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With the release of the new 3DS game The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds just around the corner, most popular sites have put up their reviews. As it would happen, A Link Between Worlds is releasing into unprecedented critical acclaim.
Metacritic.com recognizes a staggering eight perfect scores given to the game by critics, with a total metascore of 91. In particular, Game Informer gave it perfect marks, the first time that they have done that since Bioshock Infinite. Notably difficult to please GameTrailers gave the game a 9.8, calling it “the most significant revision to Zelda’s structure since the landmark release of Ocarina of Time.”
Common areas of praise include the unusual willingness that A Link Between Worlds has to shake up the Zelda formula, the non-linearity, and the fantastic level design. Critics also noted the respect with which it treats A Link to the Past, without seeming like a rehash of the same ideas.
If you were not already sold on this new Zelda title, the tremendous praise that A Link Between Worlds is releasing to sends the message that this is a title that can’t be missed.
Pokemon fans still have fresh in their minds memories of Canadian stores selling copies of X & Y weeks ahead of schedule. Could the same thing have happened to A Link Between Worlds in France?
My Nintendo News recently reported on a rumor that French retailer Micromania has been selling copies of A Link Between Worlds, as well as the accompanying 3DS XL bundle, right now. This violates the stated street date of November 22, 2013, and could mean big trouble for Micromania, who apparently made the dubious claim that they received authorization from Nintendo to do this.
Keep in mind that so far, this is based on rumor. The earliest known reference to this incident, as well as the source of the image, is this NeoGAF post. We will keep you informed as the story breaks.
The official site for A Link Between Worlds is now open for business. On the site is a decent amount of new information, including a new gameplay trailer, and a mention of an “ominous confrontation” that Link will be led to by Lorule’s dungeons.
Nintendoeverything.com once again comes through, posting a compilation of the trailers released thus far.
At this point, there isn’t much left to do but wait for the game to come out on November 22 of this year.
Just this week, Nintendo released the official video of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma’s presentation at the New York Comic Con, focusing almost entirely on A Link Between Worlds.
Be warned, the video and following discussion contain spoilers.
In the video, we got to see some examples of the game’s new mechanics in action, as well as some discussion on the difficulty curve, and some insight into the development of the 3D world. Aonuma even through in a nonchalant hint about the future of Majora’s Mask.
A recently leaked GameStop ad revealed that, in addition to its already known European release, the special Zelda-themed 3DS XL system bundled with A Link Between Worlds will release in North America.
It will be priced at $219.99, effectively making it $20 cheaper than buying both the products separately.The exact release date in North America is not know, although it can be assumed that it will share a release date with the game, placing it on November 22 of this year.
Those of you who don’t have a 3DS yet or who wish to upgrade to the XL may want to take this opportunity.
Earlier today, Nintendo posted a video to their Youtube channel revealing many plot and gameplay elements of A Link Between Worlds.
Be warned, as the video contains some very significant spoilers.
An October 2nd Official Nintendo Magazine post showcased artwork of a new, nefarious looking villain. This character bears a striking resemblance to Ganondorf, although he appears to be more magic oriented. It is also notable that this character wears an inverted Triforce on his clothes.
It is highly likely that this character is one of the primary antagonists of A Link Between Worlds. We’ll keep you posted as more details for A Link Between Worlds surface between now and November 22.
Earlier this week, IGN posted an interview that they had with Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma, on the topic of A Link Between Worlds.
In a nutshell, Mr. Aonuma told IGN about the significance of the new art style. Apparently, the early artwork for the game was a work in progress. The new art style depicting a younger link is a finalized version, accounting for the increased detail that the 3DS is capable of, compared to the Super Nintendo.
Mr. Aonuma also commented on the bracelet that attentive fans have noticed Link wearing in the game’s promotional artwork. Apparently, the item will be connected to Links ability to turn into a drawing.
IGN also asked Aonuma about the connection between A Link Between Worlds and A Link to the Past. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Aonuma declined to comment.
You can read the original interview, complete with art comparisons, here.
The upcoming Monster Hunter 4 for the Nintendo 3DS will include via download a whole set of Link’s clothing and equipment. As seen in the picture above, the player can first off set their character to appear as the Hero with a full-fledged tunic. Then, weapon-wise, “Link” can either have a Master Sword/Hylian Shield combo, or, if the character is a long-range attacker, they will have Link’s bow (which, I might add, looks quite intense).
If you play the video, you can watch the introduction of the Zelda DLC. Enjoy!
Today’s Nintendo Direct yielded some news on the upcoming Zelda titles The Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds. First off, it should be noted that we still do not have a North American release date for The Wind Waker HD, but those in Japan will be able to purchase it on September 26th, and Europeans will be able to obtain it on October 4th. Stay tuned for more information regarding North America! A Link Between Worlds has yet to be given a release in any region, but it is now confirmed for November in Europe and North America, and we were given more information on the game.
In the Nintendo Direct video, Mr. Iwata decided to show us the ALBW logo.
Mr. Iwata talk briefly about the shadow Triforce stating “This shadowdy Triforce suggests the existence of another Triforce in a different world from where Link lives.” Could the forces of evil be trying to create a shadow Triforce to serve their dark purposes, or, just as Link has his dark counterpart, does the Triforce have a twister sister? We’ll find out soon enough!
A few more things were announced while Mr. Iwata was talking about A Link Between Worlds. First off, we now know that Link is able to travel between the Light and Dark worlds through special portals found across Hyrule while using his new ability to transform into a drawing.
We also now know that this game takes place many years in the future after Ganon was sealed in A Link to the Past. This means that this is NOT the same Link as in ALttP, but a whole new Link. In terms of timeline placement, it appears to happen after Link’s Awakening, but before the Legend of Zelda and Zelda 2. A few key items from ALttP have also made their return to the game. These include but are not limited to the Fire Rod, Boomerang, Torch, and Pegasus Boots.