Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.. A Primer for R4DS, Purchasing and Guides

The release of the Japanese version of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass created a stir of response from a broad spectrum of gamers, including, for all the wrong reasons, those who ran the game in form of ROMs.

When the game was released, R4DS users were unable to play the game simply because the game utilised a 2MB save file, something the particular firmware of that time was unable to create. It was not until a new firmware was released that R4DS users were able to enjoy the game as much as their cash-paying counterparts.

Refer here to my previous posting on how to get the game to work with the R4DS.

With the release of the English (US) version of Phantom Hourglass, R4DS users shouldn't have a problem running the game.

Gamers who are willing to pay for the game (yours truly included) have several things to look forward to. First up would be the game itself, at first glance it is a blast to play with a mix of action (I love sword fighting) and puzzles (put your noggin' to good use).

The soundtrack is of particular note. The soundtrack is amplified when you are playing with a Nintendo DS (the fat one, mind you) as the larger speakers generate rich epic sounds without the need for earphones.

Play-Asia is selling this game for USD 39.90 with free shipping and is in stock October 4th (which coincides with the anniversary of this blog!), click here for purchase details.

The second things to look up for are the guides. Prima Games has released two versions of the Phantom Hourglass: Prima Official Game Guide. The plain vanilla paperback version, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: Prima Official Game Guide comes with the following (copied from Play-Asia):
  • 288 pages
  • Maps - Maps of all regions to help you guide Link to his new adventures.
  • All Heart Pieces Revealed - Every heart piece will be detailed so you won't miss a single one.
  • Weapon Details - A rundown of every weapon's abilities, where to find them, and how to use them most effectively.
  • Exclusive Poster - Large pull out poster, double sided with Zelda art and Map art.
  • Complete Walkthrough - The optimal path to complete the game. We'll show the best way to get through the adventure.

Like what the title says, the hardcover The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide is for the discerning collector, or the fanboy (or fangirl). It comes with the following (also taken from Play-Asia):
  • pages: 336
  • Extra Content - Exclusive to the Collector's Edition, sixteen pages of extra Zelda content.
  • Exclusive Poster - Large pull out poster, double sided with Zelda art and Map art.
  • All Heart Pieces Revealed - Every heart piece location.
  • Maps - Maps of all regions.
  • Hardcover Collector's Edition - Exclusive cover, a matched set with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Collector's Edition guide!
  • Bonus Bookmark - Deluxe leather-feel bookmark with every guide.

Both are currently in stock now at Play-Asia, click here for the paperback version and here for the hardcover version. Both can be found for cheaper at Amazon.com but for us over here at Malaysia and the rest of the world, Play-Asia might be the better choice with its free international shipping.