Then carry an extra shield, I guess... What I'd do once I get it is just buy the shield just in case I really need it but not use it as much. Dodge instead. Plus, a shield looks cool. Without the shield, Link's left arm looks too empty.
On a separate note, how's the currency distribution in SS? Is it like you have too much money all the time, or is it you always need to grind to get enough rupees to buy something? Or is it just perfect?
Still writing that essay... I'm also waiting for my parents to get home so we can go to BestBuy and get my preorder. (apparently, when I looked at the SS stock in the website, they're all sold out the non-preorder copies.)
It didn't fit into the Zelda series how so? Lemme: guess it's TOO different. Well, here's some food for thought: it's the SECOND game, so any change could have been put into the game. It could have been terrible! Most bashers on bash because they played other games before SS, so they go off to say, "How can this be a Zelda game?!"
Really, I challenge you to play the game. Use a walkthrough, if you must.