Eiji Aonuma has posted a new message on Miiverse explaining the items system in A Link Between Worlds. He has revealed that the items can be rented from the shop, but once Link dies, the item is automatically returned, and Link must rent it again to proceed. In addition, the items can be purchased from Ravio, the owner of the shop, at which point Link will permanently retain the item, even if players die and have to continue. Today’s Nintendo Direct showed lots of new footage of the game, revealing the new character Ravio, in addition to picturing several others. It was also pointed out that Ravio’s shop contains Majora’s Mask. Here are Aonuma’s full comments posted on Miiverse:
“Hi everyone, I’m Eiji Aonuma from Nintendo.
Fans in Europe will have to wait a little longer, but it makes me happy to see so many of you using the Tingle Bottle feature to post in-game messages in The Wind Waker HD community. So thank you!
In today’s Nintendo Direct, we revealed the name of the character in the A Link Between Worlds screenshot I posted here last time. His name is Ravio, and we also announced that you can rent and purchase items from his shop. You may be wondering what in the world we mean by “renting” items. Well, let me explain.
In Ravio’s shop, each of the items you can use in the game are on display from the beginning. But Ravio only has one of each item in stock, so if he sells them he’ll go bust! For this reason, he set the purchase price for each item at an outrageously high rate. Unfortunately, that means Link can’t move forward and Ravio can’t sustain his business, so he decided to start renting the items at reasonable prices. The rental period for each item is unlimited, so you can rent them for as long as you’d like, but if Link falls during his adventure and it’s game over, the items will be returned to the shop. If you want to continue playing, you’ll have to rent them again. After a while, you can eventually purchase the items, and once you do, you’ll be able to keep using them even if you game over.
This may seem similar to the three day system in Majora’s Mask where all your items are lost when you reach the end of the third day, but you’ll be able to rent every item from the beginning if you can afford it. So unlike past Zelda games, you won’t run into a scenario where you can’t do something because you need a certain item that won’t be available until later. I hope all of you will experiment with many different items and play as you like.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds comes out on November 22nd. There’s still a lot more information to come, so please stay tuned.”
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