Most Zelda players are familiar with hitting up the shops and shelling out Rupees for arrows, bombs, potions, and other items that need replenishing. The bigger equipment like the hookshot, bomb bag, and bow are usually found in the dungeons.
At first glance, this looks like your average Zelda item shop. However, if you look closely at this screenshot from A Link Between Worlds, you’ll see several items that normally aren’t available for sale. So does this mean there won’t be a fixed time in the game for Link to acquire new weapons?
In a recent Miiverse post, producer Eiji Aonuma states:
“I also have a screenshot to show you today.
This shows the item shop that are common in Zelda games, and the character standing next to Link is looking very suspicious.
We’ll be talking about this character at a later time, but for now take a closer look at the items that are on sale. There’s the bow and arrow, the boomerang and the hookshot that are all familiar to the series.
If you noticed something strange with this picture, you’re quite the Zelda fanatic!
That’s right, shops in the past Zelda games sold things that would run out once you use them like arrows and bombs, items that needed replenishing. They have never sold an item that doesn’t go away after each use like the boomerang or the hookshot.
This shop is a very important place in this game, and we hope to talk more about it soon. Until then, I hope you’ll use your imagination wondering what this shop is all about.”
What we’re not seeing, is how much the various items cost. It could be that Link must reach a certain point in the game before he can carry enough Rupees to purchase more advanced weaponry. Take Ocarina of Time, for example. At the beginning of the game, Link can only carry up to 99 rupees. If something costs more than that, then he can’t buy it. As the game progresses, he upgrades his wallet, making more items in the shops available to him. Perhaps the same concept applies in A Link Between Worlds.
Another question to ask is who is (or what is) that purple creature next to Link? It looks like something straight out of Lilo and Stitch. My guess is that he’s the shop keeper, but he could also be one of Link’s companions.
Tell us your speculations in the comments below!