Now that the holidays are over, and I've had plenty of time to play Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on my special edition gold 3DS XL, I've got to say that it is one of the best Zelda games ever. Not only does it look impressive with the 3D effects on the 3DS, but Hyrule and Lorule(similar to the Dark World) look better than ever. The remixed tracks from A Link to The Past sound simply incredible and the new tracks are wonderful, too.
Though A Link Between Worlds borrows heavily from the SNES classic A Link to the Past, there is plenty of originality in this title. No longer does Link need to tackle dungeons in a set order, but can rent items from the mysterious character Ravio, and eventually buy them outright for a much higher price later on. The most unique ability in this game is being able to merge with walls and move along undamaged, as long as your energy meter is full enough. Speaking of the energy meter, it is used for all your sub-weapons and items, instead of needing to carry arrows, bombs, and such. Many of the familiar items are back, like the hammer, bow and arrow, hookshot, and ice and fire rods.
Even if you haven’t played A Link to the Past, you’ll still find a lot to love about A Link Between Worlds, as it is perhaps the pinnacle of handheld Zelda games. If you have a 3DS, definitely get this game, and if you don’t, then go buy a 3DS and then get this game. It’s absolutely worth it, and a must have.