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8. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Wii (2011)
Nintendo EAD 3

Now that the next installment of The Legend of Zelda has been announced, hopefully The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gets the love and credit it deserves (as the Zelda cycle states that the most recent Zelda game is given undue criticism while the Zelda before is loved in a brand new light). Skyward Sword is a more focused, back to basics entry to the franchise, offering a brand new look at combat and control while offering the best dungeons and boss battles in the entire series of legendary games. It also takes a more intimate look at the characters of Hyrule, giving us a Princess Zelda that wore the guise of childhood friend (or even more than that) instead of a stoic regal damsel in distress. Heck, Skyward Sword offered the best characterization (outside of perhaps Wind Waker Ganondorf) in the entire series (including... GROOSE!). There's so much that this game got right, with its fantastic art style and gameplay diversity... Skyward Sword separates itself from the rest of the franchise in the best ways possible. Kew kew kew...