'Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom' Gameplay Preview Draws Unexpected Comparison to 'Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts'

March 28th, 2023 - 12:49 PM EDT by Adam Downer

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It's rare (no pun intended) that a modern, AAA video game will draw favorable comparisons to Banjo-Kazooie, but somehow the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is pulling that off after a gameplay preview this morning had fans fondly remembering the oft-forgotten Banjo sequel, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts.

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This morning's gameplay presentation of Tears of the Kingdom highlighted a new mechanic added to the Zelda franchise. Link will be able to combine various items in the environment like fallen logs or random gears in order to craft vehicles like a raft or even a hoverboard.

Many gamers remembered that "building vehicles from environmental materials" was the central gameplay mechanic of Nuts and Bolts and were ready to celebrate the Uncommon Banjo W on social media.

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Tears of the Kingdom still has about a month and a half until it releases on May 12th, giving ancient gamers plenty of time to fondly recall Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts and wonder if Nintendo's new Zelda could possibly top it.

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