A Link Between Worlds - Maiamai

At the recent New York Comic Con event, Nintendo not only revealed an exciting new trailer for A Link Between Worlds and answered fan questions, but also presented some brand new gameplay footage with commentary from Eiji Aonuma.

Thanks to Kotaku’s Chris Person, who attended the panel, he caught the footage and shared it with us. There are quite a few new details shared on the game, with a glimpse of how renting items at Ravio’s shop works, an upgrade to the bow, and most notably, creatures called Maiamais that Link must collect in order to upgrade his items. You can go watch it right here, and view a round-up of the important details in the video after the jump.

Ravio and item rentals

  • The footage starts at Ravio’s shop, and demonstrates the rental system. You can choose to rent or buy, with renting obviously being the cheaper option. (00:00)
  • The rental price for the bow is 50 rupees, but Ravio says it’s “half off if you buy it. Just this once!”, charging 400 Rupees to purchase. (00:11)
  • A rented item will be labeled with “Rental” in your inventory; for example, “Rented Bombs”. (00:36)


  • Link catches “a lost Maiamai”, with the in-game description urging him to return it to “Mother Maiamai”. (02:43)
  • The pronunciation appears to be “my-my”. (02:23)
  • The translator says “if you collect lots of them, you’ll be able to upgrade your items”. (02:58)
  • Link enters a small cave to find Mother Maiamai, a large, pink, octopus-like creature who thanks Link upon the return of her child. (04:23)
  • Link then gives her his bow to upgrade, but it seems as though there was an option to choose other items. She sucks it in and spits it back out, making the bow “more powerful” with “stronger effects”. (04:40)
  • The upgraded bow changes colour from yellow to blue. (04:54)
  • The upgraded bow shoots three arrows at once. (05:20)


  • Link travels from Hyrule to Lorule through a wall using the heiroglyoph, like in the trailer. (01:23)
  • He uses Pegasus Boots (or a similar item, at least) to charge at high speed and shred through grass. (01:57)
  • The translator notes “Lorule has a lot of monsters, but mainly it’s actually just people living there”. (02:31)
  • The music appears to change slightly when Link transforms into a hieroglyph. (02:38)
  • The game’s loading screen shows a black screen with the Triforce symbol. (00:41)
  • Link bombs a wall, which reveals one of the game’s fairy fountains. (00:54)
  • In the Fairy Fountain, Link uses a net to catch a Fairy. (01:02)
  • Link enters the Lorule version of Kakariko Village. (02:14)
  • When returning to Hyrule through another wall crack, Link ends up sneaking into someone’s house behind their closet. (03:02)
  • “Stylish Woman” notices Link trespassing but doesn’t appear to be upset about it, instead asking him what he thinks of her dress. She then blows him a kiss, which turns out to be a Piece of Heart. (03:06)
  • When Link walks out of the house, he ends up in regular Kakariko Village. (03:30)
  • You can look across and zoom in and out of the map on the bottom screen using touch controls. (04:06)
  • Link enters the green dungeon seen in the trailer. It isn’t a traditional dungeon with a boss, but a smaller-scale dungeon where you can find treasure. (06:20)
  • There is a very clever puzzle Link solves using his hieroglyph ability. He then reaches a chest containing a Silver Rupee. (06:55)
Source: Kotaku