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Perhaps the title of this article is not the most original, but it shows a point I want to make. The last few years, as more Zelda games have been released, the quality has seemed to decrease. For example, Ocarina of Time was a great game, and few could find anything wrong with it. It became an instant classic. Majora's Mask was a great game as well, but it did not feel like a Zelda game; it lacked the epicness of Hyrule and the familiar locations.

Okay, those two games were great games, it is just Majora's Mask lacked a little something. Next came The Wind Waker (I am not including the Oracle games because they were not bad, they still had a Zelda-style style to them). Many people were skeptical with the cel-shaded graphics. Many thought it was too kiddy and that the game might push the Zelda series in a child-like direction. Sure, Zelda was never a hack and slash "M" rated game, but it was a game that was popular with people ranging from about eight years to forty. The cel-shaded graphics turned out to be fairly well done, and although the game was not as kiddy as many feared, it looked perhaps a little bit too different.

The games have also become shorter. After Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and The Wind Waker were much shorter in comparison. Now, the next games on GameCube in the Zelda series are about to come out; Four Swords, a remade version of the GBA game and Tetra's Trackers. Okay, well, Four Swords is not all that bad, it isn't the classic Zelda adventure, but it isn't something that is too far off. On the other hand, Tetra's Trackers is something nobody expected. In Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and The Wind Waker, Link set out to do battle with evil monsters and the evil king Ganon and the spirit Majora. In Tetra's Trackers, Link must set out to find the pirates of Tetra's crew and get stamps from them. Stamps! Is there even any resemblance to The Legend of Zelda games apart from the fact that the names are the same and that the characters look like those from The Wind Waker? Are there any familiar locations? Monsters to battle? Any dungeons? A storyline even reminiscent of past Zelda games?

Of course, we cannot know the answers to these questions yet, and we will have to wait to see the games to find them. However, it leaves me wondering whether the Zelda series is heading in the wrong direction. No, I don't think so. There is another Zelda game (a real adventure) in the works, and Nintendo is just trying to appeal to other gamers. Plus, no one can make any real assumptions until the game is played. Otherwise, we wait until we can, and speculate.

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