Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

December 31, 2013

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

I asked for the new Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, for Christmas and I must have been a good Hobbit as Santa came through for me!

We have a 3DS but it’s honestly something I pull out on rare occasion. Like a planned road trip or if there’s a new Kingdom Hearts game. This is definitely one of the times this little device is getting a work out! I can’t recall the last time I’ve played a game until the battery warning light came on!

First you should know that I do love the Legend of Zelda. I don’t believe I played the original Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo but I distinctly remember playing the heck out of  “A Link to the Past” on my Super Nintendo. Oh boy did my parents get their money’s worth out of that cartridge. I played that game backwards and forwards having to win every mini-game, collect every item. I didn’t just have to beat it, I had to 100% the game. I very much doubt the game even tracked my percent complete, I just knew what I had to do and had my own check list.

I didn’t play much of the series after that as we didn’t have the game cube, game boy advanced, or the Wii or whatever Nintendo device that was required to play it. I did watch my sister play it on the Wii, but that’s all I got to do; watch. I’m not bitter or anything… ok so it was her game… I should have called mom and made her give me a turn.

So I am picking up this game with the 1990s version “A Link to the Past” as my gauge. I really have no experience with other releases. Link has been in a time capsule for me.

I am obsessed to the point of madness with this game. It is the adventure I remember with nostalgic music that makes me feel like I am thirteen again. I could not be happier with a game right now if I tried. From the first experience of turning it on and hearing the theme music to all of the classic weapons and finding hidden passages. Oh man. I am in love.

It is full of the expected adventure. Ton’s of side-quest types and mini games to keep you busy. So while Hyrule continues to suffer until you can finally beat that racing mini-game.  Also similar to the “Link to the Past” is there is a dark world but get this.. it’s called: Lorule. Ha! I do love a pun.

Link has a brand new pop out in and out of paintings skill that is quite handy and gives you a little something extra you have to think about in the tricky puzzle solving dungeons. I don’t remember having wands before and this game has them. That could be a port from some other version I didn’t play. Or I could just not remember. Give me a break it has been over 20-years!

Some of the puzzles are quite difficult for me and I’ve had a cuss fit or two at some of the boss fights. Merric is surprised that while I’m obviously not doing well in parts, I don’t put the game down and call it stupid like most games I encounter. I don’t want to stop playing. I need to beat this!

I don’t know if Nintendo had intended this to be a sort of reboot of “Link to the Past” but it feels that way and that is in no way a bad thing in my eyes. This game is fun, addicting, challenging and just plain charming. It’s everything a game should be!

I haven’t finished the game yet so no spoilers on the ending from me! If you are a fan of the Legend of Zelda series, you must pick this up. Let me know if you’re playing it and if you are as charmed by it as I obviously am.

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3 Responses to “Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds”

  1. susan Says:

    my first real gaming experience was Zelda, when I realized that there were HIDDEN riches through out the game I was hooked, spent so many hours searching and looking for those treats. I would love to go back to that time, I havent been so intrigued since… well Myst series.

    so glad you found this game

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  2. Pickles (Mew) Says:

    Just started playing yesterday! I would also recommend playing Fire Emblem: Awakening (there’s a demo available in the eShop). It’s one of the if not the best games for the 3DS.

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  3. Chaz Says:

    Still to this day I pull out my GBC and play Links Awakening as it was my favorite game growing up as a kid, but after getting a DS last year I finally got Phantom Hourglass and Chronotrigger (btw best remake of a game ever, its the original game with the scenes off the SNES all in one with the option to use the dpad or touchscreen) but I would love to try Link between worlds as I’ve heard nothing but great reviews.

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