– Shigeru Miyamoto, from Game Over by David Scheff.
I recall falling in love with The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy on the NES because they provided a different sense of adventure than other games. I certainly loved Super Mario Bros., Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, Mega Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game as well, but they didn't provide the same epic feeling of being the hero. In fact, my love was more a product of playing them with my brother or the opportunity to interact with a beloved franchise (apparently, I was inexplicably drawn to green, overly large, bipedal reptiles as a child).
I never pretended to be Mario saving Princess Peach, and I quickly got bored of playing Ninja Turtles or Godzilla without the toys. But after a trip to the Renaissance Faire with my family, I found myself in possession of a wooden sword and shield, and these became my way of playing The Legend of Zelda away from the game system. I would wander my backyard or the confines of the living room, filling in narrative blanks that the game left empty.
I was ready to go and stumble upon my own lake.