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A Link to the Past 2 is now A Link Between Worlds

| 11 Jun 2013 18:52

Nintendo has given the sequel its own subtitle along with new screenshots and a fresh trailer.

Back in April Nintendo announced that the classic SNES game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past would be getting a direct sequel. In the months since Nintendo has been fairly mum on the title, revealing only a few details such as the game's in-3D frame rate and that the game would feature a Light and Dark world akin to its predecessor. With E3 2013 in full swing however, Nintendo has unveiled a new trailer, screenshots and a branded the game with its own unique subtitle. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be coming to the 3DS in November 2013.

The trailer and screenshots both showcased visuals that, while definitely taking advantage of the 3DS's visual power, are nonetheless familiar and do a good job of emulating the look and feel of A Link to the Past. Likewise the audio in the trailer in places felt as though it were ripped straight from the original game. I'll personally confess to the sound of the Master Sword firing its projectile attack inspiring a few nostalgic spine tingles.

We also saw a bit more of the much vaunted "drawing" mechanic in which Link can press himself against flat surfaces and transform into a drawing. In the trailer it demonstrated Link using this to access an otherwise unreachable cliff and avoiding a death drop. Some might have chuckled at the "drawing" mechanic when it was first introduced. That said, where it might have initially looked a bit a gimmicky, the trailer does show it being put to some interesting uses that might put an end to the eye-rolling of skeptics. All in all, A Link Between Worlds looks to be shaping up nicely and will likely be on the top of many a Zelda fan's Christmas list this holiday season.

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