In the latest issue of Official Nintendo Magazine UK, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma explained why Hero Mode in A Link Between Worlds is not available from the start.

“With The Wind Waker HD we naturally expected many people to have played the previous version, so we made the harder Hero mode available from the beginning. However, although it is a sequel, this time we have a brand new game.

We felt that it was more suitable to have the players first enjoy the game at an appropriate difficulty level and then let them try a harder challenge.”

  • frank

    i would have liked it better to start with the hero mode, since i have played trough a link to the past lots of times, so to be honest al battles were too easy

  • Caelan

    Was regular mode in ALBW a challenge for anyone? I was able to run through it first try without any game overs.