I beat Zelda: A Link Between Worlds this weekend on my 3ds1. While I have played many Zelda games on my many Game Boys, it’s the first Zelda game that I have ever beat that I can remember, and without having to go back to it ages later.
I played for just about 24 hours total. Starting from Christmas, I played it exclusively. I dumped Mario and Luigi: Dream Team2 to play it, since I hadn’t beat it yet. My mother-in-law got me Mario Cart 73 for Christmas, and I played that until I opened Zelda.
Zelda kept me so enthralled that even when I got stuck, I didn’t pop in a different game. I’ve gotten three more games since Christmas, and I didn’t even want to try any of them until I was done with Zelda.
My thoughts on this Zelda game:
- It was the perfect difficulty for me. I usually didn’t have to fight a boss more than twice, and the puzzles were just enough to keep me entertained but not so hard that I couldn’t figure it out.
- Ravio is a weird dude, and a weird part of the storyline. You find out who he is at the end of the game but it doesn't even matter, really.
- It’s interesting how you can essentially get all of the items at once (via renting), but there are items that you pretty much do not need (the boomerang).
- There are more than 3 bottles. It’s the first time there are more than 3 bottles, and I didn’t realize there were more until I looked something up in a walk-through.
- I was so close to having all hearts when I defeated the game. The closest I’ve ever been. Less than eight heart pieces to get, and at least 4 of them are from mini games.
- I still hate mini games.
There was really only two things I needed to look up in a walk-through. One: I did not realize that I could pick up and throw bombs after putting one out. Since in past games, you threw OR set down, and all I could do was set down, I thought that was it. Two: I was at a loss of how to get baby maimais off of the top of things. I literally looked up how to do it moments after I, seemingly unrelated, got the speed boots4.
I will probably go back and finish getting my last two hearts, because I like a completely completed game, and I'm looking forward to fighting other people with spotpass.
I’ve heard that I should head to McDonalds more often for lunch as they are “Nintendo Hotspots” and will actually get you the last 6 people who were there, not just who is actively there. Of course, then I have to hope they have Zelda too. But Zelda is so good on the 3ds, why wouldn’t you want to play it?
Also, I am now playing Paper Mario Sticker Star and I’m loving it already.
My 4th Game Boy overall: previous versions include Color, Advanced, and a DS. (My sister had the original Game Boy; I was lucky that she shared it with me when she grew bored of it. I’m the only one of my siblings that was/is into handhelds.) ↩
Pretty good, will probably finish it soonish. Lots of collecting. ↩
Great for sharing; hoping I can play with some friends, but I actually don’t have friends with 3ds’s, they’re all on previous versions still. ↩
Which also took me too long to figure out, since the wall-walking thing didn’t occur to me until way later. ↩