Most of us expected to see a brief Revolution trailer or two at the Game Developers Conference today. Well, there was no such thing. What we got instead is a brand new Zelda adventure for DS. In fact, it's well into development and aimed to come home this fall.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass carries the cartoony, exaggerated design of 2003's GameCube offering, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, but appears to use a slightly angled point of view during gameplay. Also, love it or
Nintendo has delighted DS gamers by announcing that a new Zelda game - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass - will be appearing on the portable pocket filler later this year, and you can see the first trailer for it right now by clicking the movies tab at the top of this very page.
The latest addition to the Zelda family was unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in California and, despite Nintendo not offering attendees much information regarding the game, the trailer certainly gives
Wednesday 26 July 2006
Nintendo has recently released its 2006 DS line-up for the US and, while it is an undeniably exciting list, there is one game that's conspicuously absent - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.
The beautiful looking adventure is a continuation of the Wind Waker story which finds Link lost and alone at sea, and promises innovative control of the elf with the stylus and touch-screen.
Phantom Hourglass was playable at this year's E3 and was down for a winter 2006 release
We've unearthed some new shots of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (check out the Images tab for more), which will continue the story and cartoon visual style of 2003's Wind Waker when it is released for DS next year.
It's still Zelda as you know it - townsfolk to talk to, grass to cut, dungeons to explore - but using the DS stylus for all actions, issuing directions for Link rather than direct control. Hungry for more? Hit up our earlier
Back in March, Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the DS. The touch-screen adventure would be a continuation of The Wind Waker's cutesy, animated style and ship in the fourth quarter of this year. Nintendo's own press site still claims this is the case.
However, searching for the game on pretty much any retailer's website shows a 2007 release is in the cards. EB Games claims March, Best Buy says January 31... no one knows. It makes sense, however, to not spit
Remember last year when Nintendo premiered its new DS Zelda game, Phantom Hourglass at GDC? It's been a full 12 months and we still haven't seen squat. A brief, multiplayer E3 2006 appearance and a handful of screens are all we've been allowed to witness - but today that path changes. Below is the re-issued trailer for Link's next cel-shaded adventure, plus the Images tab above holds several new screens for your viewing enjoyment.
According to Nintendo's newest announcements, Phantom Hourglass
The hourglass named in the title of Link's highly-anticipated DS quest will come into play by keeping you alive in a cursed dungeon that constantly drains your health.
According to NeoGAF translations of the latest issue of Famitsu, Link will tackle the caverns of an underwater shrine which is under a curse that slowly drains his health while he's inside.
The only way to survive is to use the Phantom Hourglass, which protects you from the curse for a limited amount of
The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass will make extensive use of the DS touch-screen, with Link performing three different sword attacks depending on how you swish your stylus. He'll also leap or run to distant areas you poke at, while walking toward closer places you touch.
These morsels of control info come from Japanese gaming mag Nintendo Dream.
Our recent previewof the game hints at other controls (like nautical combat) however the only release we have so far is the Japanese street
Phantom Hourglass is looking better every time Nintendo hits us with a new batch of screens, and this latest load is no exception.
Check out the detail in the house interior screen, or the way the sand kicks up in the dungeon and the water splashing off Link's boat out at sea. We've seen flatter water in PS2 games, and it's the sort of tech that you'd assume impossible on
After a year of delays, Link's first DS adventure finally has a release date - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is coming stateside on October 1. Great, just in time for the holiday "great game every five minutes" rush.
Already out in Japan, Phantom's mysteries are slowly being unraveled by gamers instead of press releases, but that's not stopping Nintendo from summing up the plot in one bite-sized paragraph:
"The game involves legendary hero Link and Tetra, the leader of a band of