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I just beat Zelda: The Wind Waker.

The game was true to the spirit of the previous games in the franchise. I will play it again, mostly for completionist reasons; I didn't finish all of the side quests, or even figure out a few of them.

Wind Waker is the future world of Ocarina of Time, and it contains numerous references to the previous adventure and the Hero of Time. As far as I know (not having played either of the GBA Zeldas), this is the first time that two Zeldas have had connected storylines. (I'm not counting Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, since the latter was originally meant to be published as a N64HDD add-on for the former, not as a sequel.)

To date I've played The Legend of Zelda, Adventure of Link, Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, The Ocarina of Time, and The Wind Waker. Of those episodes of the franchise, I have to pick Link to the Past as my personal favourite.

As a final note, either I'm getting better as a gamer or Wind Waker was easier than previous episodes. I can't remember dying once, and if I did I certainly didn't die twice. Contrast this with The Legend of Zelda where the player eventually comes to loath that little dying ditty, and Link to the Past where it happens often enough fighting the dungeon bosses or if one isn't careful in the overworld. At least it's not a consistent, new trend in Nintendo franchise games; I've died often enough in Metroid Prime.

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Yay, I'm glad your through it! I've never beaten a game in my life; I'm that pathetic, lol!

Though, I still have a long way to go before I'm every named a "gamer". I barely play twice a month!

I've rented FF X and I'm going to do my best on that, even if it is a bit... weird...

I generally don't play games to beat them -- I enjoy the playing more than the finishing. Wind Waker just didn't make it hard enough that I gave up playing at any point, and just by playing it one gets closer to finishing it. It has a very linear storyline, that way.

I can probably count on one or two hands the number of games I've beaten, but it would take a while to remember, as I generally don't keep count. :-)

My favourite game ever is The Legend of Mana on the Super Nintendo; I've never beat it, but it's great to just play through and it's tough where it should be to prevent just waltzing through to the end.

I finished Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, and am totally looking forward to playing the new Zelda... but it would mean acquiring a new game console so... that could be a while.

Wait long enough and it'll be nice and cheap. With the PS3 already being rumoured, it may not be that long of a wait for prices to come down.

By that time I may have had my fill and might be willing to lend it out, too...

I've never beaten a computer/console type game in my life, but then, I certainly don't consider myself a gamer nor do I particularly want to be one. All those hours put into it that could go into something else!

So you're not alone out there. ;)

To add to this I would like to say that I've recently beaten 'Enter the matrix'. A game which is not great but fun in the playablility/adventure department and really cool as an addition to the whole matrix genre.

The games that I've practically beaten to death are Civilization II (which I'm playing as we speak) and Starcraft, which Candy routinely pleads with me to play.

Dude, you need Soul Calibur II. Definitely.

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