Guest Article: Wii U Satisfies My Burning Desire for More Nintendo

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A Guest Article by astrotriforce

I don’t know about you, but I find myself playing so-called “modern games” less and less these days. I don’t know if it’s because I’m just a huge Nintendo fanboy at heart or if it’s because I feel like nothing new quite lives up to the classics. Instead, I find myself replaying old games from my collection and not even touching most of the modern stuff. My Xbox 360? Collecting dust. My GameCube-compatible Wii, complete with its Virtual Console, and 3DS Virtual Console? That’s where it’s at.

I understand that I am probably the minority in this wide, wide world of Call of Duty-loving peoples, but I believe there is a growing segment of gamers who’ve gotten stuck beneath collapsing towers of crushing great game goodness and are still having trouble trying to dig their way out of the pile alive… much less getting to anything from this current generation. If you could see the stack of PS2 games I own that I still haven’t played, or my DS and GBA library… not to mention GameCube.

Somehow I keep going back to games like the Resident Evil Remake and Metroid Prime… And they never get old.

It’s not just the fact that these modern classics from last generation still demand my attention – there are other industry trends that I just do NOT fit into. And I think many a Nintendo gamer who grew up on Metroid, Mario and Zelda will be nodding their heads in agreement right along with me, even if they keep their mouths zipped in public lest they welcome a sound beating.

cod-blops2-10-14-5I don’t do multiplayer. War games? I’ve never played one. Call of Duty what? World of Warwho? Grand Theft Automobile? Battlefled? I do not speak this foreign language. Sandbox games… I’ve never played one. You want to know what else I haven’t played? Do you have your protective goggles on?

Mass Effect, anything post-Halo 1, Dragon Age, anything Elder Scrolls, anything post Ninja Gaiden Black, anything post Devil May Cry 1… and on and on it goes. I haven’t even played Final Fantasy XIII and I bought it TWICE. My backlog is mostly full of GameCube and PS2 titles though, much less Xbox 360 and PS3 games.

The sad part is that I own many of the games just listed (especially on Steam, where I own over 300 games…. and have installed three) I just never get around to actually playing them. Instead I play Final Fantasy VIII. AGAIN.

And you know what? I don’t care. I will keep playing Final Fantasy VIII over again because I keep quitting at the third disc and I MUST find out how the Squall-Rinoa love plot ends!

Customization? Why? I do not want to make my character, name my character, and play as this faceless stupid creation that my brain was forced to dream up just because the game said I had to and wants me to believe that my stupid creation is as good as something made by Tetsuya Nomura himself. No! I want to play as Squall and find out how he falls in love with Rinoa! DAMMIT! Why is that so hard to understand?

One of the industry trends that I hate most is the… elitist (for lack of a better word) tone that a lot of gaming media and people in the industry seem to have towards people of my slant. They believe the more customization the better, sandbox and open-world gaming are mana from Heaven, and online multiplayer is a requirement.

Who are they? Did they not play Ocarina of Time? Have they not bitten into the juicy, tasty morsel that is Final Fantasy IX? Must I tell them how to guide Link through the Dark World? If you tell me Zelda would be better as an online multiplayer game I’m gonna smack you upside the head so hard you won’t remember how to pronounce your own customized name.

What I’m getting at is this – Nintendo needs to continue being Nintendo… up to and including the Wii U. Pikmin 3? SIGN ME UP! There is a seemingly small, but actually large (see what I did just there?) group of loyal Nintendo gamers out there who want Donkey Kong Country-style gameplay. Who love Zelda and turn-based Final Fantasy. Who PREFER classic, tank-style, static camera angled Resident Evil games.

I’m in the minority in thinking games like Metroid: Other M are perfect compromises. It had just enough of that old-school flavor to be awesome in my book yet provide an interesting modern spin on the franchise. And I think Nintendo would be wise to keep going in that kind of direction.

Nintendo needs to continue to resist the temptation and the calls to add online co-op to Zelda or make Animal Crossing an MMO. There are certain traditions and old-styles of doing things that work perfectly fine in this day and age and remain awesome to a large group of gamers out there weaned on the love that Samus brings. Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Galaxy. These are the types of games that I will be buying a Wii U for. I already own an Xbox 360. I have, literally, no use for Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition or Assassin’s Creed III Wii U. That is what my Xbox 360/PS3/Xbox 720/PS4/PS Vita are for. Right?

Assassin’s Creed III? While it sounds awesome, I’m still stuck way back at Assassin’s Creed ONE. And that, my lovely friends of the new generation, is called being old.

As I get ready to celebrate my 28th year (hey I’m not THAT OLD) I’m finding myself increasingly out-of-step with the seeming “mainstream” of gamers out there and finding it harder and harder – impossible, actually – to catch up. In fact, I’m more excited by a myriad of Indie Games than I am by anything “first-person shooter,” from Borderlands to Modern Warfare to Battlefield to Crysis (though Metro: Last Light has my attention as do games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent; I’m a big survival horror fan). Most of the big, so-called AAA games of this day and age do absolutely nothing for me.

And this is why I believe the Wii U will be a raging success. The average person out there is not familiar with Black Ops II, and those who want it will be buying it on Xbox 360, PS3, PC or maybe… OnLive (eh? EH?). Those who will be standing in line to buy a Wii U know what they are getting. And I guarantee you that NO ONE will have Assassin’s Creed 3, Darksiders II, Black Ops II or Arkham City as the reason they are standing in line to pick up that shiny new NINTENDO console. They will be walking out with a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, or Nintendo Land.

Personally, I’m waiting for that 2D, side-scrolling Metroid game that tops Super Metroid with a hand-painted art-style or innovative graphical look a la Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Grand Theft Auto V can keep their pimps and hoes. All I need is my Samus to satisfy my burning desire.

This article was a guest submission by “astrotriforce,” who runs a blog called Watch Us Play Games. Find out more about how to submit your own articles for our “Countdown to Wii U” series by clicking here.

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  • Brian B-Man Pilon

    Well shit that was beautiful. You took the words right out of me, I’m 24 and feel this exact same way. I’m typing this as I have the Xenoblade title screen playing in front of me. I have 2 Wii’s, one with Homebrew and all my classic favorite games, and one for my huge Wii game collection. I have a 3DS and 3DS XL filled with eshop classics and virtual console games. I have so many games to get through, both classic and new, I have no shortage of Nintendo awesomeness. I am so disconnected from the gamers of today, I don’t play Xbox or PS3, yet I still have Guitar Hero 2 and Budokai 3 on PS2. First person shooters do nothing for me, I’m not interested in melodramatic war games. Thank you for this article, it’s great to know you’re not alone!

    • Josh

      thanks for the kind words man! I do play new games as well, but even when I have them as an option, I almost always select a classic game over the new one…. I bought Xenoblade Chronicles but didn’t play it and then sold it off to get some cash since I’m unemployed. Definitely plan on buying it back when I can and playing through it! Right now I’ve been playing all the classic Resident Evil games. I just finished Code Veronica for the first time and now I’m playing through RE:0! You can hear my podcasts of me playing them on my website watchusplaygames dot com.

  • crackkat

    bro im an example of someone picking up the wii u for Assassin’s Creed 3 despite having a 360, its cos i love teh gamepad so much

    • Josh

      Hahahaha. Well I stand corrected! Actually what I said was more tongue-in-cheek. The point was, there are VERY few people who haven’t already played these games. Now I may actually buy them, considering I haven’t played them on other consoles. But most people have and I think very few of them will be willing to buy the game again on Wii U. Maybe they’ll wait for the price to drop and then do so. Despite what I said, Arkham City – Armored looks awesome with the GamePad. Even so, I think the amount of people who’ll buy it at launch or want a Wii U just because of it is a very small sliver.

  • Carlos Guerrero Landestoy

    You and I are in perfect sync.

    • Josh

      Glad to hear it! :D Btw I’m also of Hispanic decent. :D Though my grandfather is the only one who actually spoke Spanish and he passed away last year.

  • Zach Jackson

    While I can appreciate your disdain for these modern games with “presentation over gameplay” mentalities, Nintendo is admittedly just as guilty, despite having a different facade. Just because Nintendo commonly refuses, both past and present, to use cutting edge, realistic graphics or voice acting, they still pay a great deal of attention to their stylized graphics and storytelling, whatever their quality may be. They’ve gotten into the habit of slapping a historically well-recieved franchise name on a game and watching it succeed with little effort. Don’t get me wrong, Nintendo is great and I play their classic games before anything modern as well, but they are not without flaw. Nintendo arguably started the modern gaming era, and since they did so successfully, they continue to build games around their initial ideas of game design. Modern games frequently abuse technology so they are aesthetically pleasing to players, but we’re getting to the point where presentation can only get so much better, and attention to mechanics and innovation will be what succeeds. This is where Nintendo has the right idea with the Wii U: it’s graphics are nothing revolutionary, but are enough to please graphics whores while also encouraging real, concrete game design with its controller. So, in my opinion, what Nintendo needs to do to win over the hearts of everyone is continue resisting popular, modern gaming trends, cease to imitate their past achievements, and truly use the gamepad to start a new era of GAME focused gaming, rather than aesthetic pleasure, which 99% of the gaming industry is guilting of abusing.

    • Josh

      I believe Nintendo, even to this day, creates quality that is virtually unparalleled and innovates in ways that no one else would dare try. Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Yoshi’s Touch & Go, WarioWare, Pikmin, Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Yoshi Topsy Turvey, Kirby’s Tilt & Tumble, Pokemon Pinball, Mario & Donkey Kong, Metroid Prime… I think I actually agree with you, they just innovate in a different way that is more akin to game design “of old”. But those games are just as great as, say, Grand Theft Auto IV or Skyrim. Just great in a less… HUGE way I guess. I do think Nintendo NEEDS to officially delve into the new generation. Despite what I said above, a Pokemon MMO for example would be INSANE. And Nintendo is insane for not doing it. Even if they had to put it out on PC. I wish Nintendo would make an MMO where you could explore the worlds of Hyrule, Mushroom Kingdom, Mute City, Pokemon, etc. and I don’t even play MMO’s. I’d much prefer that over “Nintendo Land”, despite the fact that I’ll surely enjoy Nintendo Land. But I’d also love to see a fully voiced Zelda game with insane CG cutscenes, kinda like Metroid: Other M. I think Nintendo needs to continue satisfying it’s fans, like you said, while trying out new more modern ideas at the same time. I’d love to see a Zelda game with an insane, buff, Gears of War/God of War-style Link for example. Making Metroid Prime play like Call of Duty is NOT the road to go, but taking advantage of advanced graphics capabilities to publish another Eternal Darkness-style game, even if they aren’t the developer, IS what they should strive for with Wii U. While at the same time publishing another kiddy-style Zelda. There is no reason they can’t do both…. kinda like how they’ve gone in two tracks with NSMB and the standard series.

      • Zach Jackson

        I totally agree, Nintendo has put out there some of the most innovative games of the past couple decades and I love them for it. I do think it wouldn’t hurt to get with the times too, but I don’t want to see them go overboard either. Things like a Pokemon MMO would be freaking amazing, but things like Nintendo Land have me just as excited. Nintendo Land isn’t a visual splendor, but I played demos of the of the game, and it is so much fun, and that is the kind of stuff I love from Nintendo. I personally could care less about voice acting and pretty cutscenes, since they aren’t really what I go to games for. Sure they’re nice, but I don’t need all that extra stuff to get in the way of their games. All I mean to say is, I love Nintendo more for their games than for their style…if that makes any sense at all.

        • Josh

          Totally makes sense. I love me some CG cutscenes though, such a great reward and one of the reasons why I love FF’s VII-X (yet to play XIII, never finished XII). Nintendo Land to me, granted I haven’t played it, seems like one of the bad aspects of Nintendo. They often times focus too much on mini-games, and this is essentially a prettied up mini-game collection. It worked well with Wii Sports, but it also kicked off this whole “genre” where every other company and their mother was created mini-game collections that completely stagnated the Wii. I hope that Nintendo Land doesn’t lead to the same thing with Wii U…. I think they need to actively work to avoid that kind of thing from happening, even if they need to deny certain games from being released. Even if sales of Carnival Games were extremely high. Maybe let one of two through, but stagnation is a big worry.

          • Zach Jackson

            Sure Nintendo Land is a mini-game collection, but it’s also a celebration of all Nintendo has accomplished over the years with its franchises. And the great thing about mini-games is that their design has to be so much more concrete since they’re much smaller, and for that they’ll also be much more replayable.

  • jmc8888

    Or you can want to play them all.

    As a 34 year old gamer from Apple II/Atari all the way up to now I say bring on the innovation.

    We have classics, more classic style will be done, as well as innovation and new genres. My gaming experience has always been expanding, and personally I hope it always does. I didn’t want to be stuck with Apple II, nor C64, nor Amiga, or Nes/sms, nor snes/genesis, nor Sega CD, nor Saturn, nor N64, nor PC, Playstation’s, xboxs, etc.

    Give me tabletop holographic gaming ala Robotech cartoon’s arcade. Give me whole room holograms via Star Trek: TNG. Hell I’d settle for some simple VR we were promised 20 years ago, that at least John Carmack at iD is looking at.

    I love online shooters, even though those that make them are a**hats. But also give me my Sim City, Civ, Mario, etc.

    Nintendo will be Nintendo, but the Wii U will be Nintendo with HD graphics and the ability to put out FPS online shooters and other games that only could be done on 360/ps3/pc. Wii U won’t be excluded from the other titles like it was this generation…or have special made ones that well sucked.

    I see that as a good thing that the Wii U will able to do this. Because the more people like and accept the Wii U as an acceptable alternative, the better Nintendo will be, and capable of continuing on with it’s own flavor.

    Nintendo’s bread and butter isn’t going away with the Wii U, it is expanding once again not just to include Nintendo fans and casual fans, but now also bringing back the hardcore fans. Nintendo will now cater to everybody that wants to game, and with it can sell even more games, and live on to fight (put out yet more consoles down the line) and give us all the games we want.

    But to each his own. Game how you like. If people don’t like FPS, don’t play them. If people don’t like platformers, don’t play them. But the beauty of the Wii U is that it will be able to put out games in ALL the genres, with or without motion controls, and have the 2nd screen functionality.

    It won’t be as advanced as the PS4/720, but those won’t be that much more powerful. 4-8gb ram simply doesn’t deliver much more than 1-2 gb’s. Going from very high to ultra style textures sucks up most of that increase. None of the consoles will beat a moderately priced PC system with a GTX 670 or higher. But with the tech that is out there, whether it’s the Wii U, 720, PS4, or PC, each of the platforms will be able to provide all the genres and versions as the other ones. It’s not going to be next gen vs last gen with motion controls like the Wii versus 360/ps3. Which funny enough sold more.

    • Josh

      To be honest, my rant was more of just the “hook” of this article. Having said that, it still rings true. Right now I am playing Resident Evil 0, and I just got done playing Code Veronica, RE3, RE2, and RE: Remake. Just as recently I played Super Metroid. I started Witcher 2 but didn’t get close to finishing it before I got sidetracked. And, as mentioned, I started playing Final Fantasy VIII, AGAIN, despite the fact that I have RE6 sitting on my shelf unopened alongside a sealed copy of Final Fantasy XIII. I do love the new generation and I do not pan them. But the truth is that i often will willingly choose to play retro instead of play new. Right now I’ve been on a mission to beat the original Super Mario Bros. using the Fire Flower without getting hit once (I’ve gotten to level 7-3…. damn fish killed me. >_< DAMMIT!)… granted I am doing so on my 3DS. But instead of playing one of the 900+ games I own, I am instead playing SMB1! I could be playing anything else, and what do I play? SMB1! The only logical explanation is that retro games have my heart. I will slowly but surely play all the Assassin's Creed games, all the God of War games (none of which I've played), and other new series I haven't touched like Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc. Not to mention MMO's…. And I will buy all the new systems. Even so, I am sure that ten years from now, I'll still be playing Fear Effect (PS1) instead of Halo 8….. And I'll love it. But you make a good point, and I am the same way. It's just that I rarely seem to actually play the new games, as much as I want to… and going back to the old ones.

  • hylainsword

    i agree 100% on everything you said im 13 and would much more enjoy games like a link to the past and mario 3 then some boring and repetitive cod

    • Josh

      *bows head* You precious, precious little boy. :P That’s really awesome to hear. I actually know a 14 year old girl I met on a website called “Backloggery”. She plays EVERYTHING classic and EVERYTHING new. It blows my mind. I didn’t know her age until later on, and I was always impressed at all the games she was going through. Of course, she does so using an emulator (which to me is the height of blasphemy) which makes things easier cause she just downloads whatever she wants, hears about, reads about or someone tells her about, but even so it gives me hope for the new generation! And having said that, I don’t think Call of Duty is bad. I’m sure I’ll enjoy them whenever I get to playing them. But they in NO WAY will EVER replace Final Fantasy or Metroid or, as someone above pointed out, Contra. I do enjoy the new experiences when I play them, but there are so many classics that are just as deserving. And I really hope all the youngins of your generation experience them. I always love to read your opinions from the new generation. It blows my mind that there are young kids who didn’t grow up in the 80s playing NES, SNES and Game Boy. You don’t realize how quickly time really does go by until it happens to you. lol. But keep up playing games like A Link to the Past! The great thing is that those glory years still hold up extremely well, unlike many of the early PS1 3D games many of which are hard to stomach today. But games like Super Mario Bros. 3 and Yoshi’s Island play just as great today as ever and still look and play phenomenally. You’ll enjoy them for sure!

  • Thomas Coffman

    Count me in with this camp too. There are some modern games I legitimately enjoy — God of War, Assassin’s Creed, Catherine, and several others — but I’m finding it more fun to go back at the older stuff. Or to go back to these long running series and see what they’ve offered and I never gave a fair shot. FPS, RTS, MMO…just not my thing, and that’s fine too. There’s a lot of gaming to experience, and not all of it’s just with today’s most popular games.

    • Josh

      Oh yeah man, it’s not like I’m against modern games. But having said that, there actually ARE very few that I have played. :( Sadly. One of the few that I did was Dante’s Inferno, and I absolutely loved it. Another modern game I’m dying to play is Alice: Madness Returns. But almost all of the big, AAA games that everyone loves, I haven’t touched. i.e. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Elder Scrolls, Demon’s Souls…. A lot of the games I’ve bought on Steam however are in genres that I don’t play, or series I missed like GTA, Bioshock, STALKER, etc.. So like you, I really want to try them out some day and maybe I’ll enjoy them. I’m dying to try an MMO, I’m pretty sure I’d love it if I tried it. I really want to play FFXI before they get rid of it. And WoW, Lord of the Rings: Online, Star Wars: Old Republic, Tera and that winged one where you can fly (forget the name), oh and that new one about the legends, where you can play as illuminiti and such, Secret World, also looks interesting. But no matter how interesting all of this is, I’m always reminded that I still haven’t played, for example: Devil May Cry 2 and 3. I still haven’t played Batman: Arkham Asylum. I still haven’t played Halo 2 and onward. And then I remember that I also haven’t played my copies of Alundra, Legend of Dragoon, Legend of Legaia, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Martian Gothic, Fear Effect 2, or finished Final Fantasy VIII…… and on it goes…….. To this day I haven’t played Luigi’s Mansion and I really want to do that before Dark Moon hits. I also love Silent Hill but have only played the 2nd despite owning both 3 and 1 (PS1 copy)…. I always tell myself I’m going to “really” dive into them and just blaze through all these games. But somehow it never happens. Although I DID just beat Code Veronica (played on an ACTUAL Dreamcast) for the first time, so maybe things are looking up considering I’ve wanted to beat that game for some odd 12 years. :P

  • sidescroller

    ALL HELL!! this is the BEST article ever!!!!!!! i agree with you 1000% i hate these modern games. i have a ps3 but hardly turn it on unless playing RATCHET AN CLANK series or GT5 even with GT5 i hardly play that game it sucks. but if nintendo can bring back SNES games mainly
    those 14 line-up would BLOW ps4 out of the water by a landslide.

    • Josh

      EPIC list there! Will there ever be a game as great as Contra III or even Contra 1? NO!

  • Oziel

    You are a true Gamer my friend xD

    • Josh

      Hahaha, thanks man! :D

  • old school gamer

    how did sony get stuck on FPS,RTS, MMO type games in the first place?? lot of old school gamers would LOVE!!! to play video games again including me @ 54 agreed what “SIDESCROLLER” said bring back what made video games popular and fun. not this zombie shee-it, call of duty crap, god of war crap,battlefront crap,halo crap,socom crap, open world need for speed crap. criterion games destroying NEED FOR SPEED with auto-log crap.
    my ps3 sit’s collecting dust.

    • Josh

      Good to know there is someone like me out there! Bring on more 2D Metroid!!!!!

  • Gano

    Yeah I’m in this group two, however I do play Modern Warfare as well, but I way prefer playing classic style games. Modern Warfares single player campaigns are a joke and for that reason I would give them all very average reviews, but the seemingly endless number of people who just want to shoot each other over and over again in Multiplayer don’t even notice. My interest in Shooters is waning but the part of me into Goldeneye gives the occasional shooter a crack.

    Like you I’m also stuck playing Final Fantasy VII, VIII, Zelda (every 3D one and DS one), Mario games from all eras, Pikmin games, Metroid games, Star Fox, Res Evil and the list goes on.For those stuck on the old Final Fantasy games, Xenoblade Chronicles is probably the best thing to happen this generation.As far as my 360 goes the only game I want to return to again and again is Lost Planet 2. It appeals to my old school Contra loving, boss battle, secret location adventure, coop gaming needs. For me the best game on the Xbox 360 was Lost Planet 2 and it is considered a failure:(

    • Josh

      Nice man we seem to have A LOT in common! :D I love this line, “For me the best game on the Xbox 360 was Lost Planet 2 and it is considered a failure:(” Hahaha. Isn’t that funny how that is? I think it just proves how everyone has different tastes. But i do think people in our camp our a growing minority. I’d love to play all the new games, yet I still want to play through Alundra one of these days… and I never did crack into my Arc the Lad Collection despite owning it! >_<

  • zdog

    Dude, its like we’re living the same life somewhere seperate, right down to only wanting to play FFVIII over and over again! Thanks for the guest article.

    • Josh

      LOL! I am honestly pleasantly surprised at how many people are echoing my sentiments. I thought I was the only one! Thanks for your comment and for the kind words! ^_^

  • Aaron Laye

    I love you. Just have to say that. Also, I highly agree on a new Super Metroid styled game. My major problem with Other M is the lack of exploration. Super Metroid is a small game admittingly (fastest run is an hour 17 minutes!) but it’s HUGE at the same time. So much to find and there’s secrets around every corner. It was my first video game and amoung the very best in my opinion.

    • Josh

      Hahaha. Aww. I love you too man! :P I couldn’t agree more. Even with Super Metroid’s relatively small “size”, and given that I know everything like the back of my hand, it still remains one of the greatest games ever, never ceasing to be fun to play through. I agree it is massive, but in that “oldschool” way and not “Oblivion/Skyrim” way. Those games are TOO massive to the point where it doesn’t feel slick, like Super Metroid…

  • oldschool gamer

    jmc8888 mention holographic games im like SAY WHAT’D???? i would love a yugioh holographic game TIME TO DUAL!!!

  • oldschool gamer

    @ josh
    is this your article?? or u like to comment alot??

    • Josh

      lol. Yes it’s my article. :P Why else would someone go reply to everyone’s comments. :P

      • old school gamer

        did not know, dont see ur name on top of article only “astrotriforce” my mistake.

  • old school gamer

    josh, by any chance on GOD green earth would you know e-mail address to reggie fil-ames or to iwata?? its good to talk about memorylane of old school games. but for me im a guy who want to try to put these games in motion can you help a gamer out????

  • pjsmoulder

    You made be laugh out loud with, “If you tell me Zelda would be better as an online multiplayer game I’m gonna smack you upside the head so hard you won’t remember how to pronounce your own customized name”.

    Great article. I too play mostly older games from my collection. Although I do play FPS’s, online games etc, they’re not in any way a prerequisite for me to enjoy something. The multiplayer in Goldeneye was a last minute decision and was sort of tacked on, but that turned out pretty well. The most fun I’ve had playing multiplayer is in my friend’s living room, playing frisbee golf on Wii Sports Resort, and I couldn’t imagine how an online shooter could match that for sheer fun.

    Ultimately, it’s Zelda all the way for me. LttP is probably the reason I’m a gamer at all, and I keep playing all the games from the series, regardless of the new titles that come out.