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I Could Be A Minimalist- The Hobby of Collecting and The Burden of Consumerism.

I have been a prisoner of consumerism for years now like most of us. As someone who went to school for business and sustainability, I am well aware of this problem. I knew a day would come when I would care a little less about consumerism. As days go on, I get closer to that goal. The big reason is because I plan to move. I don’t want more clutter. I don’t want to blow my whole paycheck on comic books and video games. Another reason I am getting closer to being over the addiction of retail therapy is because I have started investing. (Currently, I have $1,600 invested since around January.).

I was okay with consumerism for about 4 years because it was new to me. It started with buying Elemental Hero Yugioh cards to build decks I wanted to as a kid. Than I moved in with my mom and found my N64 games and wanted to start collecting N64 games. Than Jessica took me to her brother’s comic book store and that awoken the trifecta. I was obsessed with card games, video games and comic books. And over a 3-5 year run, I built a collection I was truly happy with. When I pop in my copy of Pokemon Stadium 2, or when I see my Daredevil #2 on my shelf, or when I duel my wife in a card game, I am truly happy with where my collection is. The problem with collecting is that it never ends. Even when you are happy with where you are. Even when you complete your original goals. Even when your priorities change in life. I am still looking forward to new comics each week or the holiday games.

What a sexy book!

And yes. My collection is not insane. Though, I have probably hit that point where if I never added another game I could still probably never play every game in my collection. I thought that would be a wake up call but it wasn’t. That’s mostly because collecting and gaming are two different hobbies. The first one makes you excited you scored a new 3D platformer that you will play for the next 15 hours. The other makes you excited you added 20 O.G. Xbox games for a dollar a piece to your collection. So, who cares that there is no way I’ll ever play every Gamecube game I own? Who cares if I have no interest in the sports games I buy? It’s two different hobbies. Each are equally satisfying in my opinion.

Pokémon Stadium 2 | Nintendo 64 | Games | Nintendo
Love this game!

I had an epiphany last week. A month or so ago I bought a copy of Skyward Sword on Switch for $60 dollars. I have played about 2 hours into it (I’m at the first dungeon.). Why haven’t I played more you ask? Because Pokemon Unite, a free to play MOBA, released in the same time window. So I have put countless hours into a Free to Play game and two hours into the game I have paid for. Something is not adding up. And this trend is pretty consistent right now. I have been playing Final Fantasy 15, a game I own, over Gamepass, a service I pay $10 a month for. My phone apps and my computer apps (Hearthstone, MTG Arena, and Bloon Tower Defense 6) are all free to play at this point. I’m playing a bunch of free games and not the ones I am putting money into. And with the way the Nintendo Switch is set up, I do not even need a T.V. to play on my Switch. Other apps I use like Pokemon Showdown are also free. Not to mention I am bumming streaming service accounts like HBO Max, Disney and Crunchyroll.

So being a gamer does not even have to be expensive in 2021. There’s my massive collection of backlog games, movies and comics that would keep me busy without having to spend another buck. And in the digital era, I don’t even have to own the clutter. Marvel comics can be bought on an app. Shoenen Jump has an app. Gamepass has hundreds of thousands of games on there for 9.99 a month. So why own this junk?

Because I like it. There’s a lot more to go into such as the fact I actually own my stuff. Digital properties are prone to being censored upon rerelease, being pulled from e-stores at any point, and the fact you do not own the assets. I like being in a house that is composed of my favorite things. Things that remind me of my childhood. Things that make me happy in a world that is generally depressing currently. I look forward to playing, reading and watching these things with my future kids and with my wife, Jessica. Jessica and I have game nights, movie nights and card nights all the time. We enjoy them.

However, space and time are two major things that are hard to get back when they are gone. And money I invest into my collection is money I cannot invest in my retirement. Those three factors heavily encourage me to slow down. Now, in a month I have added 6 Gamecube games to the collection, but I used store credit so my wallet did not feel as burdened by it. I am liking the strategy of using store credit to fund my hobby. I will continue to do that until space becomes a real issue.

So, at the end of the day, I could become a minimalist, but I probably wont until I absolutely have to. I will cut back on spending, definitely. But I still enjoy adding to my collections and chipping away at the goals. However, I am probably done spending hundreds of dollars on collectibles. For now. My money situation and life situation just make it to where it does not make sense. So I am not a prisoner to consumerism anymore. I am just enjoying life and trying to be smarter in all decision making moments. Surely, I will fail at times, but I am always improving.

Pokemon Remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Adding a New Type! Is This Clickbait?

Let me start by saying this is in no way bashing this article or its writer. I think it’s a great article actually. Read the original article here before reading my take on his article.

Secondly, I am making a YouTube video to correspond with this blog if you prefer the video or spoken form more. Watch it here!

Okay, so both of those disclaimers out of the way, let’s jump into it.

So this article by Comicbook.com caught my eye late the other night before bed. Many profound thoughts ran through my head. My first thought was obviously what the new type was going to be? X and Y was the last Gen to introduce a new type, Fairy. And only the second generation to do so. Johto added both Steel and Dark. I would like to think all 3 have been welcomed additions to the core typings.

All The Dark Pokemon

Secondly, I questioned why they were introducing a new type in a spin off game. Yes most remakes have been well received and I think many are excited to revisit Sinnoh. Still, it felt risky creating a new type in a remake, something that has never been done before (and stuck. Like how Shadow Pokemons never made it past the Gamecube spin off games.)

When Shadow Pokemons were a thing.

Very early on the jig is up. ” A lot has changed since Pokemon Diamond and Pearl first released in 2006, including the addition of Fairy-type Pokemon.” Starts Marc, the author of the article. “There are still a lot of questions about Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but we now know that Fairy-type Pokemon will be represented in the remake when it releases”

Screenshots from in game.

The new type he is referring to is Fairy. As anyone who has followed Pokemon with any consistency through out its last handful of installments, X and Y came out 3 generations ago back in 2013, you wouldn’t exactly think of Fairy as a new type anymore. However, the point he is getting at is Fairy wasnt out during Pokemon Diamond and Pearl’s initial releases.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl launched on Nintendo DS all the way back in 2006. Hot of the release of GBA staple Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, Diamond and Pearl were Pokemons first foray onto Nintendo’s newest handheld at the time. For those doing the math, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were released 7 years prior to Pokemon X and Y and two whole generations before.

Screenshots from in game.

So the first time the players traversed the wonderful region of Sinnoh, Fairy types were nearly a decade away from emerging as the newest type. So in some way, Marc is absolutely right. Fairy is a brand new type to Sinnoh. New moves, new weaknesses and strengths, and brand new strategies await those returning to the region in the fall.

However, as we have demonstrated, Fairy is far from a new typing. Thus I found the article title to be misleading. As I said, I do actual like the article. It gives historic Pokemon background and states its point and view and even mentions how Fairy types add a whole new dimension to a game some of us may have logged hundreds of hours in. I just didnt care for the name.

So if you made it this far into my article, I would like to know if you considered this title or article to be clickbait. As a good journalist, your article will always rely somewhat on clickbait. Its just the nature of the beast. I’m just curious if, after reading the original article, you found that article to be misleading. It’s a question on modern day journalism and how much can a title get away with. This is far from the worst example I’ve seen. However, as someone who does video game reviews and news topics here, I’m very interested in what my audience thinks about this topic.

Thank you guys so much reading. Have a great day!

Spent Today Cataloging My Video Game Collection

Hey guys. I should have been a little more productive today then I was. However, I took the time to catalogue my Wii U, N64 and Gamecube collection. Next week I plan to maybe, hopefully tackle OG Xbox, 360 and Wii games.

My Wii U collection says 161 out of 165. However, I have a little different system than most, so in my list there’s only about 163. I am not sure what the exact differences are. I know I only count Bayonetta 2 as the only release. It had an original printing with Bayonetta 1 included and a second print run without the original included. I also include New Super Mario Bros, New Super Luigi Bros, and the 2 and 1 bundle as one game. Others include all 3 as separate releases (in their defense, they are all separate). I’m missing Devil’s Third and Just Dance 2019.

My Gamecube collection clocks in at 108 after a last minute impulse buy of Zoocube. Jessica said I should own the last game alphabetically speaking on the gamecube. Some of the highlights include Skies of Arcadia loose, both Pokemon Colosseum games, all the Mario Party games, and the Zelda collection including Zelda 1, Zelda 2, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.

My N64 collection only has 62 games. I thought for sure I had already broken 70, but alas, not yet. Some of the highlights include Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Bomberman 2nd Attack, Silicon Station Space Valley (yes, I know this is wrong. It’s actually Space Station Silicon Valley but I can never say nor type it right.).

Despite being almost done with the Wii U and the N64 containing most of my childhood games, Gamecube is my collection I am most fond of. It is such a great console!

N64 and Gamecube games.

Not a very flattering photo, but Jessica took this picture of the N64 games and Gamecubes stacked how she did.

Anyway, I don’t know how many of the regular readers are into retro games or video game collecting, but here’s just a small look into the collection! Thank you guys for reading!

As always have a great day!

Games at E3 2021 I’m most excited for!

E3 has come and went. While the presentation did not quite live up to the hype, there was still plenty to be excited about. Now, full disclaimer. This list is based solely off my taste, my anticipation of the game, and how close it is to coming out. So while the new Zelda game is probably the game I’m most hyped about, it doesn’t have a release date and will get docked points accordingly.

Starting the list off is Monster Hunter Stories 2. Admittedly, I missed the first entry in this game series. I also wasnt a huge fan of the Monster Hunter on Wii U. Still, the trailer for this game looked pretty solid and interesting. I’m not fully convinced I’ll pick this game up short of a sale, but I can say it looks fun nonetheless.

Next up is Final Fantasy Origin: Strangers in Paradise. Part of me is excited for this game due to my renewed interest in the series, namely FFI and FFVII. But that’s what’s so cool about it. I beat Garland again in FFI the night before Square’s presentation . The game supposedly plays like the Soul’s franchise. Again, another franchise I’ve never really played. In fact, it is a bit of a turn off. However, I do enjoy the lore of Final Fantasy so I’m willing to dive into this game. Especially if it pops up on Gamepass.

Halo Infinite is Xbox Series X’s flagship title. With a purchasable campaign complimented perfectly with a free to download multiplayer experience, Halo Infinite will attempt to kickstart Microsoft’s foray into the next generation of gaming. I believe this will be made available immediately on Gamepass, so I’ll probably visit this soon after it drops on Gamepass. I did not own an original Xbox, so I missed out on Halo 1 and 2. However, as a proud 360 owner, my brother and I beat the campaign of Halo 3. I fell out of the series after that installment marked the end of the Bungie run on Halo. I am hopeful this iteration of Halo will capitate me again like Halo 3 did nearly 15 years ago!

Now, Metroid Dread. I think Metroid 1 is very outdated and Super Metroid is a joy to explore. I’ve never played the GBA entries but Dread looks a great return to form for 2D Metroidvania games. This is most likely not a day one purchase but a game I’d love to grab eventually. Bonus points for the extended gameplay shown off.

Next is Elden Ring. Elden Ring is what I always imagined the Zelda franchise turning into. Skyrim feels almost like what Zelda BOTW would be if it was developed by not Nintendo. Elden Ring feels like what Twilight Princess or Zelda 2 would be if it was developed by not Nintendo. Truthfully, I cannot really tell you what’s going on, but this game looks epic. That is enough to get me excited. If this comes to Gamepass, it is a day one download. I am still a physical collector at heart, even with the new generation of consoles out. With that said, I need to see more in-game footage before I commit this to the day one purchases.

Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 (for the record, not the official name as of the writing of this post), Starfield and Stalker 2 all seem too far out to judge now. However, I think it is safe to say, they will be some of the best in show at E3 2022 and be in competition for game of the year next year. We did not see a lot, but what we did see, gives me plenty of hope in these titles.

Far Cry 6 seems to be one of, if not the biggest multiplat coming out this year. Ubisoft can be hit or miss in their business practices and games they release. However, there is no denying their juggernaut status in the world of 3rd party developers. Owning titles like Rayman, Assassin’s Creed and the Tom Clancy games to name a few, Far Cry is another long running franchise under their belt. Far Cry 6 stars Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad and The Mandolorian!) as its villain. That alone is plenty enough reason to be hyped for this game. The setting looks good, the weapons look fun and the last few Far Cry games have been instant hits. Far Cry 6 is sitting pretty close to the front on the hype train this year.

Guardians of the Galaxy has become one of my favorite MCU movies and teams. While that has not translated into me reading their comic series more, I am beyond stoked to suit up as Peter Quill, Star Lord. This was one of the few games that received extensive screen time. I would say do not listen to the haters of this game. Everybody is judging it off the fact no one liked Marvel’s Avengers the game. This game seems, for now anyway, completely different. We could be wrong and it could suck. However, nothing about the in-depth breakdown gave me any concern. For the most part, if I had to name anything to be worried about, it is repetitive gameplay. I am not always into brawlers. Hopefully there is more than mindless action to keep me engaged. If not, the decision making dialogue and the way Peter can call on his members individually to take advantage of their power’s will potentially keep things interesting throughout the play through. This probably won’t be a day one purchase. It comes out pretty close to Black Friday and the holidays in general. I am hoping it will go sale as there’s about 3 or 4 other games I will be picking up around this time.

Such as Mario Party SuperStars for example. Another game that got plenty of screen time. I am sold already. Featuring 5 boards and 100 minigames from the golden age of Mario Party, this game is set to be a blast this holiday season. I cannot remember if they revealed any additional modes other than the traditional party mode. Regardless, this game should serve as a great stop gap until the next mainline Mario Party game comes out. I am truthfully ecstatic to play this game.

I should note, there are plenty of games that look good that just don’t interest me. Instead of naming them all, I will just highlight Shin Megami Tensei V. I don’t see the appeal of this game, but Jessica adores Persona 5 and wants to hop into the SMT series. This will probably be her jumping in point. Maybe it will grow on me? Either way, this is one of those games that cemented Nintendo won E3. This, Metroid and Mario Party SuperStars was enough to win it even without throwing in the BOTW 2 trailer and the other goodies they sprinkled in along the way.

However, the game I am most excited for is Psychonauts 2. I really want Psychonauts 1 to come to Gamepass. I played through some of it on Steam, but if they released it on Gamepass with achivements and the ability to play it on the big screen than I would be over the moon. Either way, Psychonauts 1 was great from what I played of it. Psychoanuts 2 looks like a beautiful, vibrant 3D platformer. I haven’t watched much of it past last years reveal trailer. However, I heard it is coming Day 1 to Gamepass and that is huge. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Man, this E3 got crapped on. And at times, it was horrible. However, I think enough good games got revealed or showed off that it was at least salvageable. There’s a lot of things to look forward to this year and next.

Thank you guys for reading and have a great day!

Virtual Game Night!

Tonight, as in here in a few minutes, Jessica and myself will attempt a virtual game with her uncle and aunt. Were going to be playing Letters from Whitechapel where 1 person plays as Jack the Ripper and 3 players play as detectives. We each own a copy so we will both have the board available to us. Outside of that, there’s always exploding kittens on our phone or even Jackbox games.

Let me know some fun family games that can be played over zoom/messenger. In June most of our game nights will be virtual like this so were open to some idea.

Anyway, thanks for reading and any suggestions. Have a great night everybody!

Streams Are Coming Back!

Hey guys. Thursday Night streams are making a come back! If you arent following our YouTube channel you’re missing out. Normally on Thursday nights we stream A Hat in Time content. We are planning on streaming random stuff over on Twitch so make sure you follow both the Dahubbz YouTube channel and Twich channel. Feel free to recommend solo games or Co-OP games. I dont usually play online multiplayer games though.

Anyway, if you ever make it to a stream, be sure to be apart of the chat.

Thank you guys and have a great night!

Cool Things Are Coming Soon!

Hey guys, No reviews for today. I’ve watched the first three episodes of ODD Taxi on Crunchyroll but I have not had the time to write all my thoughts down since I was seeing my aunt who was down from Michigan. Here’s an excerpt though it is not final and may be revised between now and when it is published.

Taxi Driver vibes are hard to fend off as our main character’s occupation is taxi driving. However, were far too early to truly understand the main character’s, Odokawa, reason behind taxi driving. Though we do know he is sarcastic and brutally honest. He rarely leaves to doubt what’s on his mind. No, he’s not likeable and you’d have to have his sadistic sense of humor to love him. Yet, over time you find yourself rooting for him. I dont know if I would say he becomes more noble or more relatable (I really want to say he becomes more humanized since all the characters are animal.)

Jessica and I plan to start watching Tokyo Revengers and To You Eternity very soon.

Tonight we are going to do an A Hat in Time Randomizer stream. I’ll blog more about later but if it sounds interesting. Hop over to our Youtube channel here.

I really hope more of readers will gravitate to the Youtube streams and vise versa.

Anyway, look out for more anime reviews real soon. (Tomorrow is the NFL draft. Hopefully I can get stuff done before it starts.)!

Thanks for reading and have a nice day.

We Will Be Streaming Mario Party 9 Tonight! (Wes vs Jess)!

Hey guys, Wes Vs Jess returns tonight. Live! On Youtube! As we continue through Mario Party 9 on the Wii! Make sure you are subscribed with notifications turned on so you never miss a live stream!

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For those of you unaware. Wes vs Jess is a video series where Jessica and myself go head to head in a variety of games. This time around, we are competing in Mario Party 9 on Wii. The Stream will probably start around 10 or 11. Make sure you are subscribed so you know.

Games I’ve Played Recently #2

Hey guys. I’ll probably make an update post very soon and than hopefully more post to follow. I figured I would give you guys a sneak peek at a future youtube video I’m making. This is Games I’ve Played Recently #2. If you have not read the first one, feel free to do that here.

Wario World (Gamecube)- First up is Wario World, a very fun transformational entry in a normally 2D franchise. Wario Games ever since the Gameboy were 2D side scrolling platformers. Even the modern iterations on DS and Wii were 2D, I believe. Wario Word on Gamecube is a huge jump into the third dimension where you play as everyone’s favorite Italian plumber desperately trying to reclaim his stolen treasures. One of my favorite parts of this game is how there are warp doors that take you to separate stages that are strictly platforming. These are fun, challenging and creative all at the same time. At its heart, the game is a very thematical platform collect-a-thon. 

Wario World Screenshots for GameCube - MobyGames

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure (Wii)– Here’s a game I’ve wanted for about 5 years. I finally decided to take the plunge. I was really worried I overhyped this game. Believe it or not, I actually really liked Hey You, Pikachu on N64 but I cannot find my mic. So I needed my Pikachu fix. With updated graphics, better controls, a more extensive roster of Pokemons, pretty settings, and fun mini games. This game is living up to hype. Hopefully it continues to be awesome through the whole game.

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure US Launch Trailer [HD] - YouTube

Paper Mario Thousand Year Door (Gamecube)- Growing up, this was a game I held in high esteem. I put it up there with Ocarina of Time, Bioshock, and Mario Galaxy as one of my favorite of all time. I’ve only revisited it sparingly in my adult life because I just dont care for RPGs anymore. However, after completing the first chapter, I can say my childhood Nostalgia is not letting me down. The combat is still the traditional combat we all know and love from the early years of Paper Mario, the partners are great, the dialogue is really well written, and the worlds are fun to explore.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door - Nintendo Switch - YouTube

A Hat in Time (PC)- perhaps the game most synonymous with this channel. I’ve been playing a good bit of mods including challenge road, a Halloween special, and a new modded episode coming out very soon (That modded episode is out now. Check it out here). Check them all out!

Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness (Gamecube)- I’ve always been on the fence about this series. I played Colosseum a lot as a kid but never beat it. I finally bought Gale of Darkness over the summer and I’ve been playing this a lot when I go for runs on my exercise bike machine as it is a great time killer. The story is interesting enough, I love the atmosphere of Gamecube games, converting the dark Pokemons is fun, and you never know what you’ll catch next. I’m really digging this one.

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Screenshots for GameCube - MobyGames

So there you have it. These are the games I’m playing. Let me know what I should be on the look out for next!

Thanks for reading and have a great day everybody!

Top 5 Zelda Games That Need Remakes!

Oh, boy Nintendo fans and gossip mongers alike are gathering by the digital campfire to fire up those whispering lips. The rumor of the week this time? Ocarina of Time is coming to the Switch. Now, I am not even going to begin to dive into if I think this rumor is real, how it impacts the gaming ecosystem or anything in that realm. Simply put, I’m not really a news source. I just want to turn this big rumor into a fun Top Five/ Thought Exercise.

#5 Minish Cap- Quite frankly, I think every handheld Zelda game should be ported over/HDified on to the Switch. A quick Google check reveals that the GBA sold a little over 80 million units in 9 years. In 3 years, the Switch as already sold over 50 million units. In no time, the Switch will dwarf the GBA. Not to mention, a lot of the handheld Zelda games are old as far as video games and technology go. Giving them a fresh coat of paint or updating the games with  “Quality of Life” improvements would be huge. And if you don’t have the time or resources to update them, then just release them for 10 to 20 dollars giving us access to brand new portability of the games. Not to mention, Minish Cap is a great game and the next generation needs to experience it.

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#4 Ocarina of Time- Ah, yes. Where the rumor mill all began. I, for one, am holding off judgment on if I think OoT is actually coming to Switch. One Youtuber I watch says don’t put stock in these rumors. Another one says it makes perfect since for Nintendo to move OoT to the Switch. I’m not here to debate the rumor. Let’s just talk about why it made the list. Simply put, this game is a classic. I’d love for it get an HD overhaul. I would enjoy for it to have that hybrid flexibility of being able to play on the big screen and then flip to handheld for on the go. This is a game absolutely everyone needs to play.

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#3 Oracle of Ages and Seasons- One of the few Zelda games I never beat. Not entirely sure why. I owned one of these as a kid. Honestly, this is one of the games from my childhood I remember buying. My mom took me to Target of all places to buy a copy. Aside from being a game I’ve never beat, this game was released Pokemon style. By that I mean Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons are different games, so to speak. I would love for Nintendo to release them as a package deal so gamers could get the complete experience on one cartridge.

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#2 Skyward Sword- I think everyone considers this the most likely candidate for being ported over to the Switch.  Other people have a hybrid Windwaker/Twilight Princess bundle as a strong possibility. I just don’t see it. Considering both of these games released separately on Wii U. Though it does feel like every Wii U game is on Switch these days. Now back to Skyward Sword. Honestly, secretly, this is probably the game I am rooting for the most. I actually own this game on the Wii, but the motion control has me on the fence. Even if the Switch port doesn’t remove the motion controls, I think I like the motion control feature on the Switch more than the Wii. Not sure. I’ll probably hold out until the end of the year to see if they announce a port before diving into the Wii version.

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#1 Legend of Zelda: Adventure of Link- What a misunderstood game. This game was a complete change of pace for the Zelda series. The side scrolling combat was just one aspect of weird. There was a leveling up mechanic and game overs were brutal. I enjoyed playing this game but only when I used save states. I would love to see some quality of life improvements and modern day game design philosophy implemented. I’ve heard several times over Ocarina of Time was an attempt at a 3D remake of Adventure of Link. I don’t really need a 3D HD remake as much as I just want the improvement in game designs. Adventure of Link is archaic in it’s current iteration. It would great if Nintendo made this classic more playable and accessible to the masses. They modified a lot about Majora’s Mask to make it a better game. Personally, I now really love Majora’s Mask and finally appreciate it when I did not as a kid. Wouldn’t it be great if Nintendo did the same for Adventure of Link?

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So, that’s my top 5. I wanted to make room for 4 Swords but the more I thought about the game the more I wanted a sequel over a remake. I wanted to mention a 3D reimagining of the original but I feel like Breath of the Wild is pretty close to that, albeit entirely different at the same time. Either way. What Zelda game would you have included?

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