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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Confirmed for November

Posted by Dylan Newcome

Europe all set alongside North America

Since its announcement during a previous Nintendo Direct, fans have been hotly anticipating The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS; after all, the game is a direct sequel to one of the most beloved SNES games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. During this morning's Nintendo Direct, we got a look at some new footage, a new logo, story details, and most importantly a release date (or at least, a release month) for Europe, matching up with the release window already confirmed for North America.

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata explained that the second, shadowy Triforce that can be seen in the logo plays a role in the game's plot, and poses the idea of another world that mirrors Link's where this dark object holds the power. Link will travel between his own world and this other "dark" world by transforming into the drawing form shown off in previous footage. Link's adventure takes place in the same world as LTTP, and Ganon has long since been sealed away. Also worth noting is that Link's game art has undergone a small makeover since his last showing; he now sports a slightly more cartoony look.

Nintendo promises entirely new puzzles and dungeons in Link's first 3DS outing, with Europe now given the same November release month as North America. Check out the latest footage below.

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19Robb92

#1

19Robb92 said:

The old art was a lot better than that new piece they showed today.. Love the look of the game though, can't wait to play it. Looks absolutely brilliant!

Whopper744

#3

Whopper744 said:

I'm actually glad they gave him more of his own look in the artwork instead of rehashing old artwork.

bahooney

#6

bahooney said:

I'm verrrry fond of the makeover; if this is a new Link, give him his own identity!

JaxonH

#12

JaxonH said:

Amazon (North America) has the release date listed as November 30th, 2013.

Usually Amazon will use the placeholder date of December 31st, 2013 for all games which have yet to receive a release date, even when the release month has already been announced. For example, we all know Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is coming in November, but the placeholder date listed is Dec 31.
The same applies to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. The fact this game has a specific release date of Nov 30 tells me that's when the game is releasing.

Williaint

#15

Williaint said:

The Sketch looks like Young Link from Ocarina of Time.
I'm even more excited about this game, now!
I certainly hope they release LttP for Virtual Console, in October... (Maybe get a special deal buying WindwakerHD)

NintyMan

#16

NintyMan said:

The game looks pretty cool. It's a very likely addition to my Christmas List! The Dark World music remix sounded neat.

Adam

#17

Adam said:

This can't be the same world as LttP. Link's hair is too not pink. It's bizarre and out of place.

TheHunter

#18

TheHunter said:

I wish they'd release A Link to the Past on 3DS virtual console, I'd really like to play that one first.

Mk_II

#21

Mk_II said:

2013 has already been an amazing year for 3DS gamers and it just gets better and better. But Nintendo is still doomed of course :)

Melkaticox

#22

Melkaticox said:

@19Robb92 It's not the same Link, the "old art" Link is the Link from A Link to the Link-- er, I mean A Link to the Past. Notice the different bracelet.
Or at least, I think it is. The Link from the old artwork looks a lot more like the Link from ALttP...ugh, this is getting messy.

@Adam that joke got old years ago :I

Garios

#23

Garios said:

I'm actually pretty happy with the new direction they took the artwork in. I'm a big fan of the more Oracle-ish Link. :)

Henmii

#25

Henmii said:

Yessss! A release-date (well, November anyway), nice new footage, and new enemies (are those evil cows?!)! So the mirror has been ditched, and now you have to slip through certain gaps as wall-painting Link. And it's about a dark triforce, so does that also mean alternate versions of Link, Zelda and Ganondorf?!

Gameplay wise I don't see much new, It looks like their main goal is to deliver just a Alttp experience without to much new bells and whistles. Well, as long as it is fun, big and a bit challenging it still could be great!

I am confused by the artwork though: The second picture shows a Skyward esque version of Link from Alttp, while the first picture shows the same idea, only a bit more kiddy! The second picture is better, but I like both! But why are there 2 pictures?!

Weedy

#26

Weedy said:

@TheHunter
Im in the same boat, it would make sense to release LttP on 3DS eshop before this game comes out.
Im gona drop ninty an email request.

belmont

#29

belmont said:

Seen that you control Link with the buttons in this one. This is great since the touch controls on the DS games were very bad for me.

Aqueous

#30

Aqueous said:

I wonder if it deals with a small detail on a boss weapon in skyword Sword

shuis

#33

shuis said:

LttP is definitely my favorite except for maybe TP. Really looking forward to this one!

Dpullam

#34

Dpullam said:

This game keeps looking better each time I see it. I'm really eager to play this one!

Lionhart

#35

Lionhart said:

I'm certainly going to go to GameStop and pre-order this. Hopefully, Nintendo will give some memorable pre-order bonuses for this game. They should do it like they did with Kid Icarus where when you pre-order you get a nice code to download LoZ A Link To The Past.

Gamer83

#36

Gamer83 said:

The long overdue sequel to my favorite Zelda game. Definitely have to pre-order at some point soon.

19Robb92

#37

19Robb92 said:

@Melkaticox
I know that.. Now. But I think it's pretty stupid to release art for the game featuring the old Link from the get-go. I thought we were getting that design. Pretty disappointed they're not going with it.

From the looks of it, the new art resembles the in-game model a lot more though.So I guess it's more fitting overall.

AJWolfTill

#38

AJWolfTill said:

Still not sold :( the enemy designs and the cartoony sound effects are one thing, But is it just be or did that video show that using bombs used magic/stamina? I'm worried this is going to be an oversimplification of the franchises strengths.

Doma

#39

Doma said:

I'll have to wait and see before buying this. Looks pretty tame here.

Metaknight_3Raw

#40

Metaknight_3Raw said:

I'm not sure I will be able to get it this year. I want it but there are so many other games releasing I want more Etrian Odyssey IV, Professor Leyton, Bravely Default (maybe), Pokemon, Sonic. I need some money to eat after all.

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