The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition
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|The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition|
|Release date|| November 17, 2003|
November 7, 2003
November 14, 2003
March 19, 2004
|Predecessor||The Wind Waker|
|Successor||Four Swords Adventures|
The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition is a compilation of several installments from the Zelda series. This compilation even has its own Player's Guide, which is rare for a promotional product. The full games exist as ROM images, which are run through emulators. This method was previously used in the Master Quest release for the GameCube and later for all Virtual Console releases. The compilation includes the first Majora's Mask re-release in the United States.
This collection of games is most likely to be coveted by many of the hardcore Zelda fans, as well as new gamers. It brings back four of the most popular Zelda games in their original, mostly unchanged versions: Link's very first quest, The Legend of Zelda; his second quest, The Adventure of Link; his first appearence in 3D, Ocarina of Time; and his journey through Termina, Majora's Mask.
In addition to these games, which were included in full, the following features were added as well:
- A Wind Waker promotional video
- The Legend of Zelda: A Retrospective - an arrangement of scenes from all the games between The Legend of Zelda and The Wind Waker
- A 20-minute playable demo of The Wind Waker, which allows a player to play three different scenarios from the game. There are barriers and limitations to this demo in terms of gameplay; the full version of The Wind Waker is just under 3 times the size of this demo. The game resets after the end of the 20 minute time limit.
It should be noted that the story displayed in the two NES games, when START is not pressed, has been rewritten to correct all mistranslations and spelling errors. These changes would be retained in the GBA and Wii releases.
In North America, the Collector's Edition was published as a free promotional disc originally given out to Nintendo Power members with 5 or more registered games at Nintendo.com. For a limited time, a player could also receive the disc free with a new purchase of a Nintendo GameCube, or from purchasing a subscription or subscription renewal to Nintendo Power.
It was also released in Europe, where there were several more ways to obtain the disc. The game was initially bundled in a limited edition Mario Kart: Double Dash!! GameCube package. Nintendo later made the title available to GameCube owners who mailed them proof of purchase of certain first party GameCube titles. Eventually the disc could even be purchased from the Nintendo of Europe website in their stars catalogue (a scheme that offers items in return for 'stars' collected in leaflets with all Nintendo games) for 4500 stars.
Although the game mentions "sound irregularities" on the disc as a result of emulating Majora's Mask on the GameCube, no mention was made of another widespread issue. It seems to be common for the game to freeze without warning. Supposedly, this problem can be encountered less if one opts not to use the rumble function. The freezing was supposedly fixed for the Virtual Console release, though players still rarely report freezing. The framerate of the Collector's Edition version of Majora's Mask is also lower than the 20 FPS framerate of the original game, as reported by reviewers. The problems could be caused due to Majora's Mask's reliance on the 4 MB RAM expansion pack. As Ocarina of Time does not use the pack, no problems occur in it. Majora's Mask also presents a high number of graphical issues.
- The menu music for the compilation is the same as in the Master Quest release and the first trailer for The Wind Waker in 2001.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ゼルダコレクション (Zeruda Korekushon)|
|Korean||젤다의 전설 컬렉션|