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The NWR E3 2013 Awards

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

by Neal Ronaghan - June 17, 2013, 12:13 pm PDT

The Link Between Worlds demo is equal parts Link to the Past and new, interesting stuff.

The demo for the newly christened The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was very similar to the demo that Carmine played back in April, but it was nonetheless impressive at E3 2013. Wandering around the Link to the Past-inspired overworld, finding secrets and using Link's array of items was familiar and fun, and the snappy combat and puzzles present in the multi-tiered dungeon was wonderful to experience.

A Link Between Worlds was close to a unanimous addition to our best of E3 2013 list, and our E3 team all seem to be anticipating this November 2013 3DS release.

Check below for a snippet from Neal Ronaghan's E3 2013 impressions:

I completely adore how this game plays. Especially after playing another portable 2D Zelda (Oracle of Seasons) recently, it is nice to see the style kind of evolve more. I love the addition of the wall merging (or whatever it is officially called) where Link turns 2D and goes into walls. You can do it anywhere in the game, which is so cool and leads to a lot of possibilities for puzzles and secrets.

Before playing it, I was interested in A Link Between Worlds, but it honestly jumped to one of my most anticipated 2013 releases. The game's action is fast and the puzzles are exactly what you'd want to see in a Zelda game. I'm straight-out stoked for this to come out later this year, during the period Nintendo is labeling as "holiday."

Talkback

Professor ClaytonClay Johnson, Associate EditorJune 17, 2013

The 3DS Batman game is the only thing on this list that I'd count as something of a pleasant surprise... I didn't have high hopes for it until hearing the away team's impressions. Now it's something I'll be keeping a really close eye on. If they can make a strong offshoot of the console series for 3DS, I'll be quite pleased. Of course, if not... I'll have to blame you guys for getting my hopes up. ;)

Leo13June 18, 2013

What i want to know is if the exclusion of Donkey Kong from this list had more to do with disappointment about what you were hoping Retro was making or was the game legitimately not that fun?

CericJune 18, 2013

Quote from: Leo13

What i want to know is if the exclusion of Donkey Kong from this list had more to do with disappointment about what you were hoping Retro was making or was the game legitimately not that fun?

I played the Demo at the Best Buy event.  Its Donkey Kong.  Its Donkey Kong.  Not much more to say.  Going against Super Mario World I can easily see why it wouldn't make the list.

Donkey Kong was one of the last ones out. Our conclusion was that it didn't really wow us because it was so similar to DKCR. Although, remember, DKCR kicked ass, so that doesn't mean we all think DKC Tropical Freeze was bad. It just wasn't one of the best games we saw at E3.

jarodeaJune 18, 2013

I don't really disagree much with the games on the list being there but it's still a pretty disappointing list to me.  Like Professor Clayton only Batman for the 3DS was a pleasant surprise.  Even more shocking that my favorite game from a Nintendo E3 was a 3rd party game, and even more shocking than that it was on a handheld.

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