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Spaceworld 99
August 27


Hyrule:The Land of Zelda brings you the latest screenshots and info from Zelda Gaiden.You can also download the video by Clicking HERE.

Why Gaiden is different than Ocarina of Time? Let's find out...


New Legends in a Strange Land Await Link.

Mere months after returning peace to the land of Hyrule, Link once again embarks on adventure

One day, deep in the forest, Link encounters a Skull Kid wearing an unusual mask. The Skull Kid has rustled Link's beloved Epona and escaped through a mystical doorway to a twisted dimension.

When Link pursued the horse-napper through the doorway, he encountered a strange, yet oddly familiar world. Despite the appearance of some familiar faces, one thing was clearly different about this place: a gigantic moon loomed in the sky that appeared to be inexorably falling down onto the world. The inhabitants of the world were filled with dread, and lamented that their world would end in a few short days.

"Locate the Skull Kid who hides his face with a strange mask, you may find a clue to saving this place." So said one of the world's mysterious inhabitants, and thus gave young Link an impetus for adventure.

This strange parallel world that Link must explore is similar to, and yet completely different from the world of Hyrule he explored in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It is full of new adventures and encounters, and features appearances in different settings by many of Links favorite characters from the Ocarina of Time. This strange and wonderful world invites you!

Time Ticks Away on the Enormous Clock Tower
Little time remains before the end of the world as Link knows it. An enormous clock tower ominously counts down. Can Link save this world in the limited time that remains? Unlike previous Zelda games where Link was free to explore at his leisure, in Zelda Gaiden, the clock is ticking down to the world's ultimate destruction.

The Mysterious Powers of the Masks Transform Link
In the world of Zelda Gaiden, the masks are more than just symbols. In fact, Link can even transform himself into a Goron, a Zora and even a Deku Scrub by wearing different masks!
After transformation, Link will have unique abilities. It will be necessary for him to take advantage of those abilities in order to make his way through this adventure.

New, powerful enemies and even more exciting 3-D Action Battles await Link!



Compilation of info related to Zelda Gaiden taken from several Nintendo sites:

From IGN64.COM, written by Peer Schnider:

Only a few months after Link returned from his time travel escapades as laid forth in Ocarina of Time, the Hylian youngster in Kokiri clothing already stumbles into an all-new adventure...

The Legend of Zelda: The Continuing Saga

Prologue

One day, deep in the forest, Link encountered a stranger wearing a mysterious mask. Without as much as an explanation, the unusual fellow stole the pony young Link was riding ­ his beloved Epona ­ and escaped through a doorway into a warped dimension. Link of course quickly followed and soon found himself trapped in a strange, yet oddly familiar world full of familiar faces. But while the landscape may have looked familiar, one thing was clearly different: In the sky above loomed a gigantic moon, slowly falling down onto this world...

"In a few more days, this world will end." So spoke those living there. Even as they waited, time passed mercilessly. "If you can find the masked one, you may find a clue to saving this realm."

And so Link embarks on a new adventure to halt the setting of the moon on this strange world and to find his way back to his own land.

The Legend Continues
Zelda: Gaiden is the direct follow-up to Ocarina of Time. Even though the story does not really continue the events that happened in the first N64 Zelda, the two games are inevitably intertwined as Link gets stuck in a sort of parallel world to Hyrule. As he makes his way through the strange wonderland he accidentally tumbled into, Link comes face to face with many familiar faces, including Malon, a dark version of Navi, Ingo, and of course Zelda. However, things just don't seem right ­ as Link quickly finds out when he puts on a mask for the first time since he entered the mirror world...

Masks
Whereas gameplay progression in Ocarina of Time was largely driven by items and weapons, Gaiden takes a slightly different route. Instead of providing Link with power glove upgrades for heavy lifting or a blue tunic for underwater breathing, Link now wears masks that not only give him special powers, but also turn him into the corresponding creatures. The 50% complete Gaiden demo at Spaceworld featured three different masks for players to try out. Note that the mask item screen actually had a whopping 20 different slots ­ presumably for other masks.

 

  • Goron Mask: After a humorous (and somewhat frightening) transformation scene, Link turns into one of the rock-eating creatures from Ocarina of Time. The only thing that reminds the player that the creature on screen is still Link is his trademark green hood. As soon as he turns into a Goron, Link gains new powers that allow him to access new areas and overcome certain obstacles. For example, it is sometimes necessary for Link to turn into a Goron in order to move a heavy stone block out of the way. But Goron's have yet another "gift" ­ namely, the ability to roll themselves into a ball and traverse the land at high speeds. In the Spaceworld demo, players were able to experience this Goron special move during a lightning fast race against other Gorons that reminded us a lot of the Tatooine scenes from Episode I Racer.
  • Deku Scrub Mask: Link has the chance to turn himself into what's perhaps the most annoying creature from Ocarina of Time. Just like the Deku guys from the predecessor, Link can now hop through the dungeons and shoot seeds out his snout to defend himself. But that's not all. Not only can the Deku walk on water, they can also grab a hold of certain flowers and use them to glide through the air, enabling Link to reach high up areas that he previously couldn't get to (not even with the help of a chicken).
  • Zora Mask: By turning into a Zora, Link gains access to what we think is the coolest power yet: Underwater flight. To call the Zoras' way of getting through the water "swimming" just doesn't do it justice. As soon as you hit the A button, Zora-Link cuts through the water like an eel, twirling and spinning through the underwater landscapes at Dolphin speed. Ecco, eat your heart out. At Spaceworld, the Zora power was demonstrated during an interesting race of sorts where Link tries to keep up with two beavers and help them gather drift wood for their dam.

As if these special powers weren't enough, each one of Link's forms is also able to whip out musical instruments and play magical tunes ­ similar to the use of the Ocarina of Time in the last adventure. The Deku Scrub guy plays horns, the Goron produces a sizable set of bongo drums and Zora-Link pulls out a guitar made from fish bones.

As far as weapons go, we weren't able to spot anything new ­ but then again, the game's only about half done.

A Graphical Upgrade
Zelda: Gaiden requires the 4MB Expansion to run ­ and it really shows. There are far more trees out in the fields and some of the rooms we entered during Spaceworld's "Dungeon Tour" featured as many as six Stalfos skeletons at the same time. Speaking of which, there are plenty of new and old creatures in Gaiden. Ocarina of Time players will recognize the frost statues from the ice caves and the bouncing Tektites, but Link also faces mean-eating swamp plants, slime blobs and the slug-like shadow creatures from A Link to the Past that Link can only see when he is facing them.

The environments are even more varied than in Ocarina of Time. In addition to dark dungeons and ancient temples, Link finds himself in a smelly swamp, a snowy village in the mountains, an enchanted forest and an amazing looking town with a giant clock tower, complete with rotating gears that slowly count down towards the impending catastrophe.

To sum it all up: From what I have played of Gaiden so far, the game is definitely set to give N64 owners exactly what they've been asking for the moment they finished Ocarina of Time. Since the controls and battle system are virtually identical, playing Gaiden is like returning to a world that you just left a few hours ago. It speaks for Gaiden's designers that despite the similarities, the game manages to surprise even Zelda veterans with interesting new twists and gameplay elements. Hopefully, the quest is just as long and involving as Ocarina of Time's ­ just with less "hey!" from Navi and a slightly higher challenge level.

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Written by Peer Schneider (ign64.com)




From NINTENDO.COM, written by Dan Owsen:

In the absence of any announcements about Dolphin, Zelda Gaiden is probably the game that is going to make the gaming mags who always pooh-pooh Pokemon most excited about Space World. As someone who has played all the Zelda games a lot, and seen them develop from the early stages into polished masterpieces, I can say that Zelda Gaiden did not disappoint. Although obviously still a little rough around the edges, the makings of a great new adventure are here.

The first thing I noticed about the game was its speed. There are several racing sequences that move along at a fair clip, but the best thing was the number of enemies that Link could battle without a hint of slow-down. At one point it looked like there were a half-dozen skeletal creatures jumping around and climbing in the branches of trees, smoothly and realistically (well, as realistically as a skeletal creature can appear!). Gigantic bosses and impressive cinema scenes with great explosive effects that would tax the system in most games are rendered with nary a drop in framerate. There's no real secret behind all this though - the game will require the N64 Expansion Pak.

You know Mr. Miyamoto and his designers wouldn't be satisfied making a sequel that just contained new graphics. Although Zelda Gaiden essentially uses the same game play mechanics as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, there are many new things to experience and explore in the legend's next chapter. Perhaps the key new element of game play will be Link's ability to actually transform into a new character by wearing the different masks. By wearing the masks, Link can assume the form of a Goron, a Zora or even a Deku Scrub.

Each of these fantastic forms has its own abilities, as you would expect. The Goron form, for example, can roll up into a ball for some wild Goron rolling. When it comes times to make music (again a key part of the game), the Goron Link whips out a set of bongos that would make your average heavy-metal drummer green with envy. As a Zora, Link gains fantastic swimming abilities, and in the musical department, he can play a mean guitar. Although you might think becoming a Deku Scrub is kind of weak, in this form Link can hover like a helicopter and play an orchestra's worth of horns.

In these forms, Link will explore all-new worlds full of danger and wonder, making new friends and battling new enemies. In addition to the groups of skeletal creatures, new boss characters will appear, including a tall, skinny dude named Odolf who wields a blade that makes the Biggoron Sword look like a pen knife. In addition to strange allies, Link will have his usual collection of items to help him along. Although the new item screen looks like it has space for fewer items, and most of the ones in the show version were familiar, you can bet that new surprises will be added to the game as it progresses.

According to the Space World Official Guide Book, the show version of Zelda Gaiden is only 50 percent complete, but with a scheduled release date in Japan of March 2000, it's on the development fast track. We'll have more on this title as soon as it becomes available.

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