beat up Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time. Since then I knew I wanted to keep playing those amazing adventures.
The Grasp (6 months ago)
i stay in my room all the time because my stepmom thinks I'm a burden so I draw and play games alot so your reasom for getting into Zelda is relateable honestly.
The 16 bit guys (6 months ago)
I had a nes Classic and I love the original loz. I am making money Now to buy the Breath of the wild
Sheikah Dragoon (6 months ago)
I've just recently got into your vids but this for sure really touches me. I grew up the same way being forced to stay home. I wasn't allowed to even be out front of the house or to have friends. All I had was my brothers N64. Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask really helped me through my childhood and helped me forget the bad stuff. I know this is a late comment but it helps to know that there is someone else that relates because a lot of people didn't. I've battled depression and anxiety my whole life. Video games truely help me. Thank you for this vid. You're awesome!!
The Gino Raz (6 months ago)
You have a fan here in the Philippines! It's what Zelda: Link to the Past on GBA did to me when I was 15! That's also the reason why I'm still an avid fan of Zelda and videogames in general.
Norma Barrera (6 months ago)
Nice video, thanks for sharing your experience
Chris D (6 months ago)
My story is very similar to yours in the fact that I went from NES to 64 with a minor PS1 era in between. I got my 64 when I was 13 on Christmas day 1999. And of course the one game I got with it was Ocarina of Time. I'm not exaggerating when I say I didn't play another game for atleast a year and thus began my deep rooted love for the series. I had played and loved Link to the Past but Ocarina is the game I credit for shaping my passion for the series and gaming overall. Great stuff here man, keep up the great work!
ty greer (6 months ago)
I think the reason your my favourite youtuber is videos like this. I have suffered from depression since i was 11 and now though I am 30 i would like to say it didn't impact me but it does. And its so hard having a wife and a kid and feeling that way still because at this stage in my life I know i don't really have a reason to feel that way. My childhood also wasn't great shall we say. So seeing you able to make the life you want. Knowing I have done the same it's just fills my heart with hope for every kid out there in a similar place. I also used Zelda to escape and ocarina of time. That moment I pulled the master sword and realised that i hadn't even scratched the surface of this game. I will never forget. Keep up the good work. I appreciate your honesty.
Fluxey (6 months ago)
Your Zelda vlog is the reason I just subbed 🙌 I'm an instant fan
Fluxey (6 months ago)
Your Zelda collection is so 😅 beautiful , Thumbs up for you good sir.
Micah_ TC (6 months ago)
Zelder is amazing
Markos Yosif poles (6 months ago)
This story remind me so much of myself. Love stories like this❤❤❤
firefly (7 months ago)
Wow,what for a Childhood...;) I like realy to listen to your stories about your Childhood! Well some certain Stories from your Childhood seem so damn familiar to me;) ! Great Job i like really the Style from your Videos! Keep it up! Greetings from Switzerland
S'DAS (7 months ago)
6:11 we are looking at you Zelda CDI
Daedric Fire 10 (7 months ago)
Great stuff buddy and i totally relate! It though i was listening to myself in the end. Keep up the good work! I really like your content and effort you put on your videos! Regards from Greece ! Ps ZELDA FOR EVER!!!!
Anna (7 months ago)
That sounds a loooot like my family. I'm the youngest and wasn't really allowed anywhere besides my parent's house, and no one was really allowed at mine either. The first game I got was Pokemon Green, followed by Spyro for the PS. Then I was allowed to stay at my friend's one night, where I played Majora's Mask (I was quite young though, so I didn't really get very far). I begged my dad to buy me Zelda, but since I didn't know much about games (I was young, born in Dec of 92) so when I told the person at Blockbuster that I wanted Zelda, he gave me OoT. I was so confused, I remember starting it up and looking at each of the houses in OoT and thinking "so are each of the houses like an individual dungeon or something?" Of course, this was wrong and I ended up falling in love with OoT, but it wasn't the game I wanted. If found out it was MM, and dragged my dad back to the game shop, where we found out MM required the expansion. It'd been a bit since MM was released, so it wasn't as expensive as it could have been sure, but it ended up costing about $50.00 USD for the game + memory expansion. And I was *terrible* at the game. Just horrific. But what makes it my favourite is how much it scared me. It made me think about how that moon was going to fall and kill everyone, and if I wasn't careful, everyone was going to die- that was a lot for a 9 year old! And the time limit, I remember struggling to complete the first dungeon in the 3 days, which is nonsense to me now, since you can finish in one without even speed running. Then two years later I saw my first Zelda commercial for Wind Waker, sitting the the cinema with my mother and then begging my dad to get my aunty to send a console from Japan so I could play it as soon as it came out, arguing that since it's release date would be 3 days after my birthday (12/10) that it was obviously meant to be and needed to be a birthday/Christmas present. When Link's sister got kidnapped, I remember feeling so angry and dedicated to getting her back, it was so emotional. And then the first time you can return to Outset, feeling like I really had been away from home for so long. Of course I've played the others, but those were the main ones I'd played when I was young (the bigger ones, I also played the originals, ages/seasons, LttP, four swords, minish, Link between worlds, that one with the dreaming fish- with ages, followed by seasons, being my favourite) but out of them, my top 5 (least to most) would be BotW, WW, TP, MM, and SS. I'm a big story person so BotW really fell short for me (BoTW and LBW alike), so I'm just going to count it as a learning experience and not as a legit game for me. Maybe it's because I'm so used to the amazing stories and dungeons, that the lack of both of those things was just too much, but... Oh well. I'm hoping Nintendo grows their ideas and learns to execute them better, so that the next game will be amazing; Zelda's really the only game series I buy anymore, so I'm going to be hopeful for the future of the company. Cheers🍺
Corey Kelley (7 months ago)
Dude, same. I had a great childhood, but the escape is what solidified OOT as legend for me.
Jake Glew (7 months ago)
Your videos are inspiring
Bryan Mullins (7 months ago)
This hit home at the ending...
9banjo9 (7 months ago)
Been seeing your videos for sometime now (great channel and personality btw) but I usually don't subscribe to any youtuber, but with this video I felt SO identified, every word, context and experience was so similar...that said, you sir, deserve your honest subscribe! Keep up with your content (huuuge fan of "Switch games I recommend" or that surprised you jajaja) and lots of encouragement for you from a fan from Colombia!! (P.S This was the first time ever I wrote a comment on YouTube, your story really got me!)
SegoUnlocks502 (7 months ago)
I'm not a big YouTube Guy but that Story. I have not played game's in year's. But BOTW came out and I bought a Switch. But Now 8 month's latter I'm done with it. What Do I do? I tried other game's. There is no other game like it. Don't bash me but this was my first comment and like in YouTube. I couldn't help my self.
PixelDonkey (7 months ago)
I subscribed. Great story. I love Zelda too. My 1st Zelda game was Majora’s mask.
steaktastebetterpill (7 months ago)
I was 8 years old when I beat OoT in 1998 by myself. Didn´t even understand hardly any English at the time, but me and a bunch of other kids my age got through the game just fine anyway. At age 10, in 2000, I was able to read and comprehend English fluently (thanks in no small part to video games), and I got through MM just fine too. No guides or anything consulted for aid. As you said, Zelda games always deliver the magic. I will love tLoZ forever. These days I even read Japanese, which I taught myself over the course of several years in order to be even closer to all the Japanese games that I love.

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