‘The Legend of Zelda’ vs. ‘Mario Brothers’
“The Legend of Zelda” is an action adventure game series first introduced Feb. 21, 1986. It features a mixture of action, adventure and puzzle gameplay. It was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, Takeshi Tezuka and Eiji Aonuma, developed and published by Nintendo.
The story and game center on Link, whom the player controls. The player often has the task of rescuing Princess Zelda and the land of Hyrule from the evil machinations of Ganon, also called Ganondorf in his humanoid form, the primary antagonist in the story. The story also commonly involves a relic known as the Triforce, a set of omnipotent golden triangles. Divided into the Triforce of Wisdom, Power and Courage, this relic plays a key role not only in the adventure of the game, but in the creation of the game’s world.
Using the template of “Hero saves princess and the world,” the Zelda franchise has managed to explore the past and future of Hyrule, taking players on an adventure time and time again. Since its creation, there have been 17 official games in the Zelda series. Each game fleshes out the world that “The Legend of Zelda” is set in. It is always something different, though there is always a sense of nostalgia.
The character Link is not usually the same incarnation in each game, but a few exceptions do exist. Link is the hero. Players have saved the world as Link. He has gained many titles, such as “Hero of Time,” “Hero of the Winds,” or “Hero chosen by the gods.” He is a master fighter, rising from humble beginnings each time to ultimately defeat the evil in the world, thus saving it. This is “The Legend of Zelda.”
Rebuttal by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland
Zelda came out one year after “Mario Bros.” The template of “Hero saves princess and world” is the only template that Zelda uses. Granted, I do so much love a hero saving the princess and a fantastical land and defeating evil in all its guises, but for me “The Legend of Zelda” took a lot of time to play showing very few results. With all its puzzles, exploration and action game play, I would find myself getting mildly bored. It was hard to keep so much attention on a game with so many different avenues.
Granted, Zelda was really the first of the role playing games as it advanced over the years. As “Mario Bros.” progresses and I do admit the possibility of Zelda influencing later games of “Mario Bros.” with the whole “defeat evil, save the princess, save the world” thing, “Super Mario Bros.” gave players the opportunity to save the princess, defeat evil and save the world without all the long drawn out quests. The key to that was the original simplicity of “Mario Bros.” Zelda’s evil was usually an incarnation of himself with the turtles and the eventual appearance of King Koopa being original in thought and design.
Conclusion by Colbert
If the thrill of the trip isn’t the destination, but the journey, then “The Legend of Zelda” takes you to see the tops of mountains, the bottom of lakes, the darkest forests and into the deepest dungeons. It takes you on a trip you’re unlikely to see again. And at the end, you still get a beautiful view. You are never bored with the hero’s journey. You will always feel that you are building toward something bigger than just yourself. There may be repetitive aspects, but they feel like parts of you that make you complete.
The Zelda games, though inaptly named, will have you frustrated, excited and happy the entire time you play it. Having sold more than 67 million copies, the series is beloved and highly recognized around the world. Link, Zelda, Ganondorf and the Triforce are among the universally recognized characters and items in the world. Gamers around the world look forward to new adventures. So grab your Master Sword, strap on your Hylian Shield and get ready to go on an a journey. Welcome to Hyrule, friend. Adventure awaits in The Legend of Zelda.
‘Mario Brothers’ vs. ‘The Legend of Zelda’
“Mario Bros.” was created in 1983 as a platform game developed for arcades by Nintendo. It was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Gunpei Yokoi.
Mario originally appeared in Donkey Kong and, with the addition of a mustache and hat, became the Mario we know today. His inspiration came from a landlord, named Mario, who burst in on Nintendo demanding the rent, and the creators found it fitting.
The game features two plumber brothers, Mario and Luigi, who have to fight creatures coming from New York sewers. This game is the first appearance of Luigi into the game franchise. The villains were different types of turtles climbing through the pipes. The turtles could only be defeated by flipping them onto their backs using an overhead block or the POW block to flip them. A kick sends the turtle shell rocketing across the screen.
The game features the ability to run through the side of the screen and appear on the opposite side which became a handy feature when trying to collect coins or elude an enemy. The levels feature pipes at each corner of the screen from which the turtles crawl out. Mario or Luigi have to defeat the turtles to advance to the next level.
The birth of the turtles came from the enemies being too easy to kill just by jumping on them. So, turtles were used to make the game harder. This also gave rise to the Koopa Troopa, which helped propel “Mario Bros.” to “Super Mario Bros.” international fame.
Rebuttal by Senior Airman Jason Colbert
I admit I played a lot of “Mario Bros.,” super and original. The biggest problem I had with the originals was that they were too simple. The original arcade console was one screen. One. They might have changed the placements of pipes and added a few enemies, but it stayed the same. When the Bros. went super, the game was “save the princess.” When you get there, it’s “Thank you Mario. But our princess is in another castle.” You have got to be kidding me, right?
With The Legend of Zelda, you were given a sense of danger and adventure. When you started the first game, you started with your clothes. That’s it. You had to be given your first sword and find your first shield. It was, “you are going to save the world … aaaaand go.” How much more thrilling can it get?
You got a sense of accomplishment during every dungeon collecting new weapons, boss monsters, and rebuilding the piece of the Triforce. If you know where to go, the monsters would still get you. One man, fighting monsters, no one to help, saving the world and the princess. Do you need more?
Conclusion by Copeland
True, “Zelda” provides danger and adventure, but a constant bombardment of turtles and never knowing which pipe they will fall out of is a constant adrenaline rush until all were defeated. As the game progressed into “Super Mario Bros. 2,” the levels included dark dungeons with fire pits and Bowser Koopa. Expanding into “Super Mario Bros. 3” was Bowser and his children, but in every level and every game starting with “Super Mario Bros.,” Princess Peach must be saved (yeah, thanks Zelda), but to keep the game going she is always in a different castle.
“Mario Bros.” originally started out as an 8-bit platform game. Over its quarter of a century reign, it has released more than 200 games and more than 262 million combined units sold. Everyone knows Mario’s trademark music and coin collecting sound. He has spanned into a large array of video game consoles and systems and even onto home computers. “Mario Bros.” has produced a plethora of sub-series games, including Mario Kart racing games to board games. Mario’s first appearance may have been in Donkey Kong, but his transformation from carpenter to Italian plumber makes “Mario Bros.” the title holder of best-selling video game in franchise history.