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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
by Nintendo   Review by Theo Nguyen
Posted on Monday, December 04, 2006
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Buy this game! It’s got the right mix of polish, fun, value, and broad appeal to make it an all around winner.
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Expectations don’t get much higher then they do for a new Zelda game on a new console, especially one as unique as the Wii. If you were expecting a fundamentally different Zelda game based on the unique opportunities of the Wii, you might be a little disappointed. If however you were expecting another excellent Zelda game that doesn’t stray far from the series’ conventions then you’ll be more then happy with Twilight Princess.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess like most of the installments in the series recounts the tale of a young boy who through a twist of fate becomes involved with a Princess named Zelda and tasked with saving the land of Hyrule. This time Link has to thwart calamity in the form of an encroaching darkness that is slowly pulling Hyrule into the twilight realm. To accomplish this goal you’ll delve into elemental temples, solve a myriad of cleverly designed puzzles, engage in exciting combat and traverse the shadow realm in the form of a blue eyed wolf. Its familiar territory, yet there are enough interesting twists to keep the game fresh for the 40 or so hours it’ll take to finish.

The Wii remote definitely changes the way Zelda plays, but not in so fundamental a way that it feels like an evolution beyond traditional adventure game standards. You’ll control Link’s movements with the analog stick on the nunchuk controller while the Wiimote acts as your sword. As such, swinging the Wiimote causes Link to attack, which sounds more immersive then it is since Link’s moves are canned and don’t resemble yours to any degree. Overall it works pretty well, and the fact that you can fire all the ranged weapons in the game by pointing the Wiimote feels quite intuitive.

Twilight Princess from an artistic standpoint is a beautiful game to look at. The vibrant land of Hyrule stands in stark contrast to the dark and very cool shadow realm. From a technical standpoint however, Twilight Princess isn’t quite as stunning as some of the other next gen titles currently out. Similarly while the music is as excellent as it’s ever been in the series, it lacks some of the orchestral umph that games like Final Fantasy XII possess, not to mention the voice acting.

Largely, these are split hairs. Taken as the sum of its parts The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, is another excellent game in an excellent series. It’s hard to fault it for not moving beyond its tried and true formula when that formula has produced so many good games. This is definitely a game that new Wii owners should think about picking up.

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