When Activision announced its plans to relaunch Guitar Hero recently, ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way was one of the artists it recruited to promote the move. Way has since been talking to UK newspaper Metro about gaming in general, and has revealed that he's a big fan of The Legend of Zelda - and the Wii U entry The Wind Waker HD in particular.
Way explains that in his early life, the Atari 2600 got him into gaming, but then a certain Japanese company changed all of that:
The Atari 2600 was everywhere. My parents bought one for the family and it was kind of life-changing. Then Nintendo came along and me and my brother [fellow My Chemical Romance founder Mikey Way] were superglued to it.
Way's recollections are probably quite similar to any kid growing up during this era, but he goes on to explain that his love for Nintendo has endured over the decades:
We really got into Zelda and became fans for life. I play Zelda with my daughter now. She really likes games where you have to figure things out. That's on the Wii U - we play The Wind Waker reissue. One of the cool things about the game is that Princess Zelda isn't just a princess, she's like a pirate queen - it's a lot better than just saving a princess.
Regardless of your opinion of the man and his music (we're personally big fans of Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge here in the Nintendo Life office), it's refreshing to see the Wii U get some more positive press, and encouraging to see someone in the public eye speak so highly of one of Nintendo's treasured franchises.
Thanks, Chris Dring!
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"...we're personally big fans of Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge here in the Nintendo Life office..."
Nods approvingly in Damo's direction
@yoko19191 Because if we'd have labelled it "News" we'd have had people complaining that it's not "News", either
Seriously speaking, we use the Weirdness tag for stories which are out of left-field, or a bit different from the norm.
@SuperKMx : Nods approvingly in your direction. Great album.
My Chemical Romance was the soundtrack of my teenage years. Good story.
Well, it is the best game ever, so of course he can't get enough!
My Chem broke up? As a fan of their music I surprisingly didn't hear about it but I don't really keep up with the music industry like I do with games. Sad day for me.
It's a good game. But at the end when you have to find all the triforce to able to get further made my motivation to finish down to zero! That's my only complain about this game
I hear Russell Crowe farted while playing Super Mario Bros once
I like the comment on Zelda/Tetra. It's one of many reasons why WW is such an outstanding Zelda game for me. Everything from gameplay and graphics down to the characters themselves is pure joy and fun.
I know it's an old game (and those who wanted to will have probably played it by now) but zelda being tetra -spoiler alert!
@Alucard83 Have you played the HD remake? Its far less annoying in that version imo. Such a beautiful and inspirational game.
@Ichiban Nice to see people getting more creative than the usual "Slow news day huh"
Weird, I just started WW HD last night w00t.
With this, this man has already pledged love to two of my lifelong passions: the Smashing Pumpkins and Nintendo. I guess at this point I feel almost forced to give his music another chance.
New NL article confirmed: My daughter's first glimpse of a Zelda game was WW:HD the other night. She got right into the aesthetic, the treasure chest opening, and the kicking of nasties.
WW:HD is the the only Zelda game I've put serious time into. I know I like it, but I'll have to play some of the others before I can work out how much.
"...Princess Zelda isn't just a princess, she's like a pirate queen."
@chiefeagle02 WARNING: SPOILER FOR WIND WAKER TO FOLLOW.
You think that's bad? A Brazilian video game website started their WWHD review with "In a Hyrule that was flooded by the gods...".
Oh hey, I recently started listening to this band, mostly their older stuff so far. What a coinkidink.
Just about everything I listened to as a teen makes me cringe now days. But somehow MCR has withstood the test of time for me. Huge guilty pleasure of mine. Every interview I've seen with Gerard has only made me appreciate him more. And his comic book, Umbrella Academy, was pretty dope. So, now I know if our paths were ever to cross, I could chat about Zelda INSTEAD of admitting how much of a celebrity crush I had on his wife.
Zelda is awesome.
Don't argue. It's scientific fact.
"Welcome to the Black Parade" is still one of the greatest songs ever written.
This band is awful.
I'm weird. I am playing twilight princess every couple days with my almost 5 year old. I read the story to him and he even runs around hyrule field sword fighting. He has learn to play mh4 with me, we have 2 3ds' with full versions of the game. He plays like 30 minutes of games s day since he was like 2 with our kindle and angry birds. (We limit it snd he has grown ok with it). He loves smash and Mario 3d world. My oldest is 13 and we been gaming together forever. But he's too cool for Nintendo now. He plays minecraft and cod nonstop on the PS3 and barely touches anything Nintendo. His friends are all the same. It makes me sad...but then I go back to playing Zelda.
@TulipWaltz Indeed it is. Lost count how many times I've listened to it now, and I only found that song about 6 months ago, if that.
MCR is a comically overrated band, but I have to say the Way brothers are very cool in person. The music isn't bad, but there are people in the world that use it as gospel, and it's just not THAT good.
As My Chemical Romance being my all time favorite band without a doubt, and The Legend of Zelda being my all time favorite video game without a doubt... You can say I was excited to see this, but that'd be an understatement.
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