Salida dear readers,
my name is Jim aka "OpiumHerz" and as some of you may already guess by that nickname: I am german. With the blog series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " I want to simply give you a little insight in videogame censorship, which is still pretty much alive and kicking here in Germany (but I won't restrict myself to Germany exclusively).I'll try to post entries at least all two weeks or so. Feel free to comment for suggestions, corrections or critique.
This episode is about: The Legend Of Zelda
So I talked abot one little Zelda censorship before already. In "Various Games #2
" (Episode 21) I mentioned that the book item, which was the Bible in the original, was called "Book Of Magic" in the US version. That fell right into the usual censorship of any religious stuff back in the day and stuff like that was fairly common in any adventure or RPG. However, there are indeed more censorship considering the Zelda franchise.
One censorship that is better know is found in the N64 classic Ocarina Of Time
. There are actually three versions of this one. The first one is, logically, Version 1.0. The two others, of course, are 1.1. and 1.2. So the first release that shipped hat v1.0 on them and are the only completly uncensored ones. Version 1.0 can be ONLY found on the golden modules, thus making the collectibles even more valuable. Every grey cartridge should contain the censored version of the game. Also any ports should be censored too.
The censorship though is really minimal. When Ganon gets the final strike you can actually see bloods platter. From v1.1 on the game has green blood instead of red.
All in all the Zelda
games are still very well playable in their censored versions. But if you really want to experience them uncensored you better poslish your japanese or get into the world of ROM hacking.
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