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Hey! Listen! A Look at the Problems of Link’s Companions

The Legend of Zelda is a series very largely rooted in tradition. While some may consider this is a very positive thing, others quote it as being the downfall of the entire franchise. Many aspects of the game such as varied item usage, or an overworld -> dungeon -> boss -> rinse and repeat formula, have stuck around since the very first game and haven’t let go since. Other traditions, such as the Master Sword or using a musical instrument, came in later down the line, but are nevertheless series staples today. However, one tradition that Joe Love feels Nintendo should drop for one of its next releases is the use of a helping companion character who walks you through the game.

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mdprime2007d ago

Interesting idea, though I don't see Nintendo doing it on the basis that Link himself doesn't talk. The companion character is there to speak on his behalf when engaging in dialogue with other characters. It would be nice if they appeared less and stopped telling you the obvious though.

mike1up2007d ago

Nice read.

I am currently replaying Twilight Princess right now, and I could not agree more about Midna.

Patriots_Pride2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Links companions are just tutorials and have no personalty - its hard for me to get attached them and have any emotional connection with them.

Ebona is ok but still has no character and is just a horse that takes you from point A to B. Agro from Shadow of Colossus is a perfect example of what a horse should be like.

Navi is just hey look here, what is that, hit this - she needs to be more opinionated like Cortana and have a more I am more that just a tutorial personalty.

Midna was a step in the right direction but the fact that she was a useless as my wisdom tooth made her feel just like a Navi 2.

mike1up2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

How was Midna useless?

It is impossible to kill Shadow Beast, and Ganondorf's Beast-form without Midna. Midna's character was also absolutely crucial to the story. She is, after all, the Twilight Princess.

Patriots_Pride2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Yes she was the main plot of Twilight Princess.

What I mean with useless is that she basically did not do anything when you were fighting enemies and really did not serve any purpose in battles - they could have easily replaced Midna with a special sword that kills the shadow beast and add some devise or gadget for those hard for those hard to reach places.

CouldHaveYelledUiiW2007d ago

Look-up NAVI & MF DOOM on the YouTubes dere!

CouldHaveYelledUiiW2007d ago

Navi and MF Doom Sample. >>>Also the Ocarina of Rhyme series (Link not included [pun]) is interesting Lon Lon Ranch Racing Theme as a Beat?...
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

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