Link's Crossbow Training Review
Link's Crossbow Training box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Nintendo 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Nintendo 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 19, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The visuals of Link's Crossbow Training are as pleasant as they were on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. You'll find everyone there, including the Ooccas, the Gorons, and the wide range of enemies found in the adventure game. There might be less detail in some of the scenarios, but everything looks sharp and clean. The environments are completely familiar, and it's fun to see them again. Twilight Princess was a real art piece, and this game is a great remembrance of it. You'll find yourself in lots of familiar scenarios like Kakariko Village, Ordon Valley, the Zora River, Gerudo Desert, Snowpeak Ruins, Hyrule Castle, and more.

Link's Crossbow Training screenshot

The soundtrack of this game also brings back the music you've previously heard. All of the cool tunes found in Twilight Princess make a great soundtrack for these shooting galleries. The enemies make the same groans and moans, and the sound effects are the same. There's nothing wrong with this except maybe the fact that the game doesn't add anything new in this department. However, if you loved Twilight Princess, you'll be thankful to hear these familiar sounds once again.

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The multiplayer mode doesn't allow you to play simultaneously with a friend, but up to four players can take turns to see who gets the most points. It's a good way to avoid fighting about who gets to play next. This game can be a great addition to your social entertainment library; your friends and family will be looking forward to coming back to your place and do some Wii-Sports and then play this game. It would have been neat to play with your friends at the same time and see who's faster at shooting at targets, but you won't find that in this game. Oh well.

Link's Crossbow Training screenshot

This game is better than any Duck Hunt title anyone could expect for the Wii. Who needs a laughing dog and flying ducks to make a good shooting game? The Legend of Zelda environments make this game great; every person that loved the Twilight Princess will feel some deep nostalgia and will become ready to play the adventure over again! Playing with the Wii Zapper is actually very fun and engaging. Even if you feel you're more precise by simply holding the Wii-mote, you definitely have to give the Zapper a try and play until you're awesome at it. It's worth it and it brings the game to a whole new level!

By Maria Montoro
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Fast and fun! Anyone can pick up the Wii Zapper and become a master marksman in the quick-play shooting galleries of Link's Crossbow Training.
  • Dozens of fast-paced stages offer a wide variety of game play, from shooting targets to defending a supply wagon from onrushing hordes of enemies.
  • Multiplayer modes let you and your friends share a Wii Zapper to shoot for the high score.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    3.9
    Graphics
    This game brings back some of the awe-inspiring environments of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but it doesn't look quite as detailed. It's great to see all the epic characters again and battle them face to face!
    4.0
    Control
    If you're a fast learner, you'll be satisfied. The zapper makes the experience more realistic and slightly more challenging, as you'll be holding more weight.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    It's all a rehash of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, including the sound effects. Of course, it all sounds very good; it's just not innovative enough.
    3.5

    Play Value
    It's a cool game to play with visitors, whether they're gamers or not. Link's Crossbow Training is a great arcade experience and can be played at any time. It's not very long though.

    4.0
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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