The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has big shoes to fill â€“ but if the reviews so far are any indication, the game might need to purchase an even bigger pair of footwear. These reviews have been giving the game an average of 96%, and with the Wii launch just gone on Sunday in the US, Twilight Princess has seen an estimated 80% attachment rate with Wii system purchases. Originally slotted as a GameCube title back in 2004, it has slowly been turned into a dual release on both systems, with many questioning the viability of such as move.
The franchise returns to see Link travel to the mysterious Twilight Realm, where he is transformed into a wolf. Using the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk Controller gives an unparalleled gaming experience, whether youâ€™re using the motion controls to hack â€˜nâ€™ slash the bad guys, or reeling in that prize fish with a fishing pole. The team at Nintendo has tried to look past the glitz and glamour of the HD world and return back to the roots of yesteryear gaming, when the gameplay dictated the game experience.
With the decision to try and capture the ever-elusive market of â€˜potentialâ€™ gamers, weâ€™ve been peppered with images of grandmothers playing Wii Sports in their living rooms. But make no mistake about it - Twilight Princess is a gamerâ€™s game. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, released on the Nintendo 64, is to this day regarded by many critics to be the best game of all time â€“ and it looks like Twilight Princess may just go one step further.
â€¢ When Link travels to the Twilight Realm, he transforms into a wolf and must scour the land with the help of a mysterious girl named Midna.
â€¢ The Wii Remote and the Nunchuk controller are used for a variety of game activities, including fishing and special sword attacks.
â€¢ Players ride into battle against troops of foul creatures using an amazing horseback combat system, then take on massive bosses that must be seen to be believed.
â€¢ Many puzzles stand between Link and the fulfilment of his quest, so players must sharpen their wits as they hunt for weapons and items.
Of course, if you call yourself a gamer, youâ€™ve no doubt already read about all these features and more â€“ itâ€™s getting pretty hard to avoid hearing about Twilight Princess. Still, all of this hype is being generated for a reason: this game is looking like one of the best of 2006, if not the best â€“ so do yourself a favour and check this out when the Wii launches on December 7.
The Good: Zelda is finally here, well in a couple of weeks!
The Bad: Hey, no bad here!
The Ugly: Waiting for December 7th.