The re-release of Legend of Zelda as part of the 3DS Ambassador program has reminded gamers just how hard Link's first outing is. If you haven't finished it yet, don't give yourself a hard time about it: neither has series producer Eiji Aonuma.
In a recent interview with Game Informer, Aonuma revealed to this day he has never completed the original Zelda:
I’ve never actually finished it. I almost feel like there’s still no game more difficult than it. Every time I try to play it I end up getting 'Game Over' a few too many times and giving up partway through. Certainly after playing the original Zelda for the first time, I didn’t ever think that I wanted to make a game like that.
While we're not sure that the first Zelda is the hardest of all — Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is surely right up there — it's still surprising to hear that Aonuma hasn't clocked the first game in the series he now oversees.
If you've ever finished the first Zelda, congratulations: you've done what Zelda's producer couldn't.