Link and Zelda promise to bring Hyrule’s majesty “even beyond” what it was at the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, despite Zelda’s lessened strength. Nintendo has been quite coy about where and how The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom picks up the tale, despite the fact that it has been said to be a direct successor to Breath of the Wild. Nintendo even withheld the title of Tears of the Kingdom for years, unveiling it only in 2022 due to concerns that it may “give away too much.”
Since announcing Tears of the Kingdom, Nintendo has purposefully disseminated fresh material via a number of trailers. We can learn some details about the game before it is released by examining those trailers. Nintendo is releasing additional information as the May release date draws closer, including a 10-minute gameplay demo. What you need to know is as follows.
What Date is the Release of the Tears of the Kingdom?
On May 12, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be released on the Nintendo Switch. The first first-party Nintendo Switch game to carry that higher-than-average price is going to cost $69.99. On that date, a $129.99 collector’s edition will also be offered.
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Tears of the Kingdom in print, an art book, a SteelBook case, an Iconart steel poster, and four pins are all included. Breath of the Wild was a launch title for both Wii U and Nintendo Switch when it was released in 2017. Only the Nintendo Switch will receive Tears of the Kingdom’s release.
Where Can I Buy Tears of the Kingdom Online?
Whether you want the cheaper collector’s edition of the base version, we put up an entire guide on where you can pre-order Tears of the Kingdom. Here are a couple of links if you just want to pre-order now, but check that out for the complete details. Pre-order bonuses come in a variety of forms, most of which vary by nation.
What is the Tears of the Kingdom Story?
Nintendo is not very forthcoming with the storylines of the Zelda games. This also applies to Tears of the Kingdom, which Nintendo characterizes as an “epic adventure across the land and skies of Hyrule.” In order to save the realm from evil forces, players will “harness the power of Link’s new abilities,” according to Nintendo.
The plot is purposefully unclear in several places, and the trailers don’t give away anything. In fact, some of what Nintendo has displayed seems to be an attempt at deception. Tears of the Kingdom is, at least in certain areas, significantly darker visually and tonally than Breath of the Wild.
The game’s trailers depict Link and Zelda in gloomy dungeons where evil is invading the planet, yet they also feature dazzling light as Link soars between floating islands. We’ll see how the thrill of discovery, which is so important in Breath of the Wild, blends with the melancholy plot as it appears to be a game of balancing.
In a February clip, we can see what appears to be Ganon’s corpse awakening—possibly in its Ganondorf form. Hyrule Castle is pushed into the air by hatred, and Link is even attacked; his arm is charred and decaying from hatred. Additionally affected, corrupted, and melted is Master Sword.
Those New and Returning Characters, Who Are They?
Nintendo posted the last teaser before Tears of the Kingdom’s May 12 release date on April 13 and unveiled a ton of new characters. You’ll also recognize a lot of the characters, like Lady Riju, Prince Sidon, Ganondorf, and (maybe) Tulin. The new characters, though, are interesting.
The Zelda-like princess that appeared in the trailer shared the same jewels as Zelda and resembled an elf. The appearance of a mysterious robed figure and the prospective introduction of a novel species are also mentioned. Could this be a Zonai king?
Do the Gameplays Match?
Nintendo hasn’t demonstrated a lot of extended puzzles or battle gameplay, but we have seen new and improved ways to get through Hyrule. In addition to the axes, swords, shields, and arrows featured in the game’s previews thus far, Link also has a number of new weaponry that may be utilized against both well-known foes and unfamiliar foes.
(However, weapons can now be melded together!) A link has a strong, bright green arm in the Tears of the Kingdom previews; this is the arm that appears burned in the February trailer. The arm appears to contain abilities that will let players solve puzzles, alter the environment (and time itself), and employ other special abilities, much like Sheikah Slate and Runes did in Breath of the Wild, although Nintendo hasn’t revealed exactly what the arm does or how it functions. Fans have theories, as usual.
What New Capabilities Does Link Have?
Link’s new abilities were thoroughly explored in Nintendo’s gameplay demo from March, and they have the potential to completely alter the game. Recall, Fuse, Ultrahand, and Ascend are abilities that affect both fighting and traversal.
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Recall slows down object movement, which is useful for getting to Hyrule’s sky islands; weapon fusing lets you combine items to create new weapons, such as joining a stick and a rock to create a hammer; Ultrahand lets you assemble things to create vehicles; and Ascend gives Link the ability to climb walls.
Is the Hyrule in Tears of the Kingdom the Same?
Hyrule is the setting, although it’s unclear what has changed or whether the same geography and landscape from Breath of the Wild will be used. What is certain is that Hyrule is elevated into the skies above the ground by Tears of the Kingdom. In the first teaser, Hyrule Castle was depicted rising from the earth, while in the second, towers were seen collapsing as malice, like poison, propelled the castle upward.
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