Welcome back everyone to my blog. Twenty one years ago, the Zelda franchise reached a new pinnacle of greatness with the release of Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past for the Super Nintendo entertainment console. Now, Nintendo has released the highly anticipated sequel, Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS console. Ever since it’s premiere, people have been very skeptical, as to whether this new installment would be a worthy follow-up to the 1991 phenomena that graced the SNES. I have had the honor of spending the weekend playing through this title, and now I am prepared to give my review.
Graphics: It is often very rare to blend beautiful graphics while maintaining the nostalgic feeling that fans have come to grow and love, and thankfully, Nintendo has succeeded in accomplishing this feat. Fans will be overwhelmed by the nostalgic feeling and fantasic graphics that are present in this beautiful title. The character designs remain true to the charm of the Zelda franchise. The world of Zelda is designed exactly like it’s 1991 predecessor, with a lot of new additions to add some spice to the old formula. Score: 10/10
Sound: Ryo Nagamatsu is the mastermind behind the beautiful remastering of the classic SNES musical score. Koji Kondo, the original composer of the SNES classic did not do any work in this title, which is quite odd, but Nagamatsu does a beautiful job in recapturing the classic musical score that still remains in the hearts of fans both old and new. Score: 10/10
Gameplay: Zelda returns to the traditional roots of gameplay that fans of old and new generations will enjoy. The story takes place 600 years after the events of Link to the Past, with our hero Link trying to stop a flamboyant villain named Yuga after he transforms the Seven Sages, Princess Zelda, and Link himself into 2-D portraits. Fortunately, after receiving a leather wristband from a “unique” ally, Link gains the ability to escape and merge himself into walls at will. This opens a new realm of exploration and puzzle solving that only adds to the already lengthy quest.
Of course, what would a Zelda title be without side quests and exploration. Link Between Worlds offers so many mini-games and side quests for players to enjoy. Cucco dodging, rupee treasure hunting, gambling, and hunting for all 100 of a pink octopus’ children are only a few of the many mini-games and side quests that will keep players entertained for many hours to come. Score: 10/10
Zelda fans all over should definitely add this worthy sequel to their collection. The story is very well done, the characters are fun and quirky, and the soundtrack and worlds remain true to the franchise. It is a very good holiday treat that everyone should indulge in.
Final Score: 10/10
Thank you everyone for your support. Join me on Wednesday, when I review Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees for the Playstation Vita console. Until then everyone, take care and keep on gaming.