GOTY 2017 | Number 1 — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The hype was real for The Leg­end of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but no one could have seen just how inno­v­a­tive and rein­vig­o­rat­ing the game would end up. Nin­tendo had been play­ing it safe for too long with the Zelda series and vowed to go back to its roots for Breath of the Wild. The suc­cess they found with this new for­mula will likely go on to influ­ence the series going for­ward and likely the design of open world games in gen­eral. Many open world games rely on point­ing the player in the direc­tion they want them to go, for fear of them get­ting bored. Nin­tendo expertly solved the issue that other devel­op­ers didn’t even see here, by rid­ding the world of developer-laid icons and allow­ing the player to choose their own jour­ney. Stand­ing at the top of a tower, you might see some­thing that looks inter­est­ing and decide to inves­ti­gate. Nearly every time, you will be rewarded for your curios­ity with some­thing, even if it’s some­thing small. This is what sep­a­rates Breath of the Wild from other open world games. It allows play­ers to cre­ate their own sto­ries and explore the world at their own pace, while pack­ing every nook and cranny with fun things to find. Hours melted away while I was play­ing Breath of the Wild as I got lost in the gor­geous world. The Leg­end of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games ever made and eas­ily deserves the spot as the best game of 2017.

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Wednesday Night Stream | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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E3 2016 | A Narrative Journey Through ‘Breath of the Wild’

The foun­da­tion of the Leg­end of Zelda series was built upon explo­ration. Wan­der­ing the scenic hills of Hyrule in search of secrets has always been the thing that made the best games in the series so fun. Nin­tendo allowed me to explore the diverse lands of The Leg­end of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the E3 demo for quite a while, so instead of list­ing off the fea­tures I noticed in this breath­tak­ing, pun com­pletely intended, adven­ture game, I’m going to take you through the story of my explo­ration of Hyrule. Come join me as I stroll the the lands of Nintendo’s next epic.

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ESH | ‘Titan Souls’ Lands a Direct Hit

Walk­ing into each boss room in Titan Souls for the first time, I could expect the same pat­tern: Shoot with arrow, cue epic music, imme­di­ately dead. The rep­e­ti­tion of this series of events some­how always man­aged to pull a chuckle out of me for some rea­son. I would then pull myself together, go back to the entrance and the real Titan Souls would begin here.

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ESH | Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Impressions

Aside from what was implied by the hilar­i­ous com­mer­cial it received, I was not sure what to expect from the orig­i­nal Super Smash Bros. game when I first popped it into my N64. What I ended up with was an amaz­ing brawl­ing game that ended up as one of my favorite series of all time. Nat­u­rally, I was excited when Nin­tendo sent me, as a reg­u­lar plat­inum Club Nin­tendo mem­ber, a code to play the demo for the lat­est entry in the series early. The demo is very sparse, but it’s been enough to give me a taste and get me excited about a few new things in the game.

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ESH | “A Link Between Worlds” Gives Us the Best of Old and New

After releas­ing an amaz­ing re-skinned ver­sion of The Leg­end of Zelda: Oca­rina of Time for the 3DS, it was time for Nin­tendo to decide what to do next. On the one hand, they would really not like to start a rep­u­ta­tion of only re-releasing their old games, but on the other The Leg­end of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the best games ever made. In an effort to have their cake and eat it too, they ended up choos­ing both options and going with The Leg­end of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds as their next project. Shock­ingly, they were wildly suc­cess­ful at cre­at­ing a brand new game, that feels new in a num­ber of ways, that is at the same time very much A Link to the Past in nature.

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Ramblings | The Wii U Direct Emotional Roller-Coaster

Nin­tendo is one video game com­pany I can always count on to sur­prise me when I think I know every­thing they have to offer.  Just a few days ago, they posted one of their Nin­tendo Direct videos aimed at announce­ments for the Wii U.  Curi­ous as to what they could be announc­ing at this point, I decided to take a look.  What fol­lowed was one of the biggest emo­tional roller-coasters I’ve ever rid­den whilst watch­ing a stream­ing video.  Let’s go through each of the announce­ments one by one:

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