As the launch for A Link Between Worlds edges closer and closer, you’ll have seen loads of screenshots, footage and trailers of the game by now. Nintendo Everything bagged themselves something a little different: an absolute ton of new item art for A Link Between Worlds. Most interestingly, however, is this curious object you see above this text. What is it and what does it do? Read on for a brief analysis.
It’s assumed that these many of these are the icons as they would appear in the game’s inventory and menus, due to their basic square designs. Despite this simplicity, however, all images have a surprisingly high resolution, and you can click on them all for a more detailed look.
Princess Zelda and Princess Hilda
Swords and Shield
Here is the starter sword and shield, as well as the Master Sword.
Here are some items, which are all available to purchase from Ravio’s shop. Many of these are traditional, returning weapons, and there is also the new propeller item revealed in recent footage.
It wouldn’t be a Zelda game without Empty Bottles. You can also see bottles with Blue Potion and a Fairy below.
New mystery item
Here’s what appears to be a brand new item. As far as I can tell, we haven’t seen Link wielding whatever this is yet–however, we may have seen it before. At the beginning of the most recent trailer, Yuga turns an elderly woman into a painting. If you look closely (screenshot provided below) you can see that she is holding a similar item to this one. In the video it is longer and looks like a staff, so it’s likely that it holds some magical power. What could this mean? Does Link inherit this object from the woman after she’s been imprisoned? Do all sages have these? Also, the diamond-like part in the middle looks similar to the switches in The Wind Waker–not that there’s likely any significance to that. Edit: Also, as commenter @roosgoff rightly says, the Ravio ears on the woman’s staff may suggest a connection between the item and the shopkeeper.
See these screenshots from the trailer:
The Heart Container icon which displays how many Pieces of Heart you have. This is likely displayed on one of the inventory/menu screens. Here it is at different stages.
These appear to be the tiled backgrounds used in-game–the green one can be seen in the mini dungeon at the end of Kotaku’s recent footage.
Here are some portraits, most of which being a frame without a picture. Edit: There are eight different colours, and as commenter DarkLink1996 points out, it seems to be the mysterious boy who is featured in one of the paintings (not Link) along with Princess Zelda. With this in mind, we can assume that these possibly contain the paintings of Zelda and the seven sages.
Here are some variations of the previous artwork we saw, followed by some art of the Triforces.
And finally, here’s the most mysterious image to surface: an alphabet translator. It doesn’t seem to be any type of Hylian that we’ve seen before–in fact, most of the symbols look close enough to the English alphabet. Who knows what this is for, or if it even has any significant purpose in the actual game, but here it is (click for a better size).