Zelda: A Link Between Worlds’ StreetPass Feature Is Quite Meaty

By Robert Ward . November 14, 2013 . 12:02pm

If you find yourself crawling back to Ravio’s shop in desperate need of an item, only to find that your wallet has lost its jingle, you might want to have a chat with gramps in Kakariko village. Rumor has it that the old coot knows about something called “StreetPass”. And what can this mysterious “StreetPass” do, you ask?


“You can battle players you’ve tagged with StreetPass! Their characters become Shadow Link characters in this world. Once they appear, you can battle them.”


The only items you can use during these battles are the ones you’ve selected before you battle Shadow Link. The game restores your hearts both before and after the battle, so you don’t have to worry on account of your health. Additionally, regardless of whether you win or lose, you’ll leave with all the items you battled with intact.


Talking to gramps will let you set up your Shadow Link character. Deciding which items you want to bring into the fray (and whether or not they’re upgraded), as well as what gear you’ve found in the field, will up your Shadow Link’s “value,” which is displayed in rupees on the top right of the setup screen. This value determines your bounty for winning a match against someone else’s Link.


Rupees aren’t all that’s at stake—there are 50 challenges, ranging from simple things like “Win your first battle!” to more creative ones like “Use a bee to deal the final blow!” that you can earn from winning matches against various Shadow Links. The medals you’ve earned will be displayed on the top right corner of the records screen when talking with gramps, and I’m unsure as to whether or not it will be displayed on your Shadow Link when you StreetPass with others.


Between this and a couple of other details I’ll touch on later this week, when Siliconera continues its coverage of A Link Between Worlds, it looks like there’s plenty of content bringing you back to the game even after you finish the main story.

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  • Prinny Dood

    meaty ghaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! :)

  • 3PointDecoupage

    One of the items are bees?

    • Suicunesol

      Probably catch ’em in bottles.

      • Brimfyre

        Or to make the famous Link Bee Beard….

      • 3PointDecoupage

        Duh. Makes more sense than what I thought. K was thinking some sort of bee gun.

        • Krisi92

          In aLttP, you could catch bees in bottles, and when you released them, they attacked nearby enemies for minimal damage.

    • Robgoro

      Oh yes. I’ve equipped my very own Link with a golden bee and powered up bug net. :)

      • Krisi92

        I’m pretty sure I’ll do the same. Bugs 4 life.

  • Kaihedgie

    Are you saying I can fight Dark Link at any time whenever I want? c:

  • fairysun

    Nice !
    Time for some PvP !

  • InfectedAI

    Cool feature, but it makes me wish we could actually PvP against other players.

    • Robgoro

      The A.I. is smart enough to feel like a real player, if that means anything!

  • JohnNiles

    I love abusing Streetpass, but I wound up preordering the Zelda 3DS XL bundle with the digital version of the game. I don’t want to risk taking it outside the house. I guess I won’t be streetpassing for Zelda.

  • Nice. I like it. Especially since Shadow Link’s involved. Fire Emblem is my favourite for StreetPass, being able to fight with or against others and even have your own little shop. Zelda’s SteetPass may not be as extravagant, but Zelda is my favourite series of them all, so this just may pass Fire Emblem as my favourite StreetPass game. All I’ve got left to say is; bring it on, Shadow Link! xD

  • Yan Zhao

    PVP in legend of Zelda? Sure why not! Sounds pretty cool.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Another game for my collection of zelda :)

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