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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is Now a Crafting Game

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a crafting game, if a recent Nintendo Stream is to be believed.

But we’re absolutely okay with that because, going by producer Eiji Aonuma’s The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom demonstration, it could be a welcome kick in the pants for the franchise. That’s not to say that every future Zelda game should fold in crafting but you can look forward to meddling with this new feature.

The video also showed off another crafting ability, Fuse, which lets him merge weapons with materials and other weapons. Want a longer weapon? Fuse a pitchfork with a long stick. Or attack a puffball mushroom to your shield so that, when you’re struck, it emits a puff of Link-concealing smoke.

But it’s Ultrahand that looks to be biggest game changer. With this ability you can attach large items to other items – so you can put logs together to make a boat. That flying craft that was seen in the trailer? That’s not a pre-made vehicle, that’s something you can knock together.

As the video shows, if you want to cross a lake you can glue some logs together.  Then attach a couple of fans, give them a whack and off you go. We’re assuming the fans have a finite charge, however. So you won’t be able to soar into orbit but we’re grinning at the prospect of everything we can get up to.

There’ll be plenty of the usual monster-slaughtering and world-roaming, too. This is, despite the name, set in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Aonuma also reveals that it’s complete – gone gold in other words – and so its release date shouldn’t shift any further.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom arrives on Nintendo Switch this May 12, 2023, priced at $70.

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