The world of gaming has its own flaws, like pretty much any fandom; and just like with every fandom, some gamers tend to take everything related to what they love a little too seriously. The following story is definitely not the case, as if any title deserves to be taken seriously, it’s this one. Nintendo fans all over the world are extremely excited, as yesterday saw the 30th Anniversary of a Classic – The Legend of Zelda.
Where do I even start on this? The Legend of Zelda is so old, and has enough history that it would be impossible to cover even a quarter of the franchise’s history. So, I’m not going for a history lesson here, but only for praises and critiques about all the title in general.
Of course, I have to start with praise. The Legend of Zelda is undoubtedly exactly what its title advertises – a legend. Having turned thirty, the titles of the series don’t really seem to slow down. Nintendo knows how important Link is to worldwide fans, so as many titles featuring him as possible are being pumped out one after the other.
Which brings me to pretty much the sole criticism of the series – which a criticism on Nintendo, if anything else. Since the title is so well loved all over the world, the company is inserting Link into pretty much every game they can, regardless if it makes sense or not.
I mean, they even have a few (not just one, but a few) franchises based on exactly this premise – famous Nintendo characters just hang out and compete against each other. There are series like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which the whole Mario universe, Link, Kirby, and pretty much every main Nintendo character you can think of is present.
Some fans are starting to get annoyed with the company, as they seem to put their focus more on these series than on actual sequels to the original beloved titles, but as soon as one of those comes out every year, people seem to be generally satisfied.
Despite all the negative press some these games have gotten, one thing is absolutely unquestionable – the impression the Legend of Zelda made on so many generations of gamers. Pretty much any true Zelda fan would go back and replay all of their favorite titles without hesitation.
And after all, isn’t that what makes something an art form? Multiple people (at least 75 million copies sold of the original game) appreciating the content for different personal reasons, and willing to interact with them repeatedly because of how it made them feel?
How do you feel about the Legend of Zelda franchise? How do you think Nintendo is going to handle it? Do you still have hope for the future of the franchise?
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