E3 was last week. For those of you that don’t know, E3 is the time when they show off all the new video games and hardware that they’re working on for the next year or 2 (or 3..). So, put simply, it’s a little drop of heaven. I was excited for this year’s E3 for a few reasons: They’d finally be showing off the Nintendo DS, and they’d be showing off videos/screenshots of games I’m very excited about: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Mario Tennis, Zelda: 4 Swords, the new Zelda for Gameboy Advance, and last, but not least, the sequel to Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Well, E3 week is over.. The DS proved to be pretty interesting, from all that I’ve seen and read.. and I’ll stand by my original statement: I’ll own one the instant they make a Zelda game for it. [I am Nintendo’s bitch]. Metroid Prime 2:Echoes looks very, very good… and makes me excited to replay through the first one again… though there’s a long line of games I still need to get through. Mario Tennis was a home favorite for the N64, and this new game is shaping up to be quite good as well. It looks as though each player might have some sort of special ability.. which could be kewl (or horribly distracting.) We shall see. Zelda: 4 Swords comes out June 7… 4 Player Zelda on the Gamecube w/ Gameboy Advances… It’s a beautiful thing.. I am most excited. Then there’s the new zelda for Gameboy Advance, called “The Minish Cap”. Apparently Link can now shrink down to the size of insects with the use of a magic hat. Sounds interesting. I’ll have to wait until 2005 to get my hands on it though… Just as well, as I still have both Oracle games (Seasons and Ages) to play through.
That leaves us with the final game, which they were calling Wind Waker 2. Now, you all know I’m a huge Zelda fan.. And some of you may recall that when they showed off the Gamecube for the first time [Spaceworld 2000], they had a tech demo showing Link fighting Gannondorf… and it was so beautiful I fell to my knees and thanked God for allowing me to live in such a magnificent time:
It was beautiful… certainly leaps and bounds above the last game, Majora’s Mask, which looked pretty good for its time, I thought:
Well, the next year, they showed off the actual Zelda game in development, and it was.. well, different:
After seeing the screenshots, I was.. well.. pissed. First I thought it was a joke.. then after E3, I realized it was not… and it took quite some time for me to decide that it wasn’t “teh suck”. Watching videos of the game being played showed off just how well the cel-shading graphics style worked, particularly for a storyline involving a young kid. Anyway, the game came out, and I really liked it, yada yada yada… And then they announced a sequel, and I was very excited. They said it’d be in the same style as Wind Waker, and I thought that made sense. While Zelda 2 was quite a bit different than the First Zelda (and I still don’t much care for Zelda 2), Majora’s Mask used the same engine as Ocarina of Time, and both of those games ruled. So too with Oracle of Ages and Seasons, which came out at the same time for the same system, and looked very similar… Anyway.. E3 comes, and games are being shown off, la la la… Tuesday night, I’m at the Pickwick with Joel and Mark VA, watching the end of a Tigers game that went into the 15th, and I get a call from Tuuk, saying that when I’m done, I must check out something at his house [My car was at his place]. So we (Joel, Mark and I) head back, and were treated to this:
I spent quite a bit of the rest of that week staring longingly at the pictures and watching the video… This game is going to rule. Now I have to wait until 2005 to play it… They say Spring.. which would rule.. We shall see.