I’m typing this at you from my bed. I’m having trouble sleeping, though I’ve been up since 7am and it’s just after 2am now. I’ve set my phone alarm to 10am – Gamestop and my local mall don’t open until noon so that’ll be more than enough time to get ready and get my copy. My feelings right now are hard to describe … It’s an odd sense of happiness mixed with solemnity. As though something is passing, as though I’m losing something tonight.
Tonight will be the last night I don’t own Skyward Sword; it’ll be the last night I look forward to it. The object of what is arguably my most sought after possession for the last four years will finally be within my grasp. I will finally be able to play it, to see what Nintendo has worked on these past five years. I’ll experience the wonders of console Zelda gaming all over again.
And it will be a virginal experience too. I’ve managed to avoid quite a lot of the spoilers so this will be probably the first Zelda I’ve played since Majora’s Mask that I had little to no idea what I’m getting into … It’s really exciting, but there is some bit of fear in me. Maybe it won’t be as good as I hope or maybe I’ll be disappointed.
I think part of me is hesitant to sleep because I’ll lose an objective, I’ll lose that note on the calendar, like a long awaited birthday, blowing out the candles and having that wish granted. I will gain a game in my collection. I’ll gain memories which will stir feelings of nostalgia from my childhood and playing A Link To The Past, of rescuing the Princess and protecting the realm from Evil.
Tomorrow, or rather today I should say, I’ll wake up like so many of you and I’ll shower and dress and head over to my game store. I’ll buy my copy of Skyward Sword, and I’ll come home and play it on my golden wiimote. I’ll share this with so many of you. I’ll share the prelude to the start up menu, enjoy the opening sequence, and begin a quest that I’ve been playing since I was three and again when I was seven and then when I was nine.
My childhood, and my adulthood will mix in a way that they never have before and I’ll make memories of giddy happiness. And the best part about this is I’m not alone … I’m sharing this experience with you and with others around the world. Together, today, we will embark on our own journey one of shared experiences, of individual perceptions, but with one shared love at the heart of it.
Have a good night and morning everyone and remember, have fun!