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Zelda is Not Dead, Just in a State of Identity Crisis

The Legend of Zelda series has seen a decline in popularity in recent years, especially compared to its holiday blockbuster contemporaries, but this doesn't have to mean it's on its way out. All the franchise needs is a bit more dedication to its identity and image and it can once again rise up among Mario and Pokemon as a true Nintendo giant.

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LX-General-Kaos1682d ago

It has declined in popularity due to the takeoff of Western RPGs like skyrim and kingdoms. Still zelda has an unbreakable following of diehard fans. With that said Zelda will never have the following as mario and pokemon. Those games have no competition.

Colwyn1682d ago (Edited 1682d ago )

nintendo is holding the zelda series back. zelda oot was amazing for its time along with majoras mask but because of hardware limitations and gimmicky controllers, the zelda series as declined in popularity. wiimote is rubbish and not meant for 90 percent of wii games. zelda twilight princess and zelda skyward sword were forced to have rubbish controls which would have been better if they supported the retro controller or wavebird.

LX-General-Kaos1682d ago

I didnt have too many problems with the motion controls. I am actually playing through twilight princess little by little right now and i grew accustom to the new controls. I can understand how they would upset more traditional players though.

There is still alot of fun to be had with zelda games though. + bubbles for a nice unbiased debate.

PopRocks3591682d ago

Really. I loved Skyward Sword and I find it to be just as charming (and more importantly fun) as OoT.

All of the Zelda games are amazing. I feel people allow themselves to get too hung up on previous experiences to allow the series to really evolve.

Dantheman11682d ago

the motion controls are amazing far better than boring normal controllers motion controllers are not gimmicky because when does better control and more innovation make a games worse skyward sword is one of the best zelda games ever made equal or better than oot.If 90 percent of wii games were rubbish then the console would not have sold nearly the amount of ps3 and Xbox 360 combined.STOP TROLLING

Knight_Cid1682d ago (Edited 1682d ago )

total BS dude.

skyward sword sold amazingly. And was critically and commercially successful

skyrim is dull, and kingdoms is even worse.

No games should be like them

StraightPath1682d ago

what ? Zelda Skyward Sword was better then anything offered exclusively on PS3 Xbox 360 and the PC combined. Was a stellar game critically acclaimed fan praised and also won numerous GOTY awards from many places. In terms of gameplay , story , characters and innovation it destorys Skyrim. Skyrim only thing good about it is the freedom in a large open world and the freedom to do whatever you want. But Skyrim story,quests , characters and combat all are medicore to game standards.

NYC_Gamer1682d ago

Haven't played Zelda since the 64 versions

PopRocks3591682d ago

You've missed out on a lot.

-Mika-1682d ago (Edited 1682d ago )

The series just need to evolve. Zelda hasn't changed since the n64. Like most nintendo games, there little to no changes. If they want people to become interested in the series again, they need to do something major like nintendo did with Samus in metroid prime.

NukaCola1682d ago

I think Wind Waker was super innovating. Open world exploration like no other. It was one of the best around. Then they pulled back with TP. Skyward Sword is good but it's very much a mix of all the Zeldas and WW in the Sky.

Dantheman11682d ago

each zelda game they change the art stile which drematicly changes the look of the game metroid prime changed the series because it took metroid into 3d zelda has already done that.what about COD does that change much NO Halo No Fable NO.stop TROLLING

beastlysensation1682d ago

oh ya? evolve? like what? voice acting? QTE'S? auto aim? path patrols? stfu...if it aint broken dont fix it. All you babies go crazy when COD sells 20 million, and forget that wii has sold the most this generation and mario kart, mario galaxy has sold as much as call of doody. Yet, the wii doesnt count as a console, its for babies, its horrible, nintendo sucks blah blah blah....skyward sword has almost 4 million sales, to me that sounds like its still selling strong. Zelda HD on wii u will probably sell more. I rather play zelda with the same "formula" over and over again, than COD, or assassins creed which they milk with dlc and dont change anything in game play. At least zelda tries to take risks, wind waker with the cartoony graphics, skyward sword with the motion controls, etc. I will continue to support zelda as long as it stays true to itself, which it will.

Knight_Cid1682d ago

zelda is as good as it every was.

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