|Six months and counting.
November 15th, 2005 was to be Zelda's greatest day. That was, until
August 4th, when Nintendo announced Twilight Princess would be delayed
for six months. While the wait should be worth it, it seems Nintendo
is not hyping the game as much as it should be. This may be true to
an extent, but I have a feeling in the end, this game isn't going
to need anymore hype once the truth about the nature of Twilight Princess
is revealed. The truth that Twilight Princess' ending is going to
rock the world of Zelda.
|If you remember the first trailer
for Twilight Princess (found here),
notice what the text says near the end. "But as the light fades...will
the hero rise again? Or will darkness reign?" The entire trailer
sent shockwaves around the community, mainly because of the return
to this mature look, or perhaps fans thought Zelda would finally be
taken seriously again. What I noticed was how the trailer conveyed
this world that was pretty bleak and Link was trying to fight off
what seemed to be a surplus of enemies. The trailer also played on
Ocarina of Time's trailer, which questioned if Link would succeed
or not in his new game. We all know that much of Ocarina of Time was
pretty bleak, with Ganondorf ruling Hyrule for the Adult segment.
Is this Link's fate in Twilight
|But such thoughts were cast
asunder in March 2005 when at the Game Developer's Conference, Eiji
Aonuma said the new Zelda would take place after The Wind Waker. Fans
were more concerned about how Hyrule would return in the new game,
and dismissed much thought about the potential for a bleak outcome
for the new Zelda game. However, over the next few months leading
up to E3, clues about this "twilight" were leaked out by
the creators, hinting that Hyrule was being taken over by some mysterious
force. At E3 2005, we finally saw this force unleashed and were introduced
to the Twilight Realm, a helpless and mourning Princess Zelda, and
inklings of Ganondorf possibly returning. However, the bombshell that
was dropped this time was where Twilight Princess now would take place;
decades after Ocarina of Time, and before The Wind Waker.
|How could this be? Didn't The
Wind Waker clearly state that after Ocarina of Time, the Hero of Time
vanished and Ganon came back? And because of this, the people were
helpless and the gods were forced to flood the land of Hyrule? How
could any game take place between these two games...especially if
Hyrule is flooded and no hero appeared? Unless, Twilight Princess
ended with the flood. But that still left the question of Link in
the new game. If he exists in it, and is our hero, how can he exist
if he's not mentioned in The Wind Waker's intro? Especially if Ganondorf
truly is in Twilight Princess?
I hope you are picking up on my drift. It's an unspoken horror
in the fan base, but I know the idea has been tossed around. And
I believe over the next few months, as Twilight Princess begins
to rebuild up its hype for its Q2 2006 release, fans are going to
begin to realize the undeniable and unbelievable truth.
Link is going to die in Twilight Princess, and Hyrule is going
to fall into ruin.
I do not know this as a fact. I may even be overdoing it. But if
everything holds true, there is going to be a very sad ending for
Twilight Princess. But do not just take my word for it. See what
Takumi Kawagoe said this month in Nintendo Power:
"Personally, I hope that Zelda will liven up and regain
her cheer by the end of the game, but I suspect that it may not
be in Hyrule's destiny this time around."
|Sure, Takumi Kawagoe is just
the person behind the Twilight Princess trailers. But who do you think
gives Takumi Kawagoe direction? Aonuma and Miyamoto. Aonuma admitted
the faults of The Wind Waker and vowed to not let them happen again.
He acknowledges that Link is much more mature, much more wild in this
game. He admits the game deals with more mature issues, and that romance
between Link and Zelda is considered. Ganondorf is going to be involved,
but Aonuma is being awfully quiet about just how involved he will
be. Aonuma knows what fans want. He's giving fans what they want.
Something to topple the great games, something to put Zelda ahead
of them without any doubt. Perhaps Aonuma has supplanting the Death
of Aeris in Final Fantasy VII in mind for his way to make Twilight
|Regardless if believe the hype
or not in this article, something needs to be made clear. Twilight
Princess is definitely darker than its predecessors, and it is obvious
this game is being catered to the older fans. If everything holds
true until the release date, we know Twilight Princess HAS to end
with something like the flooding of Hyrule, or at least something
not so "happy". With all the repetition in Zelda, it's time
the creators screwed with the fans common beliefs and actually shock
us for once. If you can, remember the first time you played Link's
Awakening. Remember how you felt when you beat that game, and saw
Koholint vanish. That's just a taste of what's coming in Twilight
The Wind Waker was supposed to evoke emotion in the players. Twilight
Princess is finally going to deliver on that promise. Zelda is about
to become very emotional, and I expect there will be a lot of teary
eyes by the time the credits roll. But it is something the series
needs. It's time for the series to grow up a bit, it's time for
Zelda to deliver a truly great story. If it must come at the price
of Link's life, so be it.
It's about time evil won in the happy world of Nintendo games.
|- Mike "TSA" Damiani
is the Senior Editor and Owner of The Hylia.