It’s the 35th anniversary of Zelda. And of course, there’s a Zelda edition Game & Watch coming.
Nintendo announced the second in its rebooted series of novelty Game & Watch retro handhelds at this year’sversion of : a Zelda-infused version coming Nov. 12. It looks very much like the Mario Game & Watch released last year, but significantly better: There are three Zelda games on this one (the original Zelda, Zelda II, and Link’s Awakening, plus a bonus original Game & Watch game called Vermin). Last year’s just had the original Super Mario Bros. and Mario: The Lost Levels along with a Game & Watch game called Ball.
Like the previous Mario Game & Watch, there is a watch mode with Zelda-themed animations, which cycles graphics and effects. The Zelda game’s four-in-one combo gives this model a little more value than the Mario one last year, and having the Game Boy version of Link’s Awakening,on the Switch, feels particularly perfect. What remains less clear is how save states will work: Game & Watch Super Mario could pause and save a game in progress, but Zelda games are a lot longer and save state-intensive. The Game & Watch charges via USB-C and should have decent battery life. I was impressed by the Mario version’s battery, as well as its display that was a lot crisper and more colorful than I expected.
Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda (the official name) is already available for preorder for $50 at Best Buy.
The design looks as collectible-ready as last year’s Mario version, which is still readily available. Withnot arriving until 2022, this will have to fill that Hyrule hole in your heart till then.