Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap has a story set in a unique position. The third entry in the Four Swords series takes place between Skyward Sword and Four Swords. Nintendo’s Hyrule hero’s adventure here also takes place prior to the events that split the Zelda timeline in Ocarina of Time. The Minish Cap allows Link to be shrunk down to bug size. The size of a Minish creature which comes in extremely handy as you play this Legend of Zelda adventure.

Minish Cap introduces new mechanics

Nintendo loves their gimmicks in games. That has become even more prevalent with the portable releases. Who remembers their early attempts to integrate the microphone on the original Nintendo DS?

Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance is no different. Here you will have a few new mechanics to learn and implement.

First, the Minish Cap mechanic. This will allow Link to shrink to bug size. Now, just being able to shrink randomly would be so Not-Nintendo. That ability is restricted to using “Minish portals” that are available at key locations.

Using these portals has ramifications in the game as well. Normal puddles are now huge lakes while blades of grass become impenetrable walls and so on.

Kinstones are a new method of controlling your advancement. Do not worry, Nintendo added a few other ways as well, just they are not as interesting. These stones are part of a medallion that when paired can help you in your quest. Some, such as the Gold Keystones, are required to complete the game.

Hints and general tips are offered through the collecting of figurines. These can be helpful in defeating certain enemies. Collecting them all will unlock a special building in Hyrule that contains treasure and a Piece of Heart for your life bar.

Using the Game Boy Advance and Easter Eggs

Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap makes use of the more powerful Nintendo Game Boy Advance hardware in a few ways. Versus the Game Boy Color, we see much more detail and color used, of course. We also see a closer to the ground camera view. Using the Minish Cap brings up even more use of the processing power available for this entry.

For the truly hardcore Legend of Zelda fans there are a few Easter Eggs hidden in Minish Cap. You may have to work hard to find them all but there are a couple good ones seamlessly inserted into the game.

Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, it does not look like Nintendo has a digital re-release available. That means grabbing an original copy of Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap from eBay or Amazon. Do not forget the Nintendo Game Boy Advance if you need one.

This article was originally published on Retro Gaming Magazine.