Saturday, 11 February 2012

The Legend of Zelda: The Ancient Stone Tablets [Satellaview] - Chapter 1/4: Research is for wimps

Almost one year after his last playthrough, Harry Yack announces his untriumphant return to the longplay fraternity with Zelda: The Ancient Stone Tablets, a somewhat obscure spinoff of Link to the Past. All will be explained in the video, but this curiously overlooked addition to the Zelda series is probably best described as an 'enhanced' version of LTTP, heavily modified to fit the Satellaview specifications. For this reason, it isn't all that hard if you've played a Zelda game before, even though it does contain a selection of brand-new puzzles.

Strap yourself onto your favourite heavy thing, because this truly is a marathon, an uncut, full length longplay covering all four parts of the original broadcast. You might decide to watch it in 10-15 minute chunks, but I wanted all the chapters to be self-contained in an attempt to mimic the St. GIGA broadcasts. To this end, one part will be uploaded here each week, and each will attempt to discuss various aspects of the game as they crop up.

In this first part, we take our first steps in the game and explain the basic gameplay differences from the Super Nintendo's Link to the Past. We also demonstrate tremendous laziness in our various poorly-researched comments (corrected via subtitles). AST veterans, please feel free to point out any other inaccuracies and I'll stick up some annotations or something, but I assure you things get slightly better (read: chaotic) in this regard as I attempt to correct errors in later parts.

4 comments:

Determined Muffin said...

Hm. I've heard of the Satalview... really weird device. Don't you have to play the game in a certain timeframe? Oh, also, you know something I just found out that was also only released in Japan? It's a strange sequel to Chrono Trigger, and it came out only for the Satalview, it's called Chrono Trigger: Radical Dreamers. It's text based adventure... worth checking out.

Harry Yack said...

It's pretty cool, really, a sort of precursor to modern online gaming. They did try to launch similar modem-based concepts in the west but I don't remember them being much of a success. Curious nonetheless.

I might look into some more Satellaview games if I have the time because it's like a whole library of 'new' retro games!

Liberal Muffin said...

Didn't you guys get the Sega Channel for the Genesis (Mega Drive) over in Britain? Sounds somewhat similar to the Satalivew in a way.

Harry Yack said...

Wikipedia tells me that 'certain cable services' broadcast the Sega Channel, but to be honest I was pretty young (well younger, anyway) and don't have any memory of it from the magazines. Sure I would have been fascinated by it all...