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On the Brink

November 1st, 2006 at 9:58 pm by lord-of-shadow

I wrote another article on a whim in about an hour tonight. It’s not my best, and it meanders a bit, but it’s a pretty short one, so go ahead and give it a read. It’s basically about the excitement that pevades the Zelda community and it’s fans before the release of every major Zelda game. So yes, it’s about Zelda this time ;)

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Can you feel it? That palpable sense of excitement, so thick in the air that you can almost reach out and caress it? I can practically taste it everywhere I look. I surround myself by Zelda, and I always have a hand on the lifeblood of the Zelda community, always feel it ebbing and flowing with the news and the release of new games. And right now the collective heart of not only Zelda fans but the gaming community as a whole is racing at breakneck speed.

This is an unprecedented time for Zelda fans. Never before has a Zelda game released with the launch of a console. Never before has said release coincided with the introduction of a revolutionary new control method, a new way to immerse us into the game experience. Right now, when people think of their first experiences with a 3D world, their thoughts tend to gravitate towards Super Mario 64, the first game that gave us a sense of an open, 3-dimensional world. This time, Zelda is in that position, the flagship game for a new dimension of control that I believe will be just as important to the growth of the industry as the introduction of 3D environments was ten years ago. In ten years, people will look back on this upcoming release (less then three weeks away, now) in the same way they look back on Super Mario 64 and the advent of 3D gaming: with memories of awe and excitement, overpowering nostalgia and the knowledge that gaming is where it is today because of the trail blazed by this game and this system. A new generation of young Nintendo and Zelda fans will wake up on Christmas morning this December, open their new Wiis and Zelda, and be transformed in the same way I and many of you were by your first Zelda games. I almost envy them the upcoming experience, because nobody can get as lost in a game as a kid.

Zelda is poised to take the gaming world by storm, riding on the wave of the Wii to alter the course of gaming forever, and I love it.

Am I perhaps giving Zelda too much of the credit that is rightfully owed to the Wii? Probably. Am I being overly dramatic? Hell yes. Am I being realistic? Only time will tell. But that is the feeling I have now, the same thing I feel coming from the heart of the Zelda community: This game will be amazing, it will be a success, and it will propel the Wii to heights that Nintendo has not dreamed of since the days of the mighty Super NES. It is hard not to get caught up in such excitement, and why shouldn’t I? One of the best parts of being a fan of something is that overwhelming sense of anticipation, that feeling that you are balanced on the edge of your seat, about to take the plunge into the world of Hyrule once more. That feeling that always comes before a new game in the series is released.

The first game I ever experienced such excitement for was Majora’s Mask, six years ago. A lifetime ago, it seems like. I was 12 years old, and it was going to be the first Zelda game I got at release. I had, at this point, finished Link’s Awakening, A Link to the Past, and Ocarina of Time, my three favorite games (and they’ve remained that way ever since, and probably always will), and the thought of a new Zelda game sent shivers down my spine. I preordered it online, from Amazon if my memory serves. I had already downloaded and listened to the complete soundtrack from Zeldapower.com, and I was as psyched for the experience as it’s possible for a person to be. It took almost a week for the game to arrive at my house, and I think it was the longest week of my life. I spent the entire time outside in my family’s hammock, enjoying the fall weather and reading while I watched the road, just waiting for that UPS truck to stop at the end of our driveway. It was a beautiful fall, if I recall correctly. And I do; that week spent out on that hammock is branded into my mind. Hah, I just remembered something I always thought was hilarious: Majora’s Mask was released on the same day as the Playsation 2, Nintendo’s defiant message that they could combat the PS2 with just Zelda.

Zoom forward a bit, and you’ll find me waiting for the Wind Waker. I preordered it online again, but this time I wasn’t willing to wait a week! I paid for 1-day mail, at some ungodly price. Once again, I was consumed with excitement, the feeling that a new Zelda game was coming and the future of the gaming industry was bright. Then my Dad told me that we were going on a two week vacation to Florida in the beginning of March. Right when the game was released. Oh, woe was me. I think I take it back, the week I spent waiting for Majora’s Mask wasn’t the worst week of my life… That vacation in Florida was much worse. I eased my pain by spending the entire two weeks, except when I was forced to go out to the beach, on Zelda forums. I think I got almost two thousand posts at Zelda Universe alone during that time, and something similar at Zelda Legends, solidifying my future as moderator and more at both of them.

And here we are again. Time has worked it’s horrors on me; I am no longer an excitable kid of twelve, or even of 15. My sense of excitement is more sluggish, harder to call up, and I will never be as excited for a game as I once was for Majora’s Mask. But it’s still there, and I am determined to enjoy it.

Savor this excitement, because in a scant month or two, we’ll all have finished the game. Hopefully we’ll all have loved it to death, and with any luck I and the other webmasters will be working our asses off trying to appease everyone who wants TP content. If there is one thing I have learned over time, it is that there is one terrible thing about a Zelda game’s release: The excitement, which has been boiling over for so long, keeping us on a Zelda-induced high, leaves us. It takes quite some time to get used to normality again, and the knowledge that we now have a few more years to go before the next big Zelda release. When I finished the Wind Waker, after a scant two weeks of purposefully drawing the game out longer so that it didn’t have to end, I was a very sad person. It is a bittersweet joy, to finish a new Zelda game, to face reality and know that the magical experience, however complete, is now over. And one I will have to taste once more, soon.

So for now, my friends and fellow fans: enjoy this time, and pay no overdue notice to the melancholy ramblings of this old fan.

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    interesting article.to bad I have to wait extra long to play TP :/ .

    I know exactly what you mean. There is nothing in the world to compare to a Zelda release. When I look back on all the things I’ve been waiting for this year, everything is diminished in the wake of Zelda. Although you won’t see me on any Zelda posts when it comes out, I’ll be afraid there will b e a spoiler before I beat it.

    18 MORE DAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    God do I know that feeling! I had to wait for WW like you did, and I have to wait for TP (and other wonderous games for the Wii) until Christmas… hopefully. Otherwise I have to wait until FEBURARY for my birthday. This winter is going to be the longest of my life.

    I have never really been so aware of Zelda launches. For MM, I was young but I think I knew about it beforehand. I never really knew about others, or was too young.

    Hopefully I can get my dad to drive me to the local GameCrazy and wait with me. Or maybe even get a pre-order (yeah right).

    Matt (IGN) got to play TP for 48 hours, just this week. He may still be playing it now, I don’t know when he started. I’m not sure if he’s beaten it or not, we can hope not :)

    Spoilers suck, agreed. Please, you guys, do…not…post…spoilers. Even if you have warnings. Just no.

    I never gotten a Zelda game or a console at launch. I was only a Zelda fan for three years and I know almost everything about Zelda!(Surprising isn’t it)I started out with Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time: Master Quest which came with my Gamecube(Which still works as good as new).

    come to think of it,I only remember getting really exited about getting OOT.ofcoarse,it was about 5 years after its release :) (or something like that).not that I dont get exited about getting zelda games (or any games for that matter),its just I actually remember waiting everyday to get it.though I agree,its hard to get really exited over a game once you get to a certain age.

    Totally. Every time TP got delayed, I spent about a day in my room. Zelda is worth that, and much more.

    I played my first Zelda game at age 11 and ever since I havent been able to get it out of my head *Not that I want to of course :-) *, every Zelda game so far be it on Handheld or Console has left me with the same child like feeling of excitement and anticipation. As much as I love Final Fantasy and its uber graphics nothing gets my blood pumping like a brand new Zelda game, dont you just love that new game smell?

    you say its so thick you could reach out and caresss it, I almost drown in it sometimes. Unfortunately its one of the few good launch games that didn’t get pushed to ‘07. Unfortunate meaning that there won’t be many, not that we get it sooner. It’s a good thing that its launch, I just wish MP3:C would launch with it.

    I played my first LoZ game when I was old enoough to hold a controller and push buttons (not to mention that it was the first LoZ that I was playing). I’ve looked forward to each release, but this time feels different… This feels like the wait that came before Oot, but much stronger, due to all the other pieces that are coming together. Here’s to the Dawn of a New Day in the Legend of Zelda world!

    I remember when I got OOT one Christmas. Technically it was everyone’s in the family, along with the N64 we got, but I got to open it and I was so happy. I was the first to play it, and raced against my two older brothers (who were just as Zelda-crazed then as I am now) to beat it first, which I did. :)

    I’m so very excited about TP, and this is the first time I’ve ever preordered any game; with Wind Waker, I just waited until the game was out long enough for the price to drop to $20. But I can’t stand to wait any longer than I have to for TP.

    Well… you could extend the period of anticipation and play the GC version first - that way you’d be starting in December :D Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how yu look at it!) I gotta wait until then anyway, the Wii is just a wee bit out of my budget…

    LJinx said:

    Well… you could extend the period of anticipation and play the GC version first - that way you’d be starting in December :D

    I thought the GC version came out on Nov.30. My aunt told me she preordered it for my birthday and that i’m going to get it on Nov.30.

    The Deku Master said:I thought the GC version came out on Nov.30. My aunt told me she preordered it for my birthday and that i’m going to get it on Nov.30.

    I wish :( .sadly the GCN version of TP wont be coming out until december…11th I think.if you preordered it you should still get it,im not sure when though (yeah,useless info,I know ;) ).

    The Deku Master said:

    LJinx said:

    Well… you could extend the period of anticipation and play the GC version first - that way you’d be starting in December :D

    I thought the GC version came out on Nov.30. My aunt told me she preordered it for my birthday and that i’m going to get it on Nov.30.

    they moved it to Dec. 13 I believe.

    Light Link 007 said:

    The Deku Master said:

    LJinx said:

    Well… you could extend the period of anticipation and play the GC version first - that way you’d be starting in December :D

    I thought the GC version came out on Nov.30. My aunt told me she preordered it for my birthday and that i’m going to get it on Nov.30.

    they moved it to Dec. 13 I believe.

    That’s correct.

    Ahh.. this is my first zelda release that Ive been with. I got the WW right after it got out, but didnt join the Zelda world untill after.
    I cant WAIT!!!!!!!!

    I remember getting LA at about the age of…probably seven. And I got the DX version in the same package (at christmas) as my first Game Boy (color)! My brother owned OOT, so I sometimes played that. I have also gotten every Zelda game, one way or another (not CD-i, and I beat Master Quest, so that dosn’t count) But, I have never known about any release date, at all! I got everything long after it was released. I found Zelda.com right before MC was added to it. But now I can’t wait for 36 (well, considering that the line might be really long and my stupid brother can’t be bothered to wait outside the store for TOO long, it might be 37…) *navi*in’ days for a single Zelda game!!!!!!!!! (I wonder when PH will come…) Well, people can change over very short amounts of time…Heh, I remember when nobody knew of the wolf…I think I sort of got wind of TP when it was still “The legend of Zelda (Tentative title)” but still after they had released the second trailer… but, I don’t really think that matters. Just think how people can change over a really short period of time!

    My fist zelda game was Majora’s mask. I had gotten that and Oot for Christmas. I was going to play Oot, but that was bought used, and it turned out to be broken! Luckily, I was sucked into Hyrule (or Termina) enough to buy a good copy of Ocarina of time and all the other Zelda games.

    Arg!!! Waiting for a new zelea game is like waiting for the New Years… except ten times worse. The only thing I’ve ever gotten at launch was my DS. Which reminds me…Ahh! I still need to save up 80 dollars!

    Prophet of Winds said: Which reminds me…Ahh! I still need to save up 80 dollars!

    for what :? ?

    Light Link 007 said:
    they moved it to Dec. 13 I believe.

    darn,I was off by 2 days :/ .who picks “13″ for a release date anyways? its such an…uneven number!

    ahhh i might not have enough money for the game when it comes out and ive waited so long! : [

    16 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great Lord Ephraim said:

    Prophet of Winds said: Which reminds me…Ahh! I still need to save up 80 dollars!

    for what :? ?

    Light Link 007 said:
    they moved it to Dec. 13 I believe.

    darn,I was off by 2 days :/ .who picks “13″ for a release date anyways? its such an…uneven number!

    o well,13 is my lucy number =p.anyways….how much is TP gonna be?$50?

    master of windwaker said:
    anyways….how much is TP gonna be?$50?

    I would guess 50 for GC.im not sure how expensive the Wii version will be though.

    The Wii version will be US$49.99. I would imagine that the GCN version is the same.

    Great Lord Ephraim said:

    Prophet of Winds said: Which reminds me…Ahh! I still need to save up 80 dollars!

    for what :? ?

    For the Wii and Twilight Princess

    I have no money left (Naruto is just that good ;_;) so I gotta wait until Christmas until I get the GCN version. What day is the thirteenth on any ways? I still can’t wait, I may not act it, but I really am exited over this. Once after all of the Christmas present are open, I’m grabbing all of my stuff, and rush into my room, and play TP until either hunger gets to me, or when my bladder is about to explode (whichever comes first, most likely hunger)

    I have to wait till’ X-mas to get Zelda for GCN

    I cant wait im getting it in a month and somedays