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Cel or Zelda
If you haven't seen Nintendo's Web site recently, the company put a poll up the other week that asked its visitors what they wanted to see in the next Zelda game, and the choices were "a somewhat realistic game, a not so realistic game, and just give me a new Zelda game." The results of this poll weren't exactly surprising seeing as how so many people expressed their disdain for the look of the new Zelda game for the GameCube, which features a cel-shaded, lacking-in-detail Link. To those disgruntled over the look of the new Link, I don't get it.
Wait, maybe I do.
There seem to be three camps of thought, one of which completely dwells in the realm of GameCube "fanboyism," while the others are based more on technical reasoning. That first camp can be seen on message boards, in stores, and in arcades, constantly defending the GameCube against all who would attempt to point out any possible inadequacies it might have or say that it might be a baby's toy. So when the GameCube version of Zelda was shown, these people felt as though Miyamoto himself jabbed a dagger into their backs. The new Zelda game looked undoubtedly "kiddie," making it impossible for them to defend their system against others when the evidence was so clear.
Auto Modellista has a cool cel-shaded look.
Do you prefer this kind of Link instead?
In any case, all of this talk on how "different" it looks seems almost irrelevant, considering no one outside of Nintendo actually knows what it plays like. And unless they hand the development of the game over to the same people responsible for the horrendous CD-I Zelda games, I don't think any of us will have anything to complain about, at least in terms of gameplay.
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