Tears of the Kingdom: During Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct stream, Nintendo revealed the title of its upcoming Zelda game, “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.” This is said to be the sequel to “Breath of the Wild,” which is slated for May 12th, 2023.
A new trailer shows the series hero, Link, leaping across a chain of ruin-filled islands floating high in the clouds after opening a massive door. There are several kinds of landscapes on the islands – some green and tangled with large, gnarled tree roots, and others large enough to host entire mountain ranges. In the game, Link jumps from a great height and lands on the back of a giant stone glider, indicating aerial travel is a key mechanic.
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A series of Mesoamerican-inspired petroglyphs can also be seen in the trailer’s opening sequence. First is what appears to be an army of Hylians (the race of elfish humanoids that Link and Zelda belong to) fighting against an invading force of Moblins and Blokobins (porcine soldiers who serve Ganon). In the next petroglyph, a long-haired character with an eye reminiscent of that of the Sheikah tribe in the Legend of Zelda is depicted, followed by a petroglyph showing a large robed figure with large ears surrounded by seven runes.
“Tears of the Kingdom” is the hotly anticipated sequel to 2017’s “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” the first completely open-world title in the Zelda franchise and an acclaimed critical hit. “Tears of the Kingdom” was originally announced at E3 2019 as an untitled sequel to “Breath of the Wild,” colloquially referred to as the Breath of the Wild sequel or simply Breath of the Wild 2.
According to the lore of “Breath of the Wild,” the Kingdom of Hyrule was constructed on the ruins of the Zonai, a culture of magic users and talented stoneworkers who mysteriously vanished in the ancient past. Zonai architecture and symbols play a much larger role in “Tears of the Kingdom,” which depicts a world filled with Zonai symbols and architecture.
There is a prominent ouroboros in the game’s logo, which suggests that time will be heavily explored, as it has been in past Zelda titles such as “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.”
Another surprise announcement was made during the Nintendo Direct: “GoldenEye 007” will be coming to the Switch with online play. Nintendo has not announced the game’s release date or whether it will be a remaster, remake, or straight port. On the other hand, Xbox also announced that it would be releasing a version of GoldenEye 007 with 4K resolution, achievements and localized split-screen multiplayer on Xbox Game Pass.
“Octopath Traveler II” (releasing on February 24, 2023), “Fire Emblem Engage” (January 20, 2023), “Pikmin 4” (2023) and “Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star” (March 2023) were also revealed during the Nintendo Direct. “Fist of the North Star” is a cult classic manga that is basically “Mad Max” if Max were played by a 220-pound version of Bruce Lee who could blow his enemies’ heads off with a finger jab. In addition, the fitness game is the source of the “ATATATATATATA” meme, which some gamers will likely try to recreate.