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A nice nostalgic romp back into a GB classic for old and new players. Love the visuals, the chibi style fits it surprisingly well, especially if you understand the premise of Links Awakening. They've updated the controls, graphics, music and mechanics that fix all the shortcomings of the original title.
Only thing that baffles me is the dungeon maker. Nintendo didn't add online sharing, instead you export your custom dungeon into an Amiibo to share it. Having an online component would have made this feature much more useful and increased the replayability. I think it hurt their potential for this one becoming one of their Evergreen titles like MK, Breath of the Wild and Odyssey. The urge to play this title repeatedly is hurt by Nintendo's lack of understanding what their customers want and online functionality in their ecosystem. Once you're done playing this there's not much reason to boot it up and play again unless you have a bunch of friends, Amiibo and dungeon builders in that small group. I understand they wanna make money from their Amiibo sales but it feels like a no brainer that Nintendo intentionally omitted. It's a fantastic idea crippled because "Nintendo"
Framerates do suffer here and there, especially when transitioning screens. Being a first party title I would have expected a little better but it doesn't hurt the experience much. After the scene loads it smooths out and runs well. The game seems to run a little better in portable mode and is a perfect bite sized Zelda game on the go.
As long as you head into this game with reasonable expectations (This is not a 100+ hour epic like BOTW) and enjoy the old school top down Zelda games like LTTP and Link Between Worlds you're gonna get a fun and memorable look into one of the games that many consider to be one of the top Zelda games.
If you're looking to buy this for a Mario Maker-esque dungeon maker, skip it. Sadly it's a nice addition but it's hampered by not having a way to reasonably share\play dungeons with others, a real missed opportunity by Nintendo.
The game is great, no denying that. It is quite short and easy though and being a remake of a very old game, I am not so sure the asking price is the right price, but that is up to you to decide.
One thing that is a real problem however, despite the asking price, is the at times bad performance from the game. It hitches and slows down during gameplay and it is quite noticeable. For a game that looks as beautiful as it does, I wish it played smoother and more consistent. When it plays at full fps, it is a real treat, but it tanks often enough to detract from its polish, unfortunately.
This is a fun remake of an older Zelda title with cute graphics. The game is shallower than flagship titles like Breath of the Wild, Skyward Sword, etc., only taking me ~30 hours to 100%. At a few times it was be difficult to figure out what to do next. For example I got stuck at the start of the game figuring out that spikes on the beach could be pushed aside with a shield to allow you to access your sword, and instead spent a while looking for an alternate path. However if you are willing to occasionally check a guide, it is easy to get around these points.
This is a great remake of a classic. The engine is very nice, but as usual we are left wanting more. The makers could have added so much more content and replay value, but did not bother. Wasted opportunity. The graphics are a bit too childish for my taste, resembling lego, but are still stunning, greatly contributing to the gameplay. Very nice for any Zelda fan, a must for those who liked the original.
The headline says it all. I enjoyed my 15 hours playing this game although it is definitely short for a full-priced game. It is reasonably hard and some of the later dungeons require some thinking and figuring out like a Zelda game should be. It is a good remake of the original and it definitely hit some nostalgia strings at some points. However, the game is sub-optimal in terms of optimization. The frames drop too often when moving from one area to another while it loads and it shouldn't be the case with a game that has such graphics.
There's so much to love about this - the adorable, toy-like graphics, the quality of life improvements in controls, the faithful re-creation of the original. This makes a strong case for remaking the entire top down Zelda series from SNES & GBA.
The only gripe is performance issues when transitioning areas, it really shouldn't be a thing.
I was never able to complete the original, this is a wonderful remake that is fairly easy to play. After completing it you can go back for extra puzzle challenges. A charming zelda game and a must have for collectors featuring somewhat challenging puzzles and beautiful graphics. If you loved the original you will love this too.