I've been playing through some of the past mainline Zelda games to get ready for the Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild on March 3rd, and this weekend I finally finished Twilight Princess. I actually started playing it back when it first came out, got through a tough escort mission, and when loading my save game accidentally erased my file... so I stopped playing for years. I tried again after that and just couldn't get into it, only made it to the Water Temple that time. But Breath of the Wild has captured my interest unlike any other Zelda has save for maybe Wind Waker (my current favorite Zelda game), so I used a guide and pushed through till the end.

I enjoyed it a lot but was really surprised by how dark and grim the story gets! Having only played through Wind Waker and Link's Awakening before, with bits of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask mixed in, I'm much more used to the lighthearted, whimsical mischief tone those games had (though I know Marjora's Mask is pretty twisted too) so I was caught off guard by Twilight Princess' more violent, morbid story beats. But I still enjoyed it and I wouldn't mind another game featuring Midna and the Twilight Realm in the future, though given Twilight Princess' ending I don't see much room for a continuation.

Now I'm playing through Skyward Sword for the first time ever and I'm having a BLAST. The tone is way more light hearted so far, the art style is much more appealing to me, the cutscenes are nicer (makes sense given that it's more recent), the characters are more fun and mesh with the world better, and I'm just really interested in the story since it's apparently the origin point for all following Legend of Zelda games. I also really love that they made the textures for all the backgrounds look like water color, and when things are in the distance there's a blurring/bokeh effect that makes everything look like a painting or stained glass. I would love to see an HD remaster of this game at some point because it's so beautiful but the constraints of the Wii hardware do it very little favors.

Two and a half more weeks till Breath of the Wild! I hope I can complete Skyward Sword by then. Have a nice week everyone!