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Cute Link ok for DS?

June 7, 2007
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Remember all the backlash and outrage over The Wind Waker after Nintendo’s decision to go with the cell shaded look, rather than continue down the path started by Ocarina of Time? Some people are still bitter about it. I paid full price for the game back when it came out, only to see stacks of them a couple of months later in a bargain bin for 1/4 of what I paid. Nintendo tried to play it off like Twilight Princess was done as it was to satisfy North American tastes. Whatever, it obviously didn’t catch on in Japan either. But in time the game did grow on people, despite it being considered the dark cute horse of the franchise.

PH imageSo it’s a bit puzzling to see Phantom Hourglass going back this way. Well actually the surprising part is how little fuss was made about it. Unless I just haven’t been looking in the right places? Were people placated enough by Twilight Princess just to overlook it? Do they secretly love Wind Waker Link and look forward to seeing his expressive face on the privacy of their DS? Does the style just suit the DS more? Is that too many questions in a row?

I personally am looking forward to picking up the game when it comes out on June 23rd. I wasn’t bothered by the Wind Waker and thought the art was well done, though a bit over the top in cuteness. I have a lot of Zelda catching up to do. Never got a chance to play Ocarina of Time or Majora’s Mask. Got only half-way through The Wind Waker, and still slowly making my way through Twilight Princess. I have every intention of playing and finishing them all, but all in due time. It’s all basically the same story in the end though right?

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  1. June 7, 2007 1:17 pm

    I think the complainers of Wind Waker’s style simply got to play Twilight Princess and realized how outdated and stiff the old Ocarina graphic style was.

    When put side to side today, Wind Waker is clearly the art style that best suited the GC system, and probably should still be used for even Wii’s system, since it can’t possibly compete on the realistic 3D realm against PS3 or 360. Wind Waker’s art style simply looks gorgeous even today, and I guess it will continue to be attractive forever. Good style choice for the DS, definitely!

  2. frisby permalink
    June 7, 2007 7:15 pm

    Isn’t it crazy how I-man types exactly what I am thinking?

  3. Bill permalink
    June 7, 2007 7:30 pm

    I agree as well. I just wanted to put the question out there and see if I was alone. Guess not!

  4. June 7, 2007 8:39 pm

    Isn’t the return to this graphic style mostly a matter of DS’s graphic capabilities?

  5. frisby permalink
    June 7, 2007 9:29 pm

    Well we can have a Zelda that is similar to Metroid Prime Hunters or Animal Crossing. This games production was started shortly after Minish Cap. As you can tell, the toon style has yet to leave Zelda on the handheld.

  6. June 7, 2007 10:29 pm

    actually, while playing pokemon i thought it would be nice to have the 3D-ish backgrounds of pokemon with some “Link to the past”-ish sprites.

  7. frisby permalink
    June 7, 2007 11:15 pm

    We just need a Zelda/Pokemon crossover!!!

    Gannon has a level 100 Charzard. He rides it and chunks voltorbs to keep link bust while he holds the masterball containing the final triforce piece.

  8. June 8, 2007 1:09 pm

    Isn’t it crazy how frisby types exactly what I am thinking??

    I really would have liked to see the latest Pokémon render the battles in Wind-Waker-style cartoonish 3D!

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