The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a 2023 action-adventure game in The Legend of Zelda franchise for the Nintendo Switch. It is the long-awaited sequel to the Wii U and Nintendo Switch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and introduces new gameplay mechanics such as the ability to fuse items together.


A Breath of the Wild sequel was first announced at Nintendo's June 11th, 2019 Direct presentation (shown below, left).[1] A second trailer was released two years later in a 2021 Direct, with a release window of 2022, but that was later pushed back to Q2 2023 (shown below, right).

On September 13th, 2022, Nintendo revealed the name of the title: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (shown below, left). The trailer also announced the game's release date of May 12th, 2023. On March 28th, 2023, Nintendo held a gameplay teaser video, showing off some of the new crafting mechanics added to Tears of the Kingdom (shown below, right).

Online Presence

Since the 2019 announcement of the game, there has been a considerable amount of hype for the title, leading to a bevy of fan art. On June 15th, 2021, Twitter user @zaphk[2] posted art of Link that gained over 2,000 retweets and 10,000 likes in nearly two years (shown below, left). On October 5th, 2019, Pixiv [3]user Semsei posted art of Zelda, gaining over 5,800 likes in three and a half years (shown below, right).

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The March 28th, 2023 trailer, which showed off the vehicle crafting mechanics, drew comparisons to Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, leading to memes comparing the two that day.

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Rehydrated Ganondorf

Rehydrated Ganondorf refers to fan art in which the mummified body of Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel teaser is no longer mummified, giving him the appearance of a handsome man.

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Crucified Korok

Less than 24 hours after the game was released on May 12th, 2023, players began to use Link’s new powers to bully some of the game's NPC characters. Twitter[4] user @rindoggydog shared a screenshot of his roommate's gameplay, showing a crucified Korok (seen below). The post, uploaded on May 13th, 2023, garnered 85,000 likes and 13,100 retweets in two days.

tears of the rindog @rindoggydog Follow my roommate crucified a korok 12:06 AM - May 13, 2023 Read the full conversation on Twitter 85K Reply ↑ Share I need to reach my friend! 12:00 AM 8

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I also want to mention: it's fucking NUTS how robust the vehicle crafting system is. No matter how dumb your creation, it feels like the game KNOWS what you are aiming to do and is nudging physics a bit into a direction to assist you. When you get a "controller" part and place it, it controls EXTREMELY responsibly, things go to WHERE you want it to go.

In the words of Todd Howard: "It just works" But I mean it completely unironically. The level of polish is insane for that feature.

It just WORKS.


Man, if you guys wanna laugh check out /v/. The guys are absolutely SEETHING over there that people have fun with the game. Like straight up using arguments such as "not every tiny thing I do is arbitrarily rewarded! How am I supposed to have fun without artificial dopamine injections?"

Like they can't COMPREHEND that a game can be made where just the engaging with the mechanics themselves are their own reward. It always needs a shiny reward at the end.


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