ZeldaGamesAid 2013

We are a group of computer science and media production students from Bournemouth University. We intend to play through several of The Legend of Zelda video game titles made by Nintendo back to back while streaming the whole ordeal online to We invite all to come and once again watch us play and be crazy. If you are able to please consider contributing towards donations to raise money for our cause the UK video games industry charity GamesAid.

Our first 'Zelda' marathon started on the 11th of November 2011 and we managed to complete 12 titles in 212 hours including the latest game Skyward Sword which was the first live streaming in the world of content from the game. Many of our team members had never even played a Legend of Zelda games before agreeing to take part in the challenge. By the final day on the 20th of November we were all exhausted from sleep deprevation and malnutrition but had managed to raise a massive ONE THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED AND TWELVE Pounds Sterling (£1312.00 GBP) as well as ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY SIX POUNDS AND SEVENTY FOUR PENCE (£166.74 GBP) via Gift Aid! We even made it into our local paper the Bournemouth Echo. Thank you to all those who donated and helped to spread the word!

After a hiatus in 2012 when we were going to stream near December unfortunately due to technical and academic restraints we had to postpone the repeat Zelda marathon until Easter. Our new date is set immediately after the end of the 2nd Term at University so we all have wide open schedules to play uninterrupted.

Our players are now more knowledgeable of the titles we've already played we intend to complete the same games we completed last year in less time than before. There were also a number of titles that we had at our disposal to play but unfortunately ran out of time to attempt in 2011. Not this time however! This iteration of the marathon we are going to start by playing the games we missed last time around to guarantee they are completed!

Line Up

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure - Four Player!
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
    Vs. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages - Linked Game!
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  5. The Legend of Zelda
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    Vs. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest 3DS
  9. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
  12. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  13. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

The Rules

Each game must be played from start to finish without using glitches or exploits to progress faster than the developers had originally expected (No speed runs!).

The games must be played using original systems and game media. (No emulators!). This includes the Wii's virtual console releases. The only exception to this rule will be the DS titles as we don't have video capture capabilities for the console.


GamesAid is a charity setup by the UK games industry. They act as a broker for several smaller non-profit organisations; In effect when you donate to GamesAid you are in fact helping all of these charities:

  • SpecialEffect |
  • A charity dedicated to using technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities by enabling them to enjoy computer games and leisure technology.

  • Volunteer Centre Sutton: MAPS |
  • MAPS is a specialist, early intervention service that provides each young person referred with a handpicked mentor. MAPS commit to journeying with a young person once a week, every week for a whole year out in their local community. The mentor is a consistent and reliable role model who is ready to listen in a confidential manner, whilst at all times upholding safeguarding procedures.

  • Families Need Fathers |
  • FNF is a charity chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown. They offer information, advice and support services for parents who could otherwise spend thousands of pounds without achieving a positive outcome for the children.

  • The Willow Foundation |
  • The Willow Foundation are a national charity that provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds. Every special day aims to provide beneficiaries and their loved ones with a break from the realities of their diagnosis and treatment. At a time of uncertainty, spending quality time with family and friends can help restore a sense of normality, boost confidence and create precious memories for the future.

  • Action for Kids |
  • Action For Kids has been helping transform the lives of young people with physical and learning disabilities, across the country, since 1991, through the provision of mobility equipment, learning, training and support.