‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds’is the second game that came out for the Nintendo 3DS besides the ‘Ocarina of Time’ remake. ‘A Link Between Worlds’ is a remake of ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,’ a Game Boy Advance game. This game has been regarded as one of the best games for the Nintendo 3DS,even one of the best ‘Zelda’ games in the series. Is it good enough for you to play? Let’s go over it and find out!
Story and Plotline
You play as a young orphan, Link, who is an apprentice to a blacksmith. Strange things are happening in the land of Hyrule. A mysterious man called Yuga is turning people into paintings! After meeting with Princess Zelda and given a mission, Link learns that the villain is targeting direct decedents of the Seven Sages, and must track down the rest of the sages before it’s too late! However, Link is thrown into the parallel world of Lorule; a kingdom much like Hyrule, but has succumbed to darkness. It is up to Link to save both kingdoms before they are lost forever.
Well, the story is ‘Legend of Zelda-y’ enough. It’s easy to follow and has quirky, unique, and memorable characters that fill specific roles in order for Link to complete his quest.
One of these unique characters is the item merchant/renter, Ravio.
In most ‘Zelda’ games, the player has to find items in dungeons in order to use them. Not in this game. Ravio owns an item renting business. These items will be needed in the dungeons and boss fights (as per the usual of any ‘Zelda’ game). With each item you borrow, you pay a fee of rupees and get to keep that item as long as you want to! No strings attached!
Well, not quite. Should the player fall in battle, the items are returned to Ravio, and Link has to pay the fee all over again.
Not all of Ravio’s items are available to the player at first, but they will be over time. After you submit a few of your rupees to Ravio’s services, he will allow you to buy the items for yourself (as in to permentatly own them). The price of the fully bought items are very expensive, but can be worth it in the long run. The player does not have to buy all of the items, it’s their choice whether to do it or not.
As stated before, this is a remake of ‘A Link to the Past,’ so there are some similarities as far as how the world looks. But the gameplay and dungeons are practically brand new.
One of the best things about this game is the unique mechanics as opposed to other ‘Zelda’ games. In the beginning of the game, Link is given a bracelet by Ravio. Link is later turned into a painting by Yuga. The power from the bracelet allows Link to move on the walls as a painting, allowing the player to experience dungeon exploring like never before!
There are times when this power is absolutely necessary in completing a dungeon. It also doesn’t hurt to use this special ability to explore the land of Hyrule/Lorule either. But this technique uses up magic, so the player must keep an eye on the meter before they are pushed off the wall. Link can also collect rupees while he’s a painting, too.
The game is in stereoscopic 3D polygonal graphics (because it’s a 3DS game, of course) with the camera being in a bird’s eye view (think of the ‘Poke’mon’ games). It’s nostalgic to some of the earlier ‘Zelda’ games, especially to ‘A Link to the Past.’ The game especially has some depth to it if the player turns the 3D on. The colors are vibrant and the designs fit both Hyrule and Lorule.
It’s hard remaking a game for the better, but this game definitely delivers. ‘A Link Between Worlds’ could be considered reason enough to buy a 3DS in order to play it. This brings the exploration of the world back to the player, freedom to discover new secrets, and options on a variety of items to challenge enemies.
Suffice to say, this game is a must buy.
Overall rating: 5.0.