I’m a long time Zelda fan, there isn’t a single video game series that I’ve played for as long or as consistently. I fell in love with OOT after avoiding the guards and coming across Zelda at the window of the palace, and since then I haven’t looked back. I’ve read a lot of criticism of Skyward Sword, but for me it’s probably the Zelda I’ve enjoyed most since OOT. The soundtrack is fantastic (I don’t know why so many people seem to hate it), and ok the story is rubbish but let’s face it we’re not playing Zelda for the storyline. I loved Link throwing himself off the island and being caught by his bird, I loved the feeling of flying and I loved so many little details in the game, like Beedle’s shop. The bugs were a bit of a disappointment, and so was Demise, but Zelda’s character was better than usual and not completely insipid and the recurring boss dude was really genuinely creepy. Twilight Princess might have looked darker than Skyward Sword but I found the boss in Skyward Sword more frightening.
This is also the only Zelda I’ve gone back to the next day and started replaying on hero mode. I don’t know, something about it just appealed to me. I also thought the motion control was really good and I’m losing patience with people whining about how much they hate it. It’s not perfect, no, but it pulls you into the game a damn sight more than pressing buttons on a controller. I liked a lot of the meta stuff in the game too, like the Acadamy celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the big deal they made about Link getting his traditional gear. I hope they do something different in the next game, but in terms of zelda-ish-ness this was pretty much perfect. So, well done Nintendo!