Why Zelda’s Lack of Traditional Fantasy Visuals is Good for the Series

ZI: "Welcome to a brand new series, one which aims to make a counter argument or counter point to editorials and authors from another land. What I mean to say is, this is a series that does exactly what it says it does: it makes a counterpoint to someone else’s thoughts and ideas on the internet. Sometimes this may simply be a well-respected fan’s thoughts in the comments – other times it will be full blown editorial responses. Today, I am going to make a counterpoint to Alex Plant’s latest editorial, which states rather plainly that “Zelda Should Embrace Traditional Fantasy Visuals”. It’s a good read for those who haven’t had a chance to see it yet.

I also firmly believe he is incorrect, though I respect his reasoning."

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Sly-Lupin1383d ago

The fantasy tropes are meaningless. Quick: what was the most breathtaking landscape in Wind Waker? Or Skyward Sword? The Great Sea and the Sandsea, right? Neither of which conform to fantasy tropes.

What Zelda settings need--the only thing they need--is a frontier. A wide expanse of natural terrain to explore. Exploration is the PAE of the franchise. It doesn't matter if our Links are fantastical knights, time travelers, fishermen, train engineers, or simple vagabonds. It doesn't even matter if they ride horses or motorcycles, wield swords or pistols,explore deserts or oceans or jungles or tundra.