I grew up playing the many games of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise and was still playing at the age of 22 when the GameCube iteration of the series, The Wind Waker, hit stores in 2003. At this point in my life I was going to college full time and working part time, spending my days out in the world and evenings back home in my little one-bedroom apartment. I had been on the fence about buying the game at launch, however, and it wasn't until I took a private tour of developer n-Space's facilities and saw them playing the Japanese version of the game (which was already out by that time) that I decided to take the pre-order plunge just about the time that Nintendo announced it was offering the Ocarina of Time Master Quest as a reservation bonus. By the time I was ready to make things happen, I was dealing with severe stomach problems and had to wrench myself out of bed to make the fifteen-minute drive towards downtown to Best Buy to take care of business. I put down my $5 on the pre-order, picked up the bonus disc, and went home to sleep for the rest of the day. I figured I'd take a day off to rest, and then revisit the quest the next day in better health. Unfortunately, some things just don't work out as I plan.