The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition

-Nintendo (2003)



In a move to sell more Gamecubes and games, Nintendo releases a not-quite comprehensive collection of Zelda games.

My Thoughts:

If you really wanted this compilation disc there were three ways to get it. You could buy a limited edition Gamecube bundle that included the disc, or buy two qualifying Gamecube games and register them on Nintendo’s website, or subscribe to the friendly strategy magazine, Nintendo Power

Well, I already have a Gamecube. I don’t need another one and I don’t have an extra $100 to blow. I am on a limited budget, so buying two $50 games at once is out, too. If I remember correctly, I think there was only one of the qualifying games that I actually wanted. Or, I can spend $20 for a year’s subscription to Nintendo Power, which is exactly what I did. It was only $20 versus $100 the other two ways. If you missed out on the three opportunities to get the disc and you still really want it, there is a fourth option. You go on eBay and spend almost as much as if would cost for you to get the game in the first place from buying a new Gamecube or two games. 

This disc includes four classic Zelda games: The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time, and Majora’s Mask. Each game has a brief history of it on the menu screen. You also get a nice little retrospective movie of all the Zelda games, a trailer and a demo of Wind Waker. Chances are, if you have this disc, you probably already have Wind Waker

This collection is excellent save for one thing. One game was left out. Perhaps the best Zelda of all and my personal favorite, A Link to the Past, is not included on the disc. Why? “With The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition and the Game Boy Player, it is now possible to play the complete Zelda legend on one system – the Nintendo Gamecube.”  That is what one of the info screens on the disc says. In order to play A Link to the Past on the Gamecube you need to purchase the Game Boy Advance version and the Game Boy Player. They couldn’t have just put the game on this disc and make it an Ultimate Collection, they had to leave out the best game to help sell their add-on. Sure, I’ll buy a Game Boy Player eventually, when the price goes down, but still not including A Link to the Past on this disc is a travesty and is really the only thing that affects my score.

Score: 8.0  


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