It’s the thirty fifth anniversary of Zelda. And after all, there’s a Zelda version Game & Watch coming.
Nintendo introduced the second in its rebooted collection of novelty Game & Watch retro handhelds at this 12 months’smodel of : a Zelda-infused model coming Nov. 12. It appears very very like the Mario Game & Watch launched final 12 months, however considerably higher: There are three Zelda video games on this one (the unique Zelda, Zelda II, and Link’s Awakening, plus a bonus unique Game & Watch recreation referred to as Vermin). Last 12 months’s simply had the unique Super Mario Bros. and Mario: The Lost Levels together with a Game & Watch recreation referred to as Ball.
Like the earlier Mario Game & Watch, there’s a watch mode with Zelda-themed animations, which cycles graphics and results. The Zelda recreation’s four-in-one combo offers this mannequin a little extra worth than the Mario one final 12 months, and having the Game Boy model of Link’s Awakening,on the Switch, feels notably good. What stays much less clear is how save states will work: Game & Watch Super Mario might pause and save a recreation in progress, however Zelda video games are a lot longer and save state-intensive. The Game & Watch costs by way of USB-C and may have respectable battery life. I used to be impressed by the Mario model’s battery, in addition to its show that was a lot crisper and extra colourful than I anticipated.
Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda (the official identify) is already out there for preorder for $50 at Best Buy.
The design appears as collectible-ready as final 12 months’s Mario model, which continues to be available. Withnot arriving till 2022, this must fill that Hyrule gap in your coronary heart until then.