Iâve never finished The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. I know, itâs a blind spot. I didnât have a Gamecube growing up, and when it came out for the Wii U I lost track of it for one of those reasons that one loses track of things. Iâve played about halfway through it, I think, but thatâs where I lose track. But hereâs the thing: Iâm ready now, Nintendo. I want it. And the Switch is the perfect system for it.
Mario got all the love last week as Nintendo celebrated the plumberâs 35th anniverary with the announcement of Super Mario 3D All Stars, a collection of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Sunshine. Thereâs also an upcoming port of Super Mario 3D World in the winter, as well as a ton of other stuff that includes a real-life Mari Kart toy that connects a camera-enabled Kart to your Switch. Again, no shortage of Mario stuff.
As some have pointed out, however, Zeldaâs 35th anniversary is coming up, too. And the series is as ripe for the all stars treatment as Mario, to be certain: the Switch lacks titles like Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, Majoraâs Mask, Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, and Joy-Cons mean it could even theoretically soldier through the motion controls on the last one. And weâve also got a ton of portable titles that could find a home on the hybrid system: A Link Between Worlds, Minnish Cap and Spirit tracks, to name a few. The complete remake of Linkâs Awakening was nice, but plenty of games could get away with straight ports.
And thatâs nothing to say of the possibility of a brand-new game, which could conceivably come out soon but is almost certainly facing COVID-19 related delays.
Despite all the strangeness surrounding Super Mario 3D All Starsâ limited release and Nintendoâs general policy of making me buy the same game 4 or 5 times, the company does seem to keep getting away with it. And as 3D All Stars shows, one of its great strengths as a company remains its Disney Vault-level store of beloved games from decades of development. Itâs deploying that in spades this fall, leaning on old games both from Mario and with Pikmin 3. Iâd like to see that same philosophy applied to Zelda, and Iâd like to see it soon.
I’m a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic, IGN.com, Wired and more. I cover social games, video games,
I’m a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic, IGN.com, Wired and more. I cover social games, video games, technology and that whole gray area that happens when technology and consumers collide. Google
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