Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Link Between Worlds and Other Stuff

Hey, look at the date...

Like a month after my last post...

Time flies.  Especially October.  I don't know why, and it's really weird, but I feel like October always goes by really fast.

Oh, and I've gotten a massive amount of pageviews for the past 4 days, for whatever reason.  Like, 90 a day.  Hrm.

Anyway, Oracle of Ages.  I beat that.

I have a lot to say on it, but I'll probably go into that in a later post.

So, right now, I'm cramming to finish my replay of Twilight Princess and my playthrough of A Link to the Past on GBA.

On Twilight Princess, I have to say, it's a lot better than I remembered.  Like, a lot better.  It still has its flaws, but it's really fun.  I started this replay of TP about a month ago, and after beating the Forest temple, it started to follow in the footsteps of my previous Wind Waker playthrough.

Let's just say, I wasn't going to finish it.  (Which is also why I really want WWHD to get back into Wind Waker, but I'll probably end up waiting until Christmas.  Ugh.)

But then my friend was all like "YOU need to finish it!  Because it's fun!"  And he practically force-fed it down my throat when he came over to my house.  And to be honest, I'm glad he did.  Because now I'm really into it, and I just finished snowboarding down Snowpeak (which, strangely, happens to be one of my favorite parts of the game).

So, remember how I played Four Swords with that same friend?  Well, I also started my first legal file of A Link to the Past on that same cartridge.  And I was playing both of these games at the same time as I was finishing Oracle of Ages, so... due to that, among many other things, I haven't posted in a while.

Haha, when video games are taking up that much of your time, then you're probably doing something wrong.  But I need to finish them, especially A Link to the Past, before ALBW comes out.

In 540 hours and 12 minutes (at the time of writing this, that is).

Yep.  I have the timer on my phone running, which probably speaks volumes in and of itself about how excited I am.  And maybe a little obsessed.  But that's beside the point.

So, speaking of ALBW, there's a bunch I read over at Zelda Informer, and I'll share the link, but I'm gonna cover most of it here anyway.

First, remember that weird item that no one knew what it was?

This one?

Well, it's actually a Sand Rod.  I'm not sure how it's going to be used, because in Spirit Tracks, you could elevate the sand where you touched on the screen, but... A Link Between Worlds is on the top screen.  So I'm thinking it'll be more along the lines of the fire and ice rods that are also making a return.

And then there's MaiMais, which you collect and give to 

Mother Maimai,

who will then upgrade your items.  Maimais are, from what I've gathered so far, similar to Gold Skulltulas, in that you can find them all over the Light and Dark worlds-- excuse me, Hyrule and *Lorule*. You can then trade them in for item upgrades.

Oh!  Wow!  It's been so long, I haven't even covered the latest trailer...

So, yeah, the Dark World is actually a separate world called Lorule....

And the female-looking antagonist (AKA Ghiradorf) is actually called Yuga... and a male.

And then you can see, at the end of the video, Hilda says, praying to Zelda, "Lorule was just like Hyrule.  So very beautiful.  So very... promising.  We have need of a hero - and your Link is superb."

"and your Link is superb."

"your Link"

"your Link"

Could this be a hint at a shadow Link appearance?  Or an alternate version of Link?  Meh, maybe Hilda's just talking weirdly.  

So, on to the super-new stuff from ZI...  (assuming the information's trustworthy)

Only Ravio items use the magic meter thing.  The bracelet on Link is Ravio's bracelet, and it grants Link his magic meter.  The first dungeon is the Eastern Palace, similar to ALttP, and it's in the original location.  The second and third dungeons can be completed in any order.  The "second" dungeon is a windmill-like structure located on Lake Hylia, and it's called the House of Gales.  The "third" is the Tower of Hera dungeon that we saw in the original reveal, and it's on Death Mountain again like in ALttP.  The House of Gales will require an item called the Tornado Rod (new item).

Umm.... what else....

Oh, Spectacle Rock on Death Mountain is now a volcano, and the game uses enemies for some barriers (as opposed to terrain).  And the Desert is closed off in Hyrule, but accessible in Lorule (opposite of ALttP).

So, yeah, check out the Link above for the rest.

Heh... Link... 

Anyway, I'm excessively exited for this game, but first I've got two other games to beat...

Well, see you soon with that Oracle of Ages post!  Oh, and I have regionals for cross country tomorrow on Halloween...  -_-

So happy Halloween, too!  Bye.


  1. I preordered the limited edition A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL today!!! I have a red 3DS, not an XL, so I'm really glad I'm getting this! My arms are really long but my hands are small, but I feel so cramped when I play on my little 3DS, so I'm super pumped!! Also, I was going to get the Animal Crossing 3DS XL in June, but I went on vacation and so I never preordered it, so it wasn't available anymore. I was really sad about that, but now, I'm so glad I didn't get it!!! Because a freakin' awesome Zelda 3DS is sooooo much better than an Animal Crossing one. Even though it was pretty cool. But, still. I mean, Zelda!! :D So, do you have a 3DS or an XL?

    Anyways, great post as always!! And, yeah, I agree with you. October goes by fast :) Also, today is my dad's birthday, so that's a thing. :)

    Happy... Zeldaing!!! (That's a word by the way ;) )

  2. Oh! Happy birthday! To your dad, that is.

    And that's great you're getting the limited edition XL. It looks really awesome, and I'd totally get it, but I already have one... (yeah, I have a red & black XL). As a matter of fact, this is the second time this has happened. That epic-looking Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle was announced several months after I got my Wii U, and now this. Oh well... I'll take what I've got. It's the games that count.

    Happy Zeldaing to you too! (I'm gonna use that all the time now :)