Tuesday, December 8, 2015

30th Anniversary Replay List

With the 25th Anniversary I decided to go through all Zelda games again, one way or another (see my replay posts). I had completed the original Four Swords for the first time in that year and I even went through the BS Zelda games again, so it was quite a year of playing Zelda for me. Now, the 30th Anniversary will be a thing next year and I'm already getting the feeling like I will play a lot of Zelda during this anniversary as well.

The following games I will replay for sure:

  • Oracle of Ages (3DS VC, Linked Hero's Quest)
  • Oracle of Seasons (3DS VC, Linked Hero's Quest)
  • The Wind Waker HD (2nd Quest)
  • Twilight Princess (new HD version)
  • Phantom Hourglass (Wii U VC)
  • Spirit Tracks (Wii U VC)
  • A Link Between Worlds (Hero Mode)

I've already started with Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, because I'm reviewing for ZeldaEurope how these two games are playing on the Wii U Virtual Console. Unlike last time I will play both of these games simultaneously. My original Nintendo DS copies are "full", both savegames done 100% with all Ship Parts and Train Carts collected, so I never would want to delete those. But with these new VC copies I have the necessary room for additional playthroughs.

I've already replayed A Link Between Worlds this year to prepare for Tri Force Heroes, but I still have to complete the Hero Mode there, which I will save for later. This includes going through all 50 StreetPass challenges again, but I enjoy the Dark Link fights a lot, even a lot more than the arena in Tri Force Heroes, sadly...

In 2013 the Oracle games were released on the 3DS Virtual Console and I used this as a project, where I get all 64 Rings from scratch again. I've even written my popular ring guide at the time. However, I started with two simultaneous Hero's Quests using the same GameID. I basically started a new game in both Ages and Seasons, where I could share the rings. The actual Linked Games I saved for later and it turns out that this will happen during the 30th Anniversary.

It's similar with The Wind Waker HD. I first played this, when it came out in 2013, I got all the figurines during the 1st quest, but I saved the 2nd Quest for later. I didn't have an HD TV at the time and I still don't have one yet, but I will get one next year and The Wind Waker HD will be one of the first games I play on it.

And with Twilight Princess HD I will sort of replay Twilight Princess by playing the new version. I've fully completed both the GameCube and Wii version of Twilight Princess twice and while I'm actually in the mood for the playing this game again, I don't feel like ever going back to the old copies. So, I have to admit that the timing of Twilight Princess HD is pretty nice for me, even though I still think that they should have saved this remake for the next generation.

As for the rest, on both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U I have a couple of unplayed or unfinished copies of Zelda games around, mostly for Virtual Console:

  • The Legend of Zelda (3DS & Wii U VC)
  • Zelda II - The Adventure of Link (3DS & Wii U VC)
  • A Link to the Past (Wii U VC)
  • Ocarina of Time (Wii U VC)
  • Ocarina of Time 3D (2nd copy)
  • Majora's Mask 3D (download version)
  • Tri Force Heroes (retail copy)

All of these could be potential targets for more replays. The NES classics I had fully beaten on the Wii VC the last time, so on either 3DS or Wii U it should be easier, since there I can use save states for a more comfortable experience. You can save right before the bosses or difficult parts.

It's a shame that the Wii U Virtual Console doesn't allow you to import your saves from the Wii Virtual Console, because otherwise I could already check most of the games there as "complete". But currently I haven't touched anything on the Wii U VC yet. I only got them, because you can get them for cheap and it looks nice to have some sort of collection.

A Link to the Past should go well alongside A Link Between Worlds, but I'm not sure about the Nintendo 64 Zelda games. I suspect that Majora's Mask will be released on the Wii U Virtual Console next year as well, so I have both empty copies of the original versions and the 3DS remakes. I probably will stick with the remakes though, since I don't have as much experience with them and because the play better.

Interestingly enough I do own two copies of all the 3DS Zelda games. I got two retail copies of Ocarina of Time 3D, because of the Anniversary Edition bundle, which got released later and featured a different cover for the game. I got both a retail copy and a download copy for A Link Between Worlds, Majora's Mask 3D and Tri Force Heroes. The retail copy of A Link Between Worlds is what I'm using for replaying, I originally played a download version. The download copy of Majora's Mask 3D came with the Special Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL and remains untouched so far. And I bought Tri Force Heroes in the eShop, when it came out, and later got a boxed review copy from Nintendo (which is very useful for testing the arena and the like). Now, with Tri Force Heroes you can always replay all levels anyway, but if I ever feel like starting over from scratch with all the costumes, I will use my retail copy. I even started collecting Friendly Tokens there, when I farmed them for my main game.

So, there's that. What games are still left?

  • Link's Awakening
  • Four Sword
  • Four Swords Adventures
  • The Minish Cap
  • Skyward Sword

Link's Awakening I usually replay once per year anyway, because it's a tradition and because you can quickly beat it in one sitting. I'm not sure about the Four Swords games, I probably won't play them on my own, but I might play them with other Zelda fans during ZeldaEurope fan meetings. They might also re-release Four Swords Anniversary Edition for free again, where I might install and play it on one of my other 3DS systems. The Minish Cap I've already completed last year on the Wii U Virtual Console and I don't feel like playing it again, unless they put it on the New Nintendo 3DS as well.

And then there's Skyward Sword, where I really would like to replay it, before Zelda U hits. Mainly because that way I would go through all 3D Zelda games again before the new one, but also because I haven't played this since fully completing both normal and Hero Mode, when the game was released back in 2011.

Of course this is also a question of time and other games might get in the way, especially Hyrule Warriors Legends might turn out to be quite time consuming again, while at the same time it basically counts as replaying Hyrule Warriors all over again. But I also wanted to check out the new Unreal Tournament next year, though I will try to set my focus on Zelda to honor the 30th Anniversary as much as possible. The next big anniversary will be in 10 years, since 35 years doesn't count as a special anniversary, so both Nintendo and Zelda fans should make this one count.


Eduardo Jencarelli said...

I'm swamped. I was already doing a replay of Twilight Princess prior to Nintendo announcing the new HD remake. Not only I have to finish the Wii version, but I also have scheduled to replay Skyward Sword next year in preparation for Zelda U. Then I'll have to play the HD Twilight version, since it's based on the Gamecube version, which I've never played.

Not only that, I'm currently heavily focused on Triforce Heroes (following A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds replay sessions). But playing this new 3DS entry made me nostalgic to replay both Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures. I actually feel eager to take another shot at Hero's Trial (using the hurricane spin plus sword beams would help).

Plus, I feel a burning desire to replay both NES Zeldas (especially Zelda II) and also Oracle of Seasons. No current desire to replay the DS Zeldas, the N64 entries or Wind Waker at the moment (finished Wind Waker HD's 2nd quest recently), but I'll have to do the Wii U version of Majora when it comes.

I miss the days when Zelda only had four games. Then again, I don't. Seriously, having 18 original titles to replay is a godsend. And I haven't even tried Hyrule Warriors as of yet.

TourianTourist said...

Hyrule Warriors is a massive time sink. I don't think I have played any other games last year, except for some Mario Kart 8 and a little Smash 4. But there's so much to do in Hyrule Warriors and it can be really addicting, so you would have to cancel all your replay plans, if you started this now...

Eduardo Jencarelli said...

Good to know. I'll have to play Hyrule Warriors in short bursts between the other games. It'll take a while, because I have every intention to at least do the full Skyward Sword playthrough prior to Zelda U, and that game is also a bit of a timesink.