I love when people get excited about all things gaming related. I love new hardware. I love new software. I love midnight releases where everyone is supremely jazzed about whatever game happens to be coming out.
All that being said, I find I have zero excitement for the Nintendo Switch or Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
I’ve loved Nintendo for most of my life. I wanted the original NES so badly that, back in the day, I was writing poetry about it and Super Mario Bros. 2. That NES changed my life. I still have it, and it still works and I am ever so grateful.
I missed out on all the Nintendo consoles between the NES and the GameCube, and even my GameCube I got four years after it released. I had so much fun with it, and it got me back into gaming after a lengthy hiatus.
I had wanted a Wii pretty badly but was one of those folks who could seemingly never track one down. I managed to get one very early one morning after a friend tipped me off that a local retailer was getting some in. That was two years after the Wii released.
I got my Wii U in early 2013, and even though I had been excited about it, it has easily been my least used console to date.
I’m not huge into gimmicks, but I do love that Nintendo is always willing to take chances. That’s something I could certainly implement more in my day to day life.
As for Zelda, brace yourselves folks, I’ve never played a Zelda game start to finish.
The closest I’ve come was playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on my 3DS, but somewhere about 75% of the way through, I had to put it aside for something, and just never went back. The sad part is that I was having an excellent time with it, and it’s been so long that now I’d be worried I wouldn’t remember where anything was or what I was doing. That “fear” has kept me from it for the past couple of years.
I’ve watched my partner play through both Ocarina of Time as well as Twilight Princess (and some of Skyward Sword), so I’ve seen those entries all the way through, but I’ve never controlled a Zelda experience from start to finish.
Logic tells me that I would normally be at least moderately excited for a new console launch as well as a new blockbuster release.
Somehow, I am not.
Perhaps it’s because I still feel a bit burned by the Wii U, but I don’t know if that’s it exactly. I still feel like Nintendo is focused more on slightly strange hardware and less on making a plethora of great games.
And maybe because of my lack of experience with the Zelda franchise, I am less than ecstatic? I honestly don’t know. I’m thrilled for everyone who is excited for both the Switch as well as Breath of the Wild, but I’m not feeling it first-hand.
With that I ask: how do you feel about the Switch releasing this week? How do you feel about Breath of the Wild? Will you be getting either? Both?
I have a feeling I will eventually pick up either or both, I just have no idea when. To those that are excited, I hope you have an excellent time come Friday!