This morning’s Nintendo Direct, hosted by President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata, cleared up the mystery of the item shop, now called Ravio’s Shop, in A Link Between Worlds. Iwata previously teased an image of Ravio’s Shop, showing items such as the bow, hammer, and boomerang all out for sale. “Now, the shop you saw earlier plays a very important role,” he said.
Traditionally, the player earns the various items after completing puzzles in the dungeon levels. According to Iwata, ALBW is taking on a new approach. “Most items are immediately available there near the beginning of the game,” he said, referring to Ravio’s Shop. “The player can decide which item to rent and eventually purchase based on the dungeon they choose to challenge next.” This gives the game a type of flexibility not seen in past installments of the series.
Iwata also wanted to clear up any confusion about the identity of the shopkeeper. Many fans noticed a resemblance between Nabbit from New Super Mario Bros. U /Super Luigi U and Ravio. Despite their similarities, these two are completely unrelated. “The Zelda and Mario series are created on the same floor by members of development teams that sit right next to each other. Perhaps they inspired one another unknowingly,” he explained.
A Link Between Worlds launches in North America November 22nd. Below is the full video of this morning’s Nintendo Direct, with the announcement beginning at 24:53.