Master Quest

Having never played The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time the first time around, the pre-order promotion for The Wind Waker is a boon. While I was initially put-off by the old school, low-poly graphics, I’m quickly finding out why this game is so highly regarded. If promotions like this are the start of a trend, in which older games are given away for free in conjunction with new releases, then I wholly welcome it. Nintendo has been especially good in satisfying the retro gamer’s urge for retro games lately. Hope it continues.

The new F-Zero game — speaking of Nintendo classics — is another highly anticipated title for me. The new trailer is a site to behold. It starts with the Nintendo and SEGA logos side by side, together at last. If that alone doesn’t excite the gamer in you, then I don’t know what will. I’ve mentioned before that this futuristic hover-car racing genre is one of my favourites; and F-Zero, being one of the genre’s great granddaddies, is looking like an absolute revelation.

On the XBox front, the Platinum Greatest Hits line of games should be available in stores now. Seeing as they are more than half the price of normal games, I might just go and pick up Project Gotham Racing and Rallisport Challenge. Virtually all the XBox launch titles will be available as platinum games… except for one. Yup, you guessed it: the most successful XBox title, Halo, is noticeably absent. The bastards sure do know when to milk it for all it’s worth.

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