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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Launch Trailer

42 hours in 2.5 days: Done. :)

I still have 5 Heart Pieces to get and 25 or so Gratitude Crystals to collect, but I was trying to get through the game as quickly as possible so I can get back to blogging. I’m tempted to go through the second playthrough on Hero Mode though. I love challenges.

The resounding impression I have of Skyward Sword is that it has excellent story, unique gameplay, and world/temple design. The adventure is very story-driven, reminding me of the epicness in Wind Waker, and the world map is reused in clever ways so that the entire game feels like a dungeon — not just the temples. There’s a lot of debate over an official series timeline but Skyward Sword clearly comes before Ocarina of Time, as it depicts the origins of both the Master Sword and “The Legend of Zelda”. Very very cool.

I’ll probably update this post with more impressions in the upcoming days (and bump it), but for anyone who’s played/playing it, feel free to discuss. Please put spoilers in tags as usual.

Note: In case anyone’s wondering for the sake of discussion, The Legend of Zelda titles I’ve played/beaten are:

  • The Legend of Zelda (NES)
  • The Adventures of Link (NES)
  • A Link to the Past (SNES)
  • Link’s Awakening (GB)
  • Ocarina of Time (N64)
  • Majora’s Mask (N64)
  • Wind Waker (NGC)
  • Twilight Princess (Wii)
  • Phantom Hourglass (NDS)
  • Spirit Tracks (NDS)
  • Skyward Sword (Wii)
  • Also, I wasn’t using a walkthrough (I find they ruin the experience), but I did refer to one during the late stages of the game for the Gratitude Crystal side quests.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm
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    • November 23, 2011 at 4:54 pmMe

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      • November 23, 2011 at 4:57 pmDivine

        “Random Musings”, as the name suggests, are random musings. Also, this is a personal blog the last time I checked.

        • November 23, 2011 at 7:55 pmThe Moondoggie

          Since we have Anime and Manga now, why not add Games and Light Novels to complete the set?

        • November 23, 2011 at 11:30 pmKayDat

          @moondoggie
          Actually, we used to have a few light novel reviews pop up every once in a while, done by Patrik.
          http://randomc.net/category/light-novels/

        • November 24, 2011 at 12:43 amThe Moondoggie

          Saw Ben-To over there…

          So why no more LN entries…. Some new action is building up in To Aru Majutsu No Index novels.

        • November 24, 2011 at 1:02 amDivine

          No more LN posts because Patrik doesn’t write for the site anymore. It’s a bit of a shame, since he reads novels in Japanese and covered a lot of untranslated stuff.

        • November 25, 2011 at 12:10 amMichiko

          I think games are fair game for review and I’m guessing it’s refreshing to review something other than manga and anime once and a while.

          And it’s not like first time Divine has reviewed/commented on a video game – I think there was a Final Fantasy XIII review. And if that isn’t enough of a precedent, Omni did one or two video game reviews/previews/commentaries.

      • November 23, 2011 at 9:04 pmWow

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        • November 23, 2011 at 9:26 pmDa5id

          I’m pretty sure that’s just how many people dislike that comment.

        • November 23, 2011 at 10:13 pmThe Moondoggie

          Or that there are tons of trolls in RC XD.

          Those rating buttons must go Divine. Goc says so…

          All Hail Mighty Goc (sorry Enzo, I’m not ready to give up the joke yet).

        • November 23, 2011 at 10:27 pmMrRei

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        • November 23, 2011 at 10:52 pmDa5id

          And you are a shining example of that, moondoggie.

        • November 23, 2011 at 11:01 pmThe Moondoggie

          Maybe… Maybe not. Depends on the situation.

    • November 23, 2011 at 4:58 pmUmadBro?

      what platform is this game for?

      • November 23, 2011 at 5:17 pmStranger

        The Wii.

    • November 23, 2011 at 4:58 pmRoLol

      Man I really wish i had a wii right now. Oh well….

      • November 23, 2011 at 5:03 pmRoLol

        By the way Divine, I heard the controls for this game were really good. How are you feeling them so far? I might get me a wii this holidays :)

        • November 23, 2011 at 5:04 pmUmadBro?

          if wii got more shooting games i would definitely get it but it seems to be mostly sports :(

      • November 23, 2011 at 5:08 pmDivine

        With the Wii MotionPlus, the controls are pretty precise and responsive. To stress the degree of control you have over Link’s sword, there’s less emphasis on the number of encounters and more on the quality of encounters. i.e. You can’t just randomly swing your sword around and hope to kill enemies. I did have some qualms with very quick tilting motions, but this was only a problem in the high-speed mine cart mini-game.

        • November 23, 2011 at 5:18 pmRoLol

          Interesting, I might look around for a wii this december. The only zelda game i ever tried was phantom hourglass. Never been much of a nintendo fan. This game might change that!

        • November 23, 2011 at 11:16 pmmasso

          Just started playing it… I don’t know, the sword swinging is a little off for me, which is weird since I don’t have any problem playing Wii Sports Resorts fencing.

      • November 23, 2011 at 5:13 pmWaganai

        RoLol you don’t need a Wii to play the game, it works fine on an emulator. You can also scale the internal resolution to 1080+ and etc. You can opt to play using a (combination of)Wiimote/KB/pad on a PC. Here’s a screen someone made – http://i.minus.com/iblntkC768CUth.png

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:03 pmAngel monster

      Spoil us, what is the origin of the legend of Zelda?

      • November 23, 2011 at 10:19 pmThe Moondoggie

        So there was this elfin dude named Link and and he saved some princess with the help of his trusty Master Sword that was once the Skyward Sword that was another princess….

        Damn, Link, teach me how to score some royal babes too. XD

      • November 24, 2011 at 12:21 amDivine

        Alright, but be warned. This is a bit long and has all the huge franchise-redefining bits.

        Show Spoiler ▼

        • November 24, 2011 at 12:25 amThe Moondoggie

          Show Spoiler ▼

        • November 24, 2011 at 12:30 amDivine

          Not quite.

          Show Spoiler ▼

        • November 24, 2011 at 12:37 amDivine

          Oh I forgot to mention:

          Show Spoiler ▼

        • November 24, 2011 at 12:46 amThe Moondoggie

          …..

          FUCKING EPIC AWESOMENESS….

        • November 25, 2011 at 8:12 amAngel monster

          Thanks divine…I am just a little dissapoint Ganon had nothing to do with it.

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:18 pmAiras

      Could you post some picks of the people you killed by mistake with the Wiimote in the meantime?

      • November 23, 2011 at 5:28 pmDivine

        I’m very in control of my swinging thank you very much. I don’t use the strap or the rubbery grip. :)

        I did however bump my Wiimote and Nunchuck together on a couple of occasions doing Link’s whirlwind slash. >_>

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:24 pmBass.EXE

      I agree, this game is great in that you don’t just go from temple to temple where the overworld is just something you traverse to get from point A to point B. In Skyward Sword, just getting to the temple by itself is a challenge. The only big problem I had with SS was how often I had to recalibrate/center the WM+. When everything is working, the controls are fantastic, but when they get off, the game is practically unplayable since everything relies on motion controls. It didn’t happen that often, but just enough to get on my nerves. I haven’t 100%’d this game yet, but so far, it may be the best console Zelda yet.

      Also, Divine, if you have time you should play Minish Cap. Definitely one of my favorites.

      • November 23, 2011 at 5:29 pmDivine

        So I’ve heard. My brother bought it when it came out so I could ask him to borrow it.

        • November 23, 2011 at 5:34 pmVena

          In the spirit of recommending, I’d also like to throw out the names of the “Of Ages”, “Of Seasons” games that came out on the GameBoy Color ages ago. The mechanic involved in either was quite a bit of fun, though at times also quite a bit of frustrating. The best part, however, is that once you complete the games you can combine them into one of the largest games possible.

          Still, though, as fantastic as SS has been, I have not found a replacement for my favorite thing in any Zelda game thus far: Ogre Deity Mask. Show Spoiler ▼

        • November 23, 2011 at 5:39 pmBeedle

          I second Vena’s recommendation :D Oracle of Ages and Seasons were both really great Zelda games and you can even wield the Big Goron’s sword again when you’ve completed both games!

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:25 pmAvgJoe

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    • November 23, 2011 at 5:25 pmVena

      Oooooooh! This game is fantastic.

      This game and Skyrim are ruining my time.

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:33 pmThe Moondoggie

      Is spirit tracks any good? I have it when I bought my DSi (seems like the vendor forgot that he had his Acekard inside), but I haven’t played it yet.

      • November 23, 2011 at 7:02 pmBass.EXE

        IMO, it wasn’t as good as the more “traditional” top-down Zelda games. It certainly wasn’t bad, but I’d put it on the lower end of the Zelda spectrum

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:35 pmClick

      Ocarina of Time has met its match.

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:35 pmBeedle

      …WHAT?! You’re finished already?! D:

      I’ve just acquired the first relic to get the first flame…

      btw, my sister and I have this hunch that Show Spoiler ▼

      . Is it true? D:

      • November 24, 2011 at 3:16 amDivine

        Show Spoiler ▼

        • November 24, 2011 at 2:41 pmBeedle

          gah XD Time to speculate Ganon’s origins once more before the actual big reveal (if there will be one) in the game. Thanks for clarifying! :D

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:36 pmTonameki

      @Divine is there a particular reason why I can’t like or dislike posts with more than one dislike?

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:12 pmDivine

        Do you mean like/dislike comments? If so, are you behind a shared connection perhaps? It only allows one vote per IP address.

        • November 24, 2011 at 6:59 amTonameki

          Yes I meant that. Thank you for responding I have found the problem being faulty internet :s

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:48 pmJustinnnnnn

      Nice! Glad you’re enjoying the game Divine….I was wondering why there was no early Naruto post as usual…Now I know why!

      I’m dying to try this game for myself…I’ve heard all sorts of things: IGN says it’s the best Zelda game ever; GT says it’s proof that Zelda is finally starting to show its gray hairs, that it needs to move on.

      I enjoy these (rare) videogame posts…They are a real refresh from the usual anime and japanese news (ironically these games are made in Japan, but oh well, ha ha…).

      **************BY THE WAY, DIVINE! I’d really like to hear your thoughts on this if possible**************

      How about a live show sometime? Yeah, a live show; or better said, a live podcast-audio thingy.

      I dunno, it’s just that one of my favorite videogame podcasts (EpicBattleCry) just had their fiftieth episode…And to celebrate, they held a live show in which they actually received calls from their fans and answered their questions. And it was awesome.

      The sole experience in that moment of actually getting a chance to talk to the people you really like & follow, and sharing your thoughts even if briefly, is a very satisfying feeling.

      And in the other case, the sole experience of getting to talk to your fans (sometimes including many people from many places across the globe), and interacting with them live for the first time…Is a real beatiful sensation.

      Maybe you could arrange a time slot with another blogger(s) from the site and together make this show…There are countless internet sites that enable you to do this live-stuff.

      Maybe when a certain milestone is reached for the site, like X number of views or something, you could talk about a certain topic/show/news that you found interesting to discuss, and with another writer talk about these things…Maybe as a celebration, maybe as a cool thing to try. At least for me, that’s be something neato and refreshing.

      If it’s live, you could even make a calling section where we, the fans, could get a chance to call you guys (via phone or Skype, whatever) for a brief question or something.

      If it’s not live…Then I guess it’s much more simple: you talk about stuff with the writers or something, and then post the audio in in this site.

      …Anyway, I thought I’d throw this at you to see if you like the concept or anything. I just think it could be an awesome thing to try even if it’s just once.

      **************BY THE WAY, DIVINE! I’m finally finishing this unnecesarily long post**************

      …Getting more on-topic, Enjoy the game Divine, take a much-deserved break from the blogging and come back when ready! Thanks for your continued blogging.

      • November 23, 2011 at 6:01 pmClick

        Uh… use the IRC? :O The IRC channel’s on the side.

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:49 pmPikachu

      A bonus to this game is that you can get a Zedla Wii controller with the game.
      http://i2-store.walmart.ca/images/WMTCNPE/923/583/923583_Large_1.jpeg
      Nice!

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:14 pmDivine

        For only $20 more too, which is much less than a Wiimote+, let alone a gold limited edition Wiimote+. I bought the bundle.

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:41 pmClick

        I had to get the bundle since my dick friend has had my original Wiimote for years. >_>

      • November 24, 2011 at 12:23 amDivine

        Same here. I only have original Wiimotes. I had to literally dust off my Wii just to play this game.

      • November 24, 2011 at 3:06 amBeedle

        You also get the limited edition Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony CD *__* though it doesn’t have all the tracks from the actual performance :(

        I want Koji Kondo’s piano arrangement of Grandma’s Theme from Wind Waker that he played as a surprise number D8

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:57 pmmuhao

      i thought it’s only playable on Wii U? seems i’m wrong. I don’t have a wii yet but i want one soooon! ;D I’m a HUGE fan of Zelda and i want to play them all!

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:59 pmMrTerrorist

      What about Skyrim?

      • November 23, 2011 at 6:25 pmFlappy

        In the process I guess :D 60+ hours into the game and not even close to finishing 30-40% of the non-mic quests available.

    • November 23, 2011 at 6:02 pmKazemon15

      Won’t be getting this game, no matter how good it is. The lack of a left handed option urks me especially if the player is left handed and how it relies heavily on motion. Changing the handedness of a legendary character just to make it more convenient to right handers while once again keeping left handers in the dark (which is the reason why I admire Link so much) also leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

      • November 25, 2011 at 1:47 ampotnoodle

        I’m lefty myself and had no problem playing the game. Really if that’s your sole reason, get over it and enjoy one of the greatest Zelda games in a long time.

    • November 23, 2011 at 6:24 pmgawrshness

      don’t tell me you did that really in one sitting in the span of 2.5 days…cause that’s hardcore man…

    • November 23, 2011 at 6:30 pmMonik3r

      :)) I’m getting this tomorrow, totally pumped. I don’t think it’ll knock Ocarina of Time off the top of my list of favorite LoZ games though.
      Either way it’ll be a great time, and this post is definitely reassuring. And while I wait for tomorrow I’m gonna bust out my Zelda OSTs playlist. Yeah.

    • November 23, 2011 at 6:32 pmhaitechan

      I didn’t even knew it was out already, games take ages to arrive here. If it’s for X-mas, it would be awesome but I doubt it. Last year, it took KH: BBS two months to be available in stores :C. Anyway, I’ve only played a bit of Ocarina of Time and Mayora’s Mask but I’m familiar with the Gameboy ones. Link’s awakening and Oracle of Ages/Seasons (you should try them!) were the only reason I could stop playing Pokemon Yellow/Crystal and I’m a big Pokemon fan so it matters.

    • November 23, 2011 at 6:59 pmstarss

      *checks to see who blogged last week’s episode of Ika Musume*

      *navigates back to this page*

      …….

      ……..

      • November 23, 2011 at 7:31 pmStranger

        Because we all know that bloggers do absolutely nothing else in their lives ever.

    • November 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm2606

      Wowie. You have a full-time work, you write blog posts, AND you beat this game in 2 days & a half. How did you manage time like that? (Teach me, master.)

      • November 23, 2011 at 10:58 pmXirin

        Guess he’s starting picking up tricks from Keima. :)

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:19 pmDivine

        I took two days of vacation just so that I would have time to play with the least amount of disruption to blogging — no joke.

    • November 23, 2011 at 7:23 pminfinite

      Man it seems just like the other day I was playing TP when the Wii came out. Its feels right that the Wii goes out the same way it came in.

    • November 23, 2011 at 7:31 pmDendoh_fanboy

      Hey Divine, since you have a Wii, you should try playing SRW NEO sometime.

    • November 23, 2011 at 7:44 pmCroos

      @Divine
      you really did post it. Anyway, at least you had fun and be careful of your health.

      • November 23, 2011 at 10:00 pmMrRei

        I was surprised.. yesterday he said he probably wouldn’t post it.. :p

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:20 pmDivine

        It wasn’t much of a post, but yeah, I thought it would help explain why my Ika Musume (and now Naruto) posts are late.

    • November 23, 2011 at 8:10 pmL002

      Well, I have one thing that just hit me. Even though Zelda games were very popular, all of them fail to become an anime. Unlike most japanese games that become anime later on, despite their popularity, none of the Zelda games even tried to become an anime. I guess it can’t be helped, since they are all inconsistent.

      • November 23, 2011 at 8:24 pmL002

        Of course, if you ask me, the best part of Link by far was the gamecube part where he was actually part of the Soul Calibur games. They really need to make Link part of a game like that, I don’t really have the best IQ in the world, and games where you go through dungeons and find the boss’s weak points is pretty boring when in the Soul Calibur game, Link just go straight into the fights.

      • November 23, 2011 at 9:06 pmDa5id

        Most of the games have manga versions, though. Also the fact is that people didn’t make games into anime that much back in THE EIGHTIES.

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:23 pmDivine

        No anime, but there was an American cartoon (a Super Mario one too). I remember watching it while growing up.

        • November 24, 2011 at 1:37 amDa5id

          WELL EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE ME, DIVINE.

          /bad 80′s pun

        • November 24, 2011 at 1:53 amDivine

          lol

        • November 24, 2011 at 11:33 amMrRei

          lol.. It took me like a minute to get/remember that pun.. and in case someone doesn’t get it, see here. :D

        • November 24, 2011 at 4:05 pmThe Moondoggie

          OMG Da5id! I remember that one! Man, the memories that sentence holds for me XD.

        • November 24, 2011 at 10:02 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

          Man, Super Mario Bros./Bros. 3/World, The Legend of Zelda, Captain N: The Game Master, all those older game shows…sure brings back memories…

        • November 24, 2011 at 10:50 pmThe Moondoggie

          Might be better if we sing it:

          Do the MARIO! Swing your arms from side to side….

        • November 25, 2011 at 2:20 amMrRei

          The Moondoggie, something like this and this.. I remember that was on TV when I was 3 or 4. XD

        • November 25, 2011 at 5:42 amThe Moondoggie

          Now I can say, Mr Rei: I am 23… I wanna be young again XD.

    • November 23, 2011 at 8:42 pmacesoldia

      haha 42 hours in 2 days..did you even sleep?

      I’m currently playing Skyrim…no way can I do that..and Zelda..i’d die.

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:25 pmDivine

        2.5 days, so that’s about 60 hours.

        42 hours in the game, plus some extra time for dying on the last boss a couple of times until I figured it out, and then 5-6 hours for watching and blogging Gundam AGE. (It took an abnormal amount of time because I couldn’t focus and wanted to get back to Skyward Sword).

        I’ll let you do the math. :)

    • November 23, 2011 at 8:47 pmRelic

      Alass! I beat them all the way up to twilight princess where I went 360 over wii since I thought itd be a flop(which I hold true beside the zeldas and brawl, but that’s just me…) so now I have to mooch! I hear good things so far though. I like the idea of the sprint. Went to the symphony in LA, it was AWESOME! I have to get my hands on this.

    • November 23, 2011 at 9:04 pmSpark

      Wow, nice completion.

      Hmm…, I think I might get my hands on this game since it looks so tempting.

    • November 23, 2011 at 9:06 pmricz

      Nice I’m a big fan of zelda in the old days
      Now I miss playing zelda

      Cause I only play zelda on gameboy since I was a kid
      :/
      links awakening
      oracle of ages
      oracle of season

      • November 23, 2011 at 10:22 pmThe Moondoggie

        Dude, you got to try Minish Cap! The game took me a week to finish.

    • November 23, 2011 at 9:47 pmIzaak

      Tried playing Xenoblade yet Divine? That thing’s going to set you back by 99 hours, I guarantee. :)

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:28 pmDivine

        I haven’t, since it never came out here. I haven’t looked into “other means” of playing it either.

        Incidentally, Patrik was playing it and telling me about how cool it is (…except the graphics). I loved Xenogears (still own a copy of it), so I was tempted to make time to play Xenoblade.

        • November 24, 2011 at 2:14 amIzaak

          Such a shame, considering how good it is. :> Why don’t you take a look before deciding to take the plunge?
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAYBui5ghJ0

        • November 24, 2011 at 3:14 amBeedle

          You should try Xenoblade :D I’ve been juggling playing both Xenoblade and Skyward Sword since Skyward Sword came out just because I can’t tell which one I enjoy the most xD admittedly,it’s my fault for not finishing Xenoblade in time but damn, I feel like it’s ending and I don’t want it to D;~

        • November 24, 2011 at 7:34 amSeishun Otoko

          No love for the Xenosaga trilogy? Which of course features some of Mitsuda Yasunori’s and Kajiura Yuki’s best work ;)

    • November 23, 2011 at 10:04 pmbeeboobeeboo

      Sweet, Divine’s still up for games! Now about FF13-2…. :3

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:30 pmDivine

        I already preordered the Japanese version, even though the North American one only comes out a month later and the Collector’s Edition with a unique in-game outfit for Sera and a 4-disc OST is cheaper. I’m willing to pay a premium for Japanese voices. (Kotobuki Minako stars this time!)

        • November 23, 2011 at 11:56 pmbeeboobeeboo

          Lol agreed. Did the same for 13 just for Sakamoto Maaya. But I’m not baller enough to get the OST… so I just preordered 13-2 by itself haha.

        • November 24, 2011 at 12:24 amDivine

          Yeah, I’m not buying the Japanese OST. I meant the North American CE comes with the 4-disc OST and is cheaper than what I paid for the regular Japanese version.

        • November 24, 2011 at 9:50 amKyzel

          Vanille’s English voice is also (personally) unbearable. I wish they just had both english/japanese voice options available when they bring games over stateside.

    • November 23, 2011 at 10:50 pmAlex4life

      Ordered the limited edition with the zelda wii motion plus online 3 days ago, I’m very tempted to cancel and go buy it at gamestop so i can get my fix since it won’t arrive for about 2 weeks. :(

    • November 23, 2011 at 11:02 pmKazuma

      So you played and beaten every Legend of Zelda game across different platforms, Divine? If so, Kudos to you, I mean man, I do get hooked in a series, but unfortunately there are only some game series that I actually played almost all which is Resident Evil for PC, I’ve played them all, but never in any other platforms like Wii, etc. Now I wonder if you have played and beaten all Final Fantasy games Divine? That would be crazy, I dont even know how many titles they have now…

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:39 pmDivine

        I haven’t played every Zelda title (i.e. Minish Cap, Four Swords, Four Sword Adventures, and Oracle of Ages/Seasons), nor have I played every Final Fantasy (particularly the remakes of the unreleased ones of Famicom). I also have some “gaps” because I watched my brother play some titles and never played myself, most notably FF8 and FF9.

        Final Fantasy titles I’ve played/beaten are:

        - I (NES)
        - II (SNES), i.e. IV
        - III (SNES), i.e. VI
        - VII (PSX)
        - X (PS2)
        - X-2 (PS2)
        - XII (PS2)
        - XIII (PS3)
        - Legend II (GB)
        - Legend III (GB)
        - Adventure (GB), i.e. Seiken Densetsu I (Secret of Mana I)
        - Crystal Chronicles (NGC)

        I was a pretty big gamer growing up (and was fortunate enough to have parents who were willing to spend their hard-earned money to buy me the latest consoles for doing well in school), but that’s drastically dropped off in recent years. All my free time is devoted to anime as my main hobby now. I don’t see myself getting heavily back into games unless I retired from blogging. It simply takes up all my free time (…and then some).

    • November 23, 2011 at 11:50 pmmikelink

      almost all zelda games =O
      come on you can take

      minish cap
      four sword adventures
      oracle of ages
      and oracle of seasons

    • November 23, 2011 at 11:58 pmWilly willy woo

      It’s a bad idea for comments with 20 thumbs up to be highlighted since it’s so distracting and gaudy… Generally, I can’t believe there’s a thumbs up system at all.

      • November 24, 2011 at 12:27 amDivine

        That’s the whole point. Someone who wrote something that 20 more people found agreeable than disagreeable deserves some attention.

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:04 amewok40k

      Sena from Haganai would be perfect partner for your gaming lifestyle…

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:37 amYin

      @divine: are you considering blogging Final Fantasy XIII-2? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts when there’s so many changes and improvements that the sequel is seemingly making. I preordered the Crystal Edition and can’t wait to get my hand on the whole OST! (:

      • November 24, 2011 at 12:50 amDivine

        Possibly. I’m going to be really swamped next month with the next season preview and year-end post, so if I do, it’ll probably be after those are out of the way.

        • November 24, 2011 at 1:26 amYin

          @divine: oh ok! I’ll be looking forward to your opinion if time does favor you! xD

          @Serapita: I agree. There wasn’t really any choices that you can make in the Crystarium unless you were trying to managed your CP earlier on.

        • November 24, 2011 at 6:26 amHrmmmm

          I thought the release date would be the end of January for North America. Unless you’re in Japan.

      • November 24, 2011 at 12:50 amSerapita

        I hope FFXIII-2 leveling system is better than Crystarium, which I really REALLY hate, it’s like a poor man FFXI’s Sphere Grid.

        • November 24, 2011 at 12:50 amSerapita

          Oops, my bad, FFX’s Sphere Grid.

      • November 24, 2011 at 6:19 amHrmmmm

        I can’t wait for FFXIII-Versus. I’ve waited soooo long for it sadface.jpg

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:46 amSirMuffin

      I love posts like these!!! I remember how much I enjoyed you FFXIII posts. It made me drool and crave an Xbox for many months. One thing I’d request though…. Screenshot please?

      • November 24, 2011 at 12:50 amDivine

        Screenshot of? Play time? lol

        • November 24, 2011 at 1:19 amYin

          naw, SirMuffin probably meant screanshots of some of the in-game scenes. :)

        • November 24, 2011 at 1:53 amDivine

          *points to trailer above*

    • November 24, 2011 at 1:05 amChloesong

      Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! This is so awesome! No wonder I follow RC. I never expected a Zelda post. Im dying to buy the game on Black Friday. While avoiding speculation and spoilers like the plague, Im relieved your post sounds positive! Cant wait to play the prequel of OOT. Looking forward to the coverage.

    • November 24, 2011 at 2:02 amahelo

      Oh god take the like/dislike button out. You make me feel like I’m reading Sankaku Complex or something Divine.

    • November 24, 2011 at 2:45 amASBA1991

      How bout the CD-I games, MAH BOI? lolXD

    • November 24, 2011 at 3:31 amNEOAethyr

      You’re missing form the list n64-dd Master Quest…
      you probably didn’t even know it existed lol…

      I haven’t played any of them since the snes days myself, didn’t like the n64 one and haven’t played any of them since.
      Fav is zelda 1 and 2 for nes.

      I recommend checking out Golden Axe Warrior for the sega master system, it’ll likely surprise you a bit.
      Played and beat it long long ago, it’s ALOT like zelda 1 for the nes.

      • November 24, 2011 at 4:07 amDivine

        If you mean the Ocarina of Time Master Quest, I have the Game Cube version since I preordered Wind Waker.

        • November 24, 2011 at 2:57 pmNEOAethyr

          Yep, the gc ver is the only one that was released since the n64-dd died out to quick.
          The rom it’s self for the n64-dd was on that gc disc ver, weird they did that but cool non the less.
          I had gotten it long time ago when people found out about it and ripped it off the disc.
          Thought it was pretty cool to have it lol, I’m a collector, I don’t have it on my drive though, I must have it on a dvd somewhere :\.

          I never got into the n64 games zelda wise, just seemed to childish but I have a buddy loves it so whatever I guess lol.
          My fav has to be zelda 2, even though it broke away form the traditional gameplay, it was still pretty good.
          Once I got into the golden palace without all the crystals setup in the previous dungeons.
          I jumped into it, and since it lets you continue from that point, I kept trying until the gateway thingy pushed me through it, died ont he other side but… it ontinued form there lol.
          Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t figure out how to find the boss, the link shadow char.
          Beat it long ago before that, but in that instance I wasn’t able to figure it out, just went in circles lol.

          This new game, for the wii, looks like it might be alright.

        • November 24, 2011 at 5:36 pmDivine

          You never played Ocarina of Time? *gasp*

          That was one of the best Zelda games of all-time, right up there with A Link to the Past.

          I love Link’s Adventure and played it to death — most recently on an NES emulator on my phone — but OoT and ALttP trump it.

    • November 24, 2011 at 3:33 amNEOAethyr

      Oh yeah, forgot about the cd-i game, heard that game blew monkey balls though.

    • November 24, 2011 at 4:49 amInvoky

      New Zelda is nice.. but I wish there is also new Okami game, oh wait their company broke up =/

    • November 24, 2011 at 6:29 amAsh

      woah! so u mean, the Links and Zeldas of each game are more likely different characters and are reincarnations? Cool! i didn’t know that, actually. All I thought is it’s just one Link and Zelda throughout all the stories. Zelda games are the best! =)

      • November 26, 2011 at 3:04 amWhatisusername

        It should have pretty obvious since at least Wind Waker that most of the Links and Zeldas are different people (what with Ganondorf outright saying that Toon Link reminds him of Ocarina of Time’s Link). Hell, it’s mentioned in Zelda II’s manual that its Zelda is an ancestor of the first game’s Zelda.

    • November 24, 2011 at 6:59 amPera

      I have played so far 18 hours of the game. For me this is the best Zelda game of all time. I have always loved Majora’s Mask and Ocarina of Time, but this game take’s first place in my book.
      And I really appreciate you taking time writing about this game, it’s nice watching other opionen, and it’s always fun reading what you have to say

    • November 24, 2011 at 7:36 amSeishun Otoko

      Maybe it’s time to get a Wii…

      • November 24, 2011 at 9:15 amMrRei

        Or.. and a Wiimote. I heard it was like the same thing. :p
        I wouldn’t recommend buying a Wii now because the Wii U is backwards compatible anyway, so that means it’s a counter-investment. Of course if you’re collecting consoles then go ahead. :)

    • November 24, 2011 at 8:33 amLAC

      25 years and The Legend of Zelda is still amazing.

      • November 24, 2011 at 2:00 pmMaichain

        and always will be, imo c:

    • November 24, 2011 at 10:04 amNikku

      Divine…you just got SO many more respect points…Zelda ftw <3333

    • November 24, 2011 at 12:50 pmGup

      The (real) motion controls bring a lot of life back into Zelda. I’m only past the second dungeon but it’s been great so far.

    • November 24, 2011 at 1:52 pmTreyon

      I have played almost the same games that you have, and i have the skyward sword but cant play it XD, im being punished by my parents since they believe that i wasnt studieng at all and they hide the game from me (it was the special edition too)… i really want to play as much as you do XD

    • November 24, 2011 at 1:58 pmMaichain

      I love Zelda, thanks for posting this Divine. It’s nice to know that you’re a Zelda fan too c:
      I’m looking forward to beating this game too :D

    • November 24, 2011 at 3:46 pmBROOKLYN otaku

      WHAT? no screen caps? lame.
      but congratulations on ur conquest!

    • November 24, 2011 at 5:08 pmteri

      divine, do you play anything on PS3? I’d love to add you to my PSN friend list, if you wouldn’t mind of course. ^^

      I’m so bad with wii games so I doubt I’ll ever play this. The only game I actually beat on wii was “NO MORE HEROES”.

      Do you think this game will be the game of the year?
      To me it seems like Skyrim and Zelda are really appreciated games but I still wish for Portal 2, Assassin’s Creed Revelations and Batman Arkham City to be on top. ;_;

      • November 24, 2011 at 5:48 pmDivine

        Not really. The last PS3 game I played was Renegade Ops and that was just because I was playing co-op with a friend. Between RC, work, and other real-life priorities, I simply don’t have time to get into too many games. I know a lot of people playing Skyrim at the moment, but I’m not one of them. I have been playing some Counter-Strike Source now and then though. It’s an easy game to just pick up for short spurts at a time (and one I played a lot of back in the 1.6 days). The next PS3 game that I’ll be putting some serious hours into is FFXIII-2. The Japanese version comes out in December, a month ahead of the North American release.

    • November 24, 2011 at 7:03 pmrockmanjoe

      I’ll be playing this once I finish Xenoblade!

    • November 24, 2011 at 8:16 pmhaseo0408

      I´m huge fan of Zelda and I´m dying to play this new game, I hope it is to the level of Twilight Princess, because that one of the best games of in history!.

      • November 24, 2011 at 8:42 pmDivine

        Twilight Princess was a lot of fun, but I actually like Skyward Sword more in terms of item variety and world/dungeon design.

    • November 24, 2011 at 11:23 pmYanDaMan263

      You never played Minish Cap or Oracles of Ages/Seasons? Go fix that injustice right now! Those were some of the better 2D Zelda games, because it went full 3D.

    • November 24, 2011 at 11:39 pmPride

      Imma be hitting this game up soon thanks to the black friday sales. From what Divine says, it seems it’ll be worth that wait in line. I’ll re read this post once I’m done with the game :)

    • November 25, 2011 at 1:39 amTwist

      >Skyrim
      >150 hours and still playing.
      I’m curious divine have you even given Skyrim a chance? I had a friend who cared nothing about it and only wanted Skyward Sword. After watching me play Skyrim and trying it himself he went out and bought it and is having trouble putting it down to play Skyward Sword.

      I’ll be waiting till the holidays to play Zelda myself.

      • November 25, 2011 at 8:20 amThe Moondoggie

        No DIVINE! Skyrim will ruin your life! You won’t be able to blog if you start! There was this guy who is in UTW subs, they postponed Idolm@ster subs just because of it XD. My friend didn’t go to work today due to that game!

        Skyrim is like drugs, only more awesome. It’s not good for your health(sic).