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Link Between Worlds

Where In The Zelda Timeline Is A Link Between Worlds?

The Zelda timeline can be incredibly confusing and has sparked thousands of fights in countless pubs across the country.

That was until the bestselling book Hyrule Historia straightened everything out for fans of the series. Released in December 2011 the writers say that the SNES classic, A Link To The Past, is sandwiched somewhere in-between Ocarina of Time and Link’s Awakening during a period called the ‘Sealing War’.

If you think that’s confusing then consider that Link’s most recent big console outing, Skyward Sword, is actually the first game in the timeline, happening after the creation of Heaven and Earth.

Erm, right… OK. So where does Link’s latest 3DS outing, A Link Between Worlds, fit in with the series?

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A Link Between Worlds is a direct sequel to A Link To The Past (so the Master Sword won’t be sleeping again… for ever) and is set in the same version of Hyrule a huge number of gamers are likely to have played before.

That puts it immediately after A Link To The Past in the timeline, but there are some significant changes to the formula from usual instalments.

The dungeons aren’t the same as those in A Link To The Past, and producer Eiji Aonuma has said that players will be able to explore them at their leisure – much like in the first The Legend Of Zelda on the NES.

A lot of the weapons from A Link To The Past are also set to return, especially our favourite, the whopping great mallet that lets you smash enemies to a pulp and knock posts into the ground.

You won’t be finding weapons in dungeons though as again, like the NES classic, you have the option to buy or rent items before adventuring. That should give you a huge range of weapons to choose from when shopping as early as the start of the game, should you have the rupees.

It wouldn’t be a Zelda game without a brand new feature. A Link Between World’s twist is that Link can become a 2D chalk-type drawing on walls allowing him to move between different plains to solve puzzles.

It also allows him to enter the alternate universe of Lorule, apparently ruled by Princess Zelda’s counterpart Hilda. Rumour also has it that the game’s Dark World will also have an alternate Triforce…

Changes have also been made to the magic meter which now refills by itself and replaces bomb and arrow ammunition.

Oh, and one more thing. The Link in A Link Between Worlds isn’t the same Link from A Link To The Past, if you needed just a little bit more chronological confusion!

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