I have a confession to make: sometimes I can be a little slow when it comes to catching on to really awesome stories/franchises.
When it comes to gaming, this is even more so.
Having older siblings fight over an Atari so badly (and breaking it) caused such a stir in my family that by the time I came along, we had a rule that we wouldn't have a gaming console in the house. This may have been a good thing, but still, you have to admit that it's rough to be a kid wanting the latest system your friends have and nothing comes of it.
I was able to explore the arena of PC games instead and found some cool stories, but the first Xbox was my first console, purchased just before I left for college.
You don't want to play Halo with me. Trust me on this one.
This meant I never had a chance to really get most Playstation or Nintendo games, including The Legend of Zelda franchise. I never knew what the hype was about. I knew of the games, and I knew the character names, but I never saw a reason to look into it.
I was four when this thing started. I could've been a life-long fan!
I'm making up for lost time by playing my first Zelda experience with Twilight Princess (review to follow after I finish it - long game and I've been busy).
There's so much to love about this franchise: it has the epicness of Lord of the Rings but it's family friendly enough that my kids can enjoy it and not have nightmares. And when I go raid the pantry, they go and smite foes for me - now that's initiative!
What I can't believe is that there hasn't been a movie made of this franchise yet, and why not?
High Fantasy is hotter now that it ever has been. Countless fan films have been made, including this super-awesome April Fools trailer:
A CGI movie pitch for an animated adaptation of the Hyrule world was also released recently, which Nintendo shut down a while ago:
I can't put my finger on it, but what is it about this franchise that's stopping it from hitting the big screen? Could it be that Link's hat is a little off-putting? There's no storyline strong enough for it to exist outside a game? Who knows, and maybe there will be a time when we'll see a for-real trailer for this fantasy epic. I was slow to come around to its awesomeness, after all. Maybe I'm not the only one?
In other words, hurry up, Hollywood, and let them make an awesome movie, Nintendo. There's a lot of people waiting to say this to you:
Have you ever become a late fan of something that's been around for a while? Would you check out a Zelda movie? Play the games?
I'm David, and Ganon is a big green, monkey man, dude thing ...