9/10 (Let me explain)
Now I do believe this was a great episode, and one of the best of the season, don't get me wrong.
I enjoyed the link part, as I usually do. Link has become a much more developed character, and he has a nice balance (like Mario and Wario) between being serious and silly, and that's why I have enjoyed his parts so far. The fight scene was great, and it was nice to see a new fight that wasn't a lightsaber fight (as much as I enjoy them.) I do believe that the coconut is the artifact (being that we do know he has a power strong enough to block away Shadow Mario.)
Now, on to the Mario and Luigi part, which is the reason why I gave it a 9/10. Now, I did think it was a funny part. I liked Ash's comments, and Mario getting mad at Ash. Though I do think it's weird that Ash somehow got back home after traveling to Merlin's table which took a few episodes to travel to, I'll ignore that. Here's my problem:
1. I find it strange that Mario and Luigi have completely ignored their quest to find Walgina, and that the fan part had nothing to do with bringing them closer to Walgina's location. It was a funny joke at first, but to me, it seemed the joke dragged on too long, and it took away from the plot. I'm not saying Mario and Luigi can't have funny, out of place moments, but still, it seemed a little strange that they would sidetrack for that long over this problem.
2. Now I understand if they aren't looking for Walgina because they now know where Wario is, and now they know he has the nether saber, but I find it strange that in one episode, Mario was trying to warn snake about Wario, and was worried, and then completely forgot about Wario and chased after the fan in the next episode. I know, you need to get his hat back. Fine, but again, seems like this joke subplot went too long. Even if it did show the return of UPS man (who I wanted back for awhile.)
I'm not saying this was a bad episode, I enjoyed it greatly. And I understand that there can't always be serious episodes, and we need some silly parts, but I just feel that I can't give this episode a perfect score with some of these things in mind. Maybe I'll see something in the next episode that might change my mind, like Wario pretending to be Snake's teacher, but right now, I just can't give it a perfect score. But please, don't think I hated this episode, I loved it.
Super Smash Brothers 4 - October 3rd(3DS)/Holiday 2014(Wii U). Currently up to a 37 (39 if you count each Mii Fighter as a separate character) Character Roster. Already past Melee, 3 (1 again if you count each Mii separate) below Brawl.