Nintendo, E3 and The Legend of Zelda

Not for the first time, Nintendo’s presentation at E3 (held this year in Los Angeles) has rocked peoples’ worlds. It’s certainly rocked mine, for one very specific reason, which I will come to in more detail in just a moment. Before I roll into the main meat of this post, I would just like to mention that I am looking forward to Luigi’s Mansion 3, which, if it’s anything like the original, will be a lot of fun. It looks like Nintendo will be getting a lot of my money in the not-so-distant future, with Super Mario Maker 2 out later this month, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening due to be re-released on the Switch this year, and Pokemon Sword/Shield out in November.

Whilst I am intrigued and excited by all those titles, none of them can hold a candle to what Nintendo announced today. A sequel to the epic Breath of the Wild is in the works and I am already one extremely hyped up meerkat! I took it upon myself to grab some screenshots, to try and digest what the trailer reveals – though like any good trailer, it doesn’t reveal too much.

What is this spiralling vortex? What are the purple and black tendrils coming out of the floor?

Link and Zelda are on a quest, investigating something strange.

This poor little guy is about to get swamped.

Zelda is concerned about something. As you can see, the art style is pretty much identical to Breath of the Wild.

This strange entity looks a lot like the monks that rest within the Shrines in Breath of the Wild, judging from the jewellery. The long hair is a bit… creepy.

This part grabbed my attention. Sorry, that was a bad pun. What it does look like though, to me at least, is reminiscent of Twilight Princess and Midna’s grabbing arm. I wish I had a picture for context of that particular connection. However, things may not be what they seem…

What’s going on here?! Why is Link’s hand glowing? Does he have full control over it? I’m not totally convinced he does, from the way the trailer pans out.

There’s not much to say here except wow!

Whatever that creature is, it’s big, so I wouldn’t get too close Princess…

Very creepy. Whilst Nintendo are generally a family-friendly institution, the Zelda games have tended to have this sort of side to them.

What’s not obvious from the image is that Hyrule Castle appears to be rising into the air. Also, this map appears, at first glance anyway, identical to the one from Breath of the Wild. Note the mountain in the far left corner – that’s a feature that’s definitely present in Breath of the Wild. If they’re using the same map, it means a whole new way to explore the existing world, and there’s certainly enough points of interest on the map for possible dungeons, traps etc. My interest has definitely been piqued!

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