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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds contains fantasy cartoon violence, but that combat is not bloody or gory. The game is played from a simple top-down perspective (eagle-eye view) as opposed to being close-up and realistic. Link, the hero of this game, is noble and a defender of the innocent -- but he also kills thousands of enemies.
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The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a highly enjoyable game that harkens back to the old 2-D Nintendo titles that focus on engaging gameplay rather than relying on slick graphics. With its well-designed dungeons (and maze-like environments), fun combat, head-scratching puzzles, and many secrets to uncover, this low-tech game is incredibly engrossing. Although some might get a sense of deja vu from a look and feel that's similar to older games, Nintendo has added some new features such as renting items, which adds more strategy; also, the environmental puzzles are more challenging than those in past games. Overall, casual or core gamers will get a lot out of this family-friendly adventure.
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- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Subjects: Social Studies: citizenship, exploration
Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, solving puzzles
Emotional Development: empathy
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: November 19, 2013
- Genre: Role Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Superheroes, Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: E for Fantasy Violence
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