I have a huge gamer confession to make: I haven’t played any Legend of Zelda games since the original NES version. At the time of playing that game, I was only five years old, and I recall finding it too difficult for me as a 5-year-old.
After that, my parents switched to the Sega Genesis console, and from then on I didn’t own another Nintendo console until I was an adult making my own money and could finally afford a Wii. When I did finally get a Wii, I also had an Xbox 360 at the time, and let’s face it: 360 games are, in general, far superior to most games out for the Wii.
As for handheld consoles, I’ve had two different Nintendo DS systems over the years, but always used those to play puzzle games and traditional platformers.
So, to make a short story long (as I am wont to do!), I’ve not played any Zelda since way back in the day. Dear Husband is a pretty big Zelda fan. In fact, he’s much more of a Nintendo fan in general than I am. Then again, he is also a diehard Playstation gamer, while I simply believe that the Xbox consoles and proprietary titles are superior. But hey, it takes all sorts, right? 😉
All of this is to say that it was no shock at all when Dear Husband gleefully informed me that he had pre-ordered the Switch, Nintendo’s newest console, as well as the latest Legend of Zelda game for it.
Regrettably, the game has already arrived and the console has not, so at the time of writing, all I can do is a preview. You see, I’ve decided to finally give Zelda a proper go as an adult, if for no other reason than to see what all the fuss is about.
I won’t lie: I am always wary of going into something new where there is already a lot of hype built up about it. Any time a move, or book, or game, or anything gets rave reviews and is a cult favorite among fans, it’s difficult not to go into it with high expectations.
Straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s what Nintendo have to say about the latest installment in their fan favorite series:
“Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and up mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure.”
OK, I’m intrigued. I do quite love open-world games. And the fact that IGN give it a stunning 10.0 in their review, which you can read here, elevates my expectations even higher.
For now, I’m going to impatiently wait for our Switch to arrive so that I can finally dust off my pointy ears and get to playing.
Tell me, are you a Zelda fan? Have you gotten a new Switch and the latest Zelda game? If so, please share your (spoiler-free) thoughts below!
Until next time,