Over the past few years I’ve been very vocal about my discontent over Nintendo’s new direction. I have shunned away from their focus on the casual market and motion controls in general. After talking with my pal and fellow COE staffer, Ahmed Mosly, I realized that as a site we have been covering virtually all the big Microsoft and Sony releases, but have missed out on almost every big release from Nintendo. That’s not exactly professional and it sure doesn’t make us as well rounded, especially considering they’re the market leader. As such I decided it was time to refocus my efforts a bit.
So how do you get back into a company that you’ve moved away from? Well to start, it isn’t easy. You have to want to return. You have to completely change your attitude towards what otherwise would highly annoy you. Worst of all, you have to accept the old rule that playing games should be about having fun and not collecting trophies or achievements all the time. Can you do that? Trust me, after all these years…it’s really not that simple to do.
After spending a few days convincing myself I could do this I figured I’d begin with a series I fell in love with as a young child, The Legend of Zelda. Remember I’m the psycho that has the Triforce tattoo so clearly if there were ever a series to get me back into Nintendo, this would be it right? Let’s hope so. Here’s what I’ve decided to do. Before the release of Skyward Sword I plan to complete the following games:
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
I just started playing Twilight Princess and should have that one finished off by the end of the week if all goes according to plan. I wanted to start with Wind Waker but for the life of me I couldn’t find my GameCube memory card so I need to order a new one. I wanted to start this journey as soon as possible so Twilight Princess seemed like a perfect way to begin. After that I plan to jump into Ocarina of Time 3D so I can get a review out fairly quickly. It hits on June 19th so that’s 6 days as of writing this first article. I’m quite curious to see how the 3D visual enhancements mold into a 2D game…well you know what I mean. After that we’ll see which Zelda I jump into next, odds are it will be on the DS offerings.
I also intend to make this journey interesting for those who want to follow along. Remember where I’m coming from here, having completed the Mass Effect games, titles like Oblivion, Fallout 3, etc. I’m not only going to write our traditional writer’s log, but I plan to compare and contrast other games out there for the sake of keeping things fresh. I will look at different gameplay elements and see how they’ve expanded on the series and where the action RPG genre as a whole has evolved…if it has evolved at all pertaining to Zelda.
If you’re a hardcore fan of the series you might get a little upset at times because I will not hold anything back. So with any luck everyone will have something to say about this new series. Obviously I will continue to play my other systems and games in order to keep up with reviews.
I expect the next few weeks and months will be quite fun and challenging and I hope you join me as I embark on this legendary journey.
To Locate all instalments in this series: http://www.projectcoe.com/category/hands-on/legendary-journey