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What Can Make The Legend of Zelda Mainstream Again?

Was Zelda ever mainstream? Well, at least as far as the gaming world is concerned, a strong case can be made that it was. I’d never even heard of The Legend of Zelda before the hype leading up to Ocarina of Time, but that game was met with so much hype from so many circles even months before its release that it’s hard to argue with its relative importance in the gaming world.

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zerocrossing1346d ago

I'd rather Zelda not be main stream again it means sacrificing what makes it good, just look at COD...

goldwyncq1345d ago

Mainstream =/= Bad quality

linkenski1344d ago

Nowadays it seems that way, because when developers actively try to make their games for larger audiences, they tend to sacrifice aspects of the game that are important to some gamers, to make it more accessible for newcomers.

OoT was the "Skyrim" of its time, because it was the first open-world 3D game to be so big in scope. It was simply ahead of its time, like most other Nintendo games because of their hardware.

I think the key to making Zelda phenomenal again is to have hardware superior to Sony and MS' counterparts, and that will likely never happen again.

I'm not saying they can't make a great Zelda again, but i just doubt they'll ever make a Zelda that blows every other game in existence out of the water, like when they released OoT in 1998.

DivineAssault 1345d ago (Edited 1345d ago )

To modernize its visuals & gameplay.. maybe deepen the rpg elements a bit with leveling & crafting of weapons & armor... Oh & some voice work would be nice since thats been around since dreamcast in rpgs.. I can understand if link doesnt talk but NPCs around hyrule should be full of life & able to talk instead of grumbles n squeaks

EddieNX 1345d ago

You are mostly right , but a few of your suggestions stray away from the core gameplay a bit too much.

Your first point is the one that will do it. It just needs amazing graphics and a Huge world with epic spanning vista's.
Skyward sword in my opinion is a masterpiece, considering how they've used the wii and its controller.

But for Wiiu I expect a Next gen Looking Zelda game.

gillri1345d ago

I also loved skyward sword much preferred it to TP

MaleManSam1345d ago

Skyward sword was a very divided experience for me and most of the people I know that have played it. I personally loved Twilight Princess to death and everyone that I know that has played both, prefer TP.

That could be a lot of thing though, the art style, the controls, the general demeanour of the story. TP just has SS beat in all area's imo. SS is the reason why Zelda isn't mainstream, it was just generally perceived as old. It just felt like a step backwards, a safe play if you will. The very small sense of exploration being a key factor.

Remember this is just what I've gathered from the 30 or so people that I've talked about it.

Mainsqueeze1345d ago

I also preferred TP to SS while SS sword was still a good game it felt like a step backwards in almost every category except for how well the combat worked with the Wii controller. I hope the next Zelda adds voice work to everyone but Link and a little more epic-ness, if thats even a word, to its world, dungeons, and bosses. It seemed like nothing in SS made me stop and say wow thats cool! like some of the things in TP.

pandehz1345d ago (Edited 1345d ago )

For mainstream it needs to have

Blood Splatter
Hordes of loot
Sandbox open world
Dubstep
Shiny graphics regardless of art style
Multiplayer with online pass
Maybe even turn into an fps
War setting
Explosions Bay style
Cinematic trailer
Launch trailer using cameos of celebs

Blastoise1345d ago

You forgot some kind of space marine, and possibly some BS DLC

pandehz1345d ago

Ah yea few more

Space Marine
Extra LARGE SIZED weapons
The world coming to an end
Hero starts out powerful then falls and then has to lvl up all the way.
Of course dlc for every part of the story
Scantily dressed females
Some controversy to go with all this

Bordel_19001345d ago

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was very mainstream, even my dad completed it and loved it.

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