The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild United People Together
Nintendo has had a pretty rough few years when it comes to public lashings. You can easily find forums, sites and media figures constantly declaring them dead or out of touch. The 3DS was kicked from pillar to post upon it’s original release. Now, the hand-held is considered a classic system, boasting some great games. Nintendo’s Wii U has shared some similar traits, just without as much glory.
The point is, Nintendo has been wrote off numerous times, reduced to a punch line by many. With all this being said, E3 2016 united a huge proportion of video games fans. The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild brought everyone together, mostly in awe. In a moment of nostalgia and romanticism, Nintendo treated the world to the next step in The Legend of Zelda.
Make no mistake about it, this is a monumental step forward for the franchise. The sheer scope and size proves Nintendo are willing to push themselves once more. It also allows the Wii U to show what it can ‘truly’ do. Xenoblade Chronicles X was a good nod towards the Wii U’s ability to hand big games. Breath Of The Wild could just be the swansong of the system.
Snark and jaded views were put aside. Witnessing the next evolution of such a treasured franchise was simply ‘nice’. It may sound cliché and cheesy, but there are few cases in which a franchise stays so pure. The series has not been twisted and beaten to appease what the market dictates. Aside from the 3DO spin-offs, The Legend of Zelda has maintained its soul.
As a franchise, the the elements we grew up with still remain. Each game has been someone’s memory. Like a time capsule of our childhoods, we all have a Legend of Zelda game to fondly reflect upon. It’s a series that unites many in discussion and shared admiration. A rare thing in modern video game culture, where things often turn into a game of one-upmanship.
Breath Of The Wild looks stunning, promising plenty of potential. It many be some time before it’s released, but at least it gave us one of E3′s more warmer moments. From the sights and sounds of a world we never left, The Legend of Zelda once again brought video game fans together. Not in debate or conflict, but in a shared love of a classic franchise.