Second ‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ Trailer Teases a Dark New Force

And so it begins. At its latest Direct showcase, Nintendo dropped the second full-length trailer for The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom. Despite the game being just a few months out, Nintendo still seems reluctant to spill anything surrounding the sequel’s plot. Instead, the new trailer gives us a peek at the new and improved gameplay, the scope of the world and all the new powers, weapons/abilities Link will have at his disposal. Without giving away anything much, the trailer also sets up the next big villain for our protagonist and the kingdom of Hyrule. Moving away from the usually chirpy and light tone, the second trailer starts out dark and grim, showing us a region far above the clouds inhibited by all sorts of monsters and creatures.

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'The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom' (2023) | Image: Nintendo

‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ (2023) | Image: Nintendo

We then hear a deep, menacing voice saying, “Rise, rise my servants!,” as he orders his “servants” to eliminate the kingdom of Hyrule along with its allies. Things turn ugly when the blood moon shines in the night sky and enemies start to drop in like a meteor shower. Following this, the trailer teases all the new enemies and dangers Link will be up against as well as the new lands he’ll get to explore in the sky.

But, not everything is dull and bleak in the new Tears Of The Kingdom trailer. We get to briefly catch up with Link, who has changed since we last saw him in Breath of the Wild. He’s now sporting long hair and has access to several shiny new rides and weapons.

'The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom' (2023) | Image: Nintendo

‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ (2023) | Image: Nintendo

Link blasts off to the sky-islands above Hyrule on a new flying drone or in a small hot-air balloon, skates on a rail, and even drives across the grasslands on a massive motorised chariot that features monster truck wheels on the rear.

As per the trailer’s description, “In this sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll decide your own path through the sprawling landscapes of Hyrule and the mysterious islands floating in the vast skies above. Can you harness the power of Link’s new abilities to fight back against the malevolent forces that threaten the kingdom?”

The Tears of the Kingdom is slated to hit Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023, and is currently up for pre-orders at Nintendo’s eShop, Amazon and other retailers. The Breath of the Wild sequel costs USD$69.99, making it the first Nintendo Switch exclusive to bear that higher-than-normal price tag.

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'The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom' (2023) | Image: Nintendo

‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ (2023) | Image: Nintendo


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