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THE TIME TRAVELIN' JAVELIN

f it's Zelda and it's on a Nintendo console, you know it'll be good. I thought Link's first Game Boy epic was gold, but Oracle of Ages blows Link's Awakening out of the water. Just like SNES’ Link to the Past, the time travel aspect brings forth a separate-but-parallel worlds gimmick which doubles the map size. Of course, you're only able to access scant portions of the land until you find new items. The power bracelet, jump feather, and bombs are all back, and it's as exciting as ever to attain them and uncover new areas. Capcom did Miyamoto proud by capturing the concept of level design that keeps you hooked. Planting trees and finding rings only served to make me more enthralled with the package, and it's nice to see a story where Princess Zelda is just a member of the supporting cast.

I know I'll get heat for this, but I still prefer the classic overhead gameplay to the 3D we see on N64 Zelda games. Don't judge a quest by the size of its console, and get this game by any means necessary.  



ANDREW REINER   9.5
If you only want to pick up one of the new Zelda titles, this is the one to get. The time travel aspect is very similar to that in A Link to the Past, and the action is delivered with the hardcore Zelda gamer in mind.
9.5
CONCEPT:
Link travels through time via a magical harp
GRAPHICS:
Are you sure this isn't Game Boy Advance?
SOUND:
Heroic ballads and the classic Zelda theme
PLAYABILITY:
Perfect as always, with classic items of old
ENTERTAINMENT:
Holy crap is this some fun stuff
REPLAY:
High
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