Dammit, we want you to tell us stuff! Stuff like how you’d freshen up a stale series.
This isn’t some marketing survey or whatever. It’s an emotional investment in you. Yes, we’re interesting in knowing you, Kotaku reader person. You probably know enough about us — more than you even want to, we’re sure. But, hey, we’d like to know about you, too.
Anyway, here’s today’s question…
Which game series is in the most need of freshening up? And, more importantly, how would you go about reviving it?
Me? It’d be easy to say Sonic or Guitar Hero or any number of annualised sports franchises, but I don’t really care enough to revive them. They can die, for all I care.
But the Legend of Zelda, now that’s a series I did once care for. It’s a shame we haven’t seen a really good Zelda game since Majora’s Mask. Wind Waker was another rehash, as was Twilight Princess and all the GBA and DS versions in recent years. Sure, they’ve each come to the party with a curious gimmick (cel-shading, a boat, a wolf, a train, shrinking, etc) but the novelty wears off and you’re left having the same conversation all over again.
There’s a new Zelda coming to Wii. We don’t know much, but we do know it’ll take advantage of Motion Plus to greater effect than the Wii port of Twilight Princess managed to use the Wii-mote. I don’t think that’s enough. It’s another gimmick. The core structure of the game needs to change to rekindle my interest.
What if Nintendo pulled a Konami? Kojima tricked us into thinking Snake was the star of Metal Gear Solid 2, but really it was Raiden all along. What if you play as Link for the first half hour of the new Zelda, but for the rest of the game you’re actually playing as Zelda herself? Or Ganon? Or a chicken?
Who’s with me here?