A Good Story's End

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

Some may scoff, but I find that all of the Zelda games provide a story about as excellent as the kind of books I love read. I feel that I just spent a quiet, rainy day near the fireplace reading an exciting chapter in a good book whenever I put the controller down– whether it be the old Super Nintendo version or the newest Wii version. Now that I have finished the Wii episode, known as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, I have not come away disappointed. The game really tied together a lot of parts of other Zelda stories that I played growing up; now I know exactly where the Master Sword came from and how it got its powers, what the whispers in most of the games about the ancient race of skydwellers known as the Hylia mean, how and why Gannondorf (one of the main enemies common throughout most of the games) keeps on coming back, how the Kingdom of Hyrule was started, and quite a bit more. It’s really quite amazing how all of the Zelda stories fit together in a chronology that spans thousands of years from the creation of the world down to the dark but hopeful end of the world and even through alternate timestreams (as in if the hero succeeded in this story, these are the outcomes, and if the hero failed, these are the outcomes). Link, the main protagonist of all of the games, exhibits such good qualities– he is the hero that most other stories attempt to create but often fail at. He is the type of human being– imperfect yet possessing an unbreakable spirit– that all of us ought to strive to be. He actually has morals. He actually tries to be a part of something bigger than himself. The morals that the story teaches as well as the incredible imagination that it inspires are both especially noteworthy.

For the good of those who will never play a Zelda game simply because they are not the gaming type, I provide for you the ending of Skyward Sword, from when the demon known as Demise is defeated to when Zelda and Link (the person who played this and recorded it named his Link “André”) to when Link and Zelda decide to stay on the surface while their friends and even family return to their island home in the sky, and this is where the Kingdom of Hyrule is born.

If you do intend to play this version of Zelda, I suggest you don’t watch this as it will give away a lot of things that will be more exciting if the storyline builds them up first.