Well a touch of seasonal depression coupled with the angst I was feeling as a result of my disgust with KH bested me yesterday. I sprung for a Wii U Windwaker bundle folks.
First let me say, I have been in Sony's corner since the PS1 BIG TIME. I waved "buh bye" to to Nintendo and Zelda after the Ocarina of Time. Throughout the years, I gave each new piece of hardware and most of the big Nintendo-brand first party titles a try only to become more and more disappointed.
Now I'm not going so far as to say I am switching teams here, in a manner of speaking, but I will say that the Wii U is leagues more impressive than any hardware Nintendo has put out in ages IMO. I still fully expect the next gen stuff coming out this year to blow it out of the water but that doesn't change the fact that Nintendo "caught up" in a big way in terms of home console quality here.
Enough of that though... ZELDA!!!
I bought this on gut instinct that for some reason this would be different. I don't know why, seeing as how Zelda has not tickled my fancy in well over a decade but I wanted to give the franchise another shot before I wrote it off as not appealing to me. Glad I did. This game is MEGA-SPECTACULO-GORGEOUS to behold. Truly a thing of visual splendor here. Graphics are not generally a strong selling point for me, but one can't ignore them here. They look THAT good. Now I'm going cast aside any objective observation and say the art style and heavily animated thematic of it all is what really knocks it out of the park for me. This game is dripping "cozy charm" coupled with a certain giddy anime/cartoon vibe that I simply adore thus far.
I know I am not expressing anything anyone doesn't already know. But I DIDN'T KNOW damnit! Any maybe there is someone else out there who has found Zelda to be a bit lackluster as well who will benefit from reading this observation.... if not I don't care... I need to gush over this game a bit.
Gameplay. Well I was (obviously) late to the party with this one. I wish I got the memo that liittle cartoon island boy link is better with a blade then most of his other green-garbed incarnations. Once again its a matter of taste, but I find the swordplay/gameplay here to be a cut above (hahahaha, see what I did there?).
I can't say much more as I've only spent a weekend with it so far but these few hours have proven mega-inspiring. I almost feel ashamed having gone into this with such an jaded opinion of both Nintendo and Zelda for that matter. But I am not too proud to admit when I have been wrong, and the Wind Waker and the Wii U are proving just that to me.
Nuf said for now. Anyone who thought the idea of killing Ganon AGAIN seems lackluster and predictable but feels the least bit inclined to give Zelda another shot owes it to themselves to give this a go. This game is gold thus far IMO.
EDIT: 2 days since my post, 4 since the bundle release and no thread activity.... I suppose I am the odd man out here... well for those of you "setting sail" october 4th with the physical release, you can safely get excited! Even being as picky and fickle as I am I can find very little fault with this game.