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As I did in my preview, I wanted to start off by making a few notes about me as a reviewer for this game. I have never played a Dynasty Warriors game before. I know of the series and have seen people play it, but I really never got into it myself. I have obviously played all of the Zelda games, so my perspective for this games from a side of a Zelda fan heading in without any expectations for what this game is supposed to be. I also wanted to warn that yes, there will be some story spoilers time to time.

Well, I’ve done it folks. I’ve advanced as far in the game as I am allowed to talk about in the preview… and I even decided to play some Adventure mode. I bring this up because I can only talk about so much, so I figured the best way to restrict myself is to stop playing at this point to get this preview out. Why, you ask? Why not! I do warn that there may be some light spoilers in this.

There was a time when we as Zelda fans did not have a ton of variety to choose from for our handheld pleasures. There were not very many original Zelda titles that were available on the Game Boy Advance, and in the distant past of 2004 we received the bright light that is The Minish Cap. This game was the last true top down Zelda game until the recent A Link Between Worlds and that was almost a decade ago! The game is under appreciated and I think it deserves an extra little bit of love from us...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has been out for a little over a week now, and in that time, we’ve seen all kinds of opinions from all corners of the internet. Our own Brian Scheid, the author of our official review, gave it a perfect score, and editor-in-chief Nathanial Rumphol-Janc went so far as to say it is arguably the best Legend of Zelda game ever created. The game has been given stellar scores by nearly every important gaming website and magazine in the world, with only one slightly mediocre rating at all. As a closing homage to what has turned out as one of the greatest and most perfect games I’ve ever played, I’d like to make one more review about everything that this game does so flawlessly, and everything that sets it over its predecessor, the almighty Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Spoiler Alert: This game has been out for several weeks now, so you can expect to see major spoilers as to the story, dungeons, bosses, and the finale, as well as small details about the game itself. Read at your own risk.

What do A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time have in common? A Link Between Worlds is better than the both of them. You may not believe it and you may not dare to question it, but while it doesn't do much to change the franchise in a large way, A Link Between Worlds accomplishes what it sets out to do and so much more. Continue reading to find out why A Link Between Worlds is the best entry in the franchise since the original A Link to the Past!

The Legend of Zelda is one of the most famous, most successful, most influential, and frankly, most awesome franchises in video game history. The latest entries in the series, such as Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, are truly amazing games from beginning to end, but are known notoriously for their "insulting" difficulty level. Really, ever since Aonuma took over, the games have been getting easier, both in terms of intellectual difficulty and actual combat. This isn't always a bad thing.

While it can get some of the older fans really pissed, Zelda does have to appeal to a broader audience, and the new games have been proof of that. However, as most of us know, there isn't any fun in an easy game, because if you do everything on the first try, then where's the sense of accomplishment? Where's the triumph in uniting the Triforce of Courage and killing Ganondorf if you didn't lose a single heart in the process? Past harder difficulty levels and a "boss rush mode" for the hardcore fans, which I don't think really add anything to the experience, I think that the new games in the series would benefit from some truly ridiculously difficult content to keep everybody satisfied.

Find out why after the jump!

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time brought our favorite franchise into the realm of 3D, and paved the ground for some of the most incredible video games ever made. In fact, many would argue that Ocarina of Time is, itself, one of the most incredible games ever made—and it would be hard to disagree.

Famed European game site Eurogamer has published a retrospective on Ocarina of Time that examines the game from both a gamer's nostalgic point of view, as well as a more experiential point of view regarding the medium of video games and what Ocarina has accomplished therein.

"Ocarina of Time is an experience that uses the videogame as a vessel, but isn't mired by the medium's limitations—a feat of dramatic accomplishment that deserves recognition outside its immediate sphere of influence, and a more valuable gift than any petty price tag would have you believe.

Brilliance can't be classified in clinical standards because art is an experimental science, but time—whether weeks, months, years or decades—judges the enduring qualities of a work and its authors. 15 years on, Ocarina is as fresh, vibrant, and luminous as it ever was, and the most powerful example of video game expression. Pass it on to your kids." — Tom Massey of Eurogamer

If you'd like to read the rest of the retrospective, you can check it out right here.

It’s been a whole decade since Nintendo released The Wind Waker. Now, a little over ten years later, they’ve brought it back on the Wii U in full HD, and it looks even better than before. However, does our little hero clad in green still have what it takes to thrive in the modern market? Or is it bogged down by old game design? Hop on in to find out!


Being a writer for Zelda Informer, it would be absurd to attend E3 and not get my hands on the playable demo of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Serving as a sequel to the Super Nintendo’s A Link to the Past, the game takes players back into the same overworld that was once traversed by the pink-haired incarnation of our Hylian hero for an all-new adventure. The demo for A Link Between Worlds gave players the option of starting inside a dungeon or exploring the overworld and making their way to the dungeon later. I chose the latter.

Much like A Link to the Past, I began my journey right outside of Link’s house in the overworld of Hyrule Field. The demo starts players off with a sword and shield, a bow and arrow, the giant hammer, and of course Link’s new magical ability to become a drawing and traverse the side of cliffs and walls.

Head inside to read all about the experience!


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD was announced via Nintendo Direct a few months back, and ever since then, Nintendo fans have been waiting to get their hands on the game. You all are, no doubt, familiar with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for Nintendo GameCube, so the story and setting should need little explanation.

The Wind Waker HD brings dozens of changes to the original Wind Waker format, most notably moving menus to the GamePad and speeding up the drudging sailing system, a much-needed boost to make the game more appealing on its new console.

Head past the jump to read all about the demo!