The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review

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  • talleyXIV - November 14, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    It's really incredible that Nintendo has never slipped up on a Zelda game, every single one is just gold.
  • BladedFalcon - November 14, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    Phantom Hourglass really wasn't.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - November 14, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    I liked Phantom Hourglass :P
  • Vonter - November 14, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    Spirit Tracks was a better execution of the same game design.
  • BladedFalcon - November 14, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    Phantom Hourglass looked the part, but the level design was bland, the navigating droll, and that God damned central Sea temple was an exercise in tedium, repetition, and misery.
  • Earthbound_X - November 14, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    I don't think any of the DS Zelda games are bad, just not as good as the rest of the series.
  • BladedFalcon - November 14, 2013 7:32 p.m.

    I also wouldn't say Phantom hourglass is BAD, but it's definitely not GOLD as the writer of the top of this chain claims, and it's definitely the weakest Zelda game I've played by far.
  • Earthbound_X - November 15, 2013 2:03 a.m.

    Yeah, I think it's mine too, after the second game. I still enjoyed it, but it's not even close to the best the series has to offer. I'd say the DS Zelda's are the weakest. All the other Handheld games is the series are amazing imo.
  • Talvari - November 14, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    Glad to hear this seems to be doing pretty well across the board! I hope in the future they can find a way to continue this rent type system but improve it so that you don't just have to use 1 item in a dungeon and so that you can combine etc. Might steal my sisters 3DS to play this in the future xD
  • Arobadope - November 14, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    ...sorry but isn't the point of this game in the overworld supposed to be familiar? Like...nintendo has stated repeatedly they wanted people to feel like they were back in ALttP since this game is meant to be a sequel...kind of an odd thing to knock it for. I get your complaint in the paragraph you spoke on it, but I kind of expected it to be the same, maybe just different expectations?
  • rainn'sgaydar - November 14, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    I was concerned about that negative you mentioned, Lorenzo. That excitement of getting the item in a dungeon was always a big deal to me. I'm sure I'll still love this when I play it, and I'm certainly glad they're playing around with the formula some. But I'm sad to hear that special part of Zelda will be missing in this one.
  • GR_LorenzoVeloria - November 14, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    It's definitely a different feel going into a dungeon with needed item in hand, but the dungeons still have their surprises.
  • rainn'sgaydar - November 14, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    That's certainly good to hear. I may have missed it in the review, but is the puzzle solving similar to past 2D Zeldas? I've always thought the 2D puzzles held an advantage to the 3D counterpart. Somehow they just make you feel smarter.
  • GR_LorenzoVeloria - November 14, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    There are some clever puzzles using the "turn yourself into a painting" ability that aren't as obvious as the 3D game's puzzles. Also, don't expect to be pushing a lot of blocks around. There was a lot of that in the old 2D games.
  • VincentX - November 14, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    So can you skip the item renting and just get the items from the dungeons instead?
  • GR_LorenzoVeloria - November 14, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    No, you get all of the items from Ravio's shop. You'll find some items and gear in dungeons, but the active items (boomerang, hookshot, etc.) can only be bought in the shop.
  • VincentX - November 14, 2013 11:07 a.m.

    That's what it sounded like but I wanted to make sure. Thanks for the quick reply man.
  • RayPaw - November 14, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Sounds like a no-brainer for 3DS owners ... but is this worth investing in a 3DS to play?
  • lancelot110 - November 14, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Alone probably not. But if you get a 3DS you should also pick up Pokemon and Ocarina of Time. There are tons of great games out there.
  • GR_LorenzoVeloria - November 14, 2013 11:02 a.m.

  • TanookiMan - November 14, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    And perhaps Fire Emblem as well?

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Release date: Nov 22 2013 - 3DS (US)
Available Platforms: 3DS
Genre: Adventure
Developed by: Nintendo
Franchise: Legend of Zelda
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Fantasy Violence