The Legend of Zelda is a long-standing franchise that originally launched on Nintendo’s first console, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and has since become a very big franchise. The Legend of Zelda is a series that has been building momentum since then. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released shortly after Nintendo Switch was released, and became the best selling Zelda game in history. Breath of the Wild 2 was going to be released in 2021. It is now scheduled to be released in a few months. Nintendo released a new video to their YouTube channel to show off The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, which is currently known as “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.” Eiji Aonuma recently held a presentation with 10 minutes of Tears of the Kingdom gameplay…
What we learned from the presentation, is new gameplay mechanics that would extend creative freedoms that players wanted from Breath of the Wild…
- Recall: You can rewind “time” with certain items. In the demonstration, a falling rock fell, but Mr. Aonuma went to the rock, and jumped on it. Once on top, he rewinded to lift the rock back up where it came from.
- Fuse: You can build objects together into a different weapon. Mr. Aonuma demonstrated this in length to show the creative freedom with the different objects, weapons, and items. At one point, Aonuma showed off that you can modify weapons with items on the fly.
- Ultrahand: You can merge certain objects to build vehicles in Hyrule. This is more of a construct of “Fuse,” where you modify objects larger than sticks. In the demonstration, Aonuma showed off merging logs to create a raft, and merged technology with it (their version of a fan).
- Ascend: This ability was shown a few times before. It’s an ability to move Link into objects that are high up above him. In the demonstration, Mr. Aonuma showed off how this was done – he ascended into a temple-style building ceiling, and then into a cave’s ceiling.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is scheduled to be released for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, and Nintendo Switch OLED on May 12, 2023.