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MidnaI've read a lot of shocking video game news over the years, but nothing has had me more flummoxed than learning that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was very nearly the final Legend of Zelda game.  Speaking at the Game Developers Conference this week Zelda director Eiji Aonuma had this to say:

"We had to make a game that met expectations of fans in North America. If it didn't, it could mean the end of the franchise."

Considering how Twilight Princess has become a landslide hit I think it's safe to say that the series will continue (after all, the first DS game in the franchise, Phantom Hourglass, is due later this year).  Just for a moment though I actually found myself considering a world without new Legend of Zelda adventures.  I've been playing Zelda games for nearly twenty years now and I have to admit that I've never even thought that one day the adventures of Link could come to an end.  To be honest, it's also something that I never want to think about ever again.