The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (RPG Special) (Game Boy Advance) Preview

By Adam Riley 12.06.2004 2

Capcom's relationship with Nintendo is extremely intimate, even more so than some people might realise. You see, the Street Fighter company has a small subsidiary team by the name of Flagship who have actually worked exclusively on Zelda titles since the amazing duo of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Ages way back on the GBC. And these have been no run-of-the-mill versions, either, by no means! In fact they are rated as some of Link's best outings. So can Flagship do it again? Find out by reading on...

This, Link's first full handheld adventure since 2001, see the little Hylian star travelling away from his usual confines to a far-off land, never before traversed. As stated in the game's title, the young adventurer must use a special mystical hat, by the name of 'The Minish Cap', in order to shrink himself down to actually enter into the unfamiliar land where he must attempt to locate and piece together broken pieces of relic called Kinstones.

Screenshot for The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (RPG Special) on Game Boy Advance

The brave little boy that we have welcomed into our homes on a regular basis for nearly two decades discovers this Minish Cap (or Magical Hood as Nintendo Germany believes it will be deemed upon its European release) that helps him slide his way into the Minish people's territory, a species that is currently finds itself in grave danger thanks to an unknown evil. Therefore Link decides to aid the little folk by trekking through mind-boggling puzzles, endurance-testing dungeons and trying to overcome any other trials and tribulations that are thrown his way as he constantly switches between the Minish world and his own land.

Screenshot for The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (RPG Special) on Game Boy Advance

What will be immediately noticeable from looking at the screenshots dotted around is that Flagship has incorporated many of the features found in other titles in the franchise

Screenshot for The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (RPG Special) on Game Boy Advance

But what is even more brilliant is that the small multiplayer addition from the team's Zelda III GBA port, The Four Sword, has not been dismissed. Flagship has actually integrated the idea of splitting little Link into four coloured Links right into The Minish Cap's main quest! Therefore you can bring along three friends on during the adventure thanks to a special piece of equipment that the hero now carries

Screenshot for The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (RPG Special) on Game Boy Advance

Final Thoughts

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap could easily vie for the accolade of 'Greatest Zelda Ever!' There seems to be no end to the talent over at Flagship. The Oracles duo were exemplary GBC games and The Four Sword on the GBA was amazing, but this appears to overshadow those past efforts with ease, melding the best elements of Zelda iterations throughout the ages with brand new, innovative ideas to formulate the perfect final product. This really cannot come fast enough and should prove to be the ultimate Christmas present! It is so highly anticipated that a mere 5/5 rating does not do it justice...*Scale Explodes*

Developer

Flagship

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

Action Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (59 Votes)

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