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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

A few more details have come in concerning the StreetPass elements in Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. You can find a roundup of the latest information below.

– Can only use items you’ve selected before you battle Shadow Link
– Hearts are restored before and after the battle
– Will leave with all of your items if you win or lose
– Talk with gramps in Kakariko and he’ll set up your Shadow Link character
– Your Shadow Link’s value depends on which items you want to bring into the battle, whether or not they’re upgraded, and which gear you’ve found in the field
– This is shown in rupees on the top right of the setup screen
– Value determines your bounty for winning a match against someone else’s Link
– There are 50 challenges, ranging from simple things like “Win your first battle!” to more creative ones like “Use a bee to deal the final blow!” that you can earn from winning matches against various Shadow Links
– The medals you’ve earned will be displayed on the top right corner of the records screen when talking with gramps

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Wondering who directed The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds? That would be Hiromasa Shikata.

Shikata has worked on a bunch of Nintendo titles in the past – some of which may surprise you.

Shikata began making the backgrounds and fields of Zelda games, including Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Wind Waker. You may be interested to learn that he created the design of the Kakariko Village windmill in Ocarina of Time and a great deal of Wind Waker’s Forsaken Fortress. Shikata also helped out with Twilight Princess as an assistant director and was a lead planner on Spirit Tracks.

Shikata also contributed to the first Pikmin, Geist, and Nintendo Land before eventually moving on to A Link Between Worlds.

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GameTrailers is still apparently having autoplay issues, so you can find the video after the break.

Reviews are starting to pour in for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. You can get an idea as to how the game is sitting with critics in our roundup below.

CVG – 10 / 10
Destructoid – 6.5 / 10
DigitalSpy – 5 / 5
EDGE – 8 / 10
Eurogamer – 8 / 10
Game Informer – 10 / 10
GameSpot – 9 / 10
GamesRadar – 4.5 / 5
GameTrailers – 9.8 / 10
IGN – 9.4 / 10
Joystiq – 5 / 5
Nintendo Life – 10 / 10
NintendoWorldReport – 9.5 / 10
Nowgamer – 8 / 10
USGamer – 4 / 5
Videogamer – 10 / 10

The newly opened Japanese Zelda: A Link Between Worlds site (thanks Tytygh) gives a look at the game’s overworld map. One side showcases Hyrule while the other displays Lorule. Take a look below:

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Fans Can Purchase Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour Early

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo:

WHAT:Video game launch events don’t get much more exciting than this! On Nov. 21, Nintendo is hosting a combined celebration for three giant games: Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The event will take place at Nintendo World in Rockefeller Plaza in New York.
Fans will not want to miss this event, as they will be able to purchase all three of these huge Wii U and Nintendo 3DS releases (while supplies last) starting at 8 p.m. ET, a day before they launch in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. In addition to early access to the games, chalk artist Chris Carlson will be on site to reveal an epic art piece featuring iconic imagery from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Costumed characters from both the Mario and Zelda series will also be enjoying the festivities and taking pictures with fans.
Franchises as big as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda don’t often launch on the same day. This celebration is sure to be an absolute treat for fans.
WHO:Nintendo fans, families, characters from the Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda series
WHEN:Thursday, Nov. 21
8 p.m. – midnight
WHERE:Nintendo World
10 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
VISUALS:
• A chalk artist revealing a beautiful piece of chalk art inspired by The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
• Costumed characters from the Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda series interacting and taking pictures with fans.
• Fans dressed as characters from their favorite Nintendo games.
• Families playing Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour on game-play kiosks.
• Attendees purchasing some of the top games of the holiday season before they launch.

Source: Nintendo PR