Nintendo goes 7 of 8 on consoles: Newest Zelda latest to reach upper ’90 rating

With exception to Zelda II, the black sheep of the series, Nintendo has never released a Zelda game for consoles that went on to score less than a 95 in aggregate reviews. In fact, seven of a total eight console Zeldas have scored a rare 95 average or higher.

Skyward Sword for Wii, currently at 95/100, is no exception. Simply put, the game is worthy of its nominally hot score. It’s quickly being called “the greatest Zelda game of all-time,” as so many others before it have.

As I surmised in my “fair and balanced” game roundup, “How many other games are as relevant today as they were 25 years ago? I can count them on one hand. What’s more, how many games are as relevant today as they were 25 years ago, in spite of a whopping 15 sequels across both handhelds and consoles?

“The answer is one: Zelda. The reason: No other game recaptures the feeling of gaming for the first time like Zelda. Admittedly, the first hour of Skyward Sword is a little slow. But it’s all gravy for the other 49.”

For the two fence sitters in the room, is all this praise enough to sway you into getting the game?