A grandmother has finally defeated Zant and Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess after a little over 750 hours. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was released in 2006 and instantly became a seminal title for the Nintendo Wii. It stands at third for most critical acclaim for a Zelda title, just behind Orcarina of Time and the most recent game, Breath of the Wild. Like all of Link's adventures, many are still playing and talking about it, today.
This isn't the first time that someone's grandma has found her way into gaming. 82-year-old YouTuber Shirley Curry made headlines in 2016 after one of her videos playing Skyrim went viral. Even after beating the main quest, Shirley continued to explore the different areas and dungeons, of which Skyrim has plenty. She always broadcasted her travels in the land of the Nords, but her channel got a significant boost when she became famous on the internet. At some point, even Skyrim developer Bethesda took notice and has confirmed that Shirley's likeness will be used for an NPC in The Elder Scrolls VI.
According to Digital Trends, another longtime gaming grandma is getting some attention. Reddit user millerischris (whose real name is Chris), shared the story and revealed that it took his grandmother 755 hours to save Hyrule and Midna, the Twilight Princess. Chris bought a Wii and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for her 11 years ago, and she has finally wrapped her journey up, clocking in at 754 hours and 31 minutes. "I would help with the occasional challenge or two when she asked," Chris said, "but she did 99% of the work, including the final fight!" Nintendo even sent her a physical map to help her beat the game.
Chris said that his grandmother has always loved puzzles and Zelda, dating all the back to the original NES. He also confirmed that once she starts a puzzle, she finishes it. After his post began to gain traction, Chris' grandmother created her own Reddit account, GramieGreat, and started answering questions. She revealed that Snowpeak and City in the Sky were her favorite areas, and that she still plans on going back to finish the Trial of Ordeals. "Had a couple years when I didn't touch this," she wrote, "but it was always there waiting for me." She continued to go back over the years and eventually beat the game.
It will be interesting to see how many more grandparents are willing to share their gaming stories as time goes on. Many people who played games as adults in the 80's and 90's are getting older and continuing their hobby in their later years. Some may even pick up gaming after retirement as a stimulating way to pass time. RPG puzzles can keep wits sharp and platformers are a great way to stretch out reflexes. Stories like Shirley's and GramieGreat's are great ways to bring communities together and show that different people from all walks of life enjoy solving puzzles and saving the princess.