Alright, let’s state the obvious. We’re all Zelda fans here at this fine blog. The latest child that’s been born into our lovely little fan base for the Zelda series is none other than the now legendary Twilight Princess. Yes, it’s already legendary thanks to it’s enormous hype and even bigger fan base. It’s these two things that made this game happen.
So, how’d that all go? Well, Nayru only knows how long this game has been in production. But, reports say it’s been in development sometime during the end or middle of The Wind Waker’s production. Ever since those days…the days of ‘Cel-Da’, not many things have pleased fans. Naturally, Nintendo took a step forward and started to make Twilight Princess for us fans.
I’m done stating the obvious, friends. Twilight Princess has come just as fast as it left. That’s right, boys and girls. I’ve noticed recently that, throughout not only the Zelda Community but society itself, Twilight Princess is almost non-existent. Don’t all jump on me at once. I hate crowds.
Twilight Princess first appeared in our lovely world on November 19th, 2006. Let me tell you all (or trigger some memories for you people with an elephant’s memory) that the hype for this game was huge. It was huge ever since it was announced all the way back at E3 2004. It was unbelievable: fan sites made a section for it, covering it with as many screen shots as they could find, media websites made several different boxes for the game and tricked a ton of us into believing they were real, and retailers kept spitting out release dates for the game left and right. Twilight Princess had a huge presence online, in magazines and newspapers, and with it’s loyal fans.
So, when the day of reckoning finally came, November 19th, I noticed something strange. Almost startling if you will. Everyone knew the game was coming out, but I almost felt nothing. I scoured many forums the night before the 19th and I didn’t see much at all. I rarely saw a ‘Twilight Princess Hype Topic!’ or anything of the like. The online community of Zelda fans simply did not seem to care. Hmm. I wonder why? The answer has come before these tragic events:
When Twilight Princess was announced as a release game for the Wii.
My personal reasoning behind the hype dying down for Twilight Princess is due mostly in part to the coming of Nintendo’s new baby Wii. I think moral dropped when most people realized it’d be tough to get their hands on a Wii, more or less Twilight Princess. Everyone was sort of in a trance, too. I spoke with tons of people about this. I kept getting answers like “Well, I’m just going to wait until Wii is more available.” and the most popular “I’m waiting for the Gamecube version.”.
Naturally, the Wii version came out with the release of the console. Us Gamecube loyalists had to wait until December 13th (or December 12th for you lucky ones, like me) for the game. Even then, fans seemed more disgruntled than hyped for Twilight Princess. I, for one, was very upset that not only was the real version of the game (the Gamecube version) was delayed because of the Wii version, but that I had to wait for something that meant so much to me from when it was first announced. For me, I will always hold that against Nintendo. But, they are a company and their goal is to make money. I can’t blame them too much. Hey, it’s not my fault I’m a fan boy. Okay, yes it is. Sue me.
When Twilight Princess first hit, tons of reviews poured in for the game as well. Not only was the game praised for the usual reasons (it’s Zelda), it’s usage of the Wii Remote, Nintendo’s revolutionary controller, was really put to the test and passed with flying colors. This not only pissed off Zelda fans, but all the thousands of people who didn’t even have a Wii system.
Finally, the second day of reckoning came on December 13th, 2006, and Twilight Princess was released for the Gamecube. It seemed like a good holiday scheme for Nintendo. They must’ve thought: ‘Two versions of an incredibly hyped game for the holiday season on our brand new system and on our older, boxier system. Awesome.’ Well, judging by recent reports and sales figures, Twilight Princess did pretty damn well, but it wasn’t a blowout like Ocarina of Time, the game Twilight Princess is trying to beat in more ways than one.
So, can anyone really answer where all the hype went for the game? To the sales? Not entirely. To the fan base? Not quite yet. There are still tons of people either holding out for the Wii version of just too pissed off to even buy it. (I’ve met these unfortunate individuals). Also, I don’t really think all the reviews for the game helped the people who didn’t have it. All the fantastic notices it got not only online, but in magazines and newspapers, really must have aggravated fans more than keep them hyped for the game. I mean, after 2 and ½ years of waiting for a game, only to have it faltered by the coming of a new system really isn’t the best way to deal with fans.
There’s still a large chunk of people in the Zelda fan base who still haven’t gotten the game. Even now, I don’t feel much hype for the game around on websites. It’s kind of like “Okay, it’s here. It got great reviews. It’s fabulous. Next!”. I can safely say that I hate that. It’s such a grand Zelda game (I don’t know about best, though…) and it was kind of..blown off. It was almost expected of the game to get numerous awards and mentions. It’s kind of frightening, though:
If the hype for such a gigantic game as Twilight Princess be dwindled so quickly, what will become of the next installments?
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