Saturday, November 8, 2014

The best Zelda game finally returns...

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a huge fan of the Zelda series. There may be better video games in world, but to my mind, the Zelda series was the one that started it all and paved the way for other, greater games to follow. The series may not have established the genre of puzzle/RPG gaming, but it was one of the first to make it work.

But enough about that.  I may make a more in-depth post on it sometime in the future, but right now I’m just excited about Nintendo’s trailer announcement:

For reasons I could sit here for a long time listing, Majora's Mask is simply the best Zelda game ever made.  The amount of creativity, simple ingenuity, and I guess meta-ness, if we're going to consider that a word, is amazing.  On the same flip of the coin, it is also the least known and most under-appreciated game of the series, and partly because of that, partly because of its value just as a brilliant game, it deserves to be revisited.

Apparently, this has been in production for years.  As the head developer of the series, Aonuma, writes:

"The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was actually in development almost immediately after we finished working on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which was released in June of 2011...We didn't want to say it was being developed until we were at a point where we could proudly say that this is not going to be just another remake and that it's going to be worth your time...We’ve spent a lot of time making sure the gameplay experience is smoother than in the original version without taking away from this unique world. I hope those that haven’t played the original game, and those of you that played it but gave up mid-way through will take this opportunity to give the new version a try."

More on the actual trailer itself, however, in some ways it leaves things a bit wanting.  From what we see, it seems like things aren't so much redone and re-imagined so much as a bit stylized here and there.

While I'll be interested to see what kind of changes Aonuma is referring to, what we've seen so far doesn't indicate too many of them.  Like I said before, I'm happy to see Nintendo bringing the game back to the spotlight in any capacity; however, there is that inkling in the back of the mind of every devoted fan of the game that maybe, just maybe, it could have been something like that amazing 2012 fan trailer...

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