Zelda: Phantom Hourglass dated

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 pirates, as they discover a ghost ship in dense fog. Link falls into the ocean when Tetra gets into trouble, and he wakes up alone on the shore of a mysterious island. Throughout the game, Link collects sand for his Phantom Hourglass, which allows him to explore deeper and deeper into a time-limited dungeon in his quest to find Tetra."

Phantom Hourglass mixes the cartoony style of Wind Waker with the touch screen friendliness that's made the DS such a hit. In fact, the entire game is played with the stylus, so we'll have to see how the hardcore audience handles that little departure. Our hands-on time has been fun, but obviously in need of some deeper hours.

Wi-Fi multiplayer is the other big addition. For those who aren't sold on the idea of multiplayer Zelda, you need only revisit the GameCube classic, Four Swords Adventures. It's one of the best games you've never played right.

July 2, 2007

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