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):
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: 38 hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: 37 hours
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: 29 ½ hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: 26 hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: 19 hours
- The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds: 18 ½ hours
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: 16 ½ hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages: 16 ½
- The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures: 16 hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks: 16 hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons: 15 ½
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening: 15 ½ hours
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap: 15 ½ hours
- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: 14 ½ hours
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link: 11 ½ hours
- The Legend of Zelda: 10 hours
- 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.