It’s going to be some time earlier than gamers can get their palms on the Breath of the Wild sequel teased on the finish of Nintendo’s E3 Direct earlier as we speak. The excellent news, nonetheless, is that Nintendo’s obtained a number of different Zelda-related adventures within the pipeline earlier than that. There’s the compelling beat-based Cadence of Hyrule, due out this Thursday, and later this yr, the corporate is releasing a remastered model of the Recreation Boy traditional, The Legend of Zelda: Hyperlink’s Awakening.
That one’s due out in September. As is the case with plenty of current titles (see: most of Sq.’s presser from earlier this week), Hyperlink’s Awakening isn’t a lot a brand new sport as a revamp of an older one designed to get essentially the most out of the newest expertise.
Right here meaning greater than most, nonetheless. Launched in 1993, the unique model of the sport was topic to the Recreation Boy’s 8-bit, monochrome limitations. The title started life as a conveyable port of the third Zelda sport, SNES’s A Hyperlink to the Previous, however in the end grew to become an actual boy below the path of long-time Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto.
The Hyperlink to the Previous connection may be very a lot current. Hyperlink’s Awakening feels minimize from the identical Hyrulian material as A Hyperlink to the Previous. As somebody who’s sufficiently old to have performed the unique title throughout its first go-round, issues got here trickling again to me throughout a gameplay demo at E3. However the graphical advances are fairly substantial. The sport is a far cry from the 1998 Recreation Boy Shade reissue, The Legend of Zelda: Hyperlink’s Awakening DX.
Hyperlink’s Awakening may be very a lot a Zelda title via and thru, however the visuals are greater than sufficient to make it really feel like a contemporary title. A direct line for the character design might be drawn to the GameCube’s The Wind Waker, when Hyperlink grew to become decidedly extra lovely. That’s coupled with the acquainted 3/four RPG perspective that was a staple of the franchise’s early days.
The backgrounds have been refreshed properly, with a sort of tilt-shift type artwork that selectively blurs out set items. As somebody who performs Change virtually solely as a handheld, it was refreshing to see it performed out on the massive display.
Gameplay got here again in a flash. Although a rep needed to stroll me via a number of items of the primary mission: discovering a magic mushroom for a witch’s potion. It’s all very Macbeth. Or the Scottish online game. Nintendo did a for much longer walkthrough on Treehouse this morning, all of which ought to show acquainted in the event you’ve performed the unique.
Nothing fairly scratches the itch of a brand new Zelda title, however a full revamp of a Recreation Boy sport greater than 1 / 4 century after the unique comes shut.