Parents' Guide to

Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Portable device brings set of adventures to new audiences.

Game Nintendo Switch 2021
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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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