It’s hard to point a finger at the best looking Nintendo 3DS game on the horizon simply because there are so many in the works. If we had to pick one though, The Legends of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds might just have to be it.

Nintendo has a fresh new batch of screenshots and concept art available showing off the world in which Link will be returning too. Unlike games in more recent memory, A Link Between Worlds focuses on a more open-ended gameplay in which our green-tunic sporting hero can tackle the dungeons in any order he pleases.

I don’t think this freedom has been allowed even since the NES original. Link has followed a relatively rigid path from dungeon to dungeon, despite his free roaming worlds. Could it be that Nintendo is giving up its recent hand holding and letting gamers find their own way through games again? Well shall see!

The concept art features an artistic retelling of the plot seen in Link to the Past, much like how The Minish Cap and The Wind Waker began their stories, a now recurring trend in the series.

I’m a big fan of these new character designs too. Toon Link is still one of the coolest dudes around, don’t get me wrong, but I’m in the mood for something a little more classic from this throwback title. The Zelda model is perfect, probably the best the game has to offer. A new young Link has emerged, some village helpers are ready for action, and a crooked looking wizard makes his first appearance. Call me crazy, but I think he is the villain.

Nintendo also provided a screenshot of the over-world, and surprise! It looks just like it did in Link to the Past. Maybe I can find my way through with my eyes closed still.

The trailer from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct has also be released, so be sure to watch that below if you missed it the first time.

I haven’t been this excited for a new game in the series in quite some time, and I think it’s going to blow those two DS games out of the water. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be released on November 22nd, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

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