November 20, 2011

Skyward Sword is here!

The fall rush is upon us and game after game is being released in a flurry for the consumer’s dollar. This is also a season of being thankful, and I would like to give my thanks to Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto for 25 wonderful years of Zelda titles. To commemorate this feat they have given their widely popular Wii a proper swan song in the form of the much anticipated Skyward Sword. I made sure I was up this morning to head to my local game shop to pick up my personal copy of the collector’s edition of The Legend of Zelda – Skyward Sword. Unlike what Kotaku received in the mail, mine was in pristine condition and would safely cradle this elaborate (for a Wii title) box home, so that it would not receive any imperfections. To start off this has some of the most beautiful packaging of this generation. I know collector’s editions come and go, but if you have the chance pick this up and just place on a shelf. The Mario 25th anniversary box was much better constructed and I wish they would have given this game the same treatment, but the art on the Mario box was subpar compared to Skyward Sword. The special edition Wii remote is a beautiful shade of gold, complete with Zelda emblem emblazoned on the front. The remote is nice but I must nitpick here, why are the rest of the buttons white? The strap is white as well, though I removed the awful rubber sleeve, it feels like they went cheap and spray painted a white motion plus remote. The other complaint I have is there is no matching nunchuck. Would it really have broken the bank to issue a $19.99 gold nunchuck? You can see from the pictures I have my red nunchuck attached to the controller and it degrades the effect and makes me a bit sad, maybe purchasing a black one in the near future in hope that it matches better. The package also included a CD of the 25th anniversary Orchestra special Nintendo put on out in Los Angeles. The CD is going on my Zune, my phone, and in the car. It is fantastic! I weep at the thought that I was unable to attend this historic event. To nitpick again though, examine the pictures and tell me what is wrong with the commemorative CD, I give you five seconds….. It’s packaged in the same case as the bloody game! Again the Mario packaging one ups (pun intended) the Zelda packaging. I was thrilled, when I opened the game, to find a proper instruction manual. So many games recently have been going “green” and skipping out on the classic manual, I for one miss them. Overall the package is a splendid way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of my favorite Nintendo franchise. The package only retails $20 over the normal $49.99 price, the remote would set you back more than that, and it’s quite the steal. Skyward Sword it’s self is destined to be one of the top games this year and critics are already saying it’s one of the best if not the best Zelda game. Could the Wii be destined to be remembered as much more than the happy, loving, casual game console of choice? Could this be the swan song of all swan songs? Will Link ever get the recognition he deserves? Find out in my review coming soon! Until then my un-boxing pictures are down in the gallery.

 

Skyward Sword unboxing

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3 comments

  1. thsoundman - November 24, 2011 8:28 pm

    I’ve not used my Wii much since i purchased it a couple years ago but I have to say this is probably the most fun I’ve had on the system since I got it. I’ve been playing it non stop since I picked it up. First game on the Wii that I’ve truly enjoyed.

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  2. ScrotusKilmystr - November 24, 2011 6:30 am

    Although this looks to be a great game and the LE is pretty nice I still can’t bring myself to buy a Wii just to save the princess….

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  3. Technomancer - November 21, 2011 4:03 pm

    On the one hand packages like these are really cool.
    But on the other, I already have way too much gaming crap cluttering up my place.
    Still, can’t argue with Zelda soundtrack I guess 😉

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