I’ve been playing the new Zelda on the DS since yesterday and here is my take on it. There are three downsides. First, Link looks a bit cartoony which is a bit disconcerting for Zelda fans who have watched him "mature" in the previous games and second, you don’t use the directional pad to move him around. Most everything is done with the stylus. Third, there is a LOT of reading. It would be hard for younger players. I got used to everything in a hurry. The game is much like A Link to the Past, that is, moving around the towns, meeting and talking to people, and entering dungeons. I’ve gotten this far without looking at the walkthrough. For anyone who’s played Zelda before, it should be reasonably similar enough to know how the programmers think. And there are a lot of recognizable bad guys. Some cool features are that you have to talk (shout) out loud at one point to keep moving and you have to actually BLOW the torches out in the dungeons. How they’ve done this, I have no idea, but it’s very cool and I’m looking forward to seeing what else I may have to physically do to continue to play this game. Another cool feature is that you can write on the map so when you get hints in the game, like where treasure chests are, or particular maneuvers, you can mark it to remember. The graphics are awesome and some have left me speechless. The DS responds to the game by shaking and throbbing giving you that realistic feel. All in all, it’s a winner in my book!