Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Gameplay Video Reveals Brand-New Link Abilities

New abilities that Link in the sequel have been revealed!

Nintendo has released more 10 minutes of The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom gameplay video today.

Just like how it was announced yesterday, the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom gameplay video was hosted by Zelda Series Producer Eiji Aonuma. He showcases Link’s brand-new abilities in full detail in this short but sweet trailer.

The Zelda Tears of the Kingdom gameplay video starts with Link exploring the new Hyrule landscape which has changed after a certain event transpired in the game. Aonuma then pointed out the land masses that are flying in the skies. He explains these are called Sky Islands and asked everyone how they are able to climb those. It seemed impossible without some kind of new vehicle that players will ride to reach the islands, but it is actually simple: a new ability that has some similar mechanics to an old one.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Gameplay Video Showcases Recall

Out of nowhere, a large rock falls from one of the Sky Islands. Aonuma then rushes to the site where it fell and then uses one of his new abilities called Recall. This ability makes objects that get hit rewind time. Since it fell from one of the Sky Islands, it then rewinds back to the sky but with Link riding it. Now we have a way to climb one of the mysterious islands.

Aonuma says that there are other ways to reach the Sky Islands so they are hoping that the fans will discover them.

Combine Items with Fuse

Link then is seen on a larger island where he fights a new opponent called the Construct. He then uses a new ability called the Fuse, which shows Link taking a tree branch then sticking it to a large rock to create a new weapon called the makeshift hammer.

Fuse can be used in various ways and one of those is to merge two weapons together. Fuse a long stick with a pitchfork will create a long spear, a very long one. Fuse arrows with materials to create elemental arrows and more.

Aonuma then fires an arrow at a bird in the sky, but it is too fast to shoot down. He then Fuses an arrow with the Keese Eyeball to turn it into a homing arrow to finally shoot the bird down. It was also revealed that enemies will also use Fused weapons in the game.

There was also another Fuse example shown which was merging a shield with a Puffshroom. When an enemy hits the shield, it will explode with a smoke that will daze it and leave them open to an attack. A useful move for those vulnerable to Puffshroom.

Stick Various Objects with Ultrahand

Ultrahand, another new ability, shows Link gluing together large objects with a sticky liquid. Another scene shows him joining three large logs to create a raft then detaching and reattaching them again to create another form. He also attaches fans to it to power the raft with wind and propel it on the water at great speeds.

Just as suspected, the previous wheeled and flying vehicles shown in old trailers were not available right away in the game. Players will need to use the Ultrahand ability.

Lastly, the Ascend ability was shown, which was also seen in previous trailers. This ability allows Link to pass through some ceilings. It has some restrictions, but Aonuma says as long as there is a ceiling, players can use it anywhere.

The sequel looks to be quite exciting now with this new gameplay video. Fans are now excited about the upcoming launch.

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The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom will launch on May 12, 2023 exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

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