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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews) 90 / 100

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  • The stylus makes controlling Link easier than ever. Tap on the screen to make Link move, or sweep the stylus around him to swing the sword.
  • Players can even draw a path for his boomerang and send it flying into hard-to-reach targets.
  • Players can stash the map on the top screen for quick reference or drop it to the touch screen to make notes, study enemies, or chart a path for their boat to follow while they man the cannons.
  • Compete with a friend over a local wireless connection - Guide Link through special dungeons to capture the Triforce or command the forces that oppose him.

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  • ASIN: B000FRV2UK
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 1, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker closed with Link and Tetra setting sail for waters unknown... but their story was just beginning, and it continues on the Nintendo DS. When a mysterious fog waylays their band of pirates and leaves Link alone on a strange island, an all-new adventure begins! ** Get in touch! All game control is via the Touch Screen, and the stylus makes controlling Link more natural than ever. Touch the screen to guide Link through the world, or sweep the stylus around him to swing his sword. You can even make notes on your map, chart routes for your boat, or draw paths for your boomerang! ** Adventure time! With Tetra missing, Link must enlist the aid of several fairies as he explores dangerous wilds, uncharted seas, and baffling dungeons. As he does, he meets an array of fascinating characters, hunts for powerful weapons, and collects sand for a mysterious artifact called the Phantom Hourglass. Over time, it will enable him to progress deeper and deeper into the ultimate dungeon. ** Link with a pal! Compete with a friend over local wireless or Nintendo WFC as you guide Link through special battle stages to capture Force Gems or command the forces that oppose him!

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220 of 229 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun sequel to one of the previous best October 2, 2007
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
***Note: Some spoilers within***

It's been a while since I enjoyed a Zelda title on a handheld. This selection doesn't disappoint.

I'm only a few hours in and I'm hooked. The story line, graphics, music and the characters are all excellent. This title, like Wind Waker, uses the cartoonish/younger set of characters versus the young adult set from Twilight Princess.

For now, here is what I like and don't like. Of course, I'll update the review as I get deeper into the game.


- Picks up where Wind Waker left off. A great story!
- Having the map on the second screen is brilliant. Being able to jot down notes on it is even better. This is by far the most useful tool in the game.
- You can save at any point in the game.
- Puzzle mix is pretty balanced. Nothing too simple and nothing aggravating to the point I want to put the game down. I really dig some of the creative elements they've added to the dungeons. That's all I'm saying; I don't want to give away any spoilers. :)
- The boomerang. I love drawing the path out on the screen. Not only is it used to complete certain actions/puzzles, it's a vital tool in fights. Tip #1: Go slow when drawing the path. If you hit walls or obstacles, the throw is not completed. Tip #2: You can hold down the left shoulder button to instantly switch to the boomerang. This is a great way to quickly arm it.


- I feel like I'm always running out of "screen". This just boils down to the stylus control and limited real estate of the DS.
- Getting Link to "roll" is quite difficult for me. Others may have this move down. I'm still struggling.
- You can "fall" into water (you lose a heart piece) and off of cliffs.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a DS RPG should be! October 8, 2007
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me say, that I'm a HUGE Final Fantasy fan, and have only played two other Zelda games EVER, and never to completion. So it is with some surprise that I say "The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass" stands the model upon which all future DS RPGs should be. It has replaced Final Fantasy III as my new favorite DS RPG and it was no contest.

The graphics are second-to-none for the system. I thought FFIII and Chocobo Tales were good, but this takes what the system can do to another level. It's colorful, bright, cute, and stylish. For a game on such a small screen, the detail is wonderful.

And while some may pass off the stylus-only gameplay as gimmicky, I felt that the tight integration gave me a feeling of being more involved with the game, as opposed to simple button-mashing. The ability to control Link's speed with your stylus is a very clever take, and I actually prefer it to the usual "Hold down B to run." I also like being able to plot the path of my boomerang with the stylus. A very nice touch that adds to the fun of the game.

I enjoy the puzzles and the "time limit" set by the Phantom Hourglass is a great way to keep players on their toes in dungeons. The puzzles, while not overly difficult, offer enough challenge to be fun and not frustrating. And if you can find the hints to solve the puzzles (which are usually scattered somewhere), almost no thought is needed at all.

The story is engaging (this is a sequel, tho' you don't need to have played "The Wind Waker" to understand what's going on) and the characters likable. I also found the music and sound effects to be pleasant and very good for a game that already packs so much into such a small cartridge.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big adventure December 17, 2007
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
In this episode of Zelda (my first one ever) Link has to save Zelda after yet another unfortunate encounter with a villain. This time she is kidnapped by a Ghost ship, Link falls from his ship and washes up on the shore of Mercay island, where he meets his companion for this trip: the fairy Ciela. Together they have to defeat a whole array of increasingly scarier monsters before they can truely free Zelda.

I admit it: I'm 44 and new to gaming. This game is rated as 7+ in the Netherlands (even though there are very few 7 year olds than can already read English), so I was kind of anxious about the childishness of the game, but, boy, did I have fun! Yes, I agree with some reviewers that it is tedious to return to the Temple of the Ocean King all the time, but that is made more than made up for by shooting, stabbing, hooking and bombing all the very ingeniously invented monsters of the various temples and islands. But apart from that you can also fish, trade, dig up rupees, pimp up your boat, fly with chicken. And you have to solve some riddles that are difficult, but not impossible.

Some people claim that they went through this game in 12 hours. I have no idea how they did that: the final fight alone took me all in all almost 3 hours (and some less-than-polite language) to complete. And apart from the game proper there are a number of side-quests or you can just go treasure hunting or shoot seagulls, all according to your preferences. And their is a multi-player mode that I have not even explored yet...

The graphics are amazing for such a little screen and after a while you actually start to like Link, the little green fellow with the tight pants and the big eyes that is your alter ego in this game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zelda forever!!
I have this game and received it as a birthday gift back in 2007 and I have kept it ever since and ever since I got it I have always enjoyed it! Read more
Published 17 days ago by EvFan17
5.0 out of 5 stars Zelda fan
Bought used, works great. Enjoying my game very much.
Published 22 days ago by christina sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars the legend of Zelda is another classic game.
Now in here you have to go sailing and collect pieces for the boat. And also just like all the legend of Zelda games but in here your going to need a guide for the game.
Published 1 month ago by thomas henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Working as intended
Came in working order. Kids happy
Published 1 month ago by Kaboomer
1.0 out of 5 stars I love Zelda games
I love Zelda games, and one of the best things about them are the dungeons. This game doesn't stand up to the rest in the Zelda series since A Link To The Past. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Tribett
5.0 out of 5 stars Good For Teens
Kids liked it as a Christmas gift.
Published 1 month ago by Happy Gramma
1.0 out of 5 stars I particularly hated the interactions where I had to blow or talk ...
What an awful and frustrating game. I particularly hated the interactions where I had to blow or talk into the microphone.
Published 1 month ago by Adam Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Sand Through the Phantom Hourglass, These Are the Days of My Life
The sequel to the GameCube hit The Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass follows Toon Link who, with help from a fairy and a conniving sailor, tries to save the pirate Tetra and the Great... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing game! Couldn't put it down after I bought ...
Amazing game! Couldn't put it down after I bought it.
Published 2 months ago by David R. Nunez
4.0 out of 5 stars Zelda fan!
Love the game!
Published 2 months ago by dhuizar
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