Written By: Roger
following editorial will quote
this article a great deal, so it is recommended you read the
latest news first.
most of you have now heard, The Legend of Zelda for Nintendo's
newest console GameCube has adopted a new look. I know that there
are those of you out there you like the new look. And I know some of
you are taking a "wait and see" policy towards the new
look (including some of us at NGF). But I am a Nintendo fan, and as
one I cannot stand by and watch as my favorite gaming company shoots
itself in its other foot, having shot the first foot when it stuck
with cartridges for the N64. And yes, I am comparing these new
screenshots to one of the worst decisions in gaming history. Allow
me to explain:
quote the late Douglas Adams, the border between madness and
genius is very narrow. Hitler was a brilliant military leader,
having taken over most of Europe in just a few years, but he also
killed 12 million people. A lighter example, George Lucas created
the most beloved science-fiction movies ever when he made the
original Star Wars trilogy; then he made the moronic Episode 1.
Shigeru Miyamoto has his place among these men. He created some of
the best and longest lasting game franchises of all time, among them
Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda. He created and
perfected a genre all in one game with Super
Mario 64. He is responsible for almost every major controller
innovation since the NES. He single-handedly saved the home console
market with his stellar Super Mario Bros…and so on. In short, the
man is the greatest genius the industry has ever known. But like all
geniuses, he is partially insane. This is also the man whose
recommendation it was for Nintendo to stick with cartridges for the
Nintendo 64. And after Nintendo lost half its customers on that
decision alone, Miyamoto still wanted to use cartridges on GameCube.
said, using cel-shaded (read: cartoon-like) graphics on Zelda is one
of the worst business decisions Nintendo could possibly make. Mario
and Zelda have always been appropriate for all ages. That is to say
that they are inoffensive enough to be enjoyed by kids, and good
enough to be enjoyed by more picky adults. But these two series'
similarities end there, as far as demographics go. While anyone can
enjoy it, Mario has always been a predominantly kid-played title,
while Zelda is customarily enjoyed by an older audience. If Nintendo
releases Zelda the way it is, it will be perceived as a kid's title,
and hundreds of fans will immediately turn their backs on Nintendo.
you are anything like me, you have been fighting for years to
explain to closed-minded gamers that Nintendo makes games for
everyone, including teenagers and adults. All that hard work, and
much of the truth behind it, will disappear overnight when this
monstrosity of a title comes out. I have a friend who abandoned
Nintendo after the Super Nintendo, buying a PlayStation instead.
When I showed him some pictures of the video Nintendo released at
the previous Spaceworld, showing Link and Gannon battling in full,
beautifully detailed 3D, he said (paraphrased slightly), "Maybe
the GameCube is worth buying after all." After showing him the
latest cel-shaded graphics, he immediately changed his mind saying:
"I told you years ago that Nintendo was for kids."
I be writing this were it not for Nintendo's already kid-friendly
image? Absolutely not. The effect of cel-shading in Zelda on the
amount of fun you can have with the system as a whole is negligible.
There will still be more than enough great games for the GameCube to
justify a purchase, no matter what your age. But Nintendo has
basically just stuck up their middle finger at everyone over the age
of twelve and shouted, "We don't need you!"
do I suggest? Simple. Tell Nintendo how you feel. It may seem
sometimes like companies do not listen to what their customers have
to say, but we begged and pleaded for Metroid for years and
eventually Nintendo gave in and commissioned the game to be made.
This is no different. If Nintendo receives one thousand e-mails and
letters from one thousand different people begging them to change
Zelda back to the way it was, they cannot simply ignore such a
chances of us getting Nintendo to change what they have done are
very slim, especially considering how far along the game is reported
to be. But if there is any chance that we can save Nintendo from
themselves, isn't it worth five minutes of your time to take that
chance? Please, from one gamer to another, tell Nintendo what you
think about the new cel-shaded graphics in Zelda. Help reverse what
could be the worst business decision in the video game industry
since The Big N chose to stick with cartridges for the N64.
am not here to dictate anyone's opinion. If you like the new
graphics, go right ahead. But try and understand how disastrous this
could prove to be. Try and understand this cause.
you and goodnight.