After a new shop screen for A Link Between Worlds revealed that key items were potentially for sale rather than waiting in dungeons for Link to find them, Eiji Aonuma has revealed that the collection of Rupees will be crucial to the core storyline–a stark contrast to their usual role as currency for optional quests and healing articles. As you can see in this screenshot, the usual items we find hidden in dungeons, such as the boomerang, bow and arrows, hookshot and more are lain out for Link’s perusal. After Aonuma’s statement, the gaming community believes that the progression dynamics of the game will be very different from what we have previously experienced.
Aonuma told Official Nintendo Magazine UK:
“Collecting rupees, the currency of the Zelda world, will be very important in this game. You might think that was the case with all the past games too, but I must say that this time it will be more important than ever and you will need to collect a great deal of them.”
Zelda games have never kept Rupees from the players and generally a little patience garners enough of them to buy whatever may be needed, whether it be a potion, some consumables or a shield. However, the implications behind having to actually purchase your key items would lead to one of two options: Either Rupees, out of necessity, will be more abundant in the overworld in order to let Link obtain these items in a reasonable amount of time, or they will be hidden in chests more often than simply laying about in the tall grass, forcing Link into potentially more dungeons, caves and random holes than ever before. If the former, I suspect getting Rupees will be reminiscent of collecting force gems in Four Swords. If the latter, then we can expect quite the new adventure!
With Link’s new ability of transforming into a drawing and moving on walls in order to find hidden treasures, the possibilities for sneaking Rupees into unlikely places are great. As modern Zelda games expanded, the items that Link is charged with seeking out have expanded as well. Perhaps, in lieu of searching for pieces of treasure, Gold Skulltulas, masks and pearls, we will be searching for money in order to move forward or gain special abilities.