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Nintendo Land - The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest - GoNintendo impressions

by rawmeatcowboy
06 June 2012
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The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest is going to seem instantly familiar to those that have played Wii Sports Resort. This game bares a very close resemblance to the swordfighting Mii challenges from Wii Sports Resort. Both games have your character automatically moving forward, both games pit you against enemies that need to be slashed away. The enemies will also try and block your attacks or require you to hit them at a certain angle. If you liked that aspect of Wii Sports Resort, you should get the same enjoyment out of The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest.

The big difference in this game from the Wii Sports Resort outing is the player that plays with the GamePad. Instead of swordfighting with the Wiimote, the GamePad player takes on the role of an archer. If's up to you to pick off enemies that are trying to take out your fellow Link Miis. You can move the GamePad all around to see where enemies might be hiding. Sometimes they hang out in trees, other times they wait on cliffs to divebomb your front line. The role of the archer is an extremely crucial one for your team's success.

Being a game that pays tribute to Zelda, there are also many Zelda-style mechanics in this game. Outside of the swordfighting, you'll happen upon switches that your entire team has to hit at the same time. Until you manage to do that, you won't be able to open a gate and proceed. You'll have to do all this while facing off against familiar Zelda-style enemies.

With the right people, The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest can be a real great time. You just need to make sure you have a decent archer that pays attention. I played with a few people that had no idea what they were doing as archer, which lead to a massive wave of enemies that the front line just couldn't handle. Things can get out of hand quickly if the archer isn't on-top of his game.

While not as addictive or engaging as Luigi's Ghost Mansion or Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, there's certainly plenty of charm in The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest. I think the real key to enjoyment in this title is seeing just how much content there is to offer. The other two games can be replayed countless times and lead to different results each time. The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest will remain mostly the same due to its more standard gameplay approach.