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Submitted by brettnll 191d ago | opinion piece

Does Zelda's Art-style Really Matter?

One of the writers here at NintendoEnthusiast talks about whether or not The Legend of Zelda's art-style really matters. What do you think? Do you think it has an impact on the overall quality of the games? (The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Wii, Wii U)

wonderfulmonkeyman  +   191d ago
To an extent, yes.
The series has Never been huge on having the most realistic or impressive graphical assets, but the art styles have almost always been something to look forward to.(Wind Waker took some getting used to by fans, but it grew on most of them after a while)
It's the gameplay, or rather, the changes to the gameplay that each iteration of the series brings to the fore, that keeps the series feeling entertaining despite its age, though.
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No it doesn't, people buy it and websites give it 10's not matter what just because it's zelda. It could be a pile of crap on a disc and people will still give it a 10.

The game is way outdated, you still have to read the text while playing the game because Nintendo is stubborn as a mule and refuses to get with the times.

And it's always the same bullshit story, about a boy who is destined to go on this super important quest to save Zelda, and zelda and link are always flirting with the childhood friends bullshit because we all know what is truly important in life, but apparently they have to keep the game rated G. It just gets tiring you know, the same corny bullshit. I mean get over it people!

And link still has no personality, he's still the same mute errand boy doing everyone's shit, like a dog goes to fetch a stick. The main character of the game might as well be a dog, it would make no difference.

Just saying, it was a cool idea in the 80's, but you get tired of the same shit over and over.

Nintendo can't go out of business soon enough.
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randomass171  +   190d ago
Having played only Skyward Sword and A Link Between Worlds so far, I believe that Zelda games share a formula and just about nothing else. New dungeons, new gameplay, new stories with lots of different characters and completely different art styles. Maybe I need to play more of them to get a sense of same-ness, but so far I think you are way off base. And wanting Nintendo to go out of business? Pfft, keep dreaming man. Those guys have more coin in the bank than you and I will make in our lifetimes. XD
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   190d ago
Nice try, but you're not getting a rise out of me with that troll post.XD
-Foxtrot  +   191d ago
I don't think it really matters, it's the gameplay that counts but I can fully understand peoples frustration with the new Zelda art style when they thought it was going to be like the Wii U's tech demo.
colonel179  +   191d ago
The reason people get frustrated with the art style is because, I assume, a lot of them want,to see a realistic Zelda. After seeing games like Demon's Souls, I can understand why people would want it, and the game has a lot of potential having a realistic art style.

With that said, Zelda has always been about the gameplay, so that's more important to focus when making the game.
caseh  +   191d ago
Wind Waker looked horrendous in my opinion, couldn't get past it's appearance. Twilight Princess was more in line with the Zelda game I was expecting when I bought a Gamecube.
-Foxtrot  +   190d ago
I think that's exaggerating it a bit...it wasn't horrendous. I know people didn't like it as much but I thought it was great.

As I said though I liked the gameplay in Wind Waker more. Travelling to islands by boat was fantastic.
colonel179  +   190d ago
I actually think that the art style looked fantastic. Maybe what you didn't like was the character design. In my opinion, I didn't like Skyward Sword art style nor the design of many of the characters.

Zelda Wii U for me is amazing that it looks to borrow a lot of the Wind Waker art style.

@Foxtrot: Every time I was on the boat, I wondered how amazing it would've been to have that huge ocean as land and ride Epona to explore it. We might be getting just that for Zelda Wii U, so it's great.
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Metallox  +   190d ago
It should matter for Nintendo, you know. Isn't it interesting that Skyward Sword couldn't top Twilight Princess sales despite the bigger installed base?
-Foxtrot  +   190d ago
I think it was mostly because (dare I actually say this and be screamed at).....wasn't actually a good Zelda game

It was a total step back for the franchise, this isn't just my "opinion" on it by the way it actually was. It wasn't as open, it restricted you, options were limited, freedom/choice etc

It was very repetitive, I think people got sucked into the hype with that one...especially reviewers saying it was good if not better then Twilight Princess.
Baka-akaB  +   191d ago
Yes , however well crafted and animated , i just dislike the Wind Waker style . There is always one artstyle someone might not be able to go past , despite a good gameplay . This is such one case with me
caseh  +   191d ago
Same, call me shallow but if it isn't aesthetically pleasing I simply won't bother.
crazysammy  +   191d ago
No. Next question lol.
Summons75  +   191d ago
Nope I feel it actually helps each game feels fresh and its own game. Plus their are designs are always improving so it will be interesting to see what they have in store. ZeldaU looks like a happy balance between Oot and windwaker, like skyward sword much improved.
Peloun  +   190d ago
no it doesn't
ape007  +   190d ago
yes, art style affect the gameplay experience so much
andrewer  +   190d ago
Don't worry, Nintendo does it right
Fullmetalevolust  +   190d ago
Does it matter no? does it need to be pleasant to the eye because appeal will bring the crowds in drove? Yes.
It cannot be graphically sub-par to its predecessor or games of the same genres, but it doesn't need to be graphically groundbreaking either.
What it does, which is a wonderful story and a great journey to embark on, it does best!
I do like the artistic differences between titles. It gives them a solid identity.
Geekman  +   190d ago
If you've read my comments before you know I really donlt care about graphics. However, I do believe Zelda graphics appeal to different Zelda audiences. Thete are those who like the cartoonish art style. There are those who prefer the realistic artstyle. (Who foolishly call themselves "true Zelda fans.") There are those, like me, who don't care either way. So basically, when the franchise was dplit into three timelines, we coincidentally got three different fanbases for the series.
ARESWARLORD  +   190d ago
When you have been playing zelda for near 30 years it matters. Kiddy style cartoon wind walker visuals do not appeal to me. To each their own though.
dafegamer  +   190d ago
no the artstyle shouldnt put people off from enjoying some masterpieces. Zelda WW is the most hated among the fanbase, due to its artstyle, and it makes me sad. Its a very superb underrated gem
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Baka-akaB  +   190d ago
Again to be fair , someone might encounter someday , enough a game which arstyle he can't go above and just stomach to enjoy even a great gameplay .

This was it for me . I know the game plays nicely and i've tried . While Zelda was never the most story driven franchise , i need to immerse myself within it , and i can't with Wind Waker
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DoggyBiscuit  +   190d ago
I'm more worry bout the gameplay than the art style
OtakuDJK1NG  +   190d ago
yes it bring the world to life. Would TP be dark if it sports WW art style no.

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