Date Completed : October 24, 2016
I had been thinking about re-playing Twilight Princess and then BOOM! HD remake! What wonderful timing! I think Nintendo has implanted some sort of eavesdropping device in my brain so they can always provide me with what I want, when I want it. Either that or they’re really good at marketing.
The original Twilight Princess came out in 2006 with the launch of the Wii console. My girlfriend at the time (soon to be wife) tried to buy me a copy of the game and the gentleman at Toys R Us said “We’re all sold out”. “WHAT?” I said. “Software never sells out. Hardware is hard to come by but pressing discs is easy! How can you run out?” In the end it didn’t matter, as Nintendo isn’t the kind of company to leave money on the table. They printed more discs, I got a copy. The world carried on.
My first play through of Twilight Princess was right after I was married but before we had kids. I have fond memories of that time. Many fond memories of sleeping in past 5:30. Not wiping jelly off my game controllers. Having time to play. Perhaps that’s why I look back on this game so fondly.
Twilight Princess is kind of an odd duck. It has all of the qualities that you’d expect to be present (more realistic graphics, mature story) in the greatest Zelda game of all time, yet somehow it fails to live up to the standard set by Ocarina of Time. I suppose this game is the proof that we don’t always want what we ask for. Not that it’s a bad game. Even an average Zelda game is generally far better than anything else available. Just in the grand scheme of ranking Zelda games Twilight Princess isn’t in my top 5.
My two boys love Zelda games ( I have taught them well ) so I wanted to make sure to play the game when they could watch. This policy made it hard to find time to play. I ended up moving the Wii U to the family room from the bonus room upstairs because I thought it would be more convenient. It took a lot longer than my first time through the game but I finally finished up in time for the holidays.
So we have come full circle. My marriage began with Twilight Princess, and now it has brought us closer together as a family. Even my two-year-old daughter got to enjoy the game this time around (She especially enjoyed Link riding Epona and helping me tap Amiibo figures ). I’d say that’s money well spent.
- Is it fun: Yes
- Score: 8/10
- Length: ~40 hours
- System: Nintendo Wii U
- Genre: Action / Adventure