Monday, November 21, 2011

Skyward Sword Launches in America

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Nintendo Wii launches, and once again it's time for gamers to journey around what is hopefully a much-expanded Hyrule. Many gamers have been waiting years for this game. It might be the last great game to come out for the Wii. It might be the last great Zelda game ever created. Then again, it might just be more of the same. I want a game that captures the adventure, challenge, and sense of exploration in Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link--not a formula-grown fetch quest.

I assumed stores were packed and/or already sold out. Still, I hate ordering things online this close to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and hopefully I'll be able to grab a copy after I finish this post!

I won't be reviewing Skyward Sword for some time. I'm just not going to hammer out a generic review; I'll get to it when I have the time. Also, I'm not going to be reading any online reviews or looking at many screenshots.

The art style has been part of the online controversy, but last I heard most gamers seemed okay with the Ocarina-inspired artwork. Personally I like the darker side of Zelda (Twilight Princess and Zelda II) but I'm willing to be open minded.

Has anyone purchased the game? I'd be interesting in any first impressions readers have of it. My only expectation is that it has some new stuff. I really feel like the Zelda series as a whole has stagnated, but I haven't lost hope entirely.


Anonymous said...

i have to say that 8 hours or so in i'm a bit disappointed. i'm continually hoping that nintendo reworks their core franchises more, but there's not a whole lot yet that's really novel. actually, i'd almost go so far as to say that _spirit tracks_ felt more original than this one. but it's still relatively early on in the game.

8bitcity said...

That's no good. :(