Developer Nintendo EPD and publisher Nintendo have recently released a gameplay demonstration of the upcoming Zelda game. In The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Link is shown using various new abilities.
The Legend of Zelda – Tears of the Kingdom is a sequel to the acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Link and Zelda team up to save Hyrule from destruction. For some reason, I thought the new game was a prequel.
In the demonstration, producer Eiji Aonuma showed off several new abilities: The Fuse ability allows Link to combine multiple materials to form new weapons, such as a longer spear or eyes to make a homing arrow. The Ascend ability allows Link to travel through ceilings like caves and other structures. The Ultrahand ability sticks objects together like Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts to make boats, vehicles, and air vessels. Finally, the Recall ability can reverse time for an object.
Nintendo also revealed a new Zelda-themed Nintendo Switch Oled model. It looks garish and over the top, as you would expect. The model comes out on 28th April 2023.
I tried playing through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild several times but gave up after my OCD made me want to photograph every object, find all the seeds, and explore every inch of the map. I still haven’t completed it.
The new games seem more of the same which many will appreciate. I will probably give it a go again sometime. It feels like Skyward Sword and The Wind Waker mixed together. Which might mean I will enjoy it more, as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is still my favourite.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will release for Nintendo Switch on 12th May 2023. A collectors edition will also be available and contains the usual content of an artbook, poster, pins, and more.