If my gaming career has a core, something that all other games revolve around, that core is probably the Zelda franchise. While I don't just buy Nintendo consoles for Zelda, seeing that I usually buy Nintendo consoles far before Zelda is released, it certainly is a mammoth contributor. This isn't to say I've loved every Zelda installment, because I haven't. But let's just say that no game in the existence of gaming combines so many of the gameplay aspects that I love so well like Zelda does.
When I was a kid I could complete a game in one sitting no problem. I had the time and ability to shut my brain off for extended periods of time. Now I'm 27. For the last few years no single player experience has really grabbed my attention for that long (I say single player because I've been guilty of playing Day of Defeat and Torchlight 2 for over 4 hours online and with friends here and there), including Skyward Sword. If I can recall right, I'd say the longest contenders have been Dark Souls, Red Dead Redemption, and Knytt Underground; playing each of those games for 2-3 hours straight on a few occasions. Woah dude, big deal. Well, as a 27 year old with bills up the butt to pay, a full-time job and yes, other hobbies, that's a long time.
I'm saying all this because Zelda: A Link Between Worlds came out yesterday and I played it for 2 hours the first night then 6.5 hours the second night. This game is that good.