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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the upcoming 20th main entry in The Legend of Zelda franchise, the 7th fully 3D installment, and the direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It is set for release on Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023.
Players will control Link as he continues to explore Hyrule and the world above. Story details remain scarce, although early footage has shown Link and Zelda encountering a mysterious mummified figure underground.
Tears of the Kingdom contains the following tropes:
- Color Coded Timestop: The 2021 trailer shows a magical effect that turns everything greyscale and freezes everything in place — before reversing their moves.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In the announcement and 2021 trailers, Zelda has her previously waist-length hair cut to chin length. Considering how she's seen exploring, it was probably the practical thing to do.
- Fantastic Fauna Counterpart: The announcement trailer shows Link and Zelda being accompanied by a strange draft animal that looks like a mix of a bull with oversized horns and a dinosaur (the backside of the creature looks a lot like a typical — albeit exaggerated — depiction of a Triceratops). And it's entirely blue.
- Floating Continent: In the 2021 teaser trailer, there are several floating islands above Hyrule that Link gets to explore. This includes Hyrule Castle.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: The corpse Link and Zelda encounter in the E3 2019 teaser sports orange glowing eyes upon getting revived at the end.
- Handicapped Badass: The trailers (primarily the one from E3 2021) show that Link's right arm has been seemingly damaged and definitely blackened, and he wears a weird brace over the entirety of it. This doesn't seem to slow him down.
- Intangibility: In the E3 2021 trailer, Link turns into a water puddle, floats all the way up to the islands, goes through the island, and emerges on top of it like the solid rock is a pool.
- Kill It with Fire: One of the weapons displayed in the 2021 trailer is a huge gauntlet that serves as a flamethrower. And we thought Link was a pyromaniac before that.
- Mystical Cave: The cave that Link and Zelda are seen exploring in the announcement trailer is absolutely massive, having several large glowing crystals all over the walls, hosting a ton of Zonai art and architecture, has pools of drinking water, and at the bottom the mummified corpse of what appears to be Ganondorf himself, sealed by a strange glowing arm.
- Mythology Gag:
- The first shot of Link skydiving in the 2021 trailer is framed exactly like the skydiving cutscenes in Skyward Sword, complete with the circular clouds creating some sort of tunnel around Link. He also skydives the exact same way.
- The 2021 trailer shows Zelda falling in a dark void, much like in Skyward Sword Zelda fell to the surface after being dragged by a black tornado.
- Not Quite Dead: The mummy at the bottom of the cave in the teaser trailer looks like it should be dead — it's in an even worse shape than the Sheikah Shrine monks of the previous game, missing his eyes and held in place by a glowing magic arm over an altar. And then he moves.
- Ominous Floating Castle: The E3 2021 trailer shows that a large mass of Malice from beneath Hyrule Castle has caused the castle to break from the ground and to float in the sky.
- Ouroboros: The logo of the game revealed in the September 13, 2022 Direct shows two serpents or dragons biting each other's tails in a circle.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: At the end of the E3 2019 teaser the mummy moves to look straight at the camera and his eye sockets explode with red fire and Hellish Pupils.
- World in the Sky: In the E3 2021 and Nintendo Direct trailers as well as the official key artwork, much of the footage takes place amongst floating landmasses in the sky.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Link's new green outfit in the E3 2021 trailer leaves the right side of his upper body bare.
- Wrecked Weapon: The E3 2021 trailer shows the Master Sword all-but destroyed by Malice, leaving only the hilt and a badly corroded piece of the blade intact.