Zelda is the main character in The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom, out in September


    For years, Legend of Zelda fans have clamored for the titular princess to star in her own game, but despite her recently becoming a featured character, a Zelda-led Zelda game has yet to appear on store shelves. In today’s Nintendo Direct, that wish was finally granted. In The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom, it’s up to Princess Zelda to save Hyrule when Link is captured.

    Although the game borrows its art style from the 2019 Link’s Awakening remake, the title is not a remake of any kind, and there is no clear indication that it is connected to Link’s Awakening. In this adventure, Zelda uses a new magical object called the Tri Rod to travel across Hyrule. Tri-Rod can “resonate” objects like tables, beds or boxes to climb and explore the overworld and its dungeons, but it doesn’t stop there. Echoes of water blocks can be used to float and jump over certain obstacles, while trampolines allow players to easily cross gaps.

    Throughout the gameplay demonstration, series producer Eiji Aonuma explains that players can also create echoes of enemies, and that these enemies can be used by you in combat. Zelda captures a Moblin to fight some slime, then uses the meat to lure some bird enemies and summons a Deku Sage to capture them. Aonoma goes on to say that there are a lot of echoes in the game and that he hasn’t even counted them all – we’ll have to learn what the echoes’ limits are, if any, at another time.

    As the trailer continues we get more glimpses of who Zelda will interact with throughout the game, and it includes two types of Zoras, some deco bushes, a sheikha person (presumably Impa) and a great deco tree. . It also features some 2D platforming and underwater sections, as well as Zelda using birds and plants to glide with helicopter-like wings.

    The game launches with a golden Hyrule-themed Switch light, which you can see in the image gallery above. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait long for either: the handheld and The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom will be available later this year, on September 26th.


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