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  • Summary: Link returns in an all-new Game Boy Advance adventure. When the sorcerer Vaati turns Princess Zelda to stone, the king of Hyrule sends Link on a quest that takes him to all-new locations. Using the power of a mystical hat called the Minish Cap, Link must travel through a fantastic world rifeLink returns in an all-new Game Boy Advance adventure. When the sorcerer Vaati turns Princess Zelda to stone, the king of Hyrule sends Link on a quest that takes him to all-new locations. Using the power of a mystical hat called the Minish Cap, Link must travel through a fantastic world rife with new items, puzzles, and bosses. As Link, you can shrink down to either battle large enemies from within or find secret items. You can also unlock items and solve puzzles by fusing together magic relics. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. The game may be short by the franchise's standards, but every minute of it is breathtaking.
  2. The overworld map -- while bearing minor resemblance to the layout of previous games -- is much larger than you'd think and the dungeons are as big, fiendish and ingenious as ever with a perfect learning curve.
  3. The graphics, especially when zoomed in, are breath taking and the new remixed classic Zelda tunes fit the game perfectly. Unfortunately, the quest seems to end a little short.
  4. Compared to past 2D Zelda titles, Minish Cap is bursting with personality and detail. Little touches, such as the expression on Link's face and accompanying scream as he rides a mine cart, his disheveled hair, the smart-talking Ezlo, the creative new gadgets and detailed environments help to give the game a certain charm.
  5. 90
    It's a Zelda adventure done right, and fits like a glove within the long line of successful titles in the series across all of Nintendo's gaming platforms.
  6. Pocket Games
    90
    Lots of fresh and tasty new gameplay added to the Zelda mix. [Spring 2005, p.73]
  7. Cheat Code Central
    60
    What I am beginning to find most troubling is the developers penchant for including items and characters from previous games to the point of ad nauseum already. Anyone who has played a Link game will be totally familiar with the numerous items in the game and that's ruined some of the surprise and enjoyment for me.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 83
  2. Negative: 3 out of 83
  1. Jun 18, 2011
    10
    One thing I love about the Zelda series that never ceases to impress me, is the fact that each game introduces an entirely new world, even ifOne thing I love about the Zelda series that never ceases to impress me, is the fact that each game introduces an entirely new world, even if the world is one we should be familiar with. Despite being shorter than most Zelda games, I loved the style and lore introduced in this one, as I do with it in most other Zelda games. Sure it was lighter in one sense, but the villain is great and the level design is probably the best I've seen out of all the 2D Zelda games. The story kind of reminds me of a Miyazaki movie and the amount you can do around the world, like in any Zelda game, is vast - and in order to unlock everything due to a certain timescale centered around the completion of dungeons, there's a pretty good replay value to it. Also, at first I was iffy with the fact that your hat talks and acts as your "fairy" character, but in the long run it was very enjoyable factor and also the ability to change size from normal to small and back again was awesome. It's a really good game! Expand
  2. GameZ.
    Aug 30, 2007
    10
    It was a very fun and addicting game.
  3. Feb 5, 2016
    10
    Not the best game in the series, but definitely an incredible game in its own right. Very solid game with no glaring flaws dragging it down.Not the best game in the series, but definitely an incredible game in its own right. Very solid game with no glaring flaws dragging it down. Well worth it. Expand
  4. Raven
    Nov 20, 2004
    9
    Probably the best Zelda game on GBA (not including the remake of the snes Link to the Past) to date. Great fun to play with a sufficient Probably the best Zelda game on GBA (not including the remake of the snes Link to the Past) to date. Great fun to play with a sufficient number of dungeons to complete, though maybe a little simplistic at times. Expand
  5. Apr 19, 2017
    9
    This is my favourite handheld Zelda game. People often complain that this game is too short, but if you do all the side quests and try toThis is my favourite handheld Zelda game. People often complain that this game is too short, but if you do all the side quests and try to finish the game at 100%, you're in for a treat. This game has some of the best side quests in the franchise. Switching between human and minish size is fun and allows to see two different worlds. The dungeons are simple, but very fun. The visuals are pretty impressive for a GBA game too, and the music also impressed me. I highly recommend this game. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2017
    9
    One of the most underrated Zelda games of the series. Some people don't even know it exists! I love this game so much. The mechanics and storyOne of the most underrated Zelda games of the series. Some people don't even know it exists! I love this game so much. The mechanics and story are so different from other entries, that it to this day feels fresh and exciting. The only thing I don't like is that it is relatively short compared to other Zelda games. Other than that a pretty much perfect game. Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2021
    0
    es imposible pasarse este juego sin una guía, hay partes en la que es imposible saber a dónde ir en partes porque el juego no da indicios,es imposible pasarse este juego sin una guía, hay partes en la que es imposible saber a dónde ir en partes porque el juego no da indicios, ademas es inentendible porque el juego es fácil en su desarrollo pero al final se vuelve imposible de pasar. Curva de dificultad mala, imposible saber que hacer en partes y nada innovador. Muy mal juego. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
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#2 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2005