Yesterday we announced that Sega was tossing up more DLC for the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World, and not only was it free, but dropped Sonic in to the middle of Hyrule! Sega did a great job with the previous Yoshi’s Island Zone DLC and Hyrule is no different, but man was it over quick!
Like the Yoshi’s Island Zone, The Legend of Zelda Zone acts as a bonus level that you can only run one time before it disappears. Completing the level closes it off and it won’t reappear until you’ve earned 100,000 more points in any of the other levels, so if you’re looking to run it a few times today you’re going to need to do some work elsewhere.
If there is one thing Sega is nailing with the recent DLC it’s keeping very close to the source material and that makes me very happy as a fan. Sonic Lost World itself blends classic 2D platforming with modern 3D exploration levels, but once you step in to the Zelda Zone it definitely feels more like a Zelda game. The world is more open, the pace is slower and it beckons exploration over speeding through checkpoints.. plus I just like saying “step in to the Zelda Zone.”
As soon as the level starts, that classic overworld theme hits, you shed a manly tear, Sonic shows up in his green tunic and Link immediately makes a cameo soaring above your head on his Loftwing. You’ll come across familiar enemies like skeletons and bats, dodge rolling Gorons in anti-gravity tunnels, collect rupees instead of rings and inch closer and closer to Link’s Loftwing as you bounce around the level via bumper pads.
Unfortunately, the nostalgia doesn’t last for long as the Zelda Zone is over in a matter of minutes. Yeah, I know it’s free, but the little kid in me really wanted to keep playing because the level was just that fun! The beauty of Sonic Lost World is in its massive level design, where going through the same level numerous times always lead me down a different path. I want to keep playing the Zelda Zone over and over, but alas, now it’s time to go back through some older levels to grind out 100,000 points.. and then do it again and again.
Overall, the Zelda Zone DLC is a solid slap in the face with the hand of nostalgia and manages to successfully capture the land of Hyrule within Sonic Lost World. It’s free, so if you own the game already there is no reason to pass it up, but as soon as I hit the end of the level and Sonic lifted that Triforce I wanted to jump back in so bad.. and I couldn’t. At least not right away. Still, you can’t beat free DLC.
Bradley Keene is an avid gamer & freelance blogger from Baltimore, MD who typically handles news and reviews here at What’s Your Tag?. If he’s not knee-deep in an RPG or some form of Nintendo game, he’s usually watching terrible horror films or listening to Gwar. Follow him on Twitter @amgfail_WYT, or contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.