Around 10 or 11, a cousin of mine let me borrow OOT for my N64. the first time I got to goron city but didn't know what to do so i gave up. The next year I borrowed the game again and looked up a guide which lead me here which then got me hooked. XD
I was nine years old when I first came to know about The Legend of Zelda.
My grandparents had just bought a N64 and quite a few titles for it, so when I asked if I could play it, they said go ahead. I sorted through various titles before settling on the game Ocarina of Time, only because the title just jumped out at me. I spent the better of four summers exploring every corner of Hyrule before they sold their N64.
I lost contact with the series until about two years later, when our neighbor lent us his copy of Twilight Princess for the Gamecube. Since then, I've been hooked back in and I don't plan to leave.
I was 11. It was 1998. I watched my brother and his friend in the living room playing the brand new Ocarina of Time for n64. Then they went outside to play basketball or something and I snuck a play in lol. I was instantly hooked.
i was 13 when i played twilight princess, but i backseat gamed when i played ocarina of time. i wasn't really playing, but i helped my older brother play. does that count? i was maybe 6-8 years old? haha