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Do Zelda Games Age As Well As They Could/Should?

ZI: "Zelda games have been around for 28 years and counting, spanning every single Nintendo handheld and home console. They frequently set a benchmark for graphics and sound for their time. Ocarina of Time brought the series into 3D, and both it and its sequel, Majora's Mask, are still some of the best looking N64 games. The upcoming Zelda game for the Wii U looks to continue that trend, with eye-popping graphical detail everywhere you look."

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Kavorklestein1243d ago (Edited 1243d ago )

Yes. Yes They do.
Zelda games are timeless classics.

iSuperSaiyanGod1243d ago

Got ootd 3ds verdin for Christmas , still one of the best games I've ever played

iSuperSaiyanGod1243d ago

Ocarina of time 3ds for Christmas * . Autocorrects a buzz kill

PiNkFaIrYbOi1243d ago

Never really got the use of asking if a game aged gracefully or not.

Timbalada1243d ago

I own hundreds of older games. Some games like Chronotrigger are still easy and fun to play even a decade later. Other games due to technological advances or common deficits at the time are really hard to stomach. Rayman 2 and Megaman 64 are two games that stick out to me as two games I really enjoyed when they were released but are hard to stomach playing now.

PiNkFaIrYbOi1243d ago

Well all the games that we enjoyed at the time of release of older games. We still enjoy going back and playing through every once in a while and stuff.

GokuSolosAll1243d ago

Depends on the game. LttP aged fantastically, while Zelda II did not; Wind Waker isn't too old but I'd say it's the best one and will probably remain so for a while, but Twilight Princess wasn't even that good (for a Zelda game at least since the bar is so high).

Really, most are at least decent even today. The first two are pretty archaic, though.

silkrevolver1243d ago

I mostly agree - though I personally love the hell out of Twilight Princess.

SlapHappyJesus1243d ago

Second favorite, following Majora's Mask. It's all personal opinion. I just took to the darker tones of both games, I feel.

Loadedklip1242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

Zelda II is still amazing today imo. It just doesn't play like what we consider traditional Zelda gameplay.

It actually plays more like a Metroidvania. A damn good and challenging Metroidvania

Ickythump311243d ago

what the f kinda question is this to ask of any game...

silkrevolver1243d ago

Most age well, though some are less than compelling to play nowadays. There's a couple I'm not sure if I'll ever go back to, but that doesn't mean that they aren't still solid experiences.

As far as graphics go, almost every Zelda game is timeless. They mostly have very strong art directions, with Wind Waker and Twilight Princess standing out. The ones that aren't as strong visually (like Link Between worlds or (subjectively) Zelda II) kind of lose footing in my mind as individual experiences. Though, differing mechanics from game to game also help that out.

It will be interesting to see how Zelda games following Zelda WiiU will be, considering that they're going fully open world with it. Will the subsequent titles also be open world, or will they constantly change it? If the series does go open world, how will they differentiate titles? Then again, they've kept the same formula for a while now, and almost every Zelda game feels different to me, so we'll just have to wait and see.

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