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Monday, March 30, 2009

Clarifying My Comments On Zelda

So, a few posters saw my Zelda comments, and one astute poster, bearing nothing but Nerd Rage and a Caps Lock key, declared the following:
WAT? IM GUESSING YOU NEVER PLAYED GAMECUBE OR WII ZELDAS THAT IS THE ONLY WAY YOU COULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS!!!!
Thank you, Anonymous. There is only one response when someone posts such a thought-provoking, deep comment:
WAT? YES I HAVE PLAYED GAMECUBE ZELDAS THAT IS WHY I SAY THIS!!111!! HOWEVER I HAVE NOT PLAYED TWILIGHT PRINCESS AND EVERYONE IS HOLDING THAT UP AS A GOOD EXAMPLE SO MAYBE IF I CONTINUE ENJOYING OCARINA I WILL PLAY IT!!!eleven!!
Maybe I need a little less punctuation, but I hope I get the point across. To me, Zelda is running into the same territory that Mario is entering: Where do we go from here? We've sent Mario into space. Where do we go next?

I have the solution to shake up Zelda, while still maintaining fidelity and continuity in the game world. I'll sum it up in one word: Steampunk.

OK, so it needs more clarification. Here's the layout of my multiple-pronged plan: Continue making games along the Twilight Princess timeline. Those will still be traditional Zelda games, with Link, the Triforce and Ganondorf doing whatever he does. However, it's leading somewhere this time around.

The next prong is a different timeline that we'll call "The Chronicles of Hyrule." It takes place in a place much like Victorian England with a new protagonist. Let's say he's a gentleman of society, an amateur adventurer. He reads about some interesting temple off somewhere, and decides to go investigate. It turns out that his land is on top of or parallel to the old land of Hyrule, and Ganondorf had been sealed away by Link. Ganondorf is using all of his strength to manipulate world events so that he gets freed.

The kicker? In the original timeline games, you play Link, and do the events that lead to Ganondorf being sealed away.

There are a couple reasons that this works. One, some of Zelda's gadgets already have a steampunk feel to them, like the hookshot. Two, this would provide the shakeup that Zelda needs while not throwing away all the history of the game world. Three, this creates a new franchise of sorts while still building on top of the old one and maintaining a link (no pun intended) to Nintendo's most popular franchise.

I love this idea, frankly. What do you guys think?