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Remembering the Wii: The Day the Traditional Zelda Died

Jed Pressgrove from Fate of the Game says: "This brings me to The Legend of Zelda, a series I did not play on the Wii for a very simple reason: the idea of waggling throughout an epic adventure made me tired before I even tried the game."

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PopRocks3591053d ago

Traditional Zelda didn't die... they're bringing back standard controls with Wind Waker HD.

But anyway, Twilight Princess left something to be desired. The controls weren't 1:1 like Skyward Sword, so it didn't feel very natural (although admittedly swinging the sword with the Wiimote was pretty cool at first).

TP was better on the Gamecube. Skyward Sword was a worthy prequel game and made good use of the motion control.

FateoftheGame1053d ago (Edited 1053d ago )

I reference the Wind Waker remake in the article, pointing out that Nintendo has an opportunity to win me back on Zelda. I'm looking forward to faster sailing, that's for sure.

Tiqila1053d ago

skyward sword also does not feel natural

deadeyes1053d ago

l finished SkyWard Sword but l thought the controls where horrible.

XXXL1053d ago

couldn't agree more with the article. Never got into the DS versions for the same reason. Don't force "innovation" down our throats. Make it a natural progression. Let gamers choose how they'd like to play.

ChickeyCantor1053d ago (Edited 1053d ago )

I absolutely despise this mindset when it comes to games.

Games are bound to their design and to compensate for traditional controls over touch controls can compromise the initial design choices. A lot of things wouldn't work and they would need to change the design.

Gradually introducing controls just makes it look like tacked on.

Yes I would have loved traditional controls in Hour Glass and Spirit Tracks. But I can also see how a lot of things would have been different too.

And the article makes no sense, the new 3DS zelda game has traditional control input.

FateoftheGame1053d ago (Edited 1053d ago )

To clarify, the article isn't about the 3DS; it's about the Wii.

Perhaps it's the headline that is ultimately confusing. The headline is a reference to the line from "American Pie," the popular Don McClean song about the death of Buddy Holly. He says the death of Buddy Holly was "the day the music died." So the headline here isn't meant to be taken literally - it's just sentimental.

shibster881053d ago

Cant wait for zelda,I mean awesomeness bf4 on ps4 or xbone no thanks ill stick with my wii u for sure, ooo but wait I dont have one, why dont I have one?????? Oooooooo yea because its a heep of shite my oral be toothbrush plays better games and its a toothbrush, work that one out :D

Deep-throat1053d ago

Skyward Sword is one of the best games this gen. And the best motion control game I have played.

Xof1053d ago

There's no such thing as traditional Zelda. See: Zelda II.

FateoftheGame1053d ago

I was mainly talking about controlling Link with a traditional controller that you hold with two hands.

I also don't think the existence of Zelda II means there is no such thing as "tradition"; after all, the majority of Zelda games are not side-scrollers, and they all recycle themes/items/etc.

Xof1053d ago

Let's see...

We've got 2D overhead, 2D sidecsrolling and 3D third-person mechanics, and we've got controller input, motion input and stylus input.

So, yes, while the narrative and content of a Zelda game may fit into certain patterns, the overall mechanics and presentation of the games are and have always been very varied.

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