The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Features for 3DS

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is my personal favourite game of 2013. Despite being a sequel to a juggernaut that's considered a classic - A Link Between Past - and showing some early signs of fatigue, it's one of the best Zelda games in recent memory.

While it crafts an experience similar to the Zelda titles of yesteryear, the way it goes about it is beyond fantastic. Nintendo could've easily relied far too heavily on the SNES masterpiece, but instead it uses that familiarity to build new experiences out of it. This can be seen in the use of the environment, that's somehow simultaneously familiar and fresh. All the landmarks you remember are here, but they've been adapted for their new surroundings, only making the adventure a far more entertaining one.

Then there's the unique elements A Link Between Worlds brings to the table. The music, for starters, is incredible. Boasting what could be the finest soundtrack of any game in history, ALBW's has been scored with a sense of skill that's reserved for Hollywood movies.

The merge mechanic, too, is an inspired choice by Nintendo. Giving an extra facet to battles, dungeons and the general world, it's used incredibly intelligently - just enough to peak your interest, but never enough to dominate the entire game. The use of 3D was a credit to its creators as well. Used to create a sense of depth - which gave yet another way to interact puzzles - it was proof that when done right, the function was more than worthwhile.

Ultimately, Nintendo just achieved everything it could've hope for with A Link Between Worlds. A Zelda worthy of the name, and a brilliant game to boot.

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tonyxb0x

How does this rehash keep getting love? Once Ocarina of Time came out the story should have been officially retired, to never be used again by Nintendo. Their lackluster sales are finally catching up with what the real world has known since Gamecube: Nintendo gave up,

I love Nintendo but when I think of what a Zelda or Metroid could be like running modern high-end specs ...and then i see the trash they're actually making. I can't help but be severely disappointed.
Posted 22:20 on 24 January 2014
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BaconMan101

Battlefield 4 is best war game of the year. At least the multiplayer anyways
Posted 04:28 on 03 January 2014
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CharleSketch@ Endless

Oh yeah, sorry. My mind is in the gutter sometimes. I clearly commented on that post, so it's stupid of me to not remember that.

And honestly, TLoU is just too good. I won't get into details with your whole "principle" thing (I kind of get what you mean, I would prefer to not see Dota 2 on the list), but Naughy Dog delivered on this one. If only the multiplayer servers didn't kept pairing me with insanely high level players, I would enjoy it even more.
Posted 00:17 on 31 December 2013
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Endless@ CharleSketch

SM3DW is already at number 3. I personally would prefer TLoU didn't win on principle; But I havent played it to offer a fully educated opinion.
Posted 19:38 on 30 December 2013
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CharleSketch

Simon's extra feature on the game and the VG Zelda Podcast pushed me into finally getting a 3DS along with ALBW, and boy is the game fantastic. A true gem from Nintendo and the development team. The 3D is so good in this game, I'm having a hard time NOT playing this with the 3D slider all the way up.

This year was an excellent year for videogames, not just the ones on this list. That said, If TLoU or SM3DW don't get the no1 spot on this list I'm gonna flip a pool.
Posted 18:56 on 30 December 2013
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AdesteFideles

Bah! I had hoped this would get the number one spot. Most likely TLoU then.

:(
Posted 17:33 on 30 December 2013
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Bloodstorm@ DASHONFIRE

Hahahaha, wait til people find out that it's not.
Posted 14:24 on 30 December 2013
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alexlaird87

minor typo, the second sentence reads "A Link Between Past"
Posted 11:44 on 30 December 2013
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DASHONFIRE@ NylePudding

I think it's pretty obvious that it's going to be TLOU.
Posted 11:26 on 30 December 2013
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NylePudding

Oooh, I wonder what number 1 is going to be?

I need to get a 3DS for this game, never played too much Zelda but I've heard so many great things about it.
Posted 10:43 on 30 December 2013
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aidey6

I bought this for my 12 yr old for Christmas; it's her first Zelda game..
Posted 09:56 on 30 December 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 22/11/2013
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Unknown
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 513 29
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