Someone done went and translated The NES sorta-classic Zelda II: The Adventure of Linkinto Latin. Would my Latin be better now if someone had only done this twenty years ago? Probably not. Will I go snag an emulator and play through to improve my Latin today? Eh… yeah, probably not, either. Am I happy that such a thing exists? Indubitably. It gives me a good reason for reminiscing about how frikkin’ difficult those sword and shield wielding knights (were they supposed to be Darknuts?) got towards the end of the game, something I often do, but without the good reason. The scrooowtching sound of my tiny sword bouncing off their surprisingly mobile shields still haunts my dreams.
Kids today have no idea how ass-kickingly hard video games used to be.**
*It alliterates if you pronounce it like a Latin snob, something I’m usually against, but I couldn’t come up with an iconic V-alliterating Zelda series enemy.
**If you are a kid today and take offense at that, go sit down and play Mega Man 2 and get back to me.***
***Back already? Well, even if you beat it (and stop pretending–you didn’t), know that that’s the easiest of the
Mega Mans Mega Men Mega Man games. There’s like seven-hundred others that are six-hundred times as hard. Frankly, I have no clue why we used to put up with crap like that.