Normally I like to make a long story short but I figure every now and then a wall of text is okay. If you're not interested in reading the whole thing here is that the basic summary, due to reasons I am playing the original Legend of Zelda for the first time at the age of 30 and I'm having a blast. The following passage is just me detailing my history with the game and how I am progressing so far so if you're not interested please feel free to hit next I won't hold it against you.
------History with the game-------
So long ago back in the year 1998 I was introduced to a video game known as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I was at my cousin's house and his older brother was playing the fishing minigame and I thought it looked cool. I watched them play a little more and I knew I needed the game for myself so later in the year of 1998 that Christmas I got my very own copy of Ocarina of Time. To this day it's still one of my favorite video games of all time and I still have a blast playing through it every year from start to finish.
So obviously I was familiar with the Legend of Zelda now but this was my introduction to the series despite being aware of another game existing on the Super Nintendo. I never really played it but I did watch my friend play at once or twice at his house and I didn't think much of it because I was more into action games. I didn't really quite have the patience for solving puzzles or exploring dungeons. Ocarina of Time was somewhat of a turning point for me since it felt more action-based than most of those adventure games I saw growing up.
It wasn't until I was a teenager in high school when I acquired a copy of the original Legend of Zelda from a friend. For several reasons I'll list I never really got into the original game. The biggest one being this is at a point when my NES was basically Tapped Out. For anyone who's owned an NES they are more than likely familiar with how bad the NES can be at reading games after a long time because the cartridge will bend the pins in the back of the Nintendo entertainment system, which is why it has a hard time reading games. So obviously at this point even though I liked playing my older NES games I had a hard time getting them to even start up. So by the time I finally got Zelda to boot up after hours of trying to get it to work what was my reward? A game that gave no instructions that I knew nothing about. I'm not criticizing the game for that I'm just saying it led to much frustration. So I'd wander around dying a bunch while never getting anything accomplished just to turn the game off because I had other games I'd rather play since that one was just pissing me off. I was merely playing it because it had the Zelda name, I happened to have it in my possession and I loved Ocarina of Time so damn much.
-------Why play it now?-------
Basically after finally beating breath of the wild I wanted to try the original since so many people compared the open-ended nature of both games.