1UP reports that Zelda: Phantom Hourglass has scored a near-perfect 39/40 review score in Japan (Famitsu). Three reviewers gave the game a 10 while a lone fourth one gave it a nine. From the review:
It is so easy to pick up! There have been many games using the stylus, but this one didn’t feel frustrating for the most part… The way it allows players to use the unique features of the DS is quite natural. Particularly puzzles where you draw directly on the map are brilliant. It feels like you really are physically solving the puzzles.
Considering how boring the multiplayer was at last year’s E3, this is good news. Phantom Hourglass hits the States this holiday.