A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The games featured in this collection are classic good versus evil tales with a hero facing off against seemingly impossible odds to defeat monsters. Perseverance, exploration, and helping others are messages that frequently pop up.
Positive Role Models
Link is a hero that's kind and selfless, helping others and deciding to put himself in danger to defeat evil. He grows in power and ability over the course of each adventure, but he doesn't really communicate much to indicate character development.
While Link is the main character of each game, there are a variety of older and younger people of different genders featured in each title.
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Ease of Play
The games vary in ease, from Link's Awakening being the easiest or most straightforward to The Adventure of Link being the most obscure. Regardless of the game played, the controls are easy to learn. The difficulty is in finding the dungeons, learning the attacks of the enemies, and defeating them.
Violence & Scariness
Players use swords, bombs, arrows, boomerangs, and other weapons against monsters to defeat them in battle. While combat can be frequent, there's no blood or gore shown, and enemies vanish when eliminated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Game and Watch: The Legend of Zelda is a separate stand-alone device that contains a number of classic adventure games from the Nintendo and Game Boy days. This is the second device in the series, following up on the release of 2020's Game and Watch: Super Mario Bros. Here, players get to explore three different adventures from The Legend of Zelda series, which has inspired a wide number of games, toys, and other properties. Players take on the role of Link in these games, fighting against monsters with a wide number of weapons, including swords, bombs, arrows, boomerangs, and other items to defeat his opponents. While combat occurs frequently, no blood or gore is shown, and enemies disappear when defeated. Other than that, there's no inappropriate content in any of the games. Players will need to persevere against significant odds and explore their surroundings while fending off attacks, requiring attention to detail and patience to succeed.
Is It Any Good?
This series helped define adventure games, and now they're more portable than before in a condensed device for players. The Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda includes three classic titles from the early days of the franchise, reproduced and emulated in pixel perfect detail. The Legend of Zelda is an incredible classic that has virtually no equal on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Its mix of exploration, action, and puzzle solving left a memorable mark on the gaming landscape. The Adventure of Link revises the formula entirely, mixing side scrolling action areas and top-down exploration as you fight through various environments, earning experience points for defeating enemies to enhance his abilities. Finally, Link's Awakening is a fantastic tale that takes you away from the lands of Hyrule and places you on a large island packed with secrets, dungeons, and twists. There's a reason why many people consider it to be one of the best handheld games ever made – it's that influential and incredible. Between the three included titles, you've got hours upon hours of gameplay to explore, which helps to justify the $49.99 price tag of the portable device.
Like other Game & Watch titles, this collection comes with a classic black & white digital game, and this set comes with Vermin, a Whack-A-Mole styled game where Link slides across the screen trying to prevent creatures from burrowing through the ground and getting past his mallets. The rounds start out slow and accelerate to a faster pace, forcing you to move quickly. Compared to the three games included, it's not going to keep your attention, but is fun for a few minutes. Similarly, players can use the digital clock which features scenes from the Legend of Zelda or a timer mode which lets you test your skills against an increasing number of challenging monsters. Nintendo has even packed in a handful of secrets in this little device, such as sleep screens, bonus music tracks, and more. Overall, this collection stuffs a large amount of content in a tiny package, and collectors and newcomers to the franchise will have a blast with this device.
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