Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round as we embark on a journey that combines the spirit of infamous Zelda games with a dash of nostalgia for a truly rotten input device. Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore, a game that pays homage to the most peculiar entries in the Zelda series, is set to make a grand entrance. But what truly steals the spotlight is the special edition controller inspired by the legendary Phillips CD-i. Get ready to relive the era of wonky gaming peripherals and dive headfirst into a world where "unique" is an understatement.
A Blast from the Past:
Cast your minds back to the '90s, my fellow gamers, when Nintendo decided to venture into the realm of interactive media with the Phillips CD-i. This device promised to deliver a variety of entertainment experiences, games included. However, let's just say that the CD-i's gaming library didn't exactly set the world on fire. Nintendo's own contributions, such as Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, gained infamy for their peculiar cutscenes and bold ideas, which ultimately earned them a cult following.
A Lover's Tribute:
Enter Seth 'Dopply' Fulkerson, a brave soul who has taken it upon himself to resurrect the potential buried within those much-maligned CD-i Zelda titles. With Arzette, he aims to create a spiritual successor that redeems the long-lost glory of those infamous games. And as we prepare for the platformer's grand debut on February 13, publisher Limited Run Games is going all out, offering collector's editions and merchandise that will transport us back to the era of questionable gaming choices. Brace yourselves, for the pièce de résistance is none other than a special controller inspired by the CD-i.
The Rotten Resurrection:
Behold, the "retro inspired Switch and PC controller," a marvel that proudly wears its CD-i influence on its sleeve. Though it lacks the official CD-i branding, one glance is all it takes to recognize the unmistakable design of the wired wand remote that accompanied many CD-i models. While the console did have more traditional controllers available, the CD-i was designed for all-around entertainment, making its controllers more suitable for skipping tracks on an audio CD than battling Ganon in Hyrule.
A Journey through Nostalgic Torture:
Ah, the memories of frustrated CD-i owners who were forced to endure these peculiar controllers while traversing the treacherous landscapes of subpar games. Fear not, dear adventurers, for Arzette promises to be a shining gem far superior to its unconventional inspirations. But for those seeking a taste of historical accuracy and a touch of masochism, you can once again experience the delights of a truly rotten input device reminiscent of the '90s. Pre-orders for the gray edition of this controller will commence on February 2, priced at a mere $35. Alternatively, if you crave something truly special, you can opt for the "Faramore Fuchsia" version bundled with one of the pricier Arzette collector's editions.
But Wait, There's More!
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As we prepare to step into the radiant world of Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore, we find ourselves marveling at the audacious resurrection of the CD-i era. With a controller that harkens back to a time of unconventional gaming devices, Limited Run Games invites us to embrace the quirks and challenges of the past. Brace yourselves, adventurers, for the journey ahead promises delight, frustration, and a touch of nostalgia, all wrapped up in a package that pays homage to the infamous. Arzette beckons, and with it comes the chance to honor the past while forging new legends. Are you ready to grasp the controller of yesteryear and embark on a quest that defies conventions? The choice is yours, dear gamers. Embrace the rotten resurrection and let Arzette guide you to a realm where the unconventional becomes extraordinary.