Matt Gemmell

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Metroid Priorities

gaming & personal 1 min read

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the next Legend of Zelda game for the Gamecube; the one that was previewed at E3 earlier in the year. I’ve watched the in-game footage probably about 50 times now, and I need that game. Whenever a new Zelda game is released, I disappear into it for days at a time, and I love doing so.

I’d been wondering how Lauren would react to this slightly obsessive aspect to my personality, but I was reassured by the fact that the new Zelda game won’t be released til next year, so I had time to think it through properly. Then, about a week ago, Nintendo John reminded me that Friday 26th November 2004 (today) is the official UK release date of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.

The problem being, I know I’ll spent countless hours playing Echoes once I’ve got it. I managed 100% completion on Metroid Prime, loving every hour of it. It’s certainly one of the very best games on the system, and I craved another installment to pour days of my life into. However, I naturally want to spend that time with Lauren, and more importantly I want her to know that I want to spend that time with her. I’ve thought about this for a while, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s only one workable solution: I won’t buy Echoes today.

As much willpower as it’ll require, I just won’t allow myself to be tempted. Then, whenever there’s an occasion when Lauren can’t see me due to other commitments (maybe visiting her folks or whatever, or going home for the Christmas holidays), then I’ll grab a copy and fire up the old Gamecube.

It’ll take a fair bit of self-discipline, but I know I can do this. Samus Aran (fearless intergalactic bounty hunter and space heroine) or Lauren Dempster (my ace girlfriend)? No contest; I’d choose the Dudelet any day.

(And as for Zelda, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Cross it with the goddamn hookshot.)