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

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Description

While at a festival with Princess Zelda, Link encounters a mysterious mage, called Vaati, who turns the princess to stone. Helpless to stop them, Link is asked by the king to meet with a race of tiny people known as the Minish, who may be able to help with their predicament. On his travels, Link teams up with a talking cap called Ezlo, who is able to shrink Link to the size of a Minish so that he can meet with them. With his newfound abilities, Link must save the kingdom from Vaati's menace.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is a top-down action adventure game that tells the origins of the evil Vaati from Four Swords. Players take on the role of Link as they conquer various dungeons to retrieve essential tools to fight enemies and progress through various obstacles. Items such as the Mole Mitts allow Link to dig through dirt, while the Gust Jar can be used to suck in enemies, items, and propel Link. Link can also shrink down to the size of a Minish with the aid of Ezlo, the talking cap.

The Minish Cap uses the gameplay mechanic of shrinking to make familiar territory new and different. Puddles become huge rivers, baby chicks are huge monsters, and regular enemies become deadly bosses at Minish size. Link can also trade items called "Kinstones" with people in the game - when two pieces of the same Kinstone are joined together, new areas open up, treasure chests appear, and sometimes, even useful rewards are given to Link.

Screenshots

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Game Boy Advance There are lots of wacky enemies in the game.
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Game Boy Advance A Hero
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Game Boy Advance Title screen
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Game Boy Advance In the second dungeon

Alternate Titles

  • "塞尔达传说:迷你帽" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎのぼうし" -- Japanese spelling
  • "The Legend of Zelda: Fushigi no Boushi" -- Japanese Title

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User Reviews

The Minish Cap: One of my favorite titles that still stands as a great game Andrew Marion (5) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
One of the Best Games for the GBA 3ND3R (10) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A small handheld, a small hero, a small gem! Rensch (203) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

The Press Says

Gamers' Temple, The 2005 96 out of 100 96
Lawrence Jan 14, 2005 95 out of 100 95
All Game Guide 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
JeuxActu Nov 24, 2004 18 out of 20 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 18, 2004 9 out of 10 90
NintendoWorldReport Dec 05, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Jan 10, 2005 4 out of 5 80
Video Game Talk Apr 15, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPGamer 2005 4 out of 5 80
Game Critics Dec 29, 2004 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Game Boy Advance version of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Glitches in the PAL version

The European and Australian versions of The Minish Cap are possibly the most buggy Zelda games to date due to two serious glitches. One of them is the missing bomb bag upgrade in Stockwell's shop. This upgrade cannot be purchased, because it does not appear on the shelf after purchasing the Boomerang. This leaves you unable to obtain 99 bombs, leaving you only with 50 (including both other upgrades). Workaround for this glitch does not exist.

Other serious glitch involves the beginning of Goron Sidequest. After visiting Castor Wilds for the first time, it's possible to perform a Kinstone Fusion with an NPC named Eenie on Eastern Hills. However, there is a glitch - if you try to perform a fusion, cancel it (e. g. because you don't have required Kinstone piece), leave the screen and come back, performing this fusion will be impossible. Unlike the bomb bag upgrade glitch, this one can be avoided.

The game also contain few more minor glitches, like missing tornado on Lon Lon Ranch or misleading Ice Wizzrobe figurine description. Unfortunately, all of these glitches are still present in the 3DS version, released for the members of the Ambassador Program.

Minish Cap

The Minish Cap has a name, which is Ezlo.

Awards

  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 2004 - Best Handheld Game in 2004 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #9 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – GBA Game of the Year
    • 2005 – GBA Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2005 – GBA Adventure Game of the Year

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