And Smash Bros. Brawl will soon be here.
Now, I'm not saying that I won't be in line 9:00 PM on the 8th for the midnight launch, I most definitely will. Nor am I saying that I fear I won't like the game and will feel let down for the year or so of intense anticipation that's been going, I'm certain it's an excellent title.
What I AM depressed about is that soon the game will be out, and the wait will be over. What's so bad about that, you ask? I remember back to as far as last May when I discovered they were doing daily updates, and ever since then I was one of those who stayed up all night to see the newest update before bed. The anticipation of seeing what every update brought, be it a new stage, a new character (veteran AND newcomer), or finding out how to recover. The explosions of the internets over the revelation of Sonic or the anger at having a whole week of controller updates. The building of anticipation and expectations. Wonders about new characters and their playing styles/moves.
I remember pre-ordering Halo 3, getting the collectors edition. Gradually, as the game came closer to release, the hype built and speculation and false spoilers ran rampant. I'm not that big of a Halo fan, but I got jammed right in the hype machine and upgraded to the Legendary edition. I watched that G4 launch day special. I was having a great time waiting for the game.
When I actually played the game, I played all day that day for 18 hours, played it heavily for a week, then traded between it and orange box, then waned rapidly. I still enjoy playing it (in fact, it's the only game i have every achievement in), and the game itself met my personal expectations, but the coming was better than the arrival. Looking at (and subsequently mocking) topics about how Master Chief will reveal her face, or some kind of implied homosexual super soldier X alien ending scene, or whatever. It was like hanging with friends trying to come up with the craziest scenarios. Same kind of thing with Brawl. It felt like hanging out with the dudes and dudettes, even with people I didn't know at all, when we were all going bonkers over this stage or shitting all over that character.
Of course, at launch the game will be the hottest thing ever. And, as with everything, it will cool over time until it just seems like the same old. The game won't suddenly stop being fun, but the collective orgasm will wear off, and everyone will move on, leaving all the great memories with it behind.
I've had a great time pouring over every major update and even some of the lesser ones. I know I'll have an absolute ball smashing faces online or in subspace. But, be it the fact that its so close and I really am just kind of in a funk because it's so close but I don't have it yet, or if it's because all the big secrets are now known, or what, but now that theres little much left but to play the game, the big part of the fun is over. That's not to say that I want another delay, because that won't help at all. But I just had such a good time getting here that a part of me dosen't want it to be over.
I'm rambling by now, so I'll just stop myself here.