After years of anticipation, The wait is finally over! The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch. Completing its predecessor, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, took me nearly a month, but I’ve been intermittently playing it for over six years now. With over 300 hours of gameplay and countless hours spent watching YouTube videos about it, I was afraid I wouldn’t feel the same excitement when starting this new Zelda adventure.
Boy, was I wrong?
I won’t spoil anything here, but the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is pure genius. It seamlessly connects with the storyline of Breath of the Wild, allowing for a smooth transition into this new game. As Link soars through the skies and the game truly begin, that familiar feeling of being on my own, ready for the unknown, rushes back in with full force.
No prior knowledge, no powerful weapons, just me and the mysterious sky islands. The trailers and teasers did justice in showcasing the expanded capabilities of Tears of the Kingdom. The ability to fuse weapons, attach items, and traverse walls add a fresh dynamic, making the game feel utterly new and exciting.
I had planned to wake up an hour earlier just to squeeze in some gameplay before work. However, my eagerness got the better of me. At 5:30 a.m., I couldn’t resist picking up my Nintendo Switch and diving into the world of Tears of the Kingdom. After obsessively playing for a few hours, I can confidently say that once I finish this game, I’ll miss it dearly, knowing that it stands as one of the best games I will ever experience.
Don’t get me wrong, as a Nintendo fan, I’ve had the pleasure of playing some exceptional titles over the years. But specifically on the Nintendo Switch, Breath of the Wild, Pokémon: Legends Arceus, Super Mario Odyssey, and now Tears of the Kingdom stand among the platform’s greatest achievements.
With Tears of the Kingdom, I’ve been cautious enough to last a good two hours before facing my first death. The rush of excitement when something silly happened and Link perished instantly was inexplicable. Finally touching down on the grounds of Hyrule, I find myself in a familiar yet distinct land, waiting to be (re)explored.
I thought the initial fear wouldn’t return, assuming I would dominate the game right from the start. But then Link met his demise once again. Just like six years ago with Breath of the Wild, I need to exercise caution, carefully plan my routes, rediscover this land, and, above all, find Zelda.
If you’re not playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom this weekend, this month, or in this lifetime, let me tell you, you’re missing out on one of the most exceptional games ever created. The long wait was undoubtedly worth it.