Should I buy Skyward Sword?

Link and I were never really the best of friends.

I know it may sound like a stupid question, but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for some time now. Should I, a person who has never purchased a console Zelda game before, go out and buy the newest Zelda game for Wii, a game that has been hailed as possibly the best game of all time?

You see, I’ve never really been a Zelda fan. My first Zelda game was Ocarina of Time, and that game left me lost and confused. Half the time I was wandering around trying to find out exactly where to go and what to do. The result? I gave up. And I have no interest in continuing again, because even if I did, I would still have no idea where to go; I’ve wandered off somewhere so far off course that there is no way for me to find out exactly where in the story I’m in.

But of course, Ocarina of Time wasn’t my only Zelda experience. I thoroughly enjoyed both of the more straightforward DS titles, as well as Minish Cap, which is still my favorite Zelda game. But all 3 of these games have one thing in common: they are all Toon Link games. It seems that I’m in love with Toon Link, and sadly, despite my persistent attempt to get ahold of every local GameStop around me, I cannot seem to find anymore copies of Wind Waker. Granted, if Skyward Sword was a Toon Link game, I would have picked it up in a snatch.

But Skyward Sword is not a Toon Link game.

I really don’t hate Zelda. Honestly, I don’t. I just find console Zelda games to be hard and frustrating. But Skyward Sword has been intriguing me since its announcement. You see, it’s not a traditional console Zelda game. It has pastel graphics. It has motion control. Link is right-handed. Could this Zelda game be just for me?

I’m still not exactly sure. Skyward Sword is rumored to be a lot easier and simpler than other console Zeldas, but it’s still a Zelda game. And that’s what worries me. For me, the word “Zelda” scares me away, just as the name “Final Fantasy” scares me away due to its turn-based RPG roots, even though not all of the games in the series are turn-based (I really do hate turn-based stuff). And going back to play the original Legend of Zelda and Zelda II reminds me of why I don’t have much taste towards Zelda: the games are crazy hard. Sure, Skyward Sword may be easier than the other Zelda games, but by just how much? The easiest Zelda game can still be one of the hardest games out there.

I don’t know. We all know that this Zelda is different, but is it different enough for me to dive right in and buy it launch day? Maybe not launch day; Super Mario 3D Land will keep me occupied. Then Christmas, maybe? Wait for the post-Wii sales at GameStop? It’s a hard decision for me, a decision that may have been a no-brainer for most Wii owners. But then again, I guess I’m not like most Wii owners. Zelda was never really my cup of tea.

Should I, or should I not? Skyward Sword is only one week away, and I have yet to decide whether or not Skyward Sword is for me. Perhaps only time will tell. On the other hand, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land will keep me occupied until Christmas.


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