Nintendo Reveals Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
March 23, 2006
It's amazing how Nintendo can still surprise us all after all these years. Here we all were expecting new information on the Nintendo Revolution during Nintendo CEO's Satoru Iwata's GDC keynote address and instead comes the unveiling of a new Legend of Zelda title for the Nintendo DS, Phantom Hourglass. AMN has some first impressions of the game as well as a not-to-be-missed trailer, a trailer that apparently caused everyone in attendance at the keynote to erupt with cheers and applause.
Phantom Hourglass follows in the tradition and style of Wind Waker, although seemingly with a dash of Link to the Past and a bit of Ocarina of Time. Watch the trailer and you'll see what I mean. The camera appears to stay somewhat isometric in the classic style, while Link is followed by a fairy friend (and I don't mean Tingle). It also appears that players can take notes on the game's map screen, something that I find very intriguing. How better to take notes of symbol patterns and item locations than on the DS's touch screen itself? The game will be on display at E3 (probably next to that "other" Zelda game, Twilight Princess), and I have to say that I'm looking forward to checking it out. I'm very eager to see how Nintendo plans to adapt the familiar Zelda mechanics for the DS's unique abilities.