I’ve always had a very special place in my heart reserved exclusively for my admiration for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. I spent an enormous chunk of time back in 1998 (or was it 1999?) playing it on a Game Boy Color I borrowed off some kid whose mother dated my dad for a bit.
However, I never got to finish Link’s Awakening, and that fact has haunted me for over 15 years now.
See, I never got an AC adapter with the Game Boy I borrowed, so I was draining AA batteries at a rapid rate. Since I was only working a couple days a month at that point in my life (and still bouncing between my mom’s place and my dad’s place), I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on batteries. At some point, my willingness to continue to buy batteries and my willingness to give up other things I wanted to buy sort of hit an equilibrium, and I had to stop playing and give the Game Boy back.
But nowadays, the Nintendo eShop allows me to purchase Link’s Awakening on my 3DS (which is even branded with a Triforce, so it’s especially appropriate), which has a battery life that completely destroys that of the Game Boy Color I was borrowing back in 1998 (or 1999. In fact, it was almost certainly 1999). Plus, I have an AC adapter now.
Since I’ve been on a big Zelda kick, I think I’m going to finally finish Link’s Awakening. I have my own Game Boy Color now (as well as an old greybox original Game Boy), so I could play it on its intended console, but I think I’m going to save myself the hassle of stocking up on AA batteries.
While I certainly love retro stuff, modern gaming technology certainly has its perks.