I know I'm not really a community member here but I know there are some excellent gamers on this forum. If anyone's looking for an ass-kicking, yet very rewarding, challenge I submit the following!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Zelda Extreme Challenge, you can read the complete rules at this page for the first quest and this page for the second quest. I'll summarize:
-No sword, shield, ring, boomerang, letter, medicine, extra heart container, magic key, book of magic.
-Must collect Arrow, Bow, Bombs, both Bomb Upgrades, Recorder, Ladder, Raft, Meat, Wand, Silver Arrows.
(First quest - Must collect Red Candle, while Blue Candle and Power Bracelet are banned.)
(Second quest - Must collect Blue Candle and Power Bracelet, while Red Candle is banned.)
-Can't kill any overworld enemies, even by accident.
-Must visit every room of every dungeon, get every map and compass, and kill every boss in each dungeon at least once even if they're not the dungeon's main boss.
The goal is to reach Ganon's room. You can't beat Ganon with no sword, so you can't actually save Zelda
The road is long and dangerous. But the sense of accomplishment is wonderful
Legend of Zelda - Extreme Challenge (First quest) Part 1/3
Legend of Zelda - Extreme Challenge (First quest) Part 2/3
Legend of Zelda - Extreme Challenge (First quest) Part 3/3
Legend of Zelda - Extreme Challenge (Second quest) Part 1/3
Legend of Zelda - Extreme Challenge (Second quest) Part 2/3
Legend of Zelda - Extreme Challenge (Second quest) Part 3/3
Each part is about an hour long and all have full-length audio commentary so you can tell what's going on and I'll talk about what I know about every step of the way.
These were all recorded from a normal NES console with no cheating.