A Link Between Worlds - Yuga

Among the luckiest people in the world right now is Chandra Nair, editor of Official Nintendo Magazine UK, who has his hands on review code for A Link Between Worlds. On the ONM blog, he shares some details from his first four hours into the game.

I wouldn’t consider the following too spoiler-heavy, for anyone concerned; the villain’s name and background is revealed, and there is some new info on items and potions. It’s exciting stuff and shouldn’t ruin your own experience, so read on to see for yourself!

To begin, Chandra praises the music. It’s no surprise that the game has a great soundtrack, but he does confirm that there are tracks that “blend classical guitars with brass section”. He also has positive things to say about the 3D effect, even as someone who turns the slider down most of the time.

The game opens with Link delivering a sword to “the captain of the palace guard”. The villain’s name is Yuga, who appears and turns a sage named Ceres into a painting before attacking Link. Yuga has some connection to Ganon, and aims to gather the seven sages in order to escape from the magical prison containing the pale-faced villain. His/her gender still appears to be a mystery, though.

Potions are brewed by witches if you can find and provide them with certain ingredients. These are dropped by different enemies, such as “Monster Guts”. Also, the full range of button assignments isn’t accessible at the start of the game. You can only assign an item to the Y button at first, until you obtain the Pouch which allows you to assign to the X button.

One of the first items you’ll find is the Hint Glasses, which allow you to see Hint Ghosts and hidden doorways. Hint Ghosts demand payment before giving you hints.

He also says that you will be able to sample the bow and the hieroglyph ability within the first few hours of play. He ends by saying that it has an ALttP feel while also feeling like “a brand new adventure”, continuing to sing its praises by demanding “you need this game”. The man has spoken.

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine UK
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  • craZ

    It's pretty much known he's a guy. Eiji Anouma said "He" for Yuga.

    • Nona

      Actually, in Japanese you can speak about a person in a way that doesn't indicate gender. It's impossible to do this in English, though, unless you say something awkward like "they" or "it". Translators into English will usually pick either "he" or "she", depending on their preference.

      The point is, it's very possible for Aonuma, speaking in Japanese, not to indicate a sex when speaking about Yuga. In a recent news post he says, "One of things we did with him, actually, was to make him a little bit ambiguous gender-wise, whether he’s a man or a woman." In English you have to render the translation with a "he" or "she", which makes this sentence a little weird since Aonuma apparently indicates a gender and then says Yuga is ambiguously gendered. In Japanese, though, there would be no "he"/"she", so the sentence makes more sense. It's just how the language works.

    • Reece

      Nona beat me to it with the same quote I prepared. Don't worry, I do my research. 😉

  • jonnyu

    "The game opens with Link delivering a sword to “the captain of the palace guard”. "

    its already worse than alttp 🙁

    • Derelictus

      …WTF? How so? Because it doesn't start with you hearing Zelda's telepathic voice or something? Sheesh.

    • Lord Lemmy

      I don't get WHY it's apparently worse than ALttP because of that? Please explain??

    • Rebecca

      I agree with Lemmy, why?? how?? because he's not breaking and entering this time? …come to think of it, I did like that a lot about palaces in other games…

    • HeroOfTime

      What are you talking about?! ALttP was amazing!

    • DarkLink1996

      wat

  • craZ

    You can now see the trailer in the Eshop in 3D! I watched it and it is incredible