Zelda: Skyward Sword Complete

I finished playing through The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword the other day. The game and its ending were spectacular. It felt really rewarding to defeat the two final bosses (and immediately after single-handedly defeating an army) and ultimately beat the game. The final battle was amazing, and the ending video sequence was surprisingly lengthy and beautiful. I then set to work on any unfinished side quests, completing all but two that rapidly began to feel like non-fun wastes of my time. Temporary annoyance from those quests and the few frustrating parts of the game aside, after spending somewhere around 85 hours of mostly very-enjoyable saved playtime on this game, I decided myself finished with it and lent it to my niece to play through.

This leaves the only modern Zelda game I’ve not yet played all the way through: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I was thoroughly enjoying playing it when I got it shortly after it came out (I have 50 hours of saved playtime), but I wound up getting sidetracked by other life stuff. By the time I was finally ready to pick it back up again, I’d completely forgotten where I was in the game, what I was supposed to be doing at that point in the game, and just what the heck was going on in the game’s plot. I went back to doing other life stuff instead. Fortunately, I’m now motivated by beating Skyward Sword, and I can watch some random dude on YouTube play the game from the start all the way up to the point where I left off. It saves me from having to start the game over from scratch, and hopefully this dude is a faster player and will take a lot less than 50 hours to refresh my memory.

Maybe someday I’ll learn to love the 2-dimensional Zelda games, but Ocarina of Time, its console followups, and the DS Zelda games changed everything for me when it came to the series.

I’m coming for you next, Mario GalaxiesMario Galaxies 2, and the final level of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels—you’re the only main-series Mario games I’ve not yet conquered.

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