The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds; Play time estimated at 19 Hours?

At least according to Dutch Gaming site N1ntendo anyway, who calculated that it took them about 18.5 hours to complete the Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds the first time around.  How does this compare to other games in the series?  What are my thoughts?  Find out in the full article!

As far as how it compares to other Zelda games, based on the gaming data website ‘How Long To Beat’, here’s a list of all the Zelda games they’ve got catalogued along with what their users consider the average time taken to complete them.  It’s in order of time, from most time to least, and all times only count the main story (like what’s been counting for the Link Between Worlds data):

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: 38 hours
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: 37 hours
  3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: 29 ½ hours
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: 26 hours
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: 19 hours
  6. The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds: 18 ½ hours
  7. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: 16 ½ hours
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages: 16 ½
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures: 16 hours
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks: 16 hours
  11. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons: 15 ½
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening: 15 ½ hours
  13. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap: 15 ½ hours
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: 14 ½ hours
  15. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link: 11 ½ hours
  16. The Legend of Zelda: 10 hours
  17. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords: 5 ½ hours

As you can see, it comes in at number 6 on the list, assuming the given number of hours is the minimal time needed for the story rather than the max needed for 100% completion.  And so while it doesn’t come close to the ridiculously lengthy main series games from Ocarina of Time onwards, it handily outdoes all the previous handheld installments in value and does indeed take longer than its SNES predecessor.

Because of this, I’m not too worried really.  I mean, when a reviewer says something is done, it usually means ‘done to the most minimal degree possible, as if the player just rushed towards the ending and credits without stopping to do any sidequests or things’.  Add how the ‘completionist’ time taken is always about double what the normal time taken is at least another 30% longer than the minimal value, and I suspect this game will easily provide at least a good 30 hours or so of gameplay for those striving to complete it all.


5 thoughts on “The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds; Play time estimated at 19 Hours?”

  1. I think that is a pretty good time for it anyways. I tend to goof off on LoZ anyways so I know my playtime will be a lot longer than that.

    1. And that’s the key point. Reviewers deliberately rush games to get them out the way, so their playtimes will be lower than those of most normal people.

      If you take your time, take in the setting and do optional stuff, then it’ll take about two or three times longer than the 18 hour estimate.

    1. It’s based on stats from a site where players contribute game completion time data. So the people who recorded how long it took them to beat Ages must have took longer to beat that game than Seasons. Or maybe two different groups of people submitted their playtime data, with the ones who played Ages taking longer.

  2. My game name super nintendo, that mine old game, was legend of zelda link in the past, or nintendo 3DS name, legend of zelda a link between world, amazing?!

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