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Submitted by AbsoluteZelda 500d ago | opinion piece

The Legend of Zelda Has an Identity Crisis

Put aside “declining” sales figures (they are declining, but this goes far beyond sales), and instead focus on how the number one thing that has made Zelda what it is today is exactly what’s holding it back. Every Zelda game is its own experience. So much so, it doesn’t define itself by a control system. It doesn’t even define itself visually. It allows itself to be portrayed in any manner the developers want. (3DS, Link's Crossbow Training, Nintendo DS, The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Wii, Wii U)

Heisenburger  +   500d ago
Man.... I really love that picture.

Blah blah, identity crisis, blah blah (lol ;).... It always makes me happy when I see that picture.

Give me THAT and I will buy a Wii U.
Conzul  +   500d ago
Well said! My sentiments exactly.
quantae06  +   500d ago
Haha, they do need to bring that out asap though.
Griffin4871  +   500d ago
What makes the concept of Link so memorable and loveable is the fact that each different story displays heroic sculpture. He isn't a battle-hardened hero. The hero is sent on a quest with no experience and only a sword and shield. What drives the story is his courage and fervor to save those he loves and cares for. I would hate to play a Zelda story where Link is already a badass. It wouldn't be the same. I want to see him get to that point every time.

Heroic sculpture is what makes a Zelda game.
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Kratoscar2008  +   500d ago
And he is a silent protagonist so you arent forced to play as a defined cliched hero, you can feel one with Link (His name says it everything).
Khordchange  +   500d ago
Wasnt twilight princess the best selling zelda game ever? and didnt skyward sword sell better than majoras mask?
MaxXAttaxX  +   500d ago
Probably because Twilight Princess was a better game.

Skyward Sword sold less than all other main Zelda games, including the original, Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess plus Phantom Hourglass and Link's Awakening.
Nintendo Land's Zelda mini game has better motion controls.

Outselling Majora's Mask by only 100k is not big achievement.
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CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   500d ago
Skyward Sword was released at the end of Wii's dying console cycle.
-Critiques gave it props; most liked SS better that TP... timing can effect sells.

But your opinion is just as valid.
MaxXAttaxX  +   500d ago
One would expect a lot more sales considering the Wii has the biggest install base by ow of all other Nintendo home consoles.
Zodiac  +   500d ago
It allows itself to be portrayed in any manner the developers want.

This is a crisis? Developer freedom in any manner is something we should want.
MattyG  +   500d ago
I completely disagree. If Zelda had a set structure it just wouldn't be the same. What makes Zelda Zelda is that it trys new things in terms of art design and gameplay with every title.
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   500d ago
No "Crisis".
(it wasn't released in the US ;()

Skyward Sword was released at the end of Wii's dying console cycle.
-Critiques gave it props; most liked SS better that TP... but timing can effect sells.

IMO. SS was the best Zelda I have played since the 1st. I realize that was not like Skyrim but so what. If Nintendo ever goes in a Skyrim direction, I would be excited to see what they come-up with but if another SS (in HD) was released I would be too-geeked.

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