It’s a very odd thing to defend a Zelda game that’s been one of the most widely acclaimed in the series. After all, the more mainstream realistic aesthetic and “gritty” tone made it more palatable to those who disliked the cel-shaded style of its predecessor. Yet perhaps it’s those qualities that cause it to be mildly dismissed by other fans of the franchise. There’s always somebody ready to expound on The Wind Waker’s visual and technical style, but few people have more than a spoonful of praise for Twilight Princess. Perhaps it’s because Wind Waker attracts more libelers and thus needs defending. Maybe it’s because Twilight Princess’ realistic style is seen as “mainstream” and thus boring. But of course, some people just genuinely didn’t like it. It’s important to remember, though, that Twilight Princess has plenty of its own power.