Combat, on the other hand, is more of a mixed bag on the whole. Even with the right equipment the overworld is a consistent source of danger through many areas. You’ll need to pretty quickly figure out which zones you can handle confrontations in and which you’ll need to simply try to survive in until you can trigger a checkpoint so you won’t lose progress. If you hunt down all of the secret dungeons and go in every door you can find (be sure to refer to your map often as some doors are sneaky and hidden by the environment) you’ll generally be better prepared with more health and upgrades to your base weapons, but even fully powered up you can have problems. The biggest issue has to do with aim and angles when firing with your wand. This is a critical component in a few boss fights where you’ll need to deflect their shots with yours and while they can be conquered there’s no doubt your aim can be aggravatingly hard to get right. I actually would switch between the analog stick and the digital controls at times to try to help when I wanted to fire in straight lines in some cases and in odd angles at others, it was just a weird thing that was impossible not to notice. Thankfully, in the end the elements that don’t work as well are greatly outnumbered by what Itte Dew 2+ gets right. Its dungeons are absolutely a loving answer to the call put out by classic Zelda fans who’ve been itching for some cleverly-constructed puzzles in the classic vein. The length is also worth the price of admission (and if you get it physically it comes with a great classic manual and a map as well), including the base 8 dungeon experience as well as a host of additional dungeons you can complete for collector’s cards in the added Dream World that will push your skills even further. Overall, Ittle Dew 2+ was a very pleasant surprise and is, without a doubt, the best homage to classic Zelda gaming on the Switch!
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.5]