Retro Gaming 00’s – The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess: (2006)


The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is probably one of the best action-adventure games made for the Nintendo Gamecube along with the Wii.  There have been many cool Zelda games in 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s but Twilight Princess was probably among the best in the series.  The plot for this title was unique because it included  some unexpected elements that made Twilight Princess interesting.  Some of the things about the plot for this game that was fascinating included Link having to save Hyrule from being overtaken by the Twilight Realm along with becoming a werewolf.  Along with the plot taking place centuries after Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask this title somewhat reflects aspects of both games.  Similar to Ocarina of Time Link has to rescue Zelda from Gannondorf just like the very first NES game and Link’s Awakening. This title also has a slightly darker theme than most of the other Zelda games similar to Majora’s Mask.


One of the few things that makes Twilight Princess a memorable title includes its creative soundtrack the blends perfectly with multiple stages & cutscenes in the game.  Twilight Princess features many awesome soundtracks such as Twilight, Gerudo Desert, Hidden Village and Midna’s Lament. The soundtrack of the Twilight Princess made the game appear like a cinematic movie with minimal audio.  The idea of the characters having no audio during dialogues was one of the things that stood out because it was among the many elements that made the Zelda series popular when it first started.  Adding audio to characters such as Link could have been hit or miss but the developers decided to go with the same formula that has been utilized in Zelda games for years and decided not to include audio.  Midna was probably the only exception when it came to dialogue since she spoke in her native language which is unknown to many people. There were many cool stages in this game including the Air, Desert, Ice and Water dungeons which were also very difficult for many people.  However, the designs for each level along with the BGM were terrific since it added more emotion to the game itself.


The enemies in Twilight Princess such as the Darknuts, Aeralfos, King Bulbin and Dangoro were not only frustrating at times but they were also tough to defeat.  As one  progress throughout the game they will see that their efforts were worth the trouble along with developing patience before they reach the final boss.  When players get towards the end they have to fight a possessed Zelda along with battling Ganondorf following the horseback battle which seemed very annoying at times.  This Zelda game was  among the best in terms of visual presentation and 3D gameplay especially when it was re-released in high definition early this year in March 2016.  Since its release Twilight Princess has sold over 8 million copies worldwide for being another masterpiece created by Nintendo.  Twilight Princess was also praised by various publications including IGN, GamePro and Electronic Gaming Monthly.  Receiving very high approval from any of those publications is astounding not mention receiving scores that were perfect or very close to it.  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was without a doubt one of the best action adventure games that Nintendo has produced during the 2000’s.  Some would argue that Twilight Princess was as great of a 3D title as Link to the Past was for a 2D Zelda game during the 90’s.  One thing that we all know for sure is that Twilight Princess is an instant classic that will be known as one of the best action adventure games to be released for both the Nintendo Gamecube and the Wii.

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