Mini thought it would be a good idea if I post something "productive" so I'm going to giveyou some tips that will hopefully help you in your next game of Zelda, or if you havent ever played at all, and want to try it out!
#5 - Use your common sense.
You must be thinking this is an odd piece of advice for a fantasy game, but to be honest its really not. The game is mostly going through dungeons, and fighting monsters right? Well what happends if you walk in the Fire Temple and you still have a wooden shield? For the most part, enemies in a FIRE Temple will use FIRE, and what happends to wood when it catches on fire? It burns, so you might want to switch out your wooden shield for a more flame resistant one. There are things like these all throughout the game, so just use your common sense I say!
#4- Make good use of your partner.
Ok in every game of Zelda you are given a friend at some point to help you a little throughout the game. In Ocarina of Time for example, you were given Navi the fairy, in Twilight Princess, you were given Midna! Now, after you've played the game a few times, these little helpers can become a bit useless, but especially when your playing a game for the first time, USE THEM! They are actually extremely helpful at times, thats what their there for! Theres always a way you can talk to them at anytime if your stuck, they just give you a little hint that could actually help you get out of that room you've been stuck in and cant find the door or help you slay that giant monster trying to eat your face.
#3- Talk to the people around you.
Oddly, you can find REALLY valuable information by just talking to the characters in a village or in Castle Town. They could possibly tell you what you should do next, some give you locations to heart pieces or treasures, some of them can sell you things that you cant find in any of the shops, and some just give you random hints to use later! I would especially go for the characters that seem really, odd, like the odd one out, sometimes you'll see a man sitting on a roof maybe or find a lonely ghost to talk to, either way those odd ones are going to give you the best information most of the time, but dont ignore the people that SEEM normal. Could they be hiding something?
#2- Look for Heart Pieces.
This may seem like a really tedious task, and I'm not going to lie to you, it is, but it REALLY helps in the long run. For the first 3 dungeons or so you may feel like you dont really need to look for heart pieces, and that your doing fine with your 5 or 6 hearts...well it gets HARDER my friends it really does, there are going to be little things that kill you and your going to be sorry you didn't get those heart pieces, especially your first go around. So take the time to go, and look for a few of them at a time. I would look for at least 2 everytime you complete a dungeon or your sent on an odd task. They can be found in trees, under bridges, even in that huge chandalier hanging from the cieling. Look EVERYWHERE they really do help.
#1 - Use your shield.
And my last piece of advice for now, use your shield. I con not stress this enough....you would not believe how many people have died because they refuse to use the shield! It is not a fashion statement! USE IT! You would be amazed at how many time it has saved my butt! One of the main things I never forget is to switch out my wooden shield to the Hylian shield as soon as I can. In some games you can find the Hylian shield instead of having to save up rupees to buy it, but in other cases, like Twilight Princess, you have to buy it. Trust me it is worth the expense as shown in my first example. Your shield cant protect you from everything, but trust me, you will take 10x less damage buy using it.
Ok well thats all the tips I'm going to give for now! Trust me I have loads more to give later. you might actually find these tips do help, even in the games that are played on the DS or Gameboys. I hope these help you in your quest to save Hyrule!