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Submitted by gulevski 832d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo Needs to Revive The Legend of Zelda or Let It Die

"There isn't a gamer in the world that hasn't heard of The Legend of Zelda. Easily Nintendo's most recognizable franchise this side of Mario, the series will always be remembered for the way it revolutionized action/adventure games. " (3DS, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, The Legend of Zelda, Wii, Wii U)

Relientk77  +   832d ago
The Legend of Zelda is amazing and one of the best video game franchises ever. Oh, and no, it will not die.
Hovis  +   832d ago
It better not die...
and it totally is one the the best franchises ever...
but hopefully it can add to the formula with the next big installment
colonel179  +   832d ago
I hope the Wii U is successful, because there is no way the next Zelda game won't be very expensive to make. If Nintendo really wants to innovate and make a great Zelda, they will have a big team and a lot of money to make it.
linkenski  +   831d ago
It's definitely not as big and recognized as it was back when OoT was the big thing, or even the NES and SNES games.
I'm especially worried for the franchise, thought not that it will "die", since the latest rumors are saying that Nintendo has picked the Skyward Sword artstyle as their permanent artstyle for the series, at least for home consoles.

That's a really bland and unattractive artstyle, and you can see on its sales count, that it's barely among the top 10 best selling Zeldas (3,3). I just doubt its audience will be as hyped for another similar looking game.

Now a game like Twilight Princess on the other hand did really well (even if Skyward Sword might be a bit better) because it was darker and grittier. I still think that Zelda belongs in that vibe, while the handheld games can go as toony as they want (and i love The Wind Waker, so no hard feelings there).
AWBrawler  +   831d ago
IMO Skyward Sword had the perfect artsyle for zelda. I always envisioned Zelda as a japanese anime aimed at the western audience, and Skyward Sword has that look to it.
LOL_WUT  +   832d ago
No, Zelda does not need to die Mario on the other hand...
Shok  +   832d ago
Mario doesn't need to go, the 2D side-scrollers just need to freakin innovate.

The 3D Mario's on the other hand have been top-notch.
Shok  +   832d ago
Revive? When did it die?
Moncole  +   832d ago
When people call them selves "mature" because thay have a PS3 of 360 and say Zelda is a kids games.
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Xperia_ion  +   832d ago
Are you saying its not a kids game ? E means for everyone including kids, how are they wrong if they say that ?

Counter point Call Of Duty, ........ you win.
Hicken  +   832d ago
To this guy, it probably "died" because it had motion controls. I'm no fan of the motion gaming, either, but given the critical and commercial success of Skyward Sword, you can't say the series is dead.
tromwarrior  +   832d ago
You have obviously not been paying attention to the series if one of your arguments is to stop using Ganon. Of the last five Zelda games, Ganon has appeared in one (Twilight Princess) and alluded to in another. The other four main villains in order are Vaati (Minish Cap), Bellum (Phantom Hourglass), Malladus (Spirit Tracks), and Demise (Skyward Sword).
Jirachi  +   832d ago
I think zelda could use some new ideas but i don't think the attempts they made in the past felt very much like "zelda" And really even if you like these ideas the core gameplay is still exacyly the same as always just with a minor tweak here or there.
DivineAssault  +   832d ago
It just needs to evolve.. Not just with gimmicky controls either.. Customization options that are deep.. Not like skyward swords leapfrog attempt. & the world having a voice is crucial.. Its 2012, theres no excuses for NPCs not to be voiced.. Link i can understand but everyone else should speak.. Twilight Princesses T rating helped them sell A LOT of copies with its darker tone..
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Salamander  +   832d ago
I think if they had all the Npc's talk and left Link with his grunts and screams, he would probably seem more retarded. I mean if veryone can speak and he is only capable of goin "YAAA!" i dunno...
DivineAssault  +   832d ago
ya but if they give link a voice, they would have to keep paying the same guy to do all the jobs & nintendo doesnt like contracts like that nor would they want to release another game with a different voice for him.. The grunting thing needs to move into a different direction too.. Not completely gone cuz that kinda defines link but a bit toward realism
AWBrawler  +   831d ago
I wish everyone would get off of Twilight Princess's nuts! It was darker and grittier, but its one of the games that felt the least like Zelda to me. they had no magic system, the world seemed lifeless and empty, and some of the story was just crazy and mundane.

I'm not saying it was a bad game. It was great, but it just didn't feel like Zelda to me, and the only thing i still like about it is Midna.
Qrphe  +   832d ago
Yes, locations PLEASE!

I'm also tired of the little variety we've had in the type of dungeons we get.
omarzy  +   832d ago
Zelda will never have voices. People need to give up on that one. Personally, i would say skyward Sword covers the last two suggestions on that list.

"With the extensive history of the land of Hyrule, there has to be some other evil forces at work. Perhaps Ganondorf was simply a powerful pawn being controlled by a much bigger threat." It is a lot simpler than that. Lets use OoT as an example. Ganandorf is a gerudo, a man born into a tribe of females. Every 1000 years or something, a man is born into the gerudo and becomes the leader. Ganondorf wants the triforce to take over the world blah blah every bad guy in history blah blah.

Skyward sword had a very new approach to the story. Skyward sword explains the Master Sword origins, The goddes Hylia and her story that sets up everything in the franchise, deeper into the creation of the triforce, Demise and Link who keep being reborn and continue to fight in later games, and then the actual founding of Hyrule. And as tromwarrior said above, Ganon has been almost non existent these days.

It is always a fresh game.
amaguli  +   832d ago
The Legend of Zelda is one of the few franchises that has been consistently great. Ever heard of if it's not broke, don't fix it? Nintendo adds tweeks here and there to tighten up the experience, and every time it never fails to satisfy.

Honestly, I don't know what the author wants from the series. The dungeons in Zelda all always the best in gaming. And why do you need voice acting? Miyamoto said that Link represents you, and if their is voice acting it will break that immersion. And having him silent while everyone talks will just feel odd.
jghvhv  +   832d ago
Revive? Don't you need to be dead before you can be revived?

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Kos-Mos  +   832d ago
Gaming-journalists really needs to educate themselves before writing anything these days. Let us all be spared for more polluting garbage.
Tctczach  +   832d ago
The Legend of Zelda with an adult story line like the witcher 2 and a new location besides Hyrule would be pretty amazing. Maybe a way to make a stealthy version of Link or a powerful knight version. The master sword would form to how you play the game. Customizable tunics. Idk endless possibilities. Or just stick to the same formula and use the prophecy about a kid who gets a powerful sword, rides some form of transportation, finds random equipment in dungeons, slays a powerful being and collects heart pieces just to save someone or the world.
Xperia_ion  +   832d ago
I would buy it, but it wont happen. Good, for the money in my bank account, lol.
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Qrphe  +   832d ago
An adult story like the Witcher is not really necessary. They could bump up the level to Rated T to reach some form of middle ground.
Shnazzyone  +   832d ago
I really liked skyward sword... I don't see what needs reviving here. Seems like there's nothing wrong here.
XXXL  +   832d ago
Skyward Sword blew. I want an old school link to the past -type game. At least for the DS. Phantom hourglass and Spirit tracks were both God awful.
Gen0ne  +   832d ago
HUGE Zelda fan here and yup, Skyward Sword was stale. When it comes to Zelda, I'm a crackhead completionist. On Skyward Sword, about halfway through, I stopped giving a shit and plowed right through to the end. 10 minutes later, I traded that bad boy in. I'd give Skyward Sword a C+. LttP and Ocarina still hold the crown for me.
chaos-lockheart  +   832d ago
hate the music so freaking annoying,skyward swoard got little better, and the conversations with the towns people are annoying as well(its like ahh oohhh thuthuthuthutlulululu) nes and snes music was the best.
jc48573  +   832d ago
we are talking Nintendo games right?
Robertbishop  +   832d ago
let it die?the author needs to die
BioDead  +   831d ago
I was so dissapointed when Skyward Sword came. I hated the childish graphics, I was used to Twilight Princess dark and gloomy graphics and atmosphere. I read a news where said that the upcoming Zelda U is Skyward Sword-like and yet again I am dissapointed!! I want more mature, little scary and realistic looking Zelda and not FULL HD anime-style which is really a waste for Wii U. Feels like Wii U is only 1080p hdmi version of Wii.

Someone made fan video to Nintendo to bring up their interest for making Majoras Mask to Wii U.
It is funny how even a fun can make me impressed more than Nintendo itself.

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dragonrage00  +   831d ago
this has been said time and time again, but I will say it one more time: graphics dont make a game! its ok to prefer the dark style of TP, but dont judge a gama based on its art. its not like playing a cartoony game will make you less of a man. truly mature gamers dont care about the graphics. Personally, I think wind waker is better than twilight princess, and i did everything there is to do in both.
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   831d ago
Zelda's are like Doctors (Dr. Who) or Bonds (007), if the right creative team is producing it- it do
Skyward Sword got 5 and 4.5's or 10 to 9.5 consistently, so how could the Zelda franchise deserve this articles implications?

I admit that when I saw the change in SS graphics I groaned like I did after the Great WW vs. the "Great"-Space-World- Demo Switcheroo.

But I changed my mind once I played the games, and came to understand why they chose the art style that they did for each.

I, Now, see people who want those old styles to return but I have learned to care more about the Game-play than the aesthetics.

Zelda's are like Doctors (Dr. Who) or Bonds (007), if the right creative team is producing it- it does not matter what the "Actor/ Character" looks like.

Skyward Sword is now one of my favorite Zeldas and I would like a direct Sequel (like Majora's Mask was a DIRECT Sequel to Ocarina- WW and Zelda Spirit Trackers...) . But I don't expect the next Zelda reincarnation to LOOK exactly like SS- I just hope that they have similar Gameplay.
dragonrage00  +   831d ago
yeah, cuz CoD reinvents itself with each new entry...Seriously, the only game that really fealt like deja vu was twilight princess. the other recent titles have the same basic structure, but set themselves apart with new environments that bring new gameplay elements. No real gamer would want zelda dead, because the series has been producing great games for decades.
PS: if you want zelda as the playable character, go play wand of gamelon or something. That was one of the most stupid ideas ive ever heard.

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