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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review: as a picture

More than two decades after The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was widely regarded as one of the greatest games of all time, Nintendo is doing the unthinkable with a direct sequel. There are no nebulous allusions to hidden timelines. There are no cute winks or nods or maybes. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes on all the expectations and danger of direct acknowledgement of its predecessor. But A Link Between Worlds takes the fundamentals of the series' 16-bit era and flips its design conceits on their head. Nintendo has taken its most sacred cow and pushed it out into a more open world with all the terrifying freedom the series has never had. The result? The best Zelda game of the last twenty years. A Link Between Worlds is set in the same Hyrule as A Link to the...

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Nintendo has secret ideas for The Legend of Zelda on 3DS

Nintendo has ideas for a new Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo 3DS, though series creator Shigeru Miyamoto isn't sharing what those are just yet. In response to a question during the company's 74th annual shareholders meeting, Miyamoto said that there are "a few titles under development" in the long-running adventure game series. Those include Hyrule Warriors, the Dynasty Warriors-like action game from Koei Tecmo, and the unnamed open world Zelda game for Wii U that premiered during E3 2014. Miyamoto said that  Nintendo is "gradually changing the structure of The Legend of Zelda series," as it did with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the 3DS entry from 2013 that let players tackle dungeons in whatever order they liked. "In addition to that," he said, "we have ideas for...


Play Nintendo Tour 2014 to include Mario, The Legend of Zelda and more

Play Nintendo Tour 2014, which begins June 6 in LA, will allow visitors to play titles such as Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Yoshi's New Island and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on the Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo announced today. The Play Nintendo Tour will feature competitions, different themed areas, costumed characters and more. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City. On June 8, the event will be open from 12 - 6 p.m. The event is intended to highlight the Nintendo 2DS, announced last August, that plays both 3DS and DS games in 2D. The following games will be available: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Yoshi's New Island Pokémon X/Pokémon Y The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Super Mario 3D Land Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D M...


Nintendo posts $456 million annual operating loss

Nintendo posted a 46.4 billion yen operating loss ($456 million) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, the company announced today in its fiscal earnings, marking the third consecutive annual operating loss for the company. Nintendo's net loss was 23.2 billion yen ($228 million), down from last year's net income of 7 billion yen ($71 million).  Net sales for the year were 571.7 billion yen ($5.63 billion), a 10 percent decrease from the year before, with 394.7 billion yen ($3.89 billion) of that figure from overseas sales. In January, Nintendo revealed that it expected an operating loss of 35 billion yen ($335 million) for the fiscal year, lower than the originally projected operating income of 100 billion yen ($958 million). Posting its second consecutive annual operating loss...


Zelda: A Link to the Past arrives on the Wii U eShop

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is now available to purchase in the Nintendo Wii U eShop. The 1991 Super Nintendo adventure game and its Light and Dark Worlds are available for $7.99 in the Wii U eShop. You can see it in action on the Wii U in the trailer above. Its direct sequel, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, was released last November for the Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is part of the Wii U Virtual Console, which launched in spring 2013 and brought with it a slate of Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games like Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream and Super Metroid. Yesterday, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced that the company will bring Nintendo DS titles to the Wii U Virtual Console. Elsewhere...


Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition free on 3DS through Feb. 2

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is free in the Nintendo 3DS eShop through Feb. 2. You can find instructions and a QR code that will take you directly to the game in the eShop at Nintendo's official Legend of Zelda site. The multiplayer-focused title was first released in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. The Anniversary Edition supports up to four players, each of whom must have a copy of the game on their 3DS to cooperatively save Princes Zelda from Vaati, the wind mage. To see it in action, check out Nintendo's 2011 commercial above for The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition, which stars Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda as they go head-to-head in a battle to collect rupees and save or destroy the comedian's beard. According to a tweet from the...


Amazon Games team lists its top 10 of 2013

The folks on the Amazon Games team put together their top 10 games of 2013, and the online retailer is offering discounts on some of the honorees. It's a list with some eclectic choices and a few surprising rankings: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Super Mario 3D World Divekick Rayman Legends BioShock Infinite Grand Theft Auto 5 Tearaway The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Rogue Legacy The Last of Us The Amazon Games editors also detailed their process. First they listed approximately 40 nominees, then confined the list to "new complete games." Once they narrowed it down to 10 games, they each ordered the list themselves, and the vote totals determined the order of the final list. Discounted entries on the Amazon list include the top game, The Last of Us,...


Friends List: Is The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds game of the year?

This month, we'll be interviewing co-workers about the games they believe deserve the title of Game of the Year. Today on Friends List Editor-at-Large Chris Plante asks Reviews Editor Arthur Gies: Is the game of the year The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: What is the best controller for iOS? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.


A Link Between Worlds video touts accolades and gameplay

A video released this week for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds highlights the mechanics in Nintendo's upcoming handheld installment in the venerable fantasy franchise. Press play above to see Link transform into his chalkiest incarnation yet while he traverses environments that will seem familiar to those who've played its predecessor, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The video also emphasizes some of the praise the game has received from reviewers. For our impressions, be sure to read Polygon's The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review, which calls it the "best Zelda game of the last 20 years."


Miyamoto slammed the first The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds prototype

Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Legend of the Zelda series, disliked the original version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, according to its designers, likening it to a 20-year old game. "We were thinking about a Zelda game with the theme of communication," Hiromasa Shikata said in the latest Iwata Asks, explaining that the game wasn't A Link to the Past sequel at that stage, nor did it include the idea of Link entering walls. "When we presented it, Miyamoto-san said, 'This sounds like an idea that's 20 years old.'" "As soon as we started the presentation, I could clearly see Miyamoto-san's facial expression rapidly darkening," Shiro Mouri said. "I thought, 'This is bad...' And then at the end he said, 'This sounds like an idea that's 20 years old,' that was the killing...


Fight other players' Links in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, players will be able to battle other players' versions of Link via StreetPass, according to the latest trailer for the game. As shown in the trailer above, players will be able to swap Shadow Links, ghost versions of the character, via the Nintendo 3DS' StreetPass functionality. Players will create their Shadow Link, set up the items and number of hearts he has and send him out. The more powerful a Shadow Link is, the higher the bounty players can earn by beating them. Defeating Shadow Links will earn Rupees, the series' famous in-game currency. There doesn't seem to be a penalty for losing to these Links, as Nintendo's Bill Trinen noted, "You have nothing to lose and Rupees to win." The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Releases
North America
  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 11/22/2013
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development
    • Score 9.5
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