Happy Birthday to the Legend of Zelda video game series, which turns 20 today. This was the first game I played on my NES, probably close to 20 years ago, and it was (at the time) seriously the coolest thing in the entire world. Most of my future Nintendo console purchases since then have been motivated in part by the ability to play future Zelda titles.

My old best friend from NJ, Mike, and I really bonded over Nintendo games back then. We used to play for hours at each other’s houses, and went totally nuts when the Super Nintendo came out. Ah, nostalgia.

Awesome games: I salute you.