The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

The shady-looking pirate in the screen below seems to play a major role in the story, and it appears that he’ll be using Link to plunder the odd bit of treasure in exchange for… information? Another turn of the hourglass? It won’t be long until we find out for sure in what looks set to be a full-scale Zelda adventure - albeit one that’s aiming to attract new players to the series.

It’s controlled entirely with the touch screen but still allows for a surprisingly wide range of moves. Link follows a little fairy character that appears under the stylus - the further away it goes, the faster he runs. Circling with the sword drawn unleashes the good old spin attack, and other items can be selected by tapping the menu buttons in the corners of the screen. The map can also be used as a notepad and for drawing paths in an intriguing one-on-one online mode.


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