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Why The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a Bucket List Game


The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.


I have always been a huge fan of the Legend of Zelda series, but for some reason, I originally was not that excited to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Perhaps it is because I only completed one 3D Zelda game (that being the Wind Waker) along with my undying love for the 2D entries. But as the game’s launch approached, my desire changed from apathetic to desire-filled. Having played it for over one hundred hours, I can say with confidence that not only is Breath of the Wild a bucket list game but it is now one of my favorite Zelda games. It is very, very, good.

ZELDA FEVER RISES-

But before we move on, let us go back in time to the week before the Nintendo Switch (Nintendo’s hybrid console, handheld device) launched. My spouse ordered a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild expecting to receive it the same day as the console itself. But to both of our surprise, a shiny new copy of the latest Zelda adventure showed up on her doorstep seven full days before we even had the console to play it on. I ogled the cover and held the new Switch cartridge in my hand for the first time with glee before placing it on a coffee table careful not to scratch or scuff the exterior. There it would remain atop the table, next to tons of paper work and puzzle books, for the next week. Wanting to be played.

At this point, my spouse and I really wanted to play it. My Zelda enthusiasm was at full force now that we had the game in our possession. A friend gave me her copy of Game Informer magazine that had Breath of the Wild as a cover story. I offered to look at it with my spouse but she declined, not wanting to spoil or ruin the experience which I thought was a good idea as well. The next seven days could have been slow, waiting for the Switch console to launch, but real life events surely made the time fly by. Real life events that will forever be intertwined with my memories of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

THE DIAGNOSIS OF ADVENTURE-

A month before the game released, my spouse was diagnosed with cancer. Our days were filled with appointments, rehabilitation, taking medicine every few hours, cooking healthy foods, and sleep. Time passed very fast. By the time Zelda released and we finally had the Nintendo Switch in on hands, my spouse was ready to delve into a giant adventure to take her mind off of matters. And I was, too.

I will never forget the first moments of the game, waking up as the main character—Link—inside a darkened cave only to step outside into a vast world of green with mountains and structures as far as the eye could see. It was the start of an adventure that would take two months to complete with over one hundred hours (and counting) of play time. And that is without collecting all there is to collect and completing all of the puzzle rooms called Shrines.

So if my spouse and I spent so much time playing the game without completing everything, what were we doing? Adventuring! This world is huge and allows the traversal through water, up mountains, through vast plains, into enemy lairs, across deserts and much more. If we were not running from a huge mini-boss or the many Bokoblins throughout the lands, we were cooking food we could use to heal us later. Or perhaps we were completing a side quest and helping the man from Kakariko Village collect his chickens. We stopped to help those in need and adventured to everything we saw far off in the distance.

IF YOU CAN SEE IT, YOU CAN EXPLORE IT-

Is that an aircraft in the shape of a bird? We have to get there. Is that something climbing on the volcano? We have to visit it. What is that shining light coming from the mountain in the distance? Let us find out. This game is full of exploration; furthermore, the detail crafted into the anime inspired graphical presentation (along with the minimalistic sound design) only made the exploration more enjoyable to watch, hear, and experience.

The experiences did not end there and the game allowed us the freedom to tackle the open game world any way we saw fit. We decided to explore the world of Hyrule, opening up the map by visiting grand towers that loomed in the distance. Afterwards, and dozens of hours later, we explored the beautiful painting-esque world for specific locations the game asked us to find. And finally, we decided to complete the four main quests in the game before tackling the final boss. Of course, we found treasure chests, hidden secrets, and chased after many shooting stars along the way. But our adventure was distinctly ours and we will always remember it.

YOUR NEWEST BUCKET LIST GAME-

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was not a game I was anticipating. But it was a game I, and my spouse, needed in a tough time in our life. It is a grandiose experience worth spending hundreds of hours exploring. And I cannot wait to explore hundreds of hours more in the world of Hyrule, a Bucket List game for sure. Actually . . . I think I will play some more right now.

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Why Solitaire Is A Bucket List Game (Part 4)


SOLITAIRE is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.

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MORE FUN WITH SOLITAIRE:

Solitaire (also known as Patience or Klondike) is a game my mother taught me at a young age and it has stuck with me ever since. It is one of my strongest, positive bonding moments with her, sitting side by side, her helping me figure out what to do next.


WINNING SOLITAIRE:

Using my logical brain, I have analyzed hundreds of turns but only beat the game a handful of times. Because my winning percentage is quite low, it is such a rush whenever I do win. Often times, the card I was looking for would be stuck, buried in one of the piles I had no access to.

Which meant the game ended there. But that only encouraged me to play a second game and a third. That is not a problem when the game is such a fun, easy to set-up game.

Give it a try and you will most likely find yourself focused on the game, free from thoughts of your daily life. This game has always been a great, healthy form of relaxation and escapism . . .

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Why Solitaire Is A Bucket List Game (Part 3)


SOLITAIRE is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.

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ALL ABOUT SOLITAIRE:

I would look at every third card in the remaining deck and just hope I get something I needed. Sometimes, I would get just the right card while other times I would get that pesky second and third Queen or Jack that I just could not use.


FUN WITH SOLITAIRE:

But even then, the game tested my brain by having me analyze the playing field each and every turn.

As an adult who loves logic and strategy games, looking back some twenty plus years after learning how to play Solitaire, I think that is why I was originally drawn-in . . .

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Why Solitaire Is A Bucket List Game (Part 2)


SOLITAIRE is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.

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The following information comes from Backlog and Bucket List Gaming ISSUE 2:


SUPER ENGAGING SOLITAIRE:

The game itself is engaging as well, matching cards of alternating colors and by suit order to eventually have all cards out on the table. Then it is time to move all of the cards onto four piles placed aside by suit type and order starting from Ace to King.


FUN WITH SOLITAIRE:

It’s a simple game, but remembering the suit order was the part my child self needed the most help with.

 Once I understood the King-Queen-Jack hierarchy, the rest was smooth sailing . . .

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Why Solitaire Is A Bucket List Game (Part 1)


SOLITAIRE is a certified Bucket List game that everyone should play before he or she “kicks the bucket”.

The following information comes from Backlog and Bucket List Gaming ISSUE 2:


ALL ABOUT SOLITAIRE:

Solitaire (also known as Patience or Klondike) is a game my mother taught me at a young age and it has stuck with me ever since. It is one of my strongest, positive bonding moments with her, sitting side by side, her helping me figure out what to do next.


FUN WITH SOLITAIRE:

Starting the game was easy enough; it was always a fun, simple joy that still resonates with me today.

I would grab my mom’s deck and stack cards to set up the game—one card must be placed face up then six face down in six separate piles next to it, then another card is placed face up on the second pile and five face down on the remaining five piles.

I repeated this until all seven piles had face up cards with the remaining deck in my hands. For some reason, setting up Solitaire is such a calming and fun experience . . .

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NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Update!

Today’s “News You May Have Missed” Showcases A Free New Update For the 3DS Animal Crossing Game!


Happy Newsday, everyone!

Let’s take a look back at yet another cool news story you may have missed.

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The following headlines come from our first issue of Backlog and Bucket List.


NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Animal Crossing New Leaf Update!

Get ready, all of you Animal Crossing fans, because Nintendo announced that it will be updating Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS with a free update!

This update will allow Nintendo amiibo functionality. By scanning an amiibo figurine or card, you can prompt villagers to visit your town. 50 new amiibo cards, consisting of animals not seen in New Leaf, will be released in early December 2016. Lapsed Animal Crossing players–get ready to go back to town this Fall!


 

Until next time, check out the latest BACKLOG AND BUCKET LIST GAMING to get up to date with even more headlines you may have missed, awesome game recommendations, and much more. Game on!

 


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Backlog and Bucket List Gaming Issue 3–Read On, Game On!


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Games you need to play. Stellar news you may have missed.

In Issue #3 of Backlog and Bucket List Gaming, learn about . . .

  • 4 must-play games you should add to your Backlog and Bucket Lists
  • Super Mario Bros. and three other games worthy of your earthly time
  • Over 70 gaming headlines you don’t want to miss
  • An essential tip for every gamer and collector
  • The Topic–What Gaming Console Hooked You To Gaming?
  • And more!

Too many games, too much news? Don’t worry. Backlog and Bucket List Gaming has you covered!

 


 

As an exclusive sneak peak for Bucket List Game viewers, we recommended Super Mario Bros. for the NES as our Backlog game of the month.

Find out why in Issue 3!

WHAT IS BACKLOG AND BUCKET LIST GAMING?


 

Backlog and Bucket List Gaming is your primer of the biggest gaming news in the past month!

It’s overwhelmingly hard to keep up with all the latest gaming news, even for an avid gamer. So why miss the newest article, rumor, or game releases? Backlog and Bucket List Gaming has you covered! Each issue gives digestible details of dozens upon dozens of the biggest gaming news headlines.

 

Too Long, Didn’t Read? (TLDR)

No worries! The biggest headlines, and longest articles, are summarized in a smaller package–while still providing exciting details–just for you, the time crunched reader!

 

Hungry For More?

For those clamoring for more information, article links are included alongside every bit of information to provide more information.

 

Backlog and Bucket List Gaming is your go-to source for the best recommendations of games you must play before you die!

The center pieces and namesake of Backlog and Bucket List Gaming are our recommended Bucket List games. Enjoy a handful of gaming title recommendations, from great classics to stand-out modern titles, every issue.

Each game title is detailed with pertinent information such as where you can purchase it and its release year while the persuasive write-ups are written by an avid gamer of over twenty years! We truly have passion and fond memories for the games we recommend.

 


 

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